Friday, October 10, 2003
Patriot Act Nailed by "Spare Change" writer
Of all the crackpot policies implemented in the post 9-11 era of paranoia and security retrofits, the USA Patriot Act is probably the most draconian. And maybe the most irreversable, as the selective encroachment on constitutional rights is legitimized on the backs of shocked, grieving, angry Americans. Americans can take it though, it only coalesces the dissent and outrage. And brings the crackpots out of the woodwork.
Bob Dole, there's a crackpot for ya, used to say "where's the outrage?" (And then he went and made a TV commercial for Viagra, after he lost the election.)
September 08, 2003
Spare Change is a "Street" Newspaper, one distributed by homeless and low income people. Alternet syndicates these "street papers" which are often an amazingly entertaining and enlightening read. Articles typically focus on poverty, homelessness and the perspective of those abandoned by the world's richest nation. Holly Hand, who doesn't seem that disadvantaged from the description of her home, lands a good shot in this article.
Mainer, New Yawka, Beijinger, Californian, points between. News, views and ballyhoos that piqued my interest and caused me to sigh, cry, chuckle, groan or throw something.
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