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US Disbands Iraqi Training Unit after they refuse US Training (salon) An Iraqi army unit has been disbanded after it refused to attend a U.S. training course in Baghdad, former members of the unit said on Saturday.  The soldiers said they feared reprisals from locals if.....- 6/4/2005 12:01:56 PM
Out of Touch Bush Continues his Endless Social Security Tour (salon) When Bush first started stumping for his unpopular social security privitization changes, he said his tour would last 60 days. Instead of working at his job as president, he said, from Kentucky on Thu.....- 6/4/2005 11:58:39 AM
Impeaching Bush (salon) Bangor Maine NewsLet's consider an item from the news of about two weeks ago: A British citizen leaked a memo to London's Sunday Times. The memo was of the written account of a meeting that a man name.....- 6/3/2005 10:14:51 PM
Manila Outraged over US Failure to Extradite Terrorist Luis Posada Cerilles (salon) Protesters burn a mock American flag with the photo of American Luis Posada Cerrilles during a brief rally outside the US Embassy in Manila on Friday to demand his extradition from the US to Venezuela.....- 6/3/2005 9:45:33 PM
Guard, Reserve monthly death toll at high (salon) WASHINGTON — Thirty members of the Army National Guard, Army Reserve and Marine Corps Reserve died in the Iraq war in May, matching the highest toll for any month of the war, according to Pentagon fig.....- 6/3/2005 7:46:14 PM
Military Recruiting Goals Down-Pentagon's Answer? Services no longer have to announce numbers every month (salon) The Army and Marine Corps, as they struggle with recruiting shortfalls, will no longer announce their monthly recruiting numbers at the beginning of each month. Instead, the Defense Department will ap.....- 6/3/2005 7:34:03 PM
News Dump Late on a Friday Night-Pentagon Admits Koran Abused at Guantanemo Bay (salon) The Pentagon on Friday confirmed for the first time that a U.S. soldier deliberately kicked a Guantanamo Bay prisoner's Muslim holy book in violation of the military's rules for handling the Quran.Now.....- 6/3/2005 7:18:30 PM
Job Creation Slowed to a Crawl in May (salon) NYTimesThe nation added only 78,000 jobs in May, less than half the pace of the previous three months and the smallest monthly increase in nearly two years.The report, far weaker than most Wall Street.....- 6/3/2005 6:59:26 PM
IRAQ Update (salon) Iraqi Deaths Rising as Suicide Bomber Attacks Airport Iraqi officials said today that May’s increase in militant attacks has resulted in more Iraqis killed than the previous month. A suicide car bombi.....- 6/3/2005 12:53:33 PM
Student Boom-Does This Solve the Social Security Problem? (salon) Iraqi Deaths Rising as Suicide Bomber Attacks Airport Iraqi officials said today that May’s increase in militant attacks has resulted in more Iraqis killed than the previous month. A suicide car bombi.....- 6/3/2005 12:19:53 AM
Thomas Paine (Common Sense) Writes the FEC (salon) via DigbyCommon SenseDear FEC,I write to you today to request your kind advisory as to whether this pamphlet defines me as an ACTIVIST or a JOURNALIST. Whilst I am loathe to corrupt our pristine elect.....- 6/2/2005 11:58:00 PM
Separation of Church and State? Not for Governor Goodhair (salon) Perry is going to sign two bills into law at a ceremony at Cavalry Cathedral in Fort Worth. He has no problem with it, but others do. We do, too. We don't care if he's a Christian or not, or where he .....- 6/2/2005 11:35:25 PM
Bush Said Again, Today, If you Harbor a Terrorist (salon) Perry is going to sign two bills into law at a ceremony at Cavalry Cathedral in Fort Worth. He has no problem with it, but others do. We do, too. We don't care if he's a Christian or not, or where he .....- 6/2/2005 11:05:31 PM
If People Vote for those who Campaign for Peace, Why Did Bush Win? (salon) IronyThe president ran on a peace platform,” Bush said of Abbas. “You know, maybe somebody will run on a war platform--you know, vote for me, I promise violence. I don’t think they’re going to get ele.....- 6/2/2005 10:56:45 PM
Jenna, Barbara, Your Country Needs You More Than Ever (salon) Before we excerpt part of the following column, we repeat that we are pro-non-military war options, rather than joining up to fight Bush's wars of imperialism. However, since Bush believes so mightly .....- 6/2/2005 10:51:37 PM
