Thursday, March 30, 2006

Unfreakingbelievable.

Wow. Let's just put them both in jail, together, for a very long time. Matter of fact, just throw away the key when they go to jail.


National Section - WFMY News 2: Police: Mom Let Son Be Abused For $600

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

Abramoff gets sentenced

He got his sentence for five years and ten months. Along with three years of probation and twenty-one million dollar restitution. The prison time was the minimum allowed, and I think he got off pretty lenient.
He doesn't have to report for ninety days, so he can continue to help the prosecutors.
He also needs to be sentenced for three federal charges, where there is no date set for sentencing.

Abramoff gets 6 years for fraud - Yahoo! News

RNS memo

Gotta love it :)

Memorandum

To: Ken Mehlman
From: Jan van Lohuizen
Date: March 3, 2006
Re: Bush -- Congressional Republicans

Per our conversation, we took another look at the way voters, Republicans specifically, link President Bush and Republicans in the House and the Senate. There are several points worth making:

1. President Bush continues to have the strong loyal support of Republican voters. Despite slippage in approval ratings among all voters, the President's job approval among Republicans continues to be very high. Most members will be elected with between 80% and 100% of their support coming from Republicans. I don't see that Republicans driving a wedge between themselves and the President is a good election strategy.

2. My read of the current environment is that our problem will be turnout. '06 could become an election like '82 or '84. In '82 Republicans showed up at relatively normal turnout rates, while Democrats, because they were angry, showed up at abnormally high turnout rates. In '94, Republican turnout was elevated, while Democratic turnout was depressed. We have every reason to believe '06 could become the inverse of '82. We don't see signs of a depressed Republican turnout yet, but we have every reason to believe Democrats will turn out in high numbers. Anything we do to depress turnout, by not running as a unified party for instance, could very well lead to serious consequences in November.

3. The President is seen universally as the face of the Republican Party. We are now brand W. Republicans. The following chart shows the extremely close correlation between the President’s image and overall ratings of the party.

President Bush drives our image and will do so until we have real national front-runners for the '08 nomination. Attacking the President is counter productive for all Republicans, not just the candidates launching the attacks. If he drops, we all drop.



Hotline On Call: RNC Memo Warns GOPers Not To Distance Themselves From Bush

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

MAD TV with Bush

Pretty funny video on Crooks and Liars, check it out.

Windows Media Player
Quicktime

Saturday, March 25, 2006

"a candidate in her own mind."

A Republican challenger to Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton is bizarrely claiming that the former first lady has been spying in her bedroom window and flying helicopters over her house in the Hamptons, witnesses told The Post yesterday.

"Hillary Clinton is really worried about me, and is so worried, in fact, that she had helicopters flying over my house in Southampton today taking pictures," according to a prominent GOP activist who was at the event.

"She wasn't joking, she was very, very serious, and she also claimed that Clinton's people were taking pictures across the street from her house in Manhattan, taking pictures from an apartment across the street from her bedroom," added the eyewitness, who is not involved in the Senate race.

Yea, ssuurree she is.


New York Post Online Edition: news

How lame.

The First Lady donated money to a hurricane-relief fund, which is in itself cool, but she had a stipulation. It had to be used to buy software from her son's company.
To me, that's pretty lame, and as Borochoff, president of the American Institute of Philanthropy says, sets a bad precedent.


The Seattle Times: Nation & World: Barbara Bush made donation — provided her son's firm got it

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Just another post to show that Bush is a liar.

Bush: "First-just if I might correct a misperception, I don't think we ever said, at least I know I didn't say that there was a direct connection between September 11th and Saddam Hussein."

In days gone by-SOTU-three years ago:

Bush: "Saddam Hussein aids and protects terrorists, including members of al-Qaeda."

What the White House doesn't want you to know.

Global warming is happening, and before it's to late, we need to do something about it.
Just a fucking shame that BushCo is politicizing it, making all arguements from scientists, about global warming, weaker.
"In my more than three decades in the government I've never witnessed such restrictions on the ability of scientists to communicate with the public."

That's a quote from James Hansen, arguably the world's leading researcher on global warming.


Rewriting The Science - CBS News

An Amazon search result.

