Saturday, October 30, 2004
Friday, October 29, 2004
Bush has behaved like a caricature of what a right-wing president is supposed to be, and his continuation in office will discredit any sort of conservatism for generations. The launching of an invasion against a country that posed no threat to the U.S., the doling out of war profits and concessions to politically favored corporations, the financing of the war by ballooning the deficit to be passed on to the nation’s children, the ceaseless drive to cut taxes for those outside the middle class and working poor: it is as if Bush sought to resurrect every false 1960s-era left-wing cliché about predatory imperialism and turn it into administration policy.
Thursday, October 28, 2004
MoveOn has created a wallet-size pdf you can print and bring with you to use if Republican thugs try to prevent you from exersizing your right to vote in this election.
Download here (Acrobat reader req'd)
The children do not wear any partisan buttons or clothing, and they do not encourage people to vote one way or another. Participation is voluntary, and parents are required to give their approval, he said.
Wednesday, October 27, 2004
Two e-mails, prepared for the executive director of the Bush campaign in Florida and the campaign's national research director in Washington DC, contain a 15-page so-called "caging list".
"Quite frankly, this process can be used to slow down the voting process and cause chaos on election day; and discourage voters from voting."
Tuesday, October 26, 2004
If you witness any questionable election activity, phone the nonpartisan "Lawyers Committee for Election Protection" 866-OUR-VOTE (866-687-8683) or 202-347-1835.
Former Commerce Secretary Peter Peterson
Former EPA Chief Russell Train
(both video, various formats)
Monday, October 25, 2004
Friday, October 22, 2004
It was Richard Nixon, that scoundrel's scoundrel, who resisted the temptation to mount a court challenge to the Illinois result because he felt the country couldn't take it. Imagine longing for the days when we had Republican leadership as principled as Nixon's.
Thursday, October 21, 2004
He lifted his shirt and showed me a scar on his back put there by young George. "He burned this into my flesh with a red-hot poker," he said solemnly, "and I have hated him ever since. That jackass was born cruel. He burned me in the back while I was blindfolded. This scar will be with me forever."
There is nothing new or secret about that story. It ran on the front page of the Yale Daily News and caused a nasty scandal for a few weeks, but nobody was ever expelled for it. George did his first cover-up job. And he liked it.
A 1964 article by Phil Ochs on the same.
Wednesday, October 20, 2004
is a multi-format ethnographic field collection of traditional fiddle tunes performed by Henry Reed of Glen Lyn, Virginia. Recorded by folklorist Alan Jabbour in 1966-67, when Reed was over eighty years old, the tunes represent the music and evoke the history and spirit of Virginia's Appalachian frontier.
Maytag took incentives, then left the town of Galesburg, Ill for cheaper, foreign labor, leaving 1600 people unemployed. Galesburg wants to sue to recoup their losses. (NYTimes)
"We gave Maytag these incentives, and they accepted them," said Mr. Mangieri, a Navy veteran who grew up in a small town not far from here in western Illinois. "We did it based on faith and trust. If we don't do anything now, it sends a message that we lack the resolve to treat the rich and privileged the same as everybody else."
The town is still faced with economic devastation due to Maytag's greed-based decisionmaking, but It's encouraging that small, midwestern towns aren't standing for the corrupt Republican ideal of making the little guy pay the way for wealthy corporations.
Tuesday, October 19, 2004
Online photos organized by neighborhood, with maps, from the Museum of the City of New York
This web presentation includes all 307 images from Abbott's 1935-1939 Changing New York project, and the full text of the unparalleled publication, Berenice Abbott: Changing New York (The New Press, 1997).
How the broadcast industry got something for nothing, and expects to take more.
Washington anticipated that it would get all the old spectrum back by 2006. But now broadcasters have come up with a new plan: they’ll keep the new spectrum and hold on to the old spectrum, too. And Congress appears to be going along with it. Last month, the Senate Commerce Committee killed a bill that would set a reasonable but firm deadline of 2009 for the return of the analog channels. In its place, the committee adopted a bill—backed by the broadcasters, naturally—that could enable them to hold on to most of their spectrum indefinitely.
