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Saturday, May 01, 2004
Hug an EvangelicalLiberals often protest that they would have nothing against conservative Christians if they were not led by hypocritical blowhards who try to impose their Ten Commandments plaques, sexual mores and creationism on society. But that's a crude stereotype, and it ignores the Christian right's accomplishments. Polls show that evangelical Christians are more likely to contribute to charities that help the needy, and in horror spots in Africa Catholics and other Christians are the bulwark of the health care system.Contributing to charities is very nice to appy the bandaids, but evangelical Christians are the most likely to oppose the kind of real structural changes that would obviate the necessity for the bandaids in the first place.
Support for War Is Down Sharply, Poll ConcludesSupport for the war in Iraq has eroded substantially over the past several months, and Americans are increasingly critical of the way President Bush is handling the conflict, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll.This sounds more like the beginning of the end, not just the end of the beginning.
Bishops and Politicians A letter I could have written:To the Editor:In other words, bar all the right-wing pseudo-Christians from communion. Better yet, excommunicate them!
Diplomacy: Ambassador Nominee Defends Limits on Iraq's SovereigntyTwo Democrats, Christopher J. Dodd of Connecticut and Barbara Boxer of California, noted that they had disagreed with Mr. Negroponte when he was an ambassador in Honduras and deputy national security adviser because of the Reagan administration's policies of providing covert aid to anti-Sandinista rebels in Nicaragua in the 1980's. But they said they would set aside those concerns out of personal respect for him."Personal respect"??? Boxer and Dodd know that Negroponte did nothing to stop, perhaps even assisted death squad activities in Honduras and the murder of thousands of poor Nicaraguans. What makes people like Boxer and Dodd sell out?
Did any of you see Chris Matthews the other night interviewing Rumseld? Matthews was having multiple orgasms, cumming in his pants over and over again without even touching himself, so thrilled was he that Rumsfeld granted him an interview. Matthews literally said that it was so great that someone like him, Matthews, could be granted time to interview someone so high up and powerful like Rumsfeld. It was truly a disgusting spectacle. Especially when you compare it to the stiletto dismemberment of right-wingers that Matthews has shown he is capable of, as in his demolition of Ann Coulter.
A simple question: all these right-wing and even centrist commentators and politicians who keep saying "Well, criticizing the war is easy with 20-20 hindsight, blah, blah, blah..." -- why hasn't anyone called on them the ludicrousness of their statement. The exact stuff that is happening now was predicted by an untold number of war critics. So it's NOT 20-20 hindsight. It was 20-20 FOREsight.
Friday, April 30, 2004
Viagra and the Battle of the Awkward AdsFor instance, if an ad mentions the product name and what it treats, side effects must also be disclosed - in this case eyebrow-lifters like 'erections that last for more than four hours.'And parents are concerned about a breast flash? How come Bill O'Reilly isn't hammering away on this, since the ads appear during times when kids will be watching television? I've got to remember to take note whether any of those (as Bill Maher terrifically labels them) "boner pill" companies advertise on his show.
Court Historian Woodward Disguises Bush Aims in Invading IraqWhy is Bob Woodward’s latest book, “Plan of Attack,” is being promoted by the administration? Because it portrays an in-charge President Bush and presents him as genuinely concerned (and seemingly misled) over the threat posed by Iraq’s “weapons of mass-destruction.” Unfortunately, the nation’s most-famous investigative reporter got it wrong.Woodward is disappointing, but then again, what do you expect?
Iraqi Prison Photos Mar U.S. ImagePhotos of U.S. soldiers abusing Iraqi prisoners drew international condemnation on Friday, prompting the stark conclusion that the U.S. campaign to win the hearts and minds of Iraqis is a lost cause.In case you haven't seen the pix.
Congress Ignores 'Dirty War' Past of New Iraq Envoy Negroponte will serve the same role in Iraq he served in Honduras, to use whatever means is necessary, including torture and murder and denying the democratic rights of the citizens of other nations, to ensure that "friendly" (meaning puppet) governments are "chosen" by those citizens.
Accused Soldiers Didn't Know Geneva RulesThe six U.S. soldiers facing courts-martial in connection with mistreatment of detainees at an Iraqi prison did not receive in-depth training on the Geneva Conventions, which govern the handling of captives, a military spokeswoman said Friday.Yeah, I guess you need an in-depth training on the Geneva Conventions to know that you're not supposed to sexually abuse prisoners or subject them to mock executions.
The Year in ReviewA total of 307 persons were killed in the attacks of 2003, far fewer than the 725 killed during 2002. A total of 1,593 persons were wounded in the attacks that occurred in 2003, down from 2,013 persons wounded the year before.These numbers show just how much hyped the "war on terror" is. Every day 30,000 children under the age of 5 die of preventable hunger and/or disease. That's the real terror in the world.