If you were to type in abortion into their search engine, you would get results for abortion, but at the top, it would say "Did you mean adoption?"
Spokeswoman Patty Smith said the automated prompt was purely based on technology, and that no human had made the decision to show the question.
Amazon removed the question after receiving an email complaint about it.

Wired News:

Monday, March 20, 2006

Some people say (straw-man arguements)

Bush routinely is criticized for dressing up events with a too-rosy glow. But experts in political speech say the straw man device, in which the president makes himself appear entirely reasonable by contrast to supposed "critics," is just as problematic.


Lame, and he needs to stop using it. Which of course I'm sure he will ..... not.


Bush Using Straw-Man Arguments in Speeches - Yahoo! News

Shaming companies.

Now here's a good idea. Shaming companies that are advertising in software products.
The Center for Demoracy and Technology today released the names of nearly a dozen companies who are among the biggest customers of 180solutions, a Bellevue, Wash., adware maker whose storied history with unauthorized installations has been the subject of numerous Security Fix blog posts and other articles.
Help make it work, and spread the word.

Security Fix - Brian Krebs on Computer and Internet Security - (washingtonpost.com)

I want to trademark a word.

An every day word, like super hero.
Yep, that word is trademarked by both Marvel and DC Comics. Never heard of that, so I wonder if it is enforceable. Personally, I think it slipped into the public domain, like thermos and aspirin.


NEWSARAMA - SUPER HERO HAPPY HOUR CHANGES NAME

Friday, March 17, 2006

Let's revoke a Constitutional Amendment.

Because that's what Senators Mike DeWine, Olympia Snowe, Lindsey Graham, and Chuck Hagel are proposing to do, with a bill that they introduced Thursday.

I'll quote georgia10 from DailyKos
Yesterday, these four Senators introduced the "Terrorist Surveillance Act of 2006." The bill would legalize the President's crimes. It would allow this Congress to rubber-stamp the administration's violation of FISA and the Fourth Amendment by condoning warrantless spying. According to their ass-backwards approach to oversight, the President can continue to spy on Americans without a warrant for 45 days. After 45 days, the President has three choices:

1. "Stop" the spying: Because naturally, we can trust this government to cease and desist on demand, given its amazing track record of self-restraint;
2. Ask the FISA court for a court order: Because naturally, this President has shown great respect for the FISA court process and would dutifully follow Congressional directives when it comes to applying for a FISA order; or
3. Inform the Intelligence Sub-committee: Because, of course, the President has proven he can be trusted to follow the law and notify intelligence activities about warrantless spying.

The bill is co-sponsored by four so-called "moderates" in order to hide its radical and catastrophic nature. What these four extremists accomplish with their bill is to amend the Constitution unilaterally--without the consent of the states--by nullifying the Fourth Amendment. Warrant? Reasonable cause? Psssh. Remnants of a pre-9/11 world, my friends.


As Dorothy said, "I don't think we are in Kansas anymore."


Daily Kos: The Terrorist Surveillance Act of 2006

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Astounding poll result.

*Updated
Deleted the cut and paste I did of the poll, as it was extremely hard to read.

Basically, amongst voters, 48% approve of a censure of Bush, and 43% oppose it. Bush needs to pay some type of price for his illegal and unconstitutional wiretapping, and a censure would be one way to do so.


American Research Group

Incompetent.

The single word most frequently associated with George W. Bush today is "incompetent,"and close behind are two other increasingly mentioned descriptors: "idiot" and "liar." All three are mentioned far more often today than a year ago.

Currently, 48% use a negative word to describe Bush compared with just 28% who use a positive term, and 10% who use neutral language.
Along with 33% approval ratings. Will it get any worse?

Summary of Findings: Bush Approval Falls to 33%, Congress Earns Rare Praise

Ambitious list.

John in DC, a blogger at AMERICAblog, wants to compile a list of every idiotic thing that Bush has ever done. So, if you have the time, go add to the never-ending list.


AMERICAblog: Because a great nation deserves the truth

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

Knock on wood.

Was reading a blog, Spyware Confidential just now, and I realized that alot of people may not know where to report something like this, and hopefully no one will, but just in case anyone has too, here is a link to report child porn. General information can be found at Missingkids.com and the Cyber Tipline


» The sickest thing I've ever seen | Spyware Confidential | ZDNet.com

Pat Robertson, at it again.

