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Religious Wear (and Tear)

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Posted on Dec 12, 2007 READ MORE


A Bumpy Detour

Romney’s “religion speech” was touched by brilliance, but it turned off onto a wrong road.  Parts of it were frustrating and transparently political, the words of a man with his eye on a prize.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


Romney’s Walk on a Tightrope

The former Massachusetts governor must stop the advance of presidential rival and Baptist minister Mike Huckabee, but he has to tread a careful line in addressing religious issues.

Posted on Dec 6, 2007 READ MORE


students protest Ashcroft
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Students Confront Ashcroft

Some 150 students donned hoods and turned their backs in silent protest of former Attorney General John Ashcroft at Cornell University on Thursday. Cornell law student and protest co-planner Michael Siegel told Truthdig the demonstrators were meant to represent “the detainees who were arrested and imprisoned without due process under Ashcroft’s leadership.”

Posted on Nov 30, 2007 READ MORE


Obama

Obama Blows the Doors Off

The horse-race coverage of the campaign mostly missed this absolute gem of a speech from Barack Obama, who has scratched and clawed his way to a virtual tie with Hillary Clinton and John Edwards in Iowa.

Posted on Nov 14, 2007 READ MORE


Smearing Code Pink

In the beginning—back when most Americans believed Saddam Hussein was responsible for 9/11, when Rumsfeld was known for his quick verbal jabs and not the quagmire in Iraq, and when Bush still could hope to be revered as a great wartime president—the women of Code Pink would stand quietly in front of the White House and hope someone would take their fliers.

Posted on Nov 6, 2007 READ MORE


Bush and Jon Stewart

Jon Stewart: ‘Mission Described’

The “Daily Show” host examines the president’s bizarre speaking style and the rhetorical train wreck that stems from his love affair with self-narration.

Posted on Oct 10, 2007 READ MORE


Free Speech Ain’t Free. Oh, Wait a Minute. Yeah, It Is.

After all the brouhaha in New York this week, this seems like a good time to have us a little chat about free speech. Not restricted free speech. Not partial free speech. Not pseudo-, semi-, counterfeit, limited free speech. Not free speech on Wednesdays between 2 and 3 p.m. EDT.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007 READ MORE


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nytimes.com

Eye-Roller in Chief

Leave it to George W. Bush to disappoint already low expectations. The president unveiled his dud of a plan to combat the climate crisis at a highly publicized meeting Friday of the world’s 16 biggest polluters.

Posted on Sep 29, 2007 READ MORE


Know Your Audience

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Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


How to Deal With Iran

The loud, angry and sterile debate over the Iranian president’s visit to Columbia University raises a more serious problem that has long confounded American policymakers: How to cope with Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s real masters, the corrupt regime of mullahs who determine both foreign and domestic policy in Iran.

Posted on Sep 27, 2007 READ MORE


Ahmadinejad

Video Roundup:  Ahmadinejad at Columbia University

The Largest Minority has put together a collection of video clips from Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s speech at Columbia University on Monday, complete with Columbia President Lee Bollinger’s controversial introductory remarks.

Posted on Sep 26, 2007 READ MORE


marching monks
news.bbc.co.uk

Bush to Tighten Sanctions on Burma

President Bush has weighed in on the massive protests in Burma (Myanmar), saying he will boost sanctions against the country’s abusive military government. Meanwhile, thousands of Buddhist monks have defied government warnings and continue to demonstrate.

Posted on Sep 25, 2007 READ MORE


Kerry That Weight

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Posted on Sep 19, 2007 READ MORE    


Help With Petraeus’ Testimony

Political comedian Will Durst provides the answers to some frequently asked (and vexing) questions about Gen. David Petraeus’ testimony.

Posted on Sep 16, 2007 READ MORE


AP Keeps Bush in (Fact) Check

File this one under “Good Uses of Journalistic Resources”:  The Associated Press marshaled its fact-checking talents and expertise to dissect President Bush’s speech on Thursday, issuing corrections to some of Bush’s claims in this handy point-by-point analysis.

Posted on Sep 15, 2007 READ MORE


Biden, Edwards and Giuliani

Responses to the President

Find out what Joe Biden, John Edwards and Rudy Giuliani thought about President Bush’s speech. (Hint: One of them really liked it.)

Posted on Sep 14, 2007 READ MORE


Bush in Oval Office
whitehouse.gov

Bush Pitches ‘Return on Success’ Plan

In a preview of Thursday’s speech, President Bush lays out his “return on success” plan for bringing troops home (though the meaning of “success” is unclear), discusses the Iraqi government’s progress (and lack thereof) in meeting its goals, and insists that “the success of a free Iraq is critical” to America’s security.

Posted on Sep 13, 2007 READ MORE


Hope for New Orleans

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Posted on Aug 30, 2007 READ MORE


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Alberto Gonzales’ Farewell Speech

Not to kick a man when he’s down, but there’s something to be said for a resignation speech that at least mentions why the person is resigning, even if it’s the pitifully transparent “to spend more time with my family.” After Gonzales concluded his farewell remarks, at least one reporter shouted, “Why are you leaving?”

