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  • The reasons why I can't vote for Obama (vanity)

    10/09/2008 6:25:34 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 12 replies · 1,009+ views
    Vanity | 10/09/08 | Spinynorman
    1) his continued and inexplicable associations with terrorists (the Ayers) 2) his 20 year allegiance to black supremacist racist Wright and Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam 3) his plan to gut the Second Amendment 4) his plan for "universal" health care 5) his sleazy ad about McCain's bouts with cancer 6) his sleazy racist ad trying to make McCain and Limbaugh appear anti Mexican 7) David Axelrod, part of the Chicago political machine; the Dem’s Karl Rove 8) 142 days of "experience" 9) his "lipstick" attack on Palin 10) his 138 "present" votes 11) running unopposed in his...
  • Kate Walsh: Abstinence-Only "Not Working" (PP fake doctor)

    03/28/2008 12:54:44 PM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 46 replies · 983+ views
    Kate Walsh: Abstinence-Only "Not Working" Cites One-In-Four Teen Girl STDs Rate In U.S. As Proof Fed-Sponsored Sex Ed Needs Broadening March 28, 2008 Kate Walsh on The Early Show Friday (CBS/EARLY SHOW) (CBS) Actress Kate Walsh is pushing for federal sex education programs to teach strategies beyond abstinence-only. Walsh, who played a doctor on "Grey's Anatomy" and stars in its spin-off, "Private Practice," is a member of the board of advocates of Planned Parenthood, and went to Capitol Hill Thursday to take part in a congressional briefing on sex education. She's been lobbying for sex ed to include birth control...
  • Kerry: Obama Being Swiftboated

    01/23/2008 9:50:36 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 55 replies · 248+ views
    Newsmax ^ | January 22, 2008 | Newsmax
    Sen. John Kerry is calling on Democrats to help presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama avoid the fate he endured in the 2004 election -- "swiftboating" by political foes. In an e-mail sent out Tuesday to Obama's supporters, Kerry wrote: "I support Barack Obama because he doesn't seek to perfect the politics of Swiftboating -- he seeks to end it. "This is personal for me, and for a whole lot of Americans who lived through the 2004 election. As a veteran, it disgusts me that the Swift Boats we loved while we were in uniform on the Mekong Delta have been...
  • US Senate Moves to Pass Anti-Immigrant Bill (leftist barf alert)

    04/09/2006 6:47:52 PM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 7 replies · 415+ views
    Indolink Internet news service ^ | 4/7/06 | INDOlink News Bureau
    Immigrants and Anti-War Movements Unite April 7, New York -- One day after Senate Republicans toughened an already harsh immigration proposal, leaders from diverse immigrant groups, legal experts, and key anti-war organizers joined their efforts to oppose the wars at home and abroad. Throughout this month, immigrants are spearheading local and national actions to demand an end to the wars at home and abroad. The anti-war movement has joined them. Judith LeBlanc, national co-chair of United for Peace & Justice-NYC said, “The Bush administration’s foreign and domestic policies are closely intertwined, both premised on aggression, fear, intolerance and injustice. Peace...
  • Opinion pages explained: Separate but equal (LOL alert!!)

    09/12/2005 6:57:15 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 3 replies · 270+ views
    The Boston Globe (a New York Times company) ^ | 9/12/05 | Editorial Staff of the Boston Globe
    Some readers get confused about the relationship between the editorial page and the rest of the newspaper, especially since the term "editorial" is often used to describe everything in the Globe that is not advertising. But the news operation, led by editor Marty Baron, is completely separate from the editorial (opinion) pages, led by editorial-page editor Renee Loth. The two do not coordinate coverage or influence the others' professional judgments. Globe endorsements of candidates, for example, are made without consultation with any news reporter or editor, and Globe reporters are expected to cover campaigns without regard to whom the editorial...
  • The latest falsehood: The U.S. is in Iraq to stabilize it (mega domestic enemies alert)

    09/06/2005 8:25:41 PM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 8 replies · 217+ views
    Aljazeera Online Magazine ^ | 9/6/05 | Kevin Zeese
    The latest falsehood: The U.S. is in Iraq to stabilize it 9/6/2005 6:00:00 PM GMT Ads by alClick - Middle East Advertising The claims of bringing stability to Iraq are just absurd By: Kevin Zeese Just as President Bush claimed in the build-up to war that the U.S. was threatened by Iraq's weapons of mass destruction and Saddam's connection to Osama bin Laden and 9/11 plotters– we are now being told a new falsehood – U.S. troops are in Iraq to stabilize the country. Even the slightest scratching of the reality surface shows the absurdity of this wartime propaganda. Even...
  • George Bush never looked into Nick's eyes (Not so eerie similarities here.....)

