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07/31/04 :: By Mel Valentin
OutFOXed: (Un)Fair and (Un)Balanced
Categories :: Media

"OutFOXed: Rupert Murdoch’s War on Journalism", directed by Robert Greenwald, takes a highly partisan approach to FOX News, a 24-hour “news” channel with a decidedly right-wing slant. In short, FOX News is a 24-hour propaganda machine not just for the Republican Party, but also for the current president and the ideologues in his administration, whose policies are firmly supported (financially and ideologically) by Rupert Murdoch, the multi-billionaire owner of the FOX News Channel.

07/31/04 :: By William Hare
Convention Blog 3: Kerry and Edwards "Shake Down The Thunder"
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

One of the most famous and inspiring fight songs in the annals of college football is the Notre Dame Victory March. A school of great gridiron tradition, the fight song evokes it in delivering the exhortation, “shake down the thunder from the skies.”

07/30/04 :: By
Bush: Dangerously out of Touch
Categories :: Bush Administration

Now, we've heard this over and over again from the President and his Republican party: Kerry is out of touch with the heartland, Democrats don't share your values, Howard Dean is a latte-drinking Volvo-driving something or other. Well, I think it's about time somebody turned this nonsense on its head.

07/30/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Kerry Speaks
Categories :: Kerry, John

I have sampled the various blogs and newspapers with respect to John Kerry’s acceptance speech and I am amazed at the reactions. I want to provide my reaction to the reaction. Remember I am a middle aged white married guy, Vietnam veteran, PhD in diplomatic history, worked for four Democratic governors and live in Nashville Tennessee – red state territory but I hope it turns blue.

07/29/04 :: By
Why Bland is Good, Good, Good
Categories :: Campaigns It's a few hours before Kerry acceptance speech and I, for one, want it to be bland, full of folksy biographical anecdotes, vague , and almost-cliched invocations of America as the land of hope. I want bland invocations. I don't...

07/29/04 :: By
California Dreamin'
Categories :: In an earlier post Anjon wrote "The Dems could run the tables and take back the House, Senate, and win the white house by a double digit margin in the popular vote, perhaps even by as many as 20% points!...

07/29/04 :: By Tom Ball
BREAKING NEWS: Pakistan captures a "Most Wanted" Qaeda Man
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Reuters Headline "PAKISTAN CAPTURES A "MOST WANTED" QAEDA MAN WITH UP TO $25 MLN BOUNTY-MINISTER TO CNN" Recall the article written in the New Republic that accurately reported that the 'July Surprise':

07/29/04 :: By Tom Ball
BREAKING NEWS: Abu Musab Zarquawi Arrested
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin Bloomberg is reporting that Abu Musab Zarquawi has been arrested...just as the New Republic magazine had predicted. ...Right on the day Kerry is nominated. How long have they known where this guy is and put off arresting him for the...

07/29/04 :: By
Big Re-allignment Comming?
Categories :: Elections

Big Re-alignment Coming?

Hello friends. This is my first post and I wanted to introduce myself to all of you. First off, i wanted to congratulate everyone for being part of a great movement. I believe that the 2004 election will go down as a major landmark in the history of progressive movement politics. This is not empty optimism from a coach giving a fake “pep talk” before a big game. I believe we could see a major Re Alignment of the American Electorate as the Republicans face a Democratic TIDAL WAVE. The Dems could run the tables and take back the House, Senate, and win the white house by a double digit margin in the popular vote, perhaps even by as many as 20% points!

I’m sure a few of you may be asking, legitimately, I may add, “is this guy real? Is he high or smoking something?”

Well, I actually don’t smoke and I’m dead serious about this!

Here’s the basic reasoning:

07/28/04 :: By Drew Johnston
The Lost Coulter Scripts
Categories :: Blowhards Today, I got a chance to read the Ann Coulter column that USA Today rejected. Frankly, I understand why they shot it down. It’s even more ridiculous than most of her screeds. The whole thing read like someone else doing...

07/28/04 :: By William Hare
Convention Blog, Day 2: An Old Pro and a Young Star Set the Agenda
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

The connecting of dots mentioned in the last installment continued at Fleet Center on Tuesday. The instructive part about listening to the key convention speeches is the preview provided of the campaign’s thrust when Kerry and Edwards along with assorted party professionals and delegates leave Boston.

