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Archive for December 26th, 2008

Economic Death and Millionaire Taxes

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 26th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

Economic Death and Millionaire Taxes

For most of us, Benjamin Franklin’s words in 1789 still apply: “Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” However, millionaires, by definition, are not most of us.

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Ahmadinejad’s Christmas Speech Raises Ruckus

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Britain’s Channel 4 has a tradition of featuring an alternative Christmas message as a kind of counterpoint to Queen Elizabeth’s customary speech, and this year’s speaker—Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad—is sparking outrage.



BBC:

In it, Mr Ahmadinejad congratulated the people of Britain on the anniversary of the birth of Jesus Christ.

He said that problems in society were rooted in the rejection of the message of the prophets of God, including Jesus.

And he criticised the “indifference of some governments and powers” towards the teachings of “the divine prophets”.

However, a Foreign and Commonwealth Office spokeswoman said: “President Ahmadinejad has during his time in office made a series of appalling anti-Semitic statements.

“The British media are rightly free to make their own editorial choices, but this invitation will cause offence and bemusement not just at home but amongst friendly countries abroad.”

Labour MP Louise Ellman, chairwoman of the Labour Jewish Movement, said: “I condemn Channel 4’s decision to give an unchallenged platform to a dangerous fanatic who denies the Holocaust, while preparing for another, and claims homosexuality does not exist while his regime hangs gay young men from cranes in the street.

“Who will deliver next year’s alternative Christmas message? Will it be David Irving or Robert Mugabe?”

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Andy Worthington: The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part Two)

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 26th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Andy Worthington: The Ten Lies of Dick Cheney (Part Two)
In Part One of this article, Andy Worthington, author of The Guantánamo Files: The Stories of the 774 Detainees in America’s Illegal Prison, examined Dick…

Jim Schumacher and Debbie Bookchin: Our Oil Reserves Are Depleted; It’s Time for Utopia
Last week at a Christmas party in the hills of Umbria, we were part of a captive audience listening to an American businessman holding forth…

Blagojevich Scandal: Governor’s Lawyer Wants Obama Staff Subpoenaed
CHICAGO — In a move intended to force public testimony from President-elect Barack Obama’s inner circle, a lawyer for Gov. Rod Blagojevich has asked the…


The Daily Muck

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 26th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

The Daily Muck
The defense for Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK) has called for his conviction to be thrown out after receiving new evidence of an FBI complaint. The complaint regards the Justice Department’s refusal to turn over evidence during the trial and a…

Former White House Aide Pleads Guilty To Bilking Government-Funded Group
Felipe Sixto — the former aide to President Bush charged with stealing from a government-funded agency that works for democracy and human rights in Cuba — pleaded guilty today to theft from a federally aided program, reports the Associated Press…


Sodomy Laws Are Rooted in British Colonialism

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 26th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

Sodomy Laws Are Rooted in British Colonialism
In many countries, conservatives claim homosexuality came from the colonizing West. In fact, it’s homophobia that’s a legacy of Western colonialism.

Arizona: Ground Zero in Immigration’s New Race Wars
Recently released statistics show violence against Latinos to be the fastest growing of all hate crimes.

Mercenaries Playing Increasingly Prominent Role in Latin America
Mercenaries hired by private military and security companies are playing an increasingly broad range of roles in Latin America.

The Right-Wing Economics That Got Us into This Mess Should Go the Way of Soviet Communism
It’s high time we cast "free market" economic theory into the dustbin of history.

Will the U.S. Stay in Iraq for Longer Than Agreed?
Critics say the U.S.-Iraqi withdrawal agreement simply reflects U.S. strategic interests.


The Madoff Lesson As Applied to Jews and Arabs

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 26th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

The Madoff Lesson As Applied to Jews and Arabs
The Bernie Madoff swindle teaches many lessons, most of which do not bear mentioning in this post which is devoted to United States dealings with the Middle East. But one lesson does apply. Viewing the world through an ethnic lens…





Is The Two State Solution Finished?
It didn’t take long for the “two state solution” to move from the category of radical to banal, but that is what has happened. Today the “two-state solution” is everyone’s favorite remedy. And yet it is farther from realization than…

The Problem is Not Executive Compensation or Greed
During the auto bailout thread, JohnW1141 made the point that my discussion was focusing on “Wall Street” and “corporations” instead of the executives.? As he argues, “Wall Street, Corporations, Banks, etc. are abstract words that I think most of the…


States Driven to Make Deeper Cuts in Medicaid

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 26th, 2008 5:31 am by HL

States Driven to Make Deeper Cuts in Medicaid
States from Rhode Island to California are being forced to curtail Medicaid, the government health insurance program for the poor, as they struggle to cope with the deteriorating economy.

Study Criticizes Bush Approach to War Funding, Calls for Changes
President-elect Barack Obama’s administration needs to monitor war spending much more closely than the current White House has, according to a new study that criticizes President Bush’s approach to funding the Iraq and Afghanistan wars — a bill that is projected to approach nearly $1 trillion next…

Far West of Washington, Calm Before the Term
KAILUA, Hawaii — When Barack Obama vacationed on Oahu as a presidential candidate in August, he was seen all over the island: playing basketball at his alma mater, eating shave ice with his daughters, bodysurfing in the Pacific, touring the USS Arizona at Pearl Harbor and trekking to a scenic…

A Lesson for Obama on Reaching Out to the Federal Workforce
There has been much talk about President-elect Barack Obama looking to Abraham Lincoln and Franklin D. Roosevelt for inspiration and insight on building his administration and charting his first 100 days in office.