He's called for the assassination of Venezuela's president.
He said that Ariel Sharon, the Prime Minister of Israel, was struck down in divine retribution.
This time, he said that "Islam is not a religion of peace" and "the goal of Islam, ladies and gentlemen whether you like it or not, is world domination".
He also commented about a news item regarding the cartoons of Mohammed that was recently shown where Muslims were shown yelling, "May Allah bomb you! May Osama Bin Laden bomb you!". He replied to that, "just shows the kind of people we're dealing with. These people are crazed fanatics, and I want to say it now: I believe it's motivated by demonic power. It is satanic and it's time we recognize what we're dealing with".

BBC NEWS | World | Americas | Top US evangelist targets Islam

A basketball story.

Add Bush to people that have called on the autistic basketball manager after his great game, where he was put in near the end of a game.
He scored twenty points in about three minutes of play, missing his first two shots, then hitting six treys and a two-pointer.
Disney and Warner Brothers has already called, according to Jason McElwain's mother.
Always nice to hear a touching story.

wcbstv.com - Bush Visits Autistic Teen Hoops Star

Monday, March 13, 2006

Eavesdropping Bill

Sen. Mike DeWine (R-OH) is sponsoring a bill with Sens. Olympia Snowe (R-ME), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Chuck Hagel (R-NE) that would solidify the administration's eavesdropping authority.
I don't think it's necessary to have this law. Just seems like they are wanting to cover-up the illegal and unconstitutional wiretapping by Bush, as well as any other (and strongly hinted at by Gonzalez) eavesdropping programs that may be going on now. There is also a law that makes it a crime if you give classified information to an unauthorized person. Instead of drafting this law, how about setting up some hearings on the illegal and unconstitutional wiretapping by Bush.

Reporters Exempt From Eavesdropping Bill

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Have internet, find the CIA

The Chicago Tribune posted a story on there website, and found all kinds of information about the CIA on the internet. Now, to me, that's just a huge security risk. Even if only 1% of the 2653 of the CIA employees were undercover, that is 26 people. Then there are the two dozen facilities that were discovered as well.

More at the link.


Chicago Tribune | Internet blows CIA cover

More Katrina mistakes.

Can't blame Reid on this gaffe. There are 11, 000 (yes, eleven thousand!) mobile homes NOT being used for the Hurricane Katrina victims. FEMA stated they can't use them because federal prohibits them from placing them on flood plains. Bush could issue an executive order that could temporarily exempt FEMA from that.


CBS News | Reid 'Ashamed' Over Katrina Mobile Homes

Saturday, March 11, 2006

Some facts about the Republican led Senate

  • Turning a $124 billion surplus in 1999 into a $337 billion deficit;
  • Sending another 5.5 million people into poverty;
  • Adding an expensive prescription drug program to Medicare that few seniors can use or understand;
  • More than doubling the number of lawmakers' pet projects;
  • Sending unemployment up from 4.2 percent in 2001 to 4.9 percent now, up 17 percent.
  • Seeing numerous members involved in a corruption scandal that "will be bigger than any (government scandal) in the last 50 years," according to the former US House counsel.


Pathetic isn't it?
You can read more at the link.

Insecure and Unprepared: Bill Frist's Senate Majority - Senate Majority Project

A letter to read.

Nothing I can add to it, as Joseph W. DuRocher does it elonquently.


Joseph DuRocher: Letter to President Bush [Candide's Notebooks]

No Diebold machines to be used in the 2006 election in Maryland

Because they can't produce paper receipts, which every machine that is used in an electoral process should do in the USA, not just in Maryland.
Healey (a state delegate from Maryland) said the law would require that the machines provide a paper trail before the 2008 elections or Diebold would risk losing its contract with the state.
Maryland House votes to oust Diebold machines - Computerworld

Friday, March 10, 2006

Former Bush lawyer criticizes NSA wiretaps.

A former senior national security lawyer at the Justice Department is highly critical of some of the Bush administration's key legal justifications for warrantless spying, saying that many of the government's arguments are weak and unlikely to be endorsed by the courts, according to documents released yesterday.
The lawyer, David S. Kris, also said that the Bush's interpretation of Congress's authorization of the use of force against al-Qaeda was "weak justification" that would be unlikely to be supported by the judicial system.


