January 6, 2006

Baghdad Burning
... I'll meet you 'round the bend my friend, where hearts can heal and souls can mend...

Ź 2006...
Here we are in the first days of 2006. What does the Ī6ā symbolize? How about- 6 hours of no electricity for every one hour of electricity? Or· 6 hours of waiting in line for gasoline that is three times as expensive as it was in 2005? Or an average of six explosions per day near our area alone?

The beginning of the new year isnāt a promising one. Prices seem to have shot up on everything from fuels like kerosene and cooking gas, to tomatoes. more...

January 5, 2006

Alito And The "F" Word
Paul Rogat Loeb

Remember the "nuclear option" compromise? When the group of 14 senators reached their agreement last May, they said they'd support a filibuster only under "extraordinary circumstances"÷presumably if Bush nominated Attila the Hun. I'd suggest these circumstances apply not only to Samuel Alito's track record but also to his nomination's entire political context.

In threatening to end the Senate's ability to filibuster judges, Republican leaders talk much about high principle, the right of presidents to have their nominees accepted or rejected without parliamentary obstructions. But the sole principle behind this proposed change is that of the power grab.

The Republicans control the White House and Senate. They're attempting to consolidate control in every way they can, including trying to obliterate 200 years of Senate tradition on the filibuster. This threat isn't a moral stand: Republicans have filibustered nominees themselves. It's just one more in series of attacks on individuals and institutions that they've viewed as political obstacles, like Tom DeLay's mid-census gerrymandering, the leaking of Valerie Plame's identity, the jamming of Democratic phone banks and the branding of political opponents as unpatriotic. more...

January 4, 2006

Chicago vs. Hugo Ch‡vez
By Jessica Pupovac
Rather than accept cheap diesel from Venezuela, the city chose to raise commuting costs for low-income residents.

The Chicago Transit Authority is refusing an opportunity to alleviate commuting costs for hundreds of thousands in the Windy City's low-income neighborhoods. Instead of accepting deeply discounted fuel from the Venezuela-owned Citgo Petroleum Corp., the city is instead raising fares to solve budget shortfalls. more...

January 3, 2006

Our Worrisome MDP (median domestic prosperity)
by Robert B. Reich

Listen to most economic commentators and youād think the biggest news of 2005 was that the American economy continued to grow at a healthy clip÷notwithstanding hurricanes, oil shocks, trade imbalances and a bloated federal budget deficit. Well, thatās true. The power and resilience of this economy are remarkable.

But thereās another story about the American economy thatās equally remarkable, although more sobering. Although the data arenāt all in, it seems almost certain that in 2005, median incomes continued to drop. more...


Tinker, Tailor, Miner, Spy
Why the NSA's snooping is unprecedented in scale and scope.
By Shane Harris and Tim Naftali


"...now the NSA appears to be vacuuming up all data, generally without a particular phone line, name, or e-mail address as a target. Reportedly, the agency is analyzing the length of a call, the time it was placed, and the origin and destination of electronic transmissions." more...

January 2, 2006

Bush's Witchhunt Against Truth-Tellers
A Gestapo Administration

Caught in gratuitous and illegal spying on American citizens, the Bush administration has defended its illegal activity and set the Justice (sic) Department on the trail of the person or persons who informed the New York Times of Bush's violation of law. Note the astounding paradox: The Bush administration is caught red-handed in blatant illegality and responds by trying to arrest the patriots who exposed the administration's illegal behavior.

Bush has actually declared it treasonous to reveal his illegal behavior! His propagandists, who masquerade as news organizations, have taken up the line: To reveal wrong-doing by the Bush administration is to give aid and comfort to the enemy. more...

January 1, 2006

10 Good Things about Another Bad Year
by Medea Benjamin Ź

As we close this year, a year in which we were pummeled by the Iraq war, attacks on our civil rights and Mother Natureās fury of hurricanes, earthquakes and tsunamis, there is no shortage of reasons to feel bruised and beaten. But to start the new year with a healthy determination to keep on fighting, we need to reflect on the good things that happened. And there are plenty. Ź

One continent alone - South America - could provide more than ten examples of wonderful progressive victories, but Iāll just list some of the highlights. more...

December 31, 2005

George W. Bush as the New Richard M. Nixon: Both Wiretapped Illegally, and Impeachably;
Both Claimed That a President May Violate Congress' Laws to Protect National Security

On Friday, December 16, the New York Times published a major scoop by James Risen and Eric Lichtblau: They reported that Bush authorized the National Security Agency (NSA) to spy on Americans without warrants, ignoring the procedures of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

It was a long story loaded with astonishing information of lawbreaking at the White House. It reported that sometime in 2002, Bush issued an executive order authorizing NSA to track and intercept international telephone and/or email exchanges coming into, or out of, the U.S. - when one party was believed to have direct or indirect ties with al Qaeda.

Initially, Bush and the White House stonewalled, neither confirming nor denying the president had ignored the law. Bush refused to discuss it in his interview with Jim Lehrer.

Then, on Saturday, December 17, in his radio broadcast, Bush admitted that the New York Times was correct - and thus conceded he had committed an impeachable offense.

There can be no serious question that warrantless wiretapping, in violation of the law, is impeachable. After all, Nixon was charged in Article II of his bill of impeachment with illegal wiretapping for what he, too, claimed were national security reasons. more...

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Klezmatics concert photos. (These are uncorrected straight out out of the camera)

On April 3, 2005, Barbara and I went to see the Klezmatics, with guest Joshua Nelson, Jewish gospel singer. To quote the concert program, "Their soul-stirring Jewish roots music recreates klezmer in arrangements and compostions that combine Jewish identity and mysticism with a contemporary zeitgeist and a postmodern aesthetic. Since their founding in New York City's East Village in 1986, the Klezmatics have celebrated the ecstatic nature of Yiddish music with works by turn wild, spiritual, provocative, reflective and danceable." The concert was phenomenal.


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