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Saturday, February 07, 2004
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Friday, February 06, 2004
Children's Defense Fund Analysis shows Bush Administration Budget Takes from Poor Children to Give to the Rich So, isn't that what they were (s)elected to do?
Co-Chair of Bush Panel Part of Far Right Network[I]t appears that Silberman was a key conduit to Iran during the early 1980s.This is just a terrific guy to head a commission investigating the Bushians!
The Fault Is Not in Our Stars, but in OurselvesTo the Editor:Wow, more "support" for my fantasy of separating the red and blue states into two nations! :-)
Political Memo: Military Service Becomes Weapon in a Kerry-Bush RaceThe contrast could not be more striking.The National Guard during the Vietnam War was a well-recognized way to avoid getting sent to 'Nam. Bush was a combat-dodger when his nation "needed him."
The Rising Value of Play MoneyTo the soft-spoken Mr. Carr, Cashflow is much more than just a $195 board game. He credits it with making him more financially disciplined.The first financial lesson should be, don't pay $195 for any board game!
Thursday, February 05, 2004
Bush Administration Eyes Bolivia's Morales as Radical Who Has Nation's Ear If Morales was elected Bolivian president, how soon before we would start hearing the Bushians scream about WMD's in Bolivia? Or more seriously, some other way this tiny country threatens us?
The Secretary of Labor Is the Enemy of Labor Following eagerly on the heels of that great friend of the working American, George W. Bush.
Kissinger Document Shows Pre-Emption in Practice So now Kissinger's exposed on Chile. He didn't want a successful left-wing Chile to be a model for others. So Kissinger destroyed it. Same reason Reagan destroyed Sandinista Nicaragua.
Tuesday, February 03, 2004
Our True Intelligence Failure, or, Don't Throw Me in That Briar PatchThe formation of this new commission will become the next step in the mission of the administration to dismantle all institutions, inside and outside government, and reshape them in the image of the radical right. This is so even though many of the institutions they're attacking are already conservative. They've almost finished the job with the broadcast media; 'compassionate conservatism' is about doing the same with the institutions of the social safety net; they've done it with corporate lobbyists (see 'Welcome to the Machine", by Nicholas Confessore, ); they want to do it with the CIA and the military; and, scariest of all, they're doing it with the very infrastructure of democracy, the counting of the vote.Nice overall summary of things.
Halftime Was One Big Rip-OffMTV's halftime extravaganza — a mind-numbing assemblage of huge, meaningless special effects, talentless schlumps, simulated decadence, and extreme musical puerility — was a devastating indictment of American music and American culture. There was not a single moment of artistic meaning, or a moment free of bombastic titillation.A "fascist armadillo." I love that phrase.
Protecting the Purity of American Children or What Exactly is Obscene? Best I've seen on Janet Jackson's exposed breast, undoubtedly one of the most obscene and child-tramautizing events ever to have occurred in the history of mankind.
Red Bush States are the MoochersEach year, the Tax Foundation, a nonprofit research group, crunches numbers from the Census Bureau to produce an intriguing figure: how much each state receives in federal spending for every dollar it pays in federal taxes.And it's typical Bushian flim-flam. Here's a link to the full report. My devoutly wished-for fantasy is to divide up the red and blue states into separate nations.
Elitism in Youth Sports Yields Physical Fatness[A]s a country, we've never been fatter. Today, as we prepare for the ultimate couch potato experience — the Super Bowl — it is sobering to note that almost 65 percent of adults in the United States are either overweight or obese. That is sad news. But what is even sadder is our children are on pace to be significantly fatter than we are by the time they reach adulthood.How fat can we get before we explode?
O'Reilly said last night that the Janet Jackson boob episode will be a "seminal" event in broadcasting history. Good to see O'Reilly hasn't lost his skill at extreme exaggeration. I thought maybe he might have once he had to admit that Hillary's book outsold his nearly two to one (1.5 million to 800,000). What I'd like to know is, how many copies did Franken's book and Michael Moore's book sell. I think one or both of them must have outsold O'Reilly also.
On the Dark Side of DemocracyBut in much of the developing world, she argues, nations are starkly divided along ethnic lines. Disproportionately wealthy ethnic minorities — Ms. Chua calls them market-dominant minorities — exist alongside poor and resentful majorities. And in such cases, she insists, adding democracy and free markets can be disastrous.For exampleThough they make up barely 1 percent of the population, she writes, 'Chinese Filipinos control as much as 60 percent of the private economy, including the country's four major airlines and almost all of the country's banks, hotels, shopping malls and major conglomerates.'Interesting article about how greedy bastard minority groups get theirs when democracy comes. (Whoops! the US is a greedy bastard minority in the world!)
