Archive for August, 2003

Cassel finds hope in Chicago

August 28, 2003

Elaine Cassel thinks average Americans might be getting a clue: A young salesperson in Neiman Marcus on Michigan Avenue asked me if I thought it odd that Ashcroft was holding rallies to promote the Patriot Act. Isn’t there a law against that, he said? Another young man asked if I thought that the Patriot Act’s [...]

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Verizon asks to raise rates 50%

August 28, 2003

Gee, how shocking. The phone companies, who wrote this bill regulating themselves, are now using the law to screw consumers. From Tampabay: the SP Times: The PSC must approve or reject the requests within 90 days. If approved, the increases would go into effect immediately. The new state rules on phone rates, which were crafted [...]

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MJ Melone Gets it

August 28, 2003

Jeb is still trying to mess with individual rights. MJ fills us in: What a chance for the governor to chase the prize he’s really after. He’d like nothing better than for a judge to declare a fetus a person with legal rights, including the right to have a guardian. That would turn Florida law [...]

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Education: Bush flow dries

August 28, 2003

From the NY Times, Bob Herbert picks a theme familiar to BlogWood readers: (those are 2 different links, but both to BlogWood archives. Click away!) He was going to be the education president, and during the campaign in 2000 he hugged kids from coast to coast, crowing about the education miracle in Texas and promising [...]

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Iraq: Dick firm large money

August 27, 2003
Iraq: Dick firm large money

The Washington Post reports that a buck can still be made on human suffering: Halliburton, the company formerly headed by Vice President Cheney, has won contracts worth more than $1.7 billion out of Operation Iraqi Freedom and stands to make hundreds of millions more dollars under a no-bid contract awarded by the U.S. Army Corps [...]

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Record gas prices: are oil companies colluding and gouging?

August 26, 2003

David Lindorf, writing in Counterpunch, takes on the oil comapnies: Remember that $400 family credit that you got from the IRS (assuming you weren’t one of those 8 million poor families that the Republicans and the president decided didn’t deserve a tax rebate)? Well, if your family has the typical two cars and two drivers, [...]

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MJ Malone almost gets it…

August 26, 2003

From todays SP Times, where Mary Jo Melone is ignoring statistics and attempting to prove that violent crime in Tampa is a massive problem: I sometimes think that the bay area is particularly dangerous. Then I think that the impression is false, that we are still just small enough that the police disclose to the [...]

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From News Dissector: Pallast on blackout

August 26, 2003

MediaChannel.org | News Dissector Web Log (scroll down for Pallast piece) So who are these “experts” who revealed The Truth to the The Times? The authors quote seven in the article, beginning with David Owen, the industry’s chief lobbyist. That paid shill is followed by James Hoecker, identified by his former title only, as a [...]

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Fight the power

August 22, 2003
Fight the power

While Dubya golfs, we need to get active! Not Geniuses: Flood the Zone Fridays, brought to you by Karl Rove Flood the Zone Fridays, brought to you by Karl Rove Posted by Ezra Klein George W. Bush has a new website up, and upon seeing it, you have to admit — this is a campaign [...]

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Radical demagogue uses state funds to aid election bid

August 21, 2003

From the Sp TImes: House Speaker Johnnie Byrd used a list of “Choose Life” license tag owners to promote a new parental-notice abortion law, an aide confirmed Wednesday. Byrd spent $14,000 in tax money on the mailing last month, days after he announced his bid for the Republican U.S. Senate nomination. A letter sent to [...]

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