Ex-Justice Lawyer Rips Case for Spying

Billionaires list, by Forbes

That time of the year again, and Forbes has there annual list out of billionaires.
Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, tops it again, for the 12th year running. And there are 793 of them, up from 691 last year. Total worth: 2.6 trillion dollars. That's alot of money.
More at the link.

The World's Billionaires - Forbes.com

Thursday, March 09, 2006

If Sen. Pat Roberts Made Speed Limit Signs

LOL, great sign that he would make.
Check it out.


Think Progress » If Sen. Pat Roberts Made Speed Limit Signs

Geysers on a Saturn moon

If true, would be huge news. The article says that water is not essential to life, but I tend to think differently.
Never knew this
"Other moons in the solar system have liquid water oceans covered by kilometers of icy crust," said Dr. Andrew Ingersoll of the California Institute of Technology. "What's different here is that pockets of liquid water may be more than tens of meters below the surface."
We'll learn more when the next phase of the Cassinni (a joint NASA-Europe Space Agency project) makes a 220 mile flyby of Enceladus.


ABC News: Probe Spots Signs of Water Geysers on Saturn Moon

Deceptive fund raising.

What a lame way to try and get money. If you look at the envelopes, they do look formal, like something the US Government would send.
Then they have the audacity to ask for the survey back along with $11 to help cover the cost.

NRSC Fundraising Scheme Has Potential to Intimidate Elderly | BlueNC

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Correction: No runoff

Looks like there won't be a runoff, as I stated here, as Cuellar received more then 50% of the vote.

Biondi having second thoughts.

Looks like Assemblyman Peter J. Biondi, from New Jersey, is having second thoughts about his proposed legislation that I mentioned here.
Apparently he has been receiving negative feedback from all over the country,
it is becoming apparent that the bill may be too broad in scope and in reality not enforceable.

You can read the entire email here.

Like I said, just a bad law.

LawGeek: Biondi rethinking mandatory online identification bill!

An Abramoff quote for the ages.

This one is for all the lying Republicans who say otherwise.

"Any important Republican who comes out and says they didn't know me is almost certainly lying."

Untouchables



KingOneEye on DailyKos posted this. Very nicely done picture if you ask me, and you can buy it, along with other ones.

Untouchables

"What are you benching, buff guy?"

That's what Abramoff said Bush said to him.

Vanity Fair hasn't put it up on there site yet, but you can view the pdf here.

Here are some excerpts

President Bush, who claims not to remember having his picture taken with Abramoff. According to Abramoff, at one time, the president joked with Abramoff about his weight lifting past: "What are you benching, buff guy?"

"Most lobbyists meet with a committee chairman, staff, a few members. We'd meet with the whole leadership of the House and Senate, the entire committee on both sides, then create a roster of who might ideologically support the idea and get them in the war.... We'd get people firing constantly on the decision-makers. And we'd outwork everyone in the media.... Most Washington lobbyists are lazy, people of limits, people who move glacially slow. I felt my job was to go out there and save the world.... I thought it was immoral to take someone's money and not win for them. And we basically didn't lose."

here's what the lobbyist says about Sen. Conrad Burns: "Every appropriation we wanted [from Burns's committee] we got. Our staffs were as close as they could be. They practically used Signatures as their cafeteria. I mean, it's a little difficult for him to run from that record."

Hotline On Call: Abramoff On Bush

What liberal media?

Media Matters did a study on Hardball, and came up with some interesting numbers. They labeled all the guests that appeared on the show as Democrat, Republican, conservative, progressive, or neutral (nonpartisan, centrist, or having no political orientation) for January and February of 2006.

Here is what Media Matters had to say:
The data reflected in these charts show that the number of Republican/conservative guests has been significantly higher than the number of Democratic/progressive guests. In January, Republicans/conservatives led Democrats/progressives 55 to 38 -- a difference of 59 percent to 41 percent. By February, that advantage had increased: Republican/conservatives outnumbered Democrats/progressives 55 to 34, or 62 percent to 38 percent.
They also did a study on the three of Sunday talk shows, ABC's This Week, CBS' Face the Nation, and NBC's Meet the Press, and came up with similiar results. You can read the summary here, and the detailed report here (pdf)

Like I said... what liberal media.

Media Matters - If It's Sunday, It's Conservative: An analysis of the Sunday talk show guests on ABC, CBS, and NBC, 1997 - 2005

They also

DeLay and a runoff.

