Archive for July, 2005

Another step toward the total surveillance state

July 31st, 2005 – 8:36 pm
Tagged as: Rights

As part of the continuing efforts to make it clear to the rest of the world that they’re not welcome here in the good ol’ U.S. of A., three U.S.-Canada border crossings are now going to start forcing non-Canadians who cross into the U.S. to carry wireless RFID-cards that’ll contain their personal information. Apparently photographing […]

John Roberts vs. democracy

July 30th, 2005 – 7:36 pm
Tagged as: Politics

There’s always something new to learn about Supreme Court nominee John Roberts. Long story short, Roberts played a big role in stealing the election in Florida in 2000, despite Newsweek assertions to the contrary. This guy may not be as bad as some of the extremists that Bush might have picked, but he’s looking more […]

Refusing New York Subway Searches

July 27th, 2005 – 9:05 pm
Tagged as: Rights

If you’re planning to ride on the NYC subway system any time soon, know your rights.

Past time to change course

July 27th, 2005 – 8:41 pm
Tagged as: Politics

David Sirota has written an excellent piece that does a good job of summing up the damage that the corporate shills in the so-called Democratic Leadership Council (DLC) have done to both the image and the electoral hopes of the Democrats. The 2008 Democratic presidential candidates this week are busy genuflecting at Corporate America’s altar—otherwise […]

Defining patriotism (again)

July 25th, 2005 – 11:04 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Digby lays into those Democrats who have decided that an effective strategy is to call those of us who opposed the Iraq war “unpatriotic”: Being lectured all the time by effete DC Democrats on “patriotism” because I don’t back their reflexively hawkish foreign policy is not only insulting it’s dumb. It plays into stereotypes that […]

The wrong response

July 24th, 2005 – 7:28 pm
Tagged as: Rights,Terrorism

Despite the fact that current laws were apparently enough to see Britain through decades of IRA bombings, the British police have decided to seize the opportunity provided by the tragic July attacks in London push for more powers: Police last night told Tony Blair that they need sweeping new powers to counter the terrorist threat, […]

Random bag searches in New York City

July 22nd, 2005 – 8:22 pm
Tagged as: Rights,Terrorism

Why actually make people safer when you can just indulge in pointless attempts to make it look like you’re doing something? New York City will begin making random checks of bags and backpacks at subway stations, commuter railways and on buses, officials announced today in the wake of a second wave of bombings on the […]

The latest on Plamegate

July 22nd, 2005 – 8:03 pm
Tagged as: Politics

Things are going more and more badly for the adminstration and its flunkies.

Rove must go

July 19th, 2005 – 9:49 pm
Tagged as: Politics

As the Bush administration tries to sweep the Rove story off the front pages by quickly nominating a new Supreme Court justice, I’ll take a moment to point to a couple of interesting Plame-related items. First, there’s this ABC News poll: Should Karl Rove Be Fired If He Leaked Classified Information? Yes No All 75% […]

More on the Plame debacle

July 13th, 2005 – 8:17 pm
Tagged as: Media,Politics

Over on The Progress Report, they’re taking the time to debunk all of the new spin that the Republican operatives are trying to put out to get Karl Rove off the hook. There’s also an excellent piece on TPMCafe that takes to task the idea that Valerie Plame was somehow not really a covert CIA […]