Mind Meld: The Hand-Washing Hypocrisy of Media-Hyped Murderers
Jon Schwarz shows us how cankered minds think alike. (I’m basically hijacking his entire post here, but it’s too good to pass up. I’m sure he won’t mind, especially if I point you to this, and urge you to pick up a copy today.)
A Spree Killer’s Long, Rambling Manifesto
Cho Seung-Hui, in the video mailed to NBC:
Founding Fathers: The Future History of Imperial Power
In the self-plugging department, I should note that one of my Moscow Times columns from last year has been nominated for a science fiction prize, of all things: the “Sidewise Award for Alternate History,” which will be awarded at the North American Science Fiction Conference in St. Louis later this year. I don’t know who submitted the piece for consideration, but whoever you are, many thanks. A couple of passages use the language of some of our present-day imperial apologists, with suitable changes for the far-future setting. The story is below. It was <span
The Other PNAC: Helen Thomas on the Primitive New American Century
The ever-excellent Winter Patriot catches Helen Thomas in full truth-telling flow during a speech at McDaniel College last week: ‘So Many Wrongs To Right.’ He’s got video too, if you want to see a living example of someone speaking truth to power — and to the millions who have been cowed and conned by power. Below are some brief excerpts; check out WP for much more.
Loup de Loup: The Deeper Darkness Behind the Wolfowitz Scandal
Sidney Blumenthal hands the Howlin’ Wolf of the World Bank his lupine head in this Salon piece, Wolfowitz’s Girlfriend Problem, which, despite the title, does an excellent job of reiterating the many ways that Wolfowitz’s “problems” — including the lasting damage he has helped inflict upon the American republic and the Iraqi people — go far beyond the greasy deals he procured for his
Red Hot Red State Son Rises on a New Horizon
Dennis Perrin, the Red State Son, is at new digs following technical difficulties (Google ate his Blogger site, basically), but he’s as red-hot as ever, offering a bitterly funny take on the Harper’s Index here, and this perspective on the VT killings:
Mass Killing: Tragedy in America, Normality in Iraq
Juan Cole puts the Virginia Tech tragedy in a broader perspective, encompassing the killing fields that America’s bipartisan leadership have created — and continue to countenance — in the “oil heartlands” of the Middle East: Iraq Has Two Virginia Techs Every Day.
Doing the American Jump: Dylan in London
LONDON – Bob Dylan tore through his set here last night (April 15) with a fire and spirit that matched anything from his iconic heyday – and gave the lie, once again, to the tired charge that he has abandoned songs of dissent against the evils of our time.
From the very first note, Dylan was in marvelous voice – full, strong, supple, projecting with more power than I’d heard from him on stage since the first time I saw him in concert
UK Government Says the “War on Terror” is Over
Top UK cabinet official Hilary Benn (son of the inestimable old Labour lion, Tony Benn), has finally admitted in public what every sentient being realized more than five years ago: that the “War on Terror” is a propaganda ploy that has only enhanced the stature and support of Islamic extremists, by imputing world-historical significance to criminal acts by small groups.
As noted, this is extremely old news; but the self-evident bullshit of the “War on Terror” trope has not prevented
George Bush Sex Flop Shock: Killjoy Bested by Hormonal Surge
Junior Bush’s megabucks campaign to stop the young’uns from gettin’ nekkid has gone all flaccid, the Guardian reports. Seems the L‘il Preznit’s sweaty obsession with teen sex – a predilection which first manifested itself publicly when he was governor of Texas – has done exactly zilch to quell the desire of young human beings for each other’s bodies. A major new study of the “abstinence programs” that Bush has bankrolled in America’s
No Mercy: Bush Refugee Treatment an Echo of Brutal Bi-Partisan Policies
Take counsel, execute judgment;
Make your shadow like the night in the middle of the day:
Hide the outcasts,
Do not betray him who escapes. – Isaiah 16:3.
We wrote here yesterday of the Bush Administration’s policy toward refugees fleeing the “Terror War” invasion of Somalia: to bomb them indiscriminately, capture them at gunpoint and “render” them to the torture chambers of Bush’s close ally,