April 2009

You Say “Potato”

April 30, 2009

If you’re interested in a detailed account of the 1947-48 war between Jews and Palestinians that led to the declaration of an Israeli State, but are without the time or current inclination to read a book-length treatment, Israeli historian Benny Morris offers one at HistoryNet.com. Still, give yourself half an hour. Almost as instructive as [...]


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Important News of the Trust Fund Litigations

April 29, 2009

The email below went out on Monday from Elouise Cobell, lead plaintiff in Cobell vs Salazar: On Monday, May 11, the U.S. Circuit Court for the District of Columbia will hold an important hearing on our case. We will be challenging the Aug. 7 ruling of U.S. District Court Judge James Robertson. He has held [...]


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The Reckoning Will Come

April 29, 2009

Others will not let us forget – as they shouldn’t – even if we want to. The Spanish, through Baltasar Garzon, held Pinochet to account decades later. Now they turn the scrutiny of the law on the U.S., which has long and often sought to hold others to account. Who will we be in the [...]


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Journalistic Cowardice

April 27, 2009

Andrew Sullivan, of whom I have been quite critical of late, is nonetheless pursuing the U.S. torture issue – multiple times daily – with diligence and courage. He focuses not just on the lies and current self-serving campaign of Cheney and former Bush administration officials, but also on the cowardice and incompetence of even the [...]


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Objectively Speaking

April 27, 2009

Journalists are people too – no, really – so of course they have opinions. But there are opinions and then there are OPINIONS. I frequently have OPINIONS. But I’m not foreign editor for National Public Radio. Loren Jenkins is. Read the account by CAMERA (Committee for Accuracy in Mideast Reporting in America) of Jenkins’s comments [...]


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Not Your Grandfather’s (Grandfather’s) Apaches

April 24, 2009

Check out this striking and, ahem, high energy account in the Apache Moccasin of this year’s annual Apache Skate Blast on the San Carlos Apache Reservation, hosted as always by Art and Skate Board Warrior Douglas Miles and his Apache Skate Boards. Skate teams, bands, and vendors, Native and non, came from all parts. The [...]


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Citizens of Lukachukai, the Navajo Reservation

April 20, 2009

In the Seniors Center, March 30, 2009 JD


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The World’s a Funny Place

April 20, 2009

Yaacov Lozowick points out that today is both Holocaust Commemoration Day in Israel and Adolf Hitler’s birthday. It is also the first day of the incipiently anti-Semitic U.N anti-racism Conference, informally known as Durban II, follow up to the notoriously anti-Semitic Durban I. The world is nothing if not an ironic jokester. Lozowick also provides [...]


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Best…

April 20, 2009

…wine bar for proto-cool hangin’ and chillin’ in Amarillo, Texas. Crush Wine Bar and Deli. When the citizens move out to commercial strips and suburban sameness, the disaffected, disenfranchised, disappointed, disconnected and generally dissed head for abandoned downtown streets like extras in the Roger Corman night. Wines by the 3 oz and 6 oz serving, [...]


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Torture and a Time of Reckoning

April 17, 2009

The final memos are out, another smoking gun, demonstrating how the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel (OLC), through the “analyses” of its officials, Jay Bybee, Steven Bradbury, and John Yoo, provided legal cover for the Bush administration’s desired regime of torture. A very telling example, not of the specifics of the authorized torture, available [...]


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Affirmative Factions

April 14, 2009

Or how not to make social policy. There have been many newspaper reports in recent days on the upcoming, April 21, hearing by the Supreme Court of  Ricci, et al. v. DeStefano, et al. -  the Hartford Current and the New York Times among them. At issue is a 2004 promotion test within the New [...]


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In Two Worlds

April 12, 2009

Through the Anglo-centric vision most Americans are given of U.S. history, Native contact with Europeans is generally perceived as having taken place with American settlers or the U.S. cavalry. They may recognize that the European arrival reaches back to 1492, or that there was some taking sides and mixing it up in the contention between [...]


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The People along the Way

April 9, 2009

Vicki and Hank live on the Navajo Reservation, in Lukachukai, Arizona, a settlement of sixteen hundred people or so just off Indian Route 12, about sixty miles southeast of Monument Valley and the same southwest, mostly south, of Four Corners. You can’t really call Lukachukai a town because there is no town center. There are [...]


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Much Ado About

April 9, 2009

From Gilgamesh The river rises, flows over its banks and carries us all away, like mayflies floating downstream: they stare at the sun, then all at once there is nothing. to The Sopranos Melfii: Sounds to me like Anthony junior may have stumbled onto existentialism. Tony: Fuckin’ internet! Melfi: No, no, no. It’s a European [...]


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Schindler’s List

April 8, 2009

AFP reports that an original carbon typsecript copy of Schindler’s List – provided to author Thomas Keneally in 1980 by Leopold Pfefferberg, named on the list as Jewish worker 173 – has been discovered among Keneally’s papers at the New South Wales State Library. There are 801 names on the list.


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The Greatness of George Washington

April 7, 2009

Michael Bloomberg, mayor of New York City, like his predecesor, thinks himself the indispensable man. Giuliani, after 9/11, considered seeking an extension of his second term to lead the city in its hour of trial as, he thought, no one else could. Even he didn’t do what Bloomberg did. Bloomberg, financier and billionaire – a [...]


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Charles Freeman’s Divergent and Convergent Values

April 6, 2009

Mere Rhetoric reports on Charles Freeman’s complaints via Iran’s Press TV (he had to find a sympathetic ear somewhere) about his treatment by the Obama administration – and leads us back to a Freeman comment, about Israel, during a Jewish Daily Forward phone interview: It’s a foreign country, and while maybe 40 years ago many [...]


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The Meaning of Insidious, or a Dog with a Bone

April 4, 2009

Andrew Sullivan is a decent guy. He is also, maybe, the world’s top blogger. I’ve read his blog a long time. That’s because, in part, he’s a decent guy. I’ve written critically of him before. That’s because, in part, he’s maybe the world’s top blogger. What do I mean by that? Sullivan’s The Daily Dish [...]


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