the "Jane Roe" of Roe V. Wade, is filling a lawsuit to overturn the decision that legalized abortion Fox News reported on the Hannity and Colmes show Monday night. Ms. McCorvey changed her stance on abortion in 1995 when she was baptized in a swimming pool by a leader of the Dallas-based Operation Rescue anti-abortion movement. She has since started an organization that is now known as The Crossing Over Ministry.
Josh Marshall's analysis here
Catholic archbishop kidnapped in Mosul
MOSUL, Iraq (CNN) -- A Catholic archbishop was kidnapped Monday near the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, Iraqi officials said.
Basil George Casmoussa, 66, was outside a private residence on a main road in al-Muhendisin, north of Mosul, when he was taken captive at 5:30 p.m. (9:30 a.m. ET), said Kahsro Goran, deputy governor of Nineveh province....read on
Hugh Hewitt's not too happy with his fellow bloggers at Instapundit and Captain's Quraters for siding with Kos and MyDD on the disclosure story. As I scanned Hewitt's site for the story about his appearance on The O'Reilly Factor, Hugh writes: I appreciate the kind comments I have received from many bloggers on my effort to protect the reputation of the blogosphere post Kos/Armstrong Williams. Our question to Hugh is: When was Armstrong Williams a blogger? How did Williams taking $240,000 taxpayer dollars to promote a government program tarnish any blogger in any way? They are separate issues. You are a radio talk show host, author, and talking head and still you dont know the difference. I think you do actually. You linked them for partisan political purposes. Is that the quality of trust you always proselytize on about. We know why OReilly would want to attack the blogosphere, because it is blogs like Media Matters that hold him accountable for his words. Your defense of the blogosphere only extends to the right wing side, so your motives are quite apparent.
Rolling Stone interviews Krugman on Social Security:
In selling the idea that there's a crisis, Bush has a lot of powerful words on his side: "choice," "freedom," "ownership society." What words do you have to counter his sales job?
Scam. Three-card monte. I've been thinking a lot about flying pigs. The privateers are claiming that you can have something for nothing. They're basically saying, "Let's assume that pigs can fly." And when you say, "You know, it's not good to assume that pigs can fly," they respond by saying, "What's wrong with you? Don't you understand the enormous advantage of flying pigs?"
The only reason they talk about how wonderful an ownership society would be is because we managed to win the battle over the word privatization. The Cato Institute -- which is the intellectual headquarters for all this stuff -- founded something in 1995 called the Project on Social Security Privatization. But focus groups don't like that word, so in 2002 they changed the name to the Project on Social Security Choice. They didn't announce a name change -- they just went back and scrubbed their Web site, so there's no indication that it was ever called "privatization."
If there's no crisis in Social Security, why aren't the Democrats saying that more clearly and forcefully?
There's a lot of timidity. They're desperately afraid of seeming like "Oh, well -- we have our heads in the sand, and we're not active." I would like to see them step up to the plate and say that these claims that we're going to have a crisis sometime in the next fifteen years is just garbage. Bush is handing them an opportunity by making this the centerpiece of his agenda. Democrats should treat privatizing Social Security the way Republicans treated Clinton's health-care plan -- they should say, "This is a disaster, and we will stand against it." Social Security is simply not the biggest problem facing the government today.
And Frank Rich had an excellent piece in Sunday's
New York Times
But perhaps the most fascinating Williams TV appearance took place in December 2003, the same month that he was first contracted by the government to receive his payoffs. At a time when no one in television news could get an interview with Dick Cheney, Mr. Williams, of all "journalists," was rewarded with an extended sit-down with the vice president for the Sinclair Broadcast Group, a nationwide owner of local stations affiliated with all the major networks. In that chat, Mr. Cheney criticized the press for its coverage of Halliburton and denounced "cheap shot journalism" in which "the press portray themselves as objective observers of the passing scene, when they obviously are not objective."
This is a scenario out of "The Manchurian Candidate."
Here we find Mr. Cheney criticizing the press for a sin his own government was at that same moment signing up Mr. Williams to commit. The interview is broadcast by the same company that would later order its ABC affiliates to ban Ted Koppel's "Nightline" recitation of American casualties in Iraq and then propose showing an anti-Kerry documentary, "Stolen Honor," under the rubric of "news" in prime time just before Election Day. (After fierce criticism, Sinclair retreated from that plan.) Thus the Williams interview with the vice president, implicitly presented as an example of the kind of "objective" news Mr. Cheney endorses, was in reality a completely subjective, bought-and-paid-for fake news event for a broadcast company that barely bothers to fake objectivity and both of whose chief executives were major contributors to the Bush-Cheney campaign. The Soviets couldn't have constructed a more ingenious or insidious plot to bamboozle the citizenry. More
Bush said he would not lobby the Senate to pass a constitutional amendment outlawing same-sex marriage.
Wallace: Isn't he breaking a campaign promise he made to all those social conservatives, that he was going to push an amendment?
Bartlett: Absolutely not....
President Bush talking about Social Security(video)
Bush: ...will be flat bust, bankrupt unless U.S. Congress has got the willingness to act now.
Wallace: Ahh..As a simple fact, isn't that wrong?
Bartlett: Absolutely not...
Notice that Dan gave the same exact answer twice to start his defense of the president. In response to the "gay marriage" issue, Bartlett used the type of reasoning to justify his answer that Arlen Specter gave while talking about judicial nominees that had the Evangelical Christians up in arms. By the way talking about the Evangelicals, on the Focus on the Family website, there is a story that says just the opposite of what the president has said: Push for Marriage Amendment Restarted: A federal marriage amendment will be reintroduced in the Senate later this month. On Social Security going broke; well that's just a flat out lie.
MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - Former Oakland Raiders (news) center Barret Robbins was shot and critically wounded during a struggle with a police officer investigating a burglary at a South Beach office building.
Robbins, a former All-Pro known best for going AWOL during the 2003 Super Bowl and other erratic behavior, was hospitalized in critical condition....read on
Mr Hersh is saying that Iran is the target that they have in their sights first and foremost!