A.R. ARCHIVED

Vol. 13, No. 3,197 - The American Reporter - July 3, 2007

Make My Day
SAY IT WITH A BOSTON ACCENT
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- What's the funniest joke in the world? If you said the one that ends, "But the last thing he hears before he dies, is the German soldier mumbling 'tankity tankity'," I would compliment you on your superb sense of humor, marvelous taste, and the fact that I am the only other person in the world who likes that joke.

Momentum
BETTER LUCK NEXT YEAR
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Just when I thought the year couldn't get any worse, along came the Menorah Gardens cemetery scandal.

Merry Christmas, Dr. Soup!

Ink Soup
A BOWL OF SOUP FOR BOXING DAY

by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- One of the pleasures of the holiday season is that I get to meet all the staff of this column at our grand Christmas reunion here in the office atop the World Overhill Emeritus International Something Memorial Enterprise (WOEISME), an affiliate of the Mickey Mouse Foundation

Caring
LOVED TO 'THE VERY HAIRS OF YOUR HEAD'
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- Despite his age, I think Santa must have a good head of hair. We all know he has a magnificent white beard, tumbling like cumulus clouds all over his jovial face and down on to his chest. I'm sure he never shaves. That would be blasphemy.

On Native Ground
LOOKING FOR HOPE IN A DARK TIME
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Decades rarely begin and end neatly with rounded numbers. The Thirties began with the stock market crash in Oct. 29, 1929 and didn't end until Pearl Harbor was bombed on Dec. 7, 1941. The Forties didn't end with Hiroshima, but lingered on through the "forgotten war" in Korea.

Media Beat
IT'S BAD NEWS WHEN MADMEN LEAD THE BLIND
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- The autumn started with a huge national jolt of shock, fear, griefand anger. Winter has begun with many worries here at home and grimsatisfaction about warfare abroad. A line from "King Lear," early in Act4, is hauntingly appropriate.

BOMB PLOT ON PARIS-TO-MIAMI JET FOILED BY PASSENGERS
American Reporter Staff

BOSTON, Dec. 22, 2001 -- American Airlines Paris-to-Miami Flight 63 narrowly avoided catastrophe today when a passenger attempted to light a the fuse of a bomb hidden in the heels of his basketball sneakers but was stopped by an alert stewardess and then tackled and sedated by passengers aboard the transAtlantic flight.

Momentum: PANDORA'S CHRISTMAS GIFT
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- I have always loved Christmas, which may be asurprising admission for a Jewish woman to make.

Market Mover
TRY A LITTLE PORTFOLIO OBESITY NEXT YEAR
by Mark scheinbaum

BOCA RATON, Fla., Dec. 19, 2001 -- Against conventional wisdom, there might be one place where obesity might actually make you feel terrific: your stock portfolio. In a world of diversification, sectors, market-timing, index funds, and tv "experts," some have always felt that intentionally "over-weighting" certain sectors and stocks for the long-term could greatly enhance portfolio performance.

Ink Soup: SWEAT EQUITY
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The section of Seattle where I now live, Ballard, has a strong Norwegian flavor. The smell of lutefisk is a thing which, after some weeks of therapy, I have learned to tolerate, and as for krumkake, I find that a filling of Ben & Jerry's frozen yoghurt makes them seem less absurdly like parodies of pastry.

Caring
A PANIC ATTACK IN THE MEN'S DEPARTMENT
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- We were in the men's department when it happened - a full-blown panic attack while looking at the Tommy Bahama shirts. This Christmas shopping in Nordstrom's was the first she'd done in several years.

Hominy & Hash
KLEPTO AND OTHER MANIACS
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The signs posted in dressing rooms of major department stores can not be ignored. The bold red letters proclaim Shoplifters Will Be Prosecuted and there is no doubt they mean it.

On Native Ground
SAFETY IS AN ILLUSION
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. - In the best of times, Americans are scaredy cats. They insist upon absolute safety and zero risk in everything they do. In the worst of times, as in post-Sept. 11, folks freak out even more.

Media Beat
ANNOUNCING THE P.U.-LITZER PRIZES FOR 2001
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- The P.U.-litzer Prizes were established a decade ago to give recognition to the stinkiest media performances of the year.

The Pooh Papers: JUDGE TO UNSEAL HUGE FILE IN POOH CASE
by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 12. 2001 -- Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ernest Hi= roshige today moved to unseal tens of thousands of documents in a long-runn= ing case that has pitted the Walt Disney Co. against heirs to the U.S. righ= ts to Winnie the Pooh in a dispute over hundreds of millions of dollars in alleged past-due and future royalties.

Momentum
DEATH MAKES A HOLIDAY
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- On the day after George Harrison died, I strolled ove= r to Strawberry Fields, the memorial in New York City's Central Park that Y= oko Ono built for her husband, John Lennon, after he was gunned down in fro= nt of their home across the street.

