All Further Articles for 2009-05-27

Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Worth 1,000 Words After Memorial Day
On Memorial Day this year, many veterans marched in local parades and remembered what it was like to be in the military. A number of Veterans For Peace members saw this picture in the May 24 edition of the Juneau Empire and made the comments that follow it.
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In San Francisco Yesterday
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People Just Like You, Except We're Made of AstroTurf
Already dubbed "a professional AstroTurf machine" for its faux grassroots movements – Tea Parties, 'Drill Baby Drill' rallies, etc – the corporate-funded Americans for Prosperity is launching a new, wildly distorted ad campaign against health care reform. Basically, the ads for "Patients United Now" say we'll all die from it. "We are people just like you," intones one ad. "We went to D.C. with questions about 'reform'...But what we found SHOCKED us: Radical solutions. Discussions behind closed doors. Patients like us NOT included..."
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It Starts
Joining the chorus of bizarro charges against Sonia Sotomayor is former GOP lawmaker Tom Tancredo, who says she "appears to be racist." This from the guy who declared Latino-rich Miami "a third world country." She is a "reverse racist" to Limbaugh, who once said "the streets were safer after dark" under slavery. And Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) worries if she can "rule fairly without undue influence from her own personal race, gender, or political preferences." No word on the ability of the court's seven white men to do likewise.
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Tell It To The Judge
Despite a slew of evidence that he personally approved CIA requests to torture, Alberto Gonzales is now trying to shift the blame to a Justice Department he wasn't heading yet – even though he was White House counsel at the time. Sleaze City. "I did my best to defend our country," he said.
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Cheever Land
Happy Birthday to John Cheever (May 27, 1912 – June 18, 1982), a tortured soul who wrote lovely, biting, melancholy prose, often about tortured souls. "The need to write comes from the need to make sense of one's life and discover one's usefulness."
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Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Gitmo Insecurity
Despite Obama's pledge to close it and Congress' failure to fund it, Guantanamo is getting a security upgrade . Vendors will bid on a contract for a new access control system, including new surveillance cameras, for Gitmo's Camp Six and two other buildings called "Camp Six Lite" and "Ultra Lite." And the money is coming from? And we are doing this because?
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