Posted on Aug 27, 2007 READ MORE


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Make Bush Say What You Want

Think you could be President Bush’s speechwriter?  Well, that’s probably not going to happen in real life, but that’s why we have the Internet!  Check out this amusing site, which allows you to cobble together a speech and play it back from the virtual mouth of our president—complete with sound effects!

Posted on Jul 7, 2007 READ MORE


The Things That Come Out of Her Mouth

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Posted on Jun 28, 2007 READ MORE


sorensen and kennedy
overgaard.dk

The Dream Speech

John F. Kennedy referred to Theodore C. Sorensen (above, left) as his intellectual blood bank—a man who helped put the magic in JFK’s famous rhetoric. Here is his dream acceptance speech for the next Democratic nominee. While the actual speech will probably have more political calculation and pandering, it’s worth dreaming about an alternative.

Posted on Jun 27, 2007 READ MORE


Bush Ally Calls for Withdrawal

Sen. Richard Lugar, a respected figure in the Republican Party and a traditional backer of the president’s war policy, has broken with the White House and called for a draw-down of troops in Iraq—ahead of the much-touted September review of the surge. In what some have described as a watershed speech on the Senate floor, Lugar warned that the coming election would make rational policy choices in Iraq politically unrealistic.

Posted on Jun 26, 2007 READ MORE


From the Mind of the ‘Commander Guy’

One need only listen to the president’s definition of success in Iraq to appreciate the value of a full and immediate withdrawal.

Posted on May 4, 2007 READ MORE


Stewart on SOTU

“The Daily Show” host dissects Bush’s State of the Union speech.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


A Reagan Democrat

Sen. Jim Webb replied to Bush’s State of the Union speech with a moral clarity almost unheard-of since the days of The Great Communicator.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Why Bush’s Speech Didn’t Matter

None of the progressive-sounding proposals in the president’s speech stand any chance of actually arriving on Capitol Hill as legislation.

Posted on Jan 25, 2007 READ MORE


Powell: State of the Union

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Posted on Jan 23, 2007 READ MORE


Luckovich: Bush Gives In to Popular Demand

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Posted on Jan 18, 2007 READ MORE


Martin Luther King

Martin Luther King Jr. on the Villainy of War

As we prepare to celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. this Monday, on the holiday Dick Cheney opposed, Code Pink reminds us that stirring words still resonate.

Posted on Jan 12, 2007 READ MORE


Durbin
news.yahoo.com

Democrats Respond to Bush’s Speech

Needless to say, the Democrats hated Bush’s plan for escalating the war in Iraq, although they differed on how to defeat the action. Ted Kennedy continues to push for a direct confrontation, while the leadership wants to start off with a symbolic vote. Hillary Clinton was surprisingly feisty in her comments, calling Bush’s policy “marred by incompetence and arrogance.”

Posted on Jan 11, 2007 READ MORE


Bush
from msnbc.com

Bush Admits Mistakes, Promises to Make More

The president began his address to the nation Wednesday evening by accepting responsibility for mistakes made in Iraq. But as he outlined his commitment to escalate the war, complete with abundant references to 9/11 and the specter of al-Qaida, George W. Bush demonstrated the same insulation from reason and reality that created this nightmare in the first place.

Posted on Jan 10, 2007 READ MORE


Qin Zhongfei
washingtonpost.com

For China, a Criminally Funny Poem

When Qin Zhongfei took 10 minutes to scribble down a satirical poem about local bureaucrats, he had no idea it would land him a month in jail—a sign that free expression still languishes in China, despite hopes that President Hu Jintao’s economic reforms would translate to a more open society.

Posted on Jan 8, 2007 READ MORE


Joe Conason: Destroying Freedom to Save America

Newt Gingrich wants to trim off a little fat—from the Bill of Rights.

Posted on Dec 20, 2006 READ MORE


Arianna Huffington

Arianna on Election Fear Factor

Arianna Huffington issues an appeal for calm in the face of election season fear-mongering: “Remember FDR.  ‘The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.’  And, of course, those who use it for their own political purposes.” (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 25, 2006 READ MORE


Free Speech

CBS’ Latest Crackpot Sounds Off

On Monday’s “Free Speech” segment, CBS News featured a Columbine father who blamed school shootings on the teaching of evolution and the proliferation of abortion. (Video & Transcript)

Posted on Oct 4, 2006 READ MORE


Sullivan Responds to Harris on the Pope

Responding to Sam Harris’ Truthdig-published column on the pope’s recent speech on “faith versus reason,” Andrew Sullivan writes, “Harris both condemns Benedict for being controversial in inflaming Muslims and then condemns him for not being controversial enough.”

