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Monthly Archives: April 2007

Now that’s more like it

Tony Snow is back, and he’s showing Dana Perino how it’s done. You may remember that I recently remarked that Dana just wasn’t a very good liar, an absolutely necessary skill for anyone chosen to be press secretary for this administration. Today Tony shows how it’s done, by claiming that Bush never made a connection […]

Hard to believe but true: Gonzales even worse than we thought

In any sane world this should be the final nail in Gonzales coffin: Attorney General Alberto Gonzales signed a highly confidential order in March 2006 delegating to two of his top aides — who have since resigned because of their central roles in the firings of eight U.S. attorneys — extraordinary authority over the hiring […]

Proving the obvious

School systems throughout our land are finding that children will enthusiastically engage in exercise if a computer tells them what to do instead of a gym teacher: Children don’t often yell in excitement when they are let into class, but as the doors opened to the upper level of the gym at South Middle School […]

Surviving in Iraq

I saw this video on Firedoglake, and I thought it would be a good idea to spread it around. A woman in Iraq reports on life.

Turning back the clock in Groton

I’m sure I’m not the only Grotonite who has noticed the undeveloped land so incongrously tucked between the library and North Road, across the street from Fitch Middle School and a stone’s throw from the Dairy Queen. It looks like an old farm and I’ve always thought that it was a miracle that it had […]

Batting Zero

Today we learn that the vaunted reconstruction projects in Iraq are falling apart due or working incorrectly. This has nothing to do with terrorism or destruction by our “enemies”, whoever they may be. It has everything to do with incompetence and corruption. A sample: The dates when the projects were completed and deemed successful ranged […]

Another installment of “Things you couldn’t make up”

From Thinkprogress: Former U.S. AID director Randall Tobias, who resigned yesterday upon admitting that he frequented a Washington escort service, oversaw a controversial policy advocated by the religious right that required any US-based group receiving anti-AIDS funds to take an anti-prostitution “loyalty oath.” Aid groups bitterly opposed the policy, charging that it “was so broad […]

Follow up-please

This post at Atrios, along with this article from the San Franciso Chronicle to which it links, bring to mind a problem with our discourse that seems so easily fixed in one case, and hard in another. As a lawyer I find it particularly grating. One might call it the case of the missing followup. […]

More on Limbo, short this time

I am indebted to a commenter with the appropriate name of Gloria, who directed me to this site run by some Catholics who agree with my alarm at the passing of limbo. According to them, and I most humbly agree, the abolition of limbo is heresy, just one of many that they have documented: All […]

Bill Moyers reports on media complicity in selling the war

I just finished watching Bill Moyer’s Journal, in which he chronicles the media’s failure to do its job (with some honorable exceptions) during the run up to war. What I found interesting was the excuses so many of them made: that the information wasn’t out there, or if it was, that the political momentum toward […]