Saturday, May 03, 2003

Choreographing the News
The camera angle also was arranged by the White House to ensure it did not show the nearby coastline, and--opinions are mixed--the ship was slowed so Bush could spend the night on board before it docked on Friday, officials said.

Wednesday, April 30, 2003

Sept 11 Information Censored
Investigatory groups try to find out what we knew about Sept. 11th. The Bush Administrator classifies it all. The report names names, gives dates and provides a body of new information about the handling of many other crucial intelligence briefings—including one in early August 2001 given to national-security adviser Rice that discussed Al Qaeda operations within the United States and the possibility that the group’s members might seek to hijack airplanes.
1.4 Million Jobs
That's what the tax cuts will bring us. Is that unusual?
Peacekeeping and the World
The Bush administration has moved to drastically scale down a French-backed U.N. proposal to send more than 250 U.N. peacekeepers to the former French colony of Ivory Coast, according to U.S. and U.N. officials.
A Changing Legal Landscape
The Patriot Act: "We are at war, we are at war and this is for your safety," she exclaimed... If our freedoms crumble exactly when they are needed most, then they were really never freedoms at all.
The INS: "Congress, justifiably concerned that deportable criminal aliens who are not detained continue to engage in crime and fail to appear for their removal hearings in large numbers, may require that persons such as (Kim) be detained for the brief period necessary for their removal proceedings."

Monday, April 28, 2003

Republican leaders defend Santorum's anti-gay statements
Senate Majority Leader Bill Frish (R-Tenn) defends Santorum as a "voice for inclusion and compassion," while the White House refuses to comment. Santorum's comments from an AP interview published on Monday compared gay sex to incest, bigamy and polygamy. This isn't the first time the Republicans have circled the wagons around prejudiced remarks by one of its leaders. Remember Senator Trent Lott's (R-Mississippi) remarks earlier this year? "I want to say this about my state: When Strom Thurmond ran for president we voted for him. We're proud of it. And if the rest of the country had followed our lead we wouldn't have had all these problems over all these years, either." Thurmond ran his 1948 campaign on a pro-segregation, anti-civil rights platform. One of the slogans for his campaign was Segregation Forever.
Looting in Iraq may have included nukes
While looters in Iraq were robbing museums, they may have looted the country's nuclear stores, too. Defense officials acknowledge that the U.S. government has no idea whether any of Tuwaitha's potentially deadly contents have been stolen, because it has not dispatched investigators to appraise the site. What it does know... is that the sprawling campus, 11 miles south of Baghdad, lay unguarded for days and that looters made their way inside."

Sunday, April 27, 2003

It is the geopolitical destiny of the Middle East to be the suppliers of last resort for oil
Experts predict that oil production will peak - that is, that world oil production will no longer be able to keep up with demand - within 10-30 years. Lacking a viable alternative energy source, dwindling supplies are highly likely to cause a global economic crisis more serious than that suffered during the 1970's oil embargo. A Middle East perspective of the oil situation sheds light on why some governments are so willing to trade blood for oil. But one might question why we aren't seriously pursuing alternative energy sources given oil shortfalls ahead. Some point to hydrogen power as a panacea, but there are serious questions about how the hydrogen fuel would be generated.
Who are the neocons, where did the come from, and just how much influence do they have?
Is a tiny group of ideologues using undue power to intervene in the internal affairs of other countries, create an empire, trash international law—and damn the consequences? Not really. To argue that an intellectual clique has usurped American foreign policy is to give them both too much credit, and too little. But where did this clique come from? 'Liberals mugged by reality'Somewhere between Mr. [William] Kristol's ideas and Mr. [Rupert] Murdoch's muscle, the modern neocon economy was built, complete with speakers' bureaus, think tanks, magazines, newspapers, a television news network and, not to be coy, an official state residence at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.