US rallies the west for attack on Afghanistan,
while NATO draws up plans for invasion. (And maybe, just maybe, Iraq
! Note that tiny detail in the 4th graf.) Could we be going in? Is there really that much in Afghanistan to go into in the first place?
The problem with retaliation.
"Don't get me wrong. If Bin Laden is indeed behind this, then he should be either killed or put on trial....still, how we go about bringing Bin Laden to justice (assuming, again, that this is his work) will massively influence how safe Americans are in the decades to come." The sanest analysis I've seen so far.
The Day America Grew Up.
"Let's hope this is what future historians write about yesterday's events. If not, we won't be here -- and won't deserve to be."
The Secret Vote That Made Bush President
Credit actually goes to Drudge who put this up on his site. The irony in this story was the Russian judges telling Supreme Court justices that "in Russia, we would never allow judges to pick the President."
It seems as though Gary Condit will quit Congress
- but not until his current term expires (he'll get a bigger pension that way).
At least Helms tries
to pretend he's offended...
Warning: Quicktime file, may put you off your feed.
Is Nader Right?
Or is he just fooling himself? I mean, even I can tell the difference between Democrats and Republicans. Apparently, the best Ralph can ever hope for is to ruin the Democratic party. If I were a Republican, I'd be donating to the Green party right about now.
"I am not a Bush Republican," Alan Keyes wrote Saturday for WorldNetDaily
. "The Bush administration is skillfully lobotomizing the moral conservative cause in America because it is unwilling or afraid to take the positions that are best for America."
Buddhist monks and leaders are people too, although it's easy to think otherwise judging by the uncritical adoration heaped upon the religion, and it's most high-profile representatives, in the United States. Why is it difficult for religious adherents to accept the basic fact that any religion (including Catholicism
, and the Church of the SubGenius
) includes helpings of the good, the bad, and the ugly? Maybe this is why I refuse to join any group that would have me as a member
Is Bush's, with his 26-day vacation, a role model for fellow workers
or do Americans need to accept that "work is life'' and not something from which people need to escape
? Are you
getting the time-off you deserve, or do you choose to work through your vacations?
Are the rights of states unfairly impacting commerce?
It isn't just Ford selling used cars that is being curtailed, kafkaesque laws regarding the direct shipment of alcohol
across state lines also result in less consumer choice. Where is the middle ground?
The tax bill
was based on conservative ideology: not only did it offer the largest rate breaks to the richest people, but it had the explicit purpose of reducing the activities of the federal government.
Just a Reminder That The White House is Occupied by a Clueless, Dangerous Man
I'm not sure what to add, except I wish he would just resign. And that I wish the median national IQ would rise into the low 90's.
Ho ho ho. Straight from the horse's mouth. The Conservative Party is racist after all.
Embarrassment for Iain Duncan-Smith's attempt to become leader of the UK Conservative Party as it emerges that one of his backers is a supporter of the racist British National Party. Is Edgar Griffin right to say that his views are widely shared by Conservative Party members? (And by extension, Republican Party members.)
, farewell goodbye
I'd love to stay
and play and sing for awhile
But it's time to hit the road and say goodbye
So long farewell goodbye
Ding dong the witch is dead.
Tomorrow, Jesse Helms will announce his retirement. Unfortunately, he has two more years left to his term
CNN & FOX: Birds of a feather? In an effort to improve his network's image with conservative leaders, new CNN chief Walter Isaacson huddled with House and Senate GOP leaders last week to seek advice on how to attract more right-leaning viewers to the sagging network.
So Help Me God
: "Ninety-five percent of the people believe in God. An invocation of his name, in conjunction with the seriousness of telling the truth, has an importance beyond mere legal requirement," Sessions said Thursday.
"So now that I've kissed your ass, what do I have to do to get a deal?"
- Bush cuts a deal on the "patients bill-o-rights". Is this going to appease those who keep shouting "concession and bipartisanship" or will they hate him all the more?
john cusack for president Why Shouldn't John Cusack be President?
He made the tough decisions in Grosse Pointe Blank.
He couldn't be bought in Eight Men Out.
He's cooler than John Malkovich
And we like his politics so far.
interesting. what actor do you think should be president? and why?
The War on Drug Wars.
"Ashkan Sahihi is a photographer who is infuriated by the hypocrisy of the war on drugs. It is this hypocrisy that inspired Sahihi to take eleven people out of their daily environments, get them high, and photograph them."
Does this project warrant attention as a political statement, as an art project, as all of the above, or as none of the above? Please explain your answer. Partial credit will be given.
