Monday, July 31, 2006

PTF Book Club - Whose Freedom?

No, I'm not Oprah, and I'm not a lesbian, either.

But as long as there's all this great discussion beginning to take shape here at PTF, I've been hatching an idea.

Often times, I'd love to be able to discuss some ideas based on recent books I'm reading, but I'm not sure how many of my readers have read the books in question.

That ends today.

Beginning with this inagural effort in this new feature, I'd like to recommend a book, have folks grab a copy and pour over it, and then throw out some ideas to discuss.

Since I'm the FleshPresser, I get to choose first - but later, I'd love others to recommend books for us to consider, as well.

I first became aware of George Lakoff at a conference I attended last year, where he was a Keynote Speaker. This is a portion of what he was speaking about last year:
...when we started talking about stem cell research, Frank Luntz wrote a memo. Frank Luntz is the conservative language man. And the memo said, “Don’t talk about stem cell research; talk about embryonic stem cell research.” Why? And notice this has spread. The New York Times says embryonic stem cell research. The Democrats say embryonic stem cell research. The bill in California says embryonic stem cell research. What is the mental image of an embryo? Think about it, it’s a little baby. Tom DeLay says stem cell research allows people to tear babies apart. Dismember embryos. How does it really work in stem cell research? Stem cell research is carried out on blastocysts. What’s a blastocyst look like? It’s a hollow sphere, just a few days old. It has in it a small number of stem cells. No hair cells, arm cells, blood cells, heart cells, brain cells, nothing else but undifferentiated stem cells. And if you called it blastocyst stem cell research, who would care? But that’s what it really is.

Language matters, framing matters. And framing can distort the truth. It’s very very important, that framing can distort the truth simply by carrying mental imagery. And you know about mental imagery, that’s what you deal with every day.
Upon hearing him speak, I immediately grabbed his book, Don't Think Of An Elephant. Lakoff is a Professor of Cognitive Science and Linguistics, and a founding senior fellow of the Rockridge Institute.

Which may lead you to believe that he's pretty dry. On the contrary, he not only uses language marvelously, but demonstrates exactly how it is used, particularly with emphasis on political speech.

Which leads us to the Inaugural Selection of the PTF Book Club:

Whose Freedom? The Battle Over America's Most Important Idea

From the book's description:
"'Freedom' is one of the most contested words in American political discourse. For many Democrats, it seems that President Bush's use of the word is meaningless and contradictory--deployed opportunistically to justify American military action abroad and the curtailing of civil liberties at home. But in Whose Freedom?, George Lakoff... reveals that in fact the right has effected a devastatingly coherent and idealogical redefinition of freedom.... In a bold and alarming analysis, Lakoff describes how the country is divided by two dramatically different worldviews, cognitive frames that determine how we think about economic policy, religion, science, foreign affairs - and freedom.
Any book that can make a coherent argument for the fact that there are basic, physiological differences between liberals and conservatives is worth a read, in my view.

So, let us know you're interested by leaving a comment below, grab a copy of the book, and get to reading. We'll begin a few discussion posts here in a week or two, and see how it goes.

I doubt that we'll put a dent in Oprah's Domain, but maybe we can all get together on the same page.

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Sunday, July 30, 2006

The Week That Was - July 30, 2006

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Saturday, July 29, 2006

The Fall Of The House Of Illness

Ugh. The PTF Household is in the midst of a wave of the plague as we speak.

Both of the kids, as well as the dog. Kiddie vomit AND doggie vomit.

And you thought the world of politics was rough.

Hopefully, we'll pull out of the Black Death this weekend, and I'll get back on schedule with some more normal postings.

Until then, play nice amongst yourselves.

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Wednesday, July 26, 2006

A Study In Faux News

Stephen Colbert continually conducts interviews with Members of Congress on his show, The Colbert Report. He brings both Democrats and Republicans on the show, and while his show as a whole is slanted to the liberal, he's tough on anyone he interviews for the sake of the comedy. Take the interivew of Democrat Barney Frank, and Colbert's questions to him about whether it was hard to be "openly left-handed" in America.

As so it went with Robert Wexler, who happens to be one of my favorite House members. Wexler was going along with the joke, but the news media has since attempted to take it out of context and treat what happened on this COMEDY show as a significant news event.

