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NFL Star Discovers That Londoners Speak English

Clearly doing little to raise America’s profile abroad, Miami Dolphins linebacker Channing Crowder said that, until his team was booked to play against the New York Giants at London’s Wembley Stadium, he didn’t know that people in England spoke English

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plumpynut
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‘Plumpynut’ to the Rescue

The Doctors Without Borders relief organization has whipped up an ingenious (and, apparently, tasty) lifesaving food product called Plumpynut, a nutritionally enriched mixture of peanut butter, powdered milk and sugar, along with other simple ingredients—and it’s already working wonders on malnourished children around the world.

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Sadiyah camp
AP photo / Wisam Sami

Front-Line View: Iraq Isn’t ‘Worth Another Soldier’s Life’

Here’s a good way we can all support our troops:  by listening to them when they tell us how the Iraq war is really going.  Take this account from Sgt. Victor Alarcon and others in his battalion, who in Saturday’s Washington Post give their frank, and stark, assessment of the situation in Baghdad’s Sadiyah district.

Posted on Oct 27, 2007 READ MORE


Iran sanctions

Mosaic on America’s Sanctions Against Iran

This week’s Mosaic Intelligence Report looks at the U.S.‘s newly imposed sanctions against Iran’s military—the first time, the Link TV report points out, that the U.S. has sought to punish another country’s military this way.  Could America’s latest move constitute a prelude to war?  Iranian officials have reacted angrily, saying the sanction strategy is “doomed to failure.”

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Missile Defense Test a Direct Hit

On Friday night, not long after Russian President Vladimir Putin invoked the historical specter of the Cuban missile crisis in reference to President Bush’s planned missile shield in Europe, the U.S. successfully carried out another missile defense test off the coast of Kauai. 

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Umbert
umberttheunborn.com

Cartoon Fetus Speaks in ‘Womb With a View’

Picking up on the pro-life theme of “giving a voice to the unborn,” cartoonist Gary Cangemi made a lil’ creation of his own, “Umbert the Unborn,” otherwise known as “the world’s most loveable unborn baby (next to yours) ... ,” according to his Web site.

Posted on Oct 26, 2007 READ MORE


O'Reilly

O’Reilly on ‘Harry Potter and the Gay Agenda’

No, our headline isn’t giving the title of J.K. Rowling’s surprise follow-up to her final installment of the Harry Potter series—it’s a quote from Bill O’Reilly on “The O’Reilly Factor.”  As the eagle-eyed folks at Media Matters note, Fox’s cuddliest pundit seems to be having a hard time with the idea of a gay Dumbledore.

Posted on Oct 26, 2007 READ MORE


FEMA Apologizes for Make-Believe Press Conference

FEMA has admitted that it was probably a mistake to hold a press conference without members of the press. On Tuesday the agency, perhaps trying to get a jump on the kind of negative publicity it received after Hurricane Katrina, stuffed a press briefing with its own employees, who lobbed softballs such as “Are you happy with FEMA’s response so far?”

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Genarlow Wilson
cnn.com

Court Voids 10-Year Sentence in Teen Sex Case

In a 4-3 decision, Georgia’s Supreme Court ordered the release of 21-year-old Genarlow Wilson, whose case drew national attention after he was sentenced to 10 years for engaging in oral sex with a consenting 15-year-old girl when he was a 17-year-old high school student.

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Bill Clinton

Bill Clinton Stands Up to 9/11 Conspiracy Buffs

Fresh on the heels of last week’s “Real Time” confrontation between Bill Maher and 9/11 conspiracy enthusiasts, former President Bill Clinton found himself in a similar situation, albeit with more effective security. Clinton showed little patience for the protesters: “An inside job? How dare you? How dare you?”

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Protest Paradox

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Two Years Too Late

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Colbert at White House
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Colbert’s Poll Numbers on the Rise

Look out, Hillary Clinton—Stephen Colbert might soon be hot on your heels.  As it happens, Republican presidential hopefuls Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson also have cause for concern, according to a new Rasmussen Report national survey.  Oh, and about those reports that Colbert’s candidacy may violate campaign election laws?  Comedy Central’s on the case.

Posted on Oct 26, 2007 READ MORE


Putin Warns of a New ‘Missile Crisis’

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned that Bush’s proposed missile shield in Europe could create a situation analogous to the Cuban missile crisis.  He added, “It’s not the same and we’re not enemies. I can call President Bush my friend. But we’ve put forward solutions and we haven’t yet received any answer.”

