Monday, January 28, 2008

The President's STFU

And this time he meant it.

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Mukasey Hearts Orwell

Attorney General Mukasey has two portraits in his office wall. One is of Nuremberg prosecutor Robert Jackson. The other is of George Orwell. Yes, that George Orwell.

Friday, January 25, 2008

Hillary's Rezko Problem

When Barak Obama pointed out that Hillary Clinton sat on Wal-Mart's board for six years, she shot back that "slumlord" Antoin Rezko had supported Obama. Well, Rezko supported many Democrats, and it seems the Clintons supported that support, even those she says she doesn't remember it now. Oh, and there's a photo to prove it.

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Now We're Deporting US Citizens

From McClatchy:
Immigration and Customs Enforcement has held Warziniack for weeks in an Arizona detention facility with the aim of deporting him to a country he's never seen. His jailers shrugged off Warziniack's claims that he was an American citizen, even though they could have retrieved his Minnesota birth certificate in minutes and even though a Colorado court had concluded that he was a U.S. citizen a year before it shipped him to Arizona.

via atrios

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

935 False Statements

The Center for Public Integrity has released a study claiming that the Bush administration made 935 false statements about the dangers from Iraq.
"Some journalists -- indeed, even some entire news organizations -- have since acknowledged that their coverage during those prewar months was far too deferential and uncritical," the report reads. "These mea culpas notwithstanding, much of the wall-to-wall media coverage provided additional, 'independent' validation of the Bush administration's false statements about Iraq."

via npr

Gaza Border Wall Breached

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the Gaza strip crossed into Egypt today after the border wall was breached. After first pushing back the Palestinians, Egyptian President Mubarak ordered his troops to allow them through because "starving due to the Israeli siege".
"I told them to let them come in and eat and buy food and then return them later as long as they were not carrying weapons," he said, in answer to reporters' questions.

Friday, January 18, 2008

Huck Racist Connections

Max Blumenthal says it's nothing new.
Making coded appeals to white racism is nothing new for Huckabee. Indeed, well before he was a nationally known political star, Huckabee nurtured a relationship with America's largest white supremacist group, the Council of Conservative Citizens. The extent of Huckabee's interaction with the racist group is unclear, but this much is known: he accepted an invitation to speak at the group's annual conference in 1993 and ultimately delivered a videotaped address that was "extremely well received by the audience."

via rawstory

Did You Waiver On Sept. 11?

Rudy thinks so.

One Year, Two Days

And counting.

Thursday, January 17, 2008

Yet Another Taser Death

This time it was a 29 year old man who police said was uncooperative.
Lt. Mark Peterson of the State Patrol wouldn't describe the uncooperative behavior. Five troopers at the scene were placed on routine administrative leave while the state Bureau of Criminal Apprehension investigates.

via boingboing

Wednesday, January 16, 2008

No White Email Backups

The White House said it reused backup tapes used to archive emails, meaning that copies of several million electronic messages may be gone forever. The folks at CREW are wondering why it took so long to say this. The recyling of tapes was "consistent with industry best practices," according to a White House aide.
The recycling of backup tapes by the Bush White House represents a reversal in policy from the final year of the Clinton administration. The Clinton White House halted recycling of backup tapes in March 2000, when it was discovered that some e-mail from the office of Vice President Al Gore was not preserved.

via tpm

Tuesday, January 15, 2008

Huck: Amend to Fit God's Standards

Mike Huckabee wants to amend the US Constitution.
"[Some of my opponents] do not want to change the Constitution, but I believe it's a lot easier to change the constitution than it would be to change the word of the living God, and that's what we need to do is to amend the Constitution so it's in God's standards rather than try to change God's standards,"

via tpm

DHS to Stop Forced Drugging

The Department of Homeland Security is changing it's policy and will no longer forcibly drug immigrants, even in emergency situations, without first obtaining a court order. According to the AP "Immigration officials have acknowledged that 56 deportees were given psychotropic drugs during a seven-month period in 2006 and 2007 even though most had no history of mental problems."
The new rules come just days after settlement talks between the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California and the Department of Homeland Security fell apart. The ACLU is suing the Department of Homeland Security in federal district court after federal officials forcibly drugged two immigrants held at a San Pedro detention center with mind-altering drugs while trying to deport them.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Michael Savage and Gay Nazis

What a bizarre obsession.

Friday, January 11, 2008

Another Taser Death

Miami-Dade police say the 20 year old man was disruptive and displayed "aggressive and combative behavior".

Military Grounds 39 Aircraft

From the AFP:
About a quarter of the US military's P-3 Orion aircraft fleet have been grounded for inspections and repairs after the discovery of a structural fault, the US Marines said on Friday.

