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Saturday, December 17, 2005

The "Out to Lunch" Defense - Karl Rove's story doesn't make sense. By John Dickerson

The Raw Story | Democratic senator says Bush violated law with wiretaps: He is a president, not a king

Impeachable offense? High crimes and misdemeanors, anyone? Bueller? Bueller?

From a release issued to RAW STORY by Sen. Russ Feingold (D-WI) in response to President Bush's admission Saturday that the president personally authorized wiretaps of individuals who emailed or phoned other countries.
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Go Patriots!

 


Well, it's taken most of the season, but they seem to be recovering from their injury plagued beginning. Could they go all the way? Yes, I beleve they could. It is just the kind of playing we have come to expect from these guys. A victory over the Colts would be delicious, indeed. Posted by Picasa

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Happy Holidays! damn it!

In survey of ten US presidents, Bush fares badly

Saturday pre-game Foobar* Blogging

0001. Guadalcanal Diary - [Walking in the Shadow of the Big Man #07] Why Do the Heathen Rage? [3:04]
0002. Little Boy Blue - [Roll and Tumble Blues - CD2 #23] Robert Lockwood [3:05]
0003. Steve Wynn - [? #00] Affalternothingbuttheshell1 [3:08]
0004. Chris Rea - [Espresso Logic #10] Red [5:29]
0005. OZRIC TENTACLES - [LIVE (BOOTLEG) #06] AudioTrack 06 [5:50]
0006. John Hiatt - [Perfectly Good Guitar #04] Buffalo River Home [5:11]
0007. Sam Phillips - [A Boot and a Shoe #04] Open the World [2:18]
0008. The Atomic Bitchwax - [Atomic Bitchwax II #05] Cast Aside Your Masks [5:08]
0009. Split Enz - [Conflicting Emotions #04] Working Up An Appetite [4:07]
0010. John Lee Hooker & Canned Heat - [Hooker 'n' Heat CD 2] Boogie Chillun [11:33]
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*Foobar is a powerful but free music player for Windows machines:
Foobar 2000

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Better Safe Than Sorry: Airport Security and Global Climate Change

Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
by John Buell of the Bangor Daily News
  
Earlier this month a US air marshal shot and killed a disturbed man aboard an American Airlines plane in Miami. The victim was carrying no explosives. Suffering from bipolar disorder and off his medication, he had issued threats. Taking no chances, the air marshal shot and killed him. The event led Boston Globe columnist James Carroll to wonder if we have not become a hair trigger nation so obsessed with risks that we have turned our guardians into our potential killers. Carroll also asked if the Miami incident ?isn?t the domestic equivalent of this nation?s hair trigger foreign policy??
 
Americans are fond of the phrase better safe than sorry. Some suggest it was far better to shoot this threatening character than to allow him to blow up a planeload of innocent passengers. One hopes that more details will emerge, but in a longer term perspective, I think we are dangerously selective in our choice of risks. We are also too easily allow fear of mysterious dangers to morph into fear of all forms of difference. In the process, freedoms are diminished and the quality of life undermined. Paradoxically, the world itself becomes more dangerous.
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http://www.commondreams.org/views05/1214-33.htm

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It's Your Life: An Open Letter to Young (and Less Young) Americans

Published on Wednesday, December 14, 2005 by CommonDreams.org
by David Michael Green 
The Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky once said, ?While you may not be interested in war, war is interested in you?.
 
The same is true of politics (of which war is simply one part anyhow): You may not be interested in politics, but rest assured, politics is interested in you.
 
I can understand why many people have little interest in politics. It?s sometimes complicated and it?s often boring, and that?s on a good day. On a bad one, it can be sleazy and representative of the worst human behaviors, including greed, malfeasance, defamation and arrogance.
 
But guess what? Sleazy or snowy pure, politics determines a whole bunch about the course of your life, including, not least, how long it lasts. The difference between the freedoms of the United States and the murderous totalitarianism of Hitler?s Third Reich comes down to politics. The difference between the health care coverage available to Europeans and that which Americans have (or, for 50 million of us, don?t have) is due to politics. The difference between war and peace is determined by decisions of international politics and national foreign policies.
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Friday, December 16, 2005

Giving to the Rich: War? Disaster? Deficit? Forget 'em: It's time for Tax Cuts

Published on Monday, December 12, 2005 by the Boulder Daily Camera (Colorado)
Editorial
 
Call it irresponsible. Call it indefensible. Call it inequitable, a burden on future generations and a gift to the richest Americans at the expense of the majority. But don't call it surprising.
 
The distressing fact about the $56-billion tax cut approved last week by the U.S. House of Representatives is that Americans have learned to expect this kind of behavior from their elected representatives. Whatever the circumstances ? which now include a hideously expensive war in Iraq, the reconstruction of a major city in the aftermath of a hurricane, a new prescription-drug benefit for Medicare, staggering annual deficits, and a mounting national debt President Bush and the Republican majority in Congress can be relied upon to prescribe the same illusory cure: tax cuts that disproportionately benefit the wealthy.
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By Ken Levine: Jack is Back

A "rejection letter" to a budding scriptwriter after submitting a script for the show _24_...
 
http://kenlevine.blogspot.com/2005/12/jack-is-back.html

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CRS Report - Congress as a Consumer of Intelligence Information

Can we just say it now? Congress and others did NOT have access to the same intell' that the President and his admin had in the run up to the Iraq War!
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http://feinstein.senate.gov/crs-intel.htm

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NOW & THEN: Trent Lott on suing & lawsuits

Never underestimate the willingness of a slimy politician to prescribe one thing for society, and then do another thing in his own personal life.
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Thursday, December 15, 2005

Farrellys' "South Park" Smackdown - Yahoo! News

By Josh Grossberg
Is Cartman a crook?