    08/30/2005 12:47:25 PM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 49 replies · 1,622+ views
    Guardian Unlimited ^ | 5/ 21/ 2004 | Michael Berg
    George Bush never looked into Nick's eyes Even more than the murderers who took my son's life, I condemn those who make policies to end lives Michael Berg Friday May 21, 2004 The Guardian My son, Nick, was my teacher and my hero. He was the kindest, gentlest man I know; no, the kindest, gentlest human being I have ever known. He quit the Boy Scouts of America because they wanted to teach him to fire a handgun. Nick, too, poured into me the strength I needed, and still need, to tell the world about him. People ask me why...
  • American flags taken down in error (yeah, right! More anti flag actions in Berkeley East!)

    08/11/2005 8:59:08 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 8 replies · 874+ views
    SPRINGFIELD - Every morning since she began working at Springfield Gulf, day manager Debra A. Correggio has started her shift by displaying nine American flags on the grassy strip in front of the Congress Street gas station. But Tuesday, an agent from the city's Office of Code Enforcement told her to take the down the flags and several advertising signs and leave them down or face a $100 fine. "He told me to take down the flags. They can't be out there," Correggio said. "I never heard of such a thing." Neither has the Office of Code Enforcement. "We have...
  • Follow the Money Is NARAL's attack on John Roberts about abortion rights or abortion profits?

    08/10/2005 6:05:50 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 13 replies · 499+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 8/10/2005 | MANUEL MIRANDA
    From the indignation of his defenders, it seems the Battle of John Roberts might have begun in earnest this week. On Monday, NARAL Pro-Choice America launched a major ad campaign that aims to scare a small portion of America, then raise more money to scare the rest. NARAL will spend $500,000 to frighten cable news watchers and the people of Maine and Rhode Island, home to three liberal Republican senators. The 30-second ad is titled "Speaking Out." Here's the script: "Used with permission from, a web site from Dow Jones & Company, Inc."
  • Report Highlights Problems Asian Americans Face in Voting (whining alert!

    08/08/2005 10:53:38 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 17 replies · 442+ views
    INDOLINK ^ | 8/8/05 | Editorial
    Washington, D.C., Aug. 5, 2005 - A new report released today, the eve of the 40th anniversary of the Voting Rights Act, underscores the importance of providing access to the ballot for Asian Americans with limited English proficiency. The report, "Sound Barriers: Asian Americans and Language Access in Election 2004," details the barriers faced by Asian Americans who voted during last year's elections. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, almost three million Asian Americans turned out to vote on Nov. 2, 2004. The report, released by NAPALC and its affiliates, the Asian Pacific American Legal Center in Los Angeles, the...
  • Council on American-Islamic Relations perpetuates Newsweek "reporting" of Koran flushing.

    05/20/2005 7:58:27 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 7 replies · 269+ views
    CAIR home page ^ | 5/19/05 | CAIR
    At minimum, check out the asterisked stories: Quran Has Changed the Course of History 5/19/2005 CAIR-DC: Free Korans 5/19/2005 CAIR-DC: To Muslims, Not Just A Book 5/19/2005 CAIR-Fl: Muslim Group Will Hand Out Quran 5/19/2005 GOP Aides Say New Patriot Act Obliges Bush 5/19/2005 Ex-Official Denies Blocking Mosque 5/19/2005 2 Officers Punished In 2003 for Abusing Detainees 5/19/2005 **Red Cross Told U.S. Of Disrespect at Guantanamo 5/19/2005 Quran More than A Book for Muslims 5/19/2005 OH: Kids' Books Help Share Muslim Faith 5/19/2005 Koran Ordered Online Contains Hate Slogans 5/19/2005 NY: Doctor Puts Faith in Medications, God 5/19/2005 **Newsweek Got...
  • Early Show perpetuates Newsweak problem

