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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Tony Snow - Day 2


Well he did it again. No no no, not something like his first day.


MR. SNOW: Well, as I pointed out -- I mentioned this yesterday, and for -- let me see if I can find my quote, because I pulled it out. Chuck Hagel, as you may recall, made a fair amount of news over the weekend when he first said that -- let's see -- "Well, I want to listen to the details and I want to listen to the President," said Senator Hagel -- he said this on "This Week" on a competing network.


A competing network?

Yes, ABC is in competion with the White House News Network, or as it's commonly known, Fox News.

(via crooks and liars)




Monday, May 15, 2006

Immigration - It's a Shinny Thingy.


It's been the mantra - BushCo will protect us. - 4 years of flogging the security whip, keeping a level of fear present in the country at all times. But it's really all a continuing political campaign to maintain power - all issues focused on the continuation of republican power. Real world issues, revelations of corruption and lies arise and fade away because BushCo drives the media agenda. It's all about pushing the issues that perk the ears of average Americans.

This time it's Immigration that's being trotted out. It's a tactic to bring out their biased base. We've seen it with same sex marriage, Stem Cell research, abortion and other hot button issues. These smaller "hot" issues are wrapped deep beneath the flag of security.

The absence of, the actual ignoring of, border security was the something that always bothered me - hit me as odd. Why, if they were in control, had all the power and security was their mantra, why didn't they do something about the borders before this? If America was truly vulnerable they would have done something right away. But why didn't the issue come up? Why didn't BushCo address it and show America, in a tangible way, they were strong on security? It could be because of the "Big Business" interests involved in the issue, but a better explanation fits the Rovian Political MO a bit better.

The immigration issue was kept purposely in their back pocket. It's the perfect election year distraction issue. Not only does it deal with an issue that riles up their biased base but also touches, nay, embraces the "security" mantra. Think about it. If the immigration issue wasn't swirling around, what would the headlines be? Iraq... Rove... Darfur... Iran... but no, the main issue is immigration and everyone has an opinion - a deep emotional opinion.




Saturday, May 13, 2006

Ben Ferguson is a Big Pussy


Crooks and Liars has the Video


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Friday, May 12, 2006

Someday Someone Somewhere Somehow


“Last Goodbye” - Agent Orange 1981 Mp3


someday someone somewhere somehow
is going to make you understand
these words will drill into your head
you undergo the process then
you will do anything they say
they will have power over you
you will not question their authority
you know what they can do
i shake my head i don't know what to say
i see my chance to turn and walk away
i will not be a part of this romance
i just can't take that chance
because i see my opportunity to shout
the last goodbye
i bet you never did expect
to have a big important name
they all will have exquisite taste
but everyone will look the same
you will be quickly photographed
you will be shot from every side
they'll teach you what you need to learn
then they will take you for a ride


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Quaint and Antiquated


Fourth Ammendment of the the Constitution of the United States of America.

The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.


This used to mean something in America...




Thursday, May 11, 2006

In the eye of the NSA


~ 2006

NSA has massive database of Americans' phone calls

The National Security Agency has been secretly collecting the phone call records of tens of millions of Americans, using data provided by AT&T, Verizon and BellSouth, people with direct knowledge of the arrangement told USA TODAY.

The NSA program reaches into homes and businesses across the nation by amassing information about the calls of ordinary Americans — most of whom aren't suspected of any crime.


~ 200X1984

A Party member lives from birth to death under the eye of the Thought Police. Even when he is alone he can never be sure that he is alone. Wherever he may be, asleep or awake, working or resting, in his bath or in bed, he can be inspected without warning and without knowing that he is being inspected. Nothing that he does is indifferent. His friendships, his relaxations, his behaviour towards his wife and children, the expression of his face when he is alone, the words he mutters in sleep, even the characteristic movements of his body, are all jealously scrutinized. Not only any actual misdemeanour, but any eccentricity, however small, any change of habits, any nervous mannerism that could possibly be the symptom of an inner struggle, is certain to be detected. He has no freedom of choice in any direction whatever. 1984 - Orwell


Privacy - a quaint and antiquated concept.




Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Got Tact?


The Emperor in Chief went on a little MediScare tour yesterday and stopped Broward Community College in Florida. Whilst meeting with seniors, Bush, as is his styleless style, showed his lack of tact, compassion and decency when he

...greeted a man who remained sitting in a wheelchair with, "You look mighty comfortable."


Maybe next time Bush could ask the guy if he wants to go for a run...

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

DBJP


reaper

Join the Death Bed Joke Project over at the Liberal Avenger.




Sunday, May 07, 2006

gods of nature


Creationism dismissed as 'a kind of paganism' by Vatican's astronomer

Believing that God created the universe in six days is a form of superstitious paganism, the Vatican astronomer Guy Consolmagno claimed yesterday.

Brother Consolmagno, who works in a Vatican observatory in Arizona and as curator of the Vatican meteorite collection in Italy, said a "destructive myth" had developed in modern society that religion and science were competing ideologies.

He described creationism, whose supporters want it taught in schools alongside evolution, as a "kind of paganism" because it harked back to the days of "nature gods" who were responsible for natural events.
...

"Religion needs science to keep it away from superstition and keep it close to reality, to protect it from creationism, which at the end of the day is a kind of paganism - it's turning God into a nature god. And science needs religion in order to have a conscience, to know that, just because something is possible, it may not be a good thing to do."