Who's Paying for all this Freedom?
January 29, 2005 · If the war is worth fighting,
should not every last person on the home front be obliged to forego
at least some comforts while our brave youth are spilling his or
her blood? Modern American warfare would seem to indicate that this
is, in fact, not the case. By Darryl Cramer
Pentagon Says Veterans' Benefits
"Hurtful" to National Security
January 28, 2005 · The Wall Street Journal
describes the pittance set aside for veteran's benefits as "Congress'
generosity," even as the Republican-controlled Congress and Bush
Pentagon get set to slash billions more from Veterans Administration's
programs. By Joel Wendland
Torture is a Problem, Not a
January 27, 2005 · In this post-9/11 world,
gaining information from prisoners is certainly of critical importance.
But torture, aside from being unethical, is also unreliable and
counterproductive. By using torture in the interrogation of terror
suspects the U.S. risks alienating its allies whose support in the
"war on terror" is now more critical than ever. By Mary Shaw
Be Not Misled by the Blue and
January 27, 2005 · If George has figured all
Americans into his bogus "mandate" as he begins to govern in his
second term, that phony cowboy is in for a real rough ride when
the Americans who voted against him unite. By Karyn Strickler
Did the "Liberal Media"
Get the 2004 Election All Wrong?
January 25, 2005 · It's true, the Democrats
lost four Senate seats and a small handful of seats in the House
of Representatives. But they maintained the balance of power in
many states, and even gained control in others. So why has the "Liberal
Media" reported the death of the Democratic Party? By Gene C. Gerard
SpongeBob: Unsafe at Any Depth?
January 25, 2005 · Is SpongeBob SquarePants
gay? It's all so confusing. My kids are too young to have to contend
with the sexual orientation of the people on TV, let alone the cartoons.
By Joy-Ann Reid
Post-Inaugural Crimes and the
January 25, 2005 · The reality we progressives
have to face is that Bush & Co., with a compliant mainstream media
in their pocket, are moving their political juggernaut full-steam
ahead, not disguising in the least their reckless, rapacious agenda.
By Bernard Weiner
Right-Wing Fantasies and Iraq
January 25, 2005 · While most of us are sleeping
soundly, the far right gathers to rewrite history. By Bennet G.
Why It Matters
January 21, 2005 · If the Bush administration
is willing to invade sovereign nations that have not been developing
WMD programs, what incentive is there for any nation to disarm their
current arsenals? By Aden Nak
Martha X: The Radicalization
of Martha Stewart
January 19, 2005 · White women like Martha Stewart
don't go to prison in America; they don't even know what a prison
looks like from the outside. Yet Martha Stewart is very much a woman,
very much white, and she is, at the time of this writing, very much
in prison. How did it happen? By Max Gordon
Bush's Inaugural Address - After
a Spritz of "B.S. Away!"
January 19, 2005 · Somehow my friend gained access
and applied "B.S. Away!" spray to the lecturn from which Bush will
deliver his Inaugural Address. This is what the nation will hear
Bush say after he's sworn in for his second term... By Bernard Weiner
America: Land of the Free? Not
if You're a Muslim
January 18, 2005 · A recent Cornell University survey
found that almost half of all Americans believe that the U.S. government
should restrict the civil liberties of Muslim Americans. By Mary
Giving Bigotry the Stamp of
January 15, 2005 · On Monday January 10, 2005 the
Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) refused to hear an appeal
to the Florida ban on gay adoptions.One cannot help but draw the
conclusion that the Justices are either cowards, bigots or both.
By Thomas Crews
January 15, 2005 · News reports suggest that the
Bush administration is seeking to extend indefinitely its misguided
policies regarding the illegal detention and ill-treatment of terror
suspects. This must not be tolerated. By Mary Shaw
The Religious Wrong
January 14, 2005 · Religion should support the best in man,
not the worst. It should help us to adhere to the highest principles,
to be as good as imperfect human beings can be. By Sharon Isikoff
Is the U.S. Above the Law?
January 13, 2005 · U.S. Attorney General nominee
Alberto Gonzales's discounting of the Geneva Conventions and the
Bush administration's opposition to other international laws and
treaties suggest that the U.S. government has embarked on a dangerous
course of pursuing its own interests with impunity at the expense
of international justice. By Mary Shaw
Something's Gotta Give
January 12, 2005 · The Bush administration has set
the United States upon a course which, if it continues, is almost
certain to lead to a radical transformation of American society.
By Ernest Partridge
A Quagmire Primer: The Vietnam
and Iraq Debacles
January 12, 2005 · Let us not forget the lessons
of Vietnam; compounding a monstrous policy mistake by making even
larger policy mistakes. Real peoples' lives are involved here, our
national interests are at issue, our country's economy and social
institutions are at risk. By Bernard Weiner
of Social Security
January 10, 2005 · Bush and other Republicans are
being profoundly dishonest when they claim Social Security is going
broke. By Vermeer
The War Hits Home
January 10, 2005 · My dear friend's nephew will soon
ship out to Iraq; she shared her thoughts with me regarding his
impending deployment. By Mary Shaw
The Big Gap in Social Security
January 8, 2005 · There is at least one little "chink"
in the plan of the Bush administration to "privatize" Social Security
that may not sound important to those who are young, able-bodied,
and convinced of their indestructibility and their prospects of
growing very rich before becoming old and ill. By Mary Pitt
When was the last time you heard
about the 'medical malpractice crisis' at a bar?
January 8, 2005 · I have heard arguments
about everything from sports to exstitentialism, but I swear on
a case of Stroh's Bohemian, I have never heard any self-respecting
lounge lizard talk about the threat of frivolous lawsuits. By Dan
Why Are We In Iraq?
January 7, 2005 · The Bush Administration has all
but admitted the justification for war in Iraq was based on inaccurate
intelligence, yet no-one has called for an investigation. By John
Bringing Down the Hope
January 6, 2005 · Our victory lies in not just seeing
any black face in power, or any woman, but in the knowledge that
as people of color, as gays, as women, we aren't enabling greater
crimes against those we represent, that our faces aren't used to
promote a war or to reassure, to anesthetize or disempower, to exploit
or enslave. By Max Gordon
Corporatizing Social Security
January 5, 2005 · The proposed changes to Social
Security are not about privatization and private ownership of wealth.
They are about corporatization and giving large corporations power
over vast sums of taxpayer money. By Patricia Goldsmith
Lift the Media Blackout
January 5, 2005 · As long as Bush's mandated media
blackout of injured and dead American soldiers is allowed to remain
in place, his self-serving wars will continue non-stop. Without
media attention, there will be no cause and effect, no sense of
loss, and therefore no public backlash for accountability. By Vincent
The Hell That is South Asia
January 4, 2005 · The Asia quake/tsunami disaster
hit too close to home: My wife had been in southern Thailand, at
the beaches, only a week before the disaster struck; I had been
in Southeast Asia a week before that. Watching the horrific images
on CNN and the other news channels had put me in a state of shock.
By Bernard Weiner
It's Time to Support the Troops
January 4, 2005 · The price we are paying for national
greed and lust for power is too high. American servicemembers are
not a ghostly, faceless mass of "troops." They are flesh-and-blood
individuals. They are America's children - her present, her future.
By Sheila Samples