Month: July 2006

Article: Reign of Error

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Photo: 1984, by George Orwell

From the July 28, 2006 NYT:

Reign of Error
By PAUL KRUGMAN

Amid everything else that’s going wrong in the world, here’s one more piece of depressing news: a few days ago the Harris Poll reported that 50 percent of Americans now believe that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction when we invaded, up from 36 percent in February 2005. Meanwhile, 64 percent still believe that Saddam had strong links with Al Qaeda.

At one level, this shouldn’t be all that surprising. The people now running America never accept inconvenient truths. Long after facts they don’t like have been established, whether it’s the absence of any wrongdoing by the Clintons in the Whitewater affair or the absence of W.M.D. in Iraq, the propaganda machine that supports the current administration is still at work, seeking to flush those facts down the memory hole.

But it’s dismaying to realize that the machine remains so effective.

Here’s how the process works.

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Article: Failure Upon Failure

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From the July 27, 2006 NYT:

Failure Upon Failure
By BOB HERBERT

Imagine a surgeon who is completely clueless, who has no idea what he or she is doing.

Imagine a pilot who is equally incompetent.

Now imagine a president.

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Income Gap to Grow Wider As Dubya’s Buddies Cut Estate Taxes for the Rich

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From the July 29th Washington Post:

Minimum Wage Hike Passed By House, GOP Bill Also Cuts Estate Tax
By Jonathan Weisman
Washington Post Staff Writer

The House last night voted to boost the minimum wage for the first time in nearly a decade while also permanently slashing the estate tax, a coupling that GOP leaders calculated might garner enough Senate support to become law.

House lawmakers also approved the biggest overhaul of the nation’s pension laws in 30 years.

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Joke – Little Johnny’s Example of a Tragedy

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Here’s one of those ‘Lil Johnny jokes going around the internet that finally made its way to WHM. Don’t know who to attribute it to, but they deserves four stars on their report card!

The teacher asks the President if he would like to lead the class in the discussion of the word “tragedy.”

So Bush asks the class for an example of a “tragedy.”

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