Just read between the lines...

Red Text is the real story hiding between the lines.
Violet Text is a notable quote from a specific blogger.
Blue Text is my own personal commentary.
Gold Text is a link to the original sources.

One word of advice I would offer to everyone who reads this blog;

....Each and every day, take just a moment of your precious time to pray for Peace and Justice.

Thursday, March 15, 2007

"All in all its just... another week in the brawl"

Join me each morning to dissect the mainstream media's slanted news coverage, and search out the hidden headlines, buried in the daily news.

Using articles taken from major newspapers and publications across the nation and world, and mixing them with commentary from some notable Blogs, and a lot of my own lib'rl opinions, Between the Lines is a study in the deception and subterfuge our current media is perpetrating on our democracy.

We look for the truth hiding in-between the lies.

(Red text is the "real" headline in these stories and articles)

Among other congressional proposals is one from Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-Ill.) to require the Pentagon and other government agencies to provide Congress with copies of contracts worth more than $5 million for work in Iraq and Afghanistan and to report on disciplinary actions against contractors. Democratic Sens. Byron L. Dorgan (N.D.) and Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.) have targeted war profiteering in other legislation.

Seizing the spirit of competition, Yerger, the investor rights advocate, urged business to consider adopting European policies that allow shareholders to offer advisory votes on executive pay and to nominate board candidates, an anathema to industry groups. No one on the panel seconded her motion.

North Korean officials have said that a failure to end the Banco Delta Asia matter to their satisfaction could torpedo a deal under which Pyongyang freezes and then "seals" its nuclear reactor in exchange for 50,000 tons of fuel oil. U.S. officials expect up to $12 million out of $24 million in frozen funds eventually to be released from the bank -- though perhaps not quickly enough to please the North Koreans.

So begins a laborious process: Candidates print their reports and deliver them to the Senate clerk's office. There, the clerk's staff scans them into a computer so they can be electronically transmitted to the FEC. But because the reports are in text form, the FEC must print the forms again -- and hire workers to type the data into a database so that the information can finally be made public online.

In the coming weeks a Congress that is willing to assert its prerogative as a co-equal branch of government has a unique opportunity to stop the needless deaths and maiming of U.S. troops in Iraq and bring them home in an orderly way this year. To do that, it must use its constitutionally mandated authority—the power of the purse. Although the president, vice president and their most ardent supporters blindly insist that victory is a troop surge away, the current U.S. military commander on the ground, General David Petraeus, concedes that no military victory is possible

U.S. Attorney Matthew Whitaker has called a press conference for 2 p.m. at the federal building to discuss the indictment of Matt McCoy, Iowa State Senator from Des Moines, which alleges that McCoy violated the Hobbs Act, a federal antiracketeering law that frequently is used in cases involving public corruption."It looks like I'm going to have to march through hell here," the senator said Tuesday.

As most Nation readers know from Jeremy Scahill's on-going reporting for the magazine, Blackwater, USA, a powerful private army with its own military base, a fleet of twenty aircraft, and 20,000 soldiers, is run by a multimillionaire Christian conservative who bankrolls President Bush and his allies. Acting, as Scahill has written, as the Bush Administration's Praetorian Guard for the "global war on terror," Blackwater has been busy fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq, establishing military bases in Iran, and patrolling the hurricane-ravaged streets of New Orleans. The problem, as Scahill points out, is that such power in the hands of one company embodies the "military-industrial complex" President Eisenhower warned against in 1961.

In a bipartisan confrontation with the White House over executive branch secrecy, the House of Representatives ignored a stern veto threat and overwhelmingly passed a package of open-government bills yesterday that would roll back administration efforts to shield its workings from public view.

1 comment:

JEP said...

Just testing the comments section...