Monday, October 18, 2004
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Friday, October 15, 2004
CP: Can a supple hand curry favor with the judges?
SR: Well, if you have some gnarly looking hands [that could be a detriment], but not necessarily. You can try and play the refs a little bit. Say, "It's an honor to be here. I've heard you're a great referee." But they're well-trained. I'm a certified referee myself. [As a referee], you just say "that's a nice-looking hand," but that's as far as it goes.
Here's the tournament page.
Sinclair's unprecedented move once again raises questions about the effects of rampant media consolidation, the deregulation that allows a small number of large conglomerates to own so many outlets, let alone use them to advance an obvious political agenda.
Part of my job, I soon came to understand, was to be supportive when people like portly Tampa sheriff's deputy Ben Mills came in to share their very serious utopian ideas -- like the benefits of having a society guarded by a clone army. "We'd save a hell of a lot on benefits and medical expenses," he said. " 'Cause you know if they got wounded..."
"You could just shoot them," I said.
"Exactly -- pow! Just shoot 'em dead, right in the ground."
Thursday, October 14, 2004
“You’re not going to make Iraq safe for democracy,” the sergeant said. “You are going for one reason alone: oil. But you’re still going to go, because you signed a contract. And you’re going to go to bring your friends home.” Hoffman, who had his own doubts about the war, was relieved—he’d never expected to hear such a candid assessment from a superior. But it was only when he had been in Iraq for several months that the full meaning of the sergeant’s words began to sink in.
Monday, October 11, 2004
Thursday, October 07, 2004
When the neo-conservatives mock a challenge for reasons to go to war, they mock half of America. When they call reasonable dissent anti-patriotic, they insult half of America. When they defend corrupt, back-door no-bid deals with well connected cronies as 'necessary', they're spending money that half of Americans object to. Bush has crossed the line, and he's no longer playing politics with Kerry. He's attacking the views of half of us, and flaunting the disregard for consensus and reasonable conduct he's always sadly displayed.
The state of Michigan (where we spent most of last week) reported that over 100,000 young people recently registered to vote, a record that no one saw coming. The Slacker Tour has turned into a huge steamroller with a momentum all its own.
So, the Republican Party, to show their gratitude that so many young people will now be involved in our system, has demanded that I be sent to jail for trying to "bribe" students to vote.
"Didn't my nails and cuticles look great? What a good debate!" the article by the Cameron read, purportedly quoting Kerry after the event.
"Carl has been reprimanded," Schur said Sunday, defining further comment.
Contact FoxNews, and demand that they fire the chief political correspondent and lying fraud Carl Cameron for his obscene violation of journalistic integrity.
Wednesday, October 06, 2004
Why do we think what we think? Well, apart from the repeated, intense, and unusual flight-patterns, odd illnesses will sometimes strike people shortly after these chemtrail episodes; multiple witnesses have also reported a cobweb-like substance seen falling from the sky. You should also know that a lab-analysis of some "goo" which fell to the ground revealed the presence of biological-agents: Pseudomonas Fluorescens, Streptomyces, and a restriction enzyme used to create viruses
Tuesday, October 05, 2004
Mike, I am a truck driver right now in Iraq. Let me give you this one small fact because I am right here at the heart of it: since I started this job several months ago, 100% (that's right, not 99%) of the workers I am aware of are inflating the hours they claim on their time sheets.
Ireland, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Denmark, and others are spending more on research and development and shoring up their universities in an effort to attract the world's best--including Americans.
Friday, October 01, 2004
-- Gene Amondson, Prohibition Party candidate in this election. His party was last a threat to Woodrow Wilson in '16 (NYTimes)
The government's cybersecurity chief has abruptly resigned after one year with the Department of Homeland Security, confiding to industry colleagues his frustration over what he considers a lack of attention paid to computer security issues within the agency.
Bush's footing on the domestic issues is going to be even more shaky. Let's hope that Kerry calls Bush to task for Ashcroft's mere presence in office, let alone his abomination of a public record, as well as Cheney's backroom dealings with polluters.