Archive for December, 2003

Mad Magazine vs. George W. Bush

December 8th, 2003 – 8:00 pm
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This is priceless. [via Atrios]

Is anyone really surprised?

December 8th, 2003 – 7:19 pm
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Hey, why should corporate America treat Iraqi children any better than it treats American ones? At least that seems to be how Bechtel (one of those friends of Bush who got a big reconstruction contract in Iraq) feels about it. On its corporate Web site, under a page titled “A Fresh Start for Iraqi School […]

Mission Accomplished

December 6th, 2003 – 8:28 pm
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First go look at this animation, called “Mission Accomplished” [Flash/Shockwave required]. Now, let me tell you something about it. The piece itself was done by Eric Blumrich, who runs He’s got tons of other great animations on the site too, so poke around some and check them out. I first heard about “Mission Accomplished” […]

When does gerrymandering become a threat to democracy?

December 6th, 2003 – 4:22 pm
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There was an excellent article in this week’s New Yorker called The Great Election Grab, which outlines the many problems with redistricting, and talks about how the Republicans, under the leadership of House Majority Leader Tom DeLay, have used to process to, in effect, lock in seats in the House of Representatives. Today, the House […]

Obnoxious religious/political spam

December 6th, 2003 – 4:01 pm
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This week I got an email entitled, “The fundamentalist Muslims are the source of 98% of the world’s conflicts!”, with a subtitle (for lack of a better word) of, “Islam and Human Rights are Incompatible.” It consisted of a bunch of anti-Islamic links (like, and a map that pointed to spots in the world […]

Supressing dissent

December 5th, 2003 – 9:28 pm
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The newest op-ed ad from the folks at is called Dissent Under Attack, and it takes on the Department of Justice’s policy of trying to suppress dissent in this country. Here’s a quote: The prosecution might argue that, in a time of heightened national security, it’s “reasonable” to quell dissent. But they’re on the […]

The Dean campaign

December 3rd, 2003 – 8:26 pm
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And now for something completely different (as seen on Boing Boing): The best part, in my opinion, is the photo of Bush they used. On a more serious note, today the Dean campaign released Governor Dean’s “Common Sense for a New Century”, a declaration of values and a call to action. It’s worth a read, […]

A fake triumph

December 2nd, 2003 – 11:08 pm
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You’ve probably heard about the “battle” in Samarra, during which our brave troops killed 56 Iraqi insurgents who were trying to ambush them. The problem, of course, is that it seems that’s not what actually happened. The mystery, which borders on solving a mathematics equation, further deepened with Col Gonsalves’ report. According to him, a […]

Ignoring both law and justice

December 1st, 2003 – 7:59 pm
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As news comes that around 100 inmates may be released soon from the detention center at Guantánamo Bay, it seems like a good time to reflect on remarks made last week by Lord Steyn, one of Britain’s Law Lords. He took the United States to task for the detentions of suspected “terrorists” there, and some […]