Mon, Sept 25

2008—Somali pirates capture the MV Faina, a 500-foot freighter whose cargo includes 33 Soviet tanks. 2007—Because Judge Sharon Keller refuses to work overtime, Texas gets to kill Michael Richard on schedule. 2003—An early draft of an interim report from weapons inspectors in Iraq says no WMD have been found. 2002—Disregarding facts, George W.[MD] Bush says, “You can’t distinguish between al-Qaeda and Saddam when you talk about the war on terror.” 1966—The White Sox beat the Yankees 4-1, at Yankee Stadium. Attendance is 413, the lowest ever. 1961—State Rep. E.H. Hurst murders Black voting advocate Herbert Lee at mid-day in Magnolia, Miss. Coroner’s jury: “justifiable homicide.” …

Read more

A Cult of Quislings

Dear Editor; It gets more worrisome by the day. Now we’ve been given more insight into the dysfunction and cowardice of the political party which should have put the twice-impeached, never-won-the-popular-vote, 91-times-indicted liar/criminal away for good, thanks to The Atlantic’s excerpts of McKay Coppins’ upcoming book on Mitt Romney. The acquiescence by those in the Senate who didn’t have the guts to do what they knew was absolutely necessary to save our democracy is beyond disturbing. Aren’t these the members of the “party” who constantly compare themselves to those who risked their lives and fortune to defy the British in the 1770’s, members of the …

Read more

Wrong Then, Wrong Now

Biden Is The Latest President To Tout The Vietnam War As Proud History By Norman Solomon When Joe Biden flew out of Hanoi last week, he was leaving a country where U.S. warfare caused roughly 3.8 million Vietnamese deaths. But, like every other president since the Vietnam War, he gave no sign of remorse. In fact, Biden led up to his visit by presiding over a White House ceremony that glorified the war as a noble effort. Presenting the Medal of Honor to former Army pilot Larry L. Taylor for bravery during combat, Biden praised the veteran with effusive accolades for risking his life in …

Read more

Sun, Sept 24

2007—A plane previously used for “rendition” flights carrying alleged terrorists to Gitmo crashes in the Yucatan carrying 3.3 tons of cocaine. 2006—The New York Times reports that our spies think the Iraq War makes Islamic terrorism more likely. 2006—George W.[MD] Bush says, “When the final history is written on Iraq, it will look just like a comma.” 1981—CIA boss Bill Casey says the Freedom of Information Act shouldn’t apply to intelligence agencies. 1978—On his yacht in Chesapeake Bay, right-handed CIA spook John Paisley takes a shotgun blast behind his left ear. It’s ruled suicide. 1968—Protestors destroy 10,000 draft files in Milwaukee, Wis. 1957—The 101st Airborne …

Read more

From Just Wrong to Plain Crazy

Recently it was reported that the Defense Department had asked the Rand Corporation to determine if “Individuals who hold or held a security clearance and handled classified material could become a security threat if they develop dementia and unwittingly share government secrets.” Yet another example of Pentagon waste. We could and would have answered that question for lunch money: “Yes.” Here’s the answer which probably cost taxpayers $640,000: “Considering the potential consequences of an inadvertent security breach stemming from cognitive impairment, we believe that further study of risk, recognition, and mitigation strategies is important.” * The narrowness of the question is what bothers us. What …

Read more