Posted on Oct 26, 2007 READ MORE


$2.4 Trillion to Keep the Wars Going

The Congressional Budget Office has estimated that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan could cost $2.4 trillion over the next 10 years, a figure that includes interest for putting war costs on the proverbial credit card. To date, the two conflicts have cost more (adjusted for inflation) than the Korean and Vietnam wars combined.

Posted on Oct 26, 2007 READ MORE


Dr. Watson
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Dr. Watson Hangs It Up

Although his contributions to the field of genetics will probably continue to define his scholarly legacy, it seems that the final chapter of DNA pioneer James Watson’s career has been irrevocably marred by the reckless and inflammatory remarks he recently made about race and intelligence.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Electoral Dysfunction

An impotent GOP is beating up immigrants, sick kids and foreign countries in the feeble hope that grateful voters will stick it to the Democrats next year.

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Hillary’s Firewall

Clinton knows she has to win in New Hampshire.  That might not be too difficult if Obama continues to fail to captivate Granite State voters.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Rice Takes a Licking in Congress

Typically cool as a cucumber, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice struggled to hold it together Thursday as members of the House Oversight Committee let her have it on everything from the enormous, expensive and incomplete U.S. Embassy in Baghdad to Blackwater’s killing spree.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Brown
altamodernista.wordpress.com

Brownie’s Looking to Do Heck of a Job in Calif.

Michael D. Brown’s got cojones—either that, or a distressing lack of self-awareness on some fundamental level.  The former FEMA director, roundly roasted for his too-little-too-late leadership style during Hurricane Katrina’s aftermath, is now aiming to bring his disaster management skills to California’s fire-ravaged regions.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


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Chalmers Johnson on America’s Forgotten War

The best-selling author of “The Sorrows of Empire” takes a look at David Halberstam’s critical history of the Korean War.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Che Guevara
news.bbc.co.uk

Che’s Hair Goes on Sale

A former U.S. intelligence officer involved in the execution of Ernesto “Che” Guevara has decided to auction a lock of the icon’s hair for a minimum of $100,000.  The officer is unhappy with Guevara’s iconic status, auctioneer Tom Slater says, yet he seems perfectly content to profit from it.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


happy seniors
seniorsinservice.org

White House Explores Global Warming’s Health Benefits

The White House should hand out pamphlets featuring stock photos of squealing, happy children and serene-looking seniors entitled “Global Warming And You!” after spokeswoman Dana Perino’s startling musings about possible “health benefits” of global warming.  Perino made the comments, with a disclaimer, in speaking with reporters Wednesday at the White House.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Schwarzenegger and Bush
news.bbc.co.uk

Bush’s California Adventure

The president has at last landed in the Golden State to see for himself the fires that have caused over a billion dollars in damage and forced hundreds of thousands of people from their homes. With uncomfortable parallels to Katrina already in place, we can’t say we’re all that excited about his arrival here.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Cheney

Cheney Power-Naps as Calif. Burns

Instead of being alert in Wednesday’s Cabinet session about California’s wildfire crisis and perhaps offering some helpful action items for the team, Vice President Dick Cheney apparently decided it was snooze o’clock and got a little shuteye at the meeting table, although a White House flack insisted he was simply “meditating.” 

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Jimmy Carter: Bush Will Make a Good Ex-President

Jimmy Carter told the new Web site Guardian America that, compared to the Bush presidency at least, George W. Bush will make a “very good” ex-president. Carter also said of Hillary Clinton’s seemingly insurmountable lead in the polls: “One thing I know is that, this far ahead of time in the past, it’s been impossible to predict the outcome of the election.”

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Dixie Chicks
AP photo / Dima Gavrysh

‘Dixie Chicking’: Post-9/11 Blacklisting in the Entertainment Industry

As a follow-up to his “Hollywood 10” retrospective essay, and in honor of Friday’s 60th-anniversary commemoration of 1947’s “Hollywood Fights Back!” radio program, author Ed Rampell shows how history has (unfortunately) repeated itself of late in America’s entertainment and news media.

Posted on Oct 25, 2007 READ MORE


Spineocrat

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Li’l Happy Logos

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Don’t Give Mukasey a Pass

The nominee for attorney general doesn’t know “what is involved” in waterboarding, and he appears to back Bush’s usurpation of power.  Isn’t it time for the Democrats to grow some spine?

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Moral Minority

Those who went to the Values Voter Summit left without a candidate to call their own. But the lack of a golden boy isn’t their only problem: There are signs of ideological rigor mortis among the old guard.

