Archive for June, 2003

Unbrand America

June 15th, 2003 – 4:57 pm
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Flying is no fun

June 15th, 2003 – 2:35 pm
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Apparently the airlines are using outdated name-search software to match passenger names to the TSA’s no-fly lists, resulting in plenty of false positives. In their efforts to prevent a repeat of the Sept. 11 tragedy, the U.S. government and the airline industry are relying on software so outdated that it can’t distinguish between the last […]

Catching up with This Modern World

June 15th, 2003 – 1:44 pm
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Tom Tomorrow has done a few especially good comics during the past few weeks, and I’ve been remiss in not pointing them out. The Republican Matrix Goofus or Gallant? The (Revised) Official Bush Administration History of the War on Iraq

Dean for President, now in weblog form

June 14th, 2003 – 9:38 am
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There is now an official weblog for Howard Dean, one of my favorites among the Democratic contenders for President. It seems to mainly be written by his staffers, but it contains lots of interesting stuff nonetheless.

The death of yet another peace plan

June 13th, 2003 – 9:34 pm
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Last week I posted a link to a column in which Alexander Cockburn described the ways in which the Bush’s “roadmap for peace” in Isreal was a farce. It was a viewpoint that I did and do agree with. This week has seen the complete and utter annihilation of that same roadmap, despite claims by […]

Driving the government toward bankruptcy

June 13th, 2003 – 8:39 pm
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As you may (or may not) have heard, when the appalling $350 billion dollar tax cut signed into law recently came out of Congress, Republican leaders had slipped in a last-minute change that meant that working families who barely make the minimum wage wouldn’t get the increase in the child tax credit that many other […]

Short-sighted class warfare

June 9th, 2003 – 8:50 pm
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It’s becoming more and more apparent (in case it was ever in doubt) that Bush’s vision is all about making the rich even richer, while doing nothing to fix any of the fundamental problems that have put the economy into such a sorry state. As economist James K. Galbraith pointed out in a speech last […]

A “roadmap” for Middle East peace?

June 5th, 2003 – 11:12 pm
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Alexander Cockburn, one of the writers behind Counterpunch, has an excellent column up over at in which he talks about the farce that is Bush’s current Middle East roadmap. As he points out, it’s yet another plan that involves the Palestinians doing everything first in order to get the Israelis to consider doing anything […]

Real democrats vs. GOP Lite

June 5th, 2003 – 11:11 pm
Tagged as: Uncategorized has another great op-ed ad up: DLC “New Democrats” are GOP Lite: cozy with corporate elites, comfortable with free-market fundamentalism, hostile toward unions, keener for tax cuts and defense spending than for public investment or securing the social safety net. Donning conservative drag has worked for the DLC — the Fortune 500 fund it […]

Trying to muzzle the media

June 2nd, 2003 – 8:44 pm
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Apparently the CIA wants to see journalists and media outlets who publish leaked information from government officials punished if that information turns out to be classified. It’s an attempt to kick the media while it’s down, and another fine example of the current U.S. government’s contempt for that pesky Bill of Rights. As Tom Rosenstiel […]