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News Briefs: James Dobson, the rightwing pundit from Focus on the Family, compared the Supreme Court Justices to the Klu Klux Klan (KKK). Rightwing evangelical Christian leaders, like Dobson, want control of the Supreme Court so they can overturn a woman’s right to choose. Bush’s approval ratings are the lowest of any president at this point in their second term. According to Gallop Polls, 45% of Americans approve of Bush, while 49% disapprove. Sniper rifle manufacturer, Barrett Firearms, boasts in a marketing brochure that their 50 caliber sniper rifles are capable of ‘destroying multi-million dollar aircraft with a single hit.’ That’s just what the world needs, more guns that can shoot down passenger airlines. The Enterprise Institute, an ultra rightwing, laissez-fare/anti-government think tank, says that there should be no background checks for 50 caliber sniper rifles. What! Didn’t they read the previous news brief? Yea, and they don’t care. John Bolton, the war hawk cowboy Bush appointed as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations, recently told Congress that Iran “constitutes a threat to international peace and security.” Coincidentally, the United Nations charter allows the use of force against countries that are considered “threats to international peace and security.” Bolton is the same guy who said “the United Nations doesn’t exist,” and that if 10 floors of the U.N. headquarters were eliminated, “it wouldn’t make a bit of difference.” Yea, Bush supports international cooperation… so long as everyone does what he wants. “The economy is on thin ice,” say Paul Volker, who was the chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank from 1979 to 1987 (the same post Alan Greenspan now holds). 8 The British newspaper, the Mirror, claims to have obtained documents stating the US will remain in Iraq until 2009. The AARP, the largest organization for retired people in the world, says that Bush’s Social Security privatization bill will not pass Congress this year, or any year! Bush campaign fundraising “Pioneers,” the Wyly Brothers from Texas, face a grand jury indictment for evading millions in taxes. These rich-Texas- tax-cheats helped fund the “Swift Boat Veterans for Truth” advertisements, which tried to smear John Kerry’s heroic military record. The economy added fewer than expected jobs this month, and (surprise) they are all shitty minimum wage jobs. Hooray for the New Economy! “…the American Republic - is gone. It’s been swallowed by darkness, by ravening greed, by bestial spirits and by willful primitives who now possess overwhelming instruments of power and dominion. Gangsters are in charge, and nothing and no one will be allowed to challenge their dominion,” writes Chris Floyd of the St. Petersburg Times in Russia. 4-12-05 Next year’s presidential election in Mexico is heating up. Mexico’s Congress is trying to prevent the popular, left-wing mayor of Mexico City, Lopez Obrador, from running against the current president Vicente Fox. Vicente Fox is a former Coca-Cola executive, and is quite friendly with the Bush Administration on ‘free trade’ issues. To hide maimed troops, the U.S. flies them home under cover of darkness, UK Independent Newspaper reports. Editorial Board: JP, Kelsey, Anna, Brody, Sarah, Cassie, Nialls, Alex Contact the Yeti: Bulldog Does DC . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 What is the WRC? . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Drive Thru Activism . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 LaDuke Warwick . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Faux News . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Explorations in the Ordinary . . . . . . . . 4 The Decemberists . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 A Loose Dress for a Loose Woman. . . 5 Sex and Campus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Beer of the Week . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 News Briefs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 the Yeti Vol. I, 4-05 FSU’s Progressive Newspaper - For Students, By Students Bulldog Does DC How the Whitehouse was Caught with Its Pants Down by Natty Dread We all know the Bush Administration likes to control the news, but what if we told you the Republicans had recruited a fake journalist, got him a White House press pass, and sent him to DC to write whatever the Bush Administration told him to? And if that isn’t enough, it gets better. The guy they hired is a gay male escort who works for HotMilitaryStud. com! Until recently, James Guckert was the White House reporter for Talon News, a fake news service funded by GOPUSA. GOPUSA is a well connected, Texas-based media organization affiliated with the Republican Party. Their mission is to “bring the conservative message to America.” And apparently that includes funding fake news services like Talon News. Cont. page 3. A Message from the Yeti: Thanks for picking up a copy of The Yeti, Florida State University’s new progressive student newspaper. There is a serious attack on free speech at college campuses. So called “free speech zones” are the only places on campus where open dialogue can take place, and current efforts to pass the Academic Bill of Rights are designed to take teaching power out of the classroom and put it into the hands of the government. In response to this, The Yeti seeks to bring back progressive values to Florida State University’s campus, and offer material for students who’ve grown restless with current media options. We want a return to diversity in campus journalism and to fight homogeneity in all forms of media. We’ll offer you news that falls off the mainstream media radar while presenting alternative, What is the WRC? A Brief History and the Campaign at FSU by Nialls Fallon The goal of a corporation is simple: to amass wealth, and lots of it. It seems many will go to any length to minimize their costs and maximize their profit, even if that extra dollar comes from the blood and sweat of another human being. It is common knowledge that many corporations produce goods in sweatshops, “workplaces in which workers are employed for long hours at low wages and under unhealthy or oppressive conditions.” Considering there are over 500 vendors licensed to produce and sell FSU merchandise and apparel, it seems obvious that some way of monitoring the factories in which these goods are made is necessary. This problem was solved with the creation of the Worker Rights Consortium. See the WRC insert... and often humorous, views on current issues. We are also fueled by the knowledge that there are students out there who want more to do in Tallahassee than go to “the strip”. That’s why The Yeti will always have a running calendar with exciting and culturally enriching events. Also expect commentary and criticism on anything going on in the local, and not so local, community. But don’t pick up a copy of The Yeti and expect pure punditry because we’re about so much more. We’re about music, film, literature, art, parties, and sex. Fortunately, there’s room for all of those things in the definition of progressive. So please, feel free to voice your opinion and email us your comments, criticism, concerns, or submissions to 1

April 2005

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