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It's been a long time since I could buy toothpaste and razorblades.
Indeed, Dan is in hot water for a report my own investigative team put in Britain's Guardian papers and on BBC TV years ago. Way back in 1999, I wrote that former Texas Lt. Governor Ben Barnes had put in the fix for little George Bush to get out of 'Nam and into the Air Guard.
What is hot news this month in the USA is a five-year-old story to the rest of the world. And you still wouldn't see it in the USA except that Dan Rather, with a 60 Minutes producer, finally got fed up and ready to step out of line. And, as Dan predicted, he stuck out his neck and got it chopped off.
While reviewing this mornings log file from my firewall, I came accross this IP address: "188.8.131.52" and the attempted entry into my personal computer.
More proof the media and their journalists are a bunch of liberals who hate Bush and almost all vote Democrat.
Action Alert for OCT 23rd
Say NO to the PNAC
The lessons learned by the US military from the Vietnam war and their relationship to the true casualty figures in Iraq.
More anti-police-state poetry.
I am considering writing under a male pseudonym. I truly wonder, with almost all male editors and writers in alternative media, and in a sexist society, what effects me writing under a female name has. Am I getting less pay? Am I getting published less? Am I taken less seriously?
Just to give you a taste ... OUCH ! OUT BAD PUN!
I just got word from Nader staffer that they are on the ballot in Florida.
Part biography, part reprimand, part love letter to the promise of his profession—this speech, given by Bill Moyers at a Society of Professional Journalists conference on Sept. 11, 2004, will be referred to for years to come by those who are worried about the state of journalism. It's a true classic: "I believe democracy requires 'a sacred contract' between journalists and those who put their trust in us to tell them what we can about how the world really works."
Bill Moyers is a broadcast journalist currently hosting the PBS program Now With Bill Moyers. Moyers also serves as president of the Schumann Center for Media and Democracy, which gives financial support to TomPaine.com.
Where is he going with this commercial?
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However the flap over CBS and those National Guard "memos" turns out, the past few weeks mark a milestone in U.S. media and politics. Along with the Swift Boat Veterans' ads, the widespread challenge to Dan Rather's reporting -- to his credibility -- means that the liberal media establishment has ceased to set the U.S. political agenda.
Iraq War illegal says UN chief Kofi Annan
I was amused when the story first broke on CBS regarding this document about Bush's Guard service. I was even more amused when the righty's started trying to debunk the entire thing.
In the latest episode, CBS seemed to have secured a technology consultant and IBM typewriter specialist to verify the document. Sure enough, Mr. Glennon has done just that, confirmed that the documet could have been made by a typewriter from the time of Bush's service.
Now the righty's are trying to defame Mr. Glennon as nothing but a typewriter salesman and an idiot. It is all so amusing. What the righty's need to realize is that Bush is nothing but a fraud and a fake. He took the easy way out, joined the champagne squad and played drunk during the Vietnam War.
If he did anything different, he should produce the documents showing otherwise.
i never thought i'd say this, but i read an article in the Oregonian that actually hit the target in the bullseye, or very close to it. The article, Full view of city's urban renewal lacking, by Randy Gregg, appeared in Sunday's paper. It's a review of the American Institute of Architects exhibit "Good Citizens Are the Riches of a City" showing in town. The exhibit was put together by the Portland Development Commission (PDC), and its theme is the history of Urban Planning in the city. Naturally, as Gregg points out, the PDC assembled what is essentially "a commercial for itself" with claimed successes highlighted and obvious failures mostly excised. Urban renewal in the United States is usually a racist and classist enterprise; for decades, targets of demolition across the country have been black neighborhoods and money-poor ethnic enclaves to make room for ugly "development", parking lots, or freeways. Urban renewal projects have destroyed many precious, vital places with a thoroughness that could only otherwise be accomplished through war-time bombing. The perpetrators have been, as Gregg points out, "a bunch of white guys".
