Monthly Archives: February 2007

“Is This America?” by Nat Hentoff

Brilliant. …on January 18, 2007, Vermont senator Patrick Leahy assessed how Bush’s war on terrorism has affected many people around the world who do not hate us but no longer trust us as a lover of liberty and the rights of man. Said Leahy: “The administration’s secret policies have reduced America’s standing around the world […]

When Humanity Takes a Seat

For anyone who has been paying attention, the presence of secret CIA prisons administering torture to suspected terrorists is not anything new. What is new though, is that at least one of these gross violations of Human Rights is currently under the scrutiny of trial. I am of course talking about Jose Padilla, a US […]

Harping on the Harped / Forget the Soldiers

Even though I touched on this a few days ago, it still gets under my skin that not only where brave young men and women thrust so needlessly into wars for the sole purpose of satiating the machismo of BushCo, but that they have returned home only to be tossed aside like dirty laundry. The […]

America Goes to the Oscars

I’m not going to go off on a tirade of why the Oscars are a joke, because I’m watching them myself. Or, they’re on in the background. But all night they’ve been doing short little film clip collages on a variety of subjects, one of them being “America.” One of the clips on Americana was, […]

US Generals Threaten To Quit Over Attacking Iran

From The Sunday Times: “There are four or five generals and admirals we know of who would resign if Bush ordered an attack on Iran,” a source with close ties to British intelligence said. “There is simply no stomach for it in the Pentagon, and a lot of people question whether such an attack would […]

Clench That Ass Canada

Living in a country with such large oil deposits, so close to the United States has always been awkwardly frightening, albeit in a very non-threatening way. Jokes have always been fluttered north and south of the border in regards to an American invasion of the Great White North, however unlikely. Not to suggest that situation […]

Disconcerting

I was just checking out some of the blogs of those who have left comments and I came across this What Famous Leader Are You? quiz, linked from White Noise Insanity. I’ve taken similar tests in the past and found myself lumped in with Gandhi (just as the author of WHI was) and Nelson Mandela, […]

Sucking Cheneys Dick Down Under

To say that this blew me away would be a total understatement: UNITED States Vice-President Dick Cheney came to Sydney to thank John Howard for his support in Iraq and Afghanistan and the war on terror generally. Although the Vice-President has relatively low approval ratings in the US and is regarded as an ultra-hawk, he […]

Why They Fight

Prior to last weekend few, if any, members of the media were concerned about the status of the soldiers in Iraq or those who had returned from the fighting. There were scant reports about lack of equipment and the needless use of Humvees which only acted as magnets for RPG attacks, but overall these were […]

On Britney, One More Time

“Late Show” host Craig Ferguson, in a recent monologue (YouTube link here. ) : People are falling apart. People are…People are dying. That Anna Nicole Smith woman—she died! [Audience laughs.] No, it’s not a joke. You know, it stops being funny, that. She’s got a six week old kid, or six month old kid. What […]