August 31, 2009
And watching, for pigs on the wing.
The ACLU is going to help a white supremacist busted for blogging about cops.
A couple weeks ago on a blog nobody reads there was a conversation about that blogger who had been arrested for blogging about/messing with police.
We weren't sure what was going to happen or even what should happen.
One especially unperspicacious guy wrote
The problem for Minitru, the ACLU and the rest of the Democratic social/political industrial complex is that they can't defend Nazis. If they do, their cocktail party invitations might dry up.
Well, the ACLU of VA is helping her. I went there to see if they were saying anything about Officer Wesley Cheeks, Jr, (professional shutter-upper), nothing yet, but saw the link way up there about this.
So good show ACLU VA. I wuz wrong.
If you don't get your cocktail party invites, I'll throw down for a couple. (rail drinks, no top shelf).
This administration needs a win. Or more accurately, it can't bear another loss right now. Most especially it can't afford to be defeated by the government of a puny Central American country that doesn't seem to know its place in the world and dares to defy the imperial orders of Uncle Sam.
A big question (at least in my mind) is whether Obama pushed this policy, or if some semi-rogue ideological twit in the State Department official was behind this. Probably some of both, but O'Grady's piece is pretty damning of State.
Prominent Hondurans, including leading members of the business community, complain that a State Department official has been pressuring them to push the interim government to accept the return of Mr. Zelaya to power.
When I asked the State Department whether it was employing such dirty tricks a spokeswoman would only say the U.S. has been "encouraging all members of civil society to support the San Jose 'accord'"—which calls for Mr. Zelaya to be restored to power. Perhaps something was lost in the translation but threats to use U.S. power against a small, poor nation hardly qualify as encouragement.
Oh yeah, and State is twisting arms in Latin America to get other nations on board with the "accord".
August 29, 2009
August 27, 2009
August 26, 2009
Apparently Senator Kennedy in his infinite wisdom recognized early last July that there was going to be a sticky wicket in the case of his death. He composed a letter to several members of Massachusetts government suggesting that a legal push be made to change the law back to its pre-2004 gubernatorial appointment ways. Also in Kennedy's infinite wisdom, he didn't bother mailing off the letters until a week ago. The Massachusetts legislature recessed August 4, and so no law was proposed or passed.
So besides Senator Kennedy's untimely death destroying the filibuster-proof Congress, it's possible that Massachusetts Democrats could lose a Senate seat due to their manipulations in 2004. Surprisingly, a very recent Gallup poll shows only 29% of Massholes considered themselves liberal or very liberal, while 30% considered themselves conservative or very conservative. In light of the recent centrist dissatisfaction with government spending, and assuming the Skittle-shitting unicorns aren't going to be delivered in the next five months, I think it's quite likely that the next junior Senator from Massachusetts will be a Republican. The question remains whether the Massachusetts legislature will try an end run around their previous shenanigans and attempt to give the appointment power back to Governor Patrick.
So in light of all this, I think we should say a special thanks to Senator Kennedy for holding on to those letters for a few extra weeks, and we should be sure to thank him again when the GOP gains a Senate seat.
August 25, 2009
The full memos are available here and are embedded below.
Do they back Cheney's claims?
I hate to say it but as released they don't. Unquestionably they show that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed was a valuable source of information but I saw no mention of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques so I can't honestly say that the memos back Cheney's claims. That said who knows what's in the the redacted areas and Cheney would have been able to read that information as the Vice-President so he still has a leg to stand on.
It should be noted that according to the New York Times the CIA Inspector General report, which I have not read yet, does note that enhanced interrogation did work in some cases:
The report found that the interrogations obtained critical information to identify terrorists and stop potential plots and said some imprisoned terrorists provided more information after being exposed to brutal treatment.
But the inspector general’s review raised broad questions about the legality, political acceptability and effectiveness of the harshest of the C.I.A.’s methods, including some not authorized by the Justice Department and others that were approved, like the near-drowning technique of waterboarding.
August 22, 2009
When Public Policy Polling surveyed Colorado in April it found Bill Ritter with an approval rating in the lows 40s and trailing Scott McInnis by almost ten points in a hypothetical contest. Four months later nothing has changed.On a really ginormous downer note, I'm hoping that these poll results are just early polling number stupidity, because if the GOP nominates Schmuckabee for president we can give up any hope of ever regaining the reputation of the party of small government and fiscal responsibility. And yes, I recognize that I'm jumping up and down with joy at one set of early poll numbers and cringing at another set. Piss off.
