July 2008

“Rules for Radicals” Meets the 21st Century

July 31, 2008 by Staff

Activist Blogger Updates How to Change the System With the Internet by Paul Hogarth / BeyondChron / Jul. 31‚ 2008 Markos Moulitsas’ new book, Taking On the System, is not really about political blogs. One would expect the founder of Daily Kos to write about the netroots (and his book offers plenty of anecdotes about […]

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Federal Judge: Congress can subpoena Bush aides

July 31, 2008 by Staff

by James Vicini WASHINGTON (Reuters) – A federal judge ruled on Thursday that Congress in its fight with the Bush administration can subpoena current and former top White House aides in its investigation over the firing of U.S. attorneys. U.S. District Judge John Bates, who was appointed to the bench by President George W. Bush, […]

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Karl Rove Cited For Contempt by House Judiciary Committee

July 30, 2008 by Staff

Committee’s Recommendation Goes to Full House WASHINGTON – Wednesday, July 30 – the House Judiciary Committee, voting along party lines, cited former top White House aide Karl Rove for contempt of Congress. The Committee cited Rove for defying a subpoena to answer questions about the dismissals of a number of federal prosecutors – including Carol […]

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America in 2008: Unequal and Less Free

July 30, 2008 by Richard Nadeau

It is impolite and bad manners to talk about “class” or “class politics” in American society. It is almost forbidden to mention the homeless. These topics do not make friends and influence people. Yet, the evidence shows that over the last 30 years, the rich have been getting richer, and the poor have become relatively […]

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Four Iowan Citizens Arrested for Trying to Arrest Karl Rove

July 30, 2008 by Staff

You didn’t read about this in the mainstream media – wouldn’t want to encourage anyone, would they? This news, however, is certainly huge. Four Iowans were arrested on July 25th for attempting to make a Citizen’s Arrest of Karl Rove in Des Moines at the Wakonda Country Club. Rev. Chet Guinn, a Methodist minister, and […]

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The Bush Administration’s Secret Biowarfare Agenda

July 30, 2008 by Staff

By Stephen Ledman / medialeft.com / July 30, 2008 When it comes to observing US and international laws, treaties and norms, the Bush administration is a serial offender. Since 2001, it’s: — spurned efforts for nuclear disarmament to advance its weapons program and retain current stockpiles; — renounced the 1970 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and […]

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DA Charges Officer White – Off-Duty Cop Who Shot Rachel Silva & Her Son

July 29, 2008 by Staff

KNSD-TV / Tues., July. 29, 2008SAN DIEGO – Charges were filed Tuesday against an off-duty San Diego police officer who shot an 8-year-old boy and his mother during a traffic dispute. District Attorney Bonnie Dumanis made the announcement Tuesday in connection with the March 15 shooting involving Officer Frank White, 28. He was charged with […]

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End the Occupation of Iraq — and Afghanistan

July 29, 2008 by Staff

by Marjorie Cohn / Published on Tuesday, July 29, 2008 by CommonDreams.org So far, Bush’s plan to maintain a permanent U.S. military presence in Iraq has been stymied by resistance from the Iraqi government. Barack Obama’s timetable for withdrawal of American troops has evidently been joined by Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki, Bush has mentioned […]

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Obama, Iraq and Afghanistan

July 29, 2008 by Staff

by Tom Hayden / Published on Tuesday, July 15, 2008 by The Nation Barack Obama has restated his phased withdrawal plan for Iraq in response to public questioning, but committed himself to expanding the wars in Afghanistan and Pakistan. Any proposal to transfer American troops from Iraq to Afghanistan and Pakistan is sure to cause […]

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Support the New Orleans 2

July 28, 2008 by Staff

Defend New Orleans Public Housing Activists Jamie ‘Bork’ Loughner and Joy Kohler!! Call District Attorney Keva Landrum-Johnson, and demand that the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s office drop the felony charge against Jamie ‘Bork’ Loughner and Joy Kohler and stop the planned trial of these sheroes. UPDATE: Go here for an updated report from AlterNet. Call […]

