Who owes an apology? FAIR runs a list of what indignant rightwingers had to say days after the US "won" the war in Iraq, which marks its three-year anniversary on Sunday. Highlights include Fox's Alam Colmes ("Now that the war in Iraq is all but over, should the people in Hollywood who opposed the president admit they were wrong?"), Fox's Bill O'Reilly ("I will bet you the best dinner in the gaslight district of San Diego that military action will not last more than a week. Are you willing to take that wager?"), and Fox's Morton Kondracke ("The Tommy Franks-Don Rumsfeld battle plan, war plan, worked brilliantly, a three-week war with mercifully few American deaths or Iraqi civilian deaths.... There is a lot of work yet to do, but all the naysayers have been humiliated so far.... The final word on this is, hooray.")
Pacifism = Terror: The Thomas Merton Center for Peace and Justice released documents that suggest the FBI was spying on the peace group for its opposition to the war in Iraq. In its report titled "IT [International Terrorism] Matters," the FBI describes the Merton Center as a "left-wing organization advocating, among many political causes, pacifism." DemocracyNow has more.
Fascist career day? An FBI representative speaking to law students recently presented a slide show called "Terrorism in Texas." Among the evildoers, he listed IndyMedia, Food-not-Bombs, and the Communist Party of Texas.
Gunboats: Continuing the militarization of domestic life, now the Coast Guard is equipping some of its Great Lakes vessels with machine guns that can fire 600 rounds per minute.
And then there's Russ: What else is there to say? I love the guy. And, The Daily Show brilliantly skewers the limp-wristed Dems with the help of Paul Hackett, the Ohio Iraq vet who was asked by Democratic leaders to drop out of a race in a Republican district where he'd previously garnered 48% of the vote.