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By Tom Parker
On Tuesday, Aug. 30 former Vice President Richard “Dick” Cheney published his memoirs,”In My Time,” and, as widely expected, he has used this new platform to restate his wholehearted support for some of the most egregious human rights abuses committed by the Bush administration.
We thought it might be instructive to examine some of the claims he makes in his memoirs and see how well they stack up against the established facts.
In an interview with CNN in June 2005 Dick Cheney spun a rosy picture of conditions in Guantanamo: “We spent a lot of money to build it. They’re very well treated down there. They’re living in the
The Black Eyed Peas
Song: Labor Day (It’s a Holiday)
Song: Bomb the Stock Exchange
Album: Howling Songs
Song: September in the Rain
Album: What a Diff’rence a Day Makes
Song: Squalor Victoria
Efterklang & The Danish National Chamber Orchestra
Song: Polygyne (Live)
Album: Performing Parades
Ryan Adams & The Cardinals
Album: Jacksonville City Nights
Album: Ode to Sunshine
Song: Bitterness Rising
Album: Paul Weller
Middle Class Rut
Song: One Debt Away
Album: No Name No Color
Album: Selections From Chrome, Smoke & BBQ (Remastered)
Song: September Song
Album: Greatest Big Band Classics
Song: August & September
Album: Mind Bomb (Remastered)
Song: Labor Day
Album: Good or Plenty, Streets + Avenues
Song: Have a Good Time
Album: Verve Jazz Masters, Vol.
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So anyways, last semester was, like, a total mess, you know? And everyone’s bummed out all the time and you can’t even concentrate or get anything done ’cause they’re throwing things and bumping into you in the hallway like it’s an accident, except everyone knows it’s totally on purpose, right? So we’re off for the summer, and that’s supposed to make it better when we get back ’cause we’ll have, like, a chance to think about how we behaved and how we’re supposed to behave and then we’ll all be friends or something even if we sit on the other side of the class?
What a joke! Like anyone thinks D.C. High really works that way?
So fine, vacation’s almost over and we’re getting our school supplies, and then Barack puts out the word. Barack — he’s class president, except half the kids can’t stand him and they, like, don’t even treat him like he was ever elected — he Tweets about some speech he wants to give, which he’s absolutely allowed to do ’cause he’s, like, class president even if they don’t believe it, OK?
Except that when he wants to give this speech, there’s already a party — the Red Rebels are having a recruiting party in the library the exact same day and the exact same time! And the Blue Band — those are the guys Barack hangs out with — they go, “Oh, what a coincidence! We had, like, no idea!” Except it was all over Social, and everyone was buzzing on it for days, so they had to know. And Barack, he wants to give his speech anyway, and he’s, like, whoever wants to watch the speech can watch the speech, and whoever wants to, like, go to the Red Rebels can go, except their party won’t be that big anymore ’cause of Barack’s thing being the exact same time, which you totally know was the whole idea!
And so the Red Rebels go, “We can’t possibly change the time for the party, ’cause we already bought all the refreshments and the red meat and everything!” And then they go, “And you can’t have the auditorium either!” ’cause Barack, he said he wants to give his speech in the auditorium and they’ve got, like, total control of the auditorium and nobody uses it unless Big John — he’s the main Red Rebels guy — says they can.
And Big John, he goes, “We’ve already got something scheduled in the auditorium that day, and it’s too important and we can’t possibly reschedule it!” Except everyone knows he can do whatever he wants with the schedule, but he’s just jerking Barack’s chain every chance he gets, and he’d go “I’m washing my hair that night” if that’s what it took to stick it to Barack.
So anyways, Barack is, like, “There they go again!” And Big John is, like, “You think you’re so hot!” And nobody even cares what the speech is about anymore, ’cause all that matters is, you know, who’s on top and who backs
Ah, traveling vs. the battle of the bulge. Or for some who follow restricted diets, like me, travel can sometimes be off limits. But fret no more as here are a few of my favorite tips and tricks on how you can travel, despite any dietary restrictions, by whipping up easy meals in your hotel room to save your figure and your cash!
