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SEPTEMBER 2002

The Shadow Dictator
September 28, 2002 · He has hundreds of millions of followers worldwide, yet few recognize his name. He commands his subjects through a simple logic, and holds them responsible to it through agents in every organization, community, and government. He lavishly rewards his most loyal subjects, turns a blind eye to those who don't share his priorities, and swiftly impoverishes those who challenge his legitimacy. By Joseph P. Firmage

Fury
September 28, 2002 · For the record, I am an American serviceman of 18 years experience, a soldier who makes his living at the "tip of the bayonet" - an infantryman, subject to the rigors and hardships and self-denial that such a commitment engenders, living, day by day, as I have for my entire adult life, the brutal realities of a latter-day centurion. There are few things in life that so incense me as to be labeled "un-American". By SaintGermane

George W. Bush - Judge, Jury and Executioner
September 28, 2002 · Since the end of the Cold War there has stood an eminently reasonable question posed by a number of boat rocking malcontents: why do we continue to spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year to maintain and expand a military infrastructure that was designed to defeat an enemy that no longer exists? By Michael Shannon

Pandora's Arsenal
September 27, 2002 · If President Bush hadn't been required by law to submit his strategic statement to Congress, he might have continued to play "I've got a secret." But the National Military Strategy for the United States of America, released last Friday, finally made it official: the U.S. wants to control the world. By Maureen Farrell

How U.S. Counterterrorism Failed on 9/11, and Why the Bush Administration Can't Fix It - Part Two
September 27, 2002 · Contrary to repeated Bush Administration claims since September 11, 2001, US intelligence had specific, credible and corroborated forewarning that terrorists planned to use airliners to attack New York and Washington, DC area targets. By Mark G. Levey

How U.S. Counterterrorism Failed on 9/11, and Why the Bush Administration Can't Fix It - Part One
September 26, 2002 · Contrary to repeated Bush Administration claims since September 11, 2001, US intelligence had specific, credible and corroborated forewarning that terrorists planned to use airliners to attack New York and Washington, DC area targets. By Mark G. Levey

Gore: The Voice of the Democratic Party
September 26, 2002 · When Al Gore delivered his strong indictment of the administration's Iraq policy and its preemptive strike doctrine, he did something very unusual for this day and age. He took a stand. By Monica Friedlander

Shame On You George
September 25, 2002 · What he was trying desperately not to say last week in Tennessee was "Shame On Me." I agree with Mark Crispin Miller, author of "The Bush Dyslexicon," who believes that Dubbie is incapable of feeling an emotion such as shame. By Sheila Samples

There Are No Low Wage Jobs, and the Poverty Line Does Not Exist
September 25, 2002 · We are supposed to believe that making hotel room beds, waiting tables, running cash registers, and caring for the sick and the young and the old are inherently low-paying professions, whereas assembling parts on an assembly line is an inherently high-paying profession. But why? By David Swanson

The View From Here
September 24, 2002 · If you want to understand what has been happening in the Middle East for the past few decades, if you want some inkling of the loathing and violence engendered there, examine the fury that resulted here in the United States in the days after September 11. By Pamela Troy

How They Stole Morality
September 24, 2002 · The so-called moral outrage of the Christian Right and the Bill Bennett Brigade has become so much a part of the American culture that the very words "moral" and "morality" have become associated with right-wing politics and religion. By Diane E. Dees

Belgians Lead Push for Regime Change in America
September 24, 2002 · Spurred by reports of an aggressive military build-up and failure to reign in corporate terrorists, the government of Belgium is pressing for a preemptive strike against the regime of George W. Bush. By Phil Lebovits

International Law and the Right to Self-Offense
September 24, 2002 · The "self-offense" slur is intended to disparage a martial artist by presenting him as someone who is learning what is supposed to be an art for self-defense, but who actually intends to use it to assault others. By Jeremiah Bourque

Attack Iraq?
September 23, 2002 · This month, as our nation mourns the one-year anniversary of the terrorist attacks, our armed forces' men and women in Afghanistan appear to be fighting a war with no definite end in sight. However, President Bush and the Pentagon already seem to be hammering out new details and lobbying Congress on a new war - well, sort of new. By James Partridge

Wargasms
September 21, 2002 · Never mind that we still may not have taught Osama bin Forgotten his lesson. It looks like he not only could run, but he could hide, too - if he's still alive. We don't know because we never found him. Heck, most of the time, we don't even know where Dick Cheney is. OJ will find the real killer before we find Osama. By Isaac

Bush Knew? How?
September 21, 2002 · On September 11, 2001, George W. Bush had just concluded a month long vacation and was at Booker Elementary School reading to the children. When he was told of the news, he boarded Air Force One and flew around the country to dodge other terrorist threats. Meanwhile, Richard Cheney stayed in contact with Bush, and pretty much got things under control.

