Remember Tim Russert

Luke Russert, son of the late moderator of \With Russert gone, Sunday will never be the same

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A Video Tribute To Tim Russert, Dead Today At 58 a la Wonkette

Luke Russert, son of the late moderator of “Meet the Press” Tim Russert, touches the empty chair that was left behind by his father on the set of the show after a taping of “Meet the Press” in memory of Russert in Washington June 15, 2008.

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Pakistan’s flawed and feudal princess

It’s wrong for the West simply to mourn Benazir Bhutto as a martyred democrat, says this acclaimed south Asia expert. Her legacy is far murkier and more complex.

Published in: on December 30, 2007 at 11:57 am  Leave a Comment  

Swedish film director Ingmar Bergman, master of modern cinema, is dead at age 89

STOCKHOLM, Sweden: Death and demons haunted the anguished works that made Ingmar Bergman a film-making legend.

But the Swedish director — one of the greatest artists in cinema history — had overcome his intense fear of death by the time it finally found him

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 9:42 pm  Leave a Comment  

Goodbye Tom Snyder

Late-night talk show pioneer Tom Snyder dies of leukemia The late-night talk show host whose free-form program and intimate interviewing style influenced a generation of broadcasters, died in his Tiburon home nearly two years after he announced he had chronic lymphatic leukemia.

We will miss you

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 9:41 pm  Leave a Comment  

Homicide: A Top Cause of Death Among Pregnant Women

Jessie Davis Is One Among Many as Homicide Numbers Increase

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“Mommy’s in the rug”

Jessie Davis: fun-loving and caring

Bobby Cutts Jr May Have Killed Jessie Davis in Front of Their Son

Timeline: Jessie Davis case

Unlocking toddler’s recollections can be delicate, child experts say

Published in: on June 25, 2007 at 9:11 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iraq Deaths Don’t Mean Failure, Pace Says

The recent rise in U.S. troop deaths in Iraq is the “wrong metric” to use in assessing the effectiveness of the new security strategy for Baghdad, Marine Gen. Peter Pace, the outgoing chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said yesterday.

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Number of Unidentified Bodies Found in Baghdad Rose Sharply in May

Richard A. Oppel Jr., New York Times, June 2, 2007

The number of unidentified corpses discovered in Baghdad soared more than 70 percent during May, according to new statistics from the Iraqi Ministry of Interior, an indication that sectarian killings are rising sharply as militias return to the streets after lying low during the first few months of the troop ”surge.”

Published in: on June 4, 2007 at 8:31 pm  Leave a Comment  

I Lost My Son to a War I Oppose

We Were Both Doing Our Duty.

What exactly is a father’s duty when his son is sent into harm’s way?

Andrew Bacevich

Published in: on May 27, 2007 at 10:38 pm  Leave a Comment  

U.S. deaths near grim Memorial Day mark

Americans have opened nearly 1,000 new graves to bury U.S. troops killed in Iraq since Memorial Day a year ago. The figure is telling — and expected to rise in coming months.

Published in: on May 27, 2007 at 12:12 am  Leave a Comment  

When That Guy Died on My Show

May 3, 2007, 6:33 pm
Dick Cavett Speaks Again

“Hey, Dick, I’ll never forget the look on your face when that guy died on your show.”

I’d say I still get this about 20 times a year, a high number considering that the event referred to happened in 1971. (more…)

Published in: on May 4, 2007 at 1:08 am  Comments (5)  

A Volatile Young Man, Humiliation and a Gun

April 19, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

“God I can’t wait till I can kill you people.”
— A message on the Web site of the Columbine killer Eric Harris.

In the predawn hours of Monday, Aug. 1, 1966, Charles Whitman, a former marine and Eagle Scout in Austin, Tex., stabbed his wife to death in their bed. The night before he had driven to his mother’s apartment in another part of town and killed her.

Later that Monday morning, Whitman gathered together food, water, a supply of ammunition, two rifles, a couple of pistols, a carbine and a shotgun and climbed the landmark 30-story tower on the campus of the University of Texas.

Beneath a blazing sun, with temperatures headed toward the mid-90s, Whitman opened fire. His first target was a pregnant teenager. Over the next 80 or so minutes he killed 14 people and wounded more than 30 others before being shot to death by the police.

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Just An Ordinary Day In Iraq—In Virginia

First, there’s shock, depression, identification with the victims and outrage that such a thing could happen here. Then comes the inevitable search for meaning, and the debate over gun laws, video games, values and more. All accomplished with a stunning lack of perspective.

