Thursday, March 02, 2006

Another Angle 2 - March - 2006

News others won't tell you


Ports deal will close by Monday
"My understanding is that the deal will not close today," Deputy Treasury Secretary Robert Kimmitt told a Senate panel. "Although they had announced March 2 as the closing date ... that deal will not now close until tomorrow or Monday."
U.S. Reviewing Second Dubai-Based Company

DeWine Billed For Bush Visit
The president appeared at a home in Indian Hill for a DeWine campaign fund raiser that collected more than $1 million. Hamilton County Sheriff Simon Leis has sent DeWine a bill for $7,400 for the president's security. But the DeWine campaign says it doesn't have to pay, so it won't.

The Ohio Vote Debacle
It turns out, we missed more than a few of the dirty tricks Karl Rove, Ken Blackwell and their GOP used to get themselves four more years.
Social Security info on Blackwell Web site

Quietly, U.S. buys $38m in depleted uranium shells...
The U.S. Army quietly placed an order for $38 million in depleted uranium rounds last week, bringing the total order from a West-Virginia based company to $77 million for fiscal year 2006.

Alito to Christian right: I'll remember you

US Has Been Preparing to Turn America Into a Military Dictatorship
Under the heading of "civil disturbance planning", the U.S. military is training troops and police to suppress democratic opposition in America. The master plan, Department of Defense Civil Disturbance Plan 55-2, is code-named, "Operation Garden Plot". Originated in 1968, the "operational plan" has been updated over the last three decades, most recently in 1991. The plan was activated during the Los Angeles "riots" of 1992, and more than likely during the recent anti-WTO "Battle in Seattle."
Concentration Camps in America - Are They For You?
*10-Year U.S. Strategic Plan For Detention Camps Revives Proposals From Oliver North

FOIA Request Form
Under the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), anyone has the right to request information from the government. Last strengthened by Congress in response to the Watergate scandal, FOIA gives citizens a way to demand transparency from the Administration -- and take the government to court if necessary.

No Cinderella Story, No Ball, No Black Debutante
Like so many other aspects of New Orleans, Mardi Gras has long been rigidly polarized along racial lines, with its black and white adherents celebrating equally enthusiastically but almost totally separately in krewes, which are private, nonprofit clubs.

Memories of the Movies in Segregated America
Writer and filmmaker S. Pearl Sharp offers an audio essay about the black movie going experience during the days of segregated American cinema.


At 75, Gorbachev laments US 'arrogance'
"Ending the Cold War was given as a gift" to the United States, but it only strengthened its arrogance and unilateralism, he said. "The winner's complex is worse than an inferiority complex, because it's harder to cure."

Carjacking: the everyday ordeal
Acclaimed as a masterpiece by many critics, the film's success has beamed international attention on to a form of armed robbery which evokes particular dread.


Saddam admits link to killings
Saddam Hussein admitted yesterday that he ordered the trial of Shia villagers who were executed, and decreed the destruction of their farmlands, following an assassination attempt against him in Dujail in 1982. The former Iraqi dictator insisted his actions as the then Iraqi president did not constitute a crime, but it was the first time he had acknowledged a direct personal link to the events in Dujail.


Bush was warned about Katrina
The AP has just released video and an article proving that Bush's advisers were desperately concerned about potential damage from Hurricane Katrina, and that they warned him repeatedly.
VIDEO Bush, Chertoff Warned before Katrina
*VIDEO: Nagin Responds
*How did the Washington Post miss the levees in their new story about the Katrina video?

Abramoff credit card paid for DeLay trip
The paper trail seems so obvious, it makes you wonder whether anyone ever worried about getting caught. When Congressman Tom Delay and his wife flew from Houston to a golf resort in Scotland, in June, 2000, the first class air fare cost $14,001. A big ticket item for a public servant.

Dubai funds Neil Bush’s company
As investigative reporters start digging to “follow the money” in what is becoming known as the “Dubai Debacle,” Neil Bush is certain to find center stage once again in what well could be also dubbed the coming “Neil-gate” controversy.

Bush, an Opponent of Raising Taxes, Proposes $47 Bln in Fees

Molly Ivins: Level of Bush administration incompetence is truly chilling
But when you look at the details of what incompetence means, it becomes both chilling and really, really expensive. You may recall Bunnatine Greenhouse, a senior civilian contracting official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, who said the Kellogg, Brown & Root (KBR) contract was "the most blatant and improper contract abuse I have witnessed during the course of my professional career." (Greenhouse was later demoted for her honesty.)

How Bush has stayed away from soldiers' funerals
Nadia McCaffrey's son Patrick, 34, a member of the Californian National Guard, was killed during an ambush in Iraq in June 2004. She said she had not expected Mr Bush to attend her son's funeral in person but thought the government would send someone."He was my only child, but it was not only that. Patrick did not want anything from the military. He joined up out of patriotism. I would have thought that... somebody could have come. Nobody showed up."

ECONOMY: / World / Americas - Data trigger long dollar sell-off
Dollar/euro volatility has fallen to multi-year lows in recent weeks as modestly upbeat data in both trading blocs have reinforced expectations for further tightening in both jurisdictions.


Andy Young - The Shameless Son
We should never give up on our people. Each venue is another opportunity to correct ourselves. Let us take up the challenge. Raw and blatant betrayal cannot be tolerated, and it is up to us to make it extremely uncomfortable for the betrayers. They cannot sit among us, much less in elevated positions.

The Most Dangerous Days
We as a nation are being led by a man - and an administration - that perceive reality through a prism of triumphalism, that refuses to see the truth of things, that avoids hard facts the way a cat avoids water. If any further proof of this is needed, look no further than the Tuesday interview of Mr. Bush on CNN. "I know the American people want somebody to stand on principle," said Bush, "make decisions and stand by them and lead this world toward a more peaceful tomorrow, and I strongly believe we're doing that. And I enjoy it. It's a fantastic opportunity." He is enjoying this fantastic opportunity. 'Nuff said.

Mahatma Bush: Norman Solomon
Gandhi's enthusiasm for nonviolence is nearly matched by Bush's enthusiasm for violence. The commander in chief regularly proclaims his misty-eyed pride in U.S. military actions that destroy countless human lives with massive and continual techno-violence. But the Bushian isn't quite 180 degrees from the Gandhian. The president of the United States is not exactly committed to violence; what he wants is an end to resistance.


This quick hearty dish is a crowd pleaser and great for the busy family.


The Murder of George Jackson: an Interview with His Lawyer, Stephen Bingham
Jackson, author of the widely read prison memoir Soledad Brother, had been thrown in jail for a petty robbery, and became a revolutionary behind bars. He was murdered in August 1971 by guards at San Quentin prison in an alleged "escape attempt."

Remembering Singer Nina Simone
The recent reissue of her album, To Be Young, Gifted and Black, prompted commentator Mark Anthony Neal to consider how her songs inspired a generation.


Fiore: The Thriving Business of Long War Inc.

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