Looks like DeLay won the primary with 64% of the vote, where he will face Democrat challenger Nick Lampson.

As for the District 28 Democrat primary, with Cuellar, Rodriguez, and Morales, it looks like there will be a runoff between Cuellar and Rodriguez, though that is by a hair. A runoff occurs when no candidate receives 50%+1 of the vote, and Cuellar received 49% of the vote, with 245 of 276 precincts reporting at this time. Cuellar received 19,426 votes to Rodriguez's 17,536 votes (Morales had 2,627. Makes me wonder who did Morales pull more votes from.... Cuellar or Rodriguez?)


CNN.com - DeLay wins GOP primary - Mar 8, 2006

Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Telling the 'approved' story

So sad, cause it's so true. Go read it.


Capitol Hill Blue - Telling the 'approved' story

Beyond disappointment.

I am beyond disappointed. This is a travesty. They rejected a proposal to investigate BushCo's illegal and unconstitutional wiretapping
``This committee is basically under control of the White House,'' Rockefeller told reporters after the two-hour meeting today in Washington. ``It's an unprecedented bout of political pressure from the White House.''
Basically, they are making a subcommittee to create oversight (read rubberstamp) of BushCo's illegal and unconstitutional wiretapping.

Update:
According to the Contra Costa Times, four Republican Senators (Mike DeWine of Ohio, Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Olympia Snowe of Maine) are circulating legislation that would restrict BushCo's ability to wiretap American citizens without court approval.


Bloomberg.com: Top Worldwide

Texas Primary Election

If you want to stay caught up with the results of the Texas Primary, here is a website that will keep you up to date.
Click here if you are specifically interested in the Morales/Rodriguez primary vote for District 28.

DeLay to spend election night with lobbyists

Why is this not surprising, that DeLay spends election night at some fundraiser. Especially when he has been battered over it, and his close relationship to Abramoff.


Chron.com | DeLay to spend election night with lobbyists

Monday, March 06, 2006

Like free stuff?

Seen this posted on grc.com's newsgroups. Just look for the picture on the right, where it says "valuable stuff". You will need a passport from Microsoft and to fill in the answers, and voila, there you go.

Mystery Solved

Clear March 29th on your calender.

That's the day that Abramoff will be sentenced.

"We will name names. We will provide the public with evidence of what is going on out there," Lowell said. "It seems to me that is not in the interest of law enforcement." (Lowell is Abramoff's lawyer)
Government lawyers were arguing against it, citing it may jeopardize his cooperation in ongoing criminal investigations, but Huck the judge said, "I'm not persuaded we should treat Mr. Kidan and Mr. Abramoff any differently than anyone else,". So let's hope it doesn't hamper the investigation in any fashion.


Miami judge refuses to delay sentencing for lobbyist Abramoff

Bush has bad karma.

Okay, it was because of the dogs, but of course you would say that too if you had Bush over for a visit.

Priests Purify Shrine After Bush Visit

Just a bad law

Here we have a NJ Assemblyman, Peter J Biondi, who is introducing a bill that would require all ISP's and websites with comments/forums to demand user information of all posters.
Not only would this be a nightmare to keep up with for both ISP's and websites, but there is a reason why alot of people post anonymously. Some examples are (from Lawgeek)
gay teens in homophobic areas often go online to ask questions anonymously about their sexual identity; sexual assault victims often seek support and recovery resources anonymously online; and patients interested in controversial procedures like abortion often need anonymity to seek medical information safely.

Another reason is we would lose our privacy. Google, Yahoo, and the other search engines would have us in there search engine results, and easily accessible by anyone and everyone. This would be the start of Big Brother watching over all of us.

Like I said, just overall a very bad law, however well-intentioned.


New Jersey Assemblyman introduced bill to force online identification

Reading the fine print (of EULAs)

Like most people, I just click yes to most EULAs, though sometimes I do read some of it (I know, I should always read them).
This one by Vonage seems to be taking things to the extreme, and I am not so sure the first or the second one they mention is entirely legal.
The first one is mandatory arbitration (and no jury trial).
The second one is no class action suits... you agree not to join any or bring any up.
The third and last one, is that Vonage will begin charging 911 related fees beginning on or about March 5, 2006.


