Inside the system
January 31, 2003 | Page 6
George W. Bush gets boxed in
WHEN GEORGE W. Bush gave a speech touting tax breaks for small businesses, he stood against a backdrop of cardboard boxes stamped "MADE IN U.S.A." Or so it appeared.
Turns out, the boxes in the south St. Louis warehouse had been painted on a large screen behind the president. And the real boxes in the warehouse were stamped "Made in China"--although someone tried to obscure the stamps by plastering over them with blank white labels.
Asked about one of the labels by the Washington Times, Randy Shore, the warehouse manager for J.S. Logistics, smiled and said: "I don't know how it got there." He later claimed that the labels would be filled in with numbers to identify their location on racks throughout the warehouse. Pressed on why the stickers were placed precisely over the "Made in China" stamps, he added: "That's as good a place as any."
The White House later acknowledged the stickers were affixed intentionally by "an overzealous volunteer."
--Associated Press, January 22, 2003
Emma causes a ruckus
ANARCHIST EMMA Goldman is still causing a stir--some 62 years after her death. This time, it's at the University of California-Berkeley, which houses Goldman's papers.
University officials have refused to allow a fundraising appeal for the Emma Goldman Papers Project to be mailed because it quoted Goldman on the subjects of suppression of free speech and her opposition to war.
In one of the quotations, Goldman called on people "not yet overcome by war madness to raise their voice of protest, to call the attention of the people to the crime and outrage which are about to be perpetrated on them."
In the other, she warned that free-speech advocates "shall soon be obliged to meet in cellars, or in darkened rooms with closed doors, and speak in whispers lest our next-door neighbors should hear that free-born citizens dare not speak in the open."
Berkeley officials said the quotations could be construed as a "political statement" in opposition to U.S. policy toward Iraq.
--New York Times, January 14, 2003
Hollywood goes to war
RAMBO IS back. And this time he's gunning for Osama bin Laden.
Hollywood veteran Sylvester Stallone is set to return to the screen in Rambo IV--after writing the script himself. The movie is expected to hit theaters next year, and will feature action in Afghanistan and battles with the Taliban.
A movie insider said: "The original story had Rambo killing bin Laden single-handed, but even Sly thought that was beyond the imagination. Instead, he will be the brains behind bin Laden's downfall."
--The Sun (UK), January 20, 2003
Heard it through the grapevine
"CURRENT POLITICAL trends are toward power being in the hands of a very few people for the benefit of a very few people, and I see the threat of restrictions on all sorts of things, of the unraveling of constitutional rights, being able to be slid through under a lot of patriotic slogans."
"THE GOVERNMENT itself is running exactly like the Sopranos."
"SUPPORTING SEGREGATION need not be racist. One can support segregation and believe in equality of the races."
"I'M NOT apologizing; tell them to go to hell."
"DIPLOMACY IS the art of saying 'Nice doggie' while you feel around behind you for a stick."
"THIS ISN'T even trickle-down economics. It's mist-down economics."
"THIS IS a commercial enterprise. This is not PBS. We're not here as a public service. We're here to make money. We sell advertising, and we do it on the premise that people are going to watch. If you don't cover the miners because you want to do a story about a debt crisis in Brazil at the time everybody else is covering the miners, then Citibank calls up and says, 'You know what? We're not renewing the commercial contract.' I mean it's a business."