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Sunday, June 16, 2024

What future?

The future for a politician is “until the next election.” For the average working stiff it is “until the next paycheck” of the next payment due date. Sometimes we take in a wider swath of time, but not often enough.

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Pentagon extends Iraq deployments to 15 months

041107iraq.jpgU.S. soldiers will serve up to 15 months in Iraq and Afghanistan instead of one year, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday, the latest sign of the strain the wars have placed on the U.S. military.

Gates said the move would allow the military to sustain the boost in U.S. forces in Iraq, ordered by President George W. Bush in January, for about a year if desired but it was too early to say how long the increased troop levels actually would be needed.

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MSNBC fires Don Imus

040907imus.jpgMSBC fired Don Imus Wednesday, saying it would no longer simulcast his morning radio show because of his racial and sexual insults to the women’s basketball team of Rutgers University.

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It’s all about the money

The Imus incident is not about black or female but about green.

The issue here is money, ratings, controversy and fame. When money is involved, corporate media rarely deliver proper responses. Why should anyone expect that it in this case?

I’ll leave it to greater (and lesser) minds to decide whether radio shock jock Don Imus should be fired for referring to the Rutgers University women’s basketball team as “nappy headed hos” on his show last week because they lost the national championship game to Tennessee. He has since called his comments a “stupid, idiotic mistake.”

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Shock jocks: A long history of crossing the line

Five years ago, Opie & Anthony were booted from the nation’s airwaves for a stunt where listeners had sex in St. Patrick’s Cathedral. On Tuesday morning, the shock jocks were back on the air, riffing on Don Imus’ “nappy-headed hos” fiasco.

The latest collision of outrageous radio and outraged listeners is business as usual for morning radio, where jocks walking the line between bad taste and big ratings continually reinvent the art of self-destruction.

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The Bush doctrine: ‘My way or the highway’

041107bush.jpgWhen President Bush invited Democratic leaders for a sit-down on Iraq, it seemed to offer the opportunity for a breakthrough in their bitter differences over the war. For about five seconds. Then the White House spent the rest of Tuesday explaining what the meeting would not be.

It is not a chance to compromise, the administration insists. Bush isn’t budging from what kind of war-spending bill he can accept.

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Bush wants expanding spying powers

041106spy.jpgPresident Bush’s spy chief is pushing to expand the government’s surveillance authority at the same time the administration is under attack for stretching its domestic eavesdropping powers.

National Intelligence Director Mike McConnell (left) has circulated a draft bill that would expand the government’s powers under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, liberalizing how that law can be used.

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Dems turn up the heat on Gonzales

041107gonzales.jpgCongressional Democrats investigating the firings of eight U.S. attorneys are serving notice to Alberto Gonzales (right) and the White House that they had better come through with long-demanded documents that have been either withheld or heavily blacked out.

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Advertisers bail on Imus

041107imus.jpgStaples Inc. and Procter & Gamble Co. have pulled their advertising from Don Imus’ radio show in the wake of the furor caused by his comments about the Rutgers women’s basketball team (left).

The two companies on Tuesday added to the fallout that began when the now-suspended radio show host called the players “nappy-headed hos” on his April 4 show.

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