Read the fine print: three things you didn't know about your Vonage contract

Sunday, March 05, 2006

$400m for WHAT!?

$400 million to build detention centers in USA, built by a subsidiary of BushCo's favorite company, Halliburton (called KBR, formerly Brown and Root).

This is more then four times the amount (they were provided $90m) requested for the previous year in 2006.
This is a part of a Homeland Security plan entitled ENDGAME (pdf file) that expands "a mission first articulated in the Alien and Sedition Acts of 1798." Its goal is the capability to "remove all removable aliens," including "illegal economic migrants, aliens who have committed criminal acts, asylum-seekers (required to be retained by law) or potential terrorists."
$400 million dollars! Supposedly to house illegal immigrants.

Also,
Significantly, both the KBR contract and the ENDGAME plan are open-ended. The contract calls for a response to "an emergency influx of immigrants, or to support the rapid development of new programs" in the event of other emergencies, such as "a natural disaster." "New programs" is of course a term with no precise limitation. So, in the current administration, is ENDGAME's goal of removing "potential terrorists."


Pressed for time at the moment, you can read more at the link provided.


10-Year U.S. Strategic Plan For Detention Camps Revives Proposals From Oliver North

Only the deeply religious and brutally sodomized virgins can have an abortion

BILL NAPOLI: A real-life description to me would be a rape victim, brutally raped, savaged. The girl was a virgin. She was religious. She planned on saving her virginity until she was married. She was brutalized and raped, sodomized as bad as you can possibly make it, and is impregnated. I mean, that girl could be so messed up, physically and psychologically, that carrying that child could very well threaten her life.
He must be a control freak at home with his wife. Having to jump through hoops just to get an abortion. It is the woman's body, let her decide if she wants to keep it or not. Which is pretty hard to do as it is now, in South Dakota. There is only one abortion clinic in South Dakota, at Sioux Falls. And then you have to wait 24 hours for there waiting period, and you have to go through mandatory counseling. And if you happen to be a minor, your parents have to be notified.

South Dakota Bans Most Types Of Abortion

Wampum: 2005 Koufax Awards -- The Polls Are Open

Here is your chance to vote who you think are the best bloggers (left-leaning). So vote, and have your friends vote.

Wampum: 2005 Koufax Awards -- The Polls Are Open

UK, US to withdraw Iraq forces by early '07

Would love to see this confirmed by BushCo (and hear his spin of things).
One thing that surprises me, is that it isn't before the elections, as I would not put it past the Republicans to politicize it, and reap any rewards for withdrawing our troops from Iraq (like at the ballot).
The Sunday Telegraph said the planned pull-out followed an acceptance by the two governments that the presence of foreign troops in Iraq was now a large obstacle to securing peace.
Wasn't this what Murtha said?

Just glad, once it is confirmed, that there is an end.

UK, US to withdraw Iraq forces by early '07

Tillman probe now criminal

Why not just tell the truth the first time out.
Apparently, this is not the end of the story, of Pat Tillman, who was famous for not taking a multi-million dollar contract with the NFL, and instead opted to join the US Army Rangers. He ended up being killed in Afghanistan, and it wasn't revealed til about 5 weeks later that he was killed by friendly fire.
Needless to say, his parents are pissed, and I would be too. Why is it now being considered something other then a case of friendly fire, almost a year since he was killed.


Tillman probe now criminal

Saturday, March 04, 2006

Bill Frist threatens to re-structure the Intelligence Committee in order to block NSA hearings

In a very well piece, Glenn Greenwald explains how Frist is threatening to restructure the Intelligence Committee that wants to hold hearings on the NSA warrantless taps. Frist thinks that there is to much partismanship in the Committee, and wants to make it like other committees (majority gets more seats, minority gets less, where as now on the Intelligence Committee, they both share equal number of seats).
This is all to rubberstamp any actions to cover up for BushCo illegal and unconstitutional wiretaps.
Just let them do there jobs on the Committee!

Bill Frist threatens to re-structure the Intelligence Committee in order to block NSA hearings

Careful of paying your bills.

Apparently, if you overpay your credit card by a certain percentage, you will get flagged, and the Department of Homeland Security, and until the threat alert is lifted, nothing happens.
Slowly, our rights are being eroded. It's not just BushCo, I'm sure it has happened with both Republicans and Democrats, over the course of time, it happened. And once we lose a right, it seldom comes back, that's why it is so important to protect our rights.