The Bush Doctrine
September 20, 2002 · Bush's ever-changing plans always seem to be one step behind public opinion. By Michael Barry

The Elephant Gun
September 20, 2002 · Before I turned 18, I was always excited about getting to turn 18 not because I'd get to buy porn or cigarettes whenever I wanted, but because I would get to register to vote. How shocking it is for me to now be old enough to vote and realize that my opinion is still mostly irrelevent in the political process. By Mark W. Brown

Are You Ready to RUUUMMMMMBLE?
September 19, 2002 · When it comes to real insanity - the uncontrollably wild excitement of frightening, violent hallucinations, no one - not even George Bush - can hold a candle to the delirium tremens of Larry Kudlow. By Sheila Samples

Mickey Mouse and the Diplomatic Coup
September 19, 2002 · Japanese Prime Minister Junichiro Koizumi's historic visit to North Korea on September 17 culminated in what was considered by many to be a diplomatic coup - the announcement that within a month, Japan and North Korea would start on the road to normalizing relations. But overlooked by most of the pundits and experts was the crucial role that had been played by Mickey Mouse. By Art Bushwald

How to Change the Subject
September 18, 2002 · I must admit, I'm very impressed with the Bush administration's ability to change the subject. I'm not sure if you can call it "wagging the dog." That's a phrase typically used when a government goes to war or launches an airstrike to distract the public from more pressing issues. If we were to torture the analogy a little, maybe we could call this "giving the dog a new tail." By mjjoe

What Happened to Moral Clarity?
September 18, 2002 · The Iraqi invasion of Kuwait in 1990 gave Poppy Bush the moral clarity he needed to cobble together an international coalition to oppose Saddam's forces, under the perfectly plausible guise of Kuwaiti liberation. Sept. 11 gives his son the moral clarity he desires to wage war on radical, militant Muslim extremists who despise a western culture they see as destructive and decadent. By Patrick Ennis

The Republican Party - the Case for Treason
September 17, 2002 · I hereby accuse the Republican Party of committing repeated acts of High Treason against the United States. I respectfully demand that the Congress investigate fully, in an open and public way, and take appropriate action if the investigation concludes that the accused are guilty. By Anonymous

Why Those Other Terrorists Hate Us
September 17, 2002 · The people who hate us don't like our tolerant ways. The fact that we wish to accept all religions, lifestyles and political differences drives those who hate us up the wall. By W. David Jenkins III

Evil, Banality, and the Little Man on the Podium
September 17, 2002 · Sometimes the greatest threats to the world can be perpetrated not by the two-bit dictator in the ill-fitting military suit who schemed and cheated his way to power. By Mike McArdle

Of Empire, War, Propaganda, and Courage
September 14, 2002 · Today, the country is in the same grip of propaganda no different than that promoted during the Viet Nam war. Very lately, the hawks are even describing any disagreement with the current administration regarding Iraq as "appeasement." Those in the administration who never had to consider service, or actively avoided service, by legal means, are singularly the most strident and vocal proponents of war. By punpriate

Don't Ask, Because They Won't Tell
September 14, 2002 · Remember "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"? Today we have an administration with a similar policy: "Don't Ask because We Tell Nothing." If you have the audacity to ask, you will be labeled as unpatriotic and they donít have to tell anything about any subject because they have their magic shield of "executive privilege." By Bridget Gibson

A Time To Speak
September 14, 2002 · The one-year anniversary of last year's stunning terrorist attack on America has arrived and the words from the book of Ecclesiastes seem particularly apt in describing the tumultuous emotions a majority of Americans are experiencing in the aftermath of this traumatic event. By Gloria Hayes

Bush Back On Bottle?
September 13, 2002 · I know that George is born-again, and sober as he can be. I also know that if you ask any gathering of recovering alcoholics, they can regale you with endless tales of how a dedicated drunk can define "sober" in the most startling ways. By Doug Pibel

Owen's Rejection a Victory for Democrats
September 13, 2002 · All is not lost in the American republic as the Senate Judiciary Committee voted 10-9 recently to reject conservative judicial activist, Priscilla Owen. By Nicholas Pyeatt

Senate Rejects Bush Pick for Court
September 12, 2002 · WASHINGTON, Sept. 12 - The Senate Judiciary Committee rejected President Bush's choice for a federal appeals court post today, after realizing that the nominee, Priscilla R. Owen, was in fact Attorney General John Ashcroft in drag.

Democracy Redefined
September 12, 2002 · Democracy is the recurrent suspicion that more than half of the people are right more than half the time. It is the feeling of privacy in the voting booths, the feeling of communion in the libraries, the feeling of vitality everywhere. Democracy is the letter to the editor. By Margie Burns

The Democratic Underground 9/11 Memorial Homepage
September 11, 2002 · The names of the victims of 9/11.

On 9/11
September 11, 2002 · On the anniversary of the September 11 tragedy, we are sharing a selection of comments by our readers - from their feelings on September 11, 2001, to their thoughts one year later.

