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Saturday, May 01, 2004


TORTURE
AT ABU GHRAIB


by SEYMOUR M. HERSH

American soldiers brutalized Iraqis. How far up does the responsibility
go?



In the era of Saddam Hussein, Abu
Ghraib, twenty miles west of Baghdad, was one of the world’s most
notorious prisons, with torture, weekly executions, and vile living
conditions. As many as fifty thousand men and women—no accurate count
is possible—were jammed into Abu Ghraib at one time, in
twelve-by-twelve-foot cells that were little more than human holding
pits.




I wonder if Shrub reads Mark Twain. Probably not. Twain could talk, think, and drink. Bush can only drink.

Patriot: the person who can holler the loudest without knowing what he is hollering about.
- More Maxims of Mark Mark Twain quotations - Patriotism

Thursday, April 29, 2004

Taking a page from newspaper history, Kerry added, "Two hundred twenty-nine years ago, the first patriots from Massachusetts put their lives on the line at Lexington Green. Nearby, Samuel Adams -- who was not only a patriot, but at times a newspaper editor -- heard the battle shots of freedom and declared, 'What a glorious morning for America is this!'"

"For once, an editor got it right," Kerry said of Adams. "Today, with all the grim news we read each day in your newspapers, it is important to remember what a glorious morning it has been for America -- and that glorious days lie ahead. I know that every four years people who are running for president tell you that this is the most important election. Well this one is different: It's the most important election in our lifetime."



EditorandPublisher.com - Information Authority for the Newspaper Industry

Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Considering Tricky Dick Cheney's current case before the Supreme Court this story seemed especially relevant.
The Cheney task force is behind another of the administration's pet projects-protecting utilities from having to comply with a law enacted 26 years ago. Some 30,000 Americans die each year because the federal government is unwilling to take meaningful steps to enforce the Clean Air Act's standards for coal-fired power plants. Nearly 6,000 of those deaths are attributable to plants owned by a mere eight companies, according to a study by ABT Associates, which frequently conducts assessments for the EPA.
6,000? That's double the number of people killed on 9-11. Will American Electric Power, Cinergy, Duke, Dynegy, FirstEnergy, SIGECO, Southern Company, and the Tennessee Valley Authority now be considered part of the Axis of Evil? No manufactured or distorted intelligence is needed, the data is plain and easily available. Snarky-ness aside, it makes one stop and think for a minute about our government's priorities. There are certainly terrorists in the world. Their activities should be watched, prevented if possible and punished when caught. Yet the real dangers to America and the world are sometimes just not "sexy" enough for Faux News or your daily paper. It's easier for fears based on foreign looking men holding AK-47s to be exploited, then to show someone sitting in a chair dieing from lung or kidney problems caused by toxic pollution. The energy industry gave $2.8 million to the 2000 Bush campaign. We are approaching spending 200 billion on Iraq, who had nothing to do with 9-11. Both ethically and fiscally our priorities seem a little out of whack. Money is not evil, where it comes from, where it goes and why, can certainly be evil. Dirty Secrets

The current administration may have a point about executive privledge and separation of the executive from the legislative, but there is someting dirty at the core of the argument that is difficult to get around. That is that they may be using a sound constitutional principle to cover up unprincipled behavior.

Cheney's False Statement About the Responsive Documents Was Plainly Intentional

Tuesday, April 27, 2004

Is Dick Cheney a draft dodger or an opportunistic horney hypocrite. I repost, you decide. Fair and balanced as always. Elizabeth Cheney, Deferment Baby - How Dick Cheney dodged the Vietnam draft. By Timothy?Noah

Sunday, April 25, 2004

Why do a slight majority of Americans believe that Saddam had something to do with 9-11 and why is it to Bush's benefit for the public to continue to believe it. via Josh Mashall

 
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