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Miscellaneous Thoughts (a.k.a. The Ranting Corner)
Thursday, 16 June 2005
DOWNING STREET HEARING BANNED FROM HILL
From the American Progress Report:
[Today], Rep. John Conyers (D-MI) will be holding major hearings on the Downing Street Minutes. Unfortunately, they won't take place on Capitol Hill. House Judiciary Chairman Rep. James Sensenbrenner (R-WI) "recently announced a new policy to deny any request" from any minority commitee member "for the use of a committee hearing room." Sensenbrenner's deputy chief of staff let minority members know with the following e-mail: "I'm sitting here watching your 'forum' on C-SPAN. Just to let you know, it was your last. Don't bother asking [for a room] again."

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Lovely.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 9:49 AM EDT
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Former Bush Aide Who Edited Reports Is Hired by Exxon
By ANDREW C. REVKIN
Published: June 15, 2005
Yesterday, it was announced that the former chief of staff of the White House's Council on Environmental Quality, Philip Cooney, who resigned five days ago after it was disclosed that he had doctored government climate change reports in favor of the oil industry's position, has been hired by Exxon Mobil.

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Boy, I have a really good feeling about this.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 9:13 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 14 June 2005
Jackson Ending Sleepovers in His