Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Another Angle 14 - March - 2006

News others won't tell you


Feingold Draws Little Support for Censure
Democrats distanced themselves Monday from Wisconsin Sen. Russell Feingold‘s effort to censure President Bush over domestic spying. Vice President Dick Cheney , visiting Feingold‘s state, called the resolution an "outrageous proposition." Feingold was the lone senator to oppose the 2001 Patriot Act. Two weeks ago, he was joined by only three other senators in opposing a renewal of the law with some new curbs on police powers. Feingold called the curbs meaningless
Surprise! Dems pretty much wimp out on Feingold and censure. And NYT adopts GOP talking points

300,000 Marched in Chicago Friday. Why Doesn't Anyone Know?
300,000 to 500,000 people marched in Chicago to protest The Border Protection, Antiterrorism, and Illegal Immigration Control Act of 2005. The Police estimated 300,000 according to Channel 2 News Chicago. Which means there were at least 400,000 to 500,000 people.
A Backlash in Phoenix over Immigration from Mexico

Nearly Half of Black Aldermen Ready for Honor former Black Panther
Nine of the city’s 19 Black aldermen say they plan to vote in favor of the honorary street designation for Black Panther Fred Hampton when the measure comes before the City Council March 29. The ordinance’s sponsor Ald. Madeline Haithcock (2nd) dropped the measure from a recent City Council agenda amid controversy sparked by the police union, which has vowed to fight the honorary designation. In his speeches, Hampton often called for the killing of police officers, largely because of the terrorism inflicted on the Black community by law enforcement.

Internal Strife Dismantles Illinois Hate-Crimes Panel
Five Jewish members of Illinois' hate-crimes commission have resigned in protest over another commissioner who is an official with the Nation of Islam. Louis Farrakhan, the leader of the Nation of Islam, rails against Jewish and gay people this week in front of commissioners.

JS Online:100 demonstrate at food program rally
Participants urge Bush administration not to eliminate benefit for poor. The rally was organized by the Hunger Task Force at Greenfield City Hall, one of the Milwaukee area's distribution points for the boxes referred to as "stock boxes."

Last week, the U.S. came out with its annual human rights report for the world. The only difference between this year’s and those of the recent past is the elimination of Iraq as being the world’s most vile abuser of human rights. Otherwise, the same culprits are mentioned: China, Syria, Iran, North Korea, and a quickly ascending Venezuela. Hugo Chavez’ response was accurate, but much shorter than that of the Chinese. He called the U.S. report nothing more than "toilet paper."

WBAL Radio cancels Rush Limbaugh
WBAL-AM Radio has canceled Limbaugh's syndicated call-in talk show, saying it wants to focus on local news and hosts. It is the first station to cancel the show, which is heard in nearly 600 markets, according to Limbaugh's syndicate, Premiere Radio Networks.

Robertson: Muslims 'satanic'
Television evangelist Pat Robertson said Monday on his live news-and-talk program "The 700 Club" that Islam is not a religion of peace, and that radical Muslims are "satanic."
Pam Spaulding on Pat Robertson's rant


Leaked: Blair envoy said US Iraq strategy 'complete mess'
Senior British diplomatic and military staff gave Tony Blair explicit warnings three years ago that the US was disastrously mishandling the occupation of Iraq, according to leaked memos.

Nepal pilgrims search for 'Buddha boy'
Ram Bomjon, the 15-year-old "Buddha boy" of Nepal, has gone missing from the spot where he has been meditating, supposedly without food or water, for the last 10 months.


Iraqis Find 87 Bodies Within 24 Hours
The bloodshed — the second wave of mass killings in Iraq since bombers destroyed an important Shiite shrine last month — followed weekend attacks in a teeming Shiite slum in which 58 people died and more than 200 were wounded.

Arming Iraq and the Path to War
This is an accurate chronology of United States' involvement in the arming of Iraq during the Iraq-Iran war. It is a powerful indictment of the current Bush administration attempt to sell war as a component of his war on terrorism. It reveals our ambitions in Iraq to be just another chapter in the attempt to regain a foothold in the Mideast following the fall of the Shah of Iran.

