fascism, you decide

Heres a lot of political stuff that I thought you might find of interest. Believe it or not, Ive edited this down from a longer list of links, leaving out those pieces that I thought were too reactionary or otherwise unfair to the administration.

According to this professor from Princeton, a kind of fascism is replacing democracy in this country of ours.

According to the White House, Bush isnt a puppet. Hes more like a jack-in-the-box.

I thought that was funny.

Heres something thats also kind of funny. Do you remember the closed-door sessions of Vice President Cheneys Energy Task Force? Remember how the administration would not disclose any information as to who was included, or what was covered? Well, according to Judicial Watch, theyve just uncovered documents through the Freedom of Information Act that show a discussion took place concerning the oil fields of Iraq. This, in case you dont remember, took place months in advance of 9/11 and well over a year in advance of our war with Iraq. Read into that what you will.

Southeast Airlines plans to install digital video cameras on all of its planes that will record faces and activities. So, youd better be careful what you read. If you dont believe me, ask Marc Shultz. Hes a bearded guy in Atlanta who was recently tracked down and questioned by FBI agents after having been spotted reading a suspicious looking article in his local Caribou Coffee.

While were on the subject of privacy, did you hear that someone at the White House apparently contacted Matt Drudge and told him that an ABC News correspondent, Jeffrey Kofman, is both gay and Canadian?! They did this after Kofman did a story on “World News Tonight” about the poor morale of U.S. soldiers stationed in Iraq.

And here, on the other side of the equation, is what happens to the US soldiers who criticize the administration on TV.

Howard Dean issues a challenge to the President Answer these 16 questions.

Its not exactly polite, but Mr Smallwood just told me of a place on-line where you can, if youre so inclined, deface the President. (I personally think its a trap. They just want to find out who among us would do such an unpatriotic and evil thing.)

Paul Krugman, in a recent NY Times op-ed piece, points out another instance where our President might have stretched the truth in his last State of the Union address… Heres the Bush quote in question: “We will not deny, we will not ignore, we will not pass along our problems to other Congresses, to other presidents and other generations.” Krugman argues that Bush is doing just that with his tax cuts and deficit spending.

And… Seymour Hersh, in the New Yorker, asks if we might not have turned away a valuable potential ally in the War Against Terrorism with our treatment of Syria.

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