April 25th, 2007

Chris Keeley

Jack Matlock on Boris Yeltsin--NYTimes 4/24/07

Mr. Yeltsin, of course, had a reputation as a heavy drinker, but I never
saw him drunk. He seemed more like a man who liked to drink than one who
had to. He was also notorious for periods of illness; every few months
he would disappear from the public for a week or two, only to reappear,
seemingly as fit as ever. I recall attending a wedding reception for one
of his associates just a few weeks after he was reported to have had
serious back surgery — he came to the party in high spirits and danced
with every woman present. The flip side of his sometimes comical nature
was a resiliency that was remarkable even for a politician.

April 24, 2007
Op-Ed Contributor


 Boris Yeltsin, the Early Years

By JACK F. MATLOCK Jr.

I MET Boris Yeltsin shortly after I arrived in Moscow as the United
States ambassador in April 1987. He was then the head of the Communist
Party organization in Moscow, and while he would become a household name
around the world within five years, at the time few outside the Soviet
Union had heard of him.

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Uri Avnery on the Jewish National Fund--4/21/07

*Abolish the JNF *
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*http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=12642&sectionID=107
<http://www.zmag.org/content/print_article.cfm?itemID=12642&sectionID=107>*
*     or tinyURL:  *http://tinyurl.com/36pm9b*
*
*by Uri Avnery; Gush Shalom; April 21, 2007

What would we say if an American institution, holding a seventh of all
the land in the United States, adopted statutes that allowed it to sell
or rent land only to White Anglo-Saxon Protestants?

We would not believe it. And it is, indeed, impossible.

But that's the way things are in Israel. This us now the subject of a
stormy public debate.

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Chris Keeley

Real-life underwear perverts in the news

Real-life underwear perverts in the news 














http://www.thesmokinggun.com/archive/years/2007/0424071capt1.html

I
don't mean to make light of the actual story behind this headline, which is not funny. But this has got to be the weirdest headline of the week:

DOCTOR DRESSED AS SUPER HERO ACCUSED OF SEX ASSAULT

...followed by the weirdest buried lede of the week:

"Authorities said Adamcik was in possession of a large burrito and drugs."

Link to news story. And more about the term "underwear perverts": Link. (stolen from T. Bias on Wayne Correia's list)

Reader comment: W. Vann Hall says,

The guys at The Smoking Gun have Dr. Raymond "Captain America" Adamcik's mug shots and arrest report posted: Link.

posted by Xeni Jardin

Chris Keeley

Thomas is as close as modern football can come to an old-fashioned sleeper

Thomas blasted one of his raps. He repeats the same line in a husky baritone: “I’m tired of wasting time.”

April 25, 2007

For N.F.L. Draft, the Biggest (XXXXXXL) Sleeper

GALVESTON, Tex., April 21 — On the edge of the Texas Gulf is a 370-pound football player who can execute a perfect forward flip.

When he lands, the ground trembles.

The player’s name is Walter Thomas, and as he kicked his size 16 feet overhead Saturday morning, onlookers studied the sculpted giant with curiosity and awe. It was the kind of reaction Thomas usually elicits from professional football scouts.

“I feel like I’m a big secret,” Thomas said. “The secret of the draft.”

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The ruling, she said, reaffirms "the right of the homeless not to be subjected to unwarranted, suspi

Downtown has seen in influx of high-end lofts, condos and retail business on streets long dominated by homelessness and drug dealing.

LAPD skid row searches found unconstitutional

A judge orders a change in tactics used in the city's crime crackdown.
By Cara Mia DiMassa and Richard Winton
Times Staff Writers

April 25, 2007

A federal judge has ruled that some Los Angeles police tactics in patrolling downtown are unconstitutional, raising questions about the city's successful campaign to dramatically reduce the number of crimes and homeless people.

U.S. District Judge Dean D. Pregerson found that officers question — and at times search — parolees and probationers without evidence that they might have committed a crime, which the judge said was unconstitutional. He ordered the LAPD to change its practices.

City officials strongly disputed the judge's decision and said that police were acting within the law. If the city appeals the ruling, a higher court ultimately would have to decide the legal issues in the case.

The Los Angeles Police Department is in the midst of a major crackdown on downtown crime, having made 6,000 arrests in the last six months and recorded a 35% drop in crime. The crackdown has corresponded with a drop in downtown's street dwellers, from 1,800 last September to fewer than 750 last week, LAPD statistics show.

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Year to date*%

 20062007% change
Homicide41-75%
Rape810+25
Robbery250130-48
Aggravated assault186148-20
Total violent crimes448289-35
Total property crimes**1,046686-34
Total serious crimes*1,494975-35


*Through April 14 of each year

**Includes burglary, grand theft auto, burglary/theft from a vehicle, personal/other theft

Source: LAPD
Chris Keeley

Bill Moyers Journal. The debut episode is titled “Buying the War.” Moyers makes the case that the pr

CROWD: Yeah! Arf! Arf! Arf! USA! USA! USA!USA! 

Legendary Broadcaster Bill Moyers Returns to Airwaves With Critical Look at How U.S. News Media Helped Bush Admin Sell the Case for War

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

http://www.democracynow.org/article.pl?sid=07/04/25/1414222

Legendary broadcaster Bill Moyers is returning to the airwaves of PBS tonight to launch his new series Bill Moyers Journal. The debut episode is titled “Buying the War.” Moyers makes the case that the press has yet to come to terms with its role in enabling the Bush Administration to go to war on false pretenses. Two and a half years ago Moyers retired after a 30-year career where he became one of the most recognizable faces on public television. Moyers joins us to play excerpts of “Buying the War” and talk about the media, the late journalist David Halberstam, corporate consolidation of the airwaves, and the hope he sees from the grassroots. [includes rush transcript - partial]

 


Legendary broadcaster Bill Moyers is returning to the airwaves of PBS tonight to launch his new series Bill Moyers Journal. The debut episode is titled “Buying the War.” Moyers makes the case that the press has yet to come to terms with its role in enabling the Bush Administration to go to war on false pretenses. In a few minutes Bill Moyers will join us here in our Firehouse studio, but first, an excerpt from the program. This part includes an interview with former CBS News anchor Dan Rather who gives his own mea culpa for the media's coverage in the lead-up to the Iraq war. Clip from “Buying the War.”

“Buying the War” airs tonight on the new weekly program Bill Moyers Journal. This marks the return of Bill Moyers to the airwaves of PBS. Two and a half years ago he retired after a 30-year career, where he became one of the most recognizable faces on public television. Bill Moyers joins us in our Firehouse studio.

 

  • Bill Moyers. Host of the new weekly PBS program "Bill Moyers Journal.” Up until 2004, he hosted NOW with Bill Moyers for three years. He was one of the organizers of the Peace Corps, a spokesperson for Lyndon Johnson, a publisher of Newsday, senior correspondent for CBS News and a producer of many groundbreaking series on public television. He is the winner of more than 30 (thirty) Emmy Awards and the author
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