All Further Articles for 2009-05-23

Saturday, May 23, 2009
Kind and Fraternal Feelings
Memorial Day, it turns out, is yet another hijacked holiday. It was first observed in 1865 as Decoration Day by liberated slaves, who on their own set up, decorated and proclaimed an ad-hoc graveyard – a field of "passionless mounds" – to honor dead Union soldiers. "Let no neglect, no ravages of time, testify to the present or to the coming generations that we have forgotten as a people the cost of a free and undivided republic," says the original Memorial Day order.
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Salutation for Lean Times
Overheard at the Farmer's Market this morning: "Hey, you still got a job?"
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Friday, May 22, 2009
Absolutely, We Agree
Right-wing radio shock jock Eric "Mancow" Muller decided to prove waterboarding isn't torture by subjecting himself to it on the air. He lasted 6 or 7 seconds before stopping it, utterly shaken. "I don't want to say this: Absolutely, torture. Absolutely. Horrific."
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Please Give This Man A Medal, Not a Court-Martial
After several years of legal battles, Lieut. Ehren Watada, the first commissioned military officer to refuse deployment to Iraq, won an important victory last week when the government dropped efforts to retry him after a botched court-martial. But the Army still wants to punish him for declaring the Iraq war illegal and immoral, and for having the courage to call out "the deception the Bush administration used to initiate and process this war."
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