Monday, July 31, 2006
Castro said he would also temporarily relinquish his duties as first secretary of the Communist Party of Cuba to Raul, who turned 75 in June and who has been taking on a more public profile in recent weeks....more
The Lebanese government has appealed for help to clean up a huge oil spill along its coastline created after Israel bombed a power plant....more
I Think The Folk's At The Ministry of Tourism Are Out Of A Job?
This Look's Like A Job For Halliburton.When all this fighting is over, just think of all the big fat contracts Halliburton can get for reconstructing a ruined Lebanon
Sunday, July 30, 2006
Saturday, July 29, 2006
In a televised speech Saturday evening, Hezbollah leader Sheikh Hassan Nasrallah vowed rocket strikes on towns in central Israel....more
Israel is serving its American master
How can the American people accept their elected President (?) George W. Bush's rejection of a ceasefire?
The team's security policy of patdown searches for fans at home games is unconstitutional, a federal judge rules. "A generalized fear of terrorism should not diminish the fundamental Fourth Amendment protection envisioned by our Founding Fathers.....more
They that can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety deserve neither liberty nor safety.
Who knew “New York-style cheesecake” meant “with a side of crack”?
When The Bitch heard that employees of three prominent CocoWalk eateries had been busted for running informal pharmacological operations, she got on the case; the touristy shopping zone may not contain a Nordstrom, but, hey, it's within trotting distance.....more
Friday, July 28, 2006
At the onset of the Lebanese crisis, Arab governments, starting with Saudi Arabia, slammed Hezbollah for recklessly provoking a war, providing what the United States and Israel took as a wink and a nod to continue the fight....more
Al-Qaida's called Thursday for Muslims to unite in a holy war against Israel'
The toll road would run from the northern part of Manatee County, through eastern Hillsborough, west across southern Pasco County and into northern Pinellas....more
"Our emphasis needs to be on mass transit, not additional beltways and expressways," Mayor Pam Iorio
Thursday, July 27, 2006
Harris Demands Dean Apologize For Comparison To Stalin
TAMPA, Fla. -- U.S. Rep. Katherine Harris' Senate campaign demanded an apology Thursday from Democratic Party chairman Howard Dean, who during a Florida stop this week likened her to former Soviet ruler Joseph Stalin....more
Editor’s note: The former Middle East bureau chief for The New York Times and author of the bestseller “War Is a Force That Gives Us Meaning” examines the way Israel’s security wall has ripped a mortal gash in the lives of Palestinians living in its shadow, and argues that there can be no hope for peace in the Middle East as long as America continues to aid Israel in its dehumanizing practices....more
West Palm Beach -- Democrat leader Howard Dean called the Iraqi prime minister an "anti-Semite" during an address before party loyalists on Wednesday. The Democratic National Committee chairman also called Republican Senate candidate Katherine Harris a "crook" and compared her to Stalin....more
President Bush Sues Dixie Chicks over Hail to the Chief
Acting on information gained from cell phone surveillance, President Bush filed suit in a Washington, D.C., court yesterday to stop the Dixie Chicks from using "Hail to the Chief" to herald their arrival on stage during their present concert tour....more
Wednesday, July 26, 2006
"Iraqis want the troops to leave, bring them home now! Listen to the Iraqis!" Benjamin repeated the statement several times before she was forcefully lifted from her seat, handcuffed, and escorted out by Capitol police.....more
Meet: Suzanne Swift!
Spc. Swift, facing a redeployment to Iraq while serving under the command of the same individuals now under investigation for rape and sexual harassment, chose to go absent without leave rather than subjugate herself to the horrors she experienced during her first tour of duty....more
The album was a smash, selling 1,373,000 copies so far. There were a few problems on the road, some country fans didn't jam every venue (as the Chicks conservative TV and radio foes gleefully reported) but they remain a hot, creative music force....more
Tuesday, July 25, 2006
Tyson Slocum is director of Public Citizen’s energy program.
Opening environmentally sensitive areas to oil and natural gas drilling won’t ease energy prices or reduce oil imports and should be rejected by the Senate when it votes this week.
With the November elections looming, congressional leaders are desperately seeking ways to convince the public that they are working to lower gas prices for consumers and improve national security by reducing energy imports, but this isn’t the way to do it....more
Hands Off Connecticut
Here we go again … There is a grass-roots movement picking up steam in the nutmeg state, but the old guard is rushing in to maintain the status quo. Bill Clinton is rushing to Connecticut to save Joseph Lieberman for the party insiders who don't want to lose their power in the party....more
Lieberman Camp Responds To Charges They Barred Lamont Supporter From Event
The conventional wisdom that there's a predictable political divide between the two dailies – Trib = Republican, Times = Democrat – isn't always borne out by the evidence. But you had to be struck by the placement of stories today about the visit to Tampa of Vice President Cheney....more
Monday, July 24, 2006
Lebanon and Israel: The war from where I stand
I was in Beirut only five weeks - or a lifetime ago, as things are measured in the Middle East. I fell in love with a once beautiful city that was ever so slowly recreating itself out of the rubble of a long and bloody civil war and previous Palestinian and Israeli battles in its streets....more
Sunday, July 23, 2006
The most senior British military commander in Afghanistan yesterday described the situation in the country as "close to anarchy" with feuding foreign agencies and unethical private security companies compounding problems caused by local corruption....more
Six weeks ago the Senate rejected a constitutional ban on gay marriage. Last week the House did the same by a vote of 236 to 187. Now that this little partisan sideshow is behind them, maybe Republican congressional leaders will decide to get down to serious business....more
Friday, July 21, 2006
Lebanese and foreigners have had a difficult time leaving Lebanon since the beginning of Israel's military offensive against Hezbollah. Many of the ships being used for the evacuation effort are badly equipped and horribly overcrowded. But those able to escape face further problems once they reach nearby Cyprus....more
Many people see no difference between Israel's 1982 Lebanon War and the present war. For example, some Arabs are astounded that the Israeli public is supporting its government and its military moves. Thus the major differences between the two wars must be pointed out: namely, differences in background, objective and modus operandi.....more
Thursday, July 20, 2006
Pinellas Democrats look for a leader.
When I last checked in with the local Democratic Party organizations (an oxymoron, I know), it was the Hillsborough executive committee that was torn with strife. Today, that divisiveness could be headed to a new home, at the Pinellas Democratic Party....more
A little more than a week of Israeli bombing and American neglect has created a humanitarian crisis in Lebanon. In a country that just months ago was being written up in travel magazines as one of the world's next great tourist destinations....more
Monday, July 17, 2006
The dispute over the Bush administration's secret eavesdropping of US citizens has reignited after it emerged the White House had brokered a deal with Congress that critics say gives it even greater flexibility to monitor phone calls electronically.....more
Sunday, July 16, 2006
The Federal Education Department reported Friday that, in reading and math, children attending public schools generally do as well as or better than comparable children in private schools. The exception was in eighth-grade reading, where the private-school children did better.....more