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The Battle Over Mission Bay

July 28, 2008 by Staff

By David Washburn / Voice of San Diego / July 28, 2008 Mission Bay Park deserves to keep more of the tens of millions in lease revenues it generates each year. On that, pretty much everyone agrees. But as San Diego City Council gets set to vote Monday on a proposed ballot measure that would […]

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Book Review: “Ravens In the Storm” – a History of the Sixties Antiwar Movement

July 28, 2008 by Staff

Former SDS president Carl Oglesby reflects on that oganization’s stormy history as the leading edge of the sixties New Left By Mariann G. Wizard / The Rag Blog (Austin, Texas) / July 24, 2008 When I joined [Univ. of Texas] Students for a Democratic Society in the spring of 1965, a bright-eyed freshman on the […]

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Notes From Friday, July 25th’s Non-Impeachment Hearing

July 28, 2008 by Staff

by mikel weisser / opednews.com / July 27, 2008 BACKGROUND: some time around Monday evening, June 9, there was a giddy moment when it seemed that justice was still possible in America. On the Friday before, the Senate Intelligence committee had issued their report condemning the Bush propaganda machine efforts to kick-start the Iraq War […]

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The Military-Industrial Complex – It’s Much Later Than You Think

July 28, 2008 by Staff

By Chalmers Johnson / TomDispatch.com / July 27, 2008 Most Americans have a rough idea what the term “military-industrial complex” means when they come across it in a newspaper or hear a politician mention it. President Dwight D. Eisenhower introduced the idea to the public in his farewell address of January 17, 1961. “Our military […]

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In study of media coverage, evidence of liberal-bias bias

July 28, 2008 by Staff

Cable talking heads accuse broadcast networks of liberal bias — but a think tank finds that ABC, NBC and CBS were tougher on Barack Obama than on John McCain in recent weeks. By James Rainey / On the Media / July 27, 2008 Haters of the mainstream media reheated a bit of conventional wisdom last […]

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Live Blogging Hearing on Judiciary Committee Almost-Impeachment Hearing

July 25, 2008 by Staff

July 25 House Judiciary Committee’s Hearing on the Abuse of Executive Power by the Bush Administration Is Over as of 1:15 Pacific Daylight Time – 4:15 Eastern DT. The Hearing Will Be Rebroadcast Tonight at 8:00 EDT on CSPAN Submitted by davidswanson on Fri, 2008-07-25 / AfterDowningStreet.org [All times are EDT] In this hearing we […]

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Details for Friday, July 25 Judiciary Committee Hearing on the Imperial Presidency

July 24, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

Schedule, Actions, Scope of Inquiry of Hearing AfterDowningStreetMemo / July 24, 2008 Event Schedule:

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California must wake up to looming fuel crisis

July 24, 2008 by Staff

By Erica Etelson / San Francisco Chronicle / July 20, 2008 I lived in Berkeley for sixteen years before getting around to stashing my five gallons of water and twenty cans of fruit cocktail. I’m as ready as can be for the big earthquake we’re all waiting for. But what I’m not prepared for-what no […]

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Blackwater Is Here to Stay

July 24, 2008 by Staff

Despite reports that the company is leaving the mercenary business, Blackwater’s future is secure by Jeremy Scahill / The Guardian / July 23, 2008 It seems that executives from Blackwater Worldwide, the Bush administration’s favourite hired guns in Iraq and Afghanistan, are threatening to pack up their M4 assault rifles, CS gas and Little Bird […]

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Cindy Sheehan is Putting Impeachment on the Table

July 24, 2008 by Staff

by John Nichols / The Nation / 07/23/2008 Does anyone seriously doubt that one of the reasons why a House Judiciary Committee hearing will at least discuss the “I” word on Friday is Cindy Sheehan’s independent challenge House Speaker Nancy Pelosi?Pelosi, famously, took impeachment “off the table” just before the 2006 election. Then, this month, […]