Bush in St Louis and Kentucky Flogging that Tired Dog and Pony Social Security Show (salon) Does the public in general, all his constituents, get to attend? No. Invitation-only, as usual.The president plans an invitation-only roundtable in Hopkinsville in western Kentucky as he tries to ligh.....- 6/2/2005 10:40:32 PM
Parents Post Problems for Military Recruiters (salon) NYTimesAround the dinner table, many parents said, they are discouraging their children from serving. At schools, they are insisting that recruiters be kept away, incensed at the access that they have.....- 6/2/2005 10:09:31 PM
Laura Bush Hypocrisy- Cease Fire for Gangs in the US (salon) For Laura Bush to go around the country sympathizing with gang members and urging cease fires because of deaths in the community is more than myopic, it is galling, when the administration of her husb.....- 6/2/2005 9:50:34 PM
Is the FBI Spying on You? FBI admits spying on political activists (salon) ACLU- Although the FBI has refused to turn over most of the files, we have obtained evidence (pdf) that confirms the FBI and local police, working through Joint Terrorism Task Forces, are spying on po.....- 6/2/2005 3:24:59 PM
MPAA Trying to Push Through the Broadcast Flag, Negating Fair Use, In Any Bill They Can (salon) BackgroundThe MPAA would like to tack the broadcast flag into Joe Barton's bill, but Joe opposes it. MPAA did this after the FCC was ruled against by the US Court of Appeals for attempting to force th.....- 6/2/2005 2:50:33 PM
Democracy versus Bush-o-cracy in Venezuala-Bush attempts to groom a traitor (salon) On April 11th of that year Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez—democratically elected in 1998 and again in 2000—was overthrown in what proved to be a short-lived coup.  Before he was restored to power by.....- 6/1/2005 8:14:28 PM
Bush Welcomes Woman Who Took American Taxpayer Funds to Overthrow Venezuela's Democratic Government (salon) U.S. President George W. Bush shakes hands with Maria Corina Machado, executive director and founder of Sumate, in the Oval Office of the White House May 31, 2005. Sumate is a non-governmental organiz.....- 6/1/2005 8:00:39 PM
Bush Hypocritical on Darfur (salon) If we are to believe that invading another country to overthrow a leader who has not attacked us, but savages his own people, is all right, then why, by the same yardstick, is Bush not invading Sudan .....- 6/1/2005 6:19:25 PM
Kenya angry over US requirement to exempt US war crimes suspects from International Criminal Court (salon) May 30- why should the US be exempt from accountability?Angry Kenyans are urging their government not to sign an agreement with the United States that would require Kenya to get permission from the U......- 6/1/2005 5:27:46 PM
TSA Starts Phase 3 of Fingerprinting Truck Drivers (salon) Background: We believe that truck drivers are having to pay the 94 dollar fee themselves.TSA's announcementWASHINGTON, June 1 /U.S. Newswire/ -- The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) began .....- 6/1/2005 3:23:40 PM
C Student Bush Needs to Read his Script More Closely (salon) From the White House Press BriefingIn terms of the detainees, we've had thousands of people detained. We've investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based s.....- 6/1/2005 2:38:08 PM
What to believe on the questions of the Iraq War and the US Treatment of Prisoners? (salon) From the White House Press BriefingIn terms of the detainees, we've had thousands of people detained. We've investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based s.....- 6/1/2005 2:24:29 PM
Muni Wireless-King Couldn't Get it Banned, but Now Pete Sessions is Trying at the Fed Level (salon) From the White House Press BriefingIn terms of the detainees, we've had thousands of people detained. We've investigated every single complaint against the detainees. It seemed like to me they based s.....- 6/1/2005 2:22:51 PM
Bush-Not Worried About Anything but Creates Problems (salon) Yesterday, Bush said in his press conference.Q You're worried, sir, that you're losing some of your push? THE PRESIDENT: I don't worry about anything here in Washington, D.C. I mean, I feel -- feel co.....- 6/1/2005 2:07:17 PM
Proliferation Security Initiative-Part 2: Bolton Spying on US Companies that Violated Export Restrictions? (salon) Background:An article that came out in the New York Times seems to be an attempt to justify the secrecy surrounding the documents that Bolton requested of the NSA that the Bush administration refuses .....- 6/1/2005 1:33:06 PM