Caring
WINTER IN THE AGING SOUL
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- According to research published recently in the Journal of American Medical Association, not only do physicians underprescribe for pain, 50 percent of nurses under-administer the pain medication does get ordered.

Ink Soup
PICNIC, LIGHTNING
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Poet Laureate of the United States, Billy Collins,=

On Native Ground
THE REAL AMERICAN EMERGENCY
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There was a story in The Miami Herald the other day about how the federal government will likely accumulate deficits until at least fiscal year 2005.

Make My Day
WAR IS PEACE, LOVE IS HATE, SMART IS STUPID
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- People have griped about it since 1949, when Geor= ge Orwell published his doom-saying classic "1984."

Momentum
THE IMAGE MADE REAL
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The images came first on Sept. 11, one after the other, each more shocking than the last: smoke coming out of the first World Trade Center tower; the fireball just after the second plane went in;people tumbling from the sky; a blizzard of paper; gray people running; the impossible implosion of the buildings; the silent, enormous, brooding,steaming, twisted pile.

Hominy & Hash
I REMEMBER PEARL HARBOR
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- I remember Pearl Harbor. That was the day I went from hopscotch to knitting needles. Yes, I once knit a scarf for the boys in Greenland. Oops! I'm not supposed to mention they're in Greenland.

Ink Soup
THE STORY OF ELLEN
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Ellen was a sparrow who lived alone with her mother in a nest in a tall pine tree in the middle of a great forest... ---Where's her daddy?

Editorial
PEACE IS NOT AN OPTION
by Joe Shea

If bombings like those that took 26 innocent lives on Saturday and Sunday had occurred every day for the past 120 days in Israel, that nation would have lost the number of people the United States lost on a single day in September. If the 1,000 or so Palestinians killed since Ariel Sharon visited the Temple Mount nine months ago died on a single day, there would have to be three or four such days to equal the carnage in New York City on Sept. 11. If you spent the gross domestic product (GDP) of Israel and the Palestinian Authority, about $110 billion in 2000, you could spend that much for six days in a row before you would equal the expense of that one day of terrorism against the United States.

+ In Memoriam +
George Harrison
"Thanks For The Music"

Passings: George Harrison
ALL THINGS MUST PASS

by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO: My dear George: You are gone, and so now I can write you the love letter that I knew would never reach you.

On Native Ground
THE BATTLE BETWEEN 'JIHAD' AND 'McWORLD'
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There are many subtexts to our current "war on terrorism." But many of them lead back to the one thing that I have long maintained would be the defining struggle of our new century - how to counter the ever-increasing corporate control of our planet.

Media Beat
'GEOGRAPHICAL CORRECTNESS' MAY COME AS A JOLT
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- There were unconfirmed reports yesterday that the United States is not the center of the world.

Make My Day
DIDN'T THEY HAVE IT IN BLUE?
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- As I write this, it's the last week of November, and there are only 26 days to finish your Christmas shopping. And if you haven't even started your shopping, then you've wasted the other 100 days the retailers inflicted on us - I mean granted us - when they started playing "Santa Claus is Coming to Town" over the store loudspeakers back in August.

War On Terror
NEPAL JOINS WAR ON TERRORISM AFTER MAOIST ATTACKS
by Chiranjibi Paudyal

KATHMANDU, Nepal, Nov. 28 -- The government of Nepal has declared a state of emergency and ordered the mobilization of Nepalese Army following a series of violent attacks by ultra-leftist Maoist terrorists who broke a four-month-old cease-fire agreement with the country's rulers.

Momentum
AS THE WORLD SCREAMS
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Imagine that the earth itself is a living organism. T= he dirt and rock we walk on is only its thick protective skin, but its vuln= erable body lies deep inside. Imagine it's like a sea urchin, with a hard s= hell on the outside and a soft living coral center.

Media Beat
A SWEET MESSAGE FOR AMERICANS: 'WE ARE FAMILY'
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- On the magazine cover, the big headline next to Opra= h's shoulder is as warm and cuddly as the pair of cocker spaniels in her la= p. "WE ARE FAMILY," it says. "Now more than ever: the power and plea= sure of feeling connected."

Ink Soup
WUGENE THE OCTOPU.S. AND OTHERS
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- Thank you for calling Ink Soup. Your reading o= ur column is important to us, so please be patient while the author is thin= king of something to write.

America At War
Editorial: BEYOND AFGHANISTAN
by Joe Shea

With the end of the Afghanistan stage of the War Against Terrorism now in sight, it behooves every American to try to look beyond the immediate fighting and help our nation determine where we go from here.

Hominy & Hash
GENERATION X REVEALED ITSELF ON SEPT. 11
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- If I gave it any thought at all a few months a= go, I would have thought the "X" in Generation X stood for an unknown quant= ity -- I couldn't think of anything particularly noteworthy of the designat= ed group as a whole, leaving aside the spectacular few.

