I have bookmarked tons of articles to forward or blog about over the past 2-3 weeks but do not have the time to organize it ....so here is a mish-mash this Sunday afternoon.

US Politics:
Bush said recently that his policy had 'never been stay the course' except, apparently, he mentioned it over thirty times over the last three years. Some people are pretty good with "the Google." :)

Meanwhile, Iraqis die by the hundreds every day...with October being the deadliest month ever..with 3709 Iraqis dead, with all indications that November will break this 'record'. Iraq sinks into a graver abyss..

You have got to hear this... Keith Olbermann gives Bush a reaming after his visit to Vietnam...on the comparison between Vietnam and Iraq.----After Rumsfeld...Cheney?

In the days since President George W. Bush fired Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, one figure is eerily missing from public view and public accounts of what occurred: Vice President Dick Cheney. As usual, America's de facto president is either literally or metaphorically in an undisclosed location.

An article I read elsewhere quotes Novak of the Sun-Times writing that the firing of Rumsfeld upset many GOPs, including Cheney who was "profoundly disturbed" at the way Rumsfeld was treated and recently "appeared melancholy." To quote the former article, which is by someone called Nora Ephron (screen-writer of movies like Harry met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle?):
We will leave aside the question of how anyone can evaluate the levels of Dick Cheney's melancholy and instead wonder whether Cheney is feeling bad because he sees the handwriting on wall. Who knows? Maybe the rumor is true, and he's next.


See this very powerful sketch by someone called Mr. Fish. See other 'cartoons' by Mr. Fish in Harpers magazinehere ....for eg. I liked this one too about the mid-term elections.

Cronyism with Bush administration appointments continues...putting into people that will further their neocon agenda!!To head family planning programs at the Department of Health and Human Services, Mr. Bush has tapped Eric Keroack, a doctor affiliated with a group vehemently opposed to birth control and someone nationally known for his wacky theory about reproductive health.


Media and Democracy

In 2003, an unprecedented groundswell of popular opposition killed then-Federal Communications Commission chairman Michael Powell's efforts to eliminate rules that limit the ability of one corporation to monopolize all the media outlets in a given place. But, once again, media-industry lobbyists and their allies on the FCC are working to revise the rules on media ownership to allow a single corporation to own most, if not all, of the newspapers, radio and TV stations and Internet news and entertainment sites in your town. Last June, new FCC chairman Kevin Martin issued a draft policy proposal -- called a Further Notice of Proposed Rule Making -- that kick-started Big Media's latest attempt to weaken the rules protecting local voices, vibrant competition and diverse viewpoints. Now the battle is on.

Six Muslim imams were handcuffed and removed from a US Airways flight at a Minnesota airport over "suspicious activity."They suspect the 'suspicious activity' cited by authorities was the performance of normal evening prayers offered by members of the group," it said. "The detained Imams also denied media reports that they refused to leave the plane or that they chanted 'Allah' as they were escorted from the flight," the statement said.


More proof of an ugly nexus between politics and corporate America!!
Alarmed at the prospect of Democratic control of Congress, top executives from two dozen drug companies met here last week to assess what appears to them to be a harsh new political climate, and to draft a battle plan.

Unbelievable & absurd!!... was this Glen Beck guy come to CNN from Faux News? Have seen this kind of s*** on radio and on Faux News only before..but I cannot believe this was on CNN!!
CNN's Glen Beck to first-ever Muslim congressman to the first ever Muslim Congressman, Keith Ellison (D-MN), who became the first Muslim ever elected to Congress on November 7 :"What I feel like saying is, 'Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies"

Enough of serious stuff...now for something a little lighter..

First up ...this hilarious report of some monkey business in Des Moines, Iowa :) What's the fun of being an ape if you can't even monkey around? hahaha... ( - via India Uncut)

Also via India Uncut comes news about a new kind of terrorism - reports of the case of an "exceptionally antisocial man who has been defecating on trains across the UK, causing tens of thousands of pounds-worth of damage." So, are the roads of Mumbai going to be bombed by the Bush-Blair allied forces as being the training grounds for terror of a new kind? :)

And speaking of India, Businessweek has an interesting article, which asks the question:
Has the Bhagavad Gita replaced Sun Tzu's The Art of War as the hip new ancient Eastern management text?

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