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CNN Homepage Screenshot I came home this afternoon expecting a lot of news about the bombing in Greece. Instead, there is nothing on the cable news shows and nothing on the major news outlets online. This is a screenshot from CNN.com as of 4:40pm CST. There is nothing about Greece and certainly nothing “above the fold.”

Foxnews.com ScreenshotFoxNews.com is having the same problem as there site is showing nothing. I have been flipping between CNN, MSNBC, Headline News and Fox News for an hour now. There has been no word at all about the bombing in Greece. Am I missing something or this some sort of media blackout? The only news I can get is from European sources. This really stinks.

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Has It Begun?

On CNN at this second: “Explosion rips through U.S. Embassy compound in Athens, Greece.”

Is this the beginning of the end? Will there be a worldwide about-face against the U.S.? Perhaps there already is and this is the result of that downturn.

Let’s hope it was just a gas leak. Of course it’s not. I am beside myself.

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President Bush has decided to send 20,000 more troops to Iraq. He takes responsibility for the mistakes that have been made. In effect, he apologized for what he has gotten us into.

This apology is meaningless. Bush says that failure in Iraq means that “Radical Islamic extremists would grow in strength and gain new recruits.” He understands that we are in an untenable situation with seemingly no path to victory.

How can he even stand in front of us? Does he not realize that he is the only reason we are in this situation? His repeated attempts to continue to connect Iraq to the “war on terror” only prove how insane this man must be. Then, he throws in a few fear-mongering comments about Iran’s nuclear ambitions. It’s the classic scenario of the man who is building more and more lies on top of lies to try to cover up his mistakes.

None of this had to happen. There were no missiles aimed at our citizens. There were no missiles at all. It was a concoction designed for political gain and nothing more. 20,000 more troops are being placed in harm’s way only so that one man can save face rather than save lives.

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If Bush’s plan is wrong, what is the right path? I don’t know. I’m not sure anyone knows. It may be unsolvable. However, Bush thinks he knows and that’s the most dangerous kind of knowledge. He feels as though he has a moral and righteous duty to follow the path he has created. He feels as though he is bound by faith to continue to press forward.

That faith is as dangerous as it was for the Crusaders, because it is blind to the reality in which it exists. Faith is blind and dump to anything that might speak against it. Bush, a man of faith is lost because faith has let him down.

Some part of him now knows that he is a man with no nation and a God that has forsaken him. My greatest fear is that he will attempt to sacrifice something to gain God’s favor again.

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He broke all the rules with his announcement. I loved every minute of it.

I really thought Tom Vilsack had something going with his video blog. In fact, I am still rapt when I see it pop up in my news reader. However, John Edwards has really grasped the idea of the grassroots and letting the citizens lead his campaign.

With his downbeat demeanor, yet his insistence on hope, Edwards makes for a compelling candidate for many all along the political spectrum. I can’t wait to see his energizing message sweep across the nation. With Saddam Hussein’s execution today, his punch might be somewhat limited, but it’s impossible to stop a message like this. Even if you disagree with the message, it’s powerful to see how his different approach has seemingly woken up the progressive voter base.

You will have noticed that I am not taking a neutral journalistic approach here. I am supporting Edwards for President and I will try to be circumspect in what I cover. Like all really good citizens, I am excited by his message, but I am also aware of being led by the nose. In other words, there is still a margin of cynicism that I will use to keep Edwards and his campaign honest to the best of my abilities.

Hussein’s Hanging

It will happen any minute now. The coverage has been decidedly mixed, perhaps even surprisingly so. I have avoided a lot of it for the escapism of college football. I guess that makes me the typical American slob.

In the end, the violence in Iraq was bound to get worse, no matter what happened to Saddam. I have very low expectations for any positive outcome there. Yes, some positives have happened, but they are going to be drowned in the blood of the innocents now being massacred daily.

Saddam’s hanging will be used to each side’s purpose with disregard to what may or may not have been the truth.

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