Caring
HOLIDAY'S SHARP EDGES SEEM SOFTER NOW
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- It is at the same time a profound and a silly thing, b= oth theater of the absurd and nursery of things beautiful and tender. It ca= n delight and elevate, irritate and exasperate all within the space of a fe= w hours.

On Native Ground
LAND OF THE FREE? NOT UNDER U.S.A PATRIOT ACT
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- While most Americans were busy hanging flags andfrett= ing about anthrax, your elected representatives in Washington decidedto rep= eal a large chunk of the U.S. Constitution.

America At War
THE SWISS CONNECTION: BIOWEAPONS, MILITANTS AND MORE
by Lucy Komisar

GENEVA -- To protect America from terrorist attack, the United States must investigate illicit trade in biological weapons and trace the movement of terrorist money. A good starting point is a controversial Swiss bank that may have facilitated the sale of hazardous biological materials to Islamic militants.

Momentum
THE THANKSGIVING OF THE EMPTY CHAIR
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. - This is a strange Thanksgiving, my friends. It is the Thanksgiving of the empty chair.

Brasch Words
TWIN TOWERS FUND SLOW TO HELP TO VICTIMS, BUT DEADLINE FOR GIFTS IS MET
by Walter M. Brasch

BLOOMSBURG, Pa., Nov. 21, 2001 -- Almost two months after the Sept. 11 national tragedy, and sandwiched between two Congressional investigative hearings about how charities are distributing donations to victims and their families, New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani announced that the city-sponsored Twin Towers Fund will finally begin to release funds. The Twin Towers Fund had accumulated $85 million since Sept. 11, but had not provided assistance.

Ink Soup
CONRAD'S SECRET AGENT HAS MEANING TODAY
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, WASH. -- The other week I wrote in this space about Camus' novel "The Plague," a fiction with obvious relevance to our current fears of mass infection.

Caring
ANTIDOTES TO ANHEDONIA
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- I learned an important lesson when I was young, alone and very ill in San Jose, Costa Rica. It was this: You can survive treachery, existential acts and parasites, but candles and fresh flowers are not a negotiable part of any life worth living.

America At War
A THANKLESS THANKSGIVING FOR FAMILIES OF U.S. SOLDIERS: NO FOOD AND $95 BANK CHARGES
by Mark Scheinbaum

HOLLYWOOD, Fla., Nov. 18, 2001 -- Retiree Don Moffett of Key Largo announced from the podium that the food pantry was bare, and started passing the sheet for donation pledges around the restaurant meeting room.

Hominy & Hash
WHO'S AFRAID OF ANTHRAX?
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- It was a short drive to the Post Office, yet I wondered as I drove if this were just wasted motion. My husband had warned his sister about opening her mail, since it would go through the Brentwood Post Office to reach her Washington, D.C., apartment.

Eating Well
L.A. WOMEN COOK UP A SAVORY STORM FOR HOLIDAY
by Andrea Rademan

LOS ANGELES -- Put down your spatula and pop in a video of "What's Cooking?", an ode to Thanksgiving as prepared in the kitchens of Latina Mercedes Ruehl, African-American Alfre Woodard, Vietnamese Joan Chen and Jewish Lai= nie Kazan. When these "typical" L.A. women prepare a traditional Thanksgiving dinner they do turkey with a twist. Director/co-writer Gurinder Chadha's syrupy script is as satisfying as a sweet potato casserole topped with melted marshmallows.

Make My Day
ULTIMATE FRISBEE IN UTRECHT: WHAT'S DUTCH FOR C.P.R.?
by Erik Deckers

UTRECHT, The Netherlands -- Those who know me know that one of my favorite pastimes is playing Ultimate Frisbee. In college, I was known to drop everything to play a couple of games, and could always be counted on to have a disc or two in my book bag.

Congratulations to Dr. Eduardo Luna!

by Joe Shea

NOVEMBER 15, 2001 -- "Our son, the doctor": I can say that now, albeit with a bit of a hitch in my step, because Dr. Eduardo Luna is my stepson by my lovely wife, Mireya. Just the same, I am so proud today I could bust.

Momentum
JOURNALISTS FIND IT HARD TO STAY 'UPSTREAM FROM THE HERD'
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- To explain the philosophy that underlies a culture of conformity, the Japanese say that the nail which sticks out attracts the hammer. In America since Sept. 11, we have seen that fear of hammers throw almost the entire American media into a paroxysm of censorship and self-censorship.

The American Way
HOW ABOUT THE WAR AGAINST KIDS?
by Mark Scheinbaum

LAKE WORTH, Fla., Nov. 14, 2001 -- My guess is I'm not alone in feeling that swirling sentiments of war, anger, and sadness have turned my ethical and moral compass into a Cuisinart of mush. I look at the tangled, soggy mess and identify and retrieve only the chunks I like.