    05/17/2005 5:44:14 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 34 replies · 1,298+ views
    CBS Morning Show | 5/17/05 | Vanity
    <p>The lead story on ABC's Good Morning America around 7:30 this morning: "Under pressure from the White House, Newsweak retracts it's Koran desecration story!!"</p> <p>Even the Newsweak editor that was being interviewed realized the gigantic faux pas that the talking head had uttered, and immediately took issue with the lead line and corrected her. Then went on to repeat the "it's the Pentagon's fault" line that Newsweak is using to try to bail themselves out.</p>
  • Bush Social Security proposal a huge scam (projectile vomiting alert)

    02/13/2005 4:11:07 PM PST · by SpinyNorman · 20 replies · 676+ views
    The Sunday Republican (in name only) ^ | 2/6/2005 | Michael Meeropol
    Bush Social Security proposal a huge scam Sunday, February 06, 2005 By MICHAEL MEEROPOL The Bush administration has thrown down a challenge to those of us who want to defend Social Security from the "privateering privatizers." (I call them that because if Congress guts Social Security to create private accounts, the financial services industry will skim 20 percent right off the top on all investments, whether the markets go up, down or sideways.) The administration wants us to believe that Social Security benefits are doomed to be lowered by some future Congress, whereas with privatized pensions the individual will own...
  • Fleeing America - Post 9/11

    01/26/2005 7:12:04 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 16 replies · 613+ views
    The Village Voice vis ^ | 1/6/2005 | Alisa Solomon
    Donald Rumsfeld will lay a wreath at Arlington Cemetery. Michael Bloomberg and George Pataki will join a ceremony at ground zero. Families for Peaceful Tomorrows—an anti-war group of relatives of victims of the 9-11 attacks—will lead a candlelight procession and silent vigil. In the Pakistani enclave of Midwood, Brooklyn, New Yorkers will also remember the gruesome day when three of their community members lost their lives at the World Trade Center. But for "Little Pakistan," where a hefty portion of the U.S.´s 500,000 immigrants from that country make their homes, the date also marks another, related tragedy: the beginning of...
  • UMass students react to election result

    11/04/2004 6:42:34 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 31 replies · 1,091+ views
    The Daily Collegian ^ | 11/4/04 | Various
    UMass students react to election result By Matt Elder Collegian Staff November 04, 2004 The aftermath of the most highly anticipated election night began yesterday at the University of Massachusetts as students and faculty weighed in on the results. "I'm a little dizzy and tired this morning," said journalism professor Ralph Whitehead to his Election Coverage class yesterday. Whitehead said that this election went very similar to the way the 2000 election went. However, he said that he thought the difference in the number of votes that Bush got was the fact that Karl Rove, Bush's chief strategist, went out...
  • Westin Blasts Opinion in Media

    10/27/2004 10:54:31 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 3 replies · 264+ views
    The Harvard Crimson Online ^ | October 26, 2004 | Michael Chion
    Published on Tuesday, October 26, 2004 Westin Blasts Opinion in Media By MICHAEL CHION Contributing Writer ABC News President David Westin discusses the current state of network news at the Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum last night. Westin criticized the frequency of opinion commentary in the media. ABC News President David Westin warned against the proliferation of opinion commentary in the news media at the Institute of Politics’ John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum yesterday night. “The more time we express our opinions, the less time we have to talk about the facts,” Westin said. “Unfortunately, opinion is...
  • Demagoguery emboldened: Attacks on dissent since 9/11 (Spinsanity)

    10/01/2004 12:01:39 PM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 1 replies · 154+ views
    Spinsanity ^ | 9/30/04 | Brendan Nyhan
    Demagoguery emboldened: Attacks on dissent since 9/11 By Brendan Nyhan September 30, 2004 In recent weeks, President Bush, conservative commentators, and Republican officials have tried to shut down debate over Bush's military leadership by claiming that Kerry and other Democrats are encouraging terrorists and that America's enemies are on their side. Regrettably, these anti-democratic smears have been used widely in the three years since Sept. 11. The tactic of attacking dissenters has been revived with a vengeance in the current presidential campaign. Senator Zell Miller, D-Ga., said at the Republican convention that "while young Americans are dying in the sands...
  • Kerry falls very short (by a UMASS student!!!!)

