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[RRND] 05/01 -- Iraq: Al Qaeda leader possibly dead; ambushes kill 14; Treason charges heard against US officer

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      In The News:

      1) Iraq: Al Qaeda leader possibly dead; ambushes kill 14
      2) Treason charges heard against US officer
      3) Rice: When Bush says "negotiate," he means "pout and stall"
      4) Supreme Court refuses Gitmo abductees' case
      5) Israel: Olmert defies calls to resign
      6) Google slams frivolous Viacom suit
      7) France: Le Pen urges runoff boycott
      8) EU commits to tackle global warming
      9) McCain favors "League of Democracies"
      10) Gonzales aides had firing authority
      11) Police handed victory in high-speed chase case
      12) E-mail threats force closure of five college campuses
      13) Report says terror attacks up sharply
      14) Venezuela pulling out of IMF, World Bank
      15) Kent State shooting victim: Reopen case
      16) CA: Former DMV worker sentenced to 366 days in ID scam
      17) $16,700 stolen from Canada's bank museum
      18) VA: Kaine orders gun-check "loophole" closed
      19) UK: Vandals ruin Gatso seven times
      20) Ireland: Ulster smokers comply on first day of ban
      21) UT: Armed and ready?
      22) Campus gun policies
      23) AL: Huntsville homeowner kills intruder
      24) Gitmo abductees cleared for release but still held
      25) FL: Citizens with video cameras police the police

      Everybody Has An Opinion:

      26) "My fellow Americans"
      27) Civilization in free-fall
      28) The Second should be the First
      29) The sham of the Padilla trial
      30) The Moneycrats of Crock
      31) Hillary Clinton's foreign policy
      32) Bush has NOT cut taxes
      33) Why does fear trump logic, truth and common sense?
      34) Free speech gets a bad rap
      35) Leviathan's legionnaires
      36) Where in the world is Don Imus, now that we really need him?
      37) Even death does not deter
      38) Duck and cover
      39) Hedging disaster
      40) For his dunk, Tenet deserves slam
      41) Obama's inexperience apparent at debate
      42) End sex discrimination for good
      43) The gods that failed
      44) Imams' airline case: Clash of rights, prejudice, security
      45) Criminals don't register their guns; why should we?
      46) Under Siege Part V: Beneath the wheel
      47) Brains, if any
      48) Guns and college
      49) This is what the War on Drugs looks like
      50) Free at last
      51) Passing on the sense of wonder
      52) In the War on Drugs, you could be collateral damage
      53) Hot air in the UN Security Council
      54) Those irresistable hearts of darkness
      55) The sphinx of Sacramento
      56) How to bring your property taxes under control
      57) Zen and the art of Iraqi reconciliation
      58) Something that's not Bush's fault
      59) Gone
      60) Tuning out free speech
      61) Missile defense obsession lessens US security
      62) Best hope lies in privately funded stem cell research
      63) While Congress voted for war ...
      64) Gun control, crisis and the state
      65) No humans were hurt in the making of this war

      See No Evil, Hear No Evil:

      66) James Bovard on the Sloan Ranger Show, 05/03/07
      67) The Tom deSabla Show, 05/01/07
      68) Another step towards national ID
      69) Doug Bandow on Antiwar Radio
      70) Freedomain Radio #737

      Weekly Symposium:

      71) The next RRND

      What's Up In The Freedom Movement:

      72) Today's events

      WaYbAcK:

      73) The Downing Street Memo is revealed

      ***************
      * In The News
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      1) Iraq: Al Qaeda leader possibly dead; ambushes kill 14
      Casper Star-Tribune

      "Gunmen ambushed travelers on a highway leading from Baghdad to Shiite areas to the south on Tuesday, killing 14 people, while mortar rounds slammed into an area near the Iraqi prime minister's office in the U.S.-controlled Green Zone in the capital, a government official said. ... Iraqi officials have received reports that the leader of al-Qaida in Iraq, Abu Ayyub al-Masri, was killed by Sunni tribesmen but the information has not been confirmed. The U.S. military said it was still looking into the reports amid a series of conflicting statements by other Iraqi officials on the subject. Iraqi officials have released similar reports in the past, only to acknowledge later they were inaccurate." (05/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/ytj8jx

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      2) Treason charges heard against US officer
      MSNBC

      "Prosecutors alleged Monday that a U.S. officer gave computer programs to a prisoner's daughter in Iraq, beginning to lay out their case at a hearing to determine if evidence warrants a trial on charges that include the capital offense of aiding the enemy. Lt. Col. William H. Steele, an Army reservist from Virginia serving full time, also is accused of fraternizing with the detainee's daughter, illegally storing classified material, maintaining an inappropriate relationship with an interpreter, possessing pornographic videos, failing to obey an order and dereliction of duty regarding government funds." (04/30/07)

      http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18392637/

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      3) Rice: When Bush says "negotiate," he means "pout and stall"
      Boston Globe

      "Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said yesterday that President Bush will reject any attempt by Congress to require the Iraqi government to meet benchmarks as a condition for US troops remaining in Iraq, in a blow to emerging efforts to craft a compromise war-funding bill. Bush, who plans this week to veto a measure that would require a troop withdrawal to begin by this fall, wants a bill that gives American officials complete flexibility in conducting military and diplomatic efforts in Iraq, Rice said. 'What we don't want to do ... is to tie our own hands so that we cannot act creatively and flexibly to support the very policies in Iraq that we're trying to enforce,' she said on ABC's This Week." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2yg32k

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      4) Supreme Court refuses Gitmo abductees' case
      San Francisco Chronicle

      "The Supreme Court on Monday refused to hear the case of two Guantanamo Bay prisoners who want to challenge the legality of military commissions. Salim Ahmed Hamdan and Omar Khadr face commission trials -- Hamdan for acting as a driver and bodyguard for Osama bin Laden, and Khadr for throwing a grenade that killed a U.S. Green Beret soldier. Lawyers for Hamdan and Khadr had been seeking to challenge the new system, saying it is identical in most respects to the old one the court rejected a year ago. ... In its 2006 decision, the Supreme Court said Hamdan could invoke rights secured by the Geneva Conventions. Yet the new Military Commissions Act states that no one subject to such trials 'may invoke Geneva Conventions as a source of rights,' lawyers for Hamdan and Khadr noted in court papers." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2ex5ad

