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Archive for August, 2004

GRAND THEFT AMERICA

Monday, August 16th, 2004

Cool shockwave about Katherine Harris, election 2000, and the disenfranchisement of tens of thousands of (mostly African-American) voters: GRAND THEFT AMERICA, available at BushFlash.com [ericblumrich.com]

WaMo explains Bush’s “interesting idea” about a national sales tax

Saturday, August 14th, 2004

The Washington Monthly BUSH SPEAKS….HIS ADVISORS SQUIRM….President Bush on Tuesday, talking off the cuff about the idea of a national sales tax: “It’s an interesting idea. You know, I’m not exactly sure how big the national sales tax is going to have to be, but it’s the kind of interesting idea that we ought to […]

Honorable military service in Viet Nam

Saturday, August 14th, 2004

Hullabaloo There were many honorable ways to behave during the Vietnam era. There were those who believed in the war and volunteered to fight it. There were those who were drafted and went as a matter of duty. There were those who fought the war, came to believe it was wrong and came back to […]

freedom from & freedom to

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

hearkening back to Handmaid’s Tale, a distinction between negative and positive liberty:

O’Reilly Admits Iraq War Was a “Big Screw-Up”

Wednesday, August 11th, 2004

Mr. O’REILLY: Look, the Iraq War was a big screw-up, all right? I think every clear-thinking person in the country knows it was. First of all, weapons of mass destruction did not materialize, which was the primary motivator for the war. – from O’Reilly (Fox) debates Krugman (NYT) on “Tim Russert”, CNBC, Saturday, August 7, […]

above the law

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

jack balkin had some important things to say on june 9 about arguments make you ashamed to be a lawyer, and about arguments for the imperial presidency.

paranoid fears about tyranny

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

fears & rumors of fears from unfogged – nicely articulates something i’ve been unable to about civil liberties: It’s Easy, Really Posted by Ogged on 06.09.04 Once again, I’m trying very hard to keep from thinking that the republic is on the brink of collapse. Soon, I’ll stop trying. But let me add just one […]

Good commentary on torture memo justifications from fafblog!

Tuesday, August 10th, 2004

From Fafblog! the whole worlds only source for Fafblog., Saturday 12-June-2004: Torture: A last recourse we may require sooner and sooner The Medium Lobster has been disquieted of late at by the latest round of Iraq torture scandal news. There has been much uproar – among that irritating minority which have not been studiously scrutinizing […]

newsflash: mainstream media sucks

Sunday, August 1st, 2004

while i watched the DNC i was persistently annoyed by the media coverage. it was completely substance-less. every single commentator that i saw discussed issues like: does john kerry need to hit a homerun? or not? did john kerry hit a homerun? or not? was his speech successful at reaching out to noncommitted voters? john […]


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