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7000 Innocents Pay the Price of America’s “Freedom” Wars

Written by Alexander Cockburn on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

It was bracing to see former Sen. Bob Kerrey, now president of the New School, joining CNN’s Paula Zahn for commentary Monday morning. Zahn, whom I place only fractionally under Laura Bush in the pantheon of my affections, made reference to Kerrey’s expertise in military affairs. This plunges us straight into the fierce debate about [&hellip
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Bush Is Doing Well by Doing Nothing

Written by Alexander Cockburn on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

As the press corps sweats it out in Waco, wishing they were back on Martha’s Vineyard, Bush climbs steadily in the polls. When Bush first announced he’d spend a month on his ranch outside Waco there was some pro-forma huffing in the liberal press about the President’s prolonged vacation. A true hands-on leader should apparently [&hellip
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Gallery-Hopping in Fredericksburg, TX; Pulled Over in New Mexico

Written by Alexander Cockburn on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

I had been planning to head straight across Texas to El Paso with a detour south to Big Bend National Park, which sits on the north bank of the Rio Grande–also passing through Marfa, which used to, maybe still does, feature Rock Hudson’s house in Giant, then coming north again to the Balmorhea springs, with [&hellip
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The Road Trip Continues, from New Orleans to Midland

Written by Alexander Cockburn on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

I love scrubby old state highways, warm with commercial life. Interstate 90 runs from Florida through Louisiana, then on across Lousiana into Texas. I got onto it at Mobile and trundled westward into New Orleans, in time to go along and pay my respects to John Sinclair, formerly of the MC5 and now one of [&hellip
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Consuela Lee’s Trying to Keep Grandfather William James Edward’s Legacy, Snow Hill Institute, Alive

Written by Alexander Cockburn on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

Consuela’s Return where, on the first day of 1889, a shy young black man called William James Edwards completed his three-day, 90-mile walk from Snow Hill to enlist in Booker T. Washington’s Tuskegee Normal and Industrial Institute. He walked with a limp, the souvenir of scrofula that had seen him only able to crawl as [&hellip
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Condit and the Baroque; Lie Detector Nonsense

Written by Alexander Cockburn on . Posted in Miscellaneous, Posts

The Condit affair has reached the point of baroque fantasy. This is a common feature of all good political sex scandals. Forty years ago, in the twilight of Harold Macmillan’s Conservative government in Britain, the country was obsessed with the Profumo scandal. John Profumo, a government minister, was caught having an affair with Christine Keeler, [&hellip
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