Fact of the Week
Facts of the Week
What do all but three Members of Congress not want to tell you?
- The Pledge of Allegiance originally did not include the words "under God."
- The Pledge was written by a socialist and ordained Baptist minister, Francis Bellamy.
- The addition of "under God" came in 1954 after a campaign by the Knights of
Columbus, a lay group of the Catholic Church.
Which is more important for Congress? Being "under God," or being
indivisible? Being "under God" or promoting universal freedom and justice?
Apparently, to both questions, the former.
Civil Liberties Union.
This week's columns
Evolution of Greed
As human beings, our greatest evolutionary threat are the bacteria that
become resistant to our drugs. As Americans, our greatest economic threat
also comes from within.
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How to be a Philanthropist Without Really Trying
When Andrew Fastow fleeced Enron out of over $4 million, he managed to
set up a foundation with the money, giving himself a big tax break and
making him look magnaminous. What a country.
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Click here for lots and lots of information about Enron!
Seat of Power: Corporations are enriching lawmakers the legal way, by putting
spouses on their boards of directors (Ana Radelat, USA Today).
Hitting the Trifecta: Bush's favorite joke is not just in bad taste, but it is
also patently a lie (David Neiwart, MSNBC.com).
Rise! Shine! Give "Under God" Your Glory!: All of a sudden, eighty Senators, not
the normal few, attended the daily Pledge of Allegiance last Thursday (David Montgomery, Washington Post).
UK Rift with Bush Over Middle East: Now all of Europe is dismayed with the American
peace plan (Patrick Wintour, Ian Black, and Ewen MacAskill, The Guardian).
World Con: American shareholders are seeing the rot at the heart of the corporate
way of life, and the White House is scared (Edward Vuillamy, The Observer).
At the Seat of Empire: Africa is forced to take the blame for the devastation
inflicted on it by the rich world (George Monbiot, The Guardian).
I Wonder Why Bush Doesn't Let Sharon Run His Press Office: It would be more
honest and less embarrassing (Robert Fisk, The Independent).
Plutonium Memorial Contest Winners: Here are the best monuments to the folly
of the creation of the world's deadliest poison (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists).
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