    09/23/2004 6:06:20 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 22 replies · 1,251+ views
    The Daily Collegian ^ | 9/23/04 | Matthew M. Burke
    Kerry falls very short by Matthew M. Burke, Collegian columnist September 23, 2004 I love John Kerry. I can't explain it but it's dizzying. I am the biggest John Kerry fan in the universe at this juncture in the election because he makes it so easy to discredit his ideas and his potential leadership. This isn't even challenging anymore. Bush's foul ups are a mere footnote to Kerry's shoddy record. In an age where unprovoked butchers crash airliners into our buildings killing thousands, Kerry wants to be more sensitive in the war on terror. This comes as the terrorists savagely...
  • Columnist Says Barack Obama 'Lied To The American People;' Asks Publisher to Withdraw Obama's Book

    08/15/2004 4:21:34 PM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 86 replies · 6,344+ views
    Yahoo Finance News page ^ | 8/10/04 | Andy Martin
    NEW YORK, Aug. 10 /PRNewswire/ --'s independent contrarian columnist, Andy Martin, will publish a column and hold simultaneous news conferences in New York and London on Wednesday, August 11th to disclose he believes Barack Obama is a political fraud who "lied to the American people." Martin has asked Crown Books to stop sales of Obama's book because of its fraudulent content. Martin says Obama may be a threat to the Jewish community. NEWS CONFERENCE DETAILS: New York: Time/date: Wednesday, August 11, 2004 11:00 A.M. Location: Northeast Corner of Fifth Avenue and 65th Street (Temple Emanu-El) London: Time/date: Wednesday, August...
  • The Bush Bash (projectile vomiting alert)

    08/13/2004 7:13:44 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 17 replies · 627+ views ^ | 8/2/04 | Charley Reese
    Books keep pouring off the presses on the subject of why George W. Bush should not be re-elected. I got four in my mailbox recently. Bush might be the biggest boon to book publishing since Harry Potter. The most serious of the four books is The Bubble of American Supremacy, by George Soros. The most superficial is Bush Must Go, by TV personality Bill Press. The most left-wing is The Book on Bush: How George W. (Mis)leads America, by Eric Alterman and Mark Green. It is also the most tedious. My God, but progressive writers do need a sense of...
  • Questions rightly linger about Bush's service (beat a dead horse alert!)

    07/19/2004 8:53:20 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 5 replies · 349+ views
    The Springfield "Republican" ^ | 7/18/04 | Springfield Republican editorial
    In March, The Associated Press filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking records that could shed added light on details of George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard during the Vietnam War. Try Our Classifieds In April, the AP sued the Pentagon, charging that Defense Department officials were dragging their feet and not complying with the request. Three months later, the AP was still waiting. The White House has released partial records of Bush's military service in the Texas Air National Guard, but questions persist about whether Bush fulfilled his duties in the early 1970s. There is...
  • Healing Old Wounds (roll on the floor laughing then puke alert!!)

    05/28/2004 6:38:55 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 14 replies · 130+ views
    The Valley Advocate ^ | 5/20/04 | Tom Gardner
    A Vietnam war hero and anti-war activist, John Kerry can unite a divided nation. But he needs your help. My generation was deeply divided by the Vietnam War. Those old divisions, those old wounds, have not entirely healed; if anything, they've recently been reopened by the war in Iraq and by the rising public sentiment against what many people view as this generation's Vietnam. Yet, the chance to finally heal those old wounds -- a healing that surely would serve us well in dealing with the war in Iraq -- seems suddenly close at hand, thanks to the candidacy for...
  • Why we will fail in Iraq

    05/03/2004 7:20:10 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 92 replies · 289+ views
    The Massachusetts Daily Collegian ^ | 4/15/04 | Rene Gonzales (yes, THAT one)
    The debate on Iraq continues to obscure and ignore the obvious - no country can colonize another without resistance. And by resistance, I mean violent resistance. Nobody should be surprised by a regular civilian mob brutally lynching four American mercenaries working for Blackwater USA. Frantz Fanon (in The Wretched of the Earth) taught us that the psychology of the colonized would force them to manifest their anger and humiliation in violent ways. What occurred in Fallujah was the logical outcome of a people oppressed, angered, humiliated and feeling powerless to evict the foreign interlopers in their midst. Would we act...
  • U.S. says Al-Jazeera putting troops at risk

    04/19/2004 7:55:47 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 19 replies · 371+ views
    USA Today ^ | 4/19/04 | Peter Johnson
    U.S. says Al-Jazeera putting troops at risk U.S. officials in Iraq expect a pro-Arab slant from Al-Jazeera, the Qatar-based satellite television network that is beamed to about 40 million Arab viewers. U.S. officials are documenting cases of what they consider to be incindiary stories by Al-Jazeera. SNIP "If somebody sees it a different way than we do, that's OK. If somebody's got a different editorial view, that's OK. But when they start telling intentional lies, that goes beyond the pale," says Brig. Gen. Mark Kimmitt, the authority's military spokesman in Baghdad. On Thursday, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld called reports by...
  • Naked in the Bush (ultraleft immigrant barf alert!)

