Author Archives: Chris

A pattern is emerging

Short version: Congress has given Attorney General Alberto Gonzales the power to spy on Americans and foreigners with little to no oversight. Long version: I’ve written a bit about the destruction of the 4th Amendment that is the NSA wiretapping scandal. I’ve wanted to write about this particular story since Friday night. It’s just so […]

Americans don’t care about income gaps because we’re racist?

I write about it all the time. Most Americans are feeling the squeeze. We’re dealing with rising costs for fuel, education, health care and food, while our wages are falling. Yet our country is still considered the richest most powerful on the planet. It’s not hard to see where those riches are, but why are […]

Iraqi lawmakers need a break

In honor of my now complete and impromptu weeklong break from posting here on Why We Worry (sorry!), I’m posting about another ill-timed vacation. The Iraqi Parliament has decided that there are no pressing issues facing the country, so they might as well take a month off: “Parliament has decided to break until early September,” […]

545 days left

I was in the middle of my daily perusing of blogs, when a tidbit on Glenn Greenwald’s site caught my attention. John Yoo, one of Bush’s key legal advisors, argued that the President has the legal right to torture children by crushing their testicles. From a 2005 debate with professor and international human rights scholar […]

Why can’t we afford it?

Michael Moore’s recent film “Sicko” has once again put the spotlight on universal healthcare. An issue that otherwise gets far too little coverage despite the wishes of over 60% of the country. Along with healthcare we’re told that programs like welfare and social security are just too expensive. Then we’re told by neocons that Bush […]

Our idiots in Congress

The Republicans have been threatening to filibuster a lot of Democratic legislation these days. The threat (not an actual filibuster) has kept the following legislation off the table: (Courtesy of Open Left) January 17, Reid Amendment to Legislative Transparency and Accountability Act of 2007: a bill to provide greater transparency in the legislative process. January […]

Firefighters group doesn’t like Giuliani

Former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani rise was meteoric after 9/11. The media proclaimed him America’s Mayor, thanks to his inspired leadership in the wake of the terrorist attacks. Or was it inspired? Groups like the International Association of Firefighters are coming out against Giuliani: Yesterday, Harold Schaitberger of the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) […]

Numbers update from Iraq and Afghanistan

From Bloomberg.com: Four thousand U.S. service members have died in U.S. President George W. Bush’s “war on terror” in Iraq and Afghanistan 5 1/2 years after American forces ousted the Taliban in December 2001. A total of 3,596 have died in Iraq since the March 2003 invasion that removed Saddam Hussein from power. Some 2,957 […]

Happy 4th!

Glenn Greenwald: In Federalist No. 70, Alexander Hamilton described the defining power of the King which made the British monarchy intolerably corrupt: “In England, the king is a perpetual magistrate; and it is a maxim which has obtained for the sake of the public peace, that he is unaccountable for his administration, and his person […]

Pastor buys adult products with taxpayer dollars

Jimmy Weber, 45, of Sioux City, Iowa was getting ready for some lonely nights. The Des Moines Register says he used the money to buy this: A home theater surround-sound system; a laptop computer for personal use; accessories for an iPod personal stereo; the books “Pleasure Beach” and “The Kama Sutra;” the CD “Sex Machine” […]