Face of a Terrorist- a 57 Year Old Principal of a Middle School (salon) What happened? Ms Beaman was chaperoning a group of 37 middle school students on a band festival trip to California. She packed knives for preparing the sandwiches, but, while she alerted the screener.....- 6/1/2005 12:51:41 PM
Fox News and the National Catholic Reporter Comment on the Downing Street Memo (salon) First, Fox News comments on the fact that the British government memo that "proves the Bush administration manipulated evidence about weapons of mass destruction in order to carry out a plan to o.....- 6/1/2005 7:09:52 AM
Memorial Day Editorial- Praise Bravery/Seek Forgiveness (salon) Star-TribuneNothing young Americans can do in life is more honorable than offering themselves for the defense of their nation. It requires great selflessness and sacrifice, and quite possibly the forf.....- 5/31/2005 10:23:24 PM
US in Iraq-What Happened to Quick and Easy Plans to Invade Iran? (salon) Wallerstein-"Playing With Fire: the U.S., Iraq, Iran"When you're a powerful country, it's hard not to play with fire. But the Bush regime has been particularly reckless. Take for example the.....- 5/31/2005 10:17:52 PM
Pakistan's Mushareff Says that the Insurgents are not fighting Iraqis, they are fighting the US (salon) We often hear from Bush that the Iraqi insurgents are trying to kill their fellow Iraqis, without the extra information that the insurgents, if they kill Iraqis, do so to those who support US occupati.....- 5/31/2005 10:07:11 PM
Taliban gone, Afghanistan Women Still Abused (salon) Amnesty International has issued a new report, based on interviews in Afghanistan.WOMEN are raped, murdered and abused with impunity all over Afghanistan, despite the overthrow of the Taleban that was.....- 5/31/2005 9:42:47 PM
UN Nominee Bolton used the NSA to spy on American Citizens (salon) Newsweek - Why did Bolton use the NSA to spy on citizens and why is the Bush administration refusing to release information about those requests?June 6 issue - The bitter debate about John Bolton's no.....- 5/31/2005 8:01:05 PM
Proliferation Security Initiative-Bush and Bolton (salon) We read a statement from President Bush today about the Proliferation Security Initiative. It appears from the PSI website that this initiative, which has a number of countries/states partnering with .....- 5/31/2005 5:33:23 PM
Out of Touch Bush Tries to Dismiss Human Rights Violations as Absurd and Reduces the World to Good Versus Evil (salon) Tell that to the many prisoners who happened to be swept up in raids and sent to Abu Ghraib, Guantanemo or other prisons in the Middle East. While there are, undoubtedly, many who deserve imprisonment.....- 5/31/2005 2:44:13 PM
CIA Using Rendition for Torture Suspects and it's Not only one plane (salon) Renditioning-the act of sending torture suspects to countries that have poor human rights records and advocate torture. That way the US can appear to have its hands clean of torture while outsourcing .....- 5/31/2005 2:12:24 PM
Real ID Act a Treasure Trove for Identity Thieves (salon) When the law takes effect, it will give bureaucrats unfettered access to everyone's personal information. The Real ID Act was hurried through without any public debate in Congress; it is a national id.....- 5/31/2005 2:03:48 PM
Saddam Trial to be Within 2 months (salon) Iraqi President Jalal Talabani has said he expects the trial of Saddam Hussein for alleged crimes against humanity to begin within two months. "The Iraqi government is now doing its best to prepa.....- 5/31/2005 1:04:29 PM
Iraq War News (salon) As of Monday, May 30, 2005- at least 1656 members of the US military have died since the beginning of the war in March 2003. At least 1, 264 died as a result of hostile action.Since May 1, 2003, when .....- 5/31/2005 12:08:45 PM
Both Republican and Democrat Parties Believe Bush has Spent His Political Capital (salon) Not that he had an overabundance of it, except in his own mind, after he was elected for the first time in the 2004 race. He said at the time that he had earned political capital "and I intend to.....- 5/31/2005 11:23:50 AM
Because Bush Administration has underfunded National Parks, Forest Service to Sell off Some Public Lands (salon) When the government wisely set aside lands long ago for the public, for our enjoyment and also for the preservation of the wildnerness, they could not have counted on such a environmentally hostile pr.....- 5/31/2005 11:12:40 AM