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      5) Israel: Olmert defies calls to resign
      Guardian [UK]

      "Prime Minister Ehud Olmert faced an onslaught of calls for his resignation and the first cracks in his coalition Tuesday following a government probe's harsh criticism of his handling of last summer's Lebanon war. Olmert defiantly declared that he would not quit after the panel's report was released Monday, despite the inquiry's conclusion that he showed flawed judgment in ordering and directing the conflict. His spokeswoman, Miri Eisin, said Tuesday he was confident he could recover his eroded authority. But newspaper editorials and commentators demanded that he step down, saying he had lost the confidence of the Israeli people." (05/01/07)

      http://www.guardian.co.uk/worldlatest/story/0,,-6600125,00.html

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      6) Google slams frivolous Viacom suit
      International Herald Tribune [France]

      "Responding to Viacom's $1 billion copyright infringement suit over video clips on YouTube, Google says it will not back off, declaring that the law is on its side. ... In its response to the lawsuit, filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan, Google said Viacom's allegations were unfounded and asked for a judgment dismissing the complaint. ... Google's court filing gives few new details of its legal thinking, which relies heavily on the so-called 'safe harbor' provisions of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, enacted in 1998. Those provisions generally hold that Web site owners are not liable for copyright material uploaded by others to their site as long as they promptly remove the material when asked to do so by the copyright owner." (05/01/07)

      http://www.iht.com/articles/2007/05/01/news/google.php

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      7) France: Le Pen urges runoff boycott
      Reuters

      "French far-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen urged supporters on Tuesday to abstain from Sunday's presidential run-off rather than vote for either front-runner Nicolas Sarkozy or Socialist Segolene Royal. 'I invite the voters who showed their confidence in me to give their vote neither to Madame Royal nor to Mr Sarkozy,' Le Pen told thousands of supporters at a rally in Paris to commemorate the medieval heroine Joan of Arc. 'I invite them to abstain massively.' Le Pen shocked France by defeating the Socialist candidate in the last election in 2002 before being thrashed in the second round by President Jacques Chirac. Le Pen was disappointed with fourth place in the first round this time." (05/01/07)

      http://www.reuters.com/article/worldNews/idUSL0166810220070501

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      8) EU commits to tackle global warming
      Independent On Line [South Africa]

      "The European Union on Tuesday reiterated its commitment to cut greenhouse gas emissions despite the lack of an agreement between the United States and the region over ways to tackle global warming. 'We would like to limit climate change as it affects our economy and society,' said Tom van Ierland, an EU expert on the environment, who was in Bangkok for a week-long session of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the UN's leading authority on global warming. 'There is a mutual, long-term benefit to act' to reduce greenhouse gas emissions blamed for global warming, the expert said. The 27-country EU, responsible for 14 percent of global emissions, aims to slash emissions of carbon dioxide by 20 percent by 2020, compared to 1990 levels." (05/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2dac25

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      9) McCain favors "League of Democracies"
      USA Today

      "Republican presidential candidate John McCain envisions a 'League of Democracies' as part of a more cooperative foreign policy with U.S. allies. The Arizona senator will call for such an organization to be 'the core of an international order of peace based on freedom' in a speech Tuesday at the Hoover Institution in Stanford, Calif. 'We Americans must be willing to listen to the views and respect the collective will of our democratic allies,' McCain says ..." (05/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2mf7o6

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      10) Gonzales aides had firing authority
      Huntington Herald-Dispatch

      "Attorney General Alberto Gonzales gave two top aides authority to hire and fire political appointees other than U.S. attorneys, according to a Justice Department order obtained Monday by The Associated Press. The March 2006 order gave Gonzales' then-Chief of Staff Kyle Sampson and later White House liaison Monica Goodling authority to hire and fire about 135 politically appointed Justice Department employees who did not require Senate confirmation." (05/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3ahdhg

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      11) Police handed victory in high-speed chase case
      New York Sun

      "Police may use tactics that put fleeing suspects at risk of death to end high-speed car chases, the Supreme Court said Monday in ruling against a Georgia teenager who was paralyzed after his car was run off the road. In a case that turned in part on a video of the chase in suburban Atlanta, the court said it is reasonable for law enforcement officers to try to stop a fleeing motorist to prevent harm to bystanders or other drivers." (05/01/07)

      http://www.nysun.com/article/53517

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      12) E-mail threats force closure of five college campuses
      CNN

      "All five of the Delaware County Community College campuses in Pennsylvania remain closed on Monday, four days after an e-mail threatening unspecified violence was received by college faculty, college officials said. West Whiteland Township Police Chief Ralph Burton tells CNN the e-mail was sent to four to six faculty members at the Exton campus in West Whiteland Township on Thursday." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3a8xnx

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      13) Report says terror attacks up sharply
      Morganton News Herald

      "Terrorist attacks worldwide shot up more than 25 percent last year, killing 40 percent more people than in 2005, particularly in Iraq where extremists used chemical weapons and suicide bombers to target crowds, the State Department said Monday. Among countries, Iran remains the biggest supporter of terrorism, with elements of its government backing groups throughout the Middle East, notably in Iraq, giving material aid and guidance to Shiite insurgent groups that have attacked Sunnis, U.S. and Iraqi forces, it said." (05/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/34a89a

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      14) Venezuela pulling out of IMF, World Bank
      Kankakee Daily Journal

      "President Hugo Chavez announced Monday he would pull Venezuela out of the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund, a largely symbolic move because the nation has already paid off its debts to the lending institutions. 'We will no longer have to go to Washington nor to the IMF nor to the World Bank, not to anyone,' said the leftist leader, who has long railed against the Washington-based lending institutions." (05/01/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/37km2m

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      15) Kent State shooting victim: Reopen case
      Houston Chronicle

      "An audio recording made when National Guard troops killed four Kent State University students during an anti-war demonstration could resolve the mystery of whether a command to fire was issued and may offer a chance for healing for victims and shooters, a survivor said Monday. 'We're not seeking revenge; we're not seeking punishment for the Guardsmen at this late date,' said Alan Canfora, wounded in the wrist during the confrontation 37 years ago. 'All we want is the truth because we seek healing at Kent State for the student victims, as well as the triggermen who were ordered to fire. And healing can only result from the truth, and that's all we want.' He wants the government to reopen the case." (04/30/07)

      http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/ap/nation/4762819.html

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      16) CA: Former DMV worker sentenced to 366 days in ID scam
      San Francisco Chronicle

