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political satirist Barry Crimmins

Sunday Stroll Sunday, August 5, 2007

Sunday Stroll

A Sunday morning sidewalk

Listening to Miles Davis and taking a leisurely Sunday stroll through the newspapers, blogs and my e-mail. Here's some of what's drawn my interest:

First stop: Sam Smith's always interesting Progressive Review where he offers some words that will have to tide us over until Dennis Perrin resurfaces from his bold walk among the participants at the Yearly Kos convention in Chicago.

Next a story of passenger screening on city buses in the notorious terrorist enclave of Indianapolis, Indiana.I hope all the members of the Democratic majority who acceded to Bush's demand for increased snooping power are proud of themselves!

We must drive terrorists from their homes and force them to live under our bridges. Let's see them try to survive there!

Smith also provides these hints to watch for, for those who fear creeping fascism.

Smith links to Boston Globe columnist Derrick Z. Jackson's scathing indictment of the much celebrated increase in the minimum wage.

Brunch with the Gray Lady

From the New York Times:

Bad news for the Twin Cities: Dubyahoo has promised to make rebuilding the I-35 bridge a top priority. Sort of like capturing Osama bin Laden or returning New Orleans to its former glory.

The Times has always championed the underprivileged and never more in than in a piece that should be titled: The bucks are always greener...

Hal Steger says, "I know people looking in from the outside will ask why someone like me keeps working so hard, Mr. Steger says. But a few million doesnt go as far as it used to. Maybe in the 70s, a few million bucks meant Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, or Richie Rich living in a big house with a butler. But not anymore. in a Times investigatory piece about the gritty underside of life for those only worth millions in an age of billionaires.

One more Times story that should provoke us to wonder how long before all bus passengers will have to wear one of these?

From the BBC: Remember to forget Holocaust survivors?

The question, translated from Yiddish is: What is this? The Ninth Ward? The BBC reports: A government offer of a monthly stipend of $20 () was rejected as too little by survivor groups, and they vowed to go ahead with the Jerusalem action.

Many elderly survivors say they struggle to pay for medical treatment and, in some cases, food.

The protesters are calling their protest a "March of the Living" - a name which echoes the annual march at the Auschwitz death camp in Poland to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day - and some are expected to don prisoners' clothes and yellow stars.

One Israeli cabinet minister, Yitzhak Herzog, said the use of such imagery on a march over a financial dispute with the government was "an insult to the collective memory of the Holocaust".

Holocaust survivors are an insult to the memory of the Holocaust? What does Herzog propose to do? Round them up?

Attempts to reach A. Whitney Brown have thus far been unsuccessful but that doesn't mean various militias aren't trying. A three word hint: safe house Dubuque.

Speaking of the proverbial troop; allow me to double back to the Times, where Frank Rich had a good day on the issue of hiding behind the troops.

And finally... my overt agenda or PLEASE! PLEASE! PLEASE!

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