Giving Troops a "Moral Lobotomy"

That's what Penny Coleman thinks of plans to give troops Propranolol to reduce the stress caused by memories of horrific events they have seen.

Kucinich Wants a Recount

He's seeking a recount of the New Hampshire vote because of differences between hand and machine counted ballots.

Thursday, January 10, 2008

ACLU: Wear Orange Tomorrow

It's part of their campaign to close Guantanamo Bay.

Blackwater Gassed US Troops

Employees of Blackwater used CS gas to clear traffic on a crowded Baghdad street in May of 2005. At least 10 US soldiers and an unknown number of Iraqis were affected by the use of the gas, which is prohibited except in extreme circumstances.
"This was decidedly uncool and very, very dangerous," Capt. Kincy Clark of the Army, the senior officer at the scene, wrote later that day, Risen said. "It's not a good thing to cause soldiers who are standing guard against car bombs, snipers and suicide bombers to cover their faces, choke, cough and otherwise degrade our awareness."

via rawstory

Students Suspended for Long Hair

A school in Texas has suspended four students because they didn't cut their hair over the Christmas holiday. The school's dress code, which is meant in part to "teach respect for authority", says boys hair cannot extend beyond the collar. If the students refuse to cut their hair, they may be expelled.
"Persistent insubordination could go as far as a disciplinary alternative school placement. That's the worst case."

Judge: School Must Stop Bible Giveaway

For more than 30 years the South Iron School District in Annapolis, Missouri has allowed Gideons International to distribute their Bibles to the elementary students. Now U.S. District Judge Catherine Perry has ordered the school to stop.
The purpose of both practices "is the promotion of Christianity by distributing Bibles to elementary school students," Perry wrote. "The policy has the principle or primary effect of advancing religion by conveying a message of endorsement to elementary school children."

Sunday, January 06, 2008

McGovern: It's Time for Impeachment

In what he describes as a "difficult decision", former senator and Democratic presidential candidate George McGovern says the "only honorable course" is to urge the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Cheney.
Bush and Cheney are clearly guilty of numerous impeachable offenses. They have repeatedly violated the Constitution. They have transgressed national and international law. They have lied to the American people time after time. Their conduct and their barbaric policies have reduced our beloved country to a historic low in the eyes of people around the world. These are truly "high crimes and misdemeanors," to use the constitutional standard.

via CNN

Saturday, January 05, 2008

Secret Service Nab Bill O'Reilly

Actually, Secret Service agents assigned to the Barack Obama campaign had to step in and physically separate O'Reilly from an Obama staffer, whom the Fox host later called "low class".
Secret Service officials separated O'Reilly and Obama aide Marvin Nicholson after the Fox News Channel personality grabbed Nicholson on a post-speech rope line in a high-school gym here. According to a witness, O'Reilly reached with two hands for Nicholson -- who at 6-foot-8 had a slight height advantage over O'Reilly -- because he stood between O'Reilly's cameraman and Obama as the newsman called out for the candidate's attention.

via tpm

Friday, January 04, 2008

McCain's 100 Year War

When asked if he would keep troops in Iraq for another 50 years, John McCain interrupted the questioner to say "Make it a hundred". When David Corn asked the Senator about this, McCain started talking about millennia.
After the event ended, I asked McCain about his "hundred years" comment, and he reaffirmed the remark, excitedly declaring that U.S. troops could be in Iraq for "a thousand years" or "a million years," as far as he was concerned. The key matter, he explained, was whether they were being killed or not: "It's not American presence; it's American casualties." U.S. troops, he continued, are stationed in South Korea, Japan, Europe, Bosnia, and elsewhere as part of a "generally accepted policy of America's multilateralism." There's nothing wrong with Iraq being part of that policy, providing the government in Baghdad does not object.

Thursday, January 03, 2008

Ron Paul Behind Anti-Mormon Polls?

Will Thomas says Yes!

Wednesday, January 02, 2008

DOJ: Criminal Probe on CIA Tapes

Attorney General Michael Mukasey has named John Durham to oversee the criminal investigation.

20k+ Iraq Civilian Deaths in 2007

The Iraq Body Count says that between 22,586 and 24,159 violent civilian deaths occurred in Iraq during 2007.

Homicides Up 30% in New Orleans

And it's not getting better.

Impeachment Support Slowly Growing

Congressman Robert Wexler of Florida is the latest to support Dennis Kucinich's H.R. 333.

Police Prevented Bhutto Autopsy

From The Raw Story:
The police chief of the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi prevented doctors from performing an autopsy on the corpse of former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto, according to a lawyer on the hospital's board.