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Torture ‘R Us

Tuesday, November 30th, 2004

Continuing on the topic of torture (scroll down one posting). The New York Times is out today with a story, based on a new International Red Cross report, which documents the use of torture by American officials at Guantanamo. Here’s how the pinko Voice of America reports it:Neither the Red Cross in Geneva nor the […]

Paying For Torture

Monday, November 29th, 2004

Chilean President Ricardo Lagos went on national TV last night to officially make public the findings of his national commission on torture conducted during the 17 years of the Pinochet military dictatorship. Lagos set a new international precedent by saying he will seek congressional approval to pay the 28,000 surviving witness/victims a monthly lifetime pension […]

Holiday Grab-Bag

Thursday, November 25th, 2004

It’s hard to soar like an eagle when you fly with turkeys, isn’t it? So what’s left to do other than eat a few? Or drink some? Not sure I’ll be doing much posting over the Thanksgiving holiday break (though I may do some fishing). So, for your edification and enjoyment I have compiled this […]

Rather Blather: Good Night, Dan

Tuesday, November 23rd, 2004

I was locked up in the car most of the day listening to the radio and the big buzz is, of course, Dan Rather’s rather expected resignation. I, along with another couple hundred rocket scientists, predicted he’d be cast aside more or less now — a decent interval since the brouhaha over the Texas Air National […]

The $5100, Fifteen-Mile Road to Iraqi Democracy

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

I can’t help but mull over some of the ironies twisted into a pair of contrasting elections. On November 2nd,  here at home, we saw the Republican Party in Ohio announce that it was going to send “observers” to each and every polling station to insure that the voting process was pristine; that each voter […]

Not Ignoring You, But….

Monday, November 22nd, 2004

Heavy work and family schedules have crimped blogging a bit the past handful of days. I hope to be back running off at the mouth at full speed by Monday nite or Tuesday.

All You Need Is Cash: Laundering Pinochet

Saturday, November 20th, 2004

Next time you’re in a sluggish teller’s line at your local bank, try telling them you’re a blood-soaked dictator and watch your lowly status immediately begin to soar. New details are out today about the incestuous relationship between the august Riggs Bank and a certain General Augusto Pinochet. An internal investigation by former Secret Service […]

Powell’s Problem. And Ours.

Friday, November 19th, 2004

Here’s the now-familiar scenario: An exile source from one of the Axis of Evil countries comes to U.S. officials and tells them that the government he opposes is developing weapons of mass destruction of the nuclear variety. Next the top leadership of our own government claims that our immediate security depends on taking out the […]

Alberto “Speedy” Gonzales

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

Will we miss the good old days when John Aschroft was Attorney General? My latest L.A. Weekly column swatting Alberto "Speedy" Gonzales — the guy who can’t wait to roll back our rights.

Cocooning With Condi

Wednesday, November 17th, 2004

One might wonder if FCC Chairman, Michael Powell — Son of Colin””was watching the tube today when his pop’s replacmenet, Condi Rice, got the official nod from Dubya. As their eyes watered and their voices wavered you could almost sniff the primal chemistry percolating in the room. Will the younger Powell now slap the networks […]

The Powell Purge: Midnight Musings

Tuesday, November 16th, 2004

Nothing re-assuring can be gleaned from the personnel shuffles and purges now accelerating inside the Bush administration. Colin Powell’s departure from State and his replacement by Condoleeza Rice guarantees that Bush will now be 100% free from even mildly dissenting opinions and views. No less than Kissinger sidekick Lawrence Eagleburger was just on CNN lamenting […]

Beyond Fallujah: The Real Stakes

Sunday, November 14th, 2004

Within the sea of ink now spilled on the battle of Fallujah, there’s one defintive piece that requires fishing out. Former General Wesley Clark writing in Sunday’s Washington Post reminds us that the capture of the embattled city by U.S. troops is, alas, only the beginning of a process that — as I argued last […]

Flaming Fallujah

Friday, November 12th, 2004

It’s difficult, if not impossible, to read Thursday’s news out of Iraq and not be deeply depressed. As I scanned Friday morning’s papers online and watched the TV reports on CNN and ABC, I felt a physical chill. The U.S. push into Fallujah, which seemed to meet little resistance for the first three days, has […]

American Journalism: Collapse of “The Contraption”

Wednesday, November 10th, 2004

Since Saturday night I’ve been running a conference at USC’s Institute for Justice and Journalism looking at security and liberty in the post-9-11 era. NYU journalism prof and new media enthusiast Jay Rosen  rocked the boat as one of our lunch-time speakers, declaring flatly that the American mainstream media model — something he calls “the […]

Enough Whining Already [Updated]

Tuesday, November 9th, 2004

It’s been but a scant week since George W. Bush’s re-election, yet so far there’s damn little public self-examination by Democrat liberals and progressives — at least that I have been able to see. Predictably enough, the center-right Democratic Leadership Council types have already made several calls for the party to move rightward.  But the […]

GMRoper Joins the Fray

Monday, November 8th, 2004

Gentleman commenter and conversationalist "GM" has just joined the fray. Copy and paste his new blog’s URL into ur favorites list —–> Or click here. Go. P.S. Broken link now fixed.

Walking AND Chewing Gum All At the Same Time

Monday, November 8th, 2004

Take a look at Slate columnist Eric Umansky’s personal blog to sample some exemplary journalism. He’s put up back to back posts with equally bad news from Cuba– each one from a different side of the fence at Guantanamo. Eric’s first post reports on the sickening charade now underway at the Gitmo base where the […]

Light(er) Posting And a Warning

Sunday, November 7th, 2004

I’m managing this conference this week so it will be lighter posting here. Discuss among yourselves: is the "stolen election" narrative taking on susbtantial life and blocking out real self-assessment of the Democratic defeat? Tell me NO…. P.S. I HAVE DELETED A STACK OF LONG, BORING, HERMETICALLY SEALED, INACCESSIBLE, LUGUBRIOUS, AND GENERALLY TEDIOUS "COMMENT" POSTINGS […]

My Chat With Gore Vidal: ‘U.S. Of Amnesia’

Friday, November 5th, 2004

Last week, a few days before the election, I spoke with the irrascible Gore Vidal. We’re living in the "United States of Amnesia", he said. Here’s the full interview.

Here We Go: Denial and Delusion

Thursday, November 4th, 2004

I just won a big bet with a friend. I wagered him on Tuesday night that, unfortunately, within 48 hours of the election we’d see the first major story out that Kerry was somehow robbed by a vote fraud conspiracy. Well, here it is, right on schedule. Greg Palast, who fancies himself a crack investigative […]