How to Get Labeled a Terrorist
Just disagree with a flight attendant
Happy New Year!
From the NYT
This is William Kristol’s last column.
Fox: Bush "Inherited" 9/11
Happy Birthday Michelle Obama
Our next First Lady is 45 years old
Web Threat Leads to Arrest
Authorities on Friday arrested a U.S. man on suspicion of threatening to kill President-elect Barack Obama based on statements he posted on a website about UFOs and aliens, the Justice Department said.
BART's Killer Cop is Caught
He was apprehended in Nevada
Friedman Supports Terrorism
At least when it's done by Israel
. Except he calls it education
Abolish the Media
"Joe the Plumber" doesn't like reporters
"Now everyone's got an opinion and wants to...down soldiers. You know, American soldiers or Israeli soldiers...I think media should be abolished from, uh, you know, reporting. You know, war is hell. And if you're gonna sit there and say, 'Well, look at this atrocity,' well, you don't know the whole story behind it half the time. So I think the media should have no business in it."
The New Fail Whale
Karl Rove is the latest to Twitter
Last Bush Presser Padded With Interns
It would be sad
except for all the damage he's done.
The White House had high expectations for yesterday's final, historic news conference. "ONE CORRESPONDENT PER ORGANIZATION," proclaimed the bulletin sent to reporters. "STANDING ROOM ONLY FOR NON-SEAT HOLDERS." But when the appointed hour of 9:15 a.m. arrived, the last two rows in the seven-row briefing room were empty, and a press aide told White House interns to fill those seats.
Olmert Drives U.S. Policy
Well, isn't that this special
Upon receiving word that the US was planning to vote in favor of the resolution - viewed by Israel as impractical and failing to address its security concerns - Olmert demanded to get Bush on the phone, and refused to back down after being told that the president was delivering a lecture in Philadelphia. Bush interrupted his lecture to answer Olmert's call, the premier said.
Isreal Bans Arab Political Parties
That's democracy for you
Parliament spokesman Giora Pordes said the election committee voted overwhelmingly in favor of the motion, accusing the country's Arab parties of incitement, supporting terrorist groups and refusing to recognize Israel's right to exist. Arab lawmakers have traveled to some of Israel's staunchest enemies, including Lebanon and Syria.
Suicide Hotline Calls Increase
They say the reason is the bad economy
It's unknown if the economic meltdown will lead to more suicides, says Lanny Berman, executive director of the Washington-based American Association of Suicidology. "Maybe the fact that so many are calling is a positive sign. They're seeking help."
Teen Dead After Being Tasered
The list of people who died after being Tasered just keeps growing
17-year-old Derrick Jones of Martinsville was pronounced dead at a local hospital following an encounter with a police officer that ended in a Taser blast and immediate attempts to revive him by the officer, and later paramedics.
Illegal for UAW to Strike GM
From Raw Story
A little-noticed provision buried in the Bush Administration's $13.4 billion loan package to General Motors will prohibit the United Auto Workers from launching a strike as long as the company receives funds from the federal government.
Army Apologizes for "Dear John" Letters
They were sent to thousands of families
of dead soldiers.
The letters also had improper address information at the top of the correspondence. Instead of the receiving family's name and home address, the letters said "Army Long Term Case Management."
Hackers Target Progressive Blogs
They were all published using the same framework, making them all susceptible
to the same attack.
It's a G.O.P. specialty
LAPD Tried to Sway Coroner
From the L.A. Times
The Los Angeles Police Department waged an aggressive behind-the-scenes campaign to convince coroner's officials to change their finding that a SWAT officer's bullet killed a 19-month-old girl held hostage by her father three years ago, according to records reviewed by The Times.
Wiretap Lawsuit Continues
A federal judge ruled Monday that "sufficient facts" exist to keep alive a lawsuit brought by two U.S.-based lawyers for a Islamic charity who say they were eavesdropped on without warrants.
T-Shirt Leads to $240K Settlement
Harassed because he wore a T-shirt saying "We Will Not Be Silent"
in English and Arabic, Raed Jarrar has now reached a $240,000 settlement
with Jet Blue and the TSA.
"The outcome of this case is a victory for free speech and a blow to the discriminatory practice of racial profiling," said Aden Fine, senior staff attorney with the ACLU First Amendment Working Group and lead attorney on the case. "This settlement should send a clear message to all TSA officials and airlines that they cannot discriminate against passengers based on their race or the ethnic content of their speech."
No Purple Hearts for PTSD
The Pentagon has decided it will not award the Purple Heart
to military service members suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.
"It’s not a qualifying Purple Heart wound," said Defense Department spokeswoman Eileen Lainez, although she added that "advancements in medical science may support future re-evaluation."
"Islamic Militants" Mock Dead Cat
They have now stepped over the line
Legal if Not Impeached
This seems to be the argument when Cheney compares Bush to Lincoln
Bill Richardson Withdraws
Bill Richardson has withdrawn his nomination
as the next commerce secretary. In a statement, he says an investigation into a contract awarded to a campaign donor would be too much of a distraction.
"I have concluded that the ongoing investigation also would have forced an untenable delay in the confirmation process," Richardson said. "Given the gravity of the economic situation the nation is facing, I could not in good conscience ask the president-elect and his administration to delay for one day the important work that needs to be done."