A few points:
-Who else wanted to throw up when the attack on Baghdad was described as "the shock & awe strike"? What the hell, this is a WAR, not pro wrestling, we deserve to be informed of these things in a much less flippant and dumbed-down manner.
-Turkey crosses into Northern Iraq. Well, looks like soon we'll have our first major snag in this thing: a massacre of Kurds by our ally. Great, just what we need, yet another reason for the world to bitch at us. If this turns out as bad as I suspect it will, we should strongly consider yanking Turkey from our list of allies. The Kurds have been shat on long enough, let them have their damn independant state and shut up about it.
-The BBC ended up getting in hot water for showing a live feed from the whitehouse before Bush was ready to announce the war would go on. Why? Cuz Dubya's hair wasn't ready. Really, what exactly is wrong with this? Last time I checked the president was a human being, and human beings at times have to do stuff with their hair (or in this case, have someone else do it), what is so bad about showing this? If I were president and this happened, I'd just giggle about it for a moment and leave it alone. But nooooo, that would make too much sense...
-back to economics...$600billion in tax cuts survive budget bickering. Too bad this won't be combined with any substantial spending cuts. Oh well, at least it didn't get reduced any further.
-While I'm at it, notice the difference in contextualizing between that story about the budget and this one from Reuters. One would think by reading the Reuters interpretation that the tax cuts were a completely partisan thing, with the republicans being automatons that wouldn't vote against it if they had a gun to their head and the left-leaning opinion of it among many democrats ("it only benefits rich people!") being virtually heralded as unvarnished truth. Now, I know the Washington Times is a right-leaning paper, but hey, anyone with half a brain can tell that. However, Reuters is widely considered to be unbiased...hah. Really, I've come to the conclusion that objectivity is so impossible and such a dead concept that perhaps the media should just outright admit it's slants. Imagine that: no more whining about whether there's a pro-Democrat bias in the NY Times, they'd just admit it; FoxNews could finally put away that stupid "fair and balanced" slogan and say "yes, we are a conservative outlet, take it for what you will". Since people can't seem to figure out what's bullshit and what isn't, they may as well warn us up front. Who knows, maybe they would actually get better at their job if released from having to pretend they have no agenda.
-Iraqi conscripts say "fuck this", whack their officers instead of fighting. Hopefully thia attitude spreads: less work for us.