The Bush Dyslexicon Ever since the presidential campaign, George W. Bush's adventures in the English language have alternately amused and horrified the nation. But according to media scholar Mark Crispin Miller's scathing new book, The Bush Dyslexicon, to conclude merely that Bush is dimwitted would be a grave mistake. The President's linguistic fumbles, argues Miller, mask a deep and shrewd political vindictiveness; at the same time, the shallowness revealed in Bush's unscripted remarks has been largely ignored or coddled by a national media more interested in soundbites than in political substance.
I don't know what is more frightening: that this guy is right, and we have much more to fear about Bush, Jr. than we thought...or that he is wrong, and we do indeed live in a land whose president is an imbecile.
Should Election Day be a holiday?
Vote, then do some barbecue and watch fireworks... Will this be the development that could increase voter turnout, or will people just waste the day away? How else could voter turnout be improved?
Finally, a Republican sex scandal for a change.
This guy was Joe Liberman's Republican opponent for the CT Senate seat when Liberman was running for both the Senate and the VP. On the bright side, no one's missing...
The Hindu nationalist group Bajrang Dal name a puppy George Bush.
This isn't meant to be a complimentary act... it's in reaction to their discovery that the Bushes' cat's name is India (short for India Ink). They've taken this as an insult to the nation, and have retaliated with the puppy.
I'm kind of curious about what this tells about Indian naming practices and significances, as compared to those in the US. Could someone more familiar with Hindu/Indian culture please enlighten me as to why they'd feel so insulted?
Quid pro quo
anyone? Secretary of State Katherine Harris, who was at the center of Florida's disputed presidential election last year, will run for Congress in 2002, a top Republican official said Tuesday.
Megawati is in,
but Abdurrahman Wahid is not out...yet. News from the world's fourth most populous nation.
With two bombs planted in churches in Jakarta this week injuring 60 people and Wahid likening his struggle with parliament to a "jihad"...I have to confess that my, er, decison to take the family to Bali next month is looking a tad iffy at the moment.
Dan Rather vs. The World
(NY Times link) -- While the conspiracy theorists
and much of the mainstream media were jumping down Gary Condit's throat, Rather and company held firm and kept the "news" off the Evening News. Despite airing a few reports, they intend to keep a comparatively low level of coverage in the future. Is this how we'd like to see the media behave, or is this just a more notable example of The Media's Liberal Bias™ showing through?
Archer sentenced to 4 years...
This may not mean much to those from outside the UK but there will be celebrations in much of England tonight as the 'Teflon Tory' finally takes fall. Sometimes justice is
done, even to politicians with immense arrogance, money and no apparent morals. The scale of the web of deceit is fascinating and the ending
George W Bush has called on the World Bank to
offer more grants (as opposed to loans) to
developing countries. "The needs are many and
undeniable, and they're a challenge to our conscience
and to complacency. A world where some live in comfort
and plenty while half of the human race lives on less than
$2 a day is neither just nor stable." Copied from the always-excellent NextDraft
. NYT registration required.
It's that time of year again!
Yes kids, it's time once again for the annual
introduction of the Flag-Protection Amendment, currently being debated in the House of Reps. Last year the bill passed the House 305-124 and was defeated in the Senate by only six votes. It's again expected to pass the House and again expected to get shot down in the Senate, but considering the zany sitcom that 21st century American politics has become, who knows what that wacky Legislative branch will do?
Tanzania 9th most corrupt country
, of course the word here is that they bribed transparency international to place them above kenya.......
according to the director "HIV AIDS is killing millions of Africans, and in many of the countries where AIDS is at its deadliest the problem is compounded by the fact that corruption levels are seen to be very high. While it is imperative that richer countries provide the fruits of medical research at an affordable price to address this human tragedy, it is also essential that corrupt governments do not steal from their own people. This is now an urgent priority if lives are to be saved."
don't help either. what this story does not say is that 4,000 girls will be circumsised at this ceremony and the govt/police won't interfere.
NYTimes: "How Bush Took Florida: Mining the Overseas Absentee Vote"
"Their goal was simple: to count the maximum number of overseas ballots in counties won by Mr. Bush, particularly those with a high concentration of military voters, while seeking to disqualify overseas ballots in counties won by Vice President Al Gore.
A six-month investigation by The New York Times of this chapter in the closest presidential election in American history shows that the Republican effort had a decided impact. Under intense pressure from the Republicans, Florida officials accepted hundreds of overseas absentee ballots that failed to comply with state election laws. "
But What Will Come of the Singing Senators?
