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Very disturbing case: 12 U.S. soldiers to go on trial for war crimes / coverup in Afghan.  Some alleged to have collected fingers…. Raw Story:  An Iraq veteran’s descent into suicide. The elusive face of PTSD. 

Imam of "ground zero mosque"  Feisal Abdul Rauf interviewed on CNN on the Islamic center  debate: "If we don’t do this right, anger will explode in the Muslim world."   But adds "Nothing is off the table" when asked whether he would consider moving the Islamic center site. 

Howie Kurtz latest to hit media for wildly over-covering that  pastor with 50 followers who plans to burn Korans in Florida. . ..  Even Obama goes at the guy on GMA this morning…. But U.S. embassies brace for protest.

On Colbert’s salute to troops last night Yogi Berra bailed out Stephen for continually claiming Iraq war is "ended" by declaring, ‘It’s not over until it’s over."    Colbert pointed out that the press is covering this phase of the conflict about as well as they did its beginning.  But even Biden has to disagree with him when he calls for a victory parade.  Biden also thanks George W. Bush for ‘honoring" the troops.  Here’s his interview with Biden.

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Beck and Palin cash in on 9/11.  Every time they close their eyes: Lies, lies….Max Blumenthal covers Rachel Corrie v. Israel trial….  Haunting Wash Post piece on that suicide by an editor at Virginia Quarterly Review…. Al Jazeera near a deal to air in major U.S. markets — over Pacifica Radio network… Dave Weigel hails Will Bunch’s book "Backlash" at Slate.

The New Yorker:  Did Obama quote Jimi Hendrix in his big speech? 

Lizz Winstead tweets  "The only thing America is manufacturing right now is ragweed."

NOT ENOUGH OPINION OUT THERE  Politico hires Michael Kinsley & Joe Scarborough (who stays w/  MSNBC) to write dueling columns.  Balance is all. 

KRISTOF TIPS HAT  Nick Kristof on "inspiring" 9/11 widows now working to help people — in Afghanistan: "So at a time when the American government reacted to the horror of 9/11 mostly with missiles and bombs, detentions and waterboardings, Ms. Retik and Ms. Quigley turned to education and poverty-alleviation projects." 

JUST LIKE THE MEDIA    Whistleblower reveals:  U.S. interpretors weak on interpreting Afghans.

BARING THAT CROSS  My personal Photo of the Day: When Ground Zero united, did not divide, us…. Bed bugs ordered to leave all hotels and apartments within three blocks of Ground Zero — for dishonoring America.

BITS & PIECES   The Atlantic site puts together extracts from some top writers who proposed ways to "re-think Afghanistan."  …. Politico previews "What a Speaker Boehner Would Do."  Promising a chicken in every pot or in tanning bed? …. New Yorker slide show: Letters from 9/11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed to his family in Pakistan….  Frank Ahrens leaving Wash Post –to be a Hyundai spokesman.


That wacky Taiwan news site returns with funny animated  take on NYT-WSJ battle for supremacy, with major digs at Sulzberger and a decidedly sharky Murdoch.



Thanks to my daughter Jeni Mitchell for finally introducing me to the great, one-of-a-kind band Beirut, here live on Jools Holland show.