      "A former state Department of Motor Vehicles employee tearfully apologized in a federal courtroom in Oakland today before being sentenced to a year and a day in prison for her role in a scheme in which DMV workers accepted cash bribes for providing bogus identification documents to illegal immigrants. Marla Robinson, 25, of Oakland pleaded with U.S. District Judge D. Lowell Jensen not to send her to prison on the grounds that her two children, ages 2 and 7, need her. 'I just want to say I'm very, very sorry,' Robinson said through sobs during the hearing in Oakland. 'I had no idea of the seriousness of what I was doing when I was doing it,' Robinson said. 'Nothing like that will happen again.'" (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/23tx9y

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      17) $16,700 stolen from Canada's bank museum
      Arizona Republic

      "Someone has helped themselves to a few choice specimens from the Bank of Canada's currency museum, newly released documents show. Red-faced bank officials are short about $16,700 following the unsolved theft at the central bank's popular tourist attraction. The missing money came not from the display cases, but disappeared from a stash of cash the museum uses to help teach visitors about counterfeit currency. The so-called note exchange program allowed patrons to swap their old-style bills for new-series money with special security features designed to thwart counterfeiters. The popular program, created in 2001, has been abruptly canceled in the wake of the currency caper." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/35csm6

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      18) VA: Kaine orders gun-check "loophole" closed
      Fox News

      "The governor on Monday closed the loophole in state law that allowed the Virginia Tech gunman to buy weapons despite a court ruling that he was a threat and needed psychiatric counseling. Gov. Timothy M. Kaine issued an executive order requiring that a database of people banned from buying guns include the name of anyone who is found to be dangerous and ordered to get involuntary mental health treatment. Seung-Hui Cho was told to get counseling in 2005 after a judge ruled that he was a danger to himself. But because Cho was treated as an outpatient and never committed to a mental health hospital, the court's decision was not entered into the database, which gun dealers must check before selling a weapon. 'Whether that treatment is to be provided in an inpatient or outpatient facility is of no moment,' Kaine said. Cho did not disclose his mental health problems or the court-ordered treatment in a form he completed before buying the guns." [editor's note: Fascinating to
      watch even an allegedly "conservative" MSM source ... tap-dancing around the real issue: the creation of a 'free fire zone' for helpless victims - SAT] (04/30/07)

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,269267,00.html

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      19) UK: Vandals ruin Gatso seven times
      The Sun [UK]

      "Britain's most-vandalized speed camera has been wrecked for the SEVENTH time. The £30,000 Gatso, on the A370 at Flax Bourton near Bristol, was destroyed in an arson attack -- the fifth time it has gone up in flames. It has also been rammed by a heavy vehicle and knocked over by the bucket of a JCB. The anti-camera group Motorists Against Detection (MAD) claimed responsibility. Their leader, known as Captain Gatso, said on their website: 'This camera has and will continue to be targeted until it is removed once and for all.'" (04/28/07)

      http://www.thesun.co.uk/article/0,,2-2007190616,00.html

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      20) Ireland: Ulster smokers comply on first day of ban
      Independent [UK]

      "Enforcement teams reported total compliance yesterday as the smoking ban ushered in a fresh era for Northern Ireland. Environmental health officers patrolled pubs and restaurants to check for any immediate breach of the prohibition. In Belfast, city council staff planned to visit nearly 800 public premises by the end of the first day -- and the early signs were that no one dared to light up at the bar. Apart from one taxi-driver spotted having a crafty cigarette behind the wheel, the air was clear everywhere they went." (04/30/07)

      http://news.independent.co.uk/uk/ulster/article2499334.ece

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      21) UT: Armed and ready?
      Deseret News

      "If you are ever in a room with 40 or so other Utahns -- say at a theater, restaurant or back-to-school night -- odds are that at least one person there has a concealed weapon permit and could be legally packing a loaded handgun. Then again, the odds are double that in rural Garfield County, where one of every 19 residents has such a permit. The popularity of Utah concealed gun permits has increased significantly, up 65 percent, among the state's residents since 2001. Now, nearly 60,000 Utahns hold one, which is roughly equivalent to the population of either Taylorsville or Tooele County. But what is astounding is how popularity has quintupled since 2001 among nonresidents. About a third of all Utah permits are now held by people who do not live in the state. They like to obtain Utah's document because the permits are valid in more states than those from just about anywhere else, they tend to be cheaper, Utah shields the anonymity of permit holders, and permits are
      relatively easy to obtain." (04/28/07)

      http://deseretnews.com/dn/view/0,1249,660215878,00.html

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      22) Campus gun policies
      KSL News

      "Utah is the only state that prohibits public colleges and universities from banning concealed weapons on campus. Nationwide, 38 states and the District of Columbia prohibit concealed weapons at schools. Of those, 16 explicitly ban concealed weapons at colleges and universities, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. In other states, college are allowed to formulate their own gun policies." (04/27/07)

      http://www.ksl.com/?nid=148&sid=1154716

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      23) AL: Huntsville homeowner kills intruder
      Huntsville Times

      "According to Huntsville police reports, a man was startled by a loud banging at his front door, and he and his roommate armed themselves and went to investigate. They discovered someone kicking in the front door, and one of the offenders was shot and killed as he entered the residence with a pistol in his hands. The other offender ran away." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3d76hu

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      24) Gitmo abductees cleared for release but still held
      Washington Post

      "More than a fifth of the approximately 385 prisoners at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have been cleared for release but may have to wait months or years for their freedom because U.S. officials are finding it increasingly difficult to line up places to send them, according to Bush administration officials and defense lawyers. Since February, the Pentagon has notified about 85 inmates or their attorneys that they are eligible to leave after being cleared by military review panels. But only a handful have gone home, including a Moroccan and an Afghan who were released Tuesday. Eighty-two remain at Guantanamo and face indefinite waits as U.S. officials struggle to figure out when and where to deport them, and under what conditions. The delays illustrate how much harder it will be to empty the prison at Guantanamo than it was to fill it." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2tojoa

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      25) FL: Citizens with video cameras police the police
      Local 6 News