Peter and Bobby Farrelly, the gross-out gurus behind Dumb and Dumber and There's Something About Mary are accusing South Park masterminds Trey Parker and Matt Stone of ripping off a movie idea.
 
Per Daily Variety, the Farrellys claim a 2004 South Park episode, in which Cartman pretends to be mentally disabled to compete in the
Special Olympics, blatantly copied The Ringer, the brother's upcoming movie about, yes, a guy who feigns a mental disability to win the Special Olympics.
 
Parker and Stone's story line pissed off the Farrellys and Ringer writer Ricky Blitt so much that it sparked ill will between the two comedy teams.
Ferrelly v South Park

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TheAgitator.com: Cory Maye

[I'm going to keep this one at the top for a while. Scroll down for new posts. --pseudolus]

OK, you better be sitting down for this one...


TheAgitator.com: Cory Maye
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And a follow up post:
Cory Maye cont'd
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Another look at the case:
Publicola
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Dec 12th - latest update
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more from The Agitator - the Prosecutor speaks
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Maye, Self-Defense, and Paramilitary Drug Raids
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The Search Warrants - added 5:16pm 12-12-05
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updated 6:45pm 12-13-05
Maye's gun part 2
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Maye's gun part 1
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Maye's representation
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Two more questions
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How you can help
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The latest from The Agitator - posted 12-15-05
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The Agitator's all-in-one links page about Maye
CLICK HERE
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Interesting post from a former prosecutor and current defense attourney.
read it here
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The Agitator's latest (Dec 15th) summary update is here:
CLICK HERE

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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

"Agroterrorists" Needn't Bother

by Stan Cox 

"In the war on terrorism, the fields and pastures of America's farmland might seem at first to have nothing in common with the towers of the World Trade Center or busy seaports. In fact, however, they are merely different manifestations of the same high-priority target, the American economy."

That's Senator Susan Collins (R-ME) warning us about "agroterrorism", a specter that she and others in Washington say is stalking rural America. Here in the Great Plains, we're all being exhorted to keep a round-the-clock lookout for agroterrorists lurking around farms or feedlots.

Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas, Republican chair of the Intelligence Committee, has been hyping agroterrorism since 1999. But it took the 9/11 attacks to get some action. Roberts recently told the Wichita Eagle, "At least now, when I talk about agroterrorism, people don't tell me to talk about something else."
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The Raw Story | Diebold insider alleges company plagued by technical woes, Diebold defends 'sterling' record

Read up on Diebold's coming troubles. The Big Cheese has "retired" to spend more time with his family, don't you know.
 
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Is the Pentagon spying on Americans? - Lisa Myers

Is the Pentagon spying on Americans?
Secret database obtained by NBC News tracks �suspicious� domestic groups
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Is the Pentagon spying on Americans? - Lisa Myers

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WHO WILL REVIEW THE REVIEWERS?:

--Jonathan Chait

There is a strong conventional wisdom running through political punditry which holds that the system does what the people want. If one political party is winning, then it must be because they reflect majority opinion, and/or the other party is just screwing up.

Political scientists Jacob Hacker and Paul Pierson have written a book called Off-Center that powerfully challenges this conventional wisdom. Hacker and Pierson show that public opinion has not moved rightward over the last two decades, and that the Republican Party has had to go to extraordinary lengths to hide its unpopular domestic agenda from the public.

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Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Dow Chemical Said Shirking Responsibility 21 Years After Disastrous Gas Leak

Toxic Cloud Fear as Oil Blaze Rages

Foreign and ill equals intoxicated to SPI police

DART cops put a guy in jail 11 days for jaywalking

Alexander Cockburn: All the News That's Fit to Buy

How thw CIA paid for Judy Miller's stories.
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AlterNet: The 14 Worst Corporate Evildoers

IsraCast: NANO-ARMOR: PROTECTING THE SOLDIERS OF TOMORROW

It's Sensitive. Really. - New York Times

Monday, December 12, 2005

Rendition Unto Caesar

The spectacle of an American Secretary of State being sent to Europe to reassure America�s allies that the US does not torture prisoners has brought an end to America�s moral grandeur. America stands revealed before the world as just another unaccountable police state.

Condi Rice�s declaration that the Bush administration is too morally pure to engage in torture was just another transparent Bush administration deception. What is the point of Bush�s rendition policy that Rice was sent to Europe to defend if the purpose is not torture? Why else do CIA agents kidnap foreign nationals in foreign countries and fly them to secret prisons in other foreign countries?

The Bush administration defends its policy of "extraordinary rendition." Everyone who has survived the policy has testified to experiencing brutal torture. Just read the account in the December 11 Sunday Observer (UK) of the Ethiopian student that the CIA kidnapped and tortured in Morocco.

The student, who speaks no Arabic, was brutally tortured for 18 months until he was forced to confess to conspiring with top al Qaeda chiefs and plotting with Padilla. While one American hand was forcing the tortured student to incriminate himself in the "Padilla plot," the other American hand was dropping plot charges against Padilla!

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Sunday, December 11, 2005

The Washington Monthly - SECRET LAWS - WTF??

This has to send shivers up your spine or you are dead and in your grave already.

READ IT ALL HERE
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And a 'pre-quel' article:
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