    04/17/2004 6:30:49 PM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 3 replies · 163+ views
    The sheer incompetence of the Bush administration in the war on terror now stands exposed. It’s time for Americans to elect a new chief. The ferocity of the assault by the Bush administration and his right wing zealots against former White House counter terrorism coordinator Rickard A. Clarke reveals just how sensitive and tender Bush’s much-touted national security nerves are. Clarke touched off a fire-storm by his scathing criticism of the Bush administration’s handling of the war on terrorism in his just-released book Against All Enemies: Inside America’s War on Terror and in testimony before an independent commission investigating the...
  • AP buys Bush spin on Kerry's defense record (3/18)

    03/18/2004 9:26:10 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 9 replies · 90+ views ^ | 3/18/04 | Brendan Nyhan
    On Monday, President Bush put up a new ad in West Virginia attacking Massachusetts Senator John Kerry, the presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, for his voting record on defense issues. Wednesday, Associated Press reporter Mike Glover bought the Bush campaign spin hook, line and sinker. Bush's ad (script, video) suggests that Kerry cast a series of specific votes against body armor for troops and other measures: NARRATOR: Few votes in Congress are as important as funding our troops at war. Though John Kerry voted in October of 2002 for military action in Iraq, he later voted against funding our soldiers. SENATE...
  • Republicans for Kerry (when monkeys fly out of my butt..)

    03/16/2004 5:38:12 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 54 replies · 611+ views ^ | 3/1/04 | John E. Bugay, Jr.
    'How do you ask a man to be the last man to die for a mistake?' - John Kerry, 1971 See Also: Kerry's 1971 Testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee "Kerry also could not help feeling that some in the Pentagon were doing their servicemen a lethal injustice by sending a new wave of young people to die in a conflict that at least a few in the Defense Department did not believe could be won ..." Douglas Brinkley, from "Tour of Duty, John Kerry in Vietnam," quoted in The Atlantic Monthly, December 2003. George Bush is not only...
  • Bush exploits 9/11 tragedy

    03/15/2004 8:30:22 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 19 replies · 100+ views
    The Sunday "Republican" ^ | 3/14/04 | Jay Cain
    Bush exploits 9/11 tragedy I was completely sickened and appalled when I saw President Bush's campaign ad using the Sept. 11, 2001 attack as a re-election tool. Shame on that man. Are we forgetting that Sept. 11 happened on his shift? Not only happened on his shift, but happened after he took a record-breaking one month vacation in August to lounge around Texas? Are we forgetting that warnings from the former administration about the growing possibility of terrorists acts on our soil fell on deaf Bush administration ears for the first months of his administration? Are we also forgetting that...
  • More Doublespeak From the Kerry Campaign

    03/11/2004 6:37:48 PM PST · by SpinyNorman · 19 replies · 172+ views
    Chicago Business Online ^ | 3/8/04 | Don Baptiste
    As I was perusing John Kerry's campaign website a while back, I noticed that there were a number of pictures and videos of him riding a motorcycle without a helmet on. This struck me as odd since Senator Kerry is from Massachusetts and there is a helmet law in the Bay State. To get to the bottom of this issue, I contacted Kerry campaign headquarters. When asked about Kerry not wearing a motorcycle helmet, Dag Vega, a Kerry Spokesman, pointed out that Senator Kerry did wear a helmet when he was on the Tonight Show and that, "he only doesn't...
  • Former UMass student pleads guilty to manslaughter

    02/26/2004 6:38:57 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 2 replies · 210+ views
    The Daily Collegian ^ | 2/26/04 | Amanda Koeck
    NORTHAMPTON - Jennifer Paluseo, 21, of Plymouth, a former University of Massachusetts student, pled guilty to manslaughter at Hampshire Superior Court yesterday. Paluseo also pled guilty to removing or conveying a body. She previously had pleaded innocent. Paluseo's dead infant was found at James Hall Dormitory at UMass, on May 2, 2002. Paluseo faces up to 12 years in state prison or two and a half years in the house of corrections, according to Judge Judd J. Carhart, superior court justice. Paluseo is being held on $25,000 bail. Her defense lawyers were seeking to suppress statements allegedly given under duress...
  • Democratic candidate Kucinich speaks out against war in Iraq (walking dead alert)