07/28/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Reinvention, Spin, and Claiming the Middle
Categories :: Campaigns

It’s not hard to see how and why the gears of the GOP spin machine are finding it hard to get a firm purchase in the effort to demonize the Democrats this time around. The Republican party has drifted so far to the right that Democrats are the party of hope, the party of progress, the party of unity, the party of ideas, and the party of “strength and wisdom.” It’s the message that’s important, and Democrats have captured the flag.

07/28/04 :: By William Hare
Democratic Convention Blog: The Clintons Front Row Center and Presidential Professionalism
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

The Kerry team unveiled its strategy at last night’s opening session at Boston’s Fleet Center for what is likely to be meant to extend well beyond the convention and comprise a centerpiece of the fall 2004 election campaign. The scripted game plan is reminiscent of a party strategy launched at a Republican Convention in 1972.

07/28/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Progressive but Moderate I am So why are the Republicans Chasing Me?
Categories :: Elections

I guess I am the voter that George Bush and Karl Rove are looking for in this election. I have received all sorts of mail from the Bush/Cheney 04 campaign. Remember I have always voted and I have always been registered Democrat. At first I was shocked and accused some of my friends of sending my name into the campaign.

07/27/04 :: By
The Failure of Vision
Categories :: Government Just one point on the Democratic Convention and Clinton’s speech last night. The Big Dog emphasized the goodwill and unity that Bush squandered. We liberals look back on the Clinton presidency as one that failed to deliver on its promise,...

07/27/04 :: By Stu Finkel
The Real Atrios
Categories :: Blogging on Blogging The most famous pseudonymous man in the leftwing blogosphere has gone public at the DNC. Atrios, having hinted for some time that he was ready to come out, has allowed Jeralyn at TalkLeft to identify this picture. Tom Tomorrow also...

07/26/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Doublethink and the GOP
Categories :: Hypocrisy In 1984, George Orwell described a concept called "doublethink" (not doublespeak, like so many pundits seem to believe). Doublethink described the ability of the Party to hold two totally contrary ideas and switch between them as necessity dictated (i.e. "War...

07/26/04 :: By Bob Kendall
"But why should we hear about body bags?"
Categories :: Bush Administration

“But why should we hear about body bags and death, and how many, what day it’s gonna happen. So, why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?”

07/26/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
The Perils to the Republicans if Bush Loses
Categories :: Elections

As a historian I try to resist speculating about the future and try to focus on the past. However, my earlier life as a politician, the appointed type, inspires me to speculate about the future. The 2004 election has been cast as a do-or-die for the Democratic Party. This election is considered part revenge for 2000 and part disgust with the direction of George W. Bush, but also a last ditch effort to remain a force in national politics. What most analysts have not examined is the peril to the Republican Party if it loses the White House and more significantly if it loses one or both of the houses of Congress.

07/26/04 :: By
The Culture War is Peace
Categories :: Lies

We've heard an awful lot about the Culture War this year. Bush is riling up his voters on gay marriage, while the HRC and other organizations are fighting back. "You may not like Kerry, but if Bush wins, he'll appoint anti-abortion Supreme Court Justices!" you tell your friends who are thinking about Nader. "John Kerry is out of touch with the values of the heartland!" is supposed to spook swing voters in Iowa, not to mention that whole latte-drinking nonsense.


07/26/04 :: By
Greens and Democrats
Categories :: Elections

Where the author intruduces himself, then goes on to talk about Greens and Dems and all the fun they have together.

07/25/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Blogging Harper's Index
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Media The August issue of Harper's (the only print magazine we currently receive) came sliding through the mail shoot the other day, and I thought that I'd take a look at the always informative Index (p.11); if I have a chance,...

07/25/04 :: By Tom Ball
Bush Vs. Citizens of the United States of America
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Healthcare :: Tort Reform In case there was ever any question whose side the Bush Administration is on, we will take this opportunity to drive the final nail into the coffin that houses Bush's capacity to stand up for the average person. What powers...

07/23/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
It's the Kerry, Stupid
Categories :: Kerry, John

President Bush’s failed Presidency, lackluster campaign, and a largely cowed media have handed John Kerry the political equivalent of an inside straight. But Kerry needs to close the deal. Voters have opened themselves up to the concept of not voting for Bush, but that's only half the pie. Kerry has to give them a reason to vote for him. So far, he hasn't done so.

