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Sorry this is going to be short diary, because I'm on deadline today, but I've been poking around the tubes today, trying to get some insight into how Rove and the Religious Right are working on spinning the Foley debaucle.

Remember, the key to understanding the Republican strategy is in realizing that every tragedy -- whether it be a terrorsit attack, a hurricane, or the sexual abuse of children -- is just another opportunity.

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Mon Sep 11, 2006 at 08:38 AM PDT

9/11 Music Vigil (open thread)

by valleycat

The Sears Tower is shrowded in heavy fog today, reminiscent of the smoke that consumed two other skyscrapers five years ago today. I'm wearing my "I heart NY" shirt and feeling a little suprised at the depth of emotion that has erupted for me on this somber anniversary. Five years ago today, I sat at home nursing my three-month-old baby, after sending my husband and preschooler off to work and school. I'm divorced now, and my three-month-old is now five, but it still seems like yesterday.

For me, the best way to honor the day is through music -- music that honors, remembers and grieves.  I'm struck my the recollection that in those days after the attacks, Clear Channel owned stations blacklisted songs that they deemed "innappropriate" for thier listeners. Today I'm seeking those songs out.

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I ran across this today on the Dixie Chicks web page and thought it was a hoot.

Glad to see their still fightin' mad. Sing it loud and clear, sistas!

Below are the lyrics to their in-your-face, "Not Ready to Make Nice" on thier new album "Taking the Long Way," due out May 23.

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Mon Mar 27, 2006 at 04:19 PM PST

My job interview today: BLACKBALLED

by valleycat

For the past couple of years, I've been a graphic designer doing layout for a politically-left newspaper (which I don't want to mention by name) with a long history (over 80 years) and a party affiliation to the left of the democratic party. When I took the job, I couldn't envison a time where the politics of the paper would get me into hot water -- history notwithstanding.

Well, today I had a job interview -- one of several I've been on in the last few weeks. Wanting to stay in publishing, I applied for a job for a magazine with a far different political viewpoint -- one that caters to law enforcement.

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Fri Feb 24, 2006 at 09:41 AM PST

The neo-con plan for Iraq civil war

by valleycat

Yesterday, I commented in a few diaries about how Iraq, if plunged into civil war, serves the Bush administraion and the neo-con minions very well. In fact, I'm proposing that it was their plan all along.

Ghali Hassan from the Canadian Center for Research on Globilization puts it this way:

As the pretexts to justify the illegal war of aggression against Iraq started to collapse one after the other, the Bush Administration, its vassals and the mass media adopted the cliché of "democracy" to justify the invasion and the mass murder of hundreds of thousands of innocent Iraqi men, women and children. However, from the outset of the invasion and occupation of Iraq, the U.S. objective was conspicuous; to destroy Iraq, install a puppet government and pillage the nation's resources.

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Mon Feb 20, 2006 at 09:57 AM PST

WCC: Shame on U.S.

by valleycat

Cross posted at StreetProphets

The World Council of Churches, meeting this week in Brazil, came out with a very sharp criticism of the Iraq war, and US policy.
The World Council of Churches includes more than 350 mainstream Protestant, Anglican and Orthodox churches; The Roman Catholic Church is not a member. The U.S. groups in the WCC include the
Episcopal Church, the Presbyterian Church (USA), the United Methodist Church, several Orthodox churches and Baptist denominations, among others.

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Tue Jan 10, 2006 at 01:34 PM PST

My reproductive wake-up call

by valleycat

I'm pro-choice, always have been. But I've been admitedly tepid in my support. After all, the law wouldn't affect ME personally if it were to change.

After all, I've got two kids, and I'm married. Although I don't plan on having any more children, if I were to get pregnant it certainly wouldn't be the end of the world, right?

Well, all of that changed this week...

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Thu Dec 22, 2005 at 06:10 AM PST

SPYING: My letter to the Editor

by valleycat

The web page of today's Chicago Tribune asks

What's your reaction?

Is President Bush's eavesdropping authorization an unacceptable violation of rights? Or is it a necessary component of the war against terror?

E-mail us [ctc-tribletter "at"] a paragraph of your thoughts. Submissions must include your name and hometown.

Reponses will be considered for Friday's Commentary page in the newspaper and online.

My "paragraph," below the fold.

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Mon Nov 21, 2005 at 01:12 PM PST

BIRD FLU PLAN: Children expendable

by valleycat

This week on Meet the Press, Tim Russert pressed his guests, NIH's Dr. Anthony Fauci, the CDC's director, Dr. Julie Gerberding, Health & Human Services Sec. Michael Leavitt & the World Health Organization's Dr. Michael Ryan to answer this question, first directed to Sec'y Leavitt:
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Fri Nov 04, 2005 at 09:03 AM PST

VATICAN: Embrace Science, Evolution

by valleycat

As the Intelligent Design argument is pushed by Fundamentalist churches, the Vatican steps safely back from the brink.
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Over at CNN, it's goodbye Aaron Brown, hello Anderson Cooper:
CNN ousted its longtime prime-time anchor, Aaron Brown, today in favor of Anderson Cooper, who has received extensive media attention in the wake of his widely publicized coverage of Hurricane Katrina.

CNN has experimented with that two-hour format over the past month, with Mr. Cooper joining Mr. Brown to serve as co-anchor of the program....The audience levels for that program have increased markedly in the last month, a development that CNN attributed to Mr. Cooper's presence.

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Mon Oct 31, 2005 at 01:44 PM PST

The "Scalito" meme

by valleycat

Sure is catchy, that little "Scalito" nickname the media is wetting its collective pants over. Gee, they sure are witty, aren't they? But where did it really come from? Well, penraker explains:

The Origins of "Scalito"
The buzz today is that Sam Alito may, or may not, be the next nominee to the Court. The sub-buzz is that he has been nicknamed "Scalito" because he was so like Scalia.

But the Volokh conspiracy says that Alito is not really a miniature Scalia.

How did he get the nickname?

The Buck Stops Here notes that this seems like one of those things that never really was a nick name - rather it was something that reporters make up in order to make a story sound interesting. There's even a comment there by someone who claims to be a reporter and to have originated the nickname. And here is his website.

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