      "Citizens armed with video cameras hit the streets of downtown Orlando Friday night in an effort, according to a group spokesman, to police the police and 'hold them accountable for their actions.' A group from the American Civil Liberties Union Central Florida Chapter fanned out in Orange County Friday night to watch officers' interaction with the public. ... 'Our plan is to simply hold them accountable for their actions,' ACLU Central Florida Chapter President George Crossley said. 'Quite frankly, the number of complaints of police abusing citizens, when they were making arrests or when they were not making arrests, has grown precipitously.'" (04/27/07)

      http://www.local6.com/news/13215222/detail.html

      *******************************************************************
      * HEALTH-OF-THE-STATE-O-METER, 05/01/07
      *
      * Reported Civilian Deaths in Iraq: Min - 62,760 ... Max - 68,786
      * (source: www.iraqbodycount.org)
      *
      * American Military Deaths in Iraq: 3,351
      * (source: www.antiwar.com/casualties/)
      *******************************************************************

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      * Everybody Has An Opinion
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      26) "My fellow Americans"
      Salon
      by George W. Bush

      Presidential speech given on board the USS Abraham Lincoln on May 1st, 2003: "Thank you all very much. Admiral Kelly, Captain Card, officers and sailors of the USS Abraham Lincoln, my fellow Americans: Major combat operations in Iraq have ended. In the battle of Iraq, the United States and our allies have prevailed." (05/01/03)

      http://tinyurl.com/2qs63b

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      27) Civilization in free-fall
      LewRockwell.Com
      by Butler Shaffer

      "Our civilization is experiencing more than a 'slow social suicide,' but is more in a state of free-fall. A vibrant society is one that encourages the production of life-sustaining values -- which include a respect for the inviolability of the lives and property interests of one another, a condition that becomes synonymous with peace. America, however, is a nation in a constant state of war, not only with the rest of the world, but with itself. What condition that people-pushers are quick to identify as a 'social problem,' does not carry with it proposed legislation to forcibly restrict how others are to live their lives? For reasons largely explainable as a reaction to the increased decentralization that threatens the institutional order, our formal systems -- as well as those who take direction from them -- are becoming increasingly sociopathic."

      http://www.lewrockwell.com/shaffer/shaffer154.html

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      28) The Second should be the First
      Liberty For All
      by R. Lee Wrights

      "I am loathe to criticize them at all because I honestly believe they did the very best they could with what they had, even to the point of risking fortune and life to achieve what they coveted most -- precious Liberty. However, in my opinion there is one glaring mistake that the framers of the Constitution made when they collective ratified the first ten amendments in a document that would come to be known to all Americans as the Bill of Rights. They put the wrong amendment first." (04/29/07)

      http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=634

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      29) The sham of the Padilla trial
      Future of Freedom Foundation
      by Jacob G. Hornberger

      "Jury selection in the Jose Padilla case is now under way in federal district court in Miami, but the trial is nothing more than a sham. Why? Because no matter how the jury rules, Padilla is almost certain to remain incarcerated for a long time. If Padilla is convicted by the jury, the judge will likely sentence him to serve much of the rest of his life in a federal penitentiary for having conspired to violate federal criminal laws against terrorism. On the other hand, if Padilla is acquitted, the U.S. military is likely to exercise its post-9/11-acquired power to declare Americans (and foreigners) 'enemy combatants' in the war on terror and throw Padilla back into a military dungeon. That is where he was before the government, as part of a clever legal maneuver that was obviously designed to avoid Supreme Court review of Padilla's request for habeas-corpus relief, converted him from an 'enemy combatant' in the war on terror to a federal-court criminal defendant charged
      with violating federal terrorism laws." (04/30/07)

      http://www.fff.org/comment/com0704p.asp

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      30) The Moneycrats of Crock
      from Reason to Freedom
      by Garry Reed

      "Paperpushers and Agencycrats from all over Crock gathered in their natural habitat, a gray, boring, unimaginative federal building in the nation's capital, to read the article aloud. 'President Bush has proposed a significant jump in funding for an anti-drug advertising campaign that government-funded research shows is at best useless and at worst has increased drug use among some teens.' 'It's brilliant,' panted an envious Departmentcrat. 'The article says that Bush wants to increase the program's budget to 130 million taxbucks over the next year.' 'But ... but ... it was stupid and wasteful and ineffective,' murmured a young Interncrat. 'That was the brilliance of it,' explained a Subundersecretarycrat with jealous admiration." (04/30/07)

      http://www.reasontofreedom.com/the_moneycrats_of_crock.html

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      31) Hillary Clinton's foreign policy
      Reason
      by Christopher Preble

      "The Iraq war is the issue of greatest concern for Democratic primary and caucus voters, especially among the young people and first-time donors flocking to Obama. Clinton's recent struggles can be tied directly to her vote for war in October 2002, and to her ambivalence on the war effort as it has degenerated. Asked how her views toward the war have evolved over the past four years, Sen. Clinton has explained that she is not sorry for voting as she did; she only regrets 'the way the president used the authority.' Her response sheds some light on how she would use the military as commander-in-chief, and it suggests that she has learned little from America's unfortunate experience in Iraq." (05/01/07)

      http://www.reason.com/news/show/119946.html

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      32) Bush has NOT cut taxes
      Ludwig von Mises Institute
      by Mark Brandly

      "While the occupation of Iraq is the major topic of debate in the 2008 presidential race, the candidates have also taken positions on George Bush's fiscal policies. We see Republican candidates supporting Bush's tax 'cuts' and being asked to sign a pledge, a pledge they will all, except for Ron Paul, violate, promising not to raise taxes, while Democrats decry Bush's tax 'cuts' and promise to at least consider rolling back the tax cuts should one of them take power." (04/30/07)

      http://www.mises.org/story/2559

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      33) Why does fear trump logic, truth and common sense?
      Law Enforcement Against Prohibition
      by Rusty White

      "It's not the truth that's killing and addicting our young and old alike. It is fear, bigotry and the self proclaimed chosen ones' zeal and refusal to face the facts. How sad and utterly despicable. Dallas County has recorded its 18th confirmed "cheese" overdose by a person 18 or younger. A mixture of black tar heroin and Tylenol, the drug goes for about $2 a hit and has been rising in popularity over the past two years. Yet no one in the media or in law enforcement or the community as a whole are willing to ask the right questions or accept the truth." (04/27/07)

      http://blog.leap.cc/?p=83

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      34) Free speech gets a bad rap
      Liberty For All
      by Lady Liberty