Make your hotel room coffee pot your friend! It’s not just for coffee anymore! Pack miso soup packets or stock up on canned beans and/or soups at the local convenience store or market and heat up quick and healthy dinners in the comfort of your hotel
I recently traveled to Shanghai, China to sit down with Yao Ming for his first extensive interview since his July retirement for an episode of In Depth. The former Houston Rockets’ center opens up about what led to his decision to retire, shares the experience of first moving to Houston and details the injuries that plagued his NBA career. Yao Ming also speaks about his childhood in Shanghai, the cultural differences between China and the United States, and describes his plans for the future. Below are video clips from the television interview.
Yao Ming explains the reasons behind his retirement and discusses the likelihood that he will come out of retirement to play again in the NBA: “First time I was seriously thinking about my retirement is in
Something bizarre happened weeks and months after 9/11. It had nothing to do with the armed ferry boats or Mike Piazza hitting an eventual game-winning home in baseball’s first game back in New York. No, what was so bizarre was the systemic loss of the Twin Towers throughout pop culture. Perhaps movie and network executives took Laura Bush’s statement about parents not to letting their children see pictures of 9/11 over and over a bit too far.
One of the best Simpsons episodes of all time had to be pulled from syndication because it featured two guys, one in each tower, bickering back and
This week ExxonMobil scored a deal to explore for oil in the Russian Arctic Ocean, and in exchange, the Russian state-owned Rosneft apparently got the right to become a part-owner of deepwater drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico.
But what is a win-win agreement for Exxon and Rosneft is a lose-lose for the rest of us.
First of all, this deal will not lower gas prices. Do the Russians, or ExxonMobil for that matter, care about how much Americans are paying at the gas pump? I don’t think so.
The oil that Americans find in Russia — or that the Russians find in America — will be sold on an international market — and the price will be set based on global supply and
Labor Day is upon us, that last family cookout or picnic of the summer. So we’d better fire up both the grill and our handy responses to annoying arguments from that conservative brother-in-law with a PhD in Fox TV. (Again, that’s not you Sean, Jim, Andy, Tom, Clint… well, maybe
Labor Day weekend marks the end of summer, and a traditionally fallow period for good movies as studios and distributors dump a lot of crummy movies onto the marketplace–figuring that people are distracted with winding down from vacations and getting their kids off to school. Vera Farmiga’s Higher Ground is a happy exception to that rule.
I wish I could tout the British import Brighton Rock, from writer/director Rowan Joffe. This adaptation of Graham Greene’s 1938 novel has much to admire, including a stylish look and some fine performances (by newcomers Sam Riley and Andrea Riseborough as well as Helen Mirren, John Hurt, and Andy Serkis) but it’s terribly off-putting. It’s a movie I can respect but it’s difficult to
I grew up hearing about mistresses from my mother. She would tell us about the “fancy women” her grandfather, Stephen Adelbert Griggs, an affluent Detroit brewer and municipal politician, maintained in what she disdainfully referred to as a “love nest.” Why did Great-grandmother Minnie tolerate this? Because in her comfortable 19th century world, the alternative — divorce — was unthinkable. But Minnie put a price on her husband’s philandering.
For every diamond Stephen bought his latest mistress, he had to buy one for
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A Conversation With Fueled By Ramen’s John Janick
Mike Ragogna: Hi, John. First off, happy 15th anniversary!
John Janick: Thank you, very much.
MR: Let’s discuss Fueled By Ramen’s history, a label that you started with Less Than Jake’s Vinnie Fiorello. The first thing you released was a cassette sampler packaged like Chinese takeout. Can you tell the story of how Fueled By Ramen began?
