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Bush compares Iraq to Vietnam. Now, I've heard Iraq compared to Vietnam many times before. But Bush has a really unique angle here: he believes that pulling out of Vietnam was a tragic mistake.

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FISA dismantled

What is wrong with the Democrats in Congress? Don't they know that we elected them because we're sick of unchecked executive power?

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wild poker game

I'm sitting at a $2/$4 Texas Hold'em Table with 5 other players. Two of them have brought more than $10,000 to the table and they are playing the way most people play $0.01/$0.02 poker. For awhile there was a third guy with $7,000 playing similarly. One of them is raising more than 50% of his hands pre-flop. (For comparison, I sat down with $300).

I'm folding almost all of my hands immediately and waiting for the nuts.

Edit: Somehow, I ended up losing money at this crazy table. Upon reflection, I wasn't adapting my post-flop play to the fact that the pot was always huge. After seeing the flop, I needed to bluff less and call down more.

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I read Al Gore's The Assault on Reason last week. I thought it was a pretty good analysis of Where America Went Wrong and why we're in the pickle that we're in. Gore places a lot of the blame at the feet of the current administration. However, he also drives home the point that the administration ultimately derives its power from the electorate--which means that we, the people, are ultimately responsible and need to step up to the plate of setting things right. Gore believes that something has gone awry in our political process and national dialog. Specifically, that the rise of television has reduced political conversation to one-way 30-second sound bites, which are prone to appeals to emotion rather than cohesive and intelligent debate. He hopes that the dawning of the Internet will at least partially reverse this effect by allowing anyone to contribute to the national dialog.

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