Monday, November 28, 2005

Bring Them Home from Iraq

Sunday, November 27, 2005

2108 Troops have died in Iraq.

Jeb Bush has more Devious Plans; Filter the money through a third party.

Filter the money through a third party. It's the same thing DeLay did in Texas. It's just SOP for people like Jeb. Once Jeb tried to close the state library of Florida it became clear to the people of Florida that the man puts on a happy face but will stop at nothing to deny every-day people good schools and libraries.
In The Feast of the Goat, by Peruvian writer Mario Vargas Llosa we learn of the public face and the private lies of politicians. The reason the phrase "devious plans" is used to indicate Jeb Bush's sneaky work around is that Jeb Bush was overheard on his vow to sink the school size amendment. Like father and brother like brother.

Sunday, November 20, 2005

Library of Congress Stops Cataloging Italian Books

Dear friends of Italy:

Libraries throughout the United States that have programs to acquire Italian
books now face a major funding crisis because of an arbitrary decision by the
Library of Congress.

The Library of Congress, which is in many respects the world's most important
library, has decided to stop cataloging Italian books.

Meanwhile, books that come in from other countries around the world continue
to be routinely cataloged in Washington at taxpayers' expense.

Cataloging information is made available at no extra charge to smaller
libraries throughout the United States under existing programs, but this will
no longer be the case for Italian language books. It is anticipated that
each library will have to pay an exorbitant fee of almost $15.00 to access
the cataloging information for each new Italian book that it acquires.

All members of the educated public who want American libraries to continue to
acquire Italian books should contact Dr. James H. Billington, who is the
Librarian of Congress (, and especially their Congressmen--to
whom the Librarian reports.


William J. Connell
Professor of History and La Motta Chair in Italian Studies
Director, Alberto Italian Studies Institute
Seton Hall University
South Orange, NJ 07079

H-Italy is a member of H-Net Humanities & Social Sciences OnLine. H-Italy offers scholars a central source for information in the field of Italian history.

2092 Troops Have Died.


Saturday, November 19, 2005

2086 Troops Have Died

Wednesday, November 16, 2005

2079 U.S. Troops killed in Iraq;Thousands of Iraqi Civilians have died

Tuesday, November 15, 2005


Lawsuits have been filed in New York and New Jersey targeting corporations that profited from the slave trade. One, a class action lawsuit filed in Brooklyn, N.Y., names three companies: Fleet Boston Financial, Aetna and CSX. The lawsuit estimates that the wealth in the United States created by the unpaid wages of slave labor is today worth $1.5 trillion.

Tuesday, November 08, 2005

Charles de Foucauld and the French unrest. He will be beatified Nov. 13, 2005.

Dorothy Day on Charles de Foucauld. Think of him during these days of unrest.

Today 19 different movements exist throughout the world of lay people, priests and religious following Foucauld’s instructions to live simply among the poor, to do the same kind of work as their neighbors do and to live the Gospel faith not so much by word as by example. Initially, most of the members of the religious communities inspired by Foucauld worked in factories or as manual laborers. These days members of the Little Brothers of Jesus or the Little Sisters of Jesus do many kinds of work, for religious specialization is the antithesis of what Foucauld thought important -- that is, humble, fraternal love for Jesus and for others. Foucauld’s originality lay in recognizing that it is not necessary to teach others, to cure them or to improve them; it is only necessary to live among them, sharing the human condition and being present to them in love.

Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Citizens United Against the Death Penalty

Citizens United Against the Death Penalty

As the United States approaches its 1000th execution since reinstatement of the death penalty in 1976, more and more people understand that the death penalty makes mistakes, disproportionately affects the poor and people of color, doesn't deter crime, and is expensive, arbitrary, and immoral.

Join us in saying "We get it, enough already: Abolish the death penalty."
1000 Executions