America At War
KABUL FALLS TO NORTHERN ALLIANCE AS TALIBAN FLEE
by Joe Shea

NOVEMBER 13, 2001 -- Afghanistan's capital city of Kabul fell to the forces of the Northern Alliance, America's allies in the wear against terrorism there, as Taliban troops pounded for days by American bombing runs abandoned their posts Monday and fled south towards Kandahar.

AMERICAN AIRLINES JET CRASHES IN NEW YORK, KILLING 265
American Reporter Staff

NOVEMBER 13, 2001 -- An Airbus A-300 widebody passenger jet broke apart in mid-air shortly after takeoff Monday en route to the Dominican Republic and slammed into the small residential community of Far Rockaways in the borough of Queens, an area of New York City already devastated by the loss of some 750 residents in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

Caring
BLESSED ARE THE LOST
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- A large percentage of the elderly are afflicted with it, but what exactly is dementia?

The American Way
ON VETERANS' DAY, AN OLD VET HAS ADVICE ON NEW WAR
by Mark Scheinbaum

BOCA RATON, Fla., Nov. 11, 2001 -- God willing, or at least if He remembers Normandy, my Dad will celebrate another Veterans' Day. Nowadays as the Parkinson's continues its capricious attack, words come in short, breathless spurts. Sentences are as tough to get as pouring frozen honey from a thimble.

On Native Ground
OF GOD AND MAN AT WAR
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- God Bless America.

Media Beat
IN BLOOMBERG'S VICTORY, THE TRIUMPH OF BUSINESS NEWS
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- After billionaire Michael Bloomberg won the race to be New York City's next mayor, the French news agency AFP noted that he "was among the first to see how the Information Age could serve investors in unprecedented - and lucrative - ways." In recent months, Bloomberg's campaign spent at least $50 million from his vast personal fortune, made possible by a media environment teeming with reverence for accumulation of wealth.

Momentum: THE AFGHANI WOMAN
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- In a warm and tender moment, my husband wraps his arms around me and holds me tight against his heart.

An A.R. Essay
1-2-3-4, WHAT ARE WE FIGHTING FOR? CIVILIZATION.
by Howard Bloom

NEW YORK -- The nation's intellectual elite is batting around a question these days: Is the current war against Osama a war against Islam? Certainly that's what Osama bin Laden would like to make it But it's not.

Ink Soup: DEPT. OF FUNNY COINCIDENCE - NOT!
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE -- During my years as Cartoon Editor of the old Saturday Review (under the editorship of Norman Cousins and then Carll Tucker) I often received in the mail a drawing that strongly reminded me of something I'd seen before.

Hominy & Hash
SONGS OF WAR: THE DRUMS RUM-TUMMING EV'RYWHERE
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- When Barbara Streisand closed the Emmy Awards Show with an inimitable rendition of "You'll Never Walk Alone," she proved once more that music certainly "...doth have charms to soothe the savage breast."

Commentary
ARE WE ON THE BRINK 0F LIMITLESS WAR?
by Will Hart

TU.S.CON, Ariz. -- Nearly everyone seems to agree that military action had to be taken against the terrorists that committed the atrocities of September 11. But what actions exactly has the American public agreed to? President Bush initially outlined a campaign that had two goals: Neutralize Osama bin Laden and his al-Qaeda network and get rid of the Taliban. Those twin goals seemed logical and doable at first glance. As a nation, we signed on.

Caring: THE BEAUTY IN THE BEAST
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- I spent Hallowe'en in psychiatric intensive care. I was the= re to get oriented -- as an evening shift nurse, learning the medications a= nd paperwork. I wondered if I would last the night.

Editorial: HOW I CAME TO LOVE THE WAR
by Joe Shea

Can anyone imagine Muhammad Ali saying just after the Sept. 11 attacks on New York, "I don't have any quarrel" with Osama bin Laden and his Al Qaeda network, as the champ famously said of the Viet Cong 30 years ago?

An A.R. Editorial: THIS STRIKE HIT THE HEART
by Joe Shea

President George W. Bush, so often maligned in these pages, threw a pitch last night at the opening of the third game of the World Series that landed dead center in the strike zone of the American heart.

Hominy & Hash
IT'S ABOUT TIME, INDIANA
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- It's really very simple: Hoosiers never=

A.R. Essay: RISKING ALL FOR ISRAEL
by Joe Shea

The United States lost more of its citizens last month to Middle Eastern terrorism than Israel has lost in several wars and dozens of bombings since the end of the War for Independence in 1948. Israelis soldiers have killed more Palestinians in the past year than the combined armed forces of the United States have killed since the end of the Gulf War.

Ink Soup
THE MOVEMENT: A PARABLE
by Clarence Brown

PRINCETON, N.J. -- You thought it was just you. They were doing it to th= e others, not just to you, but it seemed that you were the only one who hat= ed them for it.

