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Archive for July, 2008

No Hillary, praise be

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Obama-Clinton ticket group shuts down

WASHINGTON – An effort to urge Barack Obama to pick former rival Hillary Rodham Clinton as his running mate is shutting down under the assumption she is not a contender for the No. 2 spot.

The two former Clinton staffers who started the group Vote Both say Obama’s decision to offer Clinton a prime-time speaking role at the Democratic Party nominating convention and other signals suggest Obama will not chose her.

heh

Thursday, July 31st, 2008

Fun with criminals:

ted

Me want bang bang

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

My birthday is coming up, I’m just sayin’:

Second Amendment Foundation and Smith & Wesson Partner on Commemorative Revolver

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The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF) and Smith & Wesson have partnered to create a commemorative revolver designed to recognize the historical significance of the District of Columbia vs. Heller decision and to acknowledge the six original plaintiffs that united to challenge the gun ban in Washington, D.C.

As part of the project, an engraved Smith & Wesson Model 442 revolver will be presented to each of the six plaintiffs – Shelly Parker, Tom Palmer, Gillian St. Lawrence, Tracey Ambeau, George Lyon and Dick Heller – for their key roles in working to protect the Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. The commemorative revolver is available for consumer purchase and Smith & Wesson will direct a portion of the proceeds to the Second Amendment Foundation to acknowledge the organization’s pivotal role in the Heller case and its ongoing efforts to preserve the Second Amendment rights of U.S. citizens.

In case you can’t read the inscription:

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How far is this crap gonna go?

Wednesday, July 30th, 2008

San Francisco board passes drugstore tobacco ban

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Board of Supervisors voted 8-3 on Tuesday to ban the sale of tobacco in pharmacies beginning this fall, making it the first U.S. city to impose such a ban, a mayor’s office official said.

The measure, which was proposed by Mayor Gavin Newsom, amends San Francisco’s health code to prohibit tobacco sales in any pharmacy, whether a small mom-and-pop store or a large retailer like Walgreens. Drugstores caught selling tobacco products in the city will be fined up to $1,000.

“A pharmacy should be a place you go to get better, not a place you go to get cancer,” said Nathan Ballard, a spokesman for the mayor’s office.
LA blocks new fast-food outlets from poor areas

LOS ANGELES – City officials are putting South Los Angeles on a diet.

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to place a moratorium on new fast food restaurants in an impoverished swath of the city with a proliferation of such eateries and above average rates of obesity.

The yearlong moratorium is intended to give the city time to attract restaurants that serve healthier food. The action, which the mayor must still sign into law, is believed to be the first of its kind by a major city to protect public health.

“Our communities have an extreme shortage of quality foods,” City Councilman Bernard Parks said.

Really? I’ve never been to L.A., is it some remote outpost in the tundra, isolated from civilization?

No?

Ok, then exactly why, City Councilman Parks, do you consider it the proper role of government to limit choices to the public, based on some vague “poor people are fat” do gooder nanny state bullshit? You must also believe that the business community of the area are woefully inept, unable to see a potential for revenue, selling tofu to urban residents. And those residents! Dear lord, they’d be reduced to eating dirt and twigs without your benevolent guidance! Or the horror, they might wander into a place of business to purchase a legal product such as tobacco.

At what point do you go from banning to mandating? Are you going to censor television in the hood? Shut off BET and replace it with PBS? Out with all the malt liquor, in with the Stoli?

Government’s role in our lives, the reason it was created, was to do for the citizens that which they cannot do for themselves- like fighting wars or inspecting bridges. Men didn’t watch their buddies freeze to death during the Revolutionary war just so you can play massa by keeping someone from spending their own money on a pack of Winstons or a fucking cheeseburger.

Between reading these accounts and watching that sniveling, craven idiot Nancy Pelosi simpering about the plight of being the majority party on The Daily Show last night, makes me want to hang the lot of ’em, every elected official in this nation, and replace them all by lottery, like jury duty.

It literally couldn’t be any worse.

Keeping the rabble in their place

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Iowa City woman, others arrested for attempting citizen’s arrest of Rove

DES MOINES – Police here arrested four Iowans Friday after they attempted a citizen’s arrest of former White House adviser Karl Rove, who was in Des Moines to speak at a fundraiser.

Retired Methodist minister Rev. Chet Guinn, 80, and three Des Moines Catholic Workers, Edward Bloomer, 61, Kirk Brown, 25 and Mona Shaw, 57, who lives in Iowa City, were cited for trespassing and released, according to a news release.

