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Monday, February 13, 2006

All The News That's Fit

Guns and Unions and Torture. Oh my!

OK. It's not funny. Just remember, while you read this, the old adage about laughing so you don't cry.

The Times (New Jersey)
Union Takes New Tack in Organizing Effort at Pork-Processing Plant
By STEVEN GREENHOUSEPublished: February 13, 2006TAR HEEL, N.C. —

"The campaign to unionize the nation's largest pork-processing plant here, a facility that kills 32,000 hogs a day, never seems to end."

"In 1997, the United Food and Commercial Workers Union lost a unionization election at the sprawling plant, built in this rural town 75 miles south of Raleigh. But it was not until 2004 that the National Labor Relations Board upheld an administrative law judge's decision that threw out the election results."

"The labor board found that the Smithfield Packing Company not only had prevented a fair election by illegally intimidating, firing, threatening and spying on workers but also had a union supporter beaten up the night of the vote count."

So people are losing fingers and hands on the production line. They didn't really need them. Right?

Political heat over disasters rising
Bush's role as protector in chief is under fire after reports of federal missteps on Katrina.
By Linda Feldmann Staff writer of The Christian Science Monitor

WASHINGTON – "Nine months before the November midterm elections, the Republican campaign theme is already clear: It's the terrorism, stupid..."

"On Wednesday, a House committee of Republicans will release a 600-page report on the failures of government at all levels before and after hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast. According to The Washington Post, which obtained a summary of the report, the document will lay primary blame on top administration officials, including Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff, the Homeland Security Operations Center, and the White House Homeland Security Council."

"Bush himself faces criticism: "Earlier presidential involvement could have speeded the response" to Katrina, because Bush could have cut through the bureaucratic resistance that slowed the federal response, the summary reportedly says..."

"[Bush] has got a little political capital on this issue, and the Democrats don't," says independent pollster John Zogby..."

So, what we're saying here is he gets a pass on Katrina because he's doing such a darned fine job fighting terrorism? Because if I read the entire article correctly, this is exactly why Bush thinks he is safe on the hurricane issue.

UN Report: US is still torturing prisoners
truthout, reprinted from the Los Angeles Times
New York - A draft United Nations report on the detainees at Guantanamo Bay concludes that the US treatment of them violates their rights to physical and mental health and, in some cases, constitutes torture.
It also urges the United States to close the military prison in Cuba and bring the captives to trial on U.S. territory, charging that Washington's justification for the continued detention is a distortion of international law.
The report, compiled by five U.N. envoys who interviewed former prisoners, detainees' lawyers and families, and U.S. officials, is the product of an 18-month investigation ordered by the U.N. Commission on Human Rights. The team did not have access to prisoners at Guantanamo Bay.
Nonetheless, its findings - notably a conclusion that the violent force-feeding of hunger strikers, incidents of excessive violence used in transporting prisoners and combinations of interrogation techniques "must be assessed as amounting to torture" - are likely to stoke U.S. and international criticism of the prison...
[The report] also rejected the premise that "the war on terrorism" exempted the U.S. from international conventions on torture and civil and political rights.
The report said some of the treatment of detainees met the definition of torture under the U.N. Convention Against Torture: the acts were committed by government officials, with a clear purpose, inflicting severe pain or suffering against victims in a position of powerlessness.

Again. He gets a pass because he's done such a darn fine job fighting terrorism.

And finally, Oliver Willis talks about Dick Cheney's Hunting Fiasco. If you hunt the news rags today, you will find that the Feds opted to keep this a secret. Why do we know about it? Because the woman who owns the land on which they were hunting called the press.

Hmmmmmmmm.


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