Category Archives: Civil Liberties

Nowhere Man

Back in the sixties the Beatles were singing that sad little ditty, Nowhere Man – He’s a real nowhere man, sitting in his nowhere land, making all his nowhere plans for nobody. You know the song – Doesn’t have a … Continue reading

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Not That It Matters Now

You can come to hate the late Friday news dumps. The news organizations shift into low gear for the weekend, so whatever is revealed after the last Friday press run, or broadcast or web posting, will have to wait for … Continue reading

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That Book about What Everyone Really Knew but No One Wanted to Say

The buzz is all about the new Jane Mayer book, The Dark Side: The Inside Story of How the War on Terror Turned into a War on American Ideals (Doubleday, July 15, 2008) – and yes, you cannot buy a … Continue reading

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Serious, Even More Serious, and Life and Death

Those few of us who follow the news in detail – and there aren’t that many of us – find that some days following the news leaves you flummoxed. Maybe that’s not the word – there’s bewildered, bemused, perplexed, puzzled, … Continue reading

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Six Years Late

Yes, it doesn’t much matter now, but it happened again:     In a stinging rebuke to President Bush’s anti-terror policies, a deeply divided Supreme Court ruled Thursday that foreign detainees held for years at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba have the … Continue reading

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Why We Fight

Monday, May 26, Memorial Day, was a dark day in Los Angeles – but it had little to do with thoughts of the dead from all the wars, those who fought the good fight. It was just the low, dark … Continue reading

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It Really Has Been a Long Strange Trip

What a Long Strange Trip it’s Been: The Best of the Grateful Dead – that’s that compilation album by the Dead, a two-record LP released in October, 1977. The title comes from Robert Hunter, a line from “Truckin’” – “Lately … Continue reading

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