Thursday, August 12  Issue #46
Send a strong message to Kerry, Bush, and the Forest Service in support of our natural lands.
The Governator will decide in the next few days on a solar panel project. Lend it your support!
Howard Kurtz gives a moderately tough account of the Post's failure to fully cover war doubts.
We attacked Iraq, a country possessed of no weapons capable of reaching any significant U.S. targets, but allow Iran to develop Israel-reaching missile capabilities. Great planning, Bushit.
Greg Palast wonders if the 2000 election fixers will be attending the Venezuelan elections this weekend.
The Post calls Bush on another flip-flop for reversing positions on detainee Hamdi and negotiating his release.
Dahlia Lithwick, senior editor at Slate, makes her guest op-ed debut in the NYTimes.
Bush turns another corner, drops "turning a corner" in the process.
Oil prices may have passed newest price floor as Saudi control wanes in the free oil market.
NYTimes editors watch as Bush paints the economy into a corner...one which he can't turn.
QUOTE OF THE DAY
"Just what is it that America stands for? If she stands for one thing more than another it is for the sovereignty of self-governing people."
"Tribal sovereignty means that, it's sovereign. It's ... you're a ... you're a ... you've been given sovereignty, and you're ... viewed as a sovereign entity. And, therefore, the relationship between the federal government and tribes is one between ... sovereign entities."
-August 6, 2004
BLOG OF THE DAY
Powerful is the most appropriate term for My War: Fear and Loathing in Iraq. This soldier's first-hand blogging is tough to stomach sometimes as you realize how many tens of thousands of our servicemembers face death on a daily basis thousands of miles from home.
Shankar Duraiswamy caught my eye again with this account of Press Secretary McClellan's tapdance around any direct questions.
At The Talent Show, Greg sums up the scumbag Alexander's last-minute defection.
Philip Carter is doing what he does best: getting the inside story behind the Pentagon inquiries.
Digby takes the high road, calling out a fellow Dem for moronic character assault on McCain.
The economic changes over the past few decades have seen more risk placed on individuals than on government and corporations, so offers Kevin Drum.
Will Brady brings the subject of medical marijuana back to Blogonia over the intentional medicating of children.
And finally, my week would not be complete without a call on the General, today for some water terrorist alert training.
DRUG WAR UPDATE
Pot smoking cop wins temporary court decision; may keep job. Come on, I know there are thousands of deputies and officers who smoke on a daily basis. Stand up for rights: stop arresting marijuana smokers!!!
Minneapolis may be added to the list of localities voting on medicinal marijuana this November.
Legalization advocate gunned down in Mississippi.
LINK OF THE DAY
Most states will have a deadline for voter registration within 30 days of an election. Now is the time to register if you have not already done so. Even more importantly, pester the hell out of your like-minded friends, family, and neighbors. Take election day off. Get Out The Vote!
SITE OF THE DAY
How Stuff Works could easily be filed under the Cool Site heading, but there are so many politically relevant bits of information here that this listing is appropriate. Everything from government systems to elections are covered in summary, along with literally thousands of subjects from technology to religion.
COOL SITE OF THE DAY
Take a stroll down memory lane at High Times Magazine online...if you're not too stoned, that is.
ONLINE VIDEO OF THE DAY
Crosby-Nash 2004?!?! (thanks to BagnewsNotes)
CLAPS, SLAPS, AND THE MIDDLE FINGER
Claps to Clifton James for saving the life of a cable employee caught in power lines. James, shoed only in flip-flops ran from his sister's apartment to find the worker entangled in live power lines and in severe pain. The rescuer jumped into the cable van and quickly reversed it out of the power lines. Unaware he could also have been electrocuted, James likely saved the worker who suffered burns across much of his chest. Without panicking, Clifton proved once again that flip-flops are indeed a good thing...:)
Slaps to the Pentagon for treating Halliburton the way the U.N. is treating Sudan. By pointing fingers and threatening the war profiteers over accounting fraud, the Pentagon continues to muddle through a disastrous experiment in military privatization. From private-guarded prisons to privatized security for Iraqi officials, the incorporation of our military system provides more than amble opportunities for abuse. Some is physical abuse, as in Abu Ghraib. Halliburton does it the other way. They financially sodomize our bank accounts, then plead ignorance of the activities. We know the dog didn't eat their accounting homework; he was too busy biting prisoners at Abu Ghraib.
My Middle Finger goes preemptively to U.S. military planners for threatening a massive assault on Najaf. While the killing of U.S. soldiers must stop, an all-out invasion of the city will kill thousands of innocent civilians and likely tens if not hundreds of our own troops. Instead of forcing this issue, we should back off and let Najaf calm down for a bit. Get out of the area, but keep it in containment, allowing humanitarian missions to proceed. The only way to disarm the situation is through kindness and compassion, not murder and destruction. An assault on Najaf will only embolden the simmering fighters in other cities in Iraq, as well as in other Muslim nations. Planners must back off, relax, and reconsider options at this point as the interim government begins to move forward. U.S. assaults will only increase additional violence.
ANIMAL RIGHTS WATCH
Teenager's crusade to ban circus animals in Denver defeated by wide margin.
In Tennessee, unwarranted killing of animal could bring felony charge.
Pets come between morons in lust on a regular basis.
CANDIDATE OF THE DAY
Richard Romero is in a tight race for a U.S. House seat from New Mexico's 1st District. Romero is facing incumbent Heather Wilson, who won the first matchup between the two candidates in 2002 by 10%. This race, which looks to be much tighter than the previous, could shift significantly in Romero's favor should Wilson ally Tom Delay face ethics charges.
How things haven't changed
TODAY'S POLITICAL CARTOON
One of the most humane and compassionate movements of human history took place in the 1800's as the informal, loose network of supporters called the Underground Railroad helped relocate escaped slaves in northern lands. If Bush wins this year, we might need to know how to do this properly...
Sounds like Beavis and Butthead to me...
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