Verizon: No Pro-Choice Messages
From the NYT
Saying it had the right to block "controversial or unsavory" text messages, Verizon Wireless has rejected a request from Naral Pro-Choice America, the abortion rights group, to make Verizon’s mobile network available for a text-message program.Update:
Verizon has reversed
its decision.via tpm and atrios
Saudi Girls Pepper Spray Religious Police
When two Saudi girls were approached by members of the Commission for the Promotion of Virtue and Prevention of Vice for being "inappropriately-dressed"
, one of the girls pepper sprayed the men
, while the other girl recorded the event on her cell phone. The girls were then "escorted"
to the police station and released only after they apologized.via BoingBoing
Rudy's Selling of 9/11
? His supporters are holding "$9.11 house parties"
. The campaign is distancing
itself from the fundraisers, but so far there is no indication they will return any money raised, as Senator Dodd has suggested
Blackwater Ordered to Stonewall
It seems a State Department official has directed Blackwater to stonewall
a request from Congress to turn over documents regarding the recent deaths of Iraqi citizens.
Ruben Salazar to Get Stamp
Ruben Salazar, who was killed by a tear gas canister fired by a sheriff's deputy in 1970, will be honored next year with a commemorative stamp
issued by the U.S. Postal Service.
"He was a groundbreaker for Latinos in this country, but his work spoke to all Americans," Postmaster Gen. John E. Potter said Monday. "By giving voice to those who didn't have one, Ruben Salazar worked to improve life for everybody. His reporting of the Latino experience in this country set a standard that's rarely met even today."via LAObserved
O'Reilly Surprised by Black Civility
Bill O'Reilly went to Sylvia's restaurant
with Al Sharpton, and was amazed
that nobody was shouting expletives at the service staff.
"I mean, it was exactly the same, even though it's run by blacks, primarily black patronship." O'Reilly added: "There wasn't one person in Sylvia's who was screaming, 'M-Fer, I want more iced tea.' "via tpm
Russian Bombers Along US/Canadian Coast
It was the first time
since the Cold War.via rawstory
Blackwater Investigated for Weapons Smuggling
From the AP
Federal prosecutors are investigating whether employees of the private security firm Blackwater USA illegally smuggled into Iraq weapons that may have been sold on the black market and ended up in the hands of a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, officials said Friday.via rawstory
Blackwater Accused in Prison Break
Last December, Iraq's Commission on Public Integrity said they believed former Electricity Minister Ahyam al-Samarrai, awaiting sentencing for embezzling $2.5 billion in reconstruction money, broke out of prison "with the help of members of a private security company"
. Hmmm, I wonder what company that might be
Feds Limit Emergency Care for Immigrants
From the NYT
The federal government has told New York State health officials that chemotherapy, which had been covered for illegal immigrants under a government-financed program for emergency medical care, does not qualify for coverage. The decision sets the stage for a battle between the state and federal governments over how medical emergencies are defined.via HuffPost
Jenna Does DC
Jenna Jameson visited Capitol Hill today
and got a VIP tour.
Even without the D-sized cups, Jenna seemed easily recognizable - at least by the Capitol Police officers who rushed to have their photos taken with her, according to sources. Jameson's spokeswoman, Susan Yannetti, explained to the Sleuth that Jenna, the daughter of a police officer, is "very law enforcement friendly." In fact, at Fashion Week in New York recently she had "lots of photos" taken with NYPD officers, Yannetti said.
10 Commandments Display Legal
A federal judge in Kentucky has ruled
that a display of the Ten Commandments in the Rowan County Fiscal Court "does not have the effect of endorsing religion,"
and is therefore does not violate the U.S. Constitution.
White House: Bomb? What Bomb?
Remember all the recent news stories
about Russia's new bomb? You know, the largest non-nuclear bomb
ever created? During yesterday's press briefing
, Dana Perino indicated that the White House still isn't big on reading the news
PERINO: Les.via FishbowlDC
Q Thank you, Dana. Two questions. From Moscow, the London Telegraph reports the Russian televising of their new non-nuclear bomb, which is said to be four times more powerful than our Massive Ordinance Air Blast bomb, which is capable of destroying nine city blocks in one strike --
MS. PERINO: What's your question, Lester?
Q I'm right on the question.
MS. PERINO: Okay.
Q What is the White House response to this report from Moscow?
MS. PERINO: It's the first I've heard of it, so I don't have a response. Quickly the next one.
GOP Fillibuster Against Habeas Corpus
Republican members of the Senate have successfully defeated
an effort to restore habeas corpus rights to those detained by the United States. Joe Biden points out
that this is an anathema to our national ideals.
"Habeas corpus was conceived to prevent someone from being locked up illegally, with no chance to contest his/her imprisonment. It is not a get out of jail free card. And it will not result in the release of dangerous terrorists," said Senator Biden. "As I’ve said before, the terrorists win when we abandon our civil liberties. The way we win is to show them that we can fight this war without changing our character as a nation. I hope the Senate reconsiders this issue once again"
Craig Shows Up for Work
Larry Craig is back in the Senate today
, ready to work.via HuffPost
Chemerinsky: 1, Chancellor: 0
It looks like Erwin Chemerinsky will indeed become the dean
of UC Irvine's new Donald Bren School of Law.