    02/26/2004 6:31:05 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 2 replies · 158+ views
    The Daily Collegian ^ | 2/26/04 | Dan O'Brien
    "We woke up to great news today; we won thirty percent of the vote in Hawaii," Democratic Presidential candidate Dennis Kucinich proclaimed to a standing-room only crowd at the University of Massachusetts' Campus Center Ballroom yesterday. The Ohio Congressman put UMass on a list of campaign stops through Western Massachusetts, which included Smith College and Springfield City Hall. The candidate spoke on a range of issues at the UMass rally, but the focus of his speech was the on-going war in Iraq. In 2002, Kucinich voted against the war resolution in Congress. "If there's a one-word reason why we went...
  • Professor Noam Chomsky addresses American foreign policy

    02/25/2004 9:21:40 PM PST · by SpinyNorman · 30 replies · 205+ views
    The Daily Collegian ^ | 2/25/04 | Yousef Munayyer
    "We like [the Third World] to have democracy," said Professor Noam Chomsky, referring to the United States government. "As long as the do what we say." The controversial Massachusetts Institute of Technology linguistics professor and accomplished author took the stage to give the lecture entitled "Iraq and Beyond" at 7 p.m. last night. A crowded Bowker Auditorium erupted in applause as the professor took the stage. With the auditorium packed to its 704-seat capacity with students, professors, and faculty members, hundreds of spectators were not permitted entry. The room was packed 40 minutes before Professor Chomsky took the stage. His...
  • Boston's districts must be redrawn (liberal racism alert!)

    02/25/2004 9:13:37 PM PST · by SpinyNorman · 3 replies · 59+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 4/25/04 | Raphael Lewis
    <p>A panel of federal judges ordered Massachusetts House leaders yesterday to redraw the Boston legislative map, determining that the plan crafted by House Speaker Thomas M. Finneran and his lieutenants was designed to protect their own political futures at the expense of black voters' constitutional rights.</p>
  • The honeymoon is over, Mr. Bush (Boston Globe hurling alert!)

    02/12/2004 8:20:13 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 7 replies · 152+ views
    <p>LAST WEEK I suggested that President Bush had reached a tipping point in his credibility with the broad public and the press. I speculated that we would soon see newsmagazine covers depicting Bush in trouble. Well, Time magazine obliged. Its new cover depicts a two-faced Bush and asks: "Does Bush Have a Credibility Gap?"</p>
  • All too real taboo (immigrant hate publication)

    02/09/2004 10:47:57 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 5 replies · 52+ views ^ | 2/9/04 | Shekhar Deshpande
    The West has long cannibalized the rest of the world. So what’s new? There is a lot to reflect on these days as the year draws to a close. The lessons are particularly useful and necessary for those of us who are getting used to this new home in the new world. And there is nothing like irony to offer the best reflections. It teaches, it amuses and it opens possibilities for new thoughts. Consider for example, the three instances in our media/public life that are riddled with irony: the “discovery” of Saddam Hussain in a spider hole in Iraq;...
  • Bush's Guard service: What the record shows

    02/05/2004 7:55:48 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 62 replies · 618+ views
    The Boston Globe ^ | 2/5/04 | Walter V. Robinson, Globe Staff
    <p>Michael Moore, the documentary filmmaker, started it, labeling President Bush a military "deserter" during an appearance last month with Democratic presidential candidate Wesley K. Clark.</p> <p>Less incendiary was Democratic National Committee chairman Terry McAuliffe, who charged Sunday that Bush had been AWOL, absent without leave, while a fighter pilot in the Texas Air National Guard during the Vietnam War.</p>
  • Overdue for immigrants (Boston Globe barf alert)

    12/18/2003 10:12:56 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 3 replies · 75+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 12/18/03 | Boston Globe Editorial
    <p>LAST WEEK in Miami, Tom Ridge, the secretary of homeland security, called for giving limited rights -- but not citizenship -- to illegal immigrants. Ridge doesn't want to change the laws. But he did propose a one-time legalization plan for the millions of immigrants who already live in the country illegally. The Bush administration has previously considered granting driver's licenses and work permits.</p>
  • Iraqi resistance necessary (product of UMASS liberal ed)

    10/31/2003 7:18:19 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 6 replies · 148+ views
    The Massachusetts Daily Collegian ^ | 10/31/03 | Jeff Napolitano
    Iraqi resistance necessary by Jeff Napolitano October 31, 2003 There are certain principles that we, the people of the United States and Western Civilization, like to pride ourselves on. Inherent in much of the talk lately about Iraq is the assumption that a democratic state in which every citizen participates is a desirable form of government. Indeed, the lack of democracy is often touted as one of the ills that plague many parts of the world. The right to vote, the right to freely assemble, and the right to due process, aside from being consecrated formally in the U.S. Constitution,...
  • Scott Ritter speaks on disarmament (child molester traitor alert!)

