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Thursday, June 14

Busy News Day - Yowza!

There's been a lot of movement in the news today, so let's have a look at the creme de la creme, shall we?

Haaretz reports that President Mahmoud Al-Abbas of the Palestinian Authority has dissolved his government after most of the Gaza Strip fell to Hamas fighters. Abbas' own Fatah supporters were rounded up and may be either dead or fled. Either way, things are getting out of hand in Palestine. The European Union's already cut off humanitarian aid, and the US (through Bush's trophy wife Condi) has already chosen sides.

Former White House aide Irving "Scooter" Libby is going to jail - do not pass Go, do not collect $200. Judge Walton ruled on that today. Have a merry Fitzmas!

As possible retaliation for the bombing of the Askariya Mosque in Samarra yesterday, CNN reports that nine Sunni mosques were attacked. A little quo to go along with the quid, and if you think it's nasty now, brother you probably ain't seen nothing yet.

On the moral crusade front, the Massachusetts Legislature voted today on whether to bring a gay marriage ban amendment up for a referendum later this year. Pam Spaulding at Pandagon reports that it was defeated, 45-151. A good blow struck for equality.

In news guaranteed to cause GOP spinmeisters to gyrate like Sufi dervishes on crank, a Wall Street Journal / MSNBC poll shows Obama beating Fred Thompson in a head-to-head matchup, 50-31 percent. And we're only - what? 17 months away?

Finally, in our Animals Behaving Like, Well, Animals department, a squirrel in Passau, Germany ran amok. He attacked and bit a 70-year old woman, then a construction worker. He got his comeuppance when he attacked a 72-year old man who beat the terrorist squirrel to death with one of his crutches.

What's going on in your neighborhood?

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