Hurry Up and War Already!
September 10, 2002 · Bush, Inc. - the current administration full of ex-Enron executives and Ford/Bush the Elder/Reagan retreads - is feverishly beating the blood-chilling drum of war. Or not. Ok, maybe a little. Nope - haven't made up their minds. By Prodigal Son

Dialing for Doomsday: George W. Bush and the End of the World
September 10, 2002 · "What harm can he do in four years?" I'm ashamed to say it, but that was my initial reaction to the Supreme Court's selection of George Bush as president. Attempting to avoid alternating waves of gnawing discomfort and quiet desperation, I asked myself a question my imagination dared not answer. By Maureen Farrell

Hurry Up and War Already!
September 10, 2002 · Bush, Inc. - the current administration full of ex-Enron executives and Ford/Bush the Elder/Reagan retreads - is feverishly beating the blood-chilling drum of war. Or not. Ok, maybe a little. Nope - haven't made up their minds. By Prodigal Son

Dialing for Doomsday: George W. Bush and the End of the World
September 10, 2002 · "What harm can he do in four years?" I'm ashamed to say it, but that was my initial reaction to the Supreme Court's selection of George Bush as president. Attempting to avoid alternating waves of gnawing discomfort and quiet desperation, I asked myself a question my imagination dared not answer. By Maureen Farrell

Stabilizing on the Upside: A Tale of Oil, Saddam Hussein, and Rotting Fish
September 7, 2002 · This practice is known in the business as "stabilizing on the upside." The idea is to prop up prices, and then find ways to keep them at unnatural highs for as long as possible while oil companies amass windfall profits. Who does this benefit? Crude oil producers, shippers and oil refiners. In a word: Texas. More specifically, Bush. By  Anonymous

No Longer a Paycheck from Homelessness
September 7, 2002 · How many of us have sat with friends, family, and co-workers discussing how we are just one or two paychecks away from being homeless? I've had this conversation on numerous occasions through the years. In retrospect, these discussions were half-hearted because I was in control and knew it would never happen to me. By McGee

Press Whores and Media Prostitutes
September 7, 2002 · We hear so much whining and rationalizing from media pundits and reporters who would do better work but can't, they say, because the whole system is against them. Radio and TV station owners and network chieftains want only to boost ratings and make money, they say. By Vermeer

Are We Brave Enough to Be a Democracy?
September 6, 2002 · On Thursday, August 22, I went to Central Point, Oregon, to express my opposition to the current policies of our government. I was placed in a dirt compound behind a six foot cyclone fence and had the gate shut in my face. By Peter Buckley

Sergeant Schultz's Academy for Critical Thinking
September 6, 2002 · On a recent trip to pick up some stationery, Art Bushwald uncovered a shocking secret about right-wing punditry and conservative critical thinking. It all happened behind closed doors at Sergeant Schultz's Academy for Critical Thinking. By Art Bushwald

Stepford Citizen Syndrome: Top Ten Signs Your Neighbor is Brainwashed
September 5, 2002 · Not only are we being coerced into World War III, but at this very moment, unnamed souls are secretly locked away, the Army's drafted plans for civilian detention camps and there's a shadow government buzzing beneath our streets. And yet, we continue to ignore the oily elephant in the living room. By Maureen Farrell

Patriotism Through Fear Means Nothing
September 5, 2002 · Upon opening up my copy of Newsday one recent morning, I came across a very startling article, one of the scariest that I have seen published to date. The title of this earth-shattering article was, "Support for 1st Amendment Drops." By Mary MacElveen

Repeating Past Mistakes
September 4, 2002 · Here we are, getting ready for the media bombardment of 9/11 "anniversary specials," and Bush Inc. is working overtime proving to those of us who can think independently that they haven't learned a damn thing. By W. David Jenkins III

The Charnel House Future: Why Bush and Co. Must Be Stopped Now
September 4, 2002 · I don't want to talk here about whether a full-scale attack on Iraq is right or wrong. What I want to do here is to examine whether such attacks - with Iraq being the most potent symbol of America's unilateral adventurism in foreign and military policy - will further or endanger America's national interests. By Bernard Weiner

Our Gravest Threats Realized
September 3, 2002 · Last November I wrote an article entitled "Our Gravest Threats," about the shocking trends forming under the guise of national security and fighting terror. Not only have those threats failed to subside, they have been realized as real assaults on our fundamental liberties. By Eric Munoz

Explaining Coulter
September 3, 2002 · And so the steady devolution of American political discourse continues. Apparently Coulter's output of offensive, borderline-violent pronouncements on liberals has become so prolific that her fans now feel they need to explain themselves. By Pamela Troy

The Parallel Presidency
September 3, 2002 · Mr. Bush was unelected in perhaps the most contentious election in American history. Yet from the very earliest days of his administration he has acted as though he had a clear and decisive mandate. By Mike Shannon

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