Wednesday, September 22, 2004

High Plains Grifter, Rather Lynching, Florida goes National

In six brilliant sketches, Jeffrey St. Clair, co-editor of Counterpunch and environmental activist, has drawn a picture of the life and crimes of George W. Bush. Each is riveting, nauseating and horrifying. The only thing missing is a proper index, which I'm sure a book of these pieces (I'm sure that's the idea) will contain. In the meantime, this is must reading for anyone who plans to vote this fall.

High Plains Grifter
Part 1: The Ties that Bind
Part 2: Mark his Words
Part 3: More Pricks than Kicks
Part 4: Jesus Told Him Where to Bomb
Part 5: Bush's Mark of Anarchy
Coda: The House Rules

Rather Lynching
Greg Palast, the author of "The Best Democracy Money Can Buy" has written an article on the Dan Rather story called "Rather Lynching". He quotes Rather's rather prophetic statement (to a British audience), a couple of years ago, that any journalist daring to ask tough questions in America would be given the equivalent of the the South African "rubber tire" treatment (putting a burning rubber tire around one's neck).

Fraudida 2000 Goes National in 2004
The disenfranchisement of black voters in the 2000 elections in Florida is now being repeated on a wider scale. The story, Millions blocked from voting in US Elections, was on the front page of Yahoo a few minutes ago, and then completely disappeared, buried deep inside. Here's a quote from the story:

"There are individuals and officials who are actively trying to stop people from voting who they think will vote against their party and that nearly always means stopping black people from voting Democratic," said Mary Frances Berry, head of the U.S. Commission on Human Rights.

"In elections in Baltimore in 2002 and in Georgia last year, black voters were sent fliers saying anyone who hadn't paid utility bills or had outstanding parking tickets or were behind on their rent would be arrested at polling stations. It happens in every election cycle," she (Vicky Beasley of the People for the American Way) said.

Every politician needs to speak about it, every newspaper needs to make a stink about it. And all of us need to raise hell.

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