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The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers

July 23, 2008 by Staff

The Iraq war is many things to different people. It is called a strategic blunder and a monstrous injustice and sometimes even a patriotic mission, much to the chagrin of rational human beings. For many big companies, however, the war is something far different: a lucrative cash-cow. The years-long, ongoing military effort has resurrected fears […]

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Our National Water Policy…Oh, Wait, We Don’t Have One

July 22, 2008 by Staff

By Elizabeth de la Vega / TomDispatch.com / July 22, 2008 “Lisa, the whole reason we have elected officials is so we don’t have to think all the time. Just like that rainforest scare a few years back. Our officials saw there was a problem and they fixed it, didn’t they?” — Homer Simpson On […]

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Study: shrinking newsrooms hurting papers’ quality

July 22, 2008 by Staff

By Jeremy Herron / July 21, 2008 NEW YORK (AP) – The many and deepening cuts at newspapers across the country are starting to take a toll on their content, according to a study being released Monday. The challenge newspapers must meet immediately is to find more revenue on the Internet, according to the Project […]

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The Internet Is No Substitute for the Dying Newspaper Industry

July 22, 2008 by Staff

Editor: When I opened my morning issue of the San Diego Union-Tribune today, I was amazed at how thin the front, national news section was. It was only 8 pages. I don’t think I’ve ever seen the U-T so sparse – physically, that is. The decline of newspapers is about the rise of the corporate […]

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Another Police Dog Dies … this time because his cop handler left him in a locked-up hot car

July 22, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

SAN DIEGO, CA. Remember when the local media went ape over the death of a police dog who died when a guy who was attempting suicide jumped off the Coronado Bridge and took the dog with him? For days, it seemed the local media went crazy pulling our heart strings about the poor canine. Now, […]

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More than 5,900 San Diego business outlets closed over the past year, including nearly 2,350 retail outlets

July 22, 2008 by Staff

Three reports say there is slippage in San Diego County’s retail market By Thor Kamban Biberman / The Daily Transcript / July 21, 2008 San Diego County’s retail vacancy rate stood at 3.2 percent as of the end of the second quarter, but the deceptively low statistic may be masking a lot of pain, according […]

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Holy Batmobile! Batman Arrested Today in London for Assaulting Mother & Sister

July 22, 2008 by Frank Gormlie

LONDON – Perhaps Christian Bale has seen too many of his outtakes. Just a day before the opening of the European premier of The Dark Knight, his mother and sister reported that he assaulted them in a London hotel. The Associated Press is reporting that the Batman star was taken into custody today – the […]

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A Health Care System ‘In the process of collapse’

July 21, 2008 by Staff

Ocean Beach Doctor Has Rant Printed in the Union-Tribune OCEAN BEACH, CA. Dr. Jeoffrey B. Gordon, who has a family practice in OB on Cable Street, had an essay printed in the Sunday editorial section of the Union-Tribune, July 13th. Here it is: by Jeoffrey B. Gordon As a family doctor who has practiced in […]

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66 Flip-Flops that John McCain Has Made

July 21, 2008 by Staff

Jukebox John keeps changing his tune as he accuses Obama of reversals It’s obvious that the McCain campaign and the RNC have decided to go after Barack Obama as a flip-flopper. What’s equally obvious, though, that Republicans couldn’t have chosen a worse narrative. McCain & Co. seemed to stumble on this line of attack almost […]

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Fuel Protests Continue to Spread

July 20, 2008 by Staff

SEE PREVIOUS POSTS ON GLOBAL PROTESTS OVER FUEL PRICES – located at end of 2nd article Manila Students Blocked by Police From Marching On Presidential Palace in Fuel Protest MANILA, Philippines – Anti-riot cops, backed by firetrucks, blocked students and members of militant groups trying to get to Mendiola on Friday to protest the almost […]

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