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Junkies on the front line?

The story in this week’s Hartford Courant should scare the hell out of anyone. Soldiers in combat in Iraq are regularly given powerful anti-depressants to help them cope with the stress of war.
Lisa Chedekel and Matthew Kauffman report:

When Army Sgt. 1st Class Mark C. Warren was diagnosed with depression soon after his deployment to Iraq, a military doctor handed him a supply of the mood-altering drug Effexor.

An ‘idol’ freak in the Senate

Now this, if anything, says a lot about the intelligence level of the United States Senate. Mississippi Senator Trent Lott, one-time majority leader, admits to being an "American Idol" junkie.

The DaVinci bomb

From the critics’ reaction to director Ron Howard’s The DaVinci Code, it looks like Opie forgot a major rule of filmmaking: If you’re going to make a controversial movie, at least make it a good one.

Killing the messenger

The foundation of freedom in this country is a free press. The foundation of George W. Bush’s plan to ruin the county is elimination of a free press.

Where’s Jimmy?

Legendary Teamsters boss Jimmy Hoffa disappeared in 1975 and the FBI has never been able to turn up a single clue as to where his body might be buried (theories have ranged from chopped into pieces and dumped in Lake Michigan to buried in Giant Stadium). Now the feds are digging up a farm just 15 miles away from where he disappeared.

The empire strikes back

The Bush Administration, in a legal response to a lawsuit against AT&T’s collaboration with the government to spy on Americans is taking the position that he can’t discuss why it spies on who it wants, when it wants and by whatever means it wants.