HOW BAD ARE THE WHITE HOUSE SCANDALS? SO BAD THAT CELEBRITY IN CHIEF BARRY O HAS EVEN LOST CHRIS "THE TWITCH" MATTHEWS.
MEANWHILE A DISINTERESTED BARRY O, ADRIFT AND UNCONCERNED ABOUT THE NATION'S STILL FAILING ECONOMY, HEADS TO ASBURY PARK TODAY FOR PHOTO OPS AND CAMPAIGN APPEARANCES.
REACHED FOR COMMENT, BARRY O TOLD THESE REPORTERS, "NO, I'M NOT RUNNING FOR ANY OFFICE THIS YEAR BUT I LOVE CAMPAIGNING, IT'S SO MUCH MORE FUN THAN GOVERNING. WHAT CAN I SAY? I'M A REAL WHORE FOR APPLAUSE."
FROM THE TCI WIRE:
This weekend, it was a good guess that the death toll in Iraq would reach 700 before the month was over. Now 800 doesn't seem out of reach. Through yesterday, Iraq Body Count counts 678 violent deaths so far this month.
And violence again slammed Iraq today. Duraid Adnan (New York Times) reports that the bombing attacks in Baghdad began in "afternoon rush hour traffic." All Iraq News adds that there were 13 car bombs today in Baghdad alone: "Sa'adon, Baghdad Jadida, Sabai'liBour, Maalif, Kadhimya, Sadriyah, Diyala Bridge, SHaab, Habibiya, Baladiyat and Jurriya areas." Aziz Alwan (Los Angeles Times) reports, "The bombs went off in and around mostly Shiite Muslim areas of Baghdad, the capital, at markets and other public areas that were teeming with civilians, and primarily were planted in cars or on motorcycles, authorities said." Reuters notes that they claimed over 70 lives. DPA counts 75 deaths in Baghdad and over 200 injured.
That would move the count to 748.
If . . .
Baghdad were the only place in Iraq.
National Iraqi News Agency notes a Tikrit bombing claimed the lives of 2 Sahwa and left another three injured, a police officer was injured (four bullets to the chest) while standing in front of his Babil home, a Falluja roadside bombing left two Iraqi soldiers injured, a government employee carrying "the salaries of his colleagues" was stabbed to death in Hit, a Kirkuk bombing left a Sahwa injured, 1 police officer was shot dead on the streets of Mosul, an armed clash in Mosul left three people injured (two were police), a Mosul bombing claimed the life of 1 police colonel, 1 teacher was shot dead in Baquba, and a Baquba roadside bombing left two people injured. All Iraq News notes that the US Embassy in Baghdad issued a statement denouncing the bombings and attacks.
Cleric and movement leader Moqtada al-Sadr addressed the violence. Alsumaria notes he declared that the country is without a government to protect it and that the people needed to eliminate hate from their heart. He attacked Israel as the enemy and said the people had moved from God and were being punished. Speaker of Parliament Osama al-Nujaifi also weighed in. NINA notes he called on "the government and security commanders, who refrained from coming before Parliament, to present acceptable justifications for the security deterioration that made the Iraqis pay dearly in the lives of innocent people."
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