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TGIF and here's what Shootin' Thru The 'Tubes:

Top story on the blogs is the righties who are currently wetting themselves over the pending 9/11 anniversary video featuring Osama Bin Laden who has apparently discovered the wonders of Just For Men hair coloring. I also hear he's learned what a loofah was and that exfoliate doesn't mean what he thinks it means.

With the slew of reports coming out showing progress in Iraq is all but non-existent, the Bushies are doing what they do best: fudging the numbers and smearing those who suggest they are. Karl may be gone, but his tactics sure still live on. And everyone wonders why so few have faith in He Who Should Never Be Questioned.

Two big developments on the civil liberties front. First up is word that a controversial data-mining that was still in the test phase has been scrapped because it used real data without the required privacy safeguards. Not really surprising this happened given this administration's penchant for conducting all sorts of questionable activities without any sort of oversight.

And it was this lack of oversight that lead a federal judge to strike down a part of the revised Patriot Act. Specifically it involved the National Security Letters, which we had learned have been subject to quite a bit of abuse in the past. The judge says that the newly revised Patriot Act "offends the fundamental constitutional principles of checks and balances and separation of powers."

As come to know all too well with this administration, "checks and balances and separation of powers" means very little. But surely the Bushies wouldn't attempt their expansion of executive power at the expense of protecting Americans would they? You tell me.

(Filed at State of the Day and All Spin Zone)

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