JJ: Basically, I was in high
MADISON, Wis. — Russell Wilson threw two touchdown passes and ran for another in his Wisconsin debut and Montee Ball scored four times to lead the 11th-ranked Badgers over UNLV 51-17 on Thursday night.All the attention was on Wilson, the North Carolina State transfer who is using his last year of eligibility at Wisconsin in hopes of getting the Badgers back to the Rose Bowl or better.Wilson shined, taking off on a 46-yard TD run that had him slipping into the end zone untouched just before halftime, then thanking every one of his offensive teammates on the bench after the play.Even with Wilson, the Badgers (1-0) are built to run. Ball and James White overwhelmed the undersized Rebels (0-1) from the start in the hottest game in the 94-year history of Camp Randall Stadium.Wisconsin’s running game gave Wilson plenty of opportunities to pick UNLV apart, and the charismatic signal caller calmly went to the bench and sat under a giant fan flanked by a TV camera following his every move after each score. He finished 10 of 13 for 255 yards and had two rushes for 62 yards.Ball caught Wilson’s first TD pass as a Badger from 4 yards out.In some ways it was a typical Wisconsin opener. The Badgers scored on their first drive of the season for the sixth straight year. In same ways, it was very different: the temperature at kickoff was 90 degrees.Wisconsin made it 13-0 when Ball took a handoff, busted through two arm tackles and high-stepped to avoid Quinton Porter’s desperation dive for a 22-yard touchdown. It was 20-0 when Wilson found top target Nick Toon for completions of 39 and 15 yards before White punched it into the end zone from a yard out.Ball, who finished with 63 yards rushing, also scored on a pair of 1-yard runs, making it 51-3 midway through the third quarter.UNLV, losers of 10 straight on the road, showed some of the same jitters that coach Bobby Hauck’s squads have struggled with after he finished his first season 2-11.New starting quarterback Caleb Herring was a notable exception with two second-half touchdown passes that cut the lead to 51-17 in the fourth. He kept plays alive with his feet and showed poise under relentless pressure, but didn’t have many options and finished 18 of 27 for 146 yards.UNLV failed to convert its first nine third-down conversions, and one second-quarter sequence highlighted the Rebels’ struggles.Wide receiver Phillip Payne committed a 15-yard personal foul for a late hit, center Robert Waterman snapped the ball over Herring’s head for an 8-yard loss, Payne dropped a pass with no defender nearby and Nolan Kohorst pulled a 52-yard field goal wide left.Following the busted opportunity, Wilson found Ball on a swing pass, and Ball zigzagged across the field, cutting it back against UNLV’s Trent Allmang-Wilder for a 63-yard gain. Ball scored two plays later to make it 27-0.Kohorst hit a 37-yard field goal, but Wilson dropped back to pass on the next possession, broke to the right and saw no pursuit behind him for his TD scamper as the Badgers led 37-3 at halftime.Wilson has been a hot topic, dubbed Russellmania, since he arrived on campus in Madison.Expectations are high that the 22-year-old can lead the Badgers back to a BCS game following their 21-19 loss to TCU on Jan. 1 despite losing six offensive starters, including quarterback Scott Tolzien.Wilson joined Wisconsin after a stint playing minor league baseball for the Colorado Rockies and N.C. State’s decision to move on without him despite his stellar numbers over three years, including a win over West Virginia in the Champs Sports Bowl last season.
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Every year, Labor Day serves as the perfect bookend to summer fun. It marks the time when we prepare our children for the start of school and prepare ourselves for the hustle of our work lives. Labor Day acts not only as the official close to summer, but at its core, is one of our nation’s most symbolic national holidays. It recognizes the hard work and sacrifice of generations of Americans, who by virtue of their toil, helped to build our great nation.
