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No Fooling

Tuesday, Apr. 01, 2008 3:51 AM

No one's cracking April Fools' jokes in the KPIX newsroom, mostly because fourteen employees were laid off yesterday, including four veteran reporters.

The decision is being called 'purely economic.'


On the other hand, there's no shortage of fools running about, such as John McCain expressing his puzzlement at Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki taking on Moqtada al-Sadr's militia 'without consulting with America,' and surprise at the outbreak of violence.

McCain also suggests al-Sadr is on the losing side, because 'winners don't ask for cease-fires' - ignoring the fact that al-Maliki was, at best, stalemated by al-Sadr's forces, and that even President Bush has been proven wrong in his assessment of Basra as a 'defining moment' in the history of 'a free Iraq.'

Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson is next on the list, proposing an overhaul to federal regulatory bodies that is being met with less than applause on Wall Street. And while one part of that restructuring is to enhance consumer protections, it's not like the Bush Administration has been mindful of people losing their homes.

Then, there's Hillary Rodham Clinton, who, despite trailing in delegates and the popular vote, is both claiming she will be the nominee, but that the economy will be great again, just like it was during her husband's presidency.



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