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Monday, March 17, 2003

Saturday was the 33rd anniversary of the tragic death of the twenty-year-old Prague student, Jan Palach. On the 19th January 1969, Jan Palach died in a Prague hospital from burns sustained when he had set himself alight on Wenceslas Square three days earlier.

It was a silent and desperate protest against the Soviet occupation of Czechoslovakia, that had begun five months before, and against the Czechoslovak authorities' acceptance of the occupation. "In history there are times when action has to be taken," Jan Palach said from his deathbed. He hoped that his death would stir Czechs into refusing to accept the grim reality of what the communists cynically called "normalisation", but tragically normalisation was to stay for another twenty years. His sacrifice has remained etched in memory both in the Czech Republic and abroad, and to mark the anniversary a small service of remembrance was held in Jan Palach's home town of Vsetaty, a few kilometres north-east of Prague.

3/17/03:11:21:21 PM PST    

"There was a machine designed for shredding plastic. Men were dropped into it and we were again made to watch. Sometimes they went in head first and died quickly. Sometimes they went in feet first and died screaming. It was horrible. I saw 30 people die like this. Their remains would be placed in plastic bags and we were told they would be used as fish food . . . on one occasion, I saw Qusay [President Saddam HusseinÕs youngest son] personally supervise these murders."

3/17/03:11:18:41 PM PST    
To the Editor:

"Senate G.O.P. Holds Firm as Vote on Abortion Nears" (news article, March 13) notes that as part of the debate over so-called partial-birth abortion, the Senate voted on a nonbinding resolution reaffirming that Roe v. Wade is the law of the land and that it should not be overturned. The resolution was endorsed in a 52-to-46 vote.

Not discussed was one of the most interesting nuances of the larger abortion debate going on in Congress. If only the women in the Senate had voted, the resolution would have passed 13 to 1. Ninety-three percent of the women in the Senate voted to uphold the law of the land, including the support of four Republicans.

The message from this debate is simple: when women hold office, overwhelmingly choice is protected. This is a message that pro-choice voters should keep in mind as we gear up for the next election.
Washington, March 13, 2003

3/17/03:11:05:25 PM PST    

The media here in LA all seem to have a new war time look tonight. Obviously many hours of work have been put into play over the last few weeks preparing the correct tv chrome for a war.

3/17/03:10:16:04 PM PST    
to our coverage of this event. This war.

3/17/03:10:02:11 PM PST    
My daughter, who is 8, heard some of Bush's speech followed by commentary from the pundits. Neither one of us were paying much attention. I purposely avoided listening to it but it was on the radio where we were eating. She turns to me and asks, "Daddy, why would President Bush give Saddam Hussein an old tomato?"

3/17/03:9:24:51 PM PST    
ARKANSAS SCHOOL PERSECUTES GAY STUDENT Ok, this is one of those blood-boiling stories. The ACLU reports that a junior high school in Jacksonville, Arkansas is persecuting a 14-year- old kid because he's gay. According to the ACLU, among the youth's punishments for being a homo? "School officials preached their religious views on homosexuality and forced him to read aloud from the Bible in clear violation of the establishment clause of the First Amendment. This was done as punishment after McLaughlin, who is himself a Christian, disagreed with a teacher for calling him 'abnormal' and 'unnatural.'"

This kid needs to sue their bigoted asses off. In the meantime, you can help by contacting the superintendent and school board on behalf of this young man. Be sure to keep your emails angry yet polite. You can be sure that the bigots will be contacting the school in droves - let's let their venom speak for itself.

Pulaski County Special School District
Don Henderson, Superintendent: [email protected]
Jeff Shaneyfelt, Board President: [email protected]
Pam Roberts: [email protected]
Carol Burgett: [email protected]
Don Baker: [email protected]
Pat O'Brien: [email protected]
Gwen Williams: [email protected]

You can read the ACLU's detailed description of the issue here.

3/17/03:3:34:43 PM PST    

"My but what big teeth you have Grandma!"

"The better to eat you with sweetheart!"

3/17/03:11:32:31 AM PST    

is married to religious wacko who abducted her. Dammit. Didn't I say this would be the end result of this. The little fuck abducts a 15 year old because gawd says to make her his wife.

3/17/03:9:04:14 AM PST    

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