Friday, January 06, 2006

Blog RoundUp

When you looked at "Planet of the Apes" the movie on WalMart's website, they also recommended movies about blacks. Story broken by firedoglake, , here, and here, also Crooks and Liars, Steve Gilliard, Washington Post. Turns out their website also linked Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Power Puff Girls, Polar Express, and Home Alone to African-American-themed DVDs. As a result, Wal-Mart Halts Movie Suggestions on Web

Glenn Greenwald, guestblogging for Digby, good post on the culture of criminality in the Bush Administration: An ideology of lawlessness

Tbogg on Operation Photo Op, Oval Office edition, 1.0: My Big Fat Publicity Stunt

Paul Cummins on HuffPost: The Emerging Bush Legacy

1. Tax cuts leading to massive, unprecedented deficits
2. Preemptive wars against non-aggressive nations
3. Sanctioning of torture
4. De-regulation of environment protections
5. Weakening of the separation of church and state
6. Exempting the gun industry from lawsuits
7. Weakening of individual privacy protections
8. Rejection of international organizations - U.N., World Court, etc.
9. Increased hatred of the U.S.A. in Islamic countries
10. Increase in terrorist attacks since 9/11
11. Neglect of poverty in the U.S.A. and abroad
12. Shifting the tax burden from wealthy corporations and individuals to wage earners
13. Reducing (hoping to abolish) estate taxes thus creating "a permanent aristocracy" in America
14. Furthering anti-intellectualism - a president who admittedly does not read and is embarrassingly inarticulate
15. Increased military spending; hostility to spending for social services
16. Increased number of Americans without health care
17. Rejection of minimum wage increases - five consecutive years
18. Applying the principle of awarding lucrative contracts to crony companies without competitive bidding
19. Attempts to privatize Social Security
20. Four consecutive years of increases in the percentage of Americans living in poverty

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