Monthly Archives: September 2006

A rational assessment

A guy friend of mine said to me not long ago, “Even when I’m falling in love I’m still aware of the rational assessment I am making.” Really? I’m sure I’m wrong but it seems to me that rational thought … Continue reading

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America’s Pirates

No, this is not about ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’, but about Microsoft and WalMart instead. Every year Forbes Magazine does its glowing presentation about the super-rich who rule us that really should be better called ‘Pirates of The United States … Continue reading

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‘Tokyo Rose’ in Retrospect

BBC news has an interesting report about the true history of ‘Tokyo Rose’ on its site right now. Many of the youngsters out there might not remember who she was, so I’ll try to sum it up some. Basically, she … Continue reading

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Maf54 signs out

Ah, the smell of Napalm on the internet. Republican Congressman Mark Foley unmasked, resigns. Continue reading

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NPR versus Habeas Corpus

Can you imagine an informed American populace without the media telling them what’s happening? Why are your friends and neighbors not able to hear Democracy Now on their radios? In Colorado Springs the gatekeeper is public radio station KRCC. Continue reading

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All the news fit to be shown to Americans

What explains the decision to have a different cover story in this week’s domestic issue of Newsweek? Losing Afghanistan everywhere else, Annie Liebowitz: My Life In Pictures here. Continue reading

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Intelligence report disrupts Republican game plan

The GOP doesn’t mind egg on their faces because they’re planning to eat it too. Continue reading

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An addict unmasked

Let me tell you how to spot an addict: their singular focus on drugs. Every pleasure with an eye on the next hit. That’s an addict. Obsessing on the drug, wearing its motifs, professing idolatry with posters and magazines would … Continue reading

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Hussein’s Kangeroo Court Time- days when law is littered

In the last couple of decades, the US Empire has developed a fondness for using show trials following its own violations of international law. The cardinal foundation of international law is that one nation does not have the right to … Continue reading

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The Golden Rule in world religions

What kind of christianity is it we’re practicing with our tortures and war? Continue reading

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Humor

I once had to break up with a perfectly good boyfriend. He was 6’5″, 240 pounds, Denver Broncos tight end, straight-A student, fast car, cool apartment….blah, blah. We had dated for two years, discussed marriage and children, a serious deal. … Continue reading

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Support your local war memorial

Is this your way to show support for the troops? To keep their sacrifices unseen from their countrymen and their city? Why are you so quick to send them off, to fight a war on foreign soil, and so quick to hide the cost they’ve paid or will pay? Continue reading

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Search engine surveillance

The sense we are being watched online has made us a little apprehensive each time we hit the enter key. Let me say that such apprehension is misplaced. We are being observed BEFORE we hit the enter key. Continue reading

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Watching professional sports

When did message crawls start happening to the bottom of TV screens? Whether for breaking news or a weather travel advisory or the upcoming televison series, I have noticed that they interrupt only programming, never the commercials. The National Weather … Continue reading

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Showing fealty

Jon Stewart parodied the Bush-Ahmadinejad face off at the U.N. on Thursday, characterizing George Bush’s address as a Mafia don trying to intimidate his subjects.   In this light, the significance of Bush holding hands with Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah … Continue reading

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Senator McCain fake shining armor

  Do we assume because John McCain suffered mistreatment at the hands of the Vietnamese, that he empathizes with victims of torture? By presenting a false alternative to Bush’s torture bill, McCain is showing he may just want payback.   … Continue reading

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Justice delayed, denied, for now

Not to worry, not to worry. The Bush and GOP plan to indemnify themselves from responsibility for their war crimes will be to scant avail. Let them pass whatever bill they want. It’s true, justice delayed is justice denied. And … Continue reading

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Lebanese rally despite missiles seeking Nasrallah

Hizb’Allah leader Hassan Nasrallah presided over a Hizb’Allah rally in Beirut today. Was that the headline?   Despite Israel’s expressed intent to assassinate Nasrallah, and despite Israel’s ongoing missile strikes on Lebanese and Palestinian political targets, Hassan Nasrallah appears before … Continue reading

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The evolution debate ist tot

We’re going to see the dinosaur tracks in Pinon Canyon this weekend. We’ll hike along the Pergatoire River which runs through southeastern Colorado and retrace a quarter mile long trail left by a brontosaurus.   At issue for my companions … Continue reading

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Democrats Pelosi and Rangel defend Bush

Can you make the argument that Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Charles Rangel are above all politicians, or diplomats shall we say, who like their political discourse to be civil? Hugo Chavez referring to Bush as a devil who behaves as … Continue reading

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Parents and the teenage drug dealer

I sympathize with parents who have a child on drugs. I’m thinking not so much about the child who’s doing fine in school, or has ambition and is moving forward. I’m thinking more about the kid who isn’t, who’s discovered … Continue reading

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Berries

Having a predeliction for juices and jams, I thought I’d read about berries. Here are the edible berries in relationship to one another, approximately:   RUBUS: (Bramble berries) Blackberry     Chehalim     Loganberry   Phenomenal Berry   Black … Continue reading

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The emperor has no gloves

The Bush morning press conference. The gloves are off. It’s true Bush is a diminutive pugilist, and he’s wowing no one with his wit. But he’s talking a stand, flat-footed, cornered and he’s got a temper. Bush is the most … Continue reading

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Saboteurs in the peace camp

How many ways can you sabotage an activist effort? Until the government’s playbook is published, let’s use our imagination to ferret out saboteurs. Infiltrators: paid undercover law-enforcement agents who report back about planned actions. They might also be instigators of … Continue reading

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Hugo Chavez Evil Knievel

While everyone was looking for Iran’s Mahmoud Ahmadinejad to seize the headlines, our Chimp-in-Chief receives a dressing down from Venezuelan upstart Hugo Chavez like no one has ever dared address the Emperor before. Not just calling Bush the Devil, but … Continue reading

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