07/23/04 :: By Tom Ball
Missile Shield for Every Nation
Categories :: Foreign Policy :: Military An historic occasion. Yesterday, the first ground-based missile interceptor was placed in an underground silo at the missile defense complex at Fort Greely, Alaska. Army Major General John W. Holly, director for the Missile Defense Agency's Ground-based Midcourse Defense Joint...

07/23/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Making Sense of Fringe Right-Wing Blowhards
Categories :: Satire

A few years ago, I had to do a “found poem” for a creative writing class. For those of you not familiar with the term; a “found poem” is a poem composed of phrases taken from other publications and reassembled to form something new. It’s not my favorite form of writing, but it can be good for a challenge. Today, I present a sample of this style: A found poem composed of phrases taken from the latest edition of the Democratic Underground Hate Mail Bag. Edits have been made for clarity and decency, but I have tried to preserve the “unique” spelling, grammar and capitalization of the original authors.

07/23/04 :: By
Point Me At Something
Categories ::

I want to use all of my imagination and brains and experience and skills and strength for one goal. I want to get George W. Bush out of office by means of a large, surprisingly decisive popular vote, and a 100 point electoral victory. It's the most important thing I've ever had to do.

07/23/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Conventional Wisdom
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin

Atrios links to the priceless Daily Show bit on GOP talking points from last week, which is now up at the Comedy Central website. If you are able to view streaming video, it is a must see.

07/22/04 :: By Bob Kendall
George Bush and Kenneth Lay Democracy
Categories :: Bush Administration

What kind of “democracy” exactly are we fighting for in Iraq and Afghanistan? Is it the brand of “democracy” existing today in the U.S.A.? A degenerate democracy where it is no longer the “will of the people” but the tremendous power of the money, the Almighty Dollar, being poured into the political campaigns of vested interests of “big business”, such as the shameful funding facts revolving around the political power purchased by American pharmaceutical corporations.

07/22/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
Election Direction: Kerry Wins Bush Loses
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004 :: Elections :: Kerry, John

Charlie Cook’s new article “Off to the Races” in the National Journal states that the stability in the presidential race polling numbers poses a problem for President Bush. Incumbent presidents that poll below 50% have a serious problem and Bush has polled below 50% approval rating for months.

07/22/04 :: By
Memes Needed for Bush’s “New Approach”: Apply Here
Categories :: Reader Interaction

Today’s New York Times includes an article about Bush’s plans to "introduce a new approach" to his campaign, and "“begin offering ideas for what a second Bush term would look like." Democrats need to start thinking now about coming up with a few short, snappy phrases to remind voters that the "new" George W. Bush is not the real George W. Bush.

07/22/04 :: By Tom Ball
Blame the CIA? Top 30 Bush - Iraq Lies Debunked BEFORE The Invasion: A Reference For Seekers of Truth
Categories :: Iraq :: Lies :: Reference

Number One) As a centerpiece to its argument for invading Iraq, the Administration has boldly pursued the idea that Saddam and al Qaeda are in cahoots. The Final Report from the 9/11 Commission due out this week unconditionally states that the commission found no "credible evidence" that Iraq helped the militants carry out the 9/11 attacks. Nor did it find any 'working relationship' between Iraq and Osama bin Laden. This runs directly counter to the administration's assertions of "long-established ties" between Saddam and al Qaeda. Even before the invasion began, both the CIA and the FBI said the administration was wrong.

07/22/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Money Makes the World Go 'Round
Categories :: Government

What happens when the “fiscal responsibility” ideal of the Republican Party conflicts with the “support the troops” ideal?

07/21/04 :: By Stu Finkel
When Racism and Paranoia Collide
Categories ::

It leads to this utterly depressing (albeit excellently written) Salon article (via Daily Kos), about a woman who had the absolutely terrifying experience of being on a Northwest Airlines fight with 14 Syrian musicians (gasp!). (Yes, you have to click through a commercial to read the article, but Salon does consistently superb work and I believe deserves to be supported.)

