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WORLD'S WORST TERRORISM
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WORLDCOM, Etc =
Business As Usual
How on earth can the rest survive with so little left over?
...and the Pope agrees!
About The Rational Radical
Irreconcilable Differences? The Red and Blue States Should Split and Form Separate Nations
Right Wing Christians
Are On My BLOG
Right-wing freedom-of-speech deniers, heed these words:
"To announce that there must
be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the
President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally
treasonable to the American public."
In her book Slander -- indeed in most of what she writes and says
takes what sounds
like the ill-tempered blustering of a barroom drunk and offers it as
serious political commentary. But she's no barroom drunk. At
least the barroom drunk would be embarrassed the next day and apologize
for such remarks.
***Click HERE to read her latest verbal diarrhea, and how to SHUT HER UP!***
"Oldies But Goodies" Articles
Featured Daily Diatribes
|1. U.S. Wealth Distribution: I Get $38, You Get 23 Cents -- That's Fair, Right?||September 4, 2001|
|2. Despite Her Denials, Ann Coulter Proves Not Only Vicious, But Ignorant||October 4, 2001|
|3. Fox News Leads Concerted Attack on African-American Leadership||August 1,2001|
every day for six months,
Who's Telling the Truth About "Crony Capitalism"?
January 31, 2002
Before I get into the substance of this debate, a bit of personal history:
Just about my first exposure to a non-corporate media source came from an unlikely place: the public library in my conservative suburban hometown. It was the late '60's, the Vietnam War was raging, the cities were burning, and as a teenager I instinctively knew there had to be a lot more we should be told about than what was being reported on the nightly network evening news.
I decided to take a look at the periodical section of the library, and came across a magazine called Ramparts, [continue reading]
Help for Poor Nations: Watch What Bush Does, Not What He Says
Bush State of Union Speech Misleading
January 30, 2002
In his State of the Union Speech last night, George Bush proclaimed a goal of "extending American compassion throughout the world." That sounds wonderful.
But apparently our compassion will have to be extended without much -- if any -- additional funding for that purpose, since it was reported earlier that very same day that the Bush administration has blocked a widely supported international plan to double worldwide foreign aid to poor nations. [continue reading]
Medicare HMO's Deny Drugs to Elderly
They're Only Old People, Why Waste Money on Them?
January 28, 2002
Medicare HMO's were set up by the nation's largest health insurers to cater to America's senior citizens. These HMO's enticed the elderly to join up by touting as one of the benefits free prescriptions. But now many of these HMO's have been eliminating coverage for prescription drugs, or requiring prohibitively high payments for them. [continue reading]
DNA Testing: So What If He Could Be Innocent, Appeals Court Says, We Can't Be Bothered By These Pesky Defendants
January 27, 2002
The most conservative appeals court in the country held true to form this week when it ruled that a defendant, James Harvey, has no right to have post-conviction DNA tests of evidence, even if he contends that such testing would exonerate him of the crime. [continue reading]
U.S. Stance Allows Kidnapping, Rape, Looting and Murder to Continue in Afghanistan
January 26, 2002
It is inexplicable that the multinational peacekeeping force in Afghanistan has been limited to 5,000 men, and confined in operations to the capital city of Kabul. [continue reading]
The Earth Is A Lifeboat, And Its Resources Should Be Fairly Shared
January 24, 2002
A recent study estimated that the 435 billionaires on the planet Earth own assets worth $1.75 trillion. That's right: $1,750,000,000,000!
Wouldn't it be great if there could be a 10% "You Just Can't Hog That Much of the Earth's Resources" tax imposed on them? That would raise $175 billion. [continue reading]
The Words of Martin Luther King, Jr. Condemning the Vietnam War Speak to Us Powerfully About the War on Terrorism
The Martin Luther King the Corporate Media Doesn't Want You to See
January 20, 2002
Tomorrow is a national holiday commemorating the birthday of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The official version of Dr. King's life is that he was a fighter for racial justice in America, and that's that.
The reality is, in the last years of his life, Dr. King articulated a far broader vision, encompassing an analysis and severe criticism not only of the role of the United States in the world, but of the very nature of our economic system. [continue reading]
Enron Scandal: Can't The Wealthy Play by the Rules When They Steal From Everyone Else?