Citing the Iowa Code, which allows citizen’s arrests, the four accused Rove of election fraud; conspiracy to commit offense or to defraud the United States in the time before the Iraq war; and treason, sedition and subversive activities for fraudulent acts leading to the deaths of 300,000 Iraqi civilians and 4,000 U.S. Military personnel, according to their arrest complaint.

Brown and Shaw attempted a similar arrest last March when Rove spoke at the University of Iowa. They were arrested and released without charges.

Quick question. If you are able to arrest Rove, do you have to actually touch him?

Shudder.

Have you ever felt warm Jello, that’s been covered in soft downy hair like a new born duck? I imagine Rove feels much the same, but nastier.

Partisan nitwits at play on teh Google

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Goodling Screened DOJ Career Candidates For Affiliations With ‘Abortion, Homosexuality, Iraq and WMD’

According today’s report by the Office of Professional Responsibility (OPR), former Justice Department lawyer, Monica Goodling conducted detailed “Internet research on candidates for Department positions…designed to obtain their political and ideological affiliations.”

Apparently drawing on her experience conducting opposition research for the RNC, Goodling used a complex LexisNexis search string to screen candidates for affiliations or statements related to conservative flash points. The search string included such affiliations as homosexuality, abortion, and the 2000 Florida recount. This is the search that Goodling entered into the LexisNexis database to research job candidates:

[First name of a candidate]! and pre/2 [last name of a candidate] w/7 bush or gore or republican! or democrat! or charg! or accus! or criticiz! or blam! or defend! or iran contra or clinton or spotted owl or florida recount or sex! or controvers! or racis! or fraud! or investigat! or bankrupt! or layoff! or downsiz! or PNTR or NAFTA or outsourc! or indict! or enron or kerry or iraq or wmd! or arrest! or intox! or fired or sex! or racis! or intox! or slur! or arrest! or fired or controvers! or abortion! or gay! or homosexual! or gun! or firearm!

The OPR found that Goodling obtained this search string from a colleague who used it to screen political appointees. Goodling, however, used it in violation of federal law to screen candidates for career department positions. In addition, Goodling “instructed” a temporary assistant to “use the search string for all candidates she was asked to screen.”

Madness. Oh, and President Obama? First day? Fire everyone employed in the federal government that went here. Consider it an institutional enema.

Get ready for mass pardons

Tuesday, July 29th, 2008

Get ready for mass pardons.

Get ready for the long-held precedents of American law to be ultimately if belatedly upheld as spurious claims of executive privilege, to be be rejected even by some conservative justices of the Supreme Court.

Get ready for a long-overdue debate that has barely begun and will be triggered by the mass pardons that will be the last sorry act of the presidency of George W. Bush.

Because it will be legally almost impossible to issue mass pardons so sweeping and universal they would cover every possible offense, get ready for the words “statute of limitations” to enter our public dialogue by January of 2009 as a new president assumes office and the Bush years, finally, are over.

Makes ya throw up just a bit don’t it? But what’s to stop him from pardoning anyone remotely connected to the dozens of scandals, power grabs and treasonous leakings of classified information? What’s to stop him from pardoning himself?

Public opinion? Ha.

Congress? Double ha.

Heck, he’d just be following the family tradition of CYA.

Now this is some funny stuff…

Monday, July 28th, 2008

Perfect choice for a road trip:

sedaris

Listening to this guy makes the miles roll away…

Bounty for Condi!

Monday, July 28th, 2008

NZ students offer cash for Condoleezza Rice’s “arrest”

WELLINGTON (Reuters) – A group of New Zealand students has come up with a novel way of rotesting against a visit by U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, offering a cash reward for her “arrest” over U.S. actions in Iraq.

The Auckland University Students’ Association has offered NZ$5,000 ($3,700) for any student making a citizen’s arrest of Rice during her 36-hour stay that starts later on Friday.

“It’s primarily symbolic, but it’s a protest against her actions as secretary of state in Iraq and the authorization of the torture of suspected terrorist detainees,” said the student body’s president, David Do.

So who’s making a killing in Iraq?

Monday, July 28th, 2008

The 25 Most Vicious Iraq War Profiteers

The Iraq war is many things to different people. It is called a strategic blunder and a monstrous injustice and sometimes even a patriotic mission, much to the chagrin of rational human beings. For many big companies, however, the war is something far different: a lucrative cash-cow. The years-long, ongoing military effort has resurrected fears of the so-called “military-industrial complex.” Media pundits are outraged at private companies scooping up huge, no-questions-asked contracts to manufacture weapons, rebuild infrastructure, or anything else the government deems necessary to win (or plant its flag in Iraq). No matter what your stance on the war, it pays to know where your tax dollars are being spent.

Following is a detailed rundown of the 25 companies squeezing the most profit from this controversial conflict.