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by Greg Palast

"What I've experienced in the last six months is the ugly side of the American dream."

Last month, David Iglesias and I were looking out at the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island where his dad had entered the U.S. from Panama decades ago. It was a hard moment for the military lawyer who, immediately after Attorney General Alberto Gonzales fired Iglesias as U.S. Attorney for New Mexico, returned to active military duty as a Naval Reserve JAG.

Captain Iglesias, cool and circumspect, added something I didn't expect:

If you go and look at the link I've attached
I imagine that many of you also will
Be sickened by smiling politicians who just
Cut $55 million for the mentally ill.

I bet Charles told Camilla her image
Would only go from bad to worse
If word got out that she'd insisted
To bring an air horn in her purse.

This incident involving a man
Took place in a public restroom
The guy was an undercover cop ---
Most of you would've guessed soon.

by Hugh Conrad

Another wonderful example of Republican "family values" in Bush World.

Remember the 2004 State of the Union Address when first lady Laura Bush enticed a well-known athlete to sit with her in her box, a subtle ploy in an election year?

by Harvey Wasserman

A cooling tower at the Vermont Yankee Nuclear Power plant has collapsed.

A broken 54" pipe has spewed 350,000 gallons per minute of contaminated, overheated water into the Earth. "The river water piping and the series of screens and supports failed," said a company spokesman. They "fell to the ground."

By Danny Schechter
Editor, Mediachannel.org

Why did the markets and the media downplay the subprime menace?

That "why didn't we know" question is back. Again? It was asked about 9/11 in connection with our government ignoring warning after warning about likely terrorist attacks. The CIA has just raised it again about their own ostrich-like behavior in the run-up to the attacks on the Pentagon and World Trade Center. Now it's being asked by The New York Times about the failure to anticipate and potentially pre-empt the subprime mortgage crisis that has since escalated into a deeper meltdown in global financial markets leading to layoffs and predictions of a fall-off in economic growth.
Monday, 27 August 2007 06:59

Marjorie Cohn: Turning Iraq Into Vietnam

by Marjorie Cohn

Desperate to shore up support for continuing his unpopular war on Iraq, George W. Bush drew an analogy with Vietnam when he addressed the Veterans of Foreign Wars. "The price of America's withdrawal [from Vietnam] was paid by millions of innocent citizens," Bush declared. But he overlooked the 4 million Indochinese and 58,000 American soldiers who paid the ultimate price for that imperial war. And the myriad Vietnamese and Americans who continue to suffer the devastating effects of the defoliant Agent Orange the U.S. forces dropped on Vietnam. The 10 years it took to end our war there claimed untold numbers of lives.

By Hanna Rosin
Author of God's Harvard

When I first began covering religion for The Washington Post, more than 10 years ago, deflecting conversion attempts became a routine part of my work. Although they are unfailingly gracious, evangelicals are not so good at respecting professional boundaries. What did it matter that I was a reporter doing my job if I was headed for eternal damnation? To a population of domestic missionaries, I presented as a prime target: a friendly non-Christian who was deeply interested in learning more about their beliefs.


It sounds more like a “plea agreement” to me than a resignation! Whoever they are, the guys who break the law should have to pay for their crimes, just like every other American who has done wrong. Mr. Gonzales, “If you committed the crime you should serve the time”!!!

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