      "Radio 'shock jock' Don Imus said a bad thing. In a relatively brief on-air exchange with a producer, he referred to the women of the Rutgers University basketball team as 'nappy headed hos.' He also said that the women on the Tennessee team were 'cute,' but the Rutgers team members were 'rough,' and he strongly implied that they were not cute." (04/30/07)

      http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=635

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      35) Leviathan's legionnaires
      Foundation for Economic Education
      by Becky Akers

      "Boston lies under a foot of snow this Monday March evening in 1770, so icy and cold that anyone who can huddle at home on the hearth should. Instead, much of the town is abroad and abuzz like an angry hive. Bostonians are infuriated at something their descendants will take for granted, indeed, will prize so highly they'll pay for it: police are patrolling their city." (written 06/06; posted 04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/32u6ob

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      36) Where in the world is Don Imus, now that we really need him?
      Center For Individual Freedom
      by staff

      "Strange, isn't it, that in the time period immediately following the dismissal of Don Imus by CBS and NBC, the world is just chock full of Imus fodder, with no room whatsoever for the gratuitous throwaway rap that got him in trouble? You've got your Harry 'The War Is Lost' Reid, signifying to the world that 'guilty by reason of mental defect or disease' is as applicable to those in positions of power as it is to wacko Chos." (04/27/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2qdhpp

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      37) Even death does not deter
      Liberty For All
      by Terry Nelson

      "Even facing the death penalty, being wealthy and having connections to royalty the allure of additional riches derived from drugs is too strong. So, we can conclude from this and our own prison population, that no matter how severe the penalty there will always be those willing to run the risk for the rewards. Life is about choices and the freedom to make them, good or bad. We will never stop trafficking in drugs as long as they are illegal, the market is there and the profit so substantial." (written 01/07; posted 04/30/07)

      http://www.libertyforall.net/?p=631

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      38) Duck and cover
      In These Times
      by William D. Hartung & Frida Berrigan

      "Only days before the fifth anniversary of September 11, President George W. Bush addressed military officers in Washington to warn that nuclear-armed terrorists could 'blackmail the free world and spread their ideologies of hate and raise a moral threat to America.' This alarmist vision was accompanied by the White House's release of 'A National Strategy for Combating Terrorism,' which painted a picture of a 'troubling potential WMD terrorism nexus emanating from Tehran.' The administration is building the case for war against Iran -- a job made easier by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's recent announcement that Iran can now enrich uranium on an industrial scale -- despite the fact that many Iran-watchers and nuclear experts consider their claims of enrichment capacity to be an overblown boast." (04/30/07)

      http://www.inthesetimes.com/article/3133/duck_and_cover/

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      39) Hedging disaster
      The American Prospect
      by Robert Kuttner

      "This past week, even jaded observers of Wall Street were startled to learn that last year's top hedge fund manager, James Simons of Renaissance Technologies, made $1.7 billion in 2006. Alpha Magazine reported that the top 25 hedge fund earners garnered an average of $570 million in 2006, up from $362 million in 2005. The burgeoning hedge fund and private equity industries are both a cause and a symptom of a dangerously lopsided America. Because they are private (not listed on stock exchanges or offering shares to the public), these funds do not have to disclose their inner workings to regulators or to the public. Yet these unregulated funds are increasingly buying and selling some of our largest corporations, stripping assets, piling on debt, leaving employees and subsequent buyers to dig out of a deep hole." (04/30/07)

      http://www.prospect.org/web/view-web.ww?id=12734

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      40) For his dunk, Tenet deserves slam
      Tom Paine
      by Ray McGovern

      "'If you can't say something positive about someone, don't say anything.' This was drummed into me by my Irish grandmother and, as was the case with most of her admonishments, it has stood me in good stead. On occasion, though, it has been a real bother -- as when I felt called to comment on George Tenet's apologia, In the Center of the Storm, coming soon to a bookstore near you. On the verge of despair, I ran into an old classmate of Tenet's from PS 94 in Little Neck, Queens, N.Y. Help at last. He told me that George was more handsome than his twin brother Billy, and that his outgoing nature and consummate political skill got him elected president of the student body. Positive enough, Grandma? Now let me add this. George Tenet's book shows that he remains, first and foremost, a politician -- with no clue as to the proper role of intelligence work." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2czahh

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      41) Obama's inexperience apparent at debate
      Fox News
      by Susan Estrich

      "So who won? Won what, you're asking. For most Americans, it's a long way to November 2008, but for the candidates, the campaign is in full swing. The first debate is history. The pundits and pundettes are weighing in. So what if it was as boring as a college baseball game between two schools you didn't go to. So what if the format stank, half the answers seemed canned and the most interesting guy was the former senator from Alaska whom no one under 40 has ever heard of and who has no chance of winning. For those of us who live for this stuff, there was plenty to see." (04/30/07)

      http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,269112,00.html

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      42) End sex discrimination for good
      Christian Science Monitor
      by Martha Burk & Eleanor Smeal

      "Some members of Congress are looking to do something long overdue: pass the Equal Rights Amendment. Recently renamed the Women's Equality Amendment, it would grant equal constitutional rights to women -- something we have yet to achieve. This simple concept had the blessing of both political parties until the Republicans struck it from their platform in 1980, with the Democrats following suit in 2004. Why is the amendment needed? Twenty-three countries -- including Sri Lanka and Moldova -- have smaller gender gaps in education, politics, and health than the United States, according to the World Economic Forum. America is 68th in the world in women's participation in national legislatures. On average, a woman working full time and year-round still makes only 77 cents to a man's dollar. Women hold 98 percent of the low-paying 'women's' jobs and fewer than 15 percent of the board seats at major corporations." [editor's note: Posted only for comparison; fascinating to see
      this, in the same day on which Steve Chapman debunks this myth, almost as effectively as Alex Cockburn slam-danced anthropocentric global warming yesterday! - SAT] (04/30/07)

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0501/p09s02-coop.html

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      43) The gods that failed
      Boston Globe
      by James Carroll