Republican Congress Sneaked in Drilling in the Gulf Islands National Seashore-In the Emergency Defense Spending Bill (salon) What does the Emergency Defense Spending Bill have to do with drilling in a natural wilderness area? And why does the government continue to trash our natural resources?GULFPORT, Miss. — Tucked away i.....- 5/31/2005 11:07:46 AM
Rice's Visit to Iraq versus Kharrazi (salon) Huffington PostA couple of weeks ago Condoleezza Rice made a surprise visit to Baghdad. Having helicoptered into the Green Zone, she was photographed with Prime Minister Al-Jaafari wearing a military .....- 5/31/2005 4:32:06 AM
US and Royal Air Force Tried to Goad Saddam into war by dropping twice as many bombs on Iraq in 2002 (salon) Read that again. The year was 2002. The same year that the Times, which article we quote here, showed, with the Downing Street Memo, that Bush decided to go to war, fixing the intelligence to mislead .....- 5/30/2005 11:33:52 PM
Afghanistan's False Freedom of the Press (salon) What can be worse than an only partly filled room with reporters (including aides that were asked to come and fill in the empty seats), where Bush goes to call on Afghan reporters and finds only one.......- 5/30/2005 11:25:38 PM
America-Helping to Promote Civil War and Unrest in Iraq? (salon) Left Coaster has a discussion that touches on the American's arrest of Sunni's, as well as whether, since Americans arrested a Sunni family without the knowledge or permission of the Iraqi government,.....- 5/30/2005 11:21:00 PM
Rumsfeld doesn't agree with free speech (salon) Always interesting to read when a person in charge is anti-constitutional. The Bush administration has made a largely successful effort to keep the reality of war out of the public mind, while pushing.....- 5/30/2005 11:18:03 PM
Bush Doctrine-Richard Perle Attempts to Redefine it (salon) According to Bush's West Point speech in June 2002, the Bush Doctrine discussed the necessity of pre-emptively strking foes rather than concentrating on deterrence.The gravest danger to freedom lies a.....- 5/30/2005 10:39:34 PM
Now That Iraq has Created New Terrorist, Bush Administration Changes Strategy (salon) Would they had considered that recklessly attacking Iraq that had no Al-Qaida terrorists would create some. But does this mean they will completely give up attempting to find Bin Laden?WASHINGTON - Th.....- 5/30/2005 10:22:41 PM
Who is culpabe for human rights failure and torture? (salon) Sanchez, Gonzales, Bush, Rumsfeld- no statute of limitationsWhen Lieutenant General Ricardo Sanchez testified before the Senate Armed Services Committee last year, he was asked whether he "ordere.....- 5/30/2005 9:54:16 PM
Why is a private group of lobbyists and special interest groups meeting to discuss the uninsured? (salon) Why isn't Congress, with plenty of representation from the populace, considering the options instead of a group that isn't elected by us to do that job? Congress needs to quit debating irrelevant issu.....- 5/30/2005 9:48:10 PM
Peeling Back the Mask of Democracy in Countries Where An Oil Pipeline Is Being Built (salon) When we watched the spectacle recently of Bush visiting the state of Georgia, we questioned why he went there in particular. In his speech, he called Georgia a "beacon of liberty", said that.....- 5/30/2005 9:42:42 PM
Bills that didn't pass this legislative session (and those that did) (salon) The ones that passedThe ones that didn't Private school vouchers: Would have provided taxpayer money for some students living in urban school districts to attend private school.• Video gambling: Would.....- 5/30/2005 8:38:56 PM
Texas Schoolchildren get shafted by budget passed by legislature (salon) Houston Chronicle:...."placed more restrictions on abortion, gave Texas voters a say in banning gay marriage and declared the chuck wagon the state's official vehicle during their 140-day session.....- 5/30/2005 8:35:59 PM
Shielding paper for RFID (salon) Houston Chronicle:...."placed more restrictions on abortion, gave Texas voters a say in banning gay marriage and declared the chuck wagon the state's official vehicle during their 140-day session.....- 5/30/2005 7:49:33 PM
Texas Anti-Family Constitutional Amendment (salon) Houston Chronicle:...."placed more restrictions on abortion, gave Texas voters a say in banning gay marriage and declared the chuck wagon the state's official vehicle during their 140-day session.....- 5/30/2005 9:12:22 AM