Gregg does not shy away from any of these truths about the effects of urban renewal in Portland or the classism and racism at its roots. Most surprisingly, at the end of his column -- in describing a sculpture submitted for a proposed restoration of Ross Island -- Gregg raises an artist's question of what history will view as the greater crime: Ross Island Sand & Gravel's ravaging of the natural environment, or the act of burning trucks belonging to them in protest of their ecocidal activities. Whoah! With this last paragraph, Gregg gives that famous arson the most balanced and least hysterical treatment that has ever appeared in the Oregonian to my knowledge. This is where the discussion should have started in the first place, and it's too late now for the people since jailed.
Of course, this article by Randy Gregg is one of those exceptions that proves the rule; the rest of the paper remains dismally shallow and biased, and shows no signs of changing.
The Militaristic U.S. Establishment's Ford Foundation gave a $200,000 "general support" grant to Norman Solomon's "Institute for Public Accuracy" in 2004.
Bush supporters really don't want those documents to be fakes, because if they are ...
"We're up againstthe most rich and powerful people in the world. All we have is our convictions really because we don't have the money or the power or the weapons. But I think the anger ofbillions of peopleis the weapon that will eventually be used against them"
see the 3-minute documentary that michael moore does not want you to see.
"I hate television. I hate it as much as peanuts. But I can't stop eating peanuts."
- Orson Welles
Cinema 21 for a week
A study of the propaganda techniques of the extreme right, using Social Security 'reform' as an example...
uh got syndication yet?
Visiting "U.S. Republican" policital party to NYC ran its own police detention area. Who can name a political party in Germany in the 1930s that ran its own police...] US "Republican party" has converted itself into the American Fascist Party.
New York police corralled people who were walking down the street so they could not move, then arrested all of them, often without first ordering them to disperse and giving then a chance to do so.
The New York Civil Liberties Union is compiling stories from protesters who say they were arrested for no reason, detained for unnecessarily long periods or held in unsafe conditions. The group is also considering suing the city over police conduct. In news reports last week, Mayor Michael Bloomberg speaking on his radio show, seemed to imply that the arrests of innocent people were inevitable....[!]
look at this headline:
Kerry Calls Iraq War 'Catastrophic Choice'
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Today on Democracy Now
United States Senator Byrd has been asked by an influencial WWII veteran's group to investigate the constitutionality of the tightly held media within the U.S.
I was at a nabor's this morning for breakfast. NBC news was on (via KGW). A would-be "news" story was about a "new" ready-bag of stuff (yeh, duct tape & stuff) which people should buy to Be Ready for an attack (shudder). Such kits have been available for eons, but NBC thinks this is "news". Here's the kicker. The "reporter" said that the bags are available at "select stores such as this wal-mart". Uh-huh. A stench was apparent. Then the source of the stench appeared, as the next commercial break was an ad for, tuh-duh, wal-mart! I rarely watch tv, so maybe this co-mingling of commerce & "news" happens all the time. However, i was shocked, to be honest, that something so blatant & clumsy was perpetrated, & that the bogus nature of corporate "news" would be so obvious.
Just like John Kerry's adolescent attack on George Bush's middle initial W. earlier this week where he described the W. standing for Wrong about the war in Iraq, Wrong about the economy etc. etc. Moveon.org has resurrected their failed adolescent attack on George Bush's Air Guard record by supporting a group called Texans for Truth. In an election that is turning out to be more about the person running rather than the important policies that this election hinges on - the corporate media is playing the willing messenger, handing the feces to the candidates and their designated 527s.
I need ideas about investigative journalists who might speak at our community forum.
Clear Channel, which owns more than 1,200 stations, is now beaming Air America's liberal lineup over eight of them--nine if you count a Florida outlet that's only running the Randi Rhodes show, and 10 if you count XM satellite radio, which includes Clear Channel among its investors. That might not sound like much, but it's over a third of Air America's affiliates.
I can't find the URL for this article. Seems to have gone missing. Can anyone find it?
more dots to connect
Hijinx at the RNC.
