Environmental Ethics
and Public Policy
Ernest Partridge, Ph.D



News, Notices, Bouquets and Brickbats


Recently Read With Appreciation


Mark Morford, "Let us now crush everybody," The Smirking Chimp, June 12, 2002.  A beautifully written kick upon the presidential butt from the San Francisco Chronicle.  May their tribe increase.

Robert Kuttner, "The Ideological Imposter," The American Prospect, June 3, 2002.  "Run left, govern right: the fraudulence of the Bush presidency."

Bernard Weiner, "Time out!  A pause for longer-rage thinking,"  Smirking Chimp, April 25, 2002. Bush foreign policy as ignorance unbound..

William Rivers Pitt, "The Death of Us All," Truthout, June 3, 2002.

Larry Chin, "All the desperate lies and spin don't change the fact that the Bush administration  had foreknowledge of the September 11 attacks."  Online Journal, May 19, 2002.

We've read a great deal this past week about this topic, so Chin's article does not tell us very much that we haven't read elsewhere.  But it is the best compilation and summary of the scandal that we have encountered so far.

Renata Adler, "Irreparable Harm."  This outstanding critique of Bush v. Gore escaped my notice when it was published last July.  Take a look.  It deserves an honest place in your literary arsenal against the usurper regime.

Eric Boehlert, "All Bush, all the time," Salon.com, April 18, 2002.

Julian Borger, "Bush, Inc. and oil lobby oust climate change scientist," The Guardian, April 20, 2002. 

Suzy Hansen, "Media O.D." Salon.com, April 15, 2002.

Bryan Zepp Jamieson, "The road to clean elections: The route to taking America back" Online Journal.

Natural Resources Defense Council, "Rewriting the Rules," (A summary of the assault by the Bush Administration on environmental laws and regulations).

Worthy Websites, Recently Encountered

Not in our Name.  "A statement of conscience against war and repression."  Read it and sign on.

Too Stupid to be President.  A collection of priceless mini-cartoon skits.  Don't miss "Chicken Hawks," a total hoot.

Americalivefree.org.  "Working citizens ... concerned about current attempts to weaken or change provision of the US Constitution."

Partnership for Civil Justice -- focuses on civil rights issues, in particular, those generated by USA PATRIOT act.

Medialens.org . "Correcting ... the distorted vision of the corporate media." 

Progressive Majority:  Features national news, profiles of progressive leaders, and action opportunities and alerts.

Bushwatch  has the most comprehensive and extensive selection of anti-bush articles that we know of, meticulously organized and catalogued.  A good "first stop" in your search for ammunition against the Smirk and his cabal. Also supplies a fresh list of articles and links.  

GenderGappers publishes a weekly column of progressive opinion, from a feminist perspective.  Features an excellent page of links to feminist and progressive websites.

The Center for Public Integrity  is not simply complaining, they are really doing it!   Some outstanding investigative reports on the military-corporate-media complex.  Remember "investigative journalism?"

The Columbia Journalism Review's "Media Ownership page" give the straight scoop on who owns and controls the mass media.  Hint: it ain't the liberals!    Mediachannel.org is another fine watchdog on the media.

Bear Left's Links Page lists and links hundreds of progressive and other websites.  It is the largest list that we have encountered so far.

Three of Ralph Nader's organizations:  Essential.org, Citizenworks, and Democracy Rising.

Public Campaign is leading the fight for campaign reform.  McCain-Feinberg is only the first step.

Mediachannel.org keeps tabs on the state of media freedom, in the U.S and the world.  Take special note of the section on "Media Ownership."

Tod Gitlin recommends OpenDemocracy.com, a British site devoted to the worldwide progressive movement.

"War Times" is a newly established chronicle of the anti-war movement.

Global Free Press, similar to The Smirking Chimp, is a good "gateway" to the world press.

Visit "Tom Tommorow's site  for some comic relief.  "Tom" (a.k.a. Dan Perkins) draws a satiric strip that aims straight for the jugular of the Dubya/Cheney team.


