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Inside a shadowy banking system that secretly moves trillions of dollars around the world.
 
With Bush’s new nukes, the world gets more dangerous.
 
The Failure of Brand USA
Why the Bush administration can't sell America abroad.
 
Learning from Enron
Will Washington ever get it?
 
It’s time to fight the Enronization of the media.
 
Dangerous Lives
Colombia’s generals finally have the war they want, but their country’s people pay the price.
 

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Steeling Home.
 
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War crimes tribunal for Cambodia proves elusive.
 
Polluters rewrite the Clean Water Act.
 
Indian Rights
American tribes take their case against Washington to international courts.
 
No Fun or Games
Chinese sweatshops churn out toys for the United States.
 
Intimidation Tactics
Neal Horsley: One mean anti-abortionist.
 

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FILM: What Time Is It There?
 
The Cricket-Loving Marxist Dandy
BOOKS: C.L.R. James: A Life.
 
The Invisible Band
MUSIC: Gorillaz in our midst.
 

 
March 15, 2002
Appall-o-Meter
Harsh Toke! 3.9

In March, thirtysomething go-getter Chris Hill was named one of the 500 Businessman of 2001 by the National Republican Congressional Committee. According to a report by the News-Journal wire service, that put the Florida manufacturer in the running for Republican of the Year.

Problem is, Hill is a drug-paraphernalia kingpin. In fact, he faces up to 20 years in federal prison after his marijuana pipes were discovered in an Iowa raid. GOP officials were understandably surprised by the news, and they promise to strip Hill of his dignities if the charges stick. But Hill is showing himself to be a party man through and through. “I’m not going to make pipes again,” he complained. “I’m embarrassed that my government has put me in this position. They’ve lumped me in with some liberal longhaired dopers. That’s not the kind of crowd I run with.”

Naming Rights 3.1

She’s big, she’s hard, she really gets around, and she’s often full of murky goo. She’s Condoleeza Rice. Or, she was until her corporate owners decided she’d be better off traveling under the moniker Altair Voyager. The San Francisco Chronicle reports that Chevron honchos judged it a little unseemly—with all the recent hubbub about energy boodling—to have one of their oil tankers named after a Bush administration consigliere. Hence the switch.

Make A Joyful Noise 4.6

At times, ours seems not so much an empire as a backwoods freak show. John Ashcroft, our snake-handling Draco, has been known to anoint himself with Mazola chrism, in the Old Testament fashion, when sworn into office. Now, according to a report in the Guardian, he has taken to leading hymn sessions at office meetings, where Department of Justice lawyers are encouraged to join in renditions of Ashcroft’s own compositions. One such, “Let the Eagle Soar”—in which our nation’s mascot is shown to soar “like she’s never soared before, from rocky coast to golden shore”—has particularly rankled staffers handicapped with taste and sensibility. “Have you heard the song?” a department lawyer anonymously complained. “It really sucks.”

The Return of Tricky Dick? 5.1

Ghost Of Tricky DickEditors of the Quaker Campus, the school newspaper of Whittier College in California, are outraged to discover that their office was bugged. A maintenance man found the electronic eavesdropping device behind the couch around which editorial meetings customarily take place. There are no suspects or leads, the paper reports, nor can anybody think of even a plausible motive. But the device is sophisticated, and the way it was placed suggests that a professional was involved. Surprisingly, no one has ventured the obvious paranormal explanation: a visit by the specter of Whittier’s most famous alumnus—Dick Nixon, class of 1934.


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