Archive for March, 2004

Tribune twists truth

March 29, 2004

Dont believe the Tribunes happy headline (Proposed Spending Plans Benefit Colleges, Parks), and dont be distracted by their little list of spending line items that might come to area colleges. Hillsborough Community College stands to get millions. So does the University of South Florida. There’s also money set aside for cultural and historic preservation projects, [...]

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Ex-felons beg Governor for basic rights

March 29, 2004

Floridas racist law which disenfranchises felons who have served their sentences and are otherwise considered rehabilitated is garnering some much deserved national attention. NYT Gov. Jeb Bush looked out over a roomful of felons appealing to him for something they had lost, and tried to reassure them. “Don’t be nervous; we’re not mean people,” the [...]

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Conscientious objector faces charges

March 28, 2004

Miami Herald The U.S. Army has charged Staff Sgt. Camilo Mejia of North Miami — who extended a two-week leave into a five-month absence — with desertion from the war in Iraq, authorities said Friday. Mejia, 28, was the first soldier to refuse to go back to the war and publicly declare himself a conscientious [...]

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Air Force tanker details come to light

March 28, 2004

Miami Herald The Air Force gave the Boeing Co. five months to rewrite the official specifications for 100 aerial refueling tankers so that the company’s 767 aircraft would win a $23.5 billion deal, according to e-mails and documents obtained by Knight Ridder. In the process, Boeing eliminated 19 of the 26 capabilities the Air Force [...]

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Bush just keeps letting Bin Ladens go

March 27, 2004

First we had that flight of Saudis out of the country. Then this. The swiftness and ferocity of the Bush White House’s attack on Richard Clarke tells you two things: his story may be largely true, and the Bush administration is terrified that the American people will believe it. The central allegation – that Mr [...]

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Leaders call for Aristide kidnapping investigation

March 26, 2004

Caribbean nations are calling for an U.N investigation into the coup that removed Jean-Bertrand Aristide: Caribbean leaders said the U.N. General Assembly should investigate Jean-Bertrand Aristide’s claims that the United States staged a coup in Haiti and forced the ouster of the country’s first democratically elected president. The 15-nation Caribbean Community also said it was [...]

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Cost of cheap laughs: over 500 American lives

March 25, 2004

W attended a Washington dinner last night where the sitting President traditionally makes fun of himself… It’s standard fare humor. Bush says he is preparing for a tough election fight; then on the large video screens a picture flashes showing him wearing a boxing robe while sitting at his desk. Bush notes he spends “a [...]

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U.S. Senate attacks Roe v Wade

March 25, 2004

Yahoo! News – Senate Passes Fetus Protection Bill The Senate voted Thursday to make it a separate crime to harm a fetus during commission of a violent federal crime, a victory for those seeking to expand the legal rights of the unborn. …… The key obstacle was an amendment by Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., that [...]

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Richard Clarke has Bushites running scared

March 25, 2004

They have no answer to his charges, so all they can do is call him names and attempt to impugn his character while straining to cast any doubt that they can on his credibility through surrogates like Fox News: Shortly before the hearing, the White House violated its long-standing rules by authorizing Fox News to [...]

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Delay done?

March 25, 2004

Rumor has it that House Majority leader Tom Delay may have to step down, at least temporarily, from his post: (from Roll Call via Political Animal) House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) has begun quiet discussions with a handful of colleagues about the possibility that he will have to step down from his leadership post [...]

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