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Archives from November 2004
Imperial History-Making v. Reality-Based Thought
In a now famous remark to Ron Suskind, an unidentified aide to President Bush told the veteran journalist that guys like him were "in what we call the reality-based community." These are people who (of all things) stubbornly "believe that solutions ...
Triumph of the Will: the Sequel
I would like to sketch out why I believe it is appropriate to start using the "F" word to describe what is happening in US politics. I don’t mean the "F" word that consists in four letters and, so I’ve been given to know, is not fit...
Basketbrawl Two Pointer
"I have never seen a fight like that in a game since I was in high school…Man, there are going to be some lawsuits. You don’t think some of those fans aren’t going to want some NBA money?" – Quentin Richardson...
Religion, the Election and the Politics of Fear
The pundits are already at it. The re-election to the presidency of a man universally despised by those who do not live here, and by many who do, is the result of moral values. The majority of Americans resonate with President Bush,s particular moral sensibility. ...
Abortion and the Election
In a November 6 speech, Democratic Party powerbroker Bill Clinton blamed John Kerry’s defeat on liberal Democrats "for not engaging the Christian evangelical community in a serious discussion of what it would take to promote a real culture of life."...
Politics and Jazz
When bebop was born, it was the voice of black America. Black Americans were calling for freedom, and jazz expressed it better than mere words. Charlie "Bird" Parker played Now’s the Time, insisting the moment was right for social change. Charles M...
Wanton Wastes of Money, Manpower and Lives
While President Bush has spent much of the past four years fighting the war in Iraq and preparing for his reelection, both he and his administration seem to have forgotten about the war on drugs-an involvement that spans both domestic and international policy. Alt...
The Granma Moses of Radical Writing
I’m often asked to suggest books for radical reading purposes. "I wanna know what’s really going on," it typically goes, "but where do I start?" My standard recommendation for your run-of-the-mill, garden variety, weaned-on-Fox Amer...
The Poisoned Chalice
At least when Duffy’s Circus left Youghal there’d be piles of dung from the horses and the elephant. The Kerry campaign leaves nothing of fertilizing potential, not a single creative idea, only grim advisories like not running any nominee from the nort...
The War is Over; But There is No Peace
Fallujah, Iraq. This is a strange time in Fallujah. They say the war is over, but there is no peace. Every day there is shooting, and there are still killings going on. There is very little left of the town now, everywhere there are buildings which have bee...
Apocalypse Soon
The allegedly pious George Bush, champion of the saved, is said to be a believer in Armageddon. He may indeed live to see the apocalypse in his final term of office, but it will not be the one he had read to him in from the Bible. It is likely to be rather...
Digging Kerry Out and Burying the Bones(men)
A telling event happened in the theater a few months ago when I viewed The Manchurian Candidate remake. An audible gasp and bodily revulsion rippled throughout the audience during the scene where Raymond Shaw receives his updated brain implant. Now, this in itself...
Soul Brother?
[Clinton] has always wanted our love and wanted to share his love with us. It is not about the skin. It is about the spirit and the soul of this soul brother. Former Transportation Secretary Rodney Slater I was mildly amuse...
The Crushing of Fallujah
I am reading William Shirer’s Berlin Diary, a journalist’s account of Nazi political propaganda during the 1930’s, as I watch the US ‘news’ reports of the violent assault on Fallujah. The US mass media ‘reports’, the style...
The Death of Pragmatism and the Rise of Principle
Second of two parts. Are we doomed to suffer at the hands of two political parties with an ever-decreasing difference between them? Three aspects of this question intrigue me. One key conundrum is the issue of pragmatism versus principle. Do we go for what ...
Mementos You Won’t Find in Clinton’s Library
Bill never fails us. “Am I the only person in America”, the great triangulator proclaimed yesterday at his Library’s opening ceremony, “who likes both John Kerry and George Bush?” Having fired that one off, he addressed the criticism of carpi...
Terror By Night
Thou shalt not be afraid for the terror by night. Psalm 91 The world may be awakening. While it has slept, terror has prowled. It prowled not just in Sudan about whose travails the Security Council just met in Kenya to see i...
At a Loss
So many eulogies I tried already I wanted to write yesterday when they found you dismembered like Túpaj Katari You were my hero What to say? what words for the deed? what words for the dead and...
There is No One Left to Stop Them
The United States is in dire straits. Its government is in the hands of people who connect to events neither rationally nor morally. If President Bush’s neoconservative administration were rational, the US would never have invaded Iraq. If Bush’...
The NYT’s Fesses Up to a Rip Off
The New York Times has now publicly admitted it plagiarized my investigative 7/1/2003 report for Progressive Review, "How Bush ...
The Murder of Margaret Hassan
After the grief, the astonishment, heartbreak, anger and fury over the apparent murder of such a good and saintly woman, that is the question her friends–and, quite possibly, the Iraqi insurgents–will be asking. This Anglo-Irish woman held an Iraqi pas...
America, "Left Behind"
"Is [Jesus] gonna kill a bunch of people here, like He is over there?" "I’m afraid He is. If they’re working for the Antichrist, they’re in serious trouble." – Tim LaHaye and Jerry B. Jenkins, ...
The Bolivian Crisis Deepens
Special for La Jornada (México D...
Iraq War as Video Game
"I JUST LOVE MY JOB". The Associated Press reported that Major General Richard Natonski, commander of the 1st Marine Division in Falluja, "described a small room with no windows and just one door. Inside were two th...
War Criminal as Attorney General?
As White House Counsel, Alberto Gonzales originated, authorized, approved, and aided and abetted grave breaches of the Third and Fourth Geneva Conventions of 1949 (e.g., torture and Gitmo kangaroo courts), which are serious war crimes. In other words, Gonzales is ...