THE ONE TIME ROCK STAR WHO ONCE HAD A SOUL, BONO OF THE HAVEN'T RELEASED A NEW CD IN 6 YEARS 'GROUP' U2 ANNOUNCED THAT HE IS DISAPPOINTED WITH THE DC DEMOCRATS WHO WILL NOT COMMITT TO PROVIDING HIM WITH THE FUNDS HE NEEDS.
THIS IS THE SAME BONO WHO IS IN BED WITH SWEAT SHOP LABOR (THE GAP), THE SAME BONO WHO HAS PUSHED BULLY BOY'S AIDS POLICY THAT IS DAMAGING THE WORLD, THE SAME BONO WHO HAS COZIED UP TO HOMOPHOBES, THE SAME BONO WHO FOCUSES ON CHILDREN WITH AIDS BECAUSE ADULTS WITH AIDS ARE TOO CONTROVERSIAL (LIKE THE BAND'S LAST CD -- ALL THAT YOU CAN'T LEAVE BEHIND -- HIS 'COURAGE' IS STRAIGHT OUT OF THE 80'S), THE SAME BONO WHOSE COMPANY WAS PLANNING TO PUT OUT A VIDEO 'GAME' THAT ALLOWED PLAYERS TO OVERTHROW HUGO CHAVEZ IN VENEZUELA, THE SAME BONO THAT WILL NOT SPEAK OUT AGAINST THE WAR IN IRAQ.
HAVING PARTIED WITH THE G.O.P. FOR THE LAST 5 YEARS, DOES BONO HONESTLY THINK DEMOCRATS GIVE A DAMN WHAT HE THINKS?
HAVING SOLD HIS SOUL AND EMBRACED ONE OF THE BIGGEST RETAILER'S OF SWEAT SHOP LABOR, DOES BONO NOW REQUIRE A LADDER TO MOUNT HIS HIGH HORSE?
OLD, TIRED AND BORING MUSICALLY, BONO'S MARKETED HIS REPULSIVE PERSONALITY FOR THE LAST FEW YEARS AND TURNED HIMSELF INTO A 'BUSINESSMAN' THAT THE WALL ST. JOURNAL CAN (AND DOES) RAVE OVER. HE'S ALSO AVOIDED PAYING TAXES TO IRELAND.
BONO -- THE NEW SONNY BONO OF ROCK.
On KPFA's The Morning Show today, guests included attorney Dan Siegel and Gary Hill (Ethics Chair of the Society of Professional Journalists) who discussed the targeting of journalists by prosecutors who are unable to do their own work -- specifically as it related to Dahr Jamail and Sarah Olson. Hill reminded that journalists are supposed to act independently and that "is hard to do" when you're supposed to be a witness for the prosecution. Jamail, Olson and Gregg Kakesako (Honolulu Star-Bulletin) are being asked to provide some form of testimony in the court-martial of Ehren Watada. The supposed reason is to provide confirmation that what they wrote is true. Kakesako and Olson have been subpoenaed. Jamail has yet to be. As Philip Maldari (co-host with Andrea Lewis) pointed out, Jamail posted a transcript of Watada's speech in Seattle to Veterans for Peace at Truthout and the same page provides the option of watching the entire speech on video. (Those who prefer audio or do not have video capabilities can refer to KPFA's Flashpoints Friday, September 15th broadcast that includes portions of the speech.) So the US military has trouble determining video it sees with its own eyes? (That might explain the failure of those in commanding roles not to grasp that the war is lost.)
It's interesting request by the US military because in Watada's August 17th Article 32 hearing, they were able to just play clips from the speech. With regards to Watada, Hill noted that journalists were being sought because the military wants to prosecute Watada for what he said "and I find that very troubling in the United States." [Those charges fall under contempt toward officials and conduct unbecoming an officer.] Siegel noted that if Watada's going to be prosecuted for his speech, Bully Boy should be prosecuted for his lies that led to war.
Olson was scheduled to appear (I believe Jamail was as well but missed any comment on that) but was advised by her attorney not to while the legal strategy is still being worked out. Last week, Olson told Aaron Glantz (IPS), "This morning at 8:45 someone came to my house and delivered a subpoena. It's absolutely outrageous. It's a journalist's job to report the news. It is not a journalist's job to testify against their own sources." Olson's interview with Watada originally appeared at Truthout and was run by Left Turn -- Left Turn is the only left magazine to print an article about Watada (or for that matter -- any of the war resisters who began coming forward last summer). Possibly they're so shocked by Olson's interview (conducted in May) because Watada was (rightly) calling Iraq a civil war even then?
In one of the more surprising moments during the discussion, Siegel revealed that KPFA's
also being asked to supply information. Specifically, the US military has requested a program provide them with a "transcript" of their broadcast. The program, unidentified on air, is most likely KPFA's Flashpoints where hosts Dennis Bernstein and Nora Barrows-Friedman have regularly interviewed war resisters such as Carl Webb, Mark Wilkerson, Kyle Snyder, Ivan Brobeck (the only outlet to avoid performing The Full Brobeck in fact Barrows-Friedman interviewed Brobeck on the November 6th broadcast -- the only interview he gave before turning himself in the next day). Flashpoints airs Monday through Fridays at 5:00 pm PST. Flashpoints began broadcasting in 1991 offering coverage of the Gulf War. Siegel stated that the program had said "no."
KPFA is the nation's oldest public radio station and was started long before NPR. Lewis Hill founded KPFA Pacifica Radio and the station began broadcasting in 1949 (94.1 FM in most of California, originating out of Berkeley and also carried on KPFB and KCFC). KPFA was the first Pacifica Radio station and Pacifica Radio is also the first public radio network in the United States. KPFK would follow in 1959 (Los Angeles), then WBAI (New York) in 1960, KPFT (Houston, TX) in 1970 and WPFW in 1977. In addition there are affiliates throughout the United States. (Click here for the history of the network.) While it's good when anyone listens, even the most casual listener should be aware that all programs are archived and a copy of most broadcasts can be purchased. All of the Pacifica stations are listener supported.
Recommended: "Iraq Snapshot"
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