Most disturbing, perhaps, is the Faux News treatment of the interview - take a look at this analysis of the interview, and the subtle ways in which Faux News doctored it:

Now, when Lynn Westmoreland (R - 8th District of Georgia), appeared on the show, he clearly did NOT get the joke, and was nailed for his hypocrisy.

But Wexler knew exactly what was going on, and for Faux News to play it off as anything else simply shows the network for the slimy organization that they are.

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Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Dixie Chicks Live!

I head out tonight to see The Dixie Chicks - from the SEONCD ROW!!

I'll have a full report on the show tomorrow!

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Monday, July 24, 2006

The Reality Of The American Voice

It's been a while since we last checked in on recent poll numbers, but as the Congressional election nears, we thought it was time to once again take the pulse of the American people.

There was a time when President Bush had the highest approval rating of any American President in recent history. Higher than Reagan. Higher than Clinton. Bush hit near 90 at the beginning of the war in Afghanistan.

How the mighty have fallen.

Bush has dropped from historic highs to historic lows, a majority of Americans disapprove of his policies, our image around the world is not only tarnished, but according to a recent Harris poll, we are viewed in the world as a bigger threat to global stability than Iran or even China.

So, as support for the Bush Administration continues to erode and November creeps up on us, what have Republicans facing election decided?

Run away. Quickly. The Congressional Republican goose-step is starting to fall out of sync with the Bush Administration.

Could it be that Congressional Republicans are beginning to hear the faint whisper of "reality" catching up with them? What is it that could possibly be spooking them?

Could it be that Americans are paying closer attention this year to the upcoming elections? Seven in ten are motivated and energized to vote in this upcoming election. The last time this type of attention began so early was 1994 - the year of Newt Gingrich's Republican Revolution.

Combine that with the fact that more Americans self-identify themselves as Democrats - 55%, where only 38% idetify themselves as Republicans.

I wonder how it'll feel for Republicans to be on the receiving end of a wave like that?

Do you think the Congressional Republicans in the House of Representatives have seen any of the SIXTY polls taken in the last year that have them losing on a generic ballot?

Maybe those Congressional Republicans have noticed that in the past year alone, ONE HUNDRED AND FORTY polls taken, all showing President Bush with a negative approval rating - meaning that more people disapprove than those who approve. This gap often times swings to a margin of over 30 points.

Maybe it's something that hits a little closer to home - and the wallet. Maybe they heard that Democrats have closed the fundraising gap with the GOP - which is traditionally one of the Republican strengths. When the Republicans couldn't win on ideals, they could usually count on winning with money. That might not be the case this year.

In a recent Los Angeles Times/ Bloomberg Poll, Americans were asked the following question:
"Would you say the country is better off because of George W. Bush's policies and should proceed in the direction he set out, or do you think the country is not better off and needs to move in a new direction?"
Of ALL respondents, 61% believed we are not better off, and we need to move in a new direction. This included 22% of those labeling themselves as Republicans, or one in every five. Most importantly, possibly, is the fact that 63% of those who classify themselves as Independents - ther ever-important "swing voters," were swinging against Bush policies.

Of course, Apologists for the Administration will continue to sit with their fingers in their ears, stating that none of this matters.

But how much of a mountain of information does it take to convince them that a majority of Americans DISAPPROVE of the Republican control of this country?

Maybe it'll take a chilly November to convince them.

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Sunday, July 23, 2006

Have You Fired The Late Eight Yet?

Make no mistake about it - George W. Bush is NOT a "pro-life" politician. And neither are the alleged "pro-life" Apologists who support him in Congress.

Stem Cells. Death Penalty. War in Iraq. Health insurance.

If you haven't already, take a look a this list of The Late Eight - eight Republican Senators who had the opportunity to do the right thing and failed.

I'm making a five dollar pledge to each of the Democratic candidates in honor of my friend's child, who has juvenile diabetes. I'm sure you know someone who could benefit from the research that has once again been delayed by George Bush and these eight Republican Senators.

Here, once again, is the list of The Late Eight:

George Allen (R-VA)
Visit Democrat Jim Webb's page, and consider a donation.

Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Visit Democrat Jon Tester's page, and consider a donation.

Mike DeWine (R-OH)
Visit Democrat Sherrod Brown's page, and consider a donation.

John Ensign (R-NV)
Visit Democrat Jack Carter's page, and consider a donation.

Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Visit Democrat Jim Pederson's page, and consider a donation.

Rick Santorum (R-PA)
Visit Democrat Bob Casey's page, and consider a donation.

Jim Talent (R-MO)
Visit Democrat Claire McCaskill's page, and consider a donation.

Craig Thomas (R-WY)
Visit Democrat Dale Groutage's page, and consider a donation.

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The Week That Was - July 23, 2006

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Saturday, July 22, 2006

Bollocks To Blogger...

I never knew exactly how addicted to my blog I was until it was taken away. For the past 48 hours or so, Blogger has refused to let me publish anything.

Or it said it was published, but it didn't appear on my blog.

I'm not even really sure that this post is appearing.

Hopefully, everything is back up and running again - if you're lurking or just passing by, if you'd be so kind as to drop a note to let me know that I'm back in business, I'd appreciate it.

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Failing To Stem The Veto - Fire The Late Eight!

Someone help me understand this, because I'm sure I'm just missing a piece of the logic here.

Frozen embryos are created as a process of in vitro fertilization, helping couples to have children who otherwise would be unable to have their own. Thanks to the miracle of science, (insert sarcastic tone) these couples are not cruelly forced to adopt one of the millions of substandard children around the world already desperate for a family (end sarcastic tone).

(Insert "thinking to myself" tone) I'm wondering what type of miraculous scientific reasearch led to the advances in in vitro fertilization? (End "thinking to myself" tone)

According to our President, these frozen embryos are "life," and therefore cannot be used to preserve the lives of millions and millions of individuals suffering with various diseases.

A few of these embryos will be "adopted" by couples, while the vast majority of them will be destroyed.

So, all you pro-life proponents out there... help me understand this. If life begins at conception, regardless of the type of conception, and these frozen embryos are all "human," then why is it OK for ANY of them to simply be destroyed? Wouldn't anyone with a consistent pro-life stance consider this nothing less than mass murder?

Why is it OK for Man to meddle with God's work and scientifically generate "life" for people when it it TOTALLY unnecessary, as there are literally millions of children around the world who need homes and families? Not only are these people so selfish and NON-Christian as to desire only their "own" child, but when loving couples - such as those in same-sex relationships - attempt to give those other "undesirable" children a home, they thwart those efforts, as well?

All this, and yet, while millions of people suffer each day from life-threatening diseases, it is better to DESTROY these embryos, rather than to allow them to preserve the lives of others?

Keep in mind, the Senate voted ONE HUNDRED TO NOTHING on a motion to prohibit "fetal farming," thereby limiting the scope of the embryonic stem cell research being conducted.

Keep in mind, the bill sent to the President restricted research on human embryos to ONLY those embryos "slated to be destroyed by fertility clinics." And ONLY after the couples who donated these embryos gave their permission to allow the research.

THIS is the issue on which the President declares his first veto?!? The hypocrisy is unconscionable to me.

So, someone please explain the portion I'm missing here.

It's time to fire "The Late Eight."

The Senate vote result was 63-37, with braod bipartisan support. Nineteen Republicans voted with the Democrats on this issue - these days, that's broad.

It would have taken THREE more Republicans to override the veto and make this a law.

They failed to do that.

Eight Republicans who voted against this bill are up for re-election in November.

They had the chance to do the right thing, and now it's too late. For them.

I'm going to list The Late Eight, along with a link to a site where you can donate to their opponent. I would urge you to make a donation to the Democrat in each of these races, and send an e-mail to each Republican member of The Late Eight, letting them know why you did:

George Allen (R-VA)
Visit Democrat Jim Webb's page, and consider a donation.

Conrad Burns (R-MT)
Visit Democrat Jon Tester's page, and consider a donation.

Mike DeWine (R-OH)
Visit Democrat Sherrod Brown's page, and consider a donation.

John Ensign (R-NV)
Visit Democrat Jack Carter's page, and consider a donation.

Jon Kyl (R-AZ)
Visit Democrat Jim Pederson's page, and consider a donation.