More AQ Khan/Iraq info
'It's brainwashing,' he says. 'The fact is that a certain percentage of Americans completely buys the [Republican] brainwashing.' Unsurprisingly, Shawn believes what many Democrats accept as an article of faith: 'Of course there has been a right-wing conspiracy - the extreme right has acted in a very disciplined and ruthless and successful manner for 25 years.' Shawn says he has found it difficult to write about Bush's America: 'Part of the problem presented by Bush and his gang is that they are so crude ... When you are confronted with things that are so crudely brutal, the writer's task of elucidating what lies beneath the surface is redundant. These people believe in cruelty, vengeance and brutality. --- 'People have a tremendous sense that they've been lied to. There are a lot of people out there entertaining some very wild thoughts. People have been flabbergasted by the war. Who knows? Most people don't vote. The Bush people's drive to win is so huge. And they have as much money as they want. And they are ruthless. Kerry has taken a position that's so weak. He will win, he thinks, if he doesn't stray too far from the Bush line. I wish he'd present a real alternative. Then I think he'd have an enormous victory.' ---
Deborah Eisenberg shares Hiaasen's despair: 'People say, "The Constitution will prevail. The American people will prevail", but I have no such confidence. The Supreme Court is degraded and corrupt. Our press has been irresponsible to a shattering degree. We are in the middle of a great catastrophe.'
Iraqi and U.S. forces arrested a man believed to be Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri the most-wanted Saddam Hussein aide still on the run in a bloody raid on Sunday in which 70 of his supporters were killed and 80 captured. Al-Douri -- sixth on the U.S. list of the 55 most-wanted members of Saddam's regime had a $10 million price on his head -- was captured in Tikrit.
As usual the truth is in the last paragraph:
However, Pakistani officials and intelligence sources say they do not know if they are any closer to catching bin Laden.
This is the latest poll to come out since the Republican Convention finished. It looks like Bush got a bump from the convention.
More a question, wish or request for those with time on their hands:
I have yet to see a comprensive treament (pictures, video, or what have you) of all interruptions of Bush's RNC speech, how he reacted or failed to react, etc., or how he supposedly got spooked.
Can someone at least point my way to some corporate video links if you know them. Thanks.
Download Democracy Now for the complete transcripts. One journalist, ex-editor for the Guardian speaks of his work with Indymedia. Fabuuuuuuuulous!
For Immediate Release
September 3, 2004
Project Censored Announces Release of
Censored 2005, The Top 25 Censored News Stories
52% for Bush
41% for Kerry
3% for Ralph
Bush's latest slogan is the most anti-democratic (small d) slogan in history. At least since "Hail Victory!" (which loses a little in translation from the original: "Sieg Heil!")
1 Number of Bush administration public statements on National security
issued between 20 January 2001 and 10 September 2001 that mentioned
104 Number of Bush administration public statements on National
security and defence in the same period that mentioned Iraq or Saddam
Right-wing blowhard Lars Larson wants Nader on Oregon's ballot so bad, he's crying foul against Secretary of State Bill Bradbury. A principled expression of concern for voters' democratic rights? Not really.
original (facing the audience)
inverted (so you can read if from the "Bush side" of things)
Bad news for director David O. Russell and his shocking and brilliant 1999 movie Three Kings. Warner Brothers had planned a fall re-release of the film starring George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg and Ice Cube but has now delayed the special editon and DVD after they deemed Russell's documentary "totally inappropriate" for release in the current political climate by Warner Brothers.
We still have our work cut out for us.
Lets all watch the "LOTR" parody, empower ourselves
and get right to it. We're not just fighting Bush,
we're fighting En Ron Hubbard, Diboldly, the Heritick
Foundation, and patRIOT acts I and II!!!
NEW YORK — If I've heard it once, I've heard it a hundred times from discouraged Democrats and liberals as the Republican convention here wrapped up this week. Their shoulders hunched, their eyes at a droop, they lower their voice to a whisper hoping that if they don't say it too loud it may not come true: "I...I...I think Bush is going to win."
A comment on Bush's coronation speech
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Tonight, it's show time for George W. Bush, and I can't wait to hear what he has to tell the Republican convention.
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