Archive for June, 2003


June 30th, 2003 – 10:11 pm
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Some great commentary over on Making Light about the evil terrorist mastermind (and truck driver) Iyman Faris: I don’t see why the NYTimes is in such a fluster about this supposed terrorist threat to the Brooklyn Bridge. I just wish everyone who plotted to attack NYC were as incompetent as Iyman Faris. The guy’s a […]

Catching up

June 30th, 2003 – 9:00 pm
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Having just gotten back from a vacation in the lovely Adirondacks (where I was without email, a phone, or even electricity), I thought I’d quickly catch up on a few of the major events that occurred in my absence. The Supreme Court struck down a Texas anti-sodomy law, and did so in such a way […]

A soldier’s life

June 30th, 2003 – 8:29 pm
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The truth about American soldiers in Iraq is a far cry from the romanticized image some people seem to have of our men and women in uniform. But a closer look at these American GIs, sweltering in the heat of an unwelcoming Iraq, reveals the glazed eyes and limp expressions of those who have witnessed […]

Neil says….

June 22nd, 2003 – 10:15 pm
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Neil Gaiman (via Electrolite): Of course, when stood next to the choice of American political parties (“So, would you like Right Wing, or Supersized Right Wing with Extra Fries?”) my English fuzzy middle-of-the-roadness probably translates easily as bomb-throwing Trotskyist, but when I get to chat to proper lefties like Ken McLeod or China Miéville I […]

This Modern World again

June 22nd, 2003 – 7:47 pm
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This past week’s This Modern World was another clever one, this time turning the tables on those who are able to so casually smear all of Islam because of the actions of a few extremists. It’s titled “Christians — Not All Bad!“

The truth?! We can’t handle the truth!

June 21st, 2003 – 10:37 am
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Still no WMDs in Iraq? Apparently the American people don’t care. The general citizenry doesn’t seem to care whether those weapons are discovered or not. Americans tell pollsters they do not mind that WMD haven’t materialized and are not even withholding judgment while the search goes on. Some now believe the war was justified on […]

Lying about WMDs in Iraq

June 20th, 2003 – 10:08 pm
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The President lied about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction. He lied because he wanted to go to war with Iraq and oust Saddam, and he knew that no amount of talk about how evil Saddam was was going to get the American people (or the so-called “Coalition of the Willing”) behind that. So he lied. […]

Paying back those campaign contributions

June 20th, 2003 – 9:49 pm
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Molly Ivins has a great piece up over at about the lack of ethics of one of the corporations the Bush administration has hand-picked to make money off of Iraq. My, my, my, the great Iraqi Gold Rush is on, and who should be there at the front of the line, right along with […]

Supporting our troops

June 18th, 2003 – 9:09 am
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You’ve probably seen the lawn signs encouraging passers-by to “support our troops,” but what the people who put those signs out often mean is “support the war in Iraq” or “support Bush.” Obviously if they actually supported the troops themselves, they would be outraged by the shoddy treatment [registration required] members of the armed forces […]

Remember Jose Padillo?

June 16th, 2003 – 9:45 pm
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More than a year has passed, and Jose Padillo, the man accused of planning to detonate a “dirty bomb” in the U.S., is still in prison and still has never been able to speak with his lawyer. It seems obvious that the reason he’s been declared an “enemy combatant” (despite being a U.S. citizen) is […]