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POSTED: Thursday, November 17, 2005, 3:29 PM
Filed Under: Poli Sci

Murthacnn"A flawed policy wrapped in illusion."

U.S. Rep. John P. Murtha, D-Pa, a decorated Marine Corps combat veteran of the Vietnam War, calls for the withdrawal of American troops from Iraq.

"They have become the target," said Murtha, choking back tears at times Thursday. "It is time for a change in direction. Our military is suffering, the future of our country is at risk. We cannot continue on the present course. It is evident that continued military action in Iraq is not in the best interests of the United States of America, the Iraqi people or the Persian Gulf region."

POSTED: Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 9:24 PM
Filed Under: Travel

Onward Sure, we're being manipulated by Budget Rent A Car with its use of a blog in a viral marketing campaign that has readers scrambling toward Philadelphia to find a small piece of paper that is the holy grail of a cyber-scavenger hunt.

But if you find it, you'll pocket $10,000.

So let's get on with it.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 8:50 AM
Filed Under: Poli Sci

It looks like Bob Woodward got there first once again.

A front-page piece in the Washington Post today reports how the investigative reporter/author/talking head has testified that - contrary to what the special prosecutor has said - he learned about CIA operative Valerie Plame from a senior administration official a month before she was outed.

He won't name the official - and it's not either I. Lewis Libby or Karl Rove. The source cleared Woodward to give a deposition, which he did, Monday.

POSTED: Wednesday, November 16, 2005, 5:50 AM
Filed Under: Weblogs

Cginpjs Good night Pajamas Media.

Good morning Open Source Media.

Starting today there's a new confederacy of bloggers.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 12:00 PM
Filed Under: TV

Going on TV tonight. CN8's Money Matters Today has invited me to join Daniel Lyons, the Forbes writer whose current cover story, "Attack of The Blogs," has triggered hundreds of counter attacks.

His piece is here, and makes for provocative reading, focusing on those who use the blogosphere to anonymously assault a company's credibility. The headline grabs: "Web logs are the prized platform of an online lynch mob spouting liberty but spewing lies, libel and invective." (I know, reporters don't write headlines.)

The show's instructions say to wear my normal day-time makeup. I'm frightened.

POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 7:53 AM
Filed Under: Poli Sci

The headline from today's New York Times:

Senate Republicans Pushing for a Plan on Ending the War in Iraq

The lede:

POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 7:28 AM
Filed Under: Breaking News

Seth Young Philly Politics breaking some news? They are if this turns out to be true.

The progressive site reports that Seth Williams will be appointed Philadelphia's Inspector General today. Williams is a former assistant prosecutor who ran against DA Lynne Abraham in the Democratic primary last spring and attracted a following among many bloggers.

What's the job? YPP mines this bit of legal desciption:

POSTED: Tuesday, November 15, 2005, 6:46 AM
Filed Under: Sports

Choke A) "Now, the Eagles appear to be just another Super Bowl loser who can't find their way."

B) "It may seem impossible, but Philly saw an even bigger flop on Monday- the pre-game "funeral" for Terrell Owens, held outside the stadium during WIP's pregame show. A "casket" was filled and jerseys were burned, along with copies of Owens' memoir "Catch This!," but the din of drunken fans chanting "TO Sucks!" was so distracting that it was all but impossible to hear the hosts (not that that's a problem, in Howard Eskin's case). Also not such a great idea to have a massive mock funeral on the same day that Cowboys' coach Bill Parcells went to an actual funeral, for his own brother."

C) "The Eagles are now in a wasteland - and McNabb put them there with that interception, and there was no hiding from it."

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