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Archive for November, 2006

The Wire

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

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Anybody interested in alternative notions on the drug war should give the 3rd season of The Wire a look. Riveting stuff.

Fingerprint costs FBI 2 mil

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Wrongly accused man settles bomb suit

PORTLAND, Ore. – The federal government has agreed to pay an Oregon lawyer $2 million to settle part of a lawsuit he filed after the FBI misidentified a fingerprint and wrongly arrested him in the 2004 Madrid terrorist bombings.

Mayfield was arrested in May 2004 on the basis of a fingerprint found on a bag of detonators in Madrid that was mistakenly matched to him after the March 11, 2004, train bombings that killed 191 people and wounded more than 1,500. Mayfield was jailed on a material witness warrant but was released after the FBI acknowledged the fingerprint was not his.

Mayfield, who was detained for two weeks, and his wife, Mona, maintained that he was arrested because of his Muslim faith.

Of course, the FBI has no money of its own, so this guy basically sued himself, and will be paying himself, but hey, you do what you can.

Do you have to be crazy?

Thursday, November 30th, 2006

Are George W. Bush lovers certifiable?

A collective “I told you so” will ripple through the world of Bush-bashers once news of Christopher Lohse’s study gets out.

Lohse, a social work master’s student at Southern Connecticut State University, says he has proven what many progressives have probably suspected for years: a direct link between mental illness and support for President Bush.

But before you go thinking all your conservative friends are psychotic, listen to Lohse’s explanation.

“Our study shows that psychotic patients prefer an authoritative leader,” Lohse says. “If your world is very mixed up, there’s something very comforting about someone telling you, ‘This is how it’s going to be.'”

Hey Newt, here’s some free speech for ya:

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Gingrich raises alarm at event honoring those who stand up for freedom of speech

MANCHESTER – Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich yesterday said the country will be forced to reexamine freedom of speech to meet the threat of terrorism.

Gingrich, speaking at a Manchester awards banquet, said a “different set of rules” may be needed to reduce terrorists’ ability to use the Internet and free speech to recruit and get out their message.

Gingrich sharply criticized campaign finance laws he charged were reducing free speech and doing little to fight attack advertising. He also said court rulings over separation of church and state have hurt citizens’ ability to express themselves and their faith.

Hey Newt, heres some free speech for ya:

Go fuck yourself, you totalitarian toad.

This sounds good

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Buy the Ticket, Take the Ride: Hunter S. Thompson on Film (2006)

“Buy The Ticket, Take The Ride: Hunter S. Thompson On Film is a personal, intimate look at Thompson with a special emphasis on his Hollywood relationships. It captures the legacy and “gonzo” spirit of one of this century’s most notorious figures – a man whose life and work regularly intersected with some of the biggest names in the world of film, politics, journalism and sports. The documentary features interviews with Hunter’s inner circle of family and friends, but the thrust of the film is focused on the manner in which his life often overlapped with numerous Hollywood celebrities who became his close friends, such as Johnny Depp and Benicio Del Toro (Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas); Bill Murray (Where the Buffalo Roam); Sean Penn, John Cusack, Hunter’s wife Anita, son Juan, former Senators George McGovern and Gary Hart, Tom Wolfe, William F. Buckley, Gary Busey, Harry Dean Stanton, Ralph Steadman and others.

More lunacy in the “drug war”

Wednesday, November 29th, 2006

Heard on the radio this morning that Snoop Dogg was arrested yet again, and one of the charges caught my attention:

Rap artist Snoop Dogg was arrested on weapons and narcotics charges Tuesday evening after being pulled over by Burbank police following a television performance.

According to Sgt. Kevin Grandalski, the charges include possession of a gun, cocaine and marijuana, as well as having a false compartment in a vehicle.

So I did a little research, and found that our fair state of Georgia too has a “secret compartment” law:

As used in this Code section, the term:

(1)(A) ‘False or secret compartment’ means any enclosure which is integrated into or attached to a vehicle and the purpose of the compartment is to conceal, hide, or prevent discovery by law enforcement officers of:
(i) A person concealed for an unlawful purpose;
(ii) Controlled substances possessed in violation of Article 2 of Chapter 13 of this title; or
(iii) Other contraband.

So lets get this straight. You can no longer do with your own property as you so desire, simply because you might have “contraband” in it?

How we, as a nation, have allowed ourselves to get this fucking stupid, is beyond me. Evolve people, evolve!

What the hell?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Bizarre deep-sea creatures imaged off New Zealand

The weird and wonderful creatures living by methane vents in the southwest Pacific have been photographed for the first time.

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They used sonar to map the seafloor and to detect plumes of water rich in methane, then lowered a video and stills camera system over each site.

This allowed them to record images of tube worms between 30 cm and 40 cm in length as they emerged from beneath limestone boulders.

Freaky.

Cheney to go?

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Are Cheney’s days numbered? Analyst claims influence waning

A senior columnist for the inside-the-beltway publication Congressional Quarterly speculated on MSNBC’s Hardball this afternoon that Vice President Richard B. Cheney may be the next to exit the Bush Administration.

MATTHEWS: Let me check this. I rarely do this on the show. Are you teasing? Are you — do you actually think there’s a reasonable plausible case for this Vice President to give up all the power he enjoys as the President’s first counsel?

CRAWFORD: Not if he doesn’t enjoy it anymore. I mean all I’m seeing is the man getting isolated more and more. This seems to be his most vulnerable position in the entire Bush administration.

I doubt this is accurate, simply because of Cheney’s statements on presidential power and because with Cheney gone, Bush gets impeached in an instant, because nobody wanted to end up with President Cheney. But, on the other hand, if Big Dick sees the writing on the wall, he may want to get out before the investigations start.

We’ll wait and see. A more loathsome human has never lurked the halls of power in our lifetimes, thats for sure. He wouldn’t be missed.

Embassy to Bush twins: Leave

Tuesday, November 28th, 2006

Amid a growing barrage of front-page headlines, U.S. embassy officials “strongly suggested” President Bush’s twin daughters, Jenna and Barbara Bush, cut short their trip to Buenos Aires because of security issues, U.S. diplomatic and security sources tell ABC News.

Now they know how their dad feels everywhere in the world…

Beware the bunny!

Monday, November 27th, 2006

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