Careful of paying your bills.

Friday, March 03, 2006

Pentagon Prepares to Release Gitmo Names

After four years, it's about time. Though it doesn't go far enough.
Some current and former Guantanamo detainees remain unidentified, and will even after the release of the documents Friday. An unknown number of the named prisoners have been freed or transferred to custody elsewhere.


What is it with BushCo and Guantanamo Bay. Just because it's not in America, doesn't mean American laws don't apply there. What if a CIA agent decided to kill a fellow CIA agent in Guantanamo Bay, the way it is now, he could get away with it.... assuming it is told to the murdered person's family truthfully.


Pentagon Prepares to Release Gitmo Names

DOJ Investigating Digital Music Prices

Not the first time they have been investigated, though as far as I know, this is the first time for digital music. There needs to be a serious effort to investigate the record labels. Between the payola and price fixing, you would get the impression that the record labels are using illegal methods to keep the prices high, as they have a history of being charged with price fixing and other illegal activities.

DOJ Investigating Digital Music Prices

Senator Wyden describes his 'net neutrality' bill

Seems like a good bill (I support net-neutrality), and this would do alot towards that. Let's just hope it passes, and becomes law.


Senator Wyden describes his 'net neutrality' bill

U.S. Cites Exception in Torture Ban

Wow.

America used to stand for Land of the Free, Home of the Brave.
Now, it seems like we are the Land of the Torture, and Home to the Spies.
The McCain amendment banned torture. This is the same amendment that Bush issued a "signing statement", which basically means if necessary, he can bypass it to protect national security.
But according to the article, the Detainee Treatment Act of 2005, removes general access to U.S. courts for all Guantanamo Bay captives. Which means that if there is proof that there is torture at Guatanamo Bay in Cuba (and they are breaking the law), there isn't a damn thing anyone can do.

And he (somehow, and supposedly) got the majority vote in 2004.


U.S. Cites Exception in Torture Ban

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Alito Sent Focus On The Family Founder Thank-You Note

How lame and predictable of him.

Republicans are screaming that judges nowadays are pursuing an agenda from the bench. Where are you now, Republicans!?
Hypocrites!


Alito Sent Focus On The Family Founder Thank-You Note

Hurricane impact - Bush ‘warned day before Katrina struck’

This is criminal. Over a thousand people died, and hundreds of thousands more lost there homes.
And BushCo knew about this before, contradicting what he said before, that he didn't know the levees were breached.
That makes him a liar.
A LIAR!

Updated:

Crooks and Liars has a video of it here

Hurricane impact - Bush ‘warned day before Katrina struck’

Our Open Letter to AOL

AOL (and Yahoo) are wanting to charge for email, by allowing emails to get past the filters they have set up, thus ensuring the emails get delivered.
However, AOL would not have any incentive to keep there spam filters up to date if they implement this plan.
But the economic incentives point the other way: The moment AOL switches to a two-tiered Internet where giant emailers pay for preferential service, AOL will face a simple business choice: spend money to keep regular spam filters up-to-date, or make money by neglecting their spam filters and pushing more senders to pay for guaranteed delivery. Poor delivery of mail turns from being a problem that AOL has every incentive to fix to something that could actually make them money if the company ignores it.
Please consider signing this petition that they have made (also signed by more then 50 organizations, like AFL-CIO, O'Reilly Media, Humane Society of the United States)


Our Open Letter to AOL

House Republicans could see 10 to 15 more retirements

‘Please stay, please stay, please stay.’ According to the news story, thats what the chairman of the National Republican Congressional Committee, New York Rep. Tom Reynolds is saying to Republicans on not retiring.
Just hope we can win either (or better yet, both!) the Senate or House this year, to counter the corrupt and incompetent Neocons and BushCo.
Its looking good for Democrats this election cycle, but we still need to fight them with tooth and nail for all possible gains, and not to let up in any form. If anything, we need to go after the Republicans more, just seems like we are not united in some of the more important messages (Iraq for one) that we should be.

House Republicans could see 10 to 15 more retirements:

Some great places to live at

Who would have named a street Psycho Path (in Traverse City, MI) or Farfrompoopen Road (in TN).


Psycho Path voted wackiest street name