Archive for March, 2004

Why does Jeb! hate democracy?

March 31, 2004

Jeb! and the rest of the state GOP really hate citizen initiatives. Critics of proposals to make it harder for voters to change the Florida Constitution said Tuesday they’ll fight to protect the citizen initiative process that brought class size reduction, a bullet train project and universal pre-kindergarten to the ballot – and into law. [...]

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Now, Dick, make sure you hold little Ws hand when you cross the street to the Capitol…

March 31, 2004

Whats up with the little-noticed caveat included in the White Houses flip flop on the Condi testimony that W and Dick Dick Cheney will only meet with the commission together? Josh Marshall has a few ideas. Update: Billmon gives us a tasty preview of the upcoming testimony.

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Air America

March 31, 2004

Air America Radio premieres today. If you’re not listening to WMNF, check out The O’Franken Factor at noon.

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600

March 31, 2004

Don’t you feel safer now? A roadside bomb in Iraq killed five U.S. military personnel Wednesday morning, according to the Coalition Press Information Center. Military sources said the attack happened outside Fallujah, west of Baghdad. Reports said the bomb went off as a military vehicle drove over it. As of Wednesday, 600 U.S. troops have [...]

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“Please Don’t Feed the Birds People”

March 30, 2004

Activists arrested for easing hunger: The arrests of two young men who joined a group feeding the hungry in a downtown park have reignited debate about the city’s attitude toward the homeless. The attention comes on the heels of The Salvation Army quietly ending an evening feeding program in Tampa – and as activists, in [...]

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Antiabortion terrorist goes on trial for molestation

March 30, 2004

John Burt is a devout Christian whose values include violence and rape. (via AP) Note to AP: This is a man who uses violence and intimidation to try to change people’s political views. Isn’t that terrorism rather than activism? An activist with ties to antiabortion violence went on trial Monday on charges of molesting a [...]

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Condi to testify under oath

March 30, 2004

But W and Dick are just going to have a conversation – no possibility of perjury, and nice and private. The White House said today that it will allow President Bush’s national security adviser, Condoleezza Rice, to testify in public and under oath before the independent commission investigating the Sept. 11 attacks, reversing its position [...]

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File sharing not to blame for industry woes

March 30, 2004

So, the industry will stop suing schoolchildren and start worrying about quality and value now, right? Internet music piracy has no negative effect on legitimate music sales, according to a study released today by two university researchers that contradicts the music industry’s assertion that the illegal downloading of music online is taking a big bite [...]

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Get Up with MorningWood

March 30, 2004

Get Up with MorningWood, on Community Radio WMNF 88.5 fm, Tampa, and streaming at wmnf.org. 4 to 6 am every Tuesday! Studio line: 813-239-9663. Call or email the studio anytime! Today on MorningWood Lots of new releases, and an underlying parade theme! Call the studio when you hear the MorningWood theme song in the middle [...]

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Democracy, American style

March 29, 2004

Freedom of the press and freedom of speech: American soldiers shut down a popular Baghdad newspaper on Sunday and tightened chains across the doors after the occupation authorities accused it of printing lies that incited violence. Thousands of outraged Iraqis protested the closing as an act of American hypocrisy, laying bare the hostility many feel [...]

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