Politics

House protects public broadcasting funding

House protects public broadcasting funding

Photo: KimTheWolf From CNN: The House on Wednesday evening overwhelmingly rejected President Bush's plan to eliminate the $420 million federal subsidy for the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The 357-72 vote demonstrated the enduring political strength of public broadcasting. The outcome was never in doubt, unlike a fight two years ago when Republicans tried but failed(…)

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William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

William Safire’s ‘Finest’ Unspoken Speech

From Gawker: Columnist and presidential speechwriter Bill Safire was one of only three non-disloyal Jews President Nixon could name. Here is the speech he drafted for Nixon to read in case the Apollo 11 Astronauts became stranded on the moon! It is a wonderful piece of alternate universe American history, in which President Nixon had(…)

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Homeland Security chief warns of ‘increased risk’
(feels it in his gut even!)

Homeland Security chief warns of ‘increased risk’ <br />(feels it in his gut even!)

photo: KuriousEye  or is it fearmongering? From article:  Fearing complacency among the American people over possible terror threats, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said in Chicago Tuesday that the nation faces a heightened chance of an attack this summer. "I believe we are entering a period this summer of increased risk," Chertoff told the(…)

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Pot dealers are now terrorists…

Pot dealers are now terrorists…

Photo: Courtesy of the Operation Alesia Joint Information Center From news article:  California — The nation's top anti-drug official said people need to overcome their "reefer blindness" and see that illicit marijuana gardens are a terrorist threat to the public's health and safety, as well as to the environment. John P. Walters, President Bush's drug(…)

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Secret Service Codenames

I like that Ted Kennedy is 'Sunburn'! Secret Service codenames are a throwback to the period before electronic transmissions were encrypted. Although they serve no practical security function today, the US Army Signal Corps still assigns codenames (mostly out of tradition). John Anderson Miracle, Starburst, Stardust   Keke Anderson Scarlet   Howard Baker Snapshot  (…)

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Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

Burma’s Aung San Suu Kyi ‘To Be Released’ — (I’m not holding my breath).

From Sky News: Burmese pro-democracy leader Aung San Suu Kyi will be released in November just days after the first election there in two decades, officials say. The Nobel Peace laureate has been detained for most of the last 20 years since winning the country’s last poll in 1990. Unnamed sources told the AFP news(…)

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