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SF New Mexican:

Governor Bill Richardson’s “State of the State” address.

01/19/05 • 08:36 AM • PoliticsSanta Fe Local • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

Capital Weaves a Steel Cocoon for a Big Party.  Welding shut manhole covers? Now who’s brainchild is that?  They should retrofit bolted covers.  Earliest reference I can find is Y2K in Manhattan.  Any earlier precedent?

01/18/05 • 09:24 PM • HistoryPolitics • (3) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Test your memory

and take the quiz over at CivilRightsTeaching.org.  I’ve seen too many ostensibly well-read webloggers mentioning that they couldn’t explain what benefits the civil rights movement were; a veritable pox on the memory of Martin Luther King, Jr.  It’s one thing to be ignorant, but to parade it around is a little much, esp. when Google is a finger away.  If you run across any dimbulbs yourself, don’t engage in verbal fisticuffs.  Just quietly point them to this chart.  It’s an incontrovertible result that is authoritative and easily explainable.

Of course, this doesn’t elucidate the long suffering and devastating human cost behind these cold analytic words.  This might help.

Sleep well, Martin.  Many of us do not—indeed, can not—forget, and will actively try to pass on your legacy.

01/17/05 • 08:18 PM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


Seymour Hersh upsets the neocon applecart, again.  That we’re infiltrating Iran comes as no surprise, at least to readers of Tom Clancy novels [life imitating art imitating life].

The article, itself.

01/17/05 • 09:10 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


The Pentagon apparently believes in “fairy spray.”

01/17/05 • 09:07 AM • Human RightsPolitics • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


PBS cuts nude scene from HBO movie.  Pah.  Next we’ll be blindfolding breastfeeding babies.  Still no outrage over actresses and actors popping back into unhandicapped health and happiness after multiple bullet wounds; something that’s likely much more harmful to society, than a bit of naked flesh.  Last time I looked at stats, firearm homicide is in the top 5 for causes of death in kids 10-24; if I remember correctly, as high as #2.  The FCC and [minority] others should just forget skin ... and instead, insist producers show the colostomy bag and other likely complications post-gunshot.

Case in point: From today’s SF New Mexican.

01/17/05 • 08:46 AM • ChildhoodEntertainmentHealthHuman RightsPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

CNN Money:

The commercial Presidency.

01/17/05 • 08:26 AM • ConsumptionPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Editorial:

How to retire rich. More ideas for Social Security, but I wonder if anyone in the Administration has their fingers out of their ears.

01/16/05 • 10:44 AM • EconomicsHuman RightsPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Letters to the Editor:

Republicans and “Character.”

01/16/05 • 10:41 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

U of C Press:

Sanctuaries of Spanish New Mexico.  Hmmm, mixing politics and religion towards the goal of more easily governed cheap labor.  Sounds familiar.  Via wood s lot.

01/15/05 • 10:25 AM • HistoryPoliticsReligion • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

White House calls CIA report `speculative’.  See yesterday.

01/15/05 • 10:10 AM • Politics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

Agency Running Social Security to Push Change.  “But agency employees have complained to Social Security officials that they are being conscripted into a political battle over the future of the program. They question the accuracy of recent statements by the agency, and they say that money from the Social Security trust fund should not be used for such advocacy.”  My italics.  Our tax dollars, being used to bilk us of our futures.  Despicable.

01/15/05 • 10:09 AM • Human RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

Arts & Letters Daily points to

two articles on George Lakoff’s book [one, two].  Noone mentions the Gringrich “newspeak” employed so successfully during the Republican “Contract With America” takeover of Congress in the ‘90’s.  There are copies of his GOPAC memo floating around the ‘net;  read it and you’ll see something we’ve been living with (read: involuntarily subjected to) without interruption for 11 years.  It *was* a kinder, gentler world before this.  This is where our current cultural ‘polarity’ came from.  Yes, words have consequences ...

01/14/05 • 10:26 AM • HistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Editorial:

Letting judges pass judgment.  We are having the most serious challenges to the bedrock Constitutional concept of separation of powers in our time.  The Republicans want to control the final third branch, by hook or by crook.  I hope you’re all paying attention.

01/14/05 • 09:24 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

Overhauling Retirement Is Worth Risk, Cheney Says.  Mr. Cheney, my retirement account is only now approaching recovery from the last catastrophic stock market drop.  Many retirees are still suffering.  Peddle your science fiction elsewhere.

01/14/05 • 09:19 AM • EconomicsPolitics • (5) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

U.S. Panel Sees Iraq as Terror Training Area.  “But the report says that the war, as well as other possible conflicts, ‘could provide recruitment, training grounds, technical skills and language proficiency for a new class of terrorists who are ‘professionalized’ and for whom political violence becomes an end in itself.’”

01/14/05 • 09:17 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (1) Trackbacks

NY Times:

Prince Harry opens old wounds.  History waits.  The British people were deeply uneasy with their German heritage monarchs during WWII.

01/13/05 • 12:45 PM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

Judge Orders Removal of Evolution Stickers.  “Science and religion are related and they’re not mutually exclusive ... snip ... This sticker was an effort to get past that conflict and to teach good science.”  *Sigh.*  Fear of the ‘monkey uncle.’  Good science is proper recognition of natural selection, and the benefits that we currently enjoy because of it.  Promoting spontaneous generation hasn’t done anything for mankind.

01/13/05 • 12:24 PM • PoliticsReligionScholarlyScience • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


Hannibal, horrible?  Maybe not.

01/13/05 • 09:44 AM • BooksHistoryPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Letters to the Editor:

Scrapping the Safety Net.  The last is exactly my opinion.

01/13/05 • 09:24 AM • Human RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times Editorial

Bulletin: No WMD Found.  Just to compound yesterday’s link.  This is the reason the Right is taking a particular interest in the oil-for-food scandal.  Saving face.

01/13/05 • 09:14 AM • HistoryHuman RightsPolitics • (1) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times:

White House Fought New Curbs on Interrogations, Officials Say.  I’d like to hear the President justify this reasoning, but I know we’d be treated to another ‘them or us’ working-class mentality shpiel.

01/13/05 • 09:10 AM • Human RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

SF New Mexican:

Rep. Barton of Texas wants to know exactly how much it cost US taxpayers, when Los Alamos was closed down to hunt for two missing classified computer disks.

01/13/05 • 08:46 AM • EconomicsPoliticsSanta Fe Local • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks

NY Times/AP:

Federal Sentencing Rules Are Wrongly Applied, Court Rules.  Interesting doings in the SCOTUS.

01/12/05 • 08:09 AM • Human RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks


This bit of news seems to be passing by with a whisper.  U.S. ends search for WMD in Iraq.  The primary reason we went to war, the boogeyman created by the Administration ... doesn’t exist.  History turns another page, but have we learned from the mistakes?  I fear not.

01/12/05 • 07:54 AM • Human RightsPolitics • (0) Comments • (0) Trackbacks
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