Bremer in Early 2001: Bush Administration Paid 'No Attention' to Terrorism Straight from the horse's mouth.
Reagan's Former Navy Secretary Unleashes Tide of Iraq CriticismA critical question for citizens and journalists to ask the U.S. government right now is this: "Under what circumstances will the United States military withdraw from Iraq?"Man, those commies are good. They've brainwashed yet another heretofore patriotic American into spouting enemy propaganda criticizing one of the greatest presidents in US history. How do these commies do it?!
More Agents Track Castro Than Bin LadenThe Treasury Department agency entrusted with blocking the financial resources of terrorists has assigned five times as many agents to investigate Cuban embargo violations as it has to track Osama bin Laden's and Saddam Hussein's money, documents show.Those Florida Cuban-Americans certainly scare the Bushians, don't they.
Its About TimeSo what was so urgent that the world was compelled to act immediately? If the US had not invaded Iraq in March 2003:Very nicely put. I haven't seen it explained quite this clearly.
Poll finds optimism about what lies ahead Most Iraqis expect life will improve in next few years What a dishonest spin on the poll results.
Thursday, April 29, 2004
From what visitors typed into my site's search engine:
Pulp Fictions Triumph over Truth[A]ccording to a study by the University of Maryland: 57 % of those surveyed 'believe that before the war Iraq was providing substantial support to al-Qaida', and 45% 'believe that evidence that Iraq was supporting al-Qaida has been found'. Moreover, 65% believe that 'experts' have confirmed that Iraq had WMD.Unfit for citizenship.
'Death was a Waste': She Hates the War That Killed Her Son Damn the Bushians!
U.S., Iraqi Views of Occupation ConvergingOne year after President George W Bush declared an end to ''major hostilities'' in Iraq, public opinion there and in the United States is beginning to converge, as people in both countries increasingly agree that the U.S. invasion and occupation might not have been such a good idea after all.Check the article for some interesting numbers.
Tuesday, April 27, 2004
Decade of Democracy Fills Gaps in South Africa According to a graph which accompanied this article, disposal income for blacks and whites was $1158 and $8562 in 1994, and in 2002 was $1480 and $9555. In other words, in 8 years, black disposable income increased from 13.5% of white disposal income, to 15.4% of white disposable income. Not very good.
The other night Alan Colmes repeated two times in teasers that "thousands" rallied in DC in the pro-choice march. Why does Colmes do this stuff? There were hundreds of thousands there. Why couldn't he be accurate? Even the Fox news crawler on the bottom of the screen said estimates were between 500,000 and 800,000. Have you even seen Colmes be inaccurate in favor of a liberal position?
Monday, April 26, 2004
Kerry’s DLC versus The PiratesAfter three years of Republican rule, it is madness to say that John Kerry’s DLC rump of the Democratic Party is even remotely equivalent to the rampaging Bush regime. The Bush men have a plan to “change the world”; the DLC have none. The Bush men are driven by a triumphalist ideology; the DLC have their hands out. The DLC attempts to obstruct and co-opt progressive ideas and movements within the Democratic Party; the Bush men are determined to snuff out all who oppose the absolute rule of capital on the Planet Earth, the U.S. included.I may be coming around to this point of view.
What Do We Do Now? Just about the clearest, succinct piece I've seen.
Still on Catastrophe's Edge
Sunday, April 25, 2004
Latin America Losing Hope in Democracy, Report SaysA majority of Latin Americans say they would support the replacement of a democratic government with an 'authoritarian' one if it could produce economic benefits, according to a United Nations report released Wednesday in Lima, Peru.There is no real democracy there. It's a veneer of democracy. The same miniscule percentage of the population that always ruled, still rules. And they rule under the control of the IMF for the benefit of themselves and the multinationals. That's why the people of those countries are fed up.
World Bank Meeting to Focus on PovertyWith the global economic outlook improving, the top economists at the World Bank said the focus of their annual meetings this weekend would be further reducing poverty.This is jaw-dropping chutzpah! The World Bank claiming its goal is reducing poverty is like the Nazi Party claiming its goal is reducing anti-Semitism.
Disappearance of Rightist Unsettles Colombian Peace TalksA confederation of regional factions with as many as 15,000 fighters, the group eroded support for rebels by killing hundreds of Colombians. Its money has come from ranchers, wealthy Colombians and, the United States says, drug trafficking.If you don't think the CIA has had a hand in aiding that group of murderers, you're awful naive.
I got this email today, which makes a good point:There has only been 1 US-Iraqi war; we never stopped bombing, or the embargo, in the 13+ years. A UN commission estimated (several years ago) that the number of indirect casualties of babies and young children was >0.5M, primarily due to destruction of infrastructure and the embargo. Include the elderly, plus >0.2M battle deaths, and it is highly unlikely the Iraqi dead total <1.0M.
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