    10/09/2003 5:45:54 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 40 replies · 236+ views
    The Daily Collegian (UMASS) ^ | 10/9/03 | Adam Gardner
    Former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter speaks on disarmament by Adam Gardner, Collegian Correspondent October 09, 2003 Former U.N. Weapons Inspector Scott Ritter spoke to an audience of about 200 on Tuesday night at the Traprock Peace Center's 24th anniversary celebration. The event, called "Disarming Realities Lessons Learned," took place at the Frontier Regional High School in South Deerfield at 7 p.m. Ritter offered his opinions on the Bush administration and the current condition of Iraq. "America today is sick, it is killing the country we live in, the country we love," he said. "If we can't realize we are...
  • Stories from the Abyss: Amherst man gears up to defeat Bush in '04.

    07/18/2003 10:48:21 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 4 replies · 241+ views
    The Daily Hampshire Gazette Online ^ | 7/18/03 | Mass News staff
    Amherst man gears up to defeat Bush in '04 By NICK GRABBE, Staff Writer Friday, July 18, 2003 -- AMHERST - Alan Kanner, who wants to mobilize local support for defeating George Bush in 2004, is undeterred by the president's plan to raise $200 million for his re-election campaign. "I hope he raises a billion," Kanner said. "In those terms, the role of money, greed and corruption in the Bush administration will become so obvious that people will know exactly the kinds of interests they're representing." Kanner has formed a group called Anybody but Bush - Anybody! and has scheduled...
  • The Death of Real Democracy (ignorant child barfing alert)

    04/16/2003 9:40:21 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 15 replies · 207+ views
    The Daily Collegian ^ | 4/15/03 | Andrew Wodin-Schwartz
    Editorial The death of real democracy By Andrew Wodin-Schwartz, UMass student April 15, 2003 The current political situation in the United States of America is following a trend toward anti-democracy. With the Cold War now safely in the past, once again our wealth and power is being challenged, this time by a new force that has been largely dubbed "terrorists" or "Muslims" (the two are virtually indistinguishable in main-stream media). In response to these seemingly novel movements, the Bush administration has decided to declare ideological wars by taking many additional measures to ensure the continued growth of our wealth and...
  • Amherst Flag controversy reheats (Double barf alert)

    04/09/2003 8:42:46 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 6 replies · 225+ views
    The Massachusetts Daily Collegian ^ | 4/9/03 | Kelly Farrell
    After two years of periodic controversy concerning flying additional American flags in downtown Amherst, the issue is back in the town's spotlight. What began as a typically mild discussion between Amherst Select Board members and residents on Monday, April 7, turned into a heated debate with residents calling members names, swearing at the board and interrupting the board members. "At a time like this, it's easy to be torn apart," said Vietnam War veteran Gordo Fletcher-Howell regarding the escalating controversy regarding the added flags, particularly during wartime. The issue is whether the Amherst Select Board should uphold a town bylaw...
  • Amherst bilingual education backers still battling (Berkeley east still at it!)

    12/11/2002 6:24:25 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 1 replies · 204+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | 11/19/2002 | Anand Vaishnav
    <p>In a show of defiance to a statewide election, bilingual education proponents in Amherst and neighboring towns are seeking to exempt their schools from a voter-passed initiative replacing bilingual education with English immersion.</p> <p>After receiving more than 600 signatures on a petition, the Amherst Board of Selectmen will call a special Town Meeting to consider asking the Legislature to exempt Amherst and the Amherst-Pelham Regional School District from the mandates of Question 2. Only 200 signatures were needed to call a special Town Meeting, and the town clerk certified them yesterday.</p>
  • THE LONG FAQ ON LIBERALISM (Barf, laugh, barf again alert!)