Rick Santorum (R-PA)
Visit Democrat Bob Casey's page, and consider a donation.

Jim Talent (R-MO)
Visit Democrat Claire McCaskill's page, and consider a donation.

Craig Thomas (R-WY)
Visit Democrat Dale Groutage's page, and consider a donation.

If you see an action taking place in Washington, and you're opposed to it, don't just complain about it - TAKE ACTION! If you've ever asked yourself , "What can I do?" - here's something you can do. Consider giving even $5.00 to each of these candidates, for a total of $40.00 - is it worth $40.00 to know that you took action and weren't left sitting on the sidelines?

Let us know what you do here in the comments section, whatever action you decide to take - tell the Late Eight that they failed to stem the veto, and now it's too late - they won't have the chance again, because we won't give it to them.

As for Bush... well, his turn is coming.

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Friday, July 21, 2006

FLESH, INK. FRIDAY - Robert Johnson

While a lot of our Flesh, Ink. Friday artists tend to be from Europe and elsewhere around the world, it's nice to find great work here in the United States, as well.

There's one Robert Johnson that most people know about - the great blues musician who sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads.

The Robert Johnson that you might not know about may very well have sold his soul as well, but not for music. This Robert Johnson runs DVNC Arts from his home in Dallas, Texas, and is an extremely gifted artist.

While I'm always struck by the beauty of the human body, there is something magical about the ability of a body paint artist to make the body disappear, as well, and Robert Johnson crafts that magic, creating amazing illusions.

From the DVNC website:
Body painting allows one to display the human form in a myriad of ways without the permanance of of tattoo or scarification. It also allows one to explore a more 3-dimentional effect: optical illusion to trick the eye, revealing and concealing at the artist's will.

My canvas lives and breathes. My art comes from within everyone I touch.
Whether he sold his soul at the crossroads to gain this artistry or not, you owe it to yourself to check out all of his galleries.

Previously on FLESH, INK. FRIDAY: World Bodypainting Festival / Joanne Gair / Artdream / Lothar Potzl / Martin Armand / Karada Kesho / Leroy Roper /Joel Hernandez / Filippo Ioco / Agnieszka Glinska / EMBODY / Bernd Rantscheff / Barbara Ingenhaag / Images from Burning Man / Anton ten Dam / Pashur / Earth Henna / Wilderness Bodypainting / Carolyn Roper / The Australian Museum / Jodee Lenaine Smith / Fredi Schmid / Vladimir Valenta / Anthony Chiappin and Andrew Dunbar / Rich Diltz / Flesh and Color

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Thursday, July 20, 2006

Sure I Can Evacuate You... For A Price...

I held off on this story initially, but it's time to tell it, now that the details have become known. There was word that people being evacuated from Lebanon were being charged for their evacuation. According to a report I had read a few days ago, it seemed as though the U.S. Government was going to get Americans out of harm's way, transporting them from Lebanon to Cyprus, and then individuals would be responsible for the cost to their final destination, wherever that may be - and that soudned fair, so I left it alone.

Then, I found out that evacuees were, in fact, being charged several hundred dollars to be evacuated from Lebanon to Cyprus. Americans were asked to sign promissory notes, reequiring them to repay the United States Government within ninety days.

Before I comment on this, it should be noted that the State Department waived the fee late Tuesday night.

Why does the Bush Administration and the right wing continually feel the need to shoot itself in the foot over seemingly inconsequential details? The cost of evacuating Americans from Lebanon is probably no more than the profit margin on a case of Halliburton-produced frozen dinners. The government is spending over $300 billion dollars on a war in Iraq that has produced less than stellar results, and then balks when American lives are on the line?

The Bush Administration stated that it was simply following the law passed by the Congress. Never mind that the law was actually requested back in 2002 by the Bush Administration-led State Department. As we all know, the President has ABSOLUTELY NO PROBLEM ignoring the laws that Congress passes - why would this one have been different?

A Washington Times editorial suggests that we, the American taxpayers, will now have to foot the bill for the rescue of these Americans.

The last time I checked, I believe that the individuals being rescued were Americans, AND TAXPAYERS, as well. And take a look at some military contracts if you REALLY want to get irate at how the U.S. taxpayer's money is being used. I'll choose to rescue American lives with the money, thank you.

