Monthly Archives: January 2006

Alito’s new world order executive branch

Overwelming firepower. In this case against a three-inch knife.   Moments after this video was taken, while the young amateur camera operator was racing down the stairs to film the standoff from street level, the New Orleans police officers shot … Continue reading

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DG3K and the draft

DG3K could as easily have been my niece Elizabeth, or her husband Brandon, both recently discharged from the Marines. Or my nephew Nathan, strong as an ox and damned near as smart as one too… Re-enlisted in the army and … Continue reading

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Co-opting editorial space

Dear Independent: May I inquire how much you charge to run a fast food advertisement on the front cover of your publication? Apparently it was for a story about a corporate mascot who gets lots of press for appearing not … Continue reading

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Ahmadinejad and Hamas not denying Holocaust

No one is suggesting that the Holocaust didn’t happen, or that six million Jews weren’t killed by the Nazis. The mythology surrounding the Holocaust has to do with its aftermath: how the murder of six million Jews became justification for … Continue reading

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Military job fair protest

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Protest SpaceCom 2006

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Real partisan lines

Many people who I’ve tried to enlist in this or that effort talk about not wanting to appear “political.” This is such a regretful argument because it reflects I think their ignorance of what all of us are up against. … Continue reading

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Taking the fun out of war

It’s finally here! The Camp Casey TAKING THE FUN OUT OF WAR baseball cap. Be part of our team, if only from the comfort of your warm living room! You can buy it online at the Camp Casey.info website. All … Continue reading

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No wrist slapping permitted

In a remarkable reversal, the U.S. military has decided that even a slap on the wrist would be too much torture for an American soldier to bear.   Suffocating an Iraqi general, tying him head first in a sleeping bag, … Continue reading

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Free the captives

For Tom Fox, Jim Loney, Norman Kember, Harmeet Singh Sooden; for Jill Carroll, all Western hostages, all Eastern hostages; for all detainees held without charges in Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo, and CIA black sites around the world; for prisoners of conscience … Continue reading

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“We have ways of making you talk”

In defending his administration’s warrant-less surveillance of domestic communications, Bush explained “We have ways of knowing who’s Al-Qaida.”   Ring a bell?   I didn’t see it. Was Bush wearing a monocle? A high collared uniform? Was he snapping a … Continue reading

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David versus Goliath

What is the lesson we’re supposed to be gleaning from the story of David and Goliath? The theme is repeated in traditional folk tales which originated in the Dark Ages. Cleverness can overcome brute force. The pen is mightier than … Continue reading

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See the war as an enemy of the poor

Gwen and I carried this message from Acacia Park to Shove Chapel in this year’s MLK March.

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Permissible degrees of torture

In the film Brazil, the smallest typo, a brush with an unlicensed repairman, or a humanitarian impulse, can see you in the hotseat. There are no permissible degrees of torture. I’d like to try to make that point sometime. I’ll … Continue reading

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Who’s afraid of the Christian Peacemaker Team?

Lock up your daughters, it’s the Christian Peacemaker Team delegation!   By now the story is out about our visit to Senator Allard’s office today, particularly the effort we encountered to thwart our visit. I’ll recap. After holding our daily … Continue reading

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A pro-life license plate

How did this happen? Colorado fundies are driving around with their own license plate. It’s a state license plate for pro-lifers!   It looks like someone used the Columbine High School tragedy to invent a commemorative license plate to remind … Continue reading

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Democrats stand for naught

There is a point to partisanship after all.   Senator Diane Feinstein takes a curious stand regarding Judge Alito and the Supreme Court. “I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster,” said Feinstein. “This might be a man I … Continue reading

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Lost in translation

Today 345 pilgrims in Saudi Arabia were stampeded to death. Hundreds more were injured. It happened in the frantic scramble of millions of pilgrims trying to edge close enough to three ancient pillars to cast 29 pebbles at them. Or … Continue reading

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James Frey wrong guy

I’m crossing my fingers that this James Frey guy gets what’s coming to him. James Frey has written a best-selling memoir called A MILLION LITTLE PIECES and thanks entirely to Oprah’s shrewd endorsement, has become an inspiration for a suburban … Continue reading

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America’s Next Top Model first top model

The fifth cycle of America’s Next Top Model featured a repudiation of the exotic and a return to the roots of the wasp super model. Perhaps if even to address the credibility gap the show faces for having yet to … Continue reading

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War on the home front against us

Are Americans at war with the Neocons? Have the Neocons declared was upon us, on our way of life, our civility, our humanitarian compassion, on social services, on health care, on a social safety net, on anybody who isn’t ungodly … Continue reading

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Phantom taste

News is that PHANTOM OF THE OPERA has now surpassed CATS as the longest running Broadway musical.   Is that worthy of celebration? Yes I certainly think it is. It is a milestone of the triumph of crap. Not just … Continue reading

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I am going to be sick

One of 17 techniques authorized by Rumsfeld. This is non-fatal duress, permitted so long as it does not induce organ failure. Here Navy Seals put a hood over a detainee and strike his head unpredictably from directions unforeseen. Today an … Continue reading

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Child-proof Iraq

An American sniper at work.   Fallujah is often declared a Free-Fire Zone, which means soldiers are to shoot anything that moves. I just watched a newly released documentary about OPERATION PHANTOM FURY, our military’s swoop into Fallujah. The documentary … Continue reading

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Pronounced re-branding

What’s up with sudden re-pronunciations in the news? I just heard a prosecutor listing the charges against Jack Abramoff. She read his name as though she had not heard it a thousand times in the news, begining with an “ah” … Continue reading

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