Mind-numbing: Today in Iraq

This list of items directly from the AP is mind-numbing. E-mail this to the Bubble Boy here. If his advisors won't give him bad news, we will.

-Insurgents launched mortars at a military base near Iskandariyah, killing one Marine and wounding five.

-The al-Qaida affiliate led by Jordanian terror mastermind Abu Musab al-Zarqawi posted a videotape on the Internet showing the murder of a candidate from the party of interim Prime Minister Ayad Allawi.

-Three Iraqi civilians were killed when a car bomb exploded in Samarra.

-A roadside bomb missed a U.S. convoy in Mahmoudiya, but killed three Iraqis and injured seven others.

-A suicide car bomb in Baqouba killed an Iraqi soldier and injured five civilians and two Iraqi police officers.

-A roadside bomb targeting a U.S. convoy killed one Iraqi bystander near Tikrit.

There's more. A lot more.

-Insurgents attacked seven polling stations in Kirkuk with mortars and machine guns and opened fire on a police patrol, killing one policeman.

-Armed men blew up a school administration building after first ordering the staff to leave in Samarra. The building was scheduled to be a voting center.

-An Iraqi civilian was killed and another was injured in Samarra when fighting broke out between U.S. troops and armed men.

-Militants fired mortar shells at four schools designated as polling stations in the southern province of Basra.

-U.S. and Iraqi troops clashed with insurgents on Haifa street in Baghdad, witnesses reported.

-A suicide car bomber struck a U.S. military convoy near the northern city of Beiji, witnesses said. No casualties were reported.

-An Iraqi army soldier was killed and seven people were injured when a suicide car bomb exploded near an Iraqi patrol in Diyala province, U.S. officials said.

-In Ramadi, an Iraqi national guard soldier was killed when insurgents attacked a joint U.S.-Iraqi force guarding a voting center at a school, said police Lt. Safa al-Obeidi.

-The body of Talib Minshid, a colonel in the former Iraqi intelligence under Saddam Hussein, was found in Baqouba, two days after he was abducted by armed men.

-A U.S. solider died of a gunshot wound at a base near Tikrit, in what U.S. military command called an accident.

-Australian officials announced that eight Australian soldiers were injured by a car comb on Baghdad's airport road on Wednesday.

-A British soldier testified in court that three comrades accused of mistreating civilians had laughed and joked as they forced two Iraqi men to simulate sex acts.