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Princes Among Men
Having gotten over $150 billion in bailout money, insurance giant AIG is now trying to take back millions they made the mistake of giving for health care for homeless children, meals for the elderly, youth baseball and other questionable causes. They are going to court to seize a $490 million...
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Hatred Stirreth Up Strifes, But Love Covereth All Sins – Proverbs 10:12
Another hate-filled rant from the right wing on Dr. George Tiller's murder. From the so-called Rev. Rusty Thomas of so-called Operation Save America: "He died the way he lived. His was a bloody death...(His) church was fully complicit in Mr. (sic) Tiller's murderous rampage against preborn children...
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A General Call For Truth
Speaking at a New York event, General Ricardo Sanchez became the first senior military officer who served in Iraq to call for a truth commission on detainee abuse and torture. The former commander of coalition forces in Iraq warned that without fully investigating the torture, "we are doomed to...
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Bullies For Jesus
Responding on a so-called Christian news site to the murder of Dr. George Tiller, Operation Rescue founder Randall Terry, who led protests at the good doctor's Kansas abortion clinic, called Tiller "a mass-murderer" and grieved only that "he did not have time to properly prepare his soul to face...
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Death, Taxes, Unreasonable Search and Seizure, and Then Deportation
Horacio Arturo Cervantes, 42, at his home in Greeley, Colo. Talk about a rock and a hard place. A group of illegal immigrants in Colorado are facing deporation and criminal charges after a prosecutor seized thousands of confidential records from taxes THEY PAID. The ACLU has protested the seizure...
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Hyperbole of the Day
The airwaves have been ablaze with over-the-top rhetoric – see Sotomayor – but the reaction of Israeli Science Minister Daniel Herschkowitz to the entirely plausible Obama demand for a freeze on West Bank settlements wins the prize. We especially like his analogy of splitting up kids in a family,...
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The Pity Of It All
A nice piece by Bernard Avishai on Israeli writer Amos Elon, who died this week at 82. Elon, who liked to say he lived in Israel because it was the only place on earth you could tell an anti-Semitic joke, spent decades "employing a penetrating sense of history to explain Israelis and Jews to...
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Relatively Minor Adjustments
The Onion notes that President Obama has slightly altered his campaign promise of "change" to the less catchy "barely measurable and largely symbolic improvements in the status quo." Ya gotta laugh or cry. "Remember: Yes we can, if by that you mean tiptoeing around potentially unpopular decisions...
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Still Criminally Clueless After All These Years, And Deaths
It's infuriating enough to see and read Bush back in the news , making glib speeches, a free man. Poor guy, he misses flying on Air Force One. But to hear him defend torture – "the information we got saved lives" – and talk of deriving solace from tearful meetings with the families of soldiers...
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Gaza Is Alive
A report from Gaza, still and all vibrant. "It is not that the world's blockade of Gaza is not evident....But the essential spirit of the place seems unaltered by recent events. In fact, people tell you that they insist on being engaged with life so as to be able to imagine a different future than...
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