Archives: May 2004
Sat May 29, 2004
In passing we wrote this number without much afterthought or preparation. It occurred at about 11:30am when all things in the world, and in the neighborhood, seemed just slightly askew. And then the music that is attached began, slowly beckoning us for slight aberations to the original form. And we began like this, a slow build-up of problems, a quick assembly of incongruity. And then we sat there and let the carpet roll out.
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Fri May 28, 2004
Grief doesn't entitle Sept. 11 families to their entitlement attitude - 05/23/04
By Nolan Finley / The Detroit News
America adopted the families of the September 11 terrorism victims, showered them with support and sympathy, and lifted them up as a living emblem of the national wound suffered.
But now, some of the family members are wearing thin.
Some groups have morphed into quasi-political organizations, using their mourner status to gain a platform for pushing their views on everything from immigration laws to the Patriot Act to the invasions of Afghanistan and Iraq.
[ed: shudder to think!] More...
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Thu May 27, 2004
"absurd products of the zeitgeist"
New York Daily News
WSJ vs. 'Jersey Girls'
by Lloyd Grove
Thursday, May 13th, 2004
Wall Street Journal pundit Dorothy Rabinowitz - who last month penned an acid assault on the "Jersey Girls," four 9/11 widows who've dared to criticize the Bush administration - received some payback yesterday at the hands of "Jersey Girl" Kristin Breitweiser.
The 33-year-old widow of portfolio manager Ron Breitweiser, who died in the collapse of the World Trade Center towers, gleefully shared with the Daily News Rabinowitz's intemperate and insulting response to Breitweiser's recent op-ed submission to the Journal enumerating "systemic" problems with government efforts to meet the terrorist threat.
In a message meant for Journal deputy editorial page editor Tunku Varadarajan, but was instead accidently E-mailed to Breitweiser on Tuesday, Rabinowitz wrote: "total and complete - not to mention repetitive - nonsense from people given endless media access to repeat the very same stupid charges, suspicions, and the rest...
"but this is just an opportunity for these absurd products of the zeitgeist - women clearly in the grip of the delusion that they know something, have some policy, and wisdom not given to the rest of us to know - to grab the spotlight. again. and repeat, again, the same tripe before a national audience.
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Wed May 26, 2004
Culture clash in the South Seas
The mysterious John Frum movement has existed peacefully on an island in the South Pacific for decades; but a violent feud has now broken out between its followers..
"Perhaps we will eventually have peace," said Maliwan Taroai, a bearded, barefoot Presbyterian minister who supports Prophet Fred, "but it will not be for 1000 years."
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Thu May 20, 2004
example files prove good source
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As I head off to Baghdad for the final weeks of my stay in Iraq, I wanted to say thanks to all of you who did not believe the media. They have done a very poor job of covering everything that has happened. I am sorry that I have not been able to visit all of you during my two week leave back home. And just so you can rest at night knowing something is happening in Iraq that is noteworthy, I thought I would pass this on to your.
This is the list of things that has happened in Iraq recently: (Please share it with your friends and compare it to the version that your paper is producing.)
* Over 400,000 kids have up-to-date immunizations.
* School attendance is up 80% from levels before the war.
* Over 1,500 schools have been renovated and rid of the weapons stored there so education can occur. More...
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Wed May 19, 2004
Good article on diet/obesity/etc.
for those who are interested, this is a really good article from Harvard Magazine about modern lifestyles/diets, etc. it brings together a lot of things that are discussed in the myriad pieces produced on the subject as of late and will proabably tell you something you don't know.
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Tue May 18, 2004
Allies accused of breaking Geneva Conventions on civilian losses
By Kim Sengupta and Marie Woolf
17 May 2004
One year and 16 days after President George Bush declared the end to major hostilities in Iraq, the toll of American and British casualties continues to rise. Since the start of the invasion, 566 members of the American military and 211 US civilians have died. The British figures are 59 and 8.
But at the same time thousands of others men, women, the elderly and the very young have been killed or maimed with far less fanfare. No one knows how many. They are Iraqi civilians, and the Americans and the British do not bother to keep count of the people they have "liberated" and then killed.
