Daily Archives: April 29, 2004

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Understanding the President and His God

[ Alert: Tonight’s Frontline on PBS might be a must-see. Catch it here. –BL ] April 29, 2004 | New York Times REVIEW | ‘THE JESUS FACTOR’ by ALESSANDRA STANLEY The question is not, When did George W. Bush accept Jesus as his personal savior? The “Frontline” documentary “The Jesus Factor,” on PBS tonight, raises a different issue: Do most Americans realize just how fervent the president’s evangelical faith really is? “The Jesus Factor” is a little like those illustrated anatomy books where transparent plastic pages can be flipped to reveal the muscle, bone and organs beneath the skin. Stripping off […]

Debate Stirs Over Tiny Loans for World’s Poorest

April 29, 2004 | New York Times by CELIA W. DUGGER GORMA, Bangladesh — Nearly every woman in this village seems to have gotten tiny loans to invest in a miniature business. None has made better use of the cash than Firoza Akhter, a shrewd, flinty young mother who put her profits from four loans into cows, goats, land, a sturdy house and private tutors for her daughter. “I can make money out of anything,” she boasted in her wheezy voice, a gold, flower-shaped stud glinting in her nose. Hers is a shining success story for microcredit. But while she […]

Poll: Iraqis out of patience

April 28, 2004 | USA TODAY by Cesar G. Soriano and Steven Komarow BAGHDAD — Only a third of the Iraqi people now believe that the American-led occupation of their country is doing more good than harm, and a solid majority support an immediate military pullout even though they fear that could put them in greater danger, according to a new USA TODAY/CNN/Gallup Poll. The nationwide survey, the most comprehensive look at Iraqi attitudes toward the occupation, was conducted in late March and early April. It reached nearly 3,500 Iraqis of every religious and ethnic group.

Great New Claim-vs.-Fact Database

Center for American Progress Conservatives have spent the last 20 years distorting reality and getting away with it. That is about to change. The Center for American Progress has launched this new database project to chart the dishonesty and lies of conservatives — and compare them with the truth. In this database, each conservative quote will be matched against well-documented facts. [ Below is the database’s output for just one conservative, Rush Limbaugh. You ought to visit the site to extract the results for a host of other opponents of progress. –BL ] Date: 9/1/1994 Quote/Claim: “If you have any doubts about the status of American […]

Bush: Making Women’s Issues Go Away

April 28, 2004 | Salon.com A damning new report reveals that the Bush administration has quietly removed 25 reports from its Women's Bureau Web site, deleting or distorting crucial information on issues from pay equity to reproductive healthcare. by Rebecca Traister If you'd logged onto the Department of Labor's Women's Bureau Web site in 1999, you would have found a list of more than 25 fact sheets and statistical reports on topics ranging from “Earning Differences Between Men and Women” to “Facts About Asian American and Pacific Islander Women” to “Women's Earnings as Percent of Men's 1979-1997.” Not anymore. Those […]