July 01, 2004

News & A Bit

Al-Muhajabah shares a survey of Muslim voters indicating that as a group, they're moving left and put civil rights and liberties at the top of their domestic priorities.

Approximately Perfect finds an article that asks an original question: why don't journalists have unions? Also, a story about a Bush appointee who's looking for contingency plans for suspending U.S. elections in case of emergency. If elections get suspended here, I think that would just about supercede any likely emergency in importance by a factor of 10.

Boing Boing: Artificial sweeteners disrupt the body's ability to regulate hunger. What's purported to be the first transcript of Fahrenheit 9/11.

Buzzflash: An interview with Jesse Jackson on his recent voter outreach efforts in rural America, and there's a link to an article by Jackson on why minimum wage is everybody's concern. Interview with Harry Thomason, a co-writer and co-director of documentary version of 'The Hunting of the President'. Howard Dean writes a column about Bush's war on Science. Katrina vanden Heuvel writes about Tom Delay's ethics violations. Molly Ivins talks about why she likes to keep politics and religion separate, and she shares a quote for the ages, emphasis mine:

...Back in the 1950s, when the late Rep. Bob Eckhardt was still in the Texas Legislature, a bill to cut off all state aid to illegitimate children was under debate. After listening to some of his "Christian" colleagues explain why illegitimate children should be left to starve, Eckhardt rose and said, "I am not so much concerned about the natural bastards as I am about the self-made ones." I consider that one of the most Christian things I've ever heard said during legislative debate.

Corrente's Leah writes a very readable piece on the disaster in Sudan.

Guardian: A UK parliamentary committee charges that the country's intelligence agencies are focusing resources on terrorism and war to the detriment of counterespionage. There's a new proposal on the table for a new operating plan for the BBC, which includes an online library of all their original programming. Is equality good for the economy? Blumenthal on Cheney's crumbling mask.

Guerrilla News Network with an article by Stephen Zunes on the Devil's bargain between religious conservatives and Republicans, noting that what began as a cynical electoral ploy has become an internation menace to world peace.

...The Rev. Barry Lynn of Americans United for Separation of Church and State recently quipped: “The good news is that the Christian Coalition is fundamentally collapsing. The bad news is that the people who ran it are all in the government.” He noted, for example, that when he goes to the Justice Department, he keeps seeing lawyers formerly employed by prominent right-wing fundamentalist preacher Pat Robertson.

As the Washington Post observed, “For the first time since religious conservatives became a modern political movement, the president of the United States has become the movement’s de facto leader.” Former Christian Coalition leader Ralph Reed [ed. End of this post for Reed's latest discovered bad behavior, here for his history]marked the triumph by chortling, “You’re no longer throwing rocks at the building; you’re in the building.” He added that God “knew George Bush had the ability to lead in this compelling way.” ...

Mark Morford is in fine form when talking about obscenity:

...This is what you are not to forget, ever: We are a nation wherein it is perfectly OK to show a dozen vaguely nauseating ads for erection pills and a hundred more touting the merits of slamming a sixer of Bud Light at halftime as you and your frat buddies ogle that chick at the bar as meanwhile the wife stays home and prances around the kitchen, high on the fumes from her new Swiffer WetJet. But a shot of a woman's breast? Inappropriate and traumatizing, pal. Don't like our hypocrisy? Move to France with the other perverts. ...

New Scientist: New technology has potential to restore fertility to female chemotherapy patients.

Orcinus finds the definitive Bush as deserter analysis.

Pandagon: Jesse discusses Hillary Clinton's recent remarks on taxes and the public good. Ezra talks about effective political attacks and the Republican paradox.

The Political Memo reminds us that Bush can embarass the U.S. in front of NATO with just as much ease as he embarasses us from home. He's a multitasketer, or something.

The Sideshow has Avedon Carol's usual collection of carefully selected, high quality rants. May she never get individual post archives.

Stout Dem brings us the Monty Python version of torture, as well as a version of torture for petty criminals so subtle as to make the comfy chair pale in comparison: elevator music.

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