A review of military data shows that daily bombing runs and jet-missile
launches have increased by more than 50 percent in the past five months,
compared with the same period last year. Knight Ridder’s statistical findings
were reviewed and confirmed by American Air Force officials in the region.
The numbers also show that
U.S. forces dropped
bombs on more cities during than they did during the same period a year ago. Airstrikes hit
at least 11 cities , but
were mostly concentrated in and around the western city of Fallujah.
struck at least 22 cities during .
Not great news, but it is nice to see some actual journalism on the wires…
It’s a strange surprise when a piece of network television entertainment
decides to weave tax resistance into the plot, as the law opera
Boston Legal just did.
In the “Stick It” episode, the secretary of one of the main characters gets
hauled into court for tax resistance, and her boss defends her — giving a
courtroom soliloquy about the lies that the country went to war on, the
torture and abuse of detainees, and the decline of civil rights in America
that I’m sure left many viewers cheering and wondering why they see only
fictional characters saying such things on television.
I didn’t see the show, so can’t comment on any of the nuances, but if you’d
care to, you can see the closing arguments
A commercial for war tax resistance that went out to some ten million viewers…
I noted the recent arrest of Ernest McQueen for
deserting the military in during the Vietnam
War. I speculated that the government was digging up an old case like this as
a way of sending a message to the current mess of troops,
to be nervously eyeing the exit themselves.