Blinded by the RightThe ascendance of Republicans in control of all branches of the federal government has put the 'We've Got Ours' party in charge. Wealth is to be preserved and hoarded, and as to sharing the bounty for the common good, well, the Grand Old Party doesn't mingle with anything 'common.'They've got theirs, and the hell with everybody else.
Monday, February 02, 2004
FCC to investigate Super Bowl breast-baring NATIONAL CRISIS! NATIONAL CRISIS! CALL IN THE MARINES!! Drop everything else! Forget about WMD's, deficits, mad cow. All IRRELEVANT! A breast was exposed on national TV. The minds of untold numbers of poor innocent children -- not to mention that of John Ashcroft (who covered up the breast of a statue not too long ago) -- have been irretrievably corrupted. The very souls of these children are now probably damned to hell for what they have seen. Quick, get a priest and do a mass national exorcism!
Another thing: If all these parents are so upset that their kids saw a breast, why aren't they upset about the ads for -- as Bill Maher terms them -- boner pills? Wouldn't those ads provoke questions from their kids a lot more tricky to handle than the bare breast?
A Scandal Greater Than Watergate Great short piece, full of logic and indisputable facts. Just like I would have written :-)
Danger of Imperious PresidencyUntil recently, the 'soft power' of our human and civil rights record was admired -- and sometimes envied -- around the world.Uh, probably not by the peoples of all the countries around the world where we supported or even installed brutal dictatorships since WWII!
USATODAY.com - Poll: Bush approval hits new lowKerry's standing has strengthened not only against his Democratic rivals but also against Bush. For the first time, he clearly defeats the president in a head-to-head matchup, 53% to 46%.Is there really a God?
Sunday, February 01, 2004
Why doesn't someone ask the simple question: if we had $200 billion and 120,000 troops to go get Saddam, why didn't we have $200 billion and 120,000 troops to get bin Laden on the Afghanistan-Pakistan border and wipe out the remaining Al Qaeda there? Wouldn't we have been better off with the results of the latter investment of blood and treasure, than with the results of the former?
Afghan Government Says U.S. Lies About Civilian Deaths The villagers say innocent civilians were killed, the Pentagon said not so. Now the Afghan government, our "ally," sides with the villagers. So suddenly the Pentagon is backtracking.
The last elephant to crash were the antiglobalization protesters, who almost shut Davos down the last two years. This year, they were nowhere...What intellectual dishonesty is shown here by Thomas Friedman. The protesters weren't there because the police blocked off the site. As to no alternative growth strategy, this is the most oft-repeated and least accurate canard I've ever seen. Antiglobalization protesters are not against globalization, just against globalization which considers only the needs of multinational corporations. The web sites of these groups have very detailed proposals to make the globalization process fair to people around the world. For example, check this.
An interesting letter:A spokesman for Kellogg, Brown & Root, a subsidiary of Halliburton, claims that a contract for logistical services for troops in Iraq was awarded two years ago... [T]his contract also predates the invasion of Iraq by more than a year. How could a company get a contract for an event that had not yet taken place unless it surely knew that it would?Is this two year thing accurate?
Bush Scaling Back Dollars for Third World I guarantee you, he will be scaling it back even more as time goes on. And beyond how much he requests, let's not even get into how much will actually be spent out of the authorized sums.
The Dead Center[The right wing] has devised frames of reference that are used repeatedly in policy debates (among them: it's your money, tax and spend, political correctness, class warfare).Just like Robert Reich in this op-ed calls for Democrats to counter right-wing economic smoke and mirrors with clear and blunt counterarguments, so must the theological smoke and mirrors of right-wing religious leaders be countered with clear and blunt words about what Jesus really taught us.
I thought this little anecdote was really funny, from someone who was working the front desk at a fancy restaurant:Despite the celebrity quotient, she said, she is usually not star-struck. But then there was that evening when the actor Aidan Quinn came for dinner in the Pool Room. 'Aidan Quinn had the bluest eyes I have ever seen,' she said.
Hostility Grows Over US StanceEven among America's friends there is something about the trumpeting of American exceptionalism, especially when wedded to what seems to many to be a desire to make the world over in America's image, that is profoundly offputting. It was during a panel on narcissism at the World Economic Forum last week that a Yale University assistant clinical professor of psychiatry, Bandy Xenobia Lee, quoted the standard medical description of Narcissistic Personality Disorder from the Diagnostic & Statistical Manual. A sufferer of this disorder is defined as someone who:Get those Bushians into treatment FAST!!
Common Dreams has this on its home page today:CLAIM vs. FACT: Bush Rationale for InvasionNow I ask you: if the corporate media had played Bush's misstatement of fact over and over again as many times as they played Howard Dean's Iowa speech, how much credibility would Bush have left?
US Officials Knew in May Iraq Possessed No WMD I wonder if this will have any legs.
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