All Further Articles for 2009-04-13

Monday, April 13, 2009
Barefoot and Pregnant in the Kitchen With A Pledge, A Flag and A Crucifix
With an opening likely soon on the Supreme Court, it's revealing to get a glimpse into the world view of perhaps the Court's most conservative judge, Clarence Thomas, who turned up at an event honoring the Bill of Rights – which he's evidently not crazy about. Thomas suggested "equal time for (a) Bill of Responsibilities," said he gets solace from Douglas MacArthur speeches about 'duty, honor, country,' and fondly remembered the good old days: "How can you not reminisce about a childhood where you began each day with the Pledge of Allegiance as little kids...marched in two by two with a flag and a crucifix in each classroom?"
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Hola Cuba
Following through on a campaign promise, President Obama said Monday he will lift some travel and gift restrictions on Cuba, and allow U.S. companies to provide cell and television services on the island. But for now he is keeping in place a decades-old trade embargo widely viewed as counterproductive.
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Misunderestimating Crazy As A Fox Republicans
Given, well, everything – think Michael Steele, Bobby Jindal, tea parties – it's tough to argue with economist Paul Krugman that "Republicans have become embarrassing to watch." Still, he issues a warning: Republicans in fact seem not much more crazy than they ever were, which didn't stop them, not long ago, from getting alot of power and wreaking alot of havoc. Most telling in his look backward: the term 'liberal' was once insult enough; now it's 'socialist.' Is this what you call progress?
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When Will the Media Interview Somalis About the 'Somali' Pirates?
I have still yet to see a Somali person interviewed by any major US media outlet regarding the "pirate" situation. The story is being told entirely through the lens of US military analysts and pundits.
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The Chamber of Commerce: Serving Communities By Busting Unions
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is launching a $1 million advertising blitz against the Employee Free Choice Act in states with moderate, possibly swing-vote Democratic senators. The ad cites the danger of "Washington bureaucrats" meddling in "private enterprise" – evidently of the non-union variety.
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