    11/25/2002 7:09:07 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 8 replies · 214+ views
    The Steve Kangas L ^ | 11/25/02 | Steve Kangas
    From the opening page: Welcome! You have found my encyclopedia of liberal arguments on politics and religion. My goal is to build a one-stop reference source that uses all the latest studies, statistics and arguments. If you'd prefer a shorter treatise, then visit my Short FAQ on Liberalism. As for this document, read About This FAQ to discover its stated goals. And feel free to send your comments to me at -- if they prove helpful, you'll win public praise on my credit page. IN DEFENSE OF DEMOCRATIC GOVERNMENT — A classic starting point for the debate: Part 1:...
  • UMASS protest questionable.

    11/22/2002 8:26:58 AM PST · by SpinyNorman · 2 replies · 170+ views
    The Union News (Westfield, Springfield, Massachusetts) ^ | 11/22/02 | Union News Editorial board
    More than 300 professors and students at the University of Massachusetts have signed a petition asking the university to get rid of its holdings in any company that does business with Israel. There's just one catch: It's not very much money, about $5,000. If the Israeli army is anything like the U.S. Defense Department, that's one hammer, a flashlight and three toilet seats. For comparison, a student at the University of Massachusetts pays $6,482 in tuition and fees. And, for perspective, the university foundation has $150 million in investments. All across the nation, at campuses from Amherst to Berkeley, students...
  • India sees sharp increase in polio.

    08/13/2002 7:34:18 PM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 1 replies · 196+ views
    The Mercury News ^ | August 12, 2002 | AP
    <p>NEW DELHI, India (AP) - Polio cases in India have nearly tripled in the first half of this year compared with the same period a year ago, a jump that could set back the world's drive to wipe out the crippling virus by 2005.</p>
  • Lawmakers Asked to Take Lie Tests

    08/02/2002 5:27:06 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 18 replies · 199+ views
    (AP) ^ | Aug 2, 7:46 AM (ET) | CHRISTOPHER NEWTON
    Lawmakers Asked to Take Lie Tests By CHRISTOPHER NEWTON WASHINGTON (AP) - The FBI has asked several members of the House and Senate intelligence committees to submit to lie-detector tests as part of the investigation into who leaked information related to the Sept. 11 attacks, a law enforcement official said late Thursday. "Lie-detector tests are a standard element of FBI investigations and they are meant to eliminate people from suspicion," the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity. "They are always voluntary." The Washington Post reported in Friday editions that nearly all 37 members of the intelligence committees have been...
  • Dodd today on Imus in the Morning

    07/25/2002 5:48:23 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 7 replies · 205+ views
    Imus in the morning radio show ^ | 7/24/02 | SpinyNorman
    Just heard Dodd on Imus in the morning, and his finger pointing at the Republicans reagarding the passage of the Sarbanes bill was a hypocritical masterpiece.Cracks like "I'm glad the Republicans found religion on this" and how we should crack down on the industry, were dashboard pounding moments. The only accurate thing he said was that he had a relationship with the accounting industry.Imus completely wussed out, instead asking of Lieberman should recuse himself from anything to do with the current accounting scandals.Dodd is one of the most corrupt members of the Senate. Much like Kennedy, the corruption is genetic...
  • Hillary Clinton says presidential election case example of Supreme Court gone awry

    07/24/2002 9:11:42 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 27 replies · 267+ views
    Hillary Clinton says presidential election case example of Supreme Court gone awry Tue Jul 23,10:48 PM ET By ANNE GEARAN, Associated Press Writer WASHINGTON - The 2000 presidential election case between George W. Bush and Al Gore ( news - web sites) is an example of a hypocritical Supreme Court majority that broadens the rights of states only when it serves conservative ends, Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton ( news - web sites) said. Clinton, a Democrat from New York, criticized the court's recent trend of 5-4 cases that have favored state power over federal control. The case that ended Florida...
  • Erasing race: a blind alley

    07/24/2002 6:33:27 AM PDT · by SpinyNorman · 7 replies · 250+ views
    Miami Herald ^ | 7/22/02 | Leonard Pitts, Jr.
    <p>As if a year that has given us corporate criminality, pedophile priests and a new Adam Sandler movie were not already odious enough, now the notorious University of California regent is back in the headlines. You remember Connerly, the black -- and he would probably disavow that characterization -- activist who spearheaded the successful 1996 drive to end affirmative action in Golden State government and universities and, more recently, failed to do the same thing in Florida.</p>