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Saturday, August 14, 2004

Moore and the madness of King George

From Leslie Felperin's review of Fahrenheit 9/11 for Uncut magazine:
"Maybe none of the film's 'revelations' are that fresh, but, like a radical Ronald McDonald, Moore has packaged and processed them for the masses, with a side order of history and a super-sized ice-cold cup of polemic. Fast food for thought, and if it helps to change hearts, minds and voting habits this election year then we can live with a bit of flabby thinking."

Friday, August 13, 2004

Wage Peace

Wage Peace, originally uploaded by edwest.

Two young protesters carry a sign on the steps of Minnesota's state capitol.

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Dental Floss

In this week's copy of The Nation, Ian Williams digs into George W. Bush's military past. A short excerpt:

"It may or may not be significant that mandatory drug testing was introduced in 1972, and that Bush spokespeople have maintained that he had not used narcotics since 1974--while maintaining a discreet silence about what happened before then.

Bush could, if minded, produce W2 forms from the IRS that would show his Guard earnings while in Alabama. He has not. The White House has occasionally released a flood of documents seemingly intended to confuse the issue. The one tangible record that has emerged is that in January of 1973, Bush turned up for a dentist's visit in Alabama--which is intriguing in itself since he was supposed to be back in Texas by then. The dentist is the only military person in Alabama with a credible memory of Bush attendance. Or rather, he affirmed that it was his signature on the examination card although he had no specific memory of peering into the mouth that later launched the Iraq War. "