American arrested with arms in Iraq, official says


Former FBI Agent Jailed For Uncovering White House Drug Connection
Richard Taus played it right and played it straight for 10 long years as an FBI agent. He swore to uphold the Constitution, obey the law and protect the American people from enemies both foreign and domestic. What a shock, though, when he found out others in the department, including higher-ups in the Justice Department and the White House were playing a completely different game, playing a highly deceitful and illegal game of drug-running and money laundering. And the tentacles of what came to be known as Iran Contra led to Taus being set up, arrested and sentenced to a 33-99 year federal prison term, a sentence that conveniently started just prior to "Daddy" Bush's 1988 election as President.


EU Warns of Sanctions on U.S. Goods
The European Union advised the World Trade Organization on Tuesday that it would reintroduce trade sanctions against the United States in two months unless Washington complies with a WTO ruling condemning tax breaks for U.S. companies operating overseas.


AlterNet: Nigeria: The Next Quagmire?
Putting American troops at risk in Africa would be a big change -- and speaks volumes about the new relationship between America and the sub-Saharan Africa. Ever since American troops were killed in Somalia early in the presidency of Bill Clinton, a firm rule of U.S. policy toward Africa has been to never put U.S. soldiers on African ground. For more than 10 years, American troops have studiously avoided intervening directly in African conflicts. This policy prevented the United States from trying to halt the genocide in Rwanda in the mid-1990s. More recently, this stance stopped the United States from using troops to restore order to Liberia. The policy may also stop the United States from sending troops to Nigeria.

Open Letter to George W. Bush
Mr. Bush, (I do not address you as Mr. President because American presidents are elected; they do not become president via election fraud!) It is painfully obvious, and embarrassing, that your lack of intellect has led the world towards peril on many levels. While it would take a lifetime to educate you about general issues I thought you may have time to learn at least one thing before your term in office is up.
Please see the dictionary definition for the term “civil war”, which I took the time to look up for you.


Mad Cow Disease Found in Alabama
The Department of Agriculture confirms that a cow in Alabama was infected with mad cow disease. It's the third case of mad cow disease detected in this country. Agriculture officials say the animal's carcass was buried and was not used for animal or human food.


Miles, Beyond Jazz: Rock Hall Honors Davis
When we hear the story of how Davis earned a place in the rock Hall of Fame, we learn something about the way popular music evolved into the songs we hear today. Steve Inskeep talks with music journalist Ashley Kahn, a regular contributor to Morning Edition and one of those who votes on Hall of Fame inductees, about how Davis spanned musical genres.

Paul Beatty's Hokum: An Anthology of African-American Humor: Really Black Humor: The Original Kings...
Funny is funny whether ruthless or whimsical, and there's humor in Malcolm X chiding "house Negroes" for taking semantic ownership in "our government . . . our astronauts" and "our Navy" as Negroes "out of [their] mind," and in Danzy Senna's hilarious "Variations on a Theme of Mulatto" (which include African American Jews and Italians cheekily dubbed "Jewlattos" and "Gelattos"). The most anarchic charms lurk in the collection's final, absurdist segment, which identifies jokey avant-gardism in stand-up, spoken word, and straight-up poetry.

Fats Domino, 'Alive and Kickin' After Katrina
Fats Domino nearly perished in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. The legendary lifelong resident of the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans stayed in his home and had to be lifted out by a Coast Guard helicopter. Domino was touched by the outpouring of concern for him. It was a horrifying experience for him and other victims of the storm. But, the singer says, "I'm still alive and kickin' and I'm sorry for them that didn't make it, but we're gonna make it... we're making it."


Cat Gives Birth To Mouse-Like Kitten?
A cat in Tunisia has given birth to something strange. According to the owner of the cat, the litter included 5 regular kittens, and one that more resembles a mouse.


Sutton Impact: Impeachment Hearings? That's So Last Century