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Go Get 'Em Mikey
Fahrenheit 9/11 Could Light Fire Under Bush
Michael Moore's Fahrenheit 9/11 is without doubt the most flaming-hot ticket at the Cannes film festival. And with good reason: Moore hopes that it will bring down the US government.
The American film-maker has hitherto kept a tight lid on the contents of the documentary, saying only that it includes evidence of alleged links between the Bush and Bin Laden families. However, in two appearances in Cannes at the weekend before its premiere today, he revealed that the movie contains shocking footage from Iraq.
Yesterday he said: "When you see the movie you will see things you have never seen before, you will learn things you have never known before. Half the movie is about Iraq - we were able to get film crews embedded with American troops without them knowing that it was Michael Moore. They are totally fucked." More...
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Atrocities in Iraq: 'I Killed Innocent People for Our Government'
By Paul Rockwell
Sunday 16 May 2004
"We forget what war is about, what it does to those who wage it and those who suffer from it. Those who hate war the most, I have often found, are veterans who know it."
- Chris Hedges, New York Times reporter and author of "War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning"
For nearly 12 years, Staff Sgt. Jimmy Massey was a hard-core, some say gung-ho, Marine. For three years he trained fellow Marines in one of the most grueling indoctrination rituals in military life - Marine boot camp.
The Iraq war changed Massey. The brutality, the sheer carnage of the U.S. invasion, touched his conscience and transformed him forever. He was honorably discharged with full severance last Dec. 31 and is now back in his hometown, Waynsville, N.C.
When I talked with Massey last week, he expressed his remorse at the civilian loss of life in incidents in which he himself was involved. More...
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Sun May 16, 2004
Senator Joseph McCarthy... and The Usual Suspects...
"...the deluded liberals, the eggheads ... who can become heros overnight in the eyes of the left wing press if they will join with the jackal pack" (250K .au).
from "Senatorr Joseph McCarthy – Multimedia Celebration"
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Sat May 15, 2004
have cocktail names, need recipes
the triumph (must taste like a d. fisher game winner)
the patriot act (a red-white-and-blue layered drink)
the three-peat (some sort of variation on the long-island ice tea?)
out to lunch
the sheldon (requires chartreuse)
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1 1/2 rum
3/4 dry vermouth
shake with ice and strain into cocktail glass. garnish with orange wheel.
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Tue May 11, 2004
Eco-Friendly Prefab Houses
I would like one please.
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Mon May 10, 2004
Est is Good citizen of the day
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Depleted Uranium: War on Iraq Is A Nuclear War
By Stephanie Hiller
In May, 2003, the United States dumped 2,200 tons of depleted uranium on Iraq, according to reliable sources, and it's logical to assume that more depleted uranium is being employed in the current attacks on Faluja that began April 8 to put down Iraqi resistance to the American presence there.
According to independent geoscientist Leuren Moret, the war on Iraq-like the war on Afghanistan-is a nuclear war. "Depleted uranium is a nuclear weapon and it is a weapon of mass destruction under the U. S. government's definition of weapons of mass destruction," Moret says.
The Pentagon has repeatedly denied that DU is harmful, despite the symptoms of half the returning veterans from the first Persian Gulf Wars who are now disabled. But researchers have shown that the Pentagon has been fully aware of the consequences of what is called "low level radiation" since 1942, when depleted uranium was first suggested for development as a military weapon under the Manhattan Project.
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Sat May 08, 2004
how to get out of Iraq
Below is a collection of 11 short pieces assembled by The Nation on the
question "How to Get Out of Iraq" The contributors include liberals and
progressives, and they vary in their willingness to abandon the imperial
project in Iraq, and in general. Only a few, like Chomsky, Cohen and Close,
actually acknowledge the aspects of the occupation that involve the seizure
of control and plans for ongoing domination of the Iraqi economy and its
resources, and the establishment of a permanent U.S. military presence in
Iraq. In my opinion, addressing this agenda is essential. It's an
interesting forum nonetheless.