And don't let the right-wing pundits turn this into a story about having to rescue people from a place the State Department warned them against. Ask them to look at places like the American University of Beirut, which currently has about 6,900 students. Clearly, not everyone there is on vacation. Ask them why the State Department had dropped the travel ban to the country.

My main issue here is not a partisan one - it's simply showing another example of how the Bush Administration FAILS TO LEAD. This could have been a story about heroes, rescuing Americans and delivering them out of harm's way.

Instead, it became a story about $300 promissory notes and yet another inefficient operation.

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Sometimes You've Just Got To Say...

I don't even know where to begin with the news today. I'll get around to it, but for now, I'm just going to crank the speakers up on this and sing along. If you're at your office, I wouldn't necessarily suggest it... then again, given everything that's going on both here at home and throughout the world, maybe we all just need to stop and say...

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Wednesday, July 19, 2006

The Truth Versus The Spin...

When the Bush Adminstration and conservative pundits in the MSM and blogosphere trashed The New York Times for reporting on terrorist financial transactions, it has become all too clear what their primary motive was - to score political points.

According to this week's U.S. News and World Report:
That Times Leak Was No Surprise
Before you jump in with those heaping scorn on the New York Times for using a leak to reveal the secret Treasury program to search financial transactions for terrorist activities, know this: The Treasury Department expected it to leak. When the program was developed in 2003, a press plan was included. The goal: Get out front with the spin that there are safeguards to prevent snooping on private accounts, that it is legal, and that there are big benefits to it. "These three elements needed to be in the first-day story," says an insider. The plan worked. When the Times told Treasury it was running the story, top Treasury aides were OK'd to talk to the Times, Washington Post, Wall Street Journal, and Los Angeles Times, which presented the three points. "It was a textbook case of very good PR management," says the insider.
Does this mean that the Times, essentially, was set-up to take a fall by the Bush Administration? Clearly, they anticipated the story to be reported, approved officials to speak to the media, and then slammed the Times when it did so.

Obviously, it worked, as it gave the right-wing some much-needed blood to feed on at a time when they need an idealogical score.

No harm, no foul, though - right? The New York Times is in the big league and they can afford to take the hit, right? Not so fast. Remember when Ann Coulter mentioned that her only regret was that Timothy McVeigh didn't hit the New York Times building? Well, as it turns out, The New York Times received an envelope on Friday with an Xed-out Times editorial and a suspicious white powder. The response from the New York Times was wondering "...if she considers herself at all responsible when lunatics read her columns and she says that we should be killed."

Coulter's response? "So glad to hear that the New York Times got my letter and that your friend at the Times thinks I'm funny.... If we get hit again, don't forget to ask the NYT if they consider themselves responsible since they have repeatedly exposed classified government programs designed to prevent another terrorist attack."

Again, Coulter embraces her freedom of speech in making dangerous statements against the New York Times, while at the same time accusing them of "leaking" a story that was intended to be leaked.

And they wonder why we continaully call them hypocrites?

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Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Let's Talk Fictional Nymphomaniacs...

All politics and no play makes Pressing The Flesh a dull blog, so occassionally we like to veer off track and cover something completely....uhhh... different.

So it goes today. A reader tipped me to a list created by Maxim Magazine of the Top Ten Best Nymphomaniacs on TV. The list covers insatiable vixens both past and present, but I'm not sure about this list. I'll present the list to you, and then ask for your input:

10. Deputy Clementine, Reno 911!
"If we're ever in Reno, we're going to commit a few petty crimes just to spend a little time with Nevada's horniest deputy."

9. Mona, Who's the Boss?
"This red-headed MILF of a MILF used every trick in the book to try and bed her manly nanny, Tony."

8. Nina, Just Shoot Me!
"Sure, she probably looked like a tan leather handbag underneath those slinky little dresses, but we can't turn down a girl who feels comfortable in front of the camera…or in a seedy motel room, rented by the hour."

7. Samantha, Sex and the City
"Samantha comes out head, shoulders, and exposed breasts above the rest."

6. Lori, That '70s Show
"We always thought Eric Forman's slutty sister Lori would've made a great match for Wayne, the snotty older brother on The Wonder Years."