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 11:39 pm  Leave a Comment  

Thank You Mr. Vonnegut

With the April 11 death of Senior Editor Kurt Vonnegut, In These Times lost a dear friend. /a>And the world lost a man who kept his moral compass always pointed in the right—excuse me, left—direction.

Published in: on April 17, 2007 at 10:43 pm  Leave a Comment  

Goodbye Kurt, I Know You’re Up In Heaven Now. ;)


Kurt Vonnegut, Writer of Classics of the American Counterculture, Dies at 84

I miss him already. Thankfully his words live on:

“Being a humanist means that you try to behave as decently, as honourably, as you can without any expectation of rewards or punishments in an afterlife. When we had a memorial service for Isaac a few years back, I spoke at it and said at one point, ‘Isaac is up in heaven now’. It was the funniest thing I could think of to say to an audience of humanists. Believe me, it worked – I rolled them in the aisles. If I should ever die, god forbid, I hope people will say, ‘Kurt is up in heaven now’. That’s my favourite joke.”


“Still and all, why bother? Here’s my answer. Many people need desperately to receive this message: I feel and think much as you do, care about many of the things you care about, although most people do not care about them. You are not alone.” (more…)

Published in: on April 11, 2007 at 10:23 pm  Comments (1)  

Counting the Cost

The figures have now been vindicated by the [UK] government’s own advisers. It’s time we held our leaders to account for the 650,000 Iraqi dead.

Published in: on March 27, 2007 at 10:02 pm  Leave a Comment  

Iraq: A country drenched in blood

Four years to the day after US and British troops invaded Iraq, its people are full of fear. Iraqis often have a look of half-suppressed panic in their eyes as they tell how violent death has touched them again and again.

Published in: on March 20, 2007 at 11:49 pm  Leave a Comment  

Death of a Marine

March 19, 2007
Op-Ed Columnist

Jeffrey Lucey was 18 when he signed up for the Marine Reserves in December 1999. His parents, Kevin and Joyce Lucey of Belchertown, Mass., were not happy. They had hoped their son would go to college.

Published in: on March 18, 2007 at 9:56 pm  Leave a Comment  

Veteran Dies After VA Refuses Treatment For Days

As the Walter Reed scandal rocks Washington, what are the conditions at VA hospitals outside the Beltway? DN! looks at the story of a 58-year-old Vietnam veteran named Willie Dougherty. He died in October after suffering two pelvic fractures. His family says he died because he was refused treatment
by the VA. We speak with his widow, Jean Stentz, American Legion commander Harold Davis and Shay Everitt, the journalism student who first started investigating the story.

Published in: on March 16, 2007 at 1:37 pm  Leave a Comment  

Rest in Peace Senator Thomas Eagleton

Remembering Tom Eagleton
Reaction to the death of Sen. Thomas Eagleton

Eagleton has last word at own service

Published in: on March 11, 2007 at 11:18 pm  Leave a Comment  

All that’s left of her is love

Rest in peace, Mom




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More U.S. troops died in Iraq combat in past four months than in any similar period of war

More U.S. troops were killed in combat in Iraq over the past four months — at least 334 through Jan. 31 — than in any comparable stretch since the war began, according to an Associated Press analysis of casualty records.

Published in: on February 8, 2007 at 1:22 am  Leave a Comment  

‘Dad’s Gonna Kill Me

(‘Dad as in Baghdad)
Richard Thompson’s Cheat Sheet

Listen to the anti-war song

Kids Imitate Saddam’s Televised Hanging Death

Three Children in Different Countries Commit Suicide After Viewing Saddam Hussein’s Execution

Published in: on January 19, 2007 at 9:23 am  Leave a Comment  

The Denial of Death

by William Greider

The botched executions in Baghdad have revived public discussion of the sordid “science” of killing people in a “humane” manner. Saddam Hussein was taunted by his executioners as they pulled the trap door on him. This past weekend, when Saddam’s half-brother and former secret police chief met the same fate, the hangman’s noose tore his head off.

Oh, well, he IS dead. Wasn’t that the point?

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Senseless Death

The Ostroy Report returns

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Lessons Never Learned

December 28, 2006


It would not be easy to find two men more different than Gerald Ford and James Brown. But I had a similar reaction to each of their deaths — a feeling of disappointment at some of the routes the nation has traveled since their days of greatest prominence.

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For Once, A Psychic Looks Back

About New York
April 12, 2006

WHAT Yolana sees in her future is a condominium someplace nice and quiet for her, her cat and her special friend. Maybe upstate, maybe Massachusetts. Who knows?

Her cat, Samantha, is that puffball with attitude swanning about her East Side apartment. And her special friend, Max, is around here somewhere, only you can’t see him. He’s from the Other Side, which is not to say New Jersey. (more…)

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