The most shocking part of Senator Jefford's switch is not that the senate turned Democrat, but that there will be no deep-thoated Repblican heavyweights to raise gobs of money singing 'Gonna Take a Lot River' to adoring Republican donors BSSN speculates that Bono may have had a role
in the Singing Senator's demise.
Gary Condit's Gov't Website
Ok, there are some bizarre things on Gary Condit's site like this creepy page
titled *intern opportunites* (including handy form)
-- and then throughout most of his site, he's got a logo linked to the National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
down in the left corner... which is, needless to say, ironic, if not down right repulsive. Anyway, maybe it's just me, but he's got some kinda Freddy Krueger
thing goin' on. Oh yeah, go here to email the freak!
[state:CA / zip:95354]
July 17th - The Day That Counts.
These people have a plan to make their feelings known on the issue of public money being diverted to religious organizations. I had no idea that the atheists were so organized! Is this sort of thing a tremendous waste of time, or do you think it can, or will affect policy discussions?
News You Can Use! IsDickCheneyDeadYet.com
has more than three dedicated staffers who surreptitiously check the Veep’s vitals every five minutes, round the clock, 24 hours a day. Just so you can rest a little easier. Check back often and "Be the first to know, when Cheney goes...
Campaign Finace Reform May be Stalled for up to a year.
Way to go team! USA USA USA.... wait a second. You guys suck. Does it amaze anyone how much our "leaders" suck?
Taiwan's ruling party receives some very controversial
assistance. 'The commercial opens with a 10-second clip from a Nazi propaganda film, showing Hitler raising his arms and putting his hands on his chest.'
"Hitler was chosen as one of the four leaders because he dared to speak his own mind,'' Juan said. Among former Taiwanese president, Castro & JFK are featured in the commercial. AP notes that Taiwanese lack a deep understanding of the Holocaust and at the same time are suprised to that Mao Tse-Tung is used as a pop symbol in the West...
Is this a case that warrants cultural relativism ?
Metafilter seems to slant liberal and other favoritisms:
BushII's been in office for six months. Occurences of "Dubya"
come up 538 times in a Google sitesearch of Metafilter. The word, Clinton: 823
--despite his several more years in office since Mefi's inception. "Bush"=
1580. "Bush" and "idiot"
come up about 1/3 that of simple search for "Clinton". 91 times
does "Clinton + idiot" come up, some of which seeming to berate Gore.
Mr. Nader, ahem. . .about 618 hits!
What other lexigraphic mixtures of keywords can you get the skinny on?
Do Republicans dream of electric sheep?
A new study concludes that Republicans have scarier and more frequent nightmares than Democrats. As usual, the explanation for this is split among party lines:
"What do you expect after eight years of William Jefferson Clinton?" --
Kevin Sheridan, Republican National Committee deputy press secretary.
"If George W. Bush were the leader of my party, I'd have trouble sleeping at night, too," --
Terry McAuliffe, Democratic National Committee chairman.
Wow... deja vu all over again
African Union to be born at summit this week.
Modelled on the European Union, the new organization's charter will include plans for an African central bank, a court of justice, a single currency and a parliament. Is this what Africa really needs?
Intellectualism's Hottest Ticket?
(New York Times link; my apologies) According to the cultural arbiters at the NYT, this book
is picking up heat as one of the most important philosophical works of the new century. As near as I can tell, it's about the cultural and sociological impact of globalization, creating the new political state they call "Empire." Anybody heard of this, or read it yet? Wank or insight?
In Their Own Words:
Why Americans Approve or Disapprove of Bush. Sample quote from one who approves: "Because he's from Texas & so am I." Sample from one who disapproves: "Because Bush is a weenie."
China is on an 'execution frenzy'
executing more people 1750+ over the past 3 months then the rest of the world combined over the past 3 years.. according to Amnesty International. The parades and stadiums add a nice Roman-era twist.
Bernhard Goetz, the 1980s vigilante who shot four black teenagers, is running for Mayor of New York.
And he likes squirrels
. Really, really likes squirrels. As a resident of New York City, can I just say YIKES!
(Thanks to Ross)
Corruption Perceptions Index 2001 highlights worldwide corruption
"There is no end in sight to the misuse of power by those in public office - and corruption levels are perceived to be as high as ever in both the developed and developing worlds.
It does not reflect secret payments to finance political campaigns, the complicity of banks in money laundering or bribery by multinational companies. Corruption in the most prosperous countries in the world has many manifestations."
Dick "Big Time" Cheney may need a pacemaker. No big deal, or should he step down?
There are still plenty of idiots
in politics. Besides Bush that is.
(Link borrowed from The Morning News