January 22nd, 2007

Chris Keeley

SEVENTY-TWO VIRGINS

SEVENTY-TWO VIRGINS
by STEVE MARTIN
Issue of 2007-01-29
Posted 2007-01-22

Virgin No. 1: Yuck.

Virgin No. 2: Ick.

Virgin No. 3: Ew.

Virgin No. 4: Ow.

Virgin No. 5: Do you like cats? I have fourteen!

Virgin No. 6: I’m Becky. I’ll be legal in two years.

Virgin No. 7: Here, I’ll just pull down your zipper. Oh, sorry!

Virgin No. 8: Can we cuddle first?

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Chris Keeley

The torture and indefinite detention of prisoners—at Abu Ghraib, Guantánamo Bay, and unnamed “black

HARD CASES
by Nicholas Lemann
Issue of 2007-01-29
Posted 2007-01-22

It’s a good thing that you’re unlikely to be approached by a small, inquisitive child who wants an explanation of the trial of Lewis (Scooter) Libby, Vice-President Cheney’s former chief of staff, because what would you say? The trial has the air of a proxy prosecution of the Bush Administration, but its outcome won’t have any effect on the White House. Libby’s legal tormentor, Patrick Fitzgerald, a special prosecutor from Chicago, has a reputation as a tormentor of the Washington press corps. (He put one prominent reporter in jail and threatened to lock up another.) Yet, given that we think of the press and the White House as opposing forces, it’s difficult to wrap our minds around the notion of them being in the dock together.

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Chris Keeley

Sen. Bernie Sanders: If You Are Concerned About Health Care, Iraq, the Economy, Global Warming You M

Bernie Sanders speaking at the National Conference for Media Reform. 

Sen. Bernie Sanders: If You Are Concerned About Health Care, Iraq, the Economy, Global Warming You Must Be Concerned About Corporate Control of the Media

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/22/1455248

Tomorrow night President Bush will give his seventh State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress. Last weekend, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders gave what could be described as an alternate State of the Union before thousands gathered in Memphis, Tennessee at the third National Conference for Media Reform. [includes rush transcript]

 

Sanders is an Independent who was elected to the Senate in November of 2006. He is the country's first self-described socialist to be elected to the U.S. Senate.

Before becoming Senator, Bernie Sanders served in the House of Representatives for 15 years where he was the longest-serving Independent in modern history.

  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT)

AMY GOODMAN: This is Bernie Sanders speaking at the National Conference for Media Reform.

    SEN. BERNIE SANDERS: We have already taken a giant step forward in transforming our country, because what we have done -- and the size of this conference indicates our success -- we have begun the long road to make media a major political issue in America. And more and more, in campaigns and in non-campaigns, when people who are running for office go before the public and, as been mentioned, when they talk about healthcare or the environment or the dozens of other important issues, somebody in the front of the room is going to raise their hand and say, “Well, what do you think about corporate control over the media? What are you going to do about that?” So, to the degree that we have already raised consciousness on this issue, we should be very proud. But, obviously, we know that we still have a very, very long way to go.

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Chris Keeley

Euphemisms have marked this administration. They're great at it. Nothing is real.

Euphemisms have marked this administration. They're great at it. Nothing is real. 

Veteran White House Correspondent Helen Thomas on the Escalation of the Iraq War, Jimmy Carter's New Book & the Failings of the Washington Press Corps

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/22/1455252

Commonly referred to as "The First Lady of the Press," Helen Thomas is the most senior member of the White House press corps and has covered every President since Kennedy. Democracy Now interviewed Thomas last week at the National Conference For Media Reform. [includes rush transcript]

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Ex-State Dept. Official Warns of Broad U.S. Attack on Iran

Ex-State Dept. Official Warns of Broad U.S. Attack on Iran

Monday, January 22nd, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/01/22/1455241

- 78 Die in Twin Bombing in Baghdad
- U.S. Suffers Third Deadliest Day of Iraq War
- 3,200 More U.S. Troops Arrive in Baghdad
- Cost of Iraq War: $8.4 Billion Per Month
- Ex-State Dept. Official Warns of Broad U.S. Attack on Iran
- Israeli Troops Kill 10-Year-Old Palestinian Girl
- Prominent Turkish-Armenian Editor Shot Dead
- Clinton, Brownback and Richardson to Run For President
- GE, Dupont, Alcoa Call for Action on Global Warming
- NC Lawmakers Seek Probe Into Plane Company Tied to CIA
- Secret Service Questions 81-Year-Old Over Letter to Editor

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