Created on Saturday, 17 May 2008 05:46
Written by Mickey Z
Hunters and Soldiers: Brothers in Arms
by Mickey Z.
Thanks to the Associated Press (AP), I recently learned about an innovative new method in psychological therapy: killing.
Thanks to the Paralyzed Veterans of America (PVA), wounded American soldiers are now attempting to â€œrecoverâ€ from their violent trauma by, well, imposing violent trauma onto defenseless animals.
Read more: Hunters and Soldiers: Broken Brothers in Arms
"The PVA learned many years ago that participating in sporting events helped restore self-confidence and that â€˜can do' attitude to someone who has received a catastrophic injury,â€ said Bill Kokendoffer, president of the Mid-America Chapter of PVA. "We older injured, like myself, try to show the newly injured that life is not over after an injury, just changed.â€
Created on Saturday, 17 May 2008 05:15
Written by Roger Shuler
Caught on Tape! Corrupt Alabama Republicans
by Roger Shuler
e've shown you the video of my house being unlawfully "auctioned"
on the courthouse steps Monday in Columbiana, Alabama. We also have explained that Bill Swatek, the attorney behind this little charade has direct ties to the Bush White House
Now let's bring the law into a little clearer focus, to illustrate just how corrupt this piece of "GOP Masterpiece Theater" truly is.
Have Republicans, or Democrats for that matter, ever been caught on camera in a more blatantly unlawful act than this one? I can't think of another similar example. For those of us who care about the actual law, what does it say about the process that leads up to a sheriff's sale?
Read more: No Sweet Home in Alabama: Republican Corruption Caught on Tape
Created on Friday, 16 May 2008 07:36
Written by Tom Engelhardt
15 Numbers That Add Up to an Age of Insecurity
by Tom Engelhardt
nce upon a time, I studied the Chinese martial art of Tai Chi -- until, that is, I realized I would never locate my "chi." At that point, I threw in the towel and took up Western exercise.
Read more: Kiss American Security Goodbye
Still, the principle behind Tai Chi stayed with me -- that you could multiply the force of an act by giving way before the force of others; that a smaller person could use the strength of a bigger one against him.
Now, jump to September 11, 2001 and its aftermath -- and you know the Tai Chi version of history from there. Think of it as a grim cosmic joke -- that the 9/11 attacks, as apocalyptic as they looked, were anything but.
Created on Friday, 16 May 2008 06:45
Written by Scott Horton
Six Questions for Sidney Blumenthal, Author of The Strange Death of Republican America
by Scott Horton
idney Blumenthal has written for The New Republic, the Washington Post, Vanity Fair and The New Yorker, and most recently served as Washington editor to Salon.com and as a contributor to The Guardian. He is one of Americaâ€™s foremost political commentators, and also has a noteworthy track-record of political engagement. He served as an assistant and senior advisor to President Bill Clinton and is currently a senior advisor to Hillary Clinton. He was also executive producer for the Oscar Award-winning documentary Taxi to the Dark Side. Blumenthal has just published a collection of essays entitled The Strange Death of Republican America.
I put six questions to him on the subject of his current book.
Read more: The Strange Death of Republican America
Created on Thursday, 15 May 2008 06:32
Falling Cedars: Fomenting War in Lebanon -- and Beyond
by Chris Floyd
hat's going on in Lebanon? Nothing you haven't seen before -- in Iraq, Afghanistan, Somalia, Palestine and other places where "the United States is basically instigating and funding civil wars."
So says Professor Asâ€™ad AbuKhalil
Read more: Fomenting War in Lebanon
-- better known perhaps as the "Angry Arab
," for his indispensable website of the same name. AbuKhalil was born and raised in Lebanon and has an intimate knowledge of troubled land's warring factions there -- and their external backers. Needless to say, the American media's framing of the current flare-up of violence in Lebanon is the usual sinister caricature of reality, with "bad guys" attacking "our friends" out of pure, malevolent, world-gobbling evil.