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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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Abuse Photos
Suggesting it might appeal to the Supreme Court, the Obama administration asked a federal appeals court Thursday to block the release of detainee abuse photos, citing redacted statements by two generals that they would incite violence in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iraq. The ACLU said the filing...
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One Sure Way to Find Out
A day after the U.K.'s Daily Telegraph reported photos of prisoner abuse at Abu Ghraib included what U.S. Army Major Antonio Taguba called "torture, abuse, rape and every indecency," both the Pentagon and White House have denied the story. Pentagon spokesman Bryan Whitman said the newspaper "...
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The Photos, The Stories, The Hard Truths
It must be said: the new reports on rape and sexual abuse at Abu Ghraib are stomach-churning. Truncheons, wire, utter degradation. The eyes turn away, the mind shuts down. But if we let it, we are lost. Elizabeth Cady Stanton : "Truth is the only safe ground to stand upon."
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On Parachutists: Let Them Eat Necessary Incidentals
D espite a Congressional ban on golden parachutes for executives leaving bailed out companies, Jack Gibson, the former CEO of Virginia's Hampton Roads Bankshares ($80.3 million in TARP money) will achieve his "personal goal of early retirement” with a tidy $1.3 million for "consulting duties" –...
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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. Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sergeant...
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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. Alaska Army National Guard Staff Sergeant...
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It Starts
Joining the chorus of bizarro charges against Judge Sonia Sotomayor streaming in from the right is former GOP House member Tom Tancredo, who says she "appears to be racist." This, from the guy who declared Latino-rich Miami "a third world country" and accused immigrants of "pushing drugs, raping...
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