804-C E. Broadway
Columbia, MO 65201
Web site: http://peaceworks.missouri.org
"Dissent is the highest form of patriotism" --Thomas Jefferson
How to Get Out of Iraq
by VARIOUS CONTRIBUTORS
[from the May 24, 2004 issue]
As the situation in Iraq goes from bad to worse, many Americans who opposed
the war, including Nation editors and writers, understand that the country
must find a way to extricate itself from the disaster they predicted. There
is, however, no agreement or even clarity about such an exit strategy. Nor
is any leadership on this crucial issue coming from the Bush Administration
or as yet, alas, from the presumptive Democratic candidate, Senator John
Kerry. With a sense of obligation and urgency, The Nation, has asked a range
of writers, both regular and new contributors to the magazine, for their
ideas on America's way out of Iraq. Some responded with short essays, while
others were interviewed by contributing writer Scott Sherman, who
transcribed and edited their remarks. We hope that what follows is the
beginning toward a necessary end. And we invite readers to respond; we will
publish an exchange in an upcoming issue. --The Editors
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The Strategist and the Philosopher
Alain Frachon and Daniel Vernet
Tuesday 15 April 2003
Who are these Neoconservatives who play an essential role in the United States President's choices alongside the Christian Fundamentalists? And who were their master thinkers, Albert Wohlstetter and Leo Strauss ?
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Rush Limbaugh on Iraqi abuse Photos
LIMBAUGH: I think a lot of the American culture is being feminized. I think the reaction to the stupid torture is an example of the feminization of this country.
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Grand Lake Theatre - Oakland, CA
Images blatantly stolen from No American Left Behind.
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Wed May 05, 2004
When will Joseph Wilson learn that 2 + 2 = 5?
The Cult That's Running the Country
By Joseph Wilson
Monday 03 May 2004
Joseph Wilson blasts the secretive neoconservative cabal that plunged America into a disastrous war, in this excerpt from his new book.
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Sun May 02, 2004
Protests, Even Buttons, Verboten in Crawford
If you're ever thinking about going down to Crawford, Texas, to protest against Bush, beware.
The police do not take kindly to demonstrators there--or legal observers, for that matter.
And even if you're just wearing an anti-Bush button, you could get arrested.
That's the message a local jury sent last month. More...
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Donald Rumsfeld Feedback Loop
I wondered what the National Review might be up to tonight, so I checked it out (yes, my Saturday nights are very exciting) to see what thier possible spin could be on all the stupid shit that's happened lately. Anyway, check out this creepy picture of Rumsfeld joyously reading about himself in the Nat'l Review while holding the National Review with a picture of himself on the cover a la feedback loop (from a National Review banner ad):
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Rush Limbaugh says "wars every 20 years are good"
I think, you know, try this, folks. This thought of mine is, I think wars every 20 years are good so that every generation knows what the hell is at stake here. We are at a period of time where we have a lot of American generations who do not remember World War II, do not remember a truly difficult war that we won, do not have that perspective, do not remember an America victorious at war, other than the Gulf War which took a couple of months, which can create, by the way, and has, perhaps incorrect impression with too many people.
Complete transcript: http://www.rushlimbaugh.com/home/daily/site_043004/content/institute.guest.html
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Sat May 01, 2004
How would you feel about a person who thinks it is okay to grab your shirt and use it clean their eyeglasses?
That's how arrogant our President is. During a commercial break on the David Letterman show, producer Maria Pope was on stage and discussing something with Letterman, and while she was standing there in front of Bush, George leaned forward, grabbed the back of her sweater and used it to clean his glasses. Check out the Quicktime video.
Regardless of your political party and beliefs, we all know that this administration has raised some serious questions, and has often asked for us to blindly believe in the their drastic actions, all of which are clearly far more serious than this boner on the Letterman show. However, there is not a spin, explanation, or flat out lie that can defend Bush's character in this revealing moment, when he was dumb enough to think that people or cameras were not looking. Even worse scenario is he did know, but just didn't care.
We deserve better leadership and representation. If you have any doubts, please vote him out.
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Barbara Bush's Beautiful Mind
"Why should we hear about body bags and deaths," Barbara Bush said on ABC's "Good Morning America" on March 18, 2003. "Oh, I mean, it's not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?"
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