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The St. Petersburg TImes, which has a long history on this subject, with another probe of Scientology, with chilling account of women being urged to have abortions against their will.

How long did we sing this song: Amazing day in Ireland, public riveted by Bloody Sunday report, after 12 years officially reveals coldblooded kilings, victims not responsible, though no government  coverup and no murder charges.   Final two sentences of report summary:  "What happened on Bloody Sunday strengthened the Provisional IRA, increased nationalist resentment and hostility towards the army and exacerbated the violent conflict of the years that followed. Bloody Sunday was a tragedy for the bereaved and the wounded, and a catastrophe for the people of Northern Ireland."   How The Guardian covered shootings in Derry in 1972 and much more  interactive.    My new piece on all this. 

Lawrence O’Donnell, frequent sub for Olbermann, gets 10 pm slot at MSNBC, Keith re-play bumped to 11.  Subbing for Olbermann leads to own shows, it seems.

Big oil to be put on trial today in hearings led by Rep. Waxman and Rep. Markey as concerns spread beyond BP and current leak. … Stephen Colbert:  The oil spill is the "biggest British mess to hit our shores since Amy Winehouse."  Meanwhile a hotel on the beach in Pensacola is offering guests "Tar Removal Towelettes. " 

Stuck in the Middle With You:   Jay Rosen explores "The Actual Ideology of the American Press," suggesting "Clowns to the Left of Me, Jokers to the Right."   Glenn Greenwald again goes after D.C. press and cozy dealings with top officials.

Wash Post reviews Glenn Beck’s new novel, claiming its success " will be measured not by its literary value (none), or its contribution to the thriller genre (small), or the money it rakes in (considerable), but rather by the rebelliousness it incites among anti-government extremists. If the book is found tucked into the ammo boxes of self-proclaimed patriots and recited at "tea party" assemblies, then Beck will have achieved his goal."


SLICK EXCUSES   Internal BP documents reveal concerns about "nightmare well" before Deepwater Horizon explosion — as efforts to contain the spill are now described by local officials as "chaotic" and Obama prepares tonight’s big speech.   But from Andy Borowitz:  "Good news for BP —  They’ve discovered a new technology to convert lies into energy."     And Brit actress Helen Mirren on Letterman show said BP now stands for "Bloody Piss-Poor."    

REVOLT OVER WAR?    NYT:  "Six months after President Obama decided to send more forces to Afghanistan, the halting progress in the war has crystallized longstanding tensions within the government over the viability of his plan to turn around the war and begin pulling out by July 2011."  Biden wants to "re-think," Petraeus says "stay the course."  Wash Post front-pager: Democrats in Congress getting worried, may take action (don’t hold you breath).

ON THE CAN-PAIN TRAIL:  Meg Whitman, now GOP nominee fo governor in Calif,  while  at  eBay was accused of shoving an employee — and paid a settlement…. GOP candidate for House seat in New Mexico calls for land mines on Mexico border.Amanda Marcotte  at Alternet answers (thank god) Ross Douthat’s column on GOP women and feminism.

ISRAEL AGONISTES  Eyal Press at New York Review of Books: Could Israel handle a non-violent Palestianian movement, a "white intifada"? …. McClatchy:  Israel’s internal  flotilla inquiry inadequate, Turkey and others say.

SOUTH SUPREMACY  Gram Parson hailed the state’s "Hickory Wind" but for Jon Stewart, as he quipped last night, it is just "one big whooped cushion," as he cited the recent campaign wackiness:

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OPEN MIKE, INSERT FOOT  Daily Beast assembled quite a collection of the worst   politician "off-mike" disasters, pre-Carly FIorina, including Jesse Jackson, Dick Cheney, Joe Biden and more.

CENTRIST KAGAN  Elena Kagan, under Clinton, chose the side of centrist Democrats over liberals in bid to help gain victories.

SHOOTING A FINE FILM  Terrific documentary on HBO last night about Iranian heroine "Neda," with brave,secret interviews with her family at their home, and a good deal on plight of women. Watch for re-runs.

NIGHT OF THE LIVING NEWSWEEKLY   Amid rumors of the magazine’s  demise, programmers at Newsweek‘s web site yesterday had some fun, planting a fake "ZOMBIES ATTACK" page that appeared if you typed in the gamester "Konami Code."  It may be gone by now but check it out if you wish.

ANOTHER CANDIDATE LIES ABOUT VIETNAM?   Shocker from The Onion:  "In a major scandal that could cast doubt on his political future, U.S. Senate candidate Chris Wilfred came under fire this week for comments he made alleging he had died heroically while fighting in the Vietnam War."

DARK TIMES FOR "PAINTER OF LIGHT":  Thomas Kinkade faces DUI and fraud charges, and bankrutpcy.  

BITS & PIECES:  The Guardian:   Those FBI files on Ted Kennedy released yesterday reveal death threats that plagued him.  Also: His father pushed J. Edgar Hoover to run for office in the 1950s and promised to be his biggest funder .  In impoverished Rwanda, 92% of the population has health insurance (more than in USA)…. AP:  Americans most-radiated people in the world, medical scans and dangers way up, could be big cause of cancer…. Salon wonders if Perez Hilton "upskirt" photo is "child porn" — but has now run two stories on it ….  Huff Post blogger had been covering Blago and Jesse Jackson Jr. without disclosing her ties to Jackson….. Watch Daniel Ellsberg and Julian Assange of Wikileak at recent PDF forum. 


We linked to the fantastical short video at The Guardian site yesterday re-enacting  down the recent USA-England World Cup match — via Legos — but now we can put up the YouTube version straight away.



Rare footage of Louis Armstrong, the most important American musician of 20th century, on tour in Ghana in 1956,  performing his civil rights song, "Black and Blue" ("My only sin / Is in my skin"), and later chatting with Edward R. Murrow.