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| Wednesday, June 29, 2005

So, what should Karl Rove apologize for• Recounting, accurately, the historical record of some wacky liberals' response to the 9/11 attacks• Whitewashing history is not acceptable. ... Republican congressional leaders propose using the Social Security surplus to pay for private accounts. It's an interesting idea -- until you realize that the extra money they're relying on will evaporate in 12 years. Some "solution." ... The Australian newspaper calls prospective Republican presidential candidate Chuck Hagel, the U.S. senator from Nebraska, "a liberal in Republican's clothing." Which is exactly what the GOP and conservatism doesn't need. ... Italian and Norwegian newspapers report that Adolf Hitler ordered the development of the world's first inflatable sex doll in 1941 to "serve the sexual needs of the German fighting man ... ." Herr Hitler's plan for an army of blow-up girls was deflated when Allied forces bombed into oblivion Dresden, where the dolls were to be produced. While Hitler was trying to please his boys (not to mention spare them from disease and keeping the Aryan race "pure"), the Allies put their inflatable skills to better use -- deploying fake tanks and aircraft to turn the Germans' attention away from Normandy. It turned out to be a far more pleasurable experience. We won.

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