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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) - 5/30/2005 7:49:33 PM
Texas Anti-Family Constitutional Amendment (salon) - 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) - 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) - 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
Gay Foster Parents in CPS Bill (salon) Reforms to CPS, according to the Houston Chronicle, won't include the House amendment that would bar gays from being foster parents. It might, however, ask that heterosexuals get first preference.How .....- 5/27/2005 8:52:14 PM
US Soldiers in Iraq Death Count (salon) At least 1,653 members of the US military have died since the start of the war. Since May 1, 2003, when Bush declared that major combat operations had ended, 1515 members have died, of which at least .....- 5/27/2005 8:04:00 PM
Saddam Mannequin on display at Fort Hood (salon) That makes three stories of how Saddam got captured. 1. FORT HOOD, Texas - When U.S. troops pulled    {activateYQinl(this);return false;}" href="http://search.news.yahoo.com/search/news/?p=Saddam+Huss.....- 5/27/2005 4:08:20 PM
America's Golden Moment- How Out of Touch Is Bush? (salon) CBS News had a poll yesterday showing that the majority of people believe Bush is out of touch with the American people, including most who believe the Iraq War was a mistake.Further evidence that Bus.....- 5/27/2005 1:43:56 PM
Bush Administration Plans to Cut Back Family Leave (salon) In 1993, the Family and Medical Leave Act was signed into law by President Clinton.  It provides eligible employees up to 12 weeks of job-protected leave for the serious illness of an employee or an i.....- 5/27/2005 1:18:01 PM
Demonstrations against Guantanemo Bay Abuse Continue in Jakarta (salon) Continuing reaction to the imprisonment without trial at Gitmo.An anti- George Bush poster is hit with tomatoes during a demonstration at the U.S. Embassy in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, May 27, 2005. .....- 5/27/2005 9:31:44 AM
Was the Administration's Criticism of the (True) Newsweek Koran Story an Attempt to Deflect Attention From Torture? (salon) Washington Post's E J Dionne, JrSo it turns out that the FBI has documents showing that detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, complained about the mistreatment of the Koran and that many said they were s.....- 5/27/2005 8:05:41 AM
Galloway: US the real criminal in Iraq (salon) “They think that they rule the world and that everyone is afraid of them.“But I’m not afraid of them and neither are the millions, maybe hundreds of millions, of people around the world who feel the s.....- 5/27/2005 8:02:39 AM
Chet Edwards Votes Against Woolsey Amendment that would have had Bush make an exit plan for Iraq (salon) Woolsey's Amendment: , part of FY06 Defense Authorization Bill“Thank you, Mr. Speaker. I would like to thank the Members of the Rules committee for making this important amendment in order. It is time.....- 5/26/2005 9:35:36 PM
Thousands of Nurses, Teachers, Firefighters and other Union Officials Protested Arnold Schwarzenegger (salon) I think when you are the head of the state, you have an obligation to create an environment around esprit de corps," said Chavez, a Democrat who appeared with Schwarzenegger to thank him for the .....- 5/26/2005 8:30:56 PM
US Doesn't Keep its Promises on Previous Arms Control Pledges-No Committment to Disarmament (salon) US is developing its own nuclear weapons and won't sign a committment to disarm, yet is attending the Nuclear Arms Control Meeting.Jonathan Granoff, president of U.S.-based Global Security Institute, .....- 5/26/2005 8:08:54 PM
Downing Street Memo That Shows Bush Planned to Fix the Iraq War Intelligence (salon) Virginia Pilot:The memo, from a July 2002 meeting of British Prime Minister Tony Blair’s top advisers, indicates that the White House had decided to invade Iraq long before it admitted those intention.....- 5/26/2005 8:02:29 PM
Bush Is Out of Touch With Voters According to CBS News Poll (salon) CBS) Four months into his second term, President Bush is increasingly viewed as being out of touch with the American people, according to a CBS News poll. Six in ten Americans say the president does n.....- 5/26/2005 7:45:54 PM
A judge has ruled the public has a right to see the additional Abu Ghraib photos (salon) Last year, Congress was able to see a raft of additional photos and video clips of the torture from Abu Ghraib. Seymour Hersh, New Yorker columnist, has said that the audio from a teenager being raped.....- 5/26/2005 7:35:50 PM