As the leader of a nonprofit organization that draws on its volunteers to give back to their communities by engaging in their philanthropic spirit, I can testify to the admirable character of our nation’s
Planning a successful party or cookout takes time, resources, and scheduling. To me, that sounds pretty laborious. If your idea of celebrating Labor Day involves cooking, cleaning and setting up for hours, you’ve missed the point. There are plenty of things to use and tricks to try that will ensure your Labor Day celebration is a hit, without it taking a toll on you.
Food & Fare
To mellow out your menu, pick a few dishes that have been created to taste best when they’re made
The Argentinean composer and pianist Guillermo Klein is an enigma. He originally came to Berklee in Boston back in 1990 to study with his contemporaries and then moved to New York from 1993 to 2000 to actually play with them. During his relatively brief stay, his impressive compositions and the arrangements for big bands attracted many of the young, up and coming musicians in the area, like bees to nectar. The Guillermo Klein 17 piece Big Band took Sunday residency at the hip village jazz club
The Endangered Species Act has notched yet another success story: the return of the Lake Erie water snake.
This non-venemous snake, mostly found on the offshore islands of western Lake Erie, once hovered on the brink of extinction. When it was protected under the Endangered Species Act in 1999, only about 1,500 remained in its namesake lake. Today, there are more than 11,000 individuals, and the biggest threats to this once-rare species — loss of habitat and human persecution — have been successfully dealt with.
The Obama administration recently announced that the snake is coming off the endangered species list. The snake’s delisting is not only a huge step forward for this species, but it also provides a moment to reflect on the importance and unparalleled success of the Endangered Species Act.
Signed into law by President Richard Nixon in 1973, the Act is the nation’s most important tool for saving plants and animals on the verge of disappearing
With over 700 people arrested so far in the Keystone XL tar sands action taking place at the Obama White House, and widespread distrust and criticism of the State Department’s final Environmental Impact Statement (EIS), this is a critical moment in the fight against a disastrous proposal to build a tar sands pipeline between Alberta and oil refineries along the U.S. Gulf Coast. Given the scientific certainty that tar sands oil is a recklessly dirty form of energy — as well as fresh evidence from Oil Change International debunking the claims that increasing our dependence on Canadian oil would be helpful for U.S.
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A columnist at the business magazine Forbes has agreed to that rarity of rarities: an actual debate on the merits of free trade! As the reader may have noticed, most free traders are so religiously committed to the doctrine that they can’t even imagine the possibility that they might be wrong. (Believe me, as a former free trader, I’m familiar with this mentality.) And the rest? They seem to be well aware that their faith doesn’t stand up very well to cross-examination, so they avoid debate.
My comments here are a response to this article by Tim Worstall.
Worstall is a Briton currently residing in Portugal. I find this a sublime irony, as economic history records that Britain and Portugal were, in fact, among the earliest and profoundest victims of free trade.
Let’s consult the history.
Britain, prior to her adoption of free trade starting in the 1840s, was the world’s leading economic power, birthplace of the industrial revolution and center of a worldwide
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Did the media overdose on Irene? Oh, come on. That’s not a great debate — not even a real one. No, the real question is: when will the media stop overlooking the 500-pound gorilla in the extreme weather room? What will it take? A “Day After Tomorrow” scenario?
Despite all the coverage of Hurricane Irene, the media, for the most part, once again managed not to say the words “climate change” or “global warming.” Apparently, these words are the Potterian “Voldemort” of the daily news media when extreme weather is reported. Media hawks are noticing this as the slate of extreme weather events continues to pile up, and the words are rarely
Bashar al-Assad has become the latest Mideast Milosevic. Amnesty International released a report this week documenting “systematic persecution on a vast scale” by Bashar al Assad’s Syrian secret police and paramilitary forces against Syria’s democracy movement. Amnesty’s report portrays a gruesome catalogue of documented and independently corroborated atrocities committed in the name of Assad and his subordinates against the Syrian people by his regime. Almost 2,500 persons have been killed by Assad’s forces since the start of the uprising and untold thousands more have been tortured, imprisoned, or