07/21/04 :: By
Smilers, Re-Dialers, and Most-Worthwhilers
Categories :: Activism

We're coming up on the 100-day dash, the Liberal Armageddon. Let us not get distracted now. Forget about obsessing on the details of the Wilson case, or the Florida recount, or the suspension of constitutional rights during the conventions.

The Big Picture is all that matters - taking power away from Republicans at every level of government, most importantly in the White House.

07/21/04 :: By Stu Finkel
Defending Joe Wilson
Categories :: Lies One of my co-bloggers has linked in our headlines section to Joe Wilson's response to the continuing Republican smear campaign against him. Given, however, how simultaneously outrageous and typical this latest round of Bushevik disinformation is, I wanted to highlight...

07/21/04 :: By Drew Johnston
Clinton Aide Subject To Yet More Nonsense Accusations
Categories :: Satire One of the stories circulating throughout the right-wing community is this bit about Clinton-era National Security Advisor and former Kerry campaigner Sandy Berger. Supposedly, Sandy stole sensitive documents regarding Clinton’s anti-terrorism policy from the National Archives. It’s worth noting that...

07/21/04 :: By Peter Perkowski
Kerry Should Resign - Soon
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

While the prospect of John Kerry’s victory is tantalizing, it is potentially complicating in terms of control of the Senate. None of this should come as any surprise, but the importance is sometimes underappreciated. Even if temporary, control of the Senate by Republicans during the first few months of Kerry’s term will impact confirmations of Kerry’s cabinet nominees, passage of critical legislation, and possibly even the budget resolution. So what should be done about it?

07/21/04 :: By
By way of an introduction...
Categories :: Government

Though much attention has and will continue to be directed towards issues like Iraq this election cycle, the fact remains that public debate on substantive foreign policy issues has traditionally been superficial at best. I think that we can contribute to making that debate and these issues more accessible to the wider public, and, in particular, to keeping a closer eye on the foreign policy decisions our elected officials are making.

07/20/04 :: By William Hare
Where is the Outcry as Children are Sodomized and Tortured in Iraq?
Categories :: Bush Administration

William Rivers Pitt in the lead article today on the site has asked the crucial question of what has happened to the mainstream media on documented reports of the sodomy and torture of children at Abu Ghraib and other detention centers. On CNN this afternoon the big report was the latest bellyaching of Republican House Speaker Dennis Hastert that the documents former Clinton National Security Adviser Sandy Berger took from classified government archives might have constituted an unsuccessful attempt “to rewrite history.” Hastert, never known for subtlety or imagination, is claiming that perhaps Berger’s motive was to undercut the 9-11 Commission to make the Bush administration look bad. Actually, Congressman Hastert, the Bush administration makes itself perpetually look bad without any assistance required. Meanwhile reporters reveal that the documents marked top secret contained the same information that 9-11 Commission members already knew independently.

07/20/04 :: By Cary W. Blankenship
George W. Bush: Our Divine Right President
Categories :: Bush Administration

Reported by the Lancaster New Era, President George W. Bush during a campaign swing through Pennsylvania stated in a private meeting with an Amish group “I trust God speaks through me.” Americans have become more and more accustomed to the remarks of G.W. Bush with respect to religion and his relationship to a conservative form of Christian ideology but this comment is clearly a dangerous sign. Is this the inarticulate Bush or is this Bush revealed? For Bush supporters the individual words really don’t mean much; this is simply an expression of faith. For those who oppose Bush or merely question Bush, the words do have meaning.

07/20/04 :: By Stu Finkel
A Brief Introduction
Categories :: Blogging on Blogging Tom, Bill, Bob, and Delton have graciously invited me to come blog with them over here at I am very excited about the opportunity and about the prospects for their (our) site. By way of a brief introduction, some...

07/20/04 :: By Delton Murphy
The Demons of Disenfranchisement: America's Dark History of Voter Purging
Categories :: Discrimination :: Election 2004 :: Elections :: History

The purging of felony voters from voter rolls across the country reminds us that even in the 21st century African-Americans continue to fight for the right to vote.

