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Conservatives and War Crimes

Just because you’re a hawk doesn’t mean you have to continue to support every war, even when it is clear it is a mistake. Nor is it necessary for an honest hawk to overlook war crimes. John Murtha has spoken out about the killing of civilians in Haditha. Others verify his account. For example, “Military […]

God Still Sending Messages to Pat Robertson

AP reports: The Rev. Pat Robertson says God has told him that storms and possibly a tsunami will hit America’s coastline this year. “If I heard the Lord right about 2006, the coasts of America will be lashed by storms,” Robertson said May 8. “There well may be something as bad as a tsunami in […]

Different Values

George Will might not totally understand everyone’s values (especially those of many liberals) but at least he is willing to expose the problem with describing only the religious right as values voters: An aggressively annoying new phrase in America’s political lexicon is “values voters.” It is used proudly by social conservatives, and carelessly by the […]

The Deadline Has Passed

The Mudville Gazette notes that it is now May 17 and that, “If John Kerry had his way, all the troops would be home now.” The May 15 deadline has passed, but The Mudville Gazette misunderstands the point of the deadline. If the Iraqis had such a deadline their response may have been to form […]

Weicker Endorses Lamont

Lowell Weicker has an op-ed in the Hartford Courant endorsing Ned Lamont’s primary challenge to Joseph Lieberman: Iraq is a war based on falsehood for which thousands of young Americans have been killed and wounded. It is a policy mistake that has drained the life’s blood of financial resources from all our endeavors here at […]

Rove Watch, Continued

Despite lack of any public confirmation, Truthout sticks to their story that the Grand Jury voted to indict Karl Rove. If they are correct, we do not know when the indictment will be made public: We reported that Patrick Fitzgerald had, “instructed one of the attorneys to tell Rove that he has 24 business hours […]

The War on Science

Following is from a May 11 speech in New York by Patricia Princehouse, as she accepted a Hugh M. Hefner First Amendment Award from the Playboy Foundation for her efforts to preserve science education in Ohio public schools. The Nation has the full text. If you can lie about science and get away with it, […]

Big Oil Targeting Al Gore

ThinkProgress reports today that BIG OIL is targeting Al Gore in an ad campaign to be “aired in more than a dozen cities across the country, is being released just a week before the May 24th opening (in LA and NYC) of Al Gore’s new movie on global warming, An Inconvenient Truth.” The ad campaign […]