      "History was made in Moscow last week. For the first time since the funeral of Czar Alexander III in 1894, a Russian head of state was laid to rest according to the rites of the Orthodox Church. The New York Times report of the burial of Boris Yeltsin noted the liturgy, incense, chanting, ministrations of vested clergy -- all of it. That the ceremony was held in Christ the Savior Cathedral, which had been demolished by the Soviets in 1931, the very year Yeltsin was born, then rebuilt under Yeltsin, only emphasized the momentous reversal that has occurred since the Soviet Union ceased to exist. For 70 years, religious ritual was gone from the public life of Russia, yet now it is back in full force. Atheism was dogma, yet now a show of piety is politic." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2hxhlj

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      44) Imams' airline case: Clash of rights, prejudice, security
      Christian Science Monitor
      by Alexandra Marks

      "In this age of global terrorism, some cherished American values -- like the right to pray, and say what you think -- are clashing in unprecedented ways. Take the controversy over six imams who were removed from a US Airways flight last October, and their recent decision to sue for discrimination -- not just the airline and its employees, but also some passengers who complained about their preflight behavior. At the heart of the controversy are Americans' concern about terrorism, ignorance about Islam, and constitutional guarantees of freedom of religion and speech. In the middle are the airlines, which are charged with the difficult task of sorting out legitimate complaints about unusual behavior from those based on prejudice and fear of people's appearance -- and to do it in a short period when dealing with a particular flight." (04/30/07)

      http://www.csmonitor.com/2007/0501/p01s02-usju.html

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      45) Criminals don't register their guns; why should we?
      Birmingham News
      by Roy Moore

      "Alabama legislators who introduced House Bill 600 in early April are probably hoping to use the tragic murder of 32 students and faculty at Virginia Tech for their own anti-gun political agenda .... In other words, this bill would affect, in addition to automatic weapons, practically all pistols, revolvers and semi-automatic rifles and shotguns that Alabamians already lawfully own. Giving the government more information about our lives and the guns we own does nothing to stop criminals with guns ....The right to keep and bear arms is not just a means of protecting life, but also an indispensable safeguard of our liberties against oppressive government." (04/29/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3c249e

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      46) Under Siege Part V: Beneath the wheel
      Backwoods Home
      by Claire Wolfe

      "In Mordor-on-the-Potomac, ponderous wheels began to grind. At first they churned as slowly as the monster gears controlling the gates of Middle-Earth's most hellish domain. But instead of Sauron's reeks and seeps, these wheels churned through the suffocating tar of bureaucracy. But however slowly they moved, they rolled toward Hardyville, discovered at last." (04/30/07)

      http://www.backwoodshome.com/columns/wolfe070430.html

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      47) Brains, if any
      Fred On Everything
      by Fred Reed

      "I don't get it. Explain it to me. Intelligence, I mean. Everybody who talks about it seems to be slightly nuts. They get political about it, and then ideological, and stubborn, and unglued from reality. To start with, some people insist that intelligence doesn't exist; they are, I suspect, the best evidence for their case. Some people and some groups are obviously smarter than others. It's daily experience. Then other people, also imbeciles, say that environment accounts for all difference in IQ: It's all in how you are raised. The idea would embarrass a hamster." (04/29/07)

      http://www.fredoneverything.net/BrainsIfAny.shtml

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      48) Guns and college
      The Libertarian Enterprise
      by Darien Worden

      "I hope people aren't already too tired of the Virginia Tech shooting to hear what I did at my college afterwards. Now that I've had time to calm down, analyze things, and insert punctuation, I think my experiences are worth writing about. One of the first things I did was write an angry note on my Facebook profile which read in part: Once again, one armed person has killed numerous unarmed people. Once again, people like me who enjoy having guns are going to get the blame. ... Do I sound pissed? Well I am. I'm sick of easily preventable tragedies being used to attack my rights, my future, and my way of life. I wrote a book about this kind of thing -- it is entitled Bring a Gun to School Day and has yet to be published. Also, I was planning to sell toy guns at school on Thursday [April 19] to have fun promoting freedom. MY PLANS HAVE NOT CHANGED. THIS IS ABSOLUTELY THE RIGHT TIME TO DO SOMETHING LIKE THIS." (04/29/07)

      http://www.ncc-1776.org/tle2007/tle415-20070429-04.html

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      49) This is what the War on Drugs looks like
      AlterNet
      by Rhonda Cook

      "Tesler was at the back door when Junnier, Smith and the other narcotics officers crashed through the front. Johnston got off one shot, the bullet missing her target and hitting a porch roof. The three narcotics officers answered with 39 bullets. Five or six bullets hit the terrified woman. Authorities never figured out who fired the fatal bullet, the one that hit Johnston in the chest. Some pieces of the other bullets -- friendly fire -- hit Junnier and two other cops. The officers handcuffed the mortally wounded woman and searched the house. There was no Sam. There were no drugs. There were no cameras that the officers had claimed was the reason for the no-knock warrant. Just Johnston, handcuffed and bleeding on her living room floor. That is when the officers took it to another level. Three baggies of marijuana were retrieved from the trunk of the car and planted in Johnston's basement." (04/30/07)

      http://www.alternet.org/drugreporter/51151/

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      50) Free at last
      The American Spectator
      by Doug Bandow

      "Americans stop paying for government today. According to the Tax Foundation, 'Tax Freedom Day' is April 30. That's when local, state, and federal officials stop fingering the average American's wallet. Unfortunately, Tax Freedom Day has been getting later. The Bush tax cuts dropped TFD from May 1 in 2001 to April 21 in 2002 and April 18 in 2003. But TFD rose to April 19 the following year, and jumped ahead a full week in 2005. It was April 28 in 2006. Now it is almost back to where it started when President George W. Bush took office." (04/30/07)

      http://www.spectator.org/dsp_article.asp?art_id=11362

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      51) Passing on the sense of wonder
      The Power of Narrative
      by Arthur Silber

      "I know that some people view my writing as bleak and pessimistic; they think I approach events from a perspective that is despairing and fatalistic. Some believe my primary message is that we're headed into monumental catastrophe, and there is nothing to be done about it. In the most important sense, such a view of my work strikes me as surpassingly strange. It is absolutely not how I think about the world at all. To begin with, the fundamental fact of life itself, coupled with the further extraordinary fact that we are aware of it, is nothing less than miraculous to me. ... If I had to select just a single word to express my deepest feeling about the world, and about humankind, it would be that one: wonder." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2pl24m

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      52) In the War on Drugs, you could be collateral damage
      Classically Liberal
      by CLS