The Culture of Life-Are Some Lives More Sacred Than Others? (salon) Bob HerbertA photo of President Bush gingerly holding a month-old baby was on the front page of yesterday's New York Times. Mr. Bush is in the habit of telling us how precious he thinks life is, all l.....- 5/26/2005 7:24:07 AM
About the Gitmo Abuse and Koran Desecration- US Knew about it in 2002 (salon) - 5/25/2005 9:06:58 PM
Bush's Secret-He Says He Repeats Things to Catapult the Propaganda (salon) Propaganda instead of truth coming from the President is not what constituents need.As you -- as I mentioned to you earlier, we're going to redesign the current system. If you've retired, you don't ha.....- 5/25/2005 3:55:05 PM
New FBI Documents Show that Guantanemo Guards Mistreated the Koran (salon) Washington Post on documents from the FBI obtained by the ACLU today.Numerous detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba told FBI interrogators that guards had mistreated copies of the Ko.....- 5/25/2005 3:49:08 PM
Bush Approval Ratings Show Decline (Gallup Poll) (salon) Only one point higher than the lowest point in his term. Only 4 in 10 Americans agree with Bush on issues that matter most to them. The May 20-22 poll finds 46% of Americans approving and 50% disappro.....- 5/25/2005 3:38:18 PM
Cities Believe They have Lost Power to the States this Session (salon) Star-TelegramOfficials say the bills limit cities' abilities to control growth and regulate issues of importance to residents."We are under major assault right now," said Brandon Aghamalian,.....- 5/25/2005 12:31:08 PM
Eleven Texas Senators Don't Want the Minutemen Vigilantes in Our State (salon) Star-TelegramSome state leaders have a message for the Minuteman Project -- wait just a minute.Eleven Texas senators have filed a resolution objecting to Minuteman Project plans to patrol the Texas-Me.....- 5/25/2005 12:27:09 PM
Demonstrations in Pakistan (salon) Pakistan's Islamic students chant anti-U.S. slogans during a rally in Karachi May 25, 2005. Hundreds of religious students from various Islamic school staged a protest in Karachi on Wednesday in react.....- 5/25/2005 12:19:33 PM
Backscatter- You'll See Everything- It will be paying employees to view a free peep show (salon)   Background: We won\'t be flying on airplanes any more-Backscatter technology is intrusive and beyond the pale.   Homeland Securit.....- 5/25/2005 12:15:07 PM
Applying the Same Stringent Requirements to the Bush Administration as Were Applied for Newsweek (salon) Terry M Neal-Washington PostSince this is the accountability era, and it is widely agreed upon that Newsweek should account for its errors and apologize for its mistakes, perhaps we can get back to ap.....- 5/25/2005 11:45:38 AM
NCLB- Bill HR 551 would let parents have choice of giving names to military recruiters (salon) Currently, No Child Left Behind law states that, unless parents or students specifically write a letter (or sign a form supplied by the school district), student information such as name, address and .....- 5/25/2005 7:26:16 AM
The White House Prop Corps Decides Not to Show Up for Bush/Karzai Conference (salon) Revolt of the PropsJohn McCaslin writes in the Washington Times that at yesterday's Bush-Karzai appreance: "So few reporters were on hand . . . that the White House hurried to have White House in.....- 5/24/2005 10:12:27 PM
Gov Schwarzenegger Being Protested Around the Country by Nurses (salon) Interesting that he is funraising in Illinois when he's running in the state of California.Schwarzenegger was in the city to attend a private fundraiserevent at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, but seve.....- 5/24/2005 9:56:05 PM
Ohio Republican Voinovich Sends Fellow Senators a Letter Urging them to Reject John Bolton (salon) He not only uttered his disapproval of him in committee, but is seeking to make sure Bolton is not accepted to the UN position.In the letter, Mr. Voinovich said that while he had been "hesitant t.....- 5/24/2005 9:50:53 PM
Texas House Passed Legislation to Cut Teacher Retirement/Pension Benefits (salon) Background: - Teachers should be the highest priority since they educate our childrenWhat the bill does (still has to go to the Senate)Under the legislation, Senate Bill 1691, school employees enterin.....- 5/24/2005 6:10:44 PM
Texas Legislature's Bad Reputation (salon) "We've gotten a really bad reputation, and we deserve it for what we've done to the education community."SEN. FLORENCE SHAPIRO, R-PLANO,referring to the Legislature's record of creating teac.....- 5/24/2005 5:43:38 PM
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