(h/t RCP via RMR)
August 20, 2009
The Public Policy Polling survey of 909 likley voters was taken Aug. 14-17. The margin of error is 3.3 percent.
- Obama 49%, Gingrich 41%
- Obama 47%, Huckabee 44%
- Obama 52%, Palin 38%
- Obama 47%, Romney 40%
Here are the poll results. I don't actually know much about the outfit that did the poll.
August 19, 2009
A 34-YEAR-OLD woman, the mother of a 12-year-old girl, has been locked up in a Virginia jail for three weeks and could remain there for at least another month. Her crime? Blogging about the police.
Elisha Strom, who appears unable to make the $750 bail, was arrested outside Charlottesville on July 16 when police raided her house, confiscating notebooks, computers and camera equipment. Although the Charlottesville police chief, Timothy J. Longo Sr., had previously written to Ms. Strom warning her that her blog posts were interfering with the work of a local drug enforcement task force, she was not charged with obstruction of justice or any similar offense. Rather, she was indicted on a single count of identifying a police officer with intent to harass, a felony under state law.
It's fair to say that Ms. Strom was unusually focused on the Jefferson Area Drug Enforcement task force, a 14-year-old unit drawn mainly from the police departments of Charlottesville, Albemarle County and the University of Virginia. (Her blog at http:/
/, expresses the view that the task force is "nothing more than a group of arrogant thugs.") In a nearly year-long barrage of blog posts, she published snapshots she took in public of many or most of the task force's officers; detailed their comings and goings by following them in her car; mused about their habits and looks; hinted that she may have had a personal relationship with one of them; and, in one instance, reported that she had tipped off a local newspaper about their movements. iheartejade.blogspot.com
On the one hand, all she was doing was exercising her right to free speech and that should never be an arrestable offense if not for its own right than that it may lead to a slippery slope of increasing government censorship.
On the other hand, I am deeply uncomfortable with the idea of a person broadcasting the location and activities of law enforcement officers engaged in very dangerous situations. Her blogging could clearly cost the lives of police officers who were doing nothing more than their jobs.
On the other hand, the drug war is bullshit for the most part and is clearly involved in some of the most egregious personal freedom encroachments in the history of the Republic.
On the other hand, if this information is so secret and well guarded how the fuck does she know about it in the first place? I'm inclined in that aspect to advise the police to tighten their lips a bit.
I'm leaning toward saying that what she is doing shouldn't be remotely criminal so long as she is not intentionally privy to any secret information that may be dangerous in the wrong hands. Being that she knows the information anyway, it seems that the real security breach is not her blogging but the fact that she knows it in the first place.
What do you Morons think?
August 18, 2009
I met him once at DC while an intern and he couldn't have been nicer.
August 17, 2009
Yeah, I really do think.
Related?: Apparently, alcohol accounts for 50 FUCKING PERCENT OF RUSSIAN DEATHS!!!!!11
Damn you, Eddie!
August 14, 2009
August 13, 2009
August 12, 2009
This is why America is more awesome than any European country - we don't have to worry about Timothy McVeigh getting out of prison for prostate problems. Granted, we've still got that sonofacumdumpster Terry Nichols parked in ADX Florence, but at least he's miserable there, where he's complaining that he needs a more high-fiber diet, hopefully because he's getting lots of foreign objects forcefully shoved up his ass without his consent and would prefer to have things nice and clean when it happens.
August 11, 2009
The posts are still going up, but here are some of the ones up already.
Specter not ruling out single-payer
Cap & Trade, EFCA questions
August 10, 2009
Looks like it'll be cool for drug-crime convicts to get student loans soon.
I don't have a strong opinion either way (I'd probably have a clearer opinion if pot crimes were legally distinct from crack or heroine crimes) but thought I'd put it on the radar.
August 09, 2009
Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez on Sunday charged that Colombian troops had enteredVenezuala...
Gee, I wonder whose side Obama will be on.
Did I say that with a straight face? I've been practicing is why I ask.
August 07, 2009
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