Sunday, October 04, 2015

Brian Williams and Baghdad Bob

From FlaglerLive: "He lied even in his apology. He claimed he’d been following the helicopter that was struck. He hadn’t. His helicopter was forced to land because of a sand storm. Only later was Williams able to speak to the crew of the copter hit by an RPG round, when that aircraft landed in the same place. He claimed he’d “conflated” some events in a “bungled attempt” to publicly thank a veteran on the PA system at a New York Rangers game (another one of those moments of choreographed pandering the television camera and its distortive effects love so much). That was a lie too because two years ago on Letterman Williams marked the 10th anniversary of that bogus story by going on the show and boasting about it." The full piece

Thursday, June 28, 2012


You mean this is still live?

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Florida Loves Polluters, Girl Crushes of 2010, and Madonna vs. Lady Gaga: The Live Wire, Dec. 13, 2010

Friday, July 11, 2008

Where You Ought To Be

If you've landed here, you're two years to late. This is where you want to be:

Tuesday, February 13, 2007

Lost Causes

Good Morning. A couple of new items today.

  • There is, after all, another war going on, the original war, the one “on terror,” the one that was supposed to end terrorism and states that support it. That Afghanistan is getting little attention anymore is the fruit of two poisoned trees: the situation there is intractable. And it is not about to be resolved, neither by a splurge of surges nor by imports of cash, no matter the tonnage. Canadians are catching on. NATO isn't. See "Remember Afghanistan?"
  • And it's not as if Iraq has it better. It wasn’t 48 hours ago that the Bush junta was chatting up its lockdown of Baghdad as a result of the ongoing “surge” of Iraqi and American forces through the capital. It was the latest of dozens of so-called lockdowns over the years. None of which have done more than fuel the insurgency. See "Now what?"
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Monday, February 12, 2007

Severed Heads and Sensibility

Good morning. Too many new items to count...

  • In Book Eight of Marcus Aurelius’s “Meditations,” we come across this line: “Have you ever seen a hand or a foot cut off, or a head sliced off, lying anywhere apart from the rest of the body?” The question has more relevance today than we're willing to admit. So does Aurelius's answer. Pierre's essay explores both. See "Severed Heads and Sensibility."
  • Target Iran: The Bush junta is going after Iran with the same guile and mix of propaganda and fabulism as it did going after Iraq. Yet again, the media are swallowing the farce whole. See "Iranian Gulf of Tonkin"
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Friday, February 09, 2007

Anna Nicole Smith or Jimi Hendrix?

Try both.

  • You can see Anna Nicole Smith in her more pious poses (and some of those fabulous Playboy covers): "Vickie A.N. Smith, Alas"
  • What was the meaning of Jimi Hendrix's star-spangled ordnance at Woodstock? See Candide's Notebooks contributor Rick de Yampert's "Anthem to Jimi Hendrix"
Good weekend

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Of Vaccine Trials and Deaths Foretold

Good Morning. A few new items today...

  • Remember Bush declaring victory in the Iraq war on the USS Abraham Lincoln in May 2003? Even then, the writing of the mayhem to come was on the wall--or in the papers. See "Chronicle of Deaths Foretold."
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Wednesday, February 07, 2007

Taser Brutality in Our Schools

Good Morning. A couple of items today...

  • Last Thursday morning a 16-year-old special education student at a Florida high school was shot with a Taser by a school cop. It all began when the student refused to do his school work. He ended up with a felony charge and in juvenile detention. Welcome to our brave new America. See "Taser Brutality In Our Schools."
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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

Cowards and Militarists

Good Morning. A few new items today. Cue up the Sousa.

  • When a society is no longer exclusively and vigilantly civil, its claim to be a civilized society, let alone a civilizing one, is in peril. Other countries have been discovering that about the United States . We’re discovering it at home, too, every time a police shield is flashed with the presumptive power of an M-16 burst. See "America's March Toward a Military State."
  • The Senate folds on an anti-war resolution. See "Cowards."
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Monday, February 05, 2007


Good morning. A few new items as the sogginess outside our Floridian windows continues. In FEMA's absence, as always.

