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Bush pissy at LA, NY, Las Vegas

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George Bush held a press conference this morning to explain why he's cool with the NSA reading e-mails and tapping phones of Americans. Without warrants. If you guessed terrorism, you're right. If you guessed he'd say "Saddam" when he meant "Osama bin Laden," you'd also be right. Avowedly left-contrarian Martini Republic has pulled some choice quotes.

The "Patriot" Act, which among other things made it really easy for the government to spy on you in ways it couldn't before, was due to expire. The House voted to extend it, then on Friday, the Senate didn't. Lawmakers would have had to get more than 60 votes to overcome a filibuster. "I want senators from New York or Los Angeles or Las Vegas to explain why these cities are safer" without the extension of the act, Bush said/whined. But the leader of the filibuster is Russ Feingold of Wisconsin. 40 Democrats and 4 Republicans stand with him. Why isn't Bush complaining about Wisconsin, Massachusetts, Hawaii, Ohio? Why does he nail Las Vegas when one of the Nevada Senators sided with Bush? Could it be that LA+NY+Las Vegas=sin cities? In Bush's mind, are we all just dens of iniquity? That's cool. We'll have fun without him.