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April 28, 2005

And Once Again: Things

1. Jeanne at Body and Soul has some extremely cogent thoughts about the new Pope and his time spent as a Nazi Youth, here and then here. Like me (and apparently several million others), she is surprised not that he acted as he did as a teenager, but that to this day he apparently claims resistance to the Nazis was "impossible."

2. Dennis Perrin watched the HBO documentary about Air America. Also, he tells funny stories about love and other stuff.

3. Bob points to an useful gauge of how rich you are.

4. David Swanson has written 37 more columns in the last eight minutes.

5. Normon Solomon reminds us that this Tuesday was the 40th anniversary of the US invasion of the Dominican Republic, and that Lyndon Johnson's justifications for the invasion were shifting and dishonest in a way that seems oddly familiar.

Posted at April 28, 2005 01:14 PM | TrackBack

I am beginning to think the Bush administration must have a musty old trunk of Johnson administration lies and evasions in the White House basement that they keep plundering.
Check out the headlines of the New York Times on September 3, 1967 and January 30, 2005. The magnificent claims Johnson's people made for the Viet Nam elections are almost identical to the Bush claims. If you blank out the name of the country, you can't tell if it's Johnson or Bush. Like this one:
"United States officials were surprised and heartened today at the size of turnout in the _______ election despite _______ terrorist campaign to disrupt the voting."

1967 or 2005? Is it Iraq/insurgents, or Viet Nam/Viet Cong?

Posted by: clete at April 28, 2005 09:08 PM

Actually, I think this particular trunk isn't musty. It's been happily used by almost every US administration for the past 200 years.

Posted by: Jonathan Schwarz at April 29, 2005 09:19 AM