The Difference Between Democrats and Republicans

Browsing through Thomas, I came across the following proposed Constitutional Amendment, cosponsored by Senators Kennedy, Murray, Cantwell, Corzine, Kerry, Lieberman, Sarbanes, Mikulski, Boxer, Lautenberg, Levin, Durbin, Schumer, Feinstein, Harkin and Dodd (all Democrats):

`SECTION 1. Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged by the United States or by any State on account of sex.

`SECTION 2. The Congress shall have the power to enforce, by appropriate legislation, the provisions of this article.

`SECTION 3. This article shall take effect 2 years after the date of ratification.’.

Notice, however, that with minor modifications to the first section this becomes:

New political forces in Russia: Youths and the Internet

From today’s Christian Science Monitor:

MOSCOW – The idea couldn’t have been simpler: to chart online the scale of antigovernment protests erupting across Russia, marking each city where pensioners rallied against welfare reform with a fire.


The resulting website – which gets 1,500 hits a day, including many from the FSB, the successor to the KGB – is proving a catalyst for Russian youths disenchanted with the politics of President Vladimir Putin.


“They can close us, but we can host somewhere else, like in the US. The Internet is still a free zone,” says Alexander Korsunov, creator of the site skaji.net, or Say No. “We can use this site to join everyone online. The main thing is to get everyone offline, and onto the streets.”

Giuliana had information, and the US military did not want her to survive."

Mike Malone announced the url for Il Manifesto.  I googled it, but found that website wasn’t easy to navigate, so I went to another on the google search.  This one is very straightforward.  

I’m posting the entire first post, b/c it contains links to Giuliana Sgrena’s reports.

The  post under it is a letter from Naomi Klein to “David T Johnson, Acting ambassador, US Embassy, London, regarding the open and deliberatetargetting of civilians, such as Doctors, Clerics and Journalists, by U.S. and Iraqi forces.

I have never felt so helpless and ashamed in my life.  

U.S. Military Admits 26 Inmate Deaths May Be Homicide

The March 12 report in The New York Times detailed the “scale of abuse of prisoners in an Afghan jail [Bagram air base]” through the U.S. Army’s own documents (diary). Two particularly vicious murders are described; one prisoner was maimed and killed “over a five-day period by ‘destroying his leg muscle tissue with repeated unlawful knee strikes’.”


The March 16 New York Times report — apparently an exclusive — reveals that the “U.S. Military Says 26 Inmate Deaths May Be Homicide.”


The report further exposes the reach of the abuse:

Only one of the deaths occurred at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq, officials said, showing how broadly the most violent abuses extended beyond those prison walls and contradicting early impressions that the wrongdoing was confined to a handful of members of the military police on the prison’s night shift.


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