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Entries by Harry Shearer from 09/2007

The St. Rita's Jury and the Dutch

| Posted 09.10.2007 | Politics

Somehow the Dutch have found it useful to look back in order to plan two centuries into the future. Is there any institution in this country that can even conceive of planning in that kind of time frame?

The New AG Appointment and the WTC

| Posted 09.17.2007 | Politics

Why was that attack on the WTC treated, successfully (to hear President Bush tell it), as a criminal matter, while the 2001 attack was treated as a casus belli--not one war, but two?

The Template Refuses to Die

| Posted 09.18.2007 | Media

Another in a series of what newspaper reporters used to call sob stories, no sense of the context of the disaster, nor of the cause.

The Jena 6 and the Paris, Texas 1

| Posted 09.20.2007 | Media

I thought if any national news coverage would have the time and the commitment to perspective to link the Jena 6 story to that of Shaquanda Cotton, it would be PBS' Newshour. But no such luck.

What's More Depressing than an Exodus of Mental Health Professionals?

| Posted 09.23.2007 | Media

I guess the answer would be a major Sunday "takeout" on depression in New Orleans that never mentions the disappearance of as much as 80% of the mental health professionals from the city.

Hillary's "Full Ginsberg"

| Posted 09.25.2007 | Politics

In almost two hours of television blather, Hillary must have mentioned her commitment to the recovery of New Orleans. I must have just missed it.

Feds Drop the Other Shoe -- On Public Housing

| Posted 09.27.2007 | Politics

Why do the words "class warfare" only enter the political discourse when the Republicans oppose actions which would disadvantage the advantaged?

Have We Ended the War Yet?

| Posted 09.27.2007 | Politics

It's arguable that the laughably low approval rating the public gives Congress is attributable to that body's failure to move the ball one inch down the field.

Screw Burma, Let's Talk About O'Reilly

| Posted 09.28.2007 | Media

Why is it, given a story of people fighting for freedom against a fearsome military junta, that cable news far preferred this week to discuss the burning question: Is Bill O'Reilly really a racist?

What the News is Really Like

| Posted 09.29.2007 | Media

CNN appears determined to make its international feed unobtainable in this country. But 90 minutes of Al Jazeera English is like watching real news; I'll need some time to recover.

Just a Freelancer, or the Voice of the Administration's Id?

| Posted 09.30.2007 | Politics

In taking John Bolton semi-seriously, do the Brits perceive something we don't, that he's the unrestrained, uninhibited id of the Bush administration, wishing for what his brethren still in power are planning?