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Monthly Archive: June 2011

Jun 27 2011

Separating truth and lies in the Middle East

Veteran Middle East journalist Patrick Cockburn warns about taking at face value reports out of Libya (and in that region in general). Meanwhile cartoonist Tom Tomorrow reflects on the incredible Obama claim that the US is not engaged in hostilities in Libya and hence is not subject to the War Powers Act.

Jun 27 2011

The perfect Republican candidate

Stephen Colbert has found him. The Colbert ReportTags: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,Video Archive

Jun 27 2011

The curious candidacy of Jon Huntsman

I have been paying only the most superficial attention to the specifics of the race for the Republican presidential nomination because it is far too early in the process for it to serve as anything other than fodder to fill the inexhaustible appetite of television and the blogosphere for content-free political speculation. But I have …

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Jun 26 2011

Separating fact and fiction in Afghanistan’s history

Robert Parry sets the record straight.

Jun 26 2011

LulzSec ‘retires’

The anarchic hacker group LulzSec that I wrote about just a few days ago announces that it is disbanding. Whether this is a temporary or permanent move is unclear but it is inevitable that similar loose confederations of hackers will form and reform. The Daily Show looks at the hacking issue. The Daily Show – …

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Jun 26 2011

New York makes the Pope cry

Despite a Republican controlled state senate and opposition from the powerful Catholic Church, gays have won the right to marry in New York state, joining Vermont and the District of Columbia as the only places where this happened legislatively. In four other states (Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, and New Hampshire) the change came about because courts …

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Jun 25 2011

Peter Falk, 1927-2011

There was something very likeable about stage, screen, and TV actor Peter Falk. Just seeing his rumpled everyman persona appear on the screen made you smile, just as you would when an old friend enters a room. So his death yesterday brought some sadness. He will be best remembered for his recurring character of Lieutenant …

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Jun 25 2011

Republican holy warrior

The ever-entertaining and acerbic Matt Taibbi aims his keyboard at Michele Bachmann. He warns us that even though she is indubitably nuts, treating her as a joke candidate who can be dismissed is a mistake. Here is a small sample from the article which is worth reading in full for the glimpse it gives us …

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Jun 24 2011

Fears of religious vandalism limit free speech

A bus company in Little Rock, Arkansas asked for prohibitively expensive insurance against vandalism from an atheist group that wanted to place an ad on its buses. Apparently they feared that the ad’s message “Are you good without God? Millions are” would inflame Christians enough that they would attack the buses. A spokesperson for the …

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Jun 24 2011

The Daily Show on the Greek crisis

It is the same old dreary story that we are unfortunately so familiar with, with the same financial chicanery buried in the same jargon. It should be no surprise that Goldman Sachs is once again involved in the collapse. The Daily Show – Grecian Burn – Credit Default SwapsTags: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & …

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