The Quotation Bin

New Democrats, Old Cowardice

Mr. Daschle and his colleagues have remained inert during recent weeks and months, while their adversaries compared him with Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein and accused him of giving "aid and comfort" to the nation's enemies.  They have stood by in silence while authoritarian propaganda emanated from Republican fax machines and spread across the country.  They've allowed the South Dakota Democrat, an Air Force veteran and bioterror target, to be taunted like a traitor by Rush Limbaugh, Dick Cheney, Karl Rove and other tough-talkers who avoided military service as if it were anthrax.

Joe Conason, New York Observer

From Loyalty to Groupthink

The nation's loyalty is turning into groupthink...  How else explain a president who, playing on the war's most visceral slogan, gets away with justifying an obscene corporate tax cut as "economic security," a build-up of defense industry stock as "homeland security," and an exploitative assault on the nation's most pristine lands as "energy security"?  How else explain his contempt for Congress, his Nixonian fixation on secrecy, his administration's junta-like demeanor in Washington since September?

The Daytona Beach News-Journal
Quoted by Norman Solomon in Smirking Chimp


It Can Happen Here!

"For the Vice President to prevail [against the GAO law suit] would only require the support of the same five conservative justices who put the Vice President in his current job with their ruling in Bush v. Gore.  But should these justices decide to hold in favor of Cheney in the GAO lawsuit, and thus neuter the Congress's authority to investigate the Executive Branch, the ramifications will be much more serious and far-reaching than the results of their aberrant holding in Bush v. Gore -- which they themselves limited even as they handed it down.

"Osama bin Laden himself could not concoct a more hurtful blow to our democracy...

"If Vice President Cheney were to prevail in such a suit, the high Court will have decided that Congressional oversight of the Executive Branch is limited only to what the President and Vice President are willing to permit.  This would be an awesome realignment of power in Washington.

"Before Bush v. Gore, I would have said such a ruling would be impossible.  Today, all I can say is it is a time for vigilance..."

John W. Dean
FindLaw, 2/1/02

Jesus Wept

"I want you to just let a wave of intolerance wash over you.  I want you to let a wave of hatred wash over you.  Yes, hate is good... Our goal is a Christian nation.  We have a biblical duty, we are called by God, to conquer this country."

Randall Terry of "Operation Rescue"
Quoted by Benjamin Barber, Essential Jihad, p. 213.

"Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you."

Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 5:44).


"There'll be no peace until Jesus comes. Any preaching of peace prior to his return is heresy; it's against the word of God; it's Anti-Christ."

TV Evangelist, Jim Robison.
(Gave invocation at 1984 GOP Convention)

"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called the children of God.

Jesus of Nazareth (Matthew 5:9)

Plus Ça Change. . .

"For fifty years the inhabitants of the United States have been repeatedly and constantly told that they are the only religious, enlightened, and free people.  They . . . have an immensely high opinion of themselves and are not far from believing that they form a species apart from the rest of the human race."

Alexis De Tocqueville, Diary (c. 1831)

Of the Lobbyists, By the Lobbyists, and For the Lobbyists.

Apparently lobbyists in Washington are "growing frustrated with long lines at entrances [to the Capitol] and at delays from new security procedures, which were implemented after threats of terrorist attacks and anthrax-laced mail."  They are seeking their own special badges, like the lapel pins given to Members of Congress, "for quick, unhindered access to the Capitol."  "when there's a meeting in an hour, the question then becomes whether you have to go through an elaborate process to participate in a public meeting or to walk through the hall of Congress," says James Albertine, president of the American League of Lobbyists. . .

If Congress does implement a special pass system for lobbyists, it will just be codifying the already-existing reality of a two-tiered political system, with one level for people who have and give money, and another for everyone else who "just" votes."

"Publicus," "Leading the Democratic Corpse"



Dr. Ernest Partridge is a consultant, writer and lecturer in the field of Environmental Ethics and Public Policy. He has taught Philosophy at the University of California, and in Utah, Colorado and Wisconsin. He publishes the website, "The Online Gadfly" (www.igc.org/gadfly) and co-edits the progressive website, "The Crisis Papers" (www.crisispapers.org).  Dr. Partridge can be contacted at: gadfly@igc.org .