5. Sandra, 227
"While the other residents of that crappy apartment building sat on the stoop and bitched about their lives, 227's sassiest resident was busy gettin' bizzay."

4. Kelly, Married With Children
"The only problem with watching her trot about with her never-ending line of biker boyfriends was that it evoked the terrifying feeling that we might, one day, have a trampy daughter of our own."

3. Meredith, Grey's Anatomy
"She tries to pretend she's not a nympho, but we know that behind that professional doctor-like facade is a sex-crazed ball of orgasms ready to happen."

2. Lois, Family Guy
"Any lady who can keep house, prevent an evil baby from taking over the world, and doesn't mind lifting up a gut to get to the good stuff is marriage material in our book."

1. Blanche, The Golden Girls

"We always had to admire Blanche's willingness to take out her dentures and go to town on any male member of Miami's trendiest seniors."

So, there you have it. Maxim's list. As for me, I see quite a few faults in the list, but I want to hear from YOU! Are these really nymphomaniacs? Who got left off this list? Who shouldn't be here? Who's rated too high? Too low? C'mon... let's talk fictional nymphomaniacs!

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Monday, July 17, 2006

News You Might Have Missed

$400 Billion And Counting...
While the Bush Administration was bragging about a $300 billion deficit, the Administration will be asking for another $110 billion to fight the war in Iraq and Afghanistan according to the White House FY2007 Mid-Session Review. If you've never seen a document like this, you really should take a few momnets to ponder the incredible amount of smoke and mirrors it contains. I'll save you some time, however, by pointing out that on Page Six (appropriately?), it states:
In 2007, to fund the anticipated additional costs of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan, this Mid-Session Review assumes an additional $60 billion in budget authority will be needed later in the fiscal year, for a total allowance of $110 billion.
Keep in mind that the war has already cost us $315 billion, add the additional request for funding, and you reach a figure well over $400 billion dollars, with no end in sight. This, of course, is in addition to the over 2,500 military lives lost in the war effort. Can someone please explain to me again how this $400 billion dollars and 2,500+ lives couldn't be better used here in America to keep all of us safer? And clearly, our war effort in Iraq is definitely bringing stability to the Middle East, as well.

'Scuse Me While I Leak
Last week, my friend over at ModFab asked a great question - faced with Bob Novak stating that Karl Rove confirmed Valerie Plame's identity, what do we do with this information? Do we care? And if not, are we complicit in the crimes of the Bush Administration? I was initially stumped at what one could do, short of screaming for the heads of these people. Rove and the others are not elected officials, and the Administration is clearly not going to kick them to the curb. So what do we do?

Well, Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson have taken what seems to be one of the few prescriptive methods of seeking justice left in this country - they're suing Cheney, Rove, and the rest of the criminals for their actions. You can view the documents for yourself here. Now that Plame and Wilson have taken this action, you can take yours - visit the Joseph and Valerie Wilson Legal Support Trust, and consider making a donation for justice.

The Nation's Most Famous Petting Zoo
It would seem that Old MacDonald's Petting Zoo in Huntsville, Alabama has become the nation's most beloved petting zoo... or that's at least what the Department of Homeland Security would have us believe in listing it as a "possible terror target." A listing of over 77,000 potential terrorist targets included such high-value targets as a Sears Auto Center, a casket company, and a YMCA. Indiana led the list with a total of 8,591 potential targets. New York, in comparison, had only 5,687, and California only had 3,212. The complete report from the Inspector General is here, and highlights a number of inconsistencies with this absurd database. Vermont and New Hampshire, for example, have just over 70 assets listed, while Wisconsin and Indiana have over 100 times more assets listed. The STATE of Washington lists 65 national monuments and icons, while Washington, DC - the Nation's Capital - lists only 37. New York lists only two percent of the nation’s banking & finance sector assets, ranking between North Dakota and Missouri. Illinois, home to some of the nation’s tallest buildings in its city of Chicago, listed 28 tall buildings or just two-thirds as many as the 41 reported in Indiana.

Why does it feel like our country is digging itself deeper and deeper into a Kurt Vonnegut novel?

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Sunday, July 16, 2006

The Week That Was - July 16, 2006

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