I just got a request to share this with anybody looking to attend or organize a vigil for the victims in Blacksburg. Pass this link on if you know anybody who might be interested.
The Chairman of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense just turned up the burner under the Bush war machine. And then dumped some gasoline on the stove. From Raw Story:
Rep. John Murtha, a veteran of the U.S. Marines who served in the Korean and Vietnam Wars, said that President George W. Bush cannot continue to carry out his current war plans in Iraq without starting a draft. Continue reading
By Martin Bosworth
How often in a day do you find yourself reading, hearing, or saying any of the following phrases?
- “At the end of the day”
- “Lessons learned”
- “Going forward,” “moving forward,” or “way forward”
- “on the table”
- “low-hanging fruit”
To me, these phrases stick out as particularly egregious examples of the corporatist/marketing bullshit that permeates every aspect of our culture. Continue reading
By Rori Black
Today the Supreme Court upheld the misnomered “partial birth” abortion ban implemented in 2003.
While the bill itself is named The Partial Birth Abortion Act of 2003, it refers to a medical procedure called “intact variant of D&E”, dialation and extraction as opposed to dialation and curettage. In writing the act, Kennedy chose to use the more inflammatory term to shore up support for the bill. Continue reading
Jacob Zuma has announced his candidacy for the South African presidency.
Zuma is the ex-deputy president, fired for connections to corruption in a multi-million Rand arms deal. It gets worse: his financial advisor is already in jail for profiting on the deal and it is only a matter of time before Zuma is also to stand trial.
Zuma’s incompetence for public office goes even further. During a rape trial (which charge he ducked since the judge decided that the HIV positive, vulnerable and clearly disturbed victim had coerced him … Zuma’s comment: “She was wearing a dress, what did you expect me to do?”) Zuma proclaimed that he had avoided contracting AIDS by having a quick shower after coitus.
But you see, Zuma doesn’t have to sell himself to the voters. Zuma only has to sell himself to the party.
The stuff rolling across the transom this morning isn’t filling me with rainbows and unicorns.
- First off, as I wipe the sleep from my eyes I realize that the Virginia Tech tragedy wasn’t all just a horrible dream. I’m reminded of a similar crisis that hit my community eight years ago, and I grieve deeply for Blacksburg.
- Then Cenk Uygur asks: what if the Virginia Tech disaster had been 30 times worse? Continue reading