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Clinton Rejects ‘Bush-Cheney Power Grab’

The senator rarely surrenders a juicy quote without a struggle. Yet her familiar preference for caution over candor is gradually changing with each step that she takes toward her party’s presidential nomination.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Pepe Le Pew
thesituationist.wordpress.com

Court Victory for DIY Porn Enthusiasts

There’s been a slight shift in the regulation of pornography in America, thanks to the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals, that might appeal to those of-age-and-consenting types interested in creating racy footage of themselves without the goal of profiting (monetarily, anyhow).

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Code Pink and Condi

Protester to Rice:  Iraqi Blood Is on Your Hands

Here’s footage from Wednesday’s dramatic confrontation on Capitol Hill between a Code Pink anti-war activist with faux blood on her hands and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, whose hands are stained, according to the protester, with the “blood of millions of Iraqis.”

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A Word in the Hand

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Fox on CA Wildfires

Fox Links Al-Qaida to Calif. Wildfires

Boy, is al-Qaida ever busy these days!  In addition to threatening U.S. troops in Iraq, running riot in the hinterlands of Pakistan and generally requiring huge amounts of money and the potential sacrifice of thousands of lives to thwart its infiltration on several fronts, al-Qaida might even be behind the wildfires currently plaguing Southern California, according to “Fox and Friends.”

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Bush

Bush Rocks Out

President Bush pays tribute to Hispanic heritage month by headbanging along with a live performance of “Guantanamera.” Interestingly, the song’s name means “girl from Guantánamo,” a reference the president would probably rather avoid.

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Barack Osama and Hitlery Clinton

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Bush Fire

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Giuliani
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Rudy’s Baseball Betrayal

In an act of political expediency that makes Mitt Romney look like a paragon of consistency, Rudy Giuliani has backed the hated Boston Red Sox in the World Series. New York, home of Giuliani’s beloved Yankees, is aghast.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Praying
Brooks Kraft / Corbis

Fan of Failure

Ever a fan of failed policy, President Bush has reiterated his support of the embargo against Cuba, which, one might recall, was enacted more than four decades ago to force Fidel Castro from power. Bush also praised the patient (and sometimes violent) Cuban dissidents, who, he said, one day “will be the nation’s leaders.”

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


A State Dept. Band-Aid for Blackwater Problem

The State Department will implement new measures to guard against a repeat of last month’s Blackwater slaughter of 17 Iraqi civilians, but some of the new rules, including more cultural awareness training, feel like a Band-Aid on a serious head wound. In addressing this issue, the Iraqi government has chosen to make a point of its sovereignty, and so far the U.S. has done little to allay the Iraqi concerns.

Posted on Oct 24, 2007 READ MORE


shredding paper
checksinthemail.com

White House ‘Eviscerated’ Climate Report

When Dr. Julie Gerberding, director of the Centers for Disease Control, went before Congress to testify on the effects of global warming on Americans’ health, she was about 10 pages lighter than planned. According to a source within the CDC, the White House “eviscerated” Gerberding’s prepared remarks, slashing 10 of the original 14 pages.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Kinky Friedman
AP photo / Rick Vasquez

Kinky Friedman’s Ten Commandments

The always entertaining Kinky Friedman, author most recently of “You Can Lead a Politician to Water, but You Can’t Make Him Think: Ten Commandments for Texas Politics,” tells Truthdig why the Internet is the work of Satan, why politicians are “stuck on stupid” and why God couldn’t beat the Republicans in Texas.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Hold Politicians’ Feet to the Fire

Fires rage through Southern California. Massive rainstorms drench New Orleans. The Southeast is in the midst of what could be the worst drought on record there. Atlanta could run out of water. What links these crises? Global warming.

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Turkish Abyss

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Bush in Roosevelt Room
AP photo / Ron Edmonds

War Costs Spiral Out of Control

Hey, a billion here, a billion there, who’s counting?  Not the State Department, which admitted this week that it can’t say “specifically what it received” for the $1.2 billion it paid DynCorp, ostensibly to train the Iraqi police—other than that somebody got an Olympic-size swimming pool out of the deal.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Clinton and Gravel

Gravel Gets the Shaft

Former Sen. Mike Gravel’s campaign released this video after the candidate was barred from NBC’s upcoming debate in Philadelphia. Is it just a coincidence that the network is owned by GE, which has a profit incentive for war? Gravel doesn’t seem to think so.

Posted on Oct 23, 2007 READ MORE


Doris Lessig
copiszczy.pl

Lessing’s Lessons on 9/11

Allowing that some Americans might find her “crazy,” Nobel Prize-winning writer Doris Lessing told Spain’s El Pais newspaper that the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, were “neither as terrible or as extraordinary as they think,” pointing to the IRA bombings in Britain as other examples of calamities.

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