(1) Paging von: Apparently, the Democrats agree that "at the end of the day, though, "Bush got us into this mess" is not a foreign policy," not that that was all they were saying at the time. Now, however, they have decided to broadcast their strategy to the high heavens. Probably, no one will notice, since the likelihood that Democrats' ideas on foreign policy will have any impact on the actual world is approximately nil. However, you really can't say that they don't have any, or that they are not trying to publicize it.
Of course, some of these ideas have been around for a while. Take the GI Bill of Rights for the 21st century, which is part of the new plan: it was introduced as a bill on May 5, 2005, and has since languished in committee. We tried to get publicity for that, too. Ha ha ha.
(2) Everyone has probably seen this story already, but hey, it's funny: Howard Kaloogian, a candidate for Duke Cunningham's now-vacant seat in Congress, posted a photo with this caption on his campaign website: "We took this photo of dowtown Baghdad while we were in Iraq. Iraq (including Baghdad) is much more calm and stable than what many people believe it to be. But, each day the news media finds any violence occurring in the country and screams and shouts about it - in part because many journalists are opposed to the U.S. effort to fight terrorism."
The "photo of dowtown (sic) Baghdad" does indeed look very calm and happy for a war zone. That's because it's not actually a photo of Baghdad at all; it's a photo of a peaceful suburb of Istanbul. No wonder things look so calm. You can see the photo (which Kaloogian has now removed), along with another picture of the same street, at TPM. As Josh Marshall notes, the fact that the signs are all in Turkish, not Arabic, is a bit of a giveaway. (The intrepid dKos diarist who nailed down where the photo was actually taken is here.)
(3) News of the weird (via dKos), passed on without comment:
"Surgeons operated on a 2-month-old Pakistani girl Tuesday to remove two fetuses that had grown inside her while she was still in her mother's womb, a doctor said.
The infant, who was identified only as Nazia, was in critical condition following the two-hour operation at The Children's Hospital at Pakistan Institute of Medical Science in the capital, Islamabad, said Zaheer Abbasi, head of pediatric surgery at the hospital.
Abbasi, the chief doctor who led the operation, said the case was the first he was aware of in Pakistan of fetus-in-fetu, where a fetus has grown inside another in the womb.
"It is extremely rare to have two fetuses being discovered inside another," Abbasi told The Associated Press, adding that he did not know what caused the medical abnormality. "Basically, it's a case of triplets, but two of the siblings grew in the other."(...)
Abbasi said surgeons removed the two partially grown fetuses, totaling about two pounds, that had died at about 4 months."
(4) I'll be out of town through the end of the weekend. Also, I just put in an offer on a new house. (I didn't even know I was thinking of moving.) Very busy here in hilzoy-land.
Have fun, and discuss whatever strikes your fancy.