04/19/2006 04:33 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Italy's Up, Karl's Down, Iran's in their Sights

(1) Hey, Silvio, how can we miss you if you won't go away?
And not only will Berlusconi not concede, but neither Bush nor the Pope have yet called Prime Minister-Elect Prodi to congratulate him. Well, it's only been a week...Maybe they'll find their cell phones today.
Too bad, George--those Italian troops are still coming home from Iraq asap...

(2) Karl Rove got demoted today. BFD.
If this was a serious makeover, Karl would be out--his early participation in the sleazing of Joe Wilson and the outing of Valerie Plame would be more than enough to qualify him for a one-way ticket back to that little cottage in the Texas Hill Country that he uses so he won't have to pay state income taxes or vote in D.C.
Mr. Fitzgerald--isn't it about time to drop an indictment on Karl? It should be obvious by now that these guys cannot take a hint. Besides, Karl's worked hard for it; he's labored for years to win such an award...And I, for one, think he deserves it. Heck, he's worked so hard he's developed memory lapses! So why should Scooter get all the fun?
In the meantime, if you've never seen the always-excellent Molly Ivins' recap of Karl's early years of testifying, under oath, back when he was smearing Jim Hightower and other Texas Democrats for political fame and fortune, check this out.

(3) The reason Iran is in the sights of the White House is because they have nowhere else to go. That's what makes the current moment so dangerous--the liars and misleaders in the White House are eying Iran for the same reason they went after Iraq in the middle of the Enron-led corporate scandals of 2002--because they've got to change the subject.
But wait--it turns out we gave Iran their nuke capability. My fellow co-founder David Swanson lays it out here, in a piece he calls "Iranian Irony"--well worth reading.

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