Posted on Sep 22, 2006 READ MORE


Robert Scheer: Rendering Unto Syria

A day before Bush paid lip service to the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in his U.N. address, a Canadian government commission accused the U.S. of “rendering” a Canadian to Syria for almost a year of torture.

Posted on Sep 19, 2006 READ MORE


Benedict XVI
timesunion.com

Pope’s Speech Exposes Severe Attitude

The pope’s recent comments signal a divergence from the religious outreach of his predecessor, John Paul II, who was the first pope to enter a mosque.  Benedict XVI has since apologized for his speech, which quoted a Byzantine emperor who said the prophet Muhammad had brought only “evil and inhuman” things to the world.

Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


Pope Benedict XVI
AP/ Jens Meyer

Sam Harris: ‘God’s Rottweiler’ Barks

The bestselling author of “The End of Faith” responds to Pope Benedict XVI’s speech on the interplay between faith and reason. Harris: “It is ironic that a man who has just disparaged Islam as ‘evil’ and ‘inhuman’ before 250,000 onlookers and the world press is now talking about a ‘genuine dialogue of cultures.’ ”

Posted on Sep 16, 2006 READ MORE


Keith Olbermann
From MSNBC

Truthdigger of the Week: Keith Olbermann

Truthdig salutes the MSNBC anchor, whose strident monologue at Ground Zero last week ripped to rhetorical shreds the assertion of Vice President Cheney that critics of the government “validate the strategy of the terrorists.” (Jump for video and a full transcription, along with other fiery clips)

Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


Pakistan’s Parliament Slams Pope Over Islam Remarks

The country’s lawmakers passed a unanimous resolution condemning Pope Benedict XVI and seeking an apology for what they called his “derogatory” comments about Islam.

  • Also, Muslim leaders in Turkey, Gaza and India are piling on.
  • Read the full text of the pope’s speech.

  • Posted on Sep 15, 2006 READ MORE


    Pope Benedict XVI
    From asquithberowraparishes.org.au

    Muslims Assail Pope’s Remarks on Islam

    Pope Benedict XVI began a speech in Germany by quoting a 14th-century Byzantine emperor as saying, ?Show me just what Muhammad brought that was new, and there you will find things only evil and inhuman, such as his command to spread by the sword the faith he preached.? Many Muslim leaders are not happy. (h/t: Huff Po)

    Posted on Sep 14, 2006 READ MORE


    Keith Olbermann

    Olbermann to Bush at Ground Zero: ‘May This Country Forgive You’

    In perhaps his most powerful monologue ever, MSNBC host Keith Olbermann savagely harangued Bush for using 9/11 as a wedge to pit Americans against Americans. “Who has left this hole in the ground? We have not forgotten, Mr. President. You have. May this country forgive you.”

  • Highlighting this speech and last week’s “Have you no sense of decency?” monologue, The Nation called Olbermann “the best news anchor on television today.”

    Posted on Sep 11, 2006 READ MORE


  • Rush

    Limbaugh Brings His Claptrap to CBS

    Rush Limbaugh said something stupid again, only this time on CBS? nightly ?Free Speech? segment, where the radio show host railed against those evil people who are ?more interested in punishing this country over a few incidents of Abu Ghraib and Guantanamo Bay than they are in defeating those who want to kill us.? (Video & Transcript)

    Posted on Sep 8, 2006 READ MORE


    Rocky Anderson

    Mayor’s Home Run for Truth: Antiwar Rally in Salt Lake City

    In recognition of Bush’s visit to the Utah capital, Mayor Rocky Anderson gave a speech to a crowd of thousands calling Bush a “dishonest, war-mongering, human-rights-violating president” whose time in office would “rank as the worst presidency our nation has ever had to endure.”  Thank you, Salt Lake City! Watch it here. Full transcript here (pdf).

    Posted on Aug 31, 2006 READ MORE


    Rumsfeld
    From defendamerica.mil

    Rumsfeld Goes Off the Deep End

    The Secretary of Defense compared critics of the war in Iraq to Nazi appeasers, saying the critics have failed to heed the lessons of history. (story and video)
    History, huh? Well, based on current policy, one imagines that Rumsfeld would have recommended invading China in response to the Japanese bombing of Pearl Harbor.

    Posted on Aug 29, 2006 READ MORE


    Bush Breaks Bread With NAACP

    Bush spoke to the NAACP?s annual convention for the first time during his presidency.  His speech drew both applause and silence as he addressed the group he has avoided for five years.

    Posted on Jul 20, 2006 READ MORE


    Jon Stewart on Ted Stevens

    Jon Stewart Lampoons Sen. Stevens’ Net Nonsense

    “The Daily Shows” host tees off on Senate Commerce Committee Chairman Ted Stevens’ instantly infamous speech about Net Neutrality—which Stewart likened to “something you’d hear from a crazy old man in an airport bar at 3 a.m.”

    Posted on Jul 12, 2006 READ MORE


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