  • I didn't know who the Colts were and wasn't sure why the Bears were there, but commented the Superbowl anyway. See "The Superbowl, Semi-Live."
  • It's getting old: The Bush administration has been inventing a case for war against Iran out of thin air. See "Iran, the Muddle."
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Friday, February 02, 2007

Loquacious Ineloquence from Bush to Biden

Good Morning. A few items for the weekend...

  • President Bush was scampering discrepant all over Wall Street This week, including a lay-over with the Wall Street Journal Editorial board. The result? See "Bush's Wall Street Bull."
  • Why is the Federal Emergency Management Agency the stand-out champion among federal agencies of the Bush administration's incompetence? See "FEMA's Shams."
  • The Pentagon thinks there are almost 30,000 fewer casualties than does the Veterans Administration, which recently put the number of wounded out of Iraq at 50,000. The discrepancy is indicative of the government's total war on truth. See "When Casualties Aren't."
Plenty more in the various editions of the Daily Journal. Good weekend everyone (and welcome, new subscribers: the past ten days have brought a surge of their own, and I'm all for this one).pt

Wednesday, January 31, 2007

War Trash

Good Morning. A few new items...
  • West Virginia is a rolling heartbreak. The explosion at a convenience store on Monday is one more example. See "An Explosion in Ghent."
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Monday, January 29, 2007

Genocide as Wallpaper

Good morning. A few new items:
  • What happens if a genocide takes place and the press does report it as it's happening? Usually, indifference. See "Genocide as Wallpaper"
  • Roger Federer wins the Australian Open. Big yawn.
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Friday, January 26, 2007

Kafka in Canada

Good Morning. A few items for the weekend...

  • Maher Arar is the Syrian-born wireless technology consultant American authorities detained on false information from Canada, then "rendered" to Syria, where Arar was imprisoned and tortured for almost a year before his release. Canada cleared him of all suspicions. The Americans refuse to remove him from a terrorist watch list. See "The Hounding of Maher Arar"
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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Herbert Tippen Davidson Jr., 1925-2007

Good morning,

On Tuesday morning, Herbert Davidson, third-generation owner of the last major family-owned newspapers in Florida, died. A personal tribute, "Colossus of Heart and Verve."

  • Hezbollah is at it again in Lebanon, edging the country toward civil war: See "Lebanon's Slide."

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Tuesday, January 23, 2007

Education's Heists

Good Morning. A couple of new items today...

  • What's the purpose of education--to manufacture workers or mold individuals? The "free" market drives the answer. See Pierre's Tuesday Column, "Cogs and Ends: Education's Heist?"
  • Anthony Swofford scored big with Jarhead, his memoir of the first Gulf War. His first novel, Exit A, draws less than pink mist. See "Jarhead Shoots Blanks."
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Monday, January 22, 2007

Bush the Empire Slayer

Good morning. A few items from the weekend...

  • Bernard Chazelle, a computer science professor at Princeton, contributes a terrifically written piece that sums up the Bush years in red white and blight: See "Bush the Empire Slayer."
  • The war on terror's great delusion? That Pakistan and Saudi Arabia are American allies, when they are, in fact, al-Qaeda's enabling axis. See "Pakistan, Bush and the Taliban"
  • Can Bach--or any classical music--be translated into words? Not likely. But don;t let that stop you from trying. See "For the Love of Bach."
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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Deceptive Reversal on Spying

Good Morning. Several new items today...

  • Condi Rice--and most Americans--aren't paying a personal price for the Iraq war. See Pierre's Tuesday Column, "Barbara Boxer was right."
  • So it turns out the US government has been torturing prisoners without a clue about the effectiveness of the technique. See "Torture for Dummies."
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Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Reviled Prophets

Good Morning. Several new items on the theme of reviled prophets today.

  • Today marks the fifteenth anniversary of the break-out of the first Gulf War, brought to you by CNN's Peter Arnett, Jim Holliman and Bernard Shaw live in Baghdad. But let's not forget what Peter Arnett prophesied about the second war, just eight days into the invasion, on April 1, 2003, only to be summarily fired for it. See "Peter Arnett's Prophesies"
  • Whatever happened to the $1 billion American embassy in Baghdad? See "Fortress of Folly"
Plenty more, including Glenn Gould and Burqah-bikinis, in the Daily Journal...

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Saturday, January 13, 2007

Bush's Cambodia