Archive for November, 2003

Screwing up Medicare

November 17th, 2003 – 8:09 pm
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The Republicans are trying to push through a Medicare overhaul bill that will cause problems for many seniors, all so they can say that they created a prescription drug program. Of course, they’ve created one that make the elderly jump through hoops while doing nothing to control drug costs. Top Problems In The Medicare “Compromise” […]

Oil, gas, and coal. Period.

November 16th, 2003 – 8:15 pm
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The horrifying Bush-Cheney energy plan is getting closer and closer to becoming a reality, and there’s an informative piece full of links about it over at Daily Kos: Before Markos’s infant son Ari enrolls in college, or perhaps even before he begins high school, global oil prices will embark on a permanent upward curve guaranteed […]

Freedom of speech?

November 15th, 2003 – 10:15 am
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Apparently this is how the U.S. brings freedom to the Iraqi people: American soldiers handcuffed and firmly wrapped masking tape around an Iraqi man’s mouth as they arrested him on Tuesday for speaking out against occupation troops. I wish I could say that I was amazed that Bush and his supporters continue to crow about […]

Because you can never sink too low

November 14th, 2003 – 11:59 pm
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Just in case you still weren’t sure that Bush and his cronies are a bunch of heartless bastards, here’s more proof: The Bush administration is seeking to block a group of American troops who were tortured in Iraqi prisons during the Persian Gulf war in 1991 from collecting any of the hundreds of millions of […]

Russian “democracy”

November 12th, 2003 – 10:38 pm
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There’s a great piece over at New York Press about the latest round of gangsterism in Russia, and how the media in the West seems determined to paint one of Russia’s biggest crime lords as some sort of martyr for democracy: There is big news brewing in Russia this week, and America is being sold […]

Veteran’s Day

November 11th, 2003 – 10:46 pm
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On this Veteran’s Day, has put together their Veteran’s Day Reader, with articles about just how little the political and business elite in the country seem to really care about the members of the armed forces (past and present), despite their being all too quick to shout “Support the troops!” at anyone who disagreed […]

Al Gore speaks out

November 10th, 2003 – 9:25 pm
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Yesterday Al Gore gave a speech about freedom and security at an event co-sponsored by the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy and Nevertheless, I believe the Patriot Act has turned out to be, on balance, a terrible mistake, and that it became a kind of Tonkin Gulf Resolution conferring Congress’ blessing for […]

The d-word

November 9th, 2003 – 9:38 pm
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Here’s a reason to be glad that I’m well past the age of 26: It should come as no surprise then, even as the president and his advisers continue to claim that everything is going well and according to plan, that saner heads at the Pentagon are taking steps to prepare for return to the […]

Diebold digs itself in deeper

November 4th, 2003 – 10:19 pm
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Let’s see, what’s the best thing to do to allay fears about your voting software. Apparently Diebold thinks they should install uncertified software before an election. Uncertified software may have been installed on electronic voting machines used in one California county, according to the secretary of state’s office. Marc Carrel, assistant secretary of state for […]

Let them drink salt water?

November 4th, 2003 – 9:48 pm
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In yet another in a long line of incidents that shows the Israeli government is led by monsters, the Israeli army apparently destroyed wells in Gaza that had just been dug by the United States Agency for International Development. Their pathetic excuse was that they thought that Palestinian militants might be hiding in them. Of […]