Saturday, April 12, 2008

saturday reads

Preznit bu$h says he knew his top national security advisers discussed and approved specific details about how high-value al Qaeda suspects would be interrogated by the Central Intelligence Agency, according to an exclusive interview with ABC News Friday.

Robert Fisk: Semantics can't mask Bush's chicanery

Preznit bu$h vowed to veto any supplemental war funding bill exceeding his $108 billion request for military and diplomatic operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

A Haight-Ashbury soup kitchen that served as many as 450 people a day for a quarter-century closed Friday, a casualty of dwindling federal grants and donation money.

Preznit bu$'s job approval rating has dropped to 28%, the lowest of his administration.

for Holden:

Whole Heap of Little Horses
Kristin Hersh
Murder, Misery and Then Goodnight (1998)

Friday, April 11, 2008

friday reads

Rocketing global food prices are causing acute problems of hunger and malnutrition in poor countries and have put back the fight against poverty by seven years, the World Bank said yesterday.

Juan Cole on a military dictatorship achieved not by coup but by moral laziness.

Black Ops on Green Groups

Check out the Eldorado Roundup at Grits for Breakfast.

The Austin City Council yesterday approved the naming of the highest point of the new park near Lady Bird Lake. Doug Sahm Hill

Thursday, April 10, 2008

thursday reads

International Criminal Court

Chris Floyd - Capital Crimes: Another Smoking Gun on Terror War Torture

An Iraqi judicial committee has dismissed terrorism-related allegations against Associated Press photographer Bilal Hussein and ordered him released nearly two years after he was detained by the U.S. military.

Mugabe's thugs launch campaign of violence and intimidation against MDC supporters.

The Serious Fraud Office's decision to drop its investigation of BAE is overturned by the High Court.

John Pilger: Honouring The 'Unbreakable Promise'

How to derail 'imperial mobilization'

QOTD: Jon Stewart

It’s all sort of ironic, when you think about it. When you fly, you are inspected quite thoroughly. Whereas the plane itself is perhaps occasionally vacuumed. See, with this administration, if a passenger blows up a plane, it’s a failure on the War on Terror. But if a plane just blows up on its own, eh, that’s the market self-regulating.

Fiction Rules: Bible Tops List Of America’s Favorite Books

USDA recalls 406,000 pounds of cattle heads

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

wednesday reads

Mortar attacks mark the fifth anniversary of Baghdad under American forces.

Jeffrey Toobin: Everyone wants to close Guantánamo, but what will happen to the detainees?

The gap between rich and poor in many states has broadened at a quickening pace since the last U.S. recession, which could make it difficult for low-income families to weather the current economic downturn, according to a report issued Wednesday.

Keith Olbermann's Worst person in the world - Ill. Rep. Monique Davis

Mark Morford: Three minutes of sad grunting

Psych rock...for wiccans

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

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tuesday reads

Army Gen. David Petraeus told a Senate hearing that he recommends a 45-day “period of consolidation and evaluation” once the extra combat forces that President Bush ordered to Iraq last year have completed their pullout in July. He did not commit to a timetable for resuming troop reductions after the 45-day pause.

Scott Horton: A Tale of Three Lawyers

Worldwide "whisper campaign" against Fair Use

The Editors: People with unfortunate last names are making sense

Crime cameras not capturing many crimes

San Francisco's 68 controversial anti-crime cameras haven't deterred criminals from committing assaults, sex offenses or robberies - and they've only moved homicides down the block, according to a new report from UC Berkeley.

Researchers found that nonviolent thefts dropped by 22 percent within 100 feet of the cameras, but the devices had no effect on burglaries or car theft. And they've had no effect on violent crime.

David Michael Green: Channeling Hoover at Home, Tet Abroad

Monday, April 07, 2008

monday reads

Tomgram: Ira Chernus, The General and the Trap

Scott Horton: Karl in a Corner

The Mortgage Bankers Association is having trouble paying their own mortgage.

List of Republican Offenders

Obama goes bowling and Cokie speaks on behalf of the American people.

Sunday, April 06, 2008

sunday reads

The British Army faces new allegations of torture and abuse over the arrest and detention of a Shia tribal leader and his family who claim they were hooded and beaten by soldiers based at Basra airport last year.

Editor & Publisher on the media spreading the lie about the Jessica Lynch rescue.

Tensions were rising late Saturday at the YFZ Ranch in West Texas, where members of a secretive polygamous sect were barring authorities from entering the temple of the church’s sprawling compound.

A global rice shortage that has seen prices of one of the world's most important staple foods increase by 50 per cent in the past two weeks alone is triggering an international crisis, with countries banning export and threatening serious punishment for hoarders.

Taylor Branch: The Last Wish of Martin Luther King

Hollywood legend Charlton Heston dead at 84.