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Sunday, January 29, 2006
Fafblog explains civics:
Q. How does a War Bill become a War Law?And on the unitary executive:
Q. How many non-terrorist babies would it be acceptible for the president to accidentally eat in the course of enforcing a rigorous terrorist baby-eating program?It's funny because it's true.
Friday, January 20, 2006
Funniest cartoon of the year. (Click the picture to see the whole thing.)
Wednesday, January 18, 2006
Think Progress calls bullshit on little Scotty. Here's a quote from the gaggle:
Q: Who was in the staff meetings [with Abramoff]?The good folks at TP find some good examples from the past six months. Here are a few more:
Press Gaggle by Trent Duffy, August 8, 2005:
Q Is the President going to meet with the mother who lost a son in Iraq, that's been camped out in front of his ranch?Press Gaggle by Scott McClellan, October 28, 2005:
Q Were Mr. Rove and Mr. Libby in senior staff this morning?Press Briefing with Scott McClellan and Dan Bartlett on the President's Supreme Court Justice Nominee, July 19, 2005:
Q What did Judge Roberts say when the President offered him the job? And also, to what extent did the President go back and read decisions?Press Briefing by Scott McClellan, April 27, 2004:
Q Just quickly, the Italian Vice Premiere was at the stakeout and he said -- who did he meet with, first of all? And he said that he came to say that the Italian government will keep the troops in Iraq, but within a new U.N. resolution. Are they threatening to pull out if there is no new U.N. resolution?Wow, this is fun. It's, like, pin the lie on the jackass.
In all fairness, it's unusual for the White House senior staff to be meeting with confessed felons. Most of them haven't confessed yet.
The next time your Republican friends tell you that everyone supports Bush in his frenzy to crush civil rights in the name of anti-terrorism, show them this new poll:
The poll was conducted by Zogby International, the highly-regarded non-partisan polling company. The poll interviewed 1,216 U.S. adults from January 9-12.Just as a point of comparison, in 10 polls during the Clinton impeachment fiasco, an everage of 26% of Americans supported the idea of impeachment. At the height of the frenzy, only 51% of Republicans supported Clinton's impeachment.
If only Jack Abramoff had worn a blue dress.
Tuesday, January 17, 2006
Good news, bad news. Supreme Court Upholds Oregon Suicide Law:
Justices, on a 6-3 vote, said that federal authority to regulate doctors does not override the 1997 Oregon law used to end the lives of more than 200 seriously ill people. New Chief Justice John Roberts backed the Bush administration, dissenting for the first time.The bad news: Roberts showed his far-right-wing colors, siding with extremists Scalia and Thomas. When Alito joins the Court, he'll add a fourth vote to this block.
Sigh. It's going to be a long century.
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Boy, the wingnuts at Newsmax.com who edit The Best of Late Nite Jokes must be squirming over these zingers from Jay Leno:
Remember, most Americans form their opinions from soundbites like these. When Leno is hammering on the culture of corruption, it's bad news for The Hammer.
(Via The J-Walk Blog)
Monday, January 09, 2006
Think Progress » DeLay Takes Over Cunningham’s Spot On Appropriations Committee:
When DeLay announced his official resignation on Saturday, he also announced he was “reclaiming” his seat on the powerful Appropriations Committee.I wonder if there are still any big bundles of cash taped under that seat?
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
After the Rapture, can I have your car?
Monday, January 02, 2006
The United States Constitution, Article Three, Section 2:
The judicial power shall extend to all cases, in law and equity, arising under this Constitution, the laws of the United States, and treaties made, or which shall be made, under their authority... [emphasis added]Seems pretty clear to me. The Supreme Court is the final authority when it comes to any dispute over what the Constitution means.
But according to
The final question, of course, is what would happen if the President and the Supreme Court should disagree about the constitutional scope of the President's national security powers. The President has the right and duty to interpret and apply the Constitution to the same degree as the Supreme Court. In a situation like this one, where the President is not asking the federal courts to enforce his view of his constitutional authority through, e.g., a criminal prosecution, it may be that the President could, and should, disregard an opinion of the Supreme Court that he regards as erroneous, as Lincoln did with regard to Chief Justice Taney's habeas corpus order during the Civil War. But for now, at least, that is an academic discussion. [emphasis added]Why do people take this moron seriously?
Kevin at Catch.com finds a remarkable comparison in the latest Harper's. Don't just look at Vietnam; get out your dusty history books and read about the American occupation of the Philippines. The phony justifications for war, the hypocritical religious wrapper around President McKinley's speeches, the senseless loss of civilian life and the destruction of a country. It's all there.
This snippet from more than 100 years ago was revealing:
Some of this territory we have occupied; the rest we have returned to the insurgents in a more or less mutilated condition, depending on whether the policy of the hour was to carry on a bitter war against a barbarous enemy, or to bring enlightenment to an ignorant people, deceived as to our motives.The more things change...
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