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Chomsky on Ethanol: "Starving the Poor"

More info here. Is this how the free (sic) market (sic) operates in Tom Friedman's flat world? Yes, that's a rhetorical question.

Here's the entire Foreign Affairs article cited in Chomsky's piece:

How Biofuels Could Starve the Poor
By C. Ford Runge and Benjamin Senauer From Foreign Affairs, May/June 2007
Summary: Thanks to high oil prices and hefty subsidies, corn-based ethanol is now all the rage in the United States. But it takes so much supply to keep ethanol production going that the price of corn -- and those of other food staples -- is shooting up around the world. To stop this trend, and prevent even more people from going hungry, Washington must conserve more and diversify ethanol's production inputs. C. Ford Runge is Distinguished McKnight University Professor of Applied Economics and Law and Director of the Center for International Food and Agricultural Policy at the University of Minnesota. Benjamin Senauer is Professor of Applied Economics …

Senate Judiciary Committee Tears Gonzales a New One

Watch it here.

I'm sure Gonzales sees all of this Montesquieu-ish insistence on the separation of powers, not to mention the rule of law, as "quaint" as banning torture. However, Leahy and Specter (among others) are writing his political death notice, if not also creating the case for Gonzales' indictment and conviction. He'll have plenty of time to read up on Carl Schmitt in prison -- or at the AEI if and when Bush pardons him.

What's more generally fascinating is watching the abusive marriage between the Bush administration and the Democrats. How much punishment will the Democrats take before impeaching the lot of these fascist criminals? What, exactly, does a president have to do before these cowards will stand up for the Constitution? Yes, I know: not too many of them care too much about the Constitution.

Truly pathetic. Gonzales is clearly lying; he's dead in the water. Yet the Bush admin keeps lying away.... If only Leahy was head of the Senate, and no…

Sane People vs. Morons on Impeachment

The ex-Lieberman aide (current Democratic "strategist") makes a complete and utter ass of himself on Democracy Now! Cindy Sheehan and especially Ray McGovern carve him up for breakfast.

A good primer on the difference between beltway Democrats and truly progressive (dare I say, conservative?) citizens. Methinks the Democrats don't want to set a precedent that could potentially restrain their next president. I mean, after all, Truman, Kennedy, Johnson, Carter, and Clinton all helped to dismantle the republic and create an empire. The Bush crowd simply doesn't have the subtlety to play the agreed-upon game. That's the problem. Just ask Madeline Albright.

"Impeach George Bush to stop war lies, deaths," by Jimmy Breslin

Breslin gets it right, as usual.

Oh, the Democrats are so terrified of impeaching the worst, most out-of-control president -- well, maybe ever.

Pathetic. Don't the Democrats know a coup d'etat when they see one? It started with our last, truly worthless, impeachment, designed to overturn an election. Two stolen elections and two wars later -- along with a trashed Constitution (that was hanging by a thread in 2000 anyway, thanks to the Clintonistas and others), and a litany of proto-fascistic moves too numerous to list yet again -- the Democrats still have their tails between their legs. What fearless paladins!

"John Conyers Is No Martin Luther King," By Ray McGovern

Ah, those lovely, lovely Democrats. So scared of Fox News! I thought Hillary had Murdoch in her back pocket? Or is it the other way 'round? Ask Tony Blair.

What do Rep. John Conyers, D-Michigan, chair of the House Committee on the Judiciary, and President George W. Bush have in common? They both think they can dis Cindy Sheehan and count on gossip columnists like the Washington Post’s Dana Milbank to trivialize a historic moment.

I’ll give this to President Bush. He makes no pretence when he disses. He would not meet with Sheehan to define for her the “noble cause” for which her son Casey died or tell her why he had said it was “worth it.”Conyers, on the other hand, was dripping with pretence as he met with Sheehan, Rev. Lennox Yearwood and me Monday in his office in the Rayburn building. I have seldom been so disappointed with someone I had previously held in high esteem. And before leaving, I told him so.Throwing salt in our wounds, he had us, and some 50 others in his anteroom ar…

"A racist Jewish state," By Haaretz Editorial

It's going to be hard to label these people as "antisemitic" or "anti-Israel." I guess "self-hating" will have to do, epithet-wise.

What would happen, do you think, if an editorial like this appeared in the New York Times or somesuch paper? Haaretz is one of the top papers in Israel. Instructive, no?
A racist Jewish stateBy Haaretz Editorial
Every day the Knesset has the option of passing laws that will advance Israel as a democratic Jewish state or turn it into a racist Jewish state. There is a very thin line between the two. This week, the line was crossed. If the Knesset legal counselor did not consider the bill entitled "the Jewish National Fund Law" as sufficiently racist to keep it off the agenda, it is hard to imagine what legislation she will consider racist.

In 1995 the Supreme Court rescued the state from callously discriminating against its Arab citizens through the Ka'adan case, which prohibited the Israel Lands Administration f…