Thursday, September 07, 2006

Bush's Tour for Terror

Good Morning. A couple of new items, both related to Bush's ongoing Tour for Terror speeches.
  • The season of raspberries has replaced the season of hurricanes: George Bush is making his terror war a fetish for fear and panic as lurid as the media’s debauch over Katie Couric’s debut on the CBS Evening News. See "Bush Co-Hosts D.C. With Osama..."
  • What do you do when your favorite concentration camp and its tribunals get secon-guessed by the Supreme Court? Why, you transfer the 9/11 mastermind there, in time for the 9/11 anniversary, and dare anyone to question whether he should be tried in secret, without due process. See "Tribunals Get Their Star Kangaroo..."
Plenty more in Candide's Latest... Thanks for

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Labor Daze

Good Morning and (for readers in the U.S.), happy post-Labor Day. A couple of new items.
  • For American workers, it's felt like post-Labor Day blues for years: there's little to celebrate when ordinary workers' incomes aren't keeping up with inflation, when job security is just another gamble, and when health and retirement benefits are becoming daily punchlines to unfunny jokes on workers. How do employers get away with it? By being deceptively "inspirational" and "motivational," all the while keeping employees under a jackboot. See Pierre's Tuesday column, "Art of the Workplace Vise..."
  • Why do Men Love War? William Broyles answered the question in a famous essay for Esquire 22 years ago that said more about Americans' love affair with the testosterone-laden idea of war than with its repulsive reality. Here's an update on the question, and Broyles' lingering influence: "Jarheads: Romancing the Brutes..."
  • Gun-running by El Al, the Israeli airline? Guns are the least of it. Think bombs. Missiles. Cluster bombs. Not just under the Department of Homeland Security's eyes, but with its encouragement. Through America's civilian airports. See the item in the Monday edition of Candide's Latest, and more...
Tuesday is primary election day in Florida: Katherine Harris and Randall Terry are just a couple of the lightning-rod luminaries on the ballot. Stay