Archive for 'Politics'

Silencing your opponents

June 12th, 2005 – 9:02 pm
Tagged as: Politics

What do you do if those pesky Democrats want to have witnesses speak against Bush policy during a hearing about the renewal of the Patriot Act? If you’re the Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, you insult them, bang your gavel to end the hearing, storm out, and have the microphones shut off. This morning […]

Books that make conservatives cry

June 6th, 2005 – 8:35 pm
Tagged as: Politics

The ridiculously conservative weekly Human Events has compiled a list of what they call the Ten Most Harmful Books of the 19th and 20th Centuries. 1. The Communist Manifesto Authors: Karl Marx and Freidrich Engels Publication date: 1848 2. Mein Kampf Author: Adolf Hitler Publication date: 1925-26 3. Quotations from Chairman Mao Author: Mao Zedong […]

The gulag of our times

June 2nd, 2005 – 10:20 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Amnesty International issued a report last week which took the U.S. to task for it’s abuse of prisoners in the name of the war on terror. In 1973 AI published its first report on torture. It found that: “torture thrives on secrecy and impunity. Torture rears its head when the legal barriers against it are […]

The filibuster compromise

May 24th, 2005 – 7:31 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Last night a last minute compromise was reached to avert the use of the so-called nuclear option, which would have basically gotten rid of the filibuster in the Senate. So is this a good thing or a bad thing? My personal opinion is that, while it may have been the best deal the Democrats could […]

Today’s quote

May 22nd, 2005 – 7:30 pm
Tagged as: Politics,Religion

I�m a committed Christian, and I�m not going to have other people tell me how I should or shouldn�t be a Christian. That�s my personal business, and I�m not going to have these Pharisees tell me what to do. — Howard Dean on Meet the Press, 05/22/2005 [via Suburban Guerrilla]

Lies about filibusters

May 21st, 2005 – 9:05 pm
Tagged as: Media,Politics

Media Matters for America provides a list of the top 10 filibuster falsehoods: With Senate debate on two of President Bush’s most controversial judicial nominees beginning May 18, the heated rhetoric over the so-called “nuclear option” to ban Senate filibusters on judicial nominations has reached its boiling point. The rules of the Senate thus far […]

Destroying the system of checks and balances

May 15th, 2005 – 2:48 pm
Tagged as: Politics

In case the other problems with REAL ID weren’t bad enough, there’s also some language buried in there that may be a test of whether or not Congress can effectively neuter the judiciary whenever it so chooses: You can read more on the tinfoil hat implications of this here if you’re interested, but I’ll sum […]

Still not falling for it

May 14th, 2005 – 11:52 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Maybe the average American isn’t as gullible as I’d thought: For months, President Bush has been touting his agenda of privatization and benefit cuts as a way to strengthening Social Security. He even created a website dedicated to promoting his proposals called strengtheningsocialsecurity.gov. The American people aren�t buying it. From the WSJ this morning: [O]nly […]

A National ID Card

May 9th, 2005 – 8:58 pm
Tagged as: Politics,Rights

What do you do if the majority of Americans don’t want a national ID card? You add it on to a military appropriations bill about which there will be little or no debate, and you call it the REAL ID Act. The United States is getting a national ID card. The REAL ID Act (text […]