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A Philadelphia Journal of Politics, Finance, Ethics, and Culture

Friday, June 16, 2006  

With Media Miscellany
June 16, 2006

Big Brother, Big Sister
They're not only watching, they're apparently taking names and notes, and they're afraid to admit it. And so, the American Civil Liberties Union, the American Friends Service Committee, Greenpeace, Veterans for Peace, United for Peace and Justice, and two dozen other groups have filed suit in U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania seeking an order for the Pentagon to release records related to the secret surveillance of American antiwar groups and activists. (See "Suit Seeks Data on Spying of War Protesters," by Michael Hinkelman in the Philadelphia Daily News, and the ACLU's news release announcing the suit.)

Same Smears, Different Election
Joe Conason, writing at today ("Fear and Smear"), observes that Republicans, led by White House political advisor Karl Rove and House Majority Leader John Boehner, are up to their usual dishonest and smearing tricks. It's the same strategy that, as Conason notes, with the help of the mainstream media, Republicans deployed successfully in the last two elections. Only this time, we can at least hope voters are a bit more clued in.

Mind-Saving Screensaver
Try this fun screensaver/simple diversion making the rounds on the internets. (Or maybe it's quite old and just now getting to me.) If W. gets stuck, just nudge him with your cursor.

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