      "US Attorney David Nahmias said that the police officers are corrupt but not in the usual way because they weren't seeking financial rewards. 'Their goal was to arrest drug dealers and seize illegal drugs, and that's what we want our police officers to do for our community.' So they are not treated as the killers they are because they are part of the Drug War cult. Apparently if you a Drug Warrior even murder can be tolerated to one degree or another. Mrs. Johnston was not a drug dealer. She is dead. She did not die from drugs. She was killed by the War on Drugs. She did not die because she voluntarily inserted a needle in her arm. She died involuntarily because the Drug War is used to excuse almost any action by the State and its agents. A woman who wanted to live was killed because it is believed a proper function of government to prevent people from acting stupidly." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/36xcnx

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      53) Hot air in the UN Security Council
      National Review
      by Brett D. Schaefer

      "Considering its responsibilities, it is hardly surprising that the Council had not previously considered the issue of global warming. A review of current scientific evidence reveals many uncertainties about the extent to which climate change is caused by human activity, the extent and consequences of global warming, and how to best allocate resources to address the issue. As knowledge increases, we have seen U.N. estimates for temperature and sea-level increases decline. However, even under worst-case scenarios for global warming predicted by the U.N., it will be decades before global warming results in significant warming, noteworthy sea-level increases, or other consequences that could contribute to conflict or instability. These projected harms are not pressing threats requiring immediate attention by the Security Council." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2umfzl

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      54) Those irresistable hearts of darkness
      Free Market News Network
      by Bill Bonner

      "it is a great joy to be back from our vacation, back in work-a-day world, where we can get some rest ... and have a good laugh or two. We noticed that the outrageous trends that were going on when we left, have become even more outrageous. Seeing a disaster coming ... investors are rushing to get in on it before it is too late. China is clearly in a bubble. Shanghai stocks are up 250% since 2005 -- and 35% this year alone. Still, investors are so eager to get in at these prices -- while they can still get hurt -- that they take up Chinese bank IPOs at twice the PE ratios of banks in developed countries. And what do they actually get when they buy a share? What exactly is a bank chartered and regulated by communists? They haven't a clue. But so much foreign money is elbowing its way into China that, in 2007, the central bankers are getting bruised just trying to keep up with it." (04/30/07)

      http://www.fmnn.com/Analysis/28/7418/darkness.asp?nid=7418&wid=28

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      55) The sphinx of Sacramento
      Slate
      by Garrett Epps and Dahlia Lithwick

      "In the wake of the court's latest decision on so-called 'partial birth' abortions, Gonzales v. Carhart, the real human mystery is the majority opinion's author, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Kennedy puzzles because he speaks in more than one voice. One Kennedy has written landmark opinions affirming the dignity and autonomy of gay men and lesbians (and was one of the three justices who extolled the 'heart of liberty' in Casey). The other, in Gonzales, employs rhetoric that reduces pregnant women to something like moral wards of the state -- to be protected from their own feckless choices. How to square the two men? It's not an easy puzzle, but it's an important one: Kennedy is among the most powerful men in America." (04/27/07)

      http://www.slate.com/id/2165133/

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      56) How to bring your property taxes under control
      Intellectual Conservative
      by Chad Kirkpatrick & Tom Jenney

      "If you are not angry about your property tax bill, you probably haven't studied it yet. Many Arizona homeowners are seeing their property tax bills go up by hundreds of dollars. For many -- especially older people on fixed incomes -- exploding property tax bills will force some tough tradeoffs. In extreme cases, increased property taxes may force people out of their homes. There are ways you can minimize your property tax bill, though. Courtesy of the Arizona Federation of Taxpayers, a state chapter of Americans for Prosperity, here are four steps you can take to bring your property taxes under control ..." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2qjfrj

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      57) Zen and the art of Iraqi reconciliation
      The NewsHoggers
      by Cernig

      "Now, with many on the Right beginning to see that Iraq is a Gordian Knot of Bush's creation -- one that no amount of military force alone can unravel -- and even the Bush administration saying they have no idea what a Plan B would look like if the surge fails to give Iraqis a kick in the pants towards reconcilliation of their sectarian divides, the current mood in the US is mostly one of confusion. Only those who have swallowed entirely the 'just around the next corner' rhetoric aren't confused -- they are simply wrong. Yet within the current mess, if only it were possible for the West to grasp it, lies a chance at Iraq's saving by leaving it (mostly) the hell alone. Allow me to explain. But first, some news to set a scene for what follows." [hat tip -- Jim Henley] (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/37xkzs

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      58) Something that's not Bush's fault
      Disloyal Opposition
      by J.D. Tuccille

      "My father-in-law recently found himself in the unusual position of defending President Bush. A confirmed Democrat, he rarely misses a chance to bash the current commander-in-chief. But while he was on a business trip to Europe, well-educated, professional colleagues from Switzerland started insisting that 9/11 was a massive put-on, actually executed by agents of the Bush administration to provide a pretext for waging war in the Middle East. As my father-in-law put it, 'Europeans are insane.' Actually, I can't fault Europeans alone." (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/3748uo

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      59) Gone
      Mother Jones
      by Julia Whitty

      "Scientists recognize that species continually disappear at a background extinction rate estimated at about one species per million species per year, with new species replacing the lost in a sustainable fashion. Occasional mass extinctions convulse this orderly norm, followed by excruciatingly slow recoveries as new species emerge from the remaining gene pool until the world is once again repopulated by a different catalog of flora and fauna. From what we understand so far, five great extinction events have reshaped Earth in cataclysmic ways in the past 439 million years .... Today we're living through the sixth great extinction, sometimes known as the Holocene extinction event. We carried its seeds with us 50,000 years ago as we migrated beyond Africa with Stone Age blades, darts, and harpoons, entering pristine Ice Age ecosystems and changing them forever by wiping out at least some of the unique megafauna of the times, including, perhaps, the saber-toothed cats and
      woolly mammoths. When the ice retreated, we terminated the long and biologically rich epoch sometimes called the Edenic period with assaults from our newest weapons: hoes, scythes, cattle, goats, pigs. But as harmful as our forebears may have been, nothing compares to what's under way today." (04/25/07)

      http://www.motherjones.com/news/feature/2007/05/gone.html

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      60) Tuning out free speech
      The American Conservative
      by Jesse Walker

