Thursday, January 27, 2005

per Digby

I occurs to me that the neocons are a lethal combination of the worst traits of both sides of the political spectrum --- starry-eyed kumbaya idealists who think the best way to make the world see things their way is by kicking the shit out of it.

Tuesday, January 25, 2005

Paul Craig Roberts is even more upset than usual

After listening to his inaugural speech, anyone who thinks President Bush and his handlers are sane needs to visit a psychiatrist. The hubris-filled megalomaniac in the Oval Office has promised the world war without end.

Link Here

Monday, January 24, 2005

from Mercury Rising

Professed Christians vs. Professional Christians

I myself am not a Christian. I'm not really an atheist, either -- in part because the atheists can be just as messianically obnoxious as the worst of the alleged Christians. Besides, I do know a few genuine Christians out there. They are the sort who obey Jesus' injunction to pray in private, and not to do so publicly in a boastful manner. (Yeah, Jerry Falwell and SpongeDob StickyPants, I'm talkin' to you. Among others.)

Here's the Link

Thursday, January 20, 2005

Text of a letter to the Dover PA school board

Letter--Biology Curriculum

I feel compelled to write to let you know that I find it appalling that you are deliberately lying to your students when your primary responsibility is to educate them. The sentence "Gaps in the theory exist for which there is no evidence" is patently false. If you purport to teach science, then your responsibility is to teach science as it is, not as certain people wish it to be. That is why you have Academic Standards in the first place.

Paul Dirks

Yes...but how do you REALLY feel?

This is about the time your head spins all the way around and you shudder in disbelief and you stifle a giggle and hold your sides and restrain yourself from gagging, think happy thoughts about sex and love and trees because otherwise you just smash your head with a brick and throw puppies into paper shredders to numb the pain and quiet the screams.

From SFgate by Mark Morford

Quote of the Day

I think anyone who was paying attention this past election realizes by this time that right now, elections are being decided by people who aren't paying attention

From the comments section of (The Return of) Ignatz, by Sam Heldman

Wednesday, January 19, 2005

To Whom Does the Bill of Rights Apply?

The important point is that the Constitution doesn't apply to Americans, it doesn't apply to citizens, it doesn't even apply to "people." It applies to the federal government. The body of the Constitution tells the federal government what it is allowed to do, and in some places it explains how to do it (election procedures and such). The Bill of Rights tells the federal government what it is not allowed to do . . .

Make no law abridging freedom of speech, press, religion, or assembly,
Do not infringe on the right to keep and bear arms.
Don't quarter soldiers in peacetime.
Don't conduct unreasonable searches and seizures.
Don't commit double jeopardy or force people to testify against themselves.
Don't deny an accused a speedy trial.
Don't deny an accused a trial by jury.
Do not impose excessive bail.
Just because certain rights of the people aren't mentioned in this Constitution doesn't mean you're allowed to usurp them.
Don't exercise any power not authorized in this Constitution.

by Harry Browne

"All The Legal News Fit For Parody"

From Sean Carter

“We’re not going to let a piece of paper stand in our way of protecting the liberty of the American people,”

Tuesday, January 18, 2005

From Joe Conason

Evidently this scheme is the latest brainstorm of the "liberators" intent on bringing democracy, freedom and the rule of law to the oppressed peoples of the Middle East. The brilliant idea of assassinating recalcitrant Iraqis seems to have originated among the same Pentagon bureaucrats who crusaded for the Iraq invasion and promoted abusive interrogation techniques in the war against terrorism.

Workin For Change

Friday, January 14, 2005

Random encounter on the net

Reasonably funny


The issue of torturing and killing prisoners can perhaps best be summed up by recalling Talleyrand's famous remark to his master, Emperor Napoleon, with respect to one of Napoleon's actions: 'Sire, it is worse than a crime, it is a mistake!'

Ernest Evans via Justin Raimondo

Thursday, January 13, 2005

by Jacob G. Hornberger

While some people might believe that those on the Left wing of the political spectrum pose the bigger threat to the freedom and well-being of the American people, nothing could be further from the truth. Today, the much bigger threat (Read here and here) comes instead from the Right wing or conservative side of the political spectrum, for it is the conservatives who are either indifferent to – or squarely in favor of – military rule, torture, and suspension of habeas corpus and civil liberties for suspected terrorists. And those things constitute a much more ominous threat to our freedom and well-being than anything leftists endorse.


In sharp contrast to......

We enjoy talking about how we are the greatest military power on earth, when this greatness is a chauvinistic delusion.

From Intervention Magazine

Wednesday, January 12, 2005

William Safire is losing his mind

Call me a chauvinist unilateralist, but I believe America's human and economic sacrifices for the advance of freedom abroad show our personal, political and national character to be stronger and better than ever. This moral advance will be more widely appreciated as an Islamic version of democracy takes root. (What's triumphalism without a triumph?)

Well..he is...

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

I've cretaed a monster!

All i wanted to do is post a comment on Raul Grooms Site and I found I've created my own blog.
I'm confident that it will remain comfortingly obscure.