07/20/04 :: By William Hare
The Arnold Watch: By Schwarzenegger's Standards, He Reigns as California's Number One Political "Girlie Man"
Categories :: Schwarzenegger, Arnold

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger just unleashed a verbal bomb as he referred to his political opponents as “girlie men.” Having learned his lesson as a good Republican from Dick Cheney, he refused to apologize. In fact, he repeated the insulting epithet to some of Arnold’s army who cheered their enthusiastic support. Schwarzenegger angrily contended that those who oppose his budget proposal should “tell me to my face” that they are influenced by unions and trial lawyers. By repeating the current George W. Bush mantra Schwarzenegger has once more demonstrated his deficit level imagination. Can you sink any lower than seeking intellectual grist from George W. Bush? When you paint yourself into a corner after presenting an unrealistic fiscal picture of California, blame it all on unions and trial lawyers.

07/19/04 :: By Tom Ball
Top 25 Celebrities Turned Politicians: A Reference for Seekers of Truth
Categories :: Reference :: Schwarzenegger, Arnold :: Tactics

Big news!! Arnold “I-had-to-use-illegal-steroids-to-make-me-the-man-I-am-today” Schwarzenegger called Democrats “Girlie Men”. Oh, what a world. Will he apologize? Will he not? God help us! Of course that's the best the GOP has to offer. All bluster and no substance. That's exemplified by Arnold because, not only is he an intellectual waste of space, but he is now one of the highest profile Republicans in the land...solely because of his celebrity status.

07/19/04 :: By William Hare
Bush's March to Theocracy Invites a Comparison to Fidel Castro from a Prominent Clergyman
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004

A recent article on this site warned of the dangers of the Bush-Cheney administration overrunning the separation of church and state’s protective barrier that has been applied from the adoption of the U.S. Constitution to the present. A page one article of the July 18 Miami Herald indicates that a 22-point plan by the Bush-Cheney campaign to marshal support from churchgoers has met resistance from some religious leaders.

07/16/04 :: By Tom Ball
Martha Sentenced to 20 Years in Attica
Categories :: Women's Rights

Indeed, it has taken 2.5 YEARS to even indict 'Kenny boy' while Martha has been accused, tried, convicted and sentenced in less time. If Martha deserves 20 years in Attica then Ken and his pals deserve an eternity in Hell.

07/15/04 :: By Bob Kendall
What About The Axis of Evil?
Categories :: Bush Administration

President Bush in one of his State of the Union messages devoted a single sentence to North Korea, one to Iran, and five to Iraq. To quote from his historical declaration of the United States’ now determining which nations are good and which are evil, was a privilege formerly reserved for God, following Christian biblical viewpoint, stating, “Judge not lest ye be judged in like manner.”

07/15/04 :: By Tom Ball
Democrats' Strategy to Keep Cheney on the BC04 Ticket
Categories :: Bush-Cheney 2004 :: Tactics

This is brilliant! No. Not on the part of the Republicans, rather on the part of the Democrats. It is no secret that Cheney is a liability to the Bush-Cheney ticket and Democrats want more than anything to keep him partnered with Bush till the November election.

07/15/04 :: By William Hare
Edwards as the Man Making the Case; Hubert Humphrey Revisited?
Categories :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

A short time ago on this site I wrote about similarities between the Democratic landslide victory in 1964 of President Lyndon Johnson over Senator Barry Goldwater and cited comparisons between that contest and 2004. Now that Senator Kerry has chosen Senator John Edwards of North Carolina as his vice presidential running mate another similarity looms between this year’s race and that historic contest four decades ago.

07/14/04 :: By Tom Ball
Morality in America: Bill Bennett and the Seven Deadly Sins
Categories :: Blowhards :: Hypocrisy

Amid the critical senate debate on gay marriage and threats of 'making a mockery' of our nation's founding documents, Bill Bennett, the great conservative moralizer, has come through yet again -- letting us know exactly how evil we all are. And I say, cast not the first stone....

07/13/04 :: By Tom Ball
Morality in America: What About Bush?
Categories :: Hypocrisy

The Senate yesterday opened debate on a constitutional amendment to ban gay marriage. Republicans believe that the issue can serve as an effective wedge for the 2004 election even as their other 'wedge' issues have lost their edge against Kerry. The gun issue doesn't really light anyone's fire since Kerry is a gun owner and avid hunter. And the Abortion issue isn't carrying the weight the GOP would like it to against Kerry's belief that "Life begins at conception." So I thought it would be interesting to take a look at this poll I found from a year ago. At this time, conservative moralist Bill Bennett had recently been outed for his gambling problem, creating an air of hypocrisy that smothered all within bloviating distance.

