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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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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 quite 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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Gitmo Insecurity
Camp Six at Gitmo Despite Obama's pledge to close it and Congress' failure to fund it, Guantanamo is getting a security upgrade . Vendors will bid on a presumably fully-funded contract for a new access control system, including new surveillance cameras, for Gitmo's Camp Six and two other buildings...
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We Don't Want The Courts Protecting People's Rights Now Do We?
Gearing up – albeit in their usual inept, incomprehensible fashion – to fight the Sonia Sotomayor nomination, the GOP today inadvertently released their so-called talking points. So it was they spilled the beans on a riveting strategy. Not only do they again take righteous exception to the idea of...
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Dumb Spanish Lady Wins!
Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court marks a defeat for right-wingers who ran a nasty, mostly anonymous smear campaign against her, best summarized by a hilarious Wonkette spoof labelling her "just another dumb Puerto Rican loudmouth." For a look at a campaign that is likely...
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Immoral and Likely Unconstitutional
Despite his public support, Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) has written President Obama a letter opposing the idea of indefinite detention. He also cites Obama's "good faith desire" to enact "a statutory basis," which pretty much sounds like trying to make something illegal seem legal. "Any system that...
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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...
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