CNN propaganda against Michael Moore’s “Sicko”

If you haven't seen "Sicko", Michael Moore's courageous and pioneering documentary on American health care or lack thereof, please get out there and support it while it's in the theaters. CNN's "Situation Room" ran a hatchet job by media medical expert and, it appears, healthcare industry lobbyist, Sanjay Gupta. The invaluable media watchdog Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR) has an alert on Gupta misinformed spin. I was so disgusted that I called CNN and sent an … [Read more...]

Carter: Americans agree with me, not the MSM

I posted on about Jimmy Carter's claim at an event today ("Carter says majority in U.S. support views in book") that normal Americans share many of his concerns. || Carter: Americans share my concerns The article closes with an observation from  somebody on the other side of the issue."It seems from what he said today that Israel's occupation is at the root of the problem. But I would argue that Palestinian terrorism is at the root of the problem," … [Read more...]

Hurricane Katrina, the Christian Right and the worship of the Market

Since successful blogging seems to depend partly on regularly churning out product for content-hungry visitors and since I as an eco-conscious liberal am a passionate (if often woefully hypocritical) believer in recycling, I'm going to try to start featuring some of the stuff I've written elsewhere (whether in print or in the gazillion email lists I've been on over the last decade) that I think people might enjoy, find beneficial, or just need to ponder. So here's a piece on the religious … [Read more...]

Taoist wisdom for the Iraq war

Lao Tzu understood patriotism and honor:A great nation is like a great man:  When he makes a mistake, he realizes it. Having realized it, he admits it.Having admitted it, he corrects it.He considers those who point out his faults as his most benevolent teachers. (Tao Te Ching, 66) Another profound proverb to ponder as zealots in Washington call for another unnecessary war:He [the decent man] enters a battle gravely, with sorrow and with great compassion, as if he were attending a … [Read more...]

Muslims, the new “natives”

Am writing a brief reaction paper to the chapter in Daniel Pals' (highly recommended) Eight Theories of Religion on the pioneer anthropologist E.E. Evans-Pritchard, best known for his magisterial and seminal work Witchcraft, Oracles and Magic among the Azande. Don't have time to comment in depth, but I thought I'd share a few observations concerning how accounts of the sloppy and dehumanizing theorizing about "primitive" peoples of the 19th century have a uncannily familiar ring today … [Read more...]

The long overdue end to the Neocon nightmare

An inspired and inspiring polemic ("End of the Neo-Cons") has been loosed on the lunacy gripping Washington for so long and whose epic blunders just resulted in the Republicans losing control of the House of Representatives for the first time in over a decade in the Toronto Star by David Olive. If there's any rhetorical mistep in this eloquent and exhaustive broadside at Neocon folly it is Olive's somewhat toothless opining about the possibility that the "neo-cons will have earned … [Read more...]

Alan Wolfe on American conservatives’ inability to govern

Alan Wolfe argues here in the The Washington Monthly that conservatives have a dismal record in as political leaders. What I found most interesting was his argument that, contrary to its constant invocation of the Founding Fathers, today's American Conservative movement is out of sync with American history and political culture. "Why Conservatives Can't Govern" by Alan Wolfe The United States, as the political scientist Louis Hartz argued in the 1950s, was born liberal. We fought for … [Read more...]

Europe fiddles as Gaza crumbles under Israel’s siege

Jonathan Steele in The Guardian provides an antidote to the blindly pro-Israeli sophistry we're hearing in the "mainstream" media in the USA ("Europe's response to the siege of Gaza is shameful") at the moment. I think all his charges are sadly borne out by the evidence.Thank God for real supporters of Israel like Gideon Levy who understand that peace can never be gained by waging an endless undeclared war.Thank goodness for the Swiss. Alone in Europe, their government has … [Read more...]