Thursday, January 05, 2006

The Holiday's Over - Nepal's Politicos Get Back to Killing; Tom Turns Into GOP Turkey

Mahendranagar, Nepal (ZP) -- After a four-month unilateral ceasefire between Nepal's ruling government and Maoist rebels expired Jan. 2, nobody expected peace.

It took little more than two days for the "we can kill each other again" attitude to kick back into gear.

According to government authorities, Maoist rebels killed three police officers and wounded several others in the Asian nation's southwestern region. The series of attacks, according to the BBC report, are in response to the Maoist insistence that the Nepali military has launched their own attacks.

- Fresh "Rebel" Violence in Nepal, BBC, Jan. 5, 2006 -

Nepal is currently ruled by King Gyanendra. Gyanendra declared himself absolute monarch last February, dissolving the Cabinet.

Gyanendra also dissolved the parliament in 2002.

Maoist rebel groups began their rebellion almost a decade ago. More than 12,000 people have been reportedly killed in the conflict.

Happy holidays, Nepal. Nothing says the holiday cheer like body bags full of dead people.

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Fmr. U.S. Speaker DeLay Now Political equivalent of "Toast"

Tom DeLay makes the SPT list for the first time for pulling off perhaps the most embarrassing political collapse since Nelson Rockefeller dropped dead in his girlfriend's house.

With a Grand Jury indictment already under his belt, a former DeLay faces lukewarm support for a return to power.

Why? DeLay has ties to convicted lobbyist-turned-whistleblower Jack Abramoff, from whom DeLay reportedly received $15,000 in campaign support. A former aide of DeLay has also pleaded guilty fraud charges.

Moderate GOP members now see the former Next-Texan-Who-Would-Be-President as a liability in next year's elections.

"We need to clean up our House here very quickly or a year from now we'll be the minority party,"

I'd make a snake oil salesman joke, but that would be an insult to snake oil salesmen everywhere.

Stick a fork in this one - this political career is done.

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