07/12/04 :: By William Hare
Kerry-Edwards? In Synch With FDR, JFK; Bush-Cheney? In Synch With Right Wing Extremism
Categories :: Bush Administration

The Bushies have resorted again to that tired old refrain about being in the mainstream while their opponents are too liberal and out of step with the heart and soul of America. This unceasing mantra is flat out wrong, and the Americans they claim to represent are in the forefront in rejecting it.

07/11/04 :: By Tom Ball
Thank You Al D’Amato: High Profile Republican Creates Lose/Lose Situation for BushCheney ‘04
Categories :: Bush Administration :: Cheney, Dick

Yesterday, former Republican Senator Alfonse D’Amato called for Bush to dump Cheney for the good of the party and the nation. Signals don’t get any clearer than this. D’Amato knows that Cheney is an onerous liability to the Bush-Cheney ticket.

07/10/04 :: By William Hare
Iraq, Republican Robots and a Senate Report
Categories :: Anti-War

The news conference today concerning the release of the highly anticipated Senate Intelligence Committee Report on Iraq and America’s rationale for going to war proved highly interesting as well as revealing. The briefest analysis of the committee majority and minority committee chairmen revealed a glaring contrast.

07/09/04 :: By Tom Ball
Close Friends: The George W. Bush - Kenneth L. Lay Letters
Categories :: Lies :: Reference

The following letters are the full text of personal correspondence between George W. Bush and Kenneth “Kenny Boy” Lay, who was finally fitted for a pair of cuffs this morning.

07/09/04 :: By William Hare
Kerry and Edwards: On The Scene in Fort Lauderdale
Categories :: Campaigns

The excitement was electric as John Kerry and John Edwards, on their initial tandem swing since the North Carolina senator’s selection in the Democrats’ vice presidential slot Tuesday morning, touched down in Fort Lauderdale. A packed throng watched at Jet Aviation Airport Hanger while some two thousand unable to gain admittance listened on loudspeakers to the Democratic Party’s 2004 presidential and vice presidential standard bearers.

07/08/04 :: By Tom Ball
John Edwards: Clinton II or Empty Suit?
Categories :: Edwards, John :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

Is this guy for real? Time will tell. In the meantime, some have gone so far as to compare him with Bill Clinton. Both being young, southern, "New" Democrats with fire in their bellies. In '92, Bill Clinton reached out to middle class voters, talking of "putting people first." In '02 John Edwards repeatedly presented himself as a champion of "regular people."

07/07/04 :: By Tom Ball
Google Bomb Presidential Site,
Categories :: Activism :: Tactics

'Google Bomb' with the word 'Presidential'.

07/07/04 :: By Tom Ball
Dems Proudly Boast 'Better Hair'
Categories :: Kerry, John

Speaking in Cleveland, John Kerry showed that he doesn't take himself too seriously. Indeed, this line displayed his clever sense of humor, his willingness to poke fun at himself and his ability to subtly and effectively mock the opposition....all while appearing perfectly presidential:

07/06/04 :: By William Hare
Edwards for Vice President and the Strategy You Read About Here
Categories :: Campaigns :: Edwards, John :: Kerry-Edwards 2004

This morning’s announcement by Senator John Kerry about his selection as his vice presidential running mate of another Senator John, namely Edwards of North Carolina, provides the perfect choice to energize the presidential campaign. In only one term as senator Edwards has impressed with his vigorous populism and ardent fight on behalf of American working class values.

07/02/04 :: By Tom Ball
WANTED as "Enemy Combatants": Caspar Weinberger, Elliot Abrams and Robert McFarlane
Categories :: George H. W. Bush :: Iran Contra :: Pardons

Recently, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled that American Citizens could be held without being charged. This was an issue highlighted by the arrest and detention of U.S. citizen Jose Pedilla after he was declared an 'enemy combatant'. With that recent court decision in mind, I think it's important that we look at some other high profile 'enemy combatants'.

07/01/04 :: By Tom Ball
A Parable of Taxation and Propaganda
Categories :: Propaganda/Spin :: Taxes

A friend of mine sent me the following to illustrate the way taxes work in America. What it succeeded in illustrating was that my friend is either blindly partisan or grossly ignorant.


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