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the strong do as they wish, and the weak suffer as they must

Archive for April, 2006

Gimmie a hell yeah!!!!!!!!!!

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Limbaugh Arrested in Fla. on Drug Charges

Taking the King to court

Friday, April 28th, 2006

Get ’em, John Conyers:

After consulting with some of the foremost constitutional experts in the nation, I determined that one group of people are injured by the entire bill: Members of the House. We were deprived of our right to vote on a bill that is now being treated as the law of the land.

So, I am going to court. With many of my Democratic Colleagues (list appended at the bottom of this diary), I plan to file suit tomorrow in federal district court in Detroit against the President, members of the Cabinet and other federal officers seeking to have a simple truth confirmed: a bill not passed by the House and Senate is not a law, even if the President signs it. As such, the Budget bill cannot be treated as the law of the land.

Testing madness

Friday, April 28th, 2006

WASHINGTON – A powerful blast scheduled at the Nevada Test Site in June is designed to help war planners figure out the smallest nuclear weapon able to destroy underground targets. And it has caused a concern that it signals a renewed push toward tactical nuclear weapons.

The detonation, called Divine Strake, is intended to “develop a planning tool to improve the warfighter’s confidence in selecting the smallest proper nuclear yield necessary to destroy underground facilities while minimizing collateral damage,” according to Defense Department budget documents.

Spying on your ass. Literally.

Friday, April 28th, 2006

SPYCHIPPED LEVI’S BRAND JEANS HIT THE U.S.
Levi Strauss Confirms RFID Test, Refuses to Disclose Location

It may be time to ditch your Dockers and lay off the Levi’s, say privacy activists Katherine Albrecht and Liz McIntyre. New information confirms that Levi Strauss & Co. is violating a call for a moratorium on item-level RFID by spychipping its clothing. What’s more, the company is refusing to disclose the location of its U.S. test.

Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) is a controversial technology that uses tiny microchips to track items from a distance. These RFID microchips have earned the nickname “spychips” because each contains a unique identification number, like a Social Security number for things, that can be read silently and invisibly by radio waves. Over 40 of the world’s leading privacy and civil liberties organizations have called for a moratorium on chipping individual consumer items because the technology can be used to track people without their knowledge or consent.

Support the troops, unless…

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Unless there’s an issue in the newspapers such as immigration that you can score cheap political points off of, while shafting those you put in harms way:

Senate diverts some Iraq war money for borders, port security

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Senate voted Wednesday to divert some of the money President Bush requested for the war in Iraq to instead increase patrols against illegal immigrants on the nation’s borders and provide the Coast Guard with new boats and helicopters.

An amendment cutting Bush’s Iraq request by $1.9 billion to pay for new aircraft, patrol boats and other vehicles, as well as border checkpoints and a fence along the Mexico border crossing near San Diego widely used by illegal immigrants was adopted on 59-39 vote.

Thanks for the screwing

Thursday, April 27th, 2006

Confession time: In fall 2004, during a crucial presidential election campaign, I made the mistake of playing by corporate media rules that amount to self-censorship.

Specifically, I joined other journalists in denying the public the right to learn of a definitive investigative report by CBS’ 60 Minutes on President Bush’s disregard for the truth concerning the weapons of mass destruction threat allegedly posed to the United States by Iraq. Having received an advance copy of the devastating segment, I honored CBS’ proprietary request not to write about the news it carried until after it aired….

The suppressed story was solidly reported and, by exposing the Bush administration’s utter disregard for the truth concerning Saddam Hussein’s weapons of mass destruction, should have been made available to the public before the November election. Now, no one seems to care.

Oh, not so, Mister Mea Culpa years too late, a lot of us care. We care how you abandoned your responsiblity to serve the public rather than its masters, who you knew were corrupt and lying. So we have another 4 years of King George thanks to you, you spineless worm.

Good work, HST.

Wednesday, April 26th, 2006

Report: Lisl Auman Released From Halfway House
Woman Once Convicted In Denver Officer Slaying

DENVER — Lisl Auman, the Denver woman who once faced a lifetime prison sentence for the shooting death of a Denver police officer, has been released from a halfway house, according to published reports Tuesday.

The Rocky Mountain News reported that Auman left Tooley Hall in the past week.

Denver Community Corrections assistant director Greg Mauro told the newspaper that Auman, 29, will be under close supervision for the next nine years, as part of her parole agreement.

After her release from prison, Auman had been held for six months in the halfway house. She is required to live in the metro area as part of her parole.

Hunter Thompson championed this womans case- for good reason- and would proud to see her walk out, a semi-free woman again. Read about HST’s interest in this Vanity Fair article.

Remember…

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

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Uh, oops?

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

When Robert Sanders was sent by the Army to inspect the construction work an American company was doing on the banks of the Tigris River, 130 miles north of Baghdad, he expected to see workers drilling holes beneath the riverbed to restore a crucial set of large oil pipelines, which had been bombed during the invasion of Iraq.What he found instead that day in July 2004 looked like some gargantuan heart-bypass operation gone nightmarishly bad. A crew had bulldozed a 300-foot-long trench along a giant drill bit in their desperate attempt to yank it loose from the riverbed. A supervisor later told him that the project’s crews knew that drilling the holes was not possible, but that they had been instructed by the company in charge of the project to continue anyway.

A few weeks later, after the project had burned up all of the $75.7 million allocated to it, the work came to a halt.

1000 Days

Tuesday, April 25th, 2006

It’s now 1000 days till the end of the Bush presidency- barring, of course, impeachment or suspension of elections- and the news today?

Bush is at 32% approval rating.

My question is this. Can I get a bag of whatever those 32% of people are huffin’? Cause I’ve never been high enough to completely ignore reality like those folks.

Your president is one, or all of these:

Incompetent
Corrupt
Evil

Take your pick.