      "In the name of liberating speech and promoting what he calls the 'uninhibited marketplace of ideas,' Congressman Dennis Kucinich may be ready to revive a rule with a long record of stifling speech and inhibiting the exchange of ideas. Speaking in Memphis this past January, the Ohio Democrat, who now chairs the Domestic Policy Subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, declared 'the media has become the servant of a very narrow corporate agenda' and pledged to hold hearings on media reform. One of the topics on the table: whether to revive the Fairness Doctrine, a long-dead rule requiring broadcast licensees to 'afford reasonable opportunity for discussion of conflicting views on matters of public importance.' Kucinich insists that he isn't necessarily endorsing a return to the Fairness Doctrine but merely wants to review the effects of repealing it 20 years ago. Taking him at his word, I'll let him know right now what a fair inquiry will reveal."
      (04/23/07)

      http://www.amconmag.com/2007/2007_04_23/article3.html

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      61) Missile defense obsession lessens US security
      Independent Institute
      by Ivan Eland

      "President Bush's plan to deploy missile defenses in Central Europe will reduce U.S. security, not enhance it. Installing radar for tracking incoming missiles in the Czech Republic and anti-missile interceptors in Poland could do more harm than good. Ostensibly, the European radar and interceptors are aimed at the future threat of nuclear-armed Iranian missiles. But Russia suspects -- perhaps with good reason -- that the real purpose of the deployments is to cement the security guarantees the United States has given to the two former Russian allies. In addition, Russia fears, also with justification, that the missile defenses could be augmented someday and used against Russian missiles." [editor's note: I agree that the US shouldn't be guaranteeing the security of Poland, etc., willy-nilly ... but I don't regard the "if we put up a defense, that's an excuse for them to shoot" argument as valid. If the Russians don't fire missiles, they don't have to worry about those
      missiles being shot down, do they? - TLK] (04/30/07)

      http://www.independent.org/newsroom/article.asp?id=1961

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      62) Best hope lies in privately funded stem cell research
      Cato Institute
      by Sigrid Fry-Revere

      "Medical research has never ground to a halt when government has declined to support it. The Journal of the American Medical Association reported last September that between 1994 and 2003, the U.S. nearly tripled spending on biomedical research, and in any year where federal funding decreased, private funding increased to make up for the difference. The private sector can easily compensate for fluctuations in government spending, and more importantly, can move forward without any federal funding at all. The great advantage of private funding is that it allows research to proceed even -- especially -- when it is politically touchy." (04/30/07)

      http://www.cato.org/pub_display.php?pub_id=8205

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      63) While Congress voted for war ...
      CounterPunch
      by Kevin Zeese

      "While the Senate was voting 51-46 to approve $95 billion more in war funding, in a bill that included a loophole ridden withdrawal plan, inside the Hart Senate office building more than 75 anti-war demonstrators participated in a dramatic demonstration. ... The demonstration was dramatic because anti-war activists are getting angrier at the congress and the president for extending the war rather than ending it. A wide range of groups came together to support the Hart demonstration and the various influences in the anti-war movement -- military families, vets, peace activists among them -- were seen in the action." (04/30/07)

      http://www.counterpunch.org/zeese04302007.html

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      64) Gun control, crisis and the state
      Strike the Root
      by Angelo Mike

      "Why, when we can all see that this tragedy serves to increase the state's power to compel and coerce, and to keep guns out of the people who are least likely to use them for anything but recreation or defense by outlawing them, do most people not recognize that the state is acting as a predator? That, as happened on Virginia Tech's campus where firearms were already banned, when it bans weapons, doesn't it only disarm the people who would hope that the state would protect them when left to its own devices? Any clear-thinking person must conclude that something is systemically wrong about the state." (04/30/07)

      http://www.strike-the-root.com/71/mike/mike12.html

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      65) No humans were hurt in the making of this war
      Strike the Root
      by Glen Allport

      "Where is the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Humans? You know, the larger, better known, and better funded analog to the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Where is the Humane Society -- for humans? Surely we have such a group, but I am unable to locate it. The need for such a Society is overwhelming, and considering how much effort is put into stopping cruelty to animals (even just on movie sets, for one thing), I cannot believe that the casual cruelty inflicted on prisoners in America's vast domestic gulag, the vile persecution and prosecution of terminal cancer patients for using marijuana to alleviate symptoms of pain or nausea, the intentional torture inflicted on prisoners in the 'War on Terror,' and the numbing, dehumanizing treatment of children forced to attend government schools (and who are often forcibly drugged) has not brought forth a response in the form of a group specifically dedicated to reducing cruelty to humans -- any humans, in
      any situation and despite anything they might be accused (or even convicted) of." (04/30/07)

      http://www.strike-the-root.com/71/allport/allport16.html

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      66) James Bovard on the Sloan Ranger Show, 05/03/07
      The Sloan Ranger Show

      James Bovard, author of Attention Deficit Democracy, joins host Lloyd Sloan. 5:35pm Central on WGNU 920 AM, St. Louis or live on the web. [live radio or stream] (05/03/07)

      http://www.sloanrangershow.com/

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      67) The Tom deSabla Show, 05/01/07
      The Tom deSabla Show

      "'Supreme' Court fails to see the forest for the trees in Scott v Harris / Traffic paradigm shift: Traffic signals, signs, and lines cannot become our masters, but must return to their intended function of being our servants / the interrelatedness of statism / A world without Bush -- how will the bashers cope? / The flaws of assumed socialism / More Obaminations ..." 1-3pm on WMET 1160 AM, Washington, DC or live on the web. [live radio or stream] (05/01/07)

      http://tomdesabla.com/

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      68) Another step towards national ID
      Cato Institute

      Cato daily podcast, featuring Jim Harper. [MP3] (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/2moy9z

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      69) Doug Bandow on Antiwar Radio
      AntiWar.Com

      "Antiwar.com regular and Foreign Follies author Doug Bandow dismisses our government's ridiculous narrative about why the Terrorists(TM) are at war with the United States." [Flash audio or MP3] (04/30/07)

      http://www.antiwar.com/blog/2007/04/30/doug-bandow/

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      70) Freedomain Radio #737
      Freedomain Radio

      "Hitler and Stalin and Atheism: Did they have more in common than their moustaches?" [MP3] (04/30/07)

      http://tinyurl.com/32clgm

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      73) The Downing Street Memo is revealed

      Details, and the "quote of the day," from Leon's Political Almanac at:

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