‘In Case You Missed It’ a highlight of my week
I’ve started looking forward every week to the “In Case You Missed It,” and I find it one of the most entertaining and mind-blowing things being published in the Twin Cities.
Every time I read it, my first impulse is to think, “Is this a joke?” and yet it’s not. Frankly, I wouldn’t believe most of it, or would just assume it comes from some wacky Internet conspiracy theorists, except that each article comes with places where you can see it and prove it to yourself.
The story about Jeff Gannon, [Feb. 18, 2005] the White House reporter who turned
out to be a Bush plant and gay hooker, was amazing. Why isn’t the news
media leading with this every night? Why isn’t this the main headline
on every newspaper?
Can you imagine Clinton filling the press with propagandists, including a gay
hooker? Can you imagine what the media reaction would have been? They would
have been impeached immediately.
You can do this test with any of the other stories, like the head of a major
newspaper being tied to white supremacist groups. Can you imagine what the reaction
would be if the head of, say, CNN had ties like this? Can you imagine how quickly
they would lose their job? In fact, that happened recently—a CNN editor
was fired almost immediately for making a controversial statement. In that case,
it wasn’t even false—he said the U.S. Army tried to kill journalists,
and they had fired on the hotel where all the journalists stayed—and it
was said in private, and they fired him anyway.
I realize that putting gay hookers in the press room and giving tours to groups
of white supremacists are only the seventeenth and eighteenth things this month
that Bush should be impeached for, but let’s not let things like this
slide. Thanks to Pulse for keeping stories like this in the public eye, and
for letting people know about this.
How can Norm Coleman live with himself?
Senator Norm Coleman should be ashamed of the votes he recently cast regarding
bankruptcy “reforms.” How can he justify his vote against protection
for employees and retirees from corporate practices that deprive them of their
earnings and retirement savings when a business files for bankruptcy? How will
he explain voting against protecting the insurance benefits paid to retirees
and against predatory lending practices?
What could possibly justify his vote to allow our richest citizens to hide their
assets in one state while declaring bankruptcy in another? And in a time of
war, how will he sleep knowing that he voted against extending protections to
families of military personnel whose deployment deprives them of their primary
income and forces them into bankruptcy?
Coleman's constant smile and charming rhetoric mask his true intentions: disregarding
the needs, interests, and realities of the majority of citizens in favor of
his rich, corporate supporters. Shame on him, and shame on us if we let him
get away with it.
Cynthia L. Crist
Minnesotans should be worried about mercury
Waiting until 2010 and 2018 to cut mercury production from electric power plants
is another crime against humanity. Already hundreds of thousands of children
are born with this brain and nerve-destroying toxin in their bodies and every
day the problem gets worse.
Minnesotans should be especially concerned. Every lake, pond, river and stream
is already so dangerously poisoned that it is unsafe to eat most fish and everyday
gets worse. Do we want to destroy our health and our tourist industry as well?
Wake up Minnesota. Its time to stop the powerful and destructive coal industry
from further destroying our quality of life, our economy and our very existence.