January 15, 2002
I wasn't going to write anything about the Enron scandal, given the saturation coverage it's receiving.
Even the self-proclaimed spokesman for the "working class," Bill O'Reilly, seems to be following through on his pledge to devote a lot of time to the issue (maybe he'll even wind up spending more airtime on Enron than on the alleged financial irregularities O'Reilly maintains are rife in Jesse Jackson's non-profit organizations!).
I was prompted to write about Enron, however, by two things: an outrageous statement by Treasury Secretary Paul O'Neill, and, by how shallow the corporate-owned media's analysis is when they profess to be discussing the broader and deeper implications of this scandal. [continue reading]
Ten Things We Didn't Learn From 9/11
January 1, 2002
I Cry for the September 11 Victims... And I Cry Also for the 6 Year Old Afghan Girl Whose Spinal Chord Was Severed by Shrapnel From an American Bomb
December 13, 2001
Like many Americans, I have shed many tears watching coverage of and reading about the September 11 victims. These emotions were most intense in the days immediately following the terrorist attacks, but even now, months later, the odd story will again bring me to tears. Particularly moving are some of the short but poignant vignettes about September 11 victims that The New York Times runs each day at the end of its daily special section on the war.
Contrary to the impression that some readers of this site seem to come away with, I support -- and have explicitly so endorsed here many times -- military action to overthrow the Taliban, and eliminate Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda as a threat. The release of the bin Laden videotape today only strengthens these convictions. It is not the goal, but the methods our country is using to achieve that goal that I have strongly disagreed with and criticized.
That being said and hopefully understood, I am not ashamed to say that I have also cried many times as I have read about the hundreds, if not thousands of innocent Afghan civilians -- men, women, children, babies -- who have been killed and injured by U.S. bombs and missiles. The following account of a tragedy that occurred last weekend really hit me hard:
September 11, 2001 10:30 p.m. -- Writing tonight about anything other than the attacks on New York City and the Pentagon would seem superfluous. Yet given the mountains of ink and hours of airtime already devoted to the subject, there is not, perhaps, much that has not already been said. So here's summaries of the types of comments I've seen posted today on discussion boards of progressive sites (particularly at Common Dreams), and then a few thoughts of my own:
The U.S. has killed hundreds if not thousands of times more civilians in terrorist attacks on other countries than the U.S. suffered killed today. Undoubtedly true, since our military killed 2-3 million civilians during the Vietnam War alone.
The U.S. is only having done to it what it has done to others. Again true. See directly above. To give yet [continue reading]
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|Bigmouths Who Never Risked Anything for Anybody Should Shut Up About Jesse Jackson||August 18 ,2001|
|Fox News Leads Concerted Attack on African-American Leadership||August 1,2001|
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|Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson, Phony Newsmax.com-appointed African-American "Leader," Should Shut Up About Jesse Jackson||August 21 ,2001|
|U.S. Wealth Distribution: I Get $38, You Get 23 Cents -- That's Fair, Right?||September 4, 2001|
|How the United States Helps Starve the World||August 30 ,2001|
|Rich People Who Don't Think They're Rich||August 15, 2001|
|Our Country's Broken Social Compact||August 16 ,2001|
|G8 in Genoa: "Meet the new boss/Same as the old boss"||July 23, 2001|
|U.S. THIRD WORLD INTERVENTIONS|
|Jeb Bush Attacks Sandinista Ortega, Threatens Nicaragua in Full-Page Ad||October 30, 2001|
|U.S.-Supported Atrocities in Central America: The New York Times Is Two Decades Late With Its Editorializing||August 28, 2001|
|Idiots Try to Find a Cure For Human Cancer by Injecting Mice With Human Cancer Cells||September 2, 2001|
|Premarital Sex and Cohabitation: A Good Idea for Many Couples||August 17 ,2001|
|These Christian Aid Workers in Afghanistan Are Possibly the Stupidest People in the World||September 5, 2001|
|Set the Death Penalty as Punishment for Prosecutorial Misconduct in Death Penalty Cases||September 1, 2001|
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