Blackwater's Iraq License Being Revoked
The Iraqi government is revoking the license
of Blackwater USA
. This following a recent shootout
in a Sunni neighborhood which left 8 civilians dead and 13 wounded.
"The security company contractors opened fire randomly on the civilians," he said. "We consider this act a crime."via kos
Emmy's Censor Anti War Comment
Sally Field won the Emmy tonight for her role in "Brothers & Sisters."
Then, during her acceptance speech, they censored her comments
against the war.
"If mothers ruled the world, there wouldn't be any god -" Emmy winner Sally Field said before the Emmycast cut her off her sound and pointed the camera away from the stage so viewers would be distracted. Cut off were the words "god-damned wars in the first place."via HuffPost
Greenspan States the Obvious
Yes, it really was about the oil
Funny how he never mentioned that while Fed chair.
CIA Bans Waterboarding
The CIA is reportedly removing
the practice of waterboarding
from its list of approved interrogation techniques.
Today, in New Hampshire, Sen. McCain told ABC News, "I have sought that result for years. Water-boarding is a form of torture. And I'm convinced that this will not only help us in our interrogation techniques, but it will also be helpful for our image in the world."via HuffPost
Neocons and Debat
No Charges For Foley
It looks like creepy ex-Congressman Mark Foley will not be charged
with any crimes because of Florida's three-year statute of limitations.via tpm
Le cas d'Alexis Debat
It keeps getting curiouser
Nuns Pay for Priests' Sins
The first non-administrative property the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Los Angeles is selling as a result of the lawsuit involving its child-abusing priests is a convent in Santa Barbara
The nuns have four months to move out, according to a letter from the archdiocese. The notice, which was dated June 28 but not received until the end of August, asked the women to vacate the property no later than Dec. 31 -- and noted that an earlier departure "would be acceptable as well." Signed by Msgr. Royale M. Vadakin, the archdiocese's vicar general, the letter offers the nuns no recourse but thanks them for their understanding and cooperation during a difficult time.via rawstory
Tonight, President Bush said "We thank the 36 nations who have troops on the ground in Iraq."
Some folks are wondering
who he's talking about.
NJ Supremes Overturn Abortion Ruling
The New Jersey Supreme Court has unanimously ruled
that doctors are not required to tell women considering abortion that the embryo is an "existing human being"
"On the profound issue of when life begins, this court cannot drive public policy in one particular direction by the engine of the common law when the opposing sides, which represent so many of our citizens, are arrayed along a deep societal and philosophical divide," New Jersey Justice Barry T. Albin wrote for the court.
Petraeus For President?
Maybe it's been on his mind
Are We Arming Sunnis?
General Petraeus said no, but maybe we are
Or maybe it's just a matter of what the meaning of are
DNI Withdraws Claim
, the U.S. Director of National Intelligence, has withdrawn the claim
he made before a Senate committee on Monday that the Protect America Act
had helped "facilitate"
the recent arrests
of three men in Germany.
After questions about his testimony were raised, McConnell called Lieberman to clarify his statements to the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, an official said. (A spokeswoman for Lieberman confirmed that McConnell called the senator Tuesday but could not immediately confirm what they spoke about.) Late Wednesday afternoon, McConnell issued a statement acknowleding that "information contributing to the recent arrests [in Germany] was not collected under authorities provided by the 'Protect America Act'."via HuffPost
Who is Alexis Debat?
And why is he making stuff up
The Southwest Airlines Fashion Police
A Southwest Airlines employee attempted to prevent
Kyla Ebbert from flying because he thought her outfit was "offensive"
"Keith" asked her to go home, change and take a later flight. She refused, citing her appointment. The plane was ready to leave, so Keith relented. He had her pull up her tank top a bit, pull down her skirt a bit, and return to her seat.via BoingBoing
No Written Petraeus Report
Since he's just gonna say
everything is hunky dory, why write it down.
100,000 U.S. Troops for 20 Years!
really be what we're facing?via Atrios
Report: Disband Iraqi Army
Remember that Surge
? I wonder how's it working
The report, prepared by a commission of retired senior U.S. military officers, describes the 25,000-member Iraqi national police force and the Interior Ministry, which controls it, as riddled with sectarianism and corruption. The ministry, it says, is "dysfunctional" and is "a ministry in name only." The commission recommended that the national police force be disbanded.
White House Sued Over Email
The National Security Archive
is suing the White House
over millions of lost
We're Kicking Ass
You bet we are
Another Old White Dude
Oh, as if nobody expected it
I can't wait for the Red Truck
Bilin Wall Must Be Moved
The Israeli Supreme Court has ruled
that the wall
running through Bilin
must be moved to allow Palestinian residents more access to their land.
"We were not convinced that it is necessary for security-military reasons to retain the current route that passes on Bilin's lands," Chief Justice Dorit Beinish wrote in the decision.via TPM