How Did They Vote? (salon) Houston ChronicleSenate• 1. John Bolton nomination: Failed, 56-42, to reach a 60-vote majority needed to end a Democratic filibuster against the nomination of John R. Bolton as U.S. ambassador to the .....- 5/29/2005 7:22:04 AM
In 2006, Glen Rose will finally get the traffic intersection at 67 and 144 (salon) Missed seeing this before.article from Star-Telegram from JanuaryFinally, on Dec. 16, the state earmarked $253,000 to install a four-way stoplight and replace three right-turn ramps with turn lanes th.....- 5/28/2005 4:58:07 PM
Rice's Speech Protested by Abu Ghraib-Garbed, While Rice Trashes the Founding Fathers (salon) Whatever mistakes the Iraqis may have made in their struggle toward freedom, "They haven't made a compromise as bad as the one in 1789 that made my ancestors three-fifths of a man,'' said Rice, a.....- 5/28/2005 4:55:20 PM
Should Internet Service Providers Be Compelled to Turn Over Customer Information to the Government? (salon) Bush wants search limits overturned. Last year, the courts blocked the government from being able to do secret searches of communications records, as per the Patriot Act. If an ISP gets an NSL (Nation.....- 5/28/2005 4:27:27 PM
Texas Bans Viagra Claims that come through Medicaid (salon) Bush wants search limits overturned. Last year, the courts blocked the government from being able to do secret searches of communications records, as per the Patriot Act. If an ISP gets an NSL (Nation.....- 5/28/2005 4:00:09 PM
CONPLAN 8022-02- United States Has a Preemptive Strike Plan Using Weapons of Mass Destruction to Attack (salon) We knew of the nuclear underground bunker busters and we had also read of the Pentagon's codified plan to allow first strikes using nuclear weapons at other countries. But reading about it in this Was.....- 5/28/2005 3:45:17 PM
Marked Men (salon) From BagNewsNotesShould we begin with the military signaling that the U.S has a two-dimensional view of the Arab world by turning detainees into human writing surfaces? Could we talk about how shockin.....- 5/28/2005 7:45:38 AM
Our Tax Money Going to Fund Propaganda for Embryo Adoption (salon) We believe that embryo adoption is good. But let the private sector use their profits to create public campaigns to tout it, not the taxpayer.During IVF treatments, couples may produce many embryos in.....- 5/28/2005 7:30:28 AM
Report from World Policy Institute: US Routinely Sends Arms to Undemocratic Nations (salon) World Policy ReportDemocracy Now Interview with Frida BerriganThe political climate in Uzbekistan continues to be unstable after government troops opened fire on demonstrators last week, killing an es.....- 5/28/2005 7:24:41 AM
GAO Warns that Government Agencies Haven't Considered Risks of RFID (salon) Agencies already are experimenting with passive RFID technology. Among the list of planned or actual uses: the Department of Defense for tracking shipments; the Department of Homeland Security for imm.....- 5/28/2005 7:14:58 AM
Rice Doesn't Believe An Independent Inquiry of Prisoner Abuse is Necessary (salon) "Sometimes bad things happen"- RiceBalderdash! We remind Ms Rice that the United States has its own history of human rights abuses, including slavery and Indian genocide. The Senate hearing .....- 5/28/2005 7:08:26 AM
Travel Internationally? Get used to having your fingerprints taken and irises scanned (salon) "Sometimes bad things happen"- RiceBalderdash! We remind Ms Rice that the United States has its own history of human rights abuses, including slavery and Indian genocide. The Senate hearing .....- 5/28/2005 6:52:26 AM
Teddy Roosevelt on Criticizing the President (salon) The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his e.....- 5/28/2005 12:51:18 AM
ACLU released more documents the other day-FBI Emails about Abu Ghraib (salon) Points we see in the document:p 19. .. "We have also instructed our personnel not to participate in interrogations by military personnel which might include techniques authorized by Executive Ord.....- 5/28/2005 12:35:50 AM
Bush Harboring a Terrorist in the US-Won't Extradite Posada to Venezuela (salon) Background: -US harbors terrorists here when it suits us as a country but still have the nerve to accuse other countries of doing the same? Pot, meet kettle.WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Washington on Friday.....- 5/27/2005 10:49:33 PM
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