Sunday links.


What if the Education Equality Project bunch call a rally and nobody shows? Rotherham predicted 40,000. Oops.

You can watch the Obama speech live at Nortre Dame here at around 1PM CDT. Maybe they’ll show Alan Keyes gettng arrested again. One can hope.

The NY Times has all their coverage of the LA teachers protests on Friday here.

Clay says to call your senator and urge him or her to vote for the Green Schools Act. I did.

The Illinois state senate has voted to tell Obama to get out of Afghanistan. 

GQ magazine publishes the weird cover sheets that Don Rumsfeld personally handed George Bush in the lead-up to the Iraq war, full of biblical quotations and references to a Crusade.

And don’t kid yourself. Those torture pictures that Obama won’t release: we’ll see ’em.

When NFL player-turned-Army Ranger Pat Tillman died at the hands of US troops in a case of “friendly fire,” the spin machine at the Pentagon went into overdrive. Rumsfeld and company couldn’t have their most high-profile soldier dying in such an inelegant fashion, especially with the release of those pesky photos from Abu Ghraib hitting the airwaves. So an obscene lie was told to Tillman’s family, his friends and the American public. The chickenhawks in charge, whose only exposure to war was watching John Wayne movies, claimed that he died charging a hill and was cut down by the radical Islamic enemies of freedom. In the weeks preceding his death, Tillman was beginning to question what exactly he was fighting for, telling friends that he believed the war in Iraq was ” [expletive] illegal.” He may not have known what he was fighting for, but it’s now clear what he died for: public relations. Today, after five years, six investigations and two Congressional hearings, questions still linger about how Tillman died and why it was covered up. Dave Zirin, The Nation

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