Hominy & Hash
SO, WHAT ELSE IS NEW?
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- There's not a day goes by that John and I don'= t greet each other evenings with my saying, "Hi, what's new?" And, predicta= bly, he'll answer, "New York, New Jersey... ." And if he doesn't detect my=

Caring: JORDAN CALLING
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- The Cinderella I introduced here a few weeks back finally g= ot her new leg and first therapy session just days before the call from her=

An A.R. Essay
NOW WHAT?
by Arun Mehta

NEW DELHI, India -- The world changed on September 11 for everybody. Thi= s is how the world must have felt after Hiroshima, when we realized that we=

America At War
ANTHRAX SCARE MOVES WEST, HITS HOLLYWOOD; PLAN FOR=
by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, Oct. 13, 2001 4:00 a.m. PDT -- A Hollywood studio and the Los Angeles Times joined the list Friday of high-profile communicatio= ns companies where workers have opened envelopes containing a white powdery=

Media Beat
FOR AFGHAN KIDS, STARVATION AND DOLLAR BILLS
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- The Pentagon's air drops of food parcels and President Bus= h's plea for American children to aid Afghan kids with dollar bills will go=

America At War
F.B.I. WARNS OF NEW TERRORIST ATTACKS =
by Joe Shea

WASHNGTON, Oct. 11, 2001 -- The FBI has warned Americans in an urgent ad= visory to be on guard for new domestic attacks in the next several days by terrorists linked to Osama bin Laden, the suspected author of the devastati= ng Sept. 11 assaults on the World Trade Center's twin towers and the Pentag= on that claimed more than 6,300 lives. In a brief statement released late=

U.S. REITERATES SUPPORT FOR PALESTINIAN STATE
by Joe Shea

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2001 -- President George W. Bush at a nationally te= levised White House press conference this afternoon unexpectedly reiterated=

PRESIDENT RENEWS VOW TO BRING AL-QAIDA TO JUSTICE
by Joe Shea

WASHINGTON, Oct. 11, 2001 -- In his first live news conference from the White House since the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks on New York and Washington= , President George W. Bush spoke to the nation on the first-month anniversa= ry of the attacks and vowed anew to bring suspected terrorist ringleader Os= ama bin Laden to justice and to root out his al-Qaida terorism network arou= nd the globe.

A.R.'S TRAGESER HONORED BY SAN DIEGO PRESS CLUB
American Reporter Staff

SAN DIEGO, Oct. 12, 2001 -- The American Reporter was recognizedfor jour= nalistic excellence by the San Diego Press Club on Thursdayevening. In th= e Online category, AR Correspondent (and American ReporterMusic Review edit= or) Jim Trageser took a third place in the Open Printcategory for his comme= ntary, "Media's bruised egos behind campaign finance'reform'," published No= v. 18, 2000 in the American Reporter.

Momentum
THE RECURRING NIGHTMARE OF SEPTEMBER 11
by Joyce Marcel

Dummerston, Vt. -- It's been exactly a month since the Sept. 11attacks, and I still return to the World Trade Center every night in my dreams.

Brasch Words
CROCODILE TEARS AND A CASH-REGISTER MENTALITY
by Walter M. Brasch

BLOOMSBURG, Pa. -- The news release spoke boldly. "In view of the Septem= ber 11 attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon," the release stat= ed, "this is the time for Corporate America and all government agencies to enhance the safety and security of the nation's high profile buildings."

Ink Soup
THE WHITE GLOVE AND AFTER
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- There is a lot of talk in the papers about the ginger= ly way in which comedians are trying to return to the business of making pe= ople laugh. The late-night talk show hosts, who feast on current events, m= ust be having a horrible time of it. I am never up when they are on, so I=

Media Beat
TV NEWS IS A MILITARIZED ZONE
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON, Oct. 9, 2001 --When the bombing of Afghanistan resumed Monda= y night, Oct. 8, retired generals showed no fatigue at their posts under ho= t lights at network studios.

Hominy & Hash
WE WILL NOW RESUME OUR REGULAR PROGRAMMING
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- As I recall, not long after 12 o'clock no= on, Central time, the word BULLETIN interrupted Bozo the Clown and W= alter Cronkite announced that President Kennedy was shot in Dallas, Texas.

America At War
U.S., BRITAIN LAUNCH AIR WAR ON AFGHANISTAN =
by Jo=e Shea

WASHINGTON Oct. 7, 2001 -- Acting on orders from President George W. Bush, 40 American bombers struck military targets in Afghanistan this morning and a British submarine launched Tomahawk missiles against Osama bin Laden's terrorist training camps in response to the Sept. 11 attacks that killed thousands of Americans at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.

Market Mover
BUY, SELL, & HOLD YOUR NOSE
by Mark Scheinbaum

BOCA RATON, Fla. Oct. 5, 2001 -- Stock recommendations from brokerage fi= rms are a little like a blind date with the ugly daughter of your Mom's bo= ss. "Don't worry, she's attractive," Mom would say.

Momentum: KILLING THEM SOFTLY
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There are two ways to train a dog -- affection and fe= ar. Maybe the United States has the same kind of choice when it comes to de= aling with its enemies. I am not alone in believing that we should try to e= nd terrorism with a combination of kindness and capitalism.

IN JAKARTA, THE SMALL TALK IS OF JIHAD
by Andreas Harsono

JAKARTA, Oct. 2, 2001 -- It was a warm evening in Jakarta last Monday an= d I cooled myself down in a cozy garden restaurant, a place where Indonesia= n journalists, artists, and sometimes its fiery student leaders, spend many=

Ink Soup: WHAT'S TO LOVE?
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- The Elliott Bay Book Co. is located in the oldest part=

Caring: JUST TO SEE HIM SMILE
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- The first time I was alone with him he scared me half to death. He was a big man, a schizophrenic, and his voices were acting up.=

Editorial
HOW THE FUTURE IS BETRAYED
by Joe Shea

This is not an editorial about the economy, but the economy is a good place to begin. This is an editorial about where things must end.

A NEW YORKER'S DAY OF TERROR
by Constance Daley with Gene Albertelli

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- (Editor's Note: Regrettably, we were unable to publish on Sept. 11 and Sept. 12, and this article was temporarily lost. We publish it now with our apologies to the authors.) Yesterday, the majestic southern skyline of New York crumbled at her feet with the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center collapsing inwardly at the insult, not keeling over in defeat.

Ink Soup
TWO PLANS FOR THE END OF DAYS
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE -- Now here are my plans, both of them. 1) The obvious plan. We have been hit. This is war. We will find out who was behind the=

On Native Ground
THE BRAVERY OF BARBARA LEE
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- President Bush's address to Congress on Sept. 20 was a declaration of war that is unprecedented in our nation's history. What Bush declared was a war that has no geographic limits, no clearly defined enemies, no clearly defined goals and no clear beginning or end. In short, a permanent war.

Momentum
WHAT WE CAN LEARN FROM JERRY FALWELL?
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The week after the terrorist attacks on New York City and Washington, the Rev. Jerry Falwell apologized for saying on Pat Robertson's "The 700 Club" television show that they reflected God's judgment on a nation spiritually weakened by the American Civil Liberties Union, providers of abortion, supporters of gay rights, and federal court rulings banning prayer in schools.

Media Beat
THE 'WIMP' FACTOR MAY BE GOADING BUSH
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Back in 1988, the father of our current president was bedeviled by what media outlets called "the wimp factor." After eight years as vice president, George Bush was making a run for the Oval Office.

American Essay
FROM THE TERROR, TIMELESS PERSONAL LESSONS
by Gary Gach

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif. -- As the world sorts through the rubble, internal and external, following September 11, I'm beginning to recover my own voice. For a while I was in shock. Frozen, almost. Numb.

Caring: A NOD TO AGING EROS
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- George loved trains, music, and women -- mostly women.

BANK SECRECY SPEEDS MONEY TO TERRORISTS
by Lucy Komisar

NEW YORK -- Terrorist networks all over the world depend on the international bank and corporate secrecy system to hide and move their money. This structure is allowed to exist by agreement of the world's banks and financial powers. A lot of people make money from it, including the owners and managers of banks that hide customers' deposits from tax authorities. But an unintendedconsequence is that it helps worldwide networks of terrorists. Terrorists need a way to finance operations in dozens of countries around the globe, to pay for houses, salaries, transport, weapons and explosives. They need to move millions quickly and without detection. They can't carry the cash in suitcases. But transferring millions of dollars using secret bank accounts and shell companies is easy.

TALIBAN 'ENCOURAGE' OSAMA TO 'LEAVE OF HIS OWN FREE WILL'
by Joe Shea

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Sept. 21, 2001 (1 a.m. PST) -- Defying American demands to hand over the prime suspect in the terrorist attacks on New York and Washington, a three-day meeting of Afghanistan's ruling clerical council expressed regret early Friday morning for the attacks and called on terrorism suspect Osama Bin Laden to "leave Afghanistan of his own free will" but then declared that Islamic nations must join an international Islamic jihad, or holy war, against the United States if it is attacked.

Terror & The Press
WHEN JOURNALISTS REPORT FOR DUTY
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- In Time magazine's special issue about the events of Sept. 11, chilling photos evoke the horrific slaughter in Manhattan. All of the pages are deadly serious. And on the last page, under the headline "The Case for Rage and Retribution," an essay by Time regular Lance Morrow declares: "A day cannot live in infamy without the nourishment of rage. Let's have rage."

Make My Day: WHO WANTS TO BE SMART?
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Regis Philbin: Welcome back to "Who Wants To Be a Celebrity Millionaire?" the show where I engage in witty banter wit= h rich celebrities while they try to win money for their favorite charities= .

Momentum: THE DAGGER IN OUR EYE
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- Many people don't know this, but during the Persian Gulf War, only a handful of newspapers in the United States had the courage to editorialize against it. One was my hometown newspaper, the Brattleboro (Vt.) Reformer. At the time, it was also my employer.

Market Mover
STEVE LONG WAS BIN LADEN'S WORST NIGHTMARE
by Mark Scheinbaum

LAKE WORTH, Fla. -- Regrettably and ironically, Osama bin Laden and I now have something in common: Neither one of us will ever get to meet U.S. Army Maj. Stephen V. Long.

Terror & The Press
THE PRESS HAS FAILED US
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- A couple of days after the horror in New York and Washington, I got an e-mail from Carl Jensen, founder of the press analysis project called Project Censored.

Terror & The Press
OUR MEDIA'S BEEN INCURIOUS ABOUT TERRORISM
by Ron Kenner

HOLLYWOOD -- Since last week's terrorist attack on America, the media has demonstrated the extraordinary skill, talent, dedication and perseverance of sleepless and caring, decent journalists. I subscribe to the Los Angeles Times and The New York Times, and both (along with many Internet publications) have offered much useful coverage.

Hominy & Hash: THE TERRIBLE THREE AND HOW THEY GREW
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- Most of us have some experience with the terrible twos, either our own or a neighbor's two year old. And rebellious teenagers can be found slamming the door on the way out of our own house or mouthing off from some street corner or car window. But now parents of America are facing a new terrible "T" - tyrannical terrorists who are just as up front and personal in our lives as the two and the teen.

On Native Ground
A TIME TO THINK CLEARLY
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The war drums are beating. The primal urge for revenge is rising. The flags are waving and blind patriotism is the orderof the day. And many, many more innocents will die.

AMERICA'S LOSS OF INNOCENCE
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- As I write this early on Wednesday morning, all I can think is that now it's about us.

An A.R. Editorial
CHOOSING A JUST PUNISHMENT FOR A TERRIBLE CRIME
by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES -- No one can feel sanguine about the reprisals that are in the works against terrorists who destroyed the World Trade Center towers and scarred the Pentagon.

TERRORISM, TV AND THE RAGE FOR VENGEANCE
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- We stare at television screens and try to comprehend the s= uffering in the aftermath of terrorism. Much of what we see is ghastly and all too real: terrible anguish and sorrow.

On Native Ground
STAR WARS REDUX: PEACE FOR A PIPE DREAM
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- During the week that marked the 10th anniversary of t= he failed coup in the Soviet Union -- the event that led to its eventualcol= lapse -- President Bush took two steps that showed that in some cornersof W= ashington, the Cold War never ended. Bush announced that the U.S. was goi= ng to withdraw from the 1972Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty "on our own timet= able" and appointed AirForce Gen. Richard Myers, a proponent of space-based=

Caring: MOVING MAMA
by Cindy Hasz

SAM DIEGO -- She was 80 and I liked being with her better than wit= h most folks my own age. We just clicked, her an' me. She was from Montana where there's wide-open spaces, big mountains an' lots of lonely. The kinda=

Make My Day: GOODNESS GRACIOUS, GREAT TARTS AFIRE!
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- I'm glad I live in a country where everyone isent= itled to free speech, where any goober can become President, and where ever= y moron is entitled to rummage their grubby little paws through Corporate A= merica's deep pockets to pay for their own idiocy. It happened last month i= n New Jersey over some breakfast food.

An A.R. Exclusive
SECRET RULING ON POOH RIGHTS 'DEVASTATING' T=
by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD, August 23, 2001 -- A still-secret decision on sanctions again= st the Burbank-based Walt Disney Co. for "willful destruction" of evidence in a long-running royalties battle is "devastating" to its claim that it ow= es no royalties on Winnie The Pooh videos, computer software and other comm= ercializations of the world's most popular cartoon character, a plaintiffs'=

DISNEY ASKS NEW AUDIT OF POOH ROYALTIES
by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, August 17, 2001 -- The Walt Disney Co., apparently stung by=

FINAL ARGUMENTS DUE ON POOH ROYALTIES
by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, August 15, 2001 -- Final arguments are due today in Los Ang= eles County Superior Court after a two-day hearing on accounting methods us= ed by the Walt Disney Co. to calculate Winnie The Pooh royalties paid to th= e heirs of "Red Ryder" producer Stephen A. Slesinger.

LEGAL TITANS CLASH OVER POOH'S HONEY
by Joe Shea

LOS ANGELES, August 14, 2001 -- Two of the most famous lawyers in Americ= a quietly collided Monday in a California courtroom over royalty payments o= n one of the most famous and lucrative literary characters ever created, wi= th Hollywood superlawyer Bert Fields saying the owners of U.S. and Canadian=

Editorial: THERE'S NO MORAL SIDE IN MID-EAST CONFLICT
by Joe Shea

We have watched events unfold at a quickening pace in the Middle East with a mixture of dread, anticipation and sorrow. Dread because we know that the ultimate resolution of this spiraling conflict could involve a regional war, an energy embargo or even the use of nuclear weapons; anticipation because we constantly await intervention on the side of peace -- divine, American, or multinational, or, God forbid, Iraqi, Iran= ian, Syrian, Libyan on the side of war, even as we also await the next bomb= ing, bulldozing, rocket attack or assassination in the region; and sorrow b= ecause we know it is so unnecessary. God must hate these people, I sometim= es think, because they do so many terrible things to one another in His nam= e.

On Native Ground
WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE PRESS FAILS TO DO ITS DUTY?
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- The press heaped hosannas on Katherine Grahamupon her=

Make My Day: THE SHARK-JUMPING MOMENT
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Does anyone not remember the three-part episode of "Happy Days" where the gang went to California, had all kinds of kooky adventures, sappy love scenes, and finally the big breath-taking, daredevil, Dear-God-I-Can't-Look! scene where The Fonz actually water-ski-jumped over a shark after a bet with a smug California beach-jerk? (And did anyone notice that the entire opening paragraph was just one long run-on sentence?)

Momentum:
FRAIL MY HEART: FOLK MUSIC AND ME (PART I) by Joyce Marcel
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- In my neck of the woods, New England, last week was folk music heaven. The Falcon Ridge Folk Festival was held on the green rolling hills of Long Hill Farm in Hillsdale, N.Y., the weekend of July 27-29, followed right afterward, on the same site, by the Winterhawk Festival, dedicated to "bluegrass and beyond."

Ink Soup: FONS ET CETERA
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- [Brown is away on assignment. Today's column is by=

Cindy Hasz: A RELUCTANT PROPHET OF NURSING HOME REFORM
by Cindy Hasz

SAN DIEGO -- I used to think getting fired was the end of the world= , the scarlet F; it was the equivalent of going to the brig, or getting run=

Exclusive: OCTANE RATING SLIPS ALONG WITH GASOLINE PRICES
by Joe Shea

HOLLYWOOD -- If you live in Los Angeles, take a good look at the octane rating for premium gas when you stop by to fill up your tank today.

Make My Day: BRAD PITT, JENNIFER ANNISTON AND THE RINGS OF FIRE
by Erik Deckers

SYRACUSE, Ind. -- Someone thinks pretty highly ofthemselves.=

Momentum: THE BLACK AND WHITE OF COLOR TELEVISION
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- There's a yin and a yang to everything,=

Ink Soup: KARTOON KAMP
by Clarence Brown

SEATTLE, Wash. -- I am in recovery from my first effort to teach cartoon= ing to three little boys. If only I'd thought of it in time, I would have done homage to George Herriman, creator of Krazy Kat and the greatest of Am= erican comic strip artists, by calling it the Kartoon Kamp.

Hominy & Hash: PANIC!
by Constance Daley

ST. SIMONS ISLAND, Ga. -- The sound of footsteps coming into the da= rkened room was no reason to stir from an early morning dream -- the best k= ind. It would be John stepping back in to say as usual, "S'long sunshine,= see ya later," before driving off to work in the hour before dawn.This morn= ing was different. Today he spoke words that stood my hair onend, sent chil= ls down my spine and my teeth on edge.

Editorial: DAY OF THE VIRUS
by Joe Shea

In the last five days I've gotten about 40 email messages containing the=

FMD IN WALES 'MISSED THE PRESS'
by Allan R. Andrews

ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- A week after reporting that foot and mouth disease has=

On Native Ground: TO DIE IN GENOA
by Randolph T. Holhut

DUMMERSTON, Vt., July 28, 2001 -- It was inevitable, given the fear of t= he established order when faced with organized dissent, that someone would die in Genoa during the G-8 summit. Since the demonstrations at the World=

Media Beat: THE MEDIA'S DANCE ON CARLO GIULIANI'S GRAVE
by Norman Solomon

WASHINGTON -- After a police officer shot Carlo Giuliani in the head, Ti= me magazine published a requiem of sorts -- explaining that the 23-year-old=

Momentum: A DEMONSTRATION OF EMOTION
by Joyce Marcel

DUMMERSTON, Vt. -- When I arrived at the demonstration I burst into tear= s. A few moments later, I was surprised to find myself taking shelter in a=

In Memoriam: AN AFTERNOON WITH MISS EUDORA
by Clarence Brown

JACKSON, Miss. -- On the telephone she'd said, "Tell the driver it's the Belhaven neighborhood - he'll know where that is." Her house is across the street from Belhaven College, in northeast Jackson. She comes out onto the front step when the cab pulls into the yard of 1119 Pinehurst Street and smiles at the automobile. There is some delay while the young cabby fumbles for change and the mechanism that will unlock my door.

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