Apr
01
2006

MSNBC and the Illegal T-shirt

There was a story the night of the State of the Union address (1/31/06) that may have said more about the actual state of the union than anything in George W. Bush’s speech. Anti-war activist Cindy Sheehan was in the public gallery, a guest of Rep. Lynn Woolsey. When Sheehan sat down and unzipped her jacket, a Capitol Hill police officer noticed that her T-shirt read, “2,245 Dead. How Many More?”—a reference to the number of U.S. fighters killed in Iraq, one of whom was Sheehan’s son Casey. Accounts differ at this point; Sheehan reports that the officer yelled “protester!” […]

Apr
01
2006

SoundBites

Special 3rd anniversary of the Iraq War edition

'Saved in an Archive' “All of the printed and voiced prophecies should be saved in an archive. When these false prophets again appear, they can be reminded of the error of their previous ways and at least be offered an opportunity to recant and repent. Otherwise, they will return to us in another situation where their expertise will be acknowledged, or taken for granted, but their credibility will be lacking.” —Cal Thomas (syndicated column, 4/16/03) 'A Matter of Days ... Maybe Hours' “I will bet you the best dinner in the gaslight district of San Diego that military action will […]

Apr
01
2006

Dick Cheney at Valley Forge

George Washington

U.S. News & World Report’s cover story on Vice President Dick Cheney (1/23/06) began by observing that he “likes to stroll with his wife, Lynne, or fly-fish on quiet mornings with the four grandkids near his Wyoming home.” It didn’t get much harder-hitting than that. Here’s U.S. News on Cheney’s youth: It was a pleasant Ozzie and Harriet existence, with strong families, safe neighborhoods and self-reliant parents who kept close tabs on their kids. This is the way Cheney has always believed American life should be. . . . As a young man, he liked sports, enjoyed a few beers […]

Apr
01
2006

Speak Truth to Power

But not when it can hear you

Coretta Scott King's funeral, Georgia state capitol (cc photo: Yvonne Bowens)

  If you knew Coretta Scott King’s role in the fight for civil rights and social justice, it might not surprise you that some of the speakers at her memorial service—including close friends and allies in those struggles—would talk about politics. But that fact seemed to shock TV pundits and other journalists after the February 7 ceremony. King often spoke out against the war in Iraq, so civil rights leader Rev. Joseph Lowery’s remarks about the war shouldn’t have been startling: “We know now that there were no weapons of mass destruction over there. But Coretta knew, and we know, […]