...in the immediate aftermath of Katrina, when so many black people were plunged into misery that it seemed the hurricane itself had held a racial animus. I felt a consuming empathy but also another, more atavistic impulse. I did not like my people being seen this way... Here--40 years after the great civil rights victories and 50 years after Rosa Parks's great refusal--was a poverty that oppression could no longer entirely explain. Here was poverty with an element of surrender in it that seemed to confirm the worst charges against blacks: that we are inferior, that nothing really helps us, that the modern world is beyond our reach. [Full text printed in "Comments"]
[I]n a 45-minute meeting last Thursday, Vice President Dick Cheney and the C.I.A. director, Porter J. Goss, urged Senator John McCain, the Arizona Republican who wrote the [anti-torture] amendment, to support an exemption for the agency, arguing that the president needed maximum flexibility in dealing with the global war on terrorism.
--From today's New York Times
Bush has long insisted that the Abu Graib and other torture scandals amounted to the work of a "few bad apples." He may be right. Unhappily, those people occupy such positions as attorney general, vice president, and president.
Note the way the Times politely employs the euphemism "abusive treatment" for the more pungent "torture."
Little Piggies - Lennon/McCartney
Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse
Always having dirt to play around in.
Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt
Always have clean shirts to play around in.
In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking.
Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.
A. The owner of the station is in a good mood today and felt like "giving something back."
B. The owner of the station forgot how to gouge.
C. The owner of the station can't blame outside forces for keeping price high so he lowered it.
D. The owner of the station has enough profits from the recent run-up in prices so he can afford to lower the price.
E. The owner of the station felt guilty for all the money he made recently
F. Any of the above replacing "owner of the station" with "CEO of Shell."
G. None of the above. The owner of the station doesn't set the price of gasoline.
"Neighbors reported that he often slept naked in the doghouse with the family dog, Mayra, the statement said. They said they saw Huizar sexually assault the animal with a broom handle and his hand and heard the dog cry in pain when he was in the doghouse, the statement said.
Neighbors also reported seeing Huizar in his back yard dressed in a woman's bra and panties, dancing with a broom handle, police said."
"Stop all this nonsense! You're killing my buzz!"
He must've been given the opportunity to explain his apologistic stance on and sympathy for his jihadist captors. They must've figured he was more valuable to their cause alive than dead. Let him live and he can continue spreading his slander and propaganda about U.S. troops.
Lop his head off, and he's, um,...dead. Dead men aren't too good at spreading slander and propaganda, are they?
Another isolated incident I guess.
Jack Kemp, the former Republican vice presidential candidate and HUD secretary, urged Congress on Tuesday to require states to restore voting rights for felons once they complete their sentences.
If some of its key publications are any indicator, much of the American left seems unable to face the reality that the election of 2004 was stolen. So in all likelihood, unless something radical is done, 2008 will be too.
Misguided and misinformed articles in both TomPaine.com and Mother Jones Magazine indicate a dangerous inability to face the reality that these stolen elections mean nothing less than the death of what's left of American democracy, and the permanent enthronement of the Rovian GOP.
Bill Gates, whose net worth of $46.6 billion makes him the world’s richest person, is betting against the U.S. dollar.
“I’m short the dollar,” Gates, chairman of Microsoft Corp., told Charlie Rose in an interview late yesterday at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. “The ol’ dollar, it’s gonna go down.”
which used the term, "Innocent." While preparing for work this morning at home, every cable newscast that I saw claimed that Saddam (still don't know why we call him by his first name) pleaded, "Innocent." I wondered if the Iraqis had established some sort of retarded legal system that required defendants to prove their "innocence." I am relieved now to learn that the Iraqi legal system sensibly employs the term, "Not Guilty," and that it is only reporters who are retarded. (They probably all have "journalism" degrees.) I suppose that since we can't get reporters to discern between the correct verdict/plea "Not Guilty" and the nonsense term, "Innocent," there's no way to get them to stop using other nonsense terms such as:
1) "The fact of the matter is... prices have increased." What's wrong with simply saying, "Prices have incraeased"?
2) "You are basing your policy on THE FACT THAT Hurricane Katrina only harmed blacks, but actually it harmed even more whites." Why would you refer to a claim that you dispute as a "fact"? Oh, I forgot: you have a journalism degree. Correct: "You are basing your policy on the ASSUMPTION that..."
3) "Senator Biden will join Sara and **MYSELF** after this commercial." How about using the break to brushup on your grammar?
EXERPT: True, Republican-endorsed tax cuts have led to more net federal revenue in 2005 than in 2001. Yet — even with the unanticipated costs of the 9/11 attack, the ongoing war and Hurricane Katrina — if the Bush administration had kept entitlement spending to Bill Clinton's levels (with small increases for inflation), we would today have a balanced budget and a small surplus.
A textbook example involves President Bush’s war on Iraq.
By picking Harriet Miers, his former personal attorney, he is telling the American people she is the most qualified person in the country to join the Supreme Court. Oh really?
Bush insists that Miers is a good constitutionalist. But consider the source. This is the same man who gave us No Child Left Behind, who signed McCain-Feingold, and who claims the power to imprison American citizens indefinitely without charge just by branding them, without appeal, enemy combatants.
I have often wondered why the black conservative view has such poor resonance in African American communities. One of the most popular explanations, offered by black conservatives themselves, is that the “liberal media” caters to traditional black leadership at the expense of alternative voices. While there may be a grain of truth to this view, I would like to suggest that the answer is a bit more complex.
Founders' Quote Daily
"Not all the treasures of the world, so far as I believe, could
have induced me to support an offensive war, for I think it
murder; but if a thief breaks into my house, burns and destroys my
property, and kills or threatens to kill me, or those that are in
it, and to "bind me in all cases whatsoever" to his absolute will,
am I to suffer it?"
-- Thomas Paine (The American Crisis, No. 1, 19 December 1776)
Reference: Paine, Collected Writings, Library of America, p. 97
By John Stossel, Co-anchor, 20/20
PS: John Stossel is a Reformed Leftist
Those of us who are serious about eliminating police brutality must either remove the charge of "racism" from it, or produce statistics demonstrating that police brutality is largely confined to white cops beating black citizens. I predict that such statistics do not exist: white cops and black cops both beat the crap out of people who don't cooperate with them. This includes totally innocent, or relatively innoccent citizens who express outrage when an overly zealous cop starts acting like a puffed-up Barney Fife. But of course it also include criminals like Rodney King who flee from cops on dangerous high-speed escape attempts. I am 100% certain that there are white criminals who would also have ran the same way that King did, and that a white criminal who got caught after such a chase would have been just as likely to get beaten, weather the cops were black or white.
However, I suspect that only white-on-black cases get any publicity. To get serious about eliminating police brutality, we must get serious about accurately portraying the problem. By segmenting the problem, we only get a fraction of the support for our cause.
Here is an article by Alexander Cockburn showing that the mainline of the Democratic Party is actually more serious about the Iraq War than GW Bush himself. Warning to reformed leftists: to get to that part, you'll have to sit through a diatribe showing that the various torture scandals have been successfully covered up (as much by the Democrats as the Republicans).
Here, for our purposes, is the money quote:
Insofar as there is an official position on the war from congressional Democrats it's presumably the "US Army Relief Act" put forward by Senators Joseph Lieberman, Hillary Clinton, Bill Nelson and Jack Reed and Reps Ellen Tauscher and Mark Udall. Reed, Tauscher and Udall are among the most liberal Democrats on the Hill. The resolution calls for the increase in US military troop strength by 80,000 over the next four years.
This is not a position that is finding much favor among American voters. The recent CNN poll registered just 8 per cent of respondents, both Democrats and Republicans, as supporting an increase in US troop strength in Iraq.
Now, what is it, presicely, that you reformed leftists find so objectionable about these people?
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Oil sands development was once considered a crazy dream, too expensive and polluting to be profitable.
In a neighboring and politically stable country, the oil sands are destined to become an increasingly important source of energy for the United States market for decades. The industry and government say the northern Alberta sands hold proven reserves of 175 billion barrels, a claim some experts dispute. But if it is true, only Saudi Arabia may have more oil...
Yesterday, the same day New Yorkers were warned there was a "specific threat" of a bombing on their subways, President Bush delivered what the White House promoted as a major address on terrorism. It seemed, on the surface, like a perfect topic for the moment. But his talk was not about the nation's current challenges. He delivered a reprise of his Sept. 11 rhetoric that suggested an avoidance of today's reality that seemed downright frightening...
RE: Student Brutalized by Cops, Right-Wing Students, for Protesting Recruiters At George Mason University
Intifada Against College Republicans
Jihad at San Francisco State
The previous Monday, the day before the election, the CR’s were physically attacked while handing out Bush/Cheney materials in the University’s Malcolm X Plaza. On that day, Victor Traycey, one of the members of the conservative club, was slapped by Nala Gardizi, an Arab woman student who was part of an entourage led by four Palestinian women who accused the conservative students of being responsible for the “murder of Palestinian babies” due to their support for President Bush. In addition, food was thrown at the Republican college students and drinks poured over the campaign materials on their table. Gardizi harangued Victor Traycey that day and even called him “a Nazi,” according to eye-witness reports.
Lee Wolf, another College Republicans member, described one of the women on Monday as shouting, “The only way we can defeat you is to kill as many as possible! I’d rather die a suicide bomber’s death than to call myself an American!” He continued, “In my opinion, these were terrorist threats.”
Tufts 'Non-Violence' Activists Attack Patriotic Student
Masked Group Attacked Student and Defaced Patriotic Symbol; Tufts Drops Assault Charges
Outraged anyone? Nadir?
Student Brutalized by Cops, Right-Wing Students, for Protesting Recruiters At George Mason University
A Pakistani-American who served four years in the United States Air Force as munitions personnel was beaten and brutalized by right-wing students and campus police last Thursday at George Mason University in Fairfax, Virginia.
Musicians tell how to beat system
Web sites instruct fans on how to beat copy-protected CDs
Major labels Sony BMG and EMI are releasing more and more new CDs that block fans from dragging their tunes to iPods.
IT'S not just the environmentalists who think globally and act locally. The jihadi who murdered Newcastle woman Jennifer Williamson, Perth teenager Brendan Fitzgerald and a couple of dozen more Australians, Indonesians, Japanese and others had certain things in common with the July 7 London Tube killers... That's why they blew up Bali in 2002, and last weekend, and why they'll keep blowing it up. It's not about Bush or Blair or Iraq or Palestine. It's about a world where everything other than Islamism lies inruins.
1. Move Clarence Thomas over to Chief.
2. Add Alberto Gonzolez, the first Hisp-indian (or another Hisp-indian).
3. Add Judith Rogers Brown, the first black chick.
This would have been awesome, and would have helped prove that we don't need Affirmative Action in order for qualified non-honkies to make it up the ladder. I am extremely disappointed.
Does HIV Cause AIDS?
[This article describes the death of a baby born to an "HIV-positive" mother who believes that "AIDS" is not an infectious disease, and that "HIV" does not cause it.]