Monday, February 20, 2006

Another Angle 20 - February - 2006

News others won't tell you


37 million poor hidden in the land of plenty
A shocking 37 million Americans live in poverty. That is 12.7 per cent of the population - the highest percentage in the developed world.

Just Your Average Week of the Bush Administration Betraying America --
If what happened -- and this is just a few consecutive days of heinous misdeeds by the Busheviks -- can appear so routine and fail to stir any outcry for defending our Constitution and our personal safety, maybe we are the crazy ones.

Chicago mayor wants police cameras in bars
Mayor Richard Daley wants to require bars open until 4 a.m. to install security cameras that can identify people entering and leaving the building. Other businesses open longer than 12 hours a day, including convenience stores, eventually would have to do the same.

Mom learns police shot her son in the back of head
At the time, RCMP said Bush had become very violent and attacked the officer who shot him. Bush's friends said their buddy was about to be released from the station. He'd been arrested earlier that night for having an open beer outside a hockey game.

The Star-Spangled Double Wide White Trash Heaven
Katrina sums up America as it is today. America is a department store with membership privileges that are determined by the quality of one’s membership package. America is the land of “me first, you later, maybe.” America is a land of blood spilling like waterfalls in many parts of the world that aren’t America. America is a nation of gangsters; little gangsters and big gangsters with a gangsta-rap soundtrack. America is a fast food franchise with sick lumpy animals waiting in line for some more hair of the dog that possessed them.

Study in black and white
The year was 1970. The United States invaded Cambodia. The Beatles broke up. Four college students were killed by National Guardsmen at Kent State. Syracuse high schools were forced to close early several times because of racially charged violence. Maya Angelou published "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings." Floppy disks and bar codes were introduced for the first time.

Memories of Southern Chef Edna Lewis
Chef Edna Lewis had no formal cooking training, yet became known as the grande dame of Southern cooking. Lewis authored several books including A Taste of Country Cooking. She died at the age of 89.


10 Dead in Helicopter Crash Off Djibouti
More dead in the war on terror. Didn't know we had troops in Africa did you? This brings more light to the story last month about Naval vessels cupturing "pirates".

Irving pleads guilty to Holocaust denial
These people have so much power that you can go to jail for denying sometihng happened???

Chavez to Rice: 'Don't mess with me, girl'
Chavez has repeatedly accused Washington of trying to topple him, and says the United States will attempt to sow chaos this year as he launches a re-election bid.
Chavez threatens to cut off oil to US if it ‘crosses the line’

Lockerbie - new forensic tests suggest evidence was planted by the CIA
The real culprits, the people who were smuggling heroin on Pan Am planes, may be too powerful to prosecute. The Pan Am report is believed to have concluded that the bomb was not aimed at the killing of Americans in general, but was targeted specifically to kill a small band of DIA operatives that had uncovered a drugs ring run by a CIA unit in Lebanon. The drugs-ring is said to have been set up by Israeli Mossad agents.

UK radiation jump blamed on Iraq shells
“This research shows that rather than remaining near the target as claimed by the military, depleted uranium weapons contaminate both locals and whole populations hundreds to thousands of miles away.”

Two million at free Stones gig
Stones fans were expected to fill half of the two-mile long beach. Eight video screens and 16 sound towers were set up.
I don't usually talk about things like this but, this is just awesome!


WWIII or Bust: Implications of a US Attack on Iran
Witnessing the Bush administration's drive for an attack on Iran is like being a passenger in a car with a raving drunk at the wheel. Reports of impending doom surfaced a year ago, but now it's official: under orders from Vice President Cheney's office.
Selling War against Iran

Conservatives Endorse The Fuhrer Principle
Last week's annual Conservative Political Action Conference signaled the transformation of American conservatism into brownshirtism. A former Justice Department official named Viet Dinh got a standing ovation when he told the CPAC audience that the rule of law mustn't get in the way of President Bush protecting Americans from Osama bin Laden.


Bubblicious: Looking at the US Real Estate Market
The rapid growth of risky mortgages -- subprime, no-down-payment, low-documentation, interest-only, "payment-option," and so on -- in recent years is another danger signal.


What It Means To Be A Republican
The vice president shoots you in the heart and in the face. Then you apologize for all the trouble it’s caused him. That’s what it means to be a Republican. Despite almost hysterical warnings the president stays asleep at the wheel. He does nothing about terrorism and 9/11 happens. He responds by running away to Nebraska. Three days later he makes a supposedly impromptu speech with a bull horn on the rubble of the World Trade Center. He is universally cheered as a hero. That’s what it means to be a Republican. The president puts together false claims to go to war with the wrong country. His party universally supports him. That’s what it means to be a Republican.

A Preposterous Postulate: No Talk of Inequality at King's Funeral
The right-wing doesn’t care about propriety. If they were at all interested in genteel debate or civility, they would have muzzled Ann Coulter years ago. No, their real agenda is squelching any critical voices. To carry out that mission, whenever this president’s detractors are given a forum to make a valid point, the knee-jerk response from the Right is to refocus the debate away from the substance of the message and make the speaker himself the subject of the debate. Labeling the message as ‘inappropriate,’ ‘unpatriotic,’ or ‘aiding the enemy’ has worked in the past to throw the public off the scented trail.

Imminent failure for Washington’s campaign to isolate Hamas
Rice's mission to gather Arabs’ support to cut off diplomatic ties and aid to the anti-Israel Islamic group since it won a parliamentary election last month, will be faced with severe and unexpected resistance.

Werther: a Half-Dozen Questions About 9/11 They Don't Want You to Ask
There is surprisingly little discussion of the basic higher-order political factors surrounding 9/11, factors that do not require knowledge of the melting point of girder steel or the unknowable piloting abilities of the presumed perpetrators. Let us proceed, then, in a spirit of detached scientific inquiry, to ask questions the 9/11 Commission was unprepared to ask.
'President's gone insane' – 9/11 dad


Food: Eat, Memory: Sacré Cordon Bleu!
Just because a recipe has a french translation doesn't mean that it is hard to make. This piece includes two from an exam at The Cordon Bleu. Simple and delicious!
Written by the late Julia Child.


'Picturing The Banjo' Through American History
"Picturing the Banjo" features paintings, lithographs and other visual media representations of the banjo from the era of slavery through contemporary times. The images track the arrival of an instrument that came from Africa with the slaves. As it was adopted by whites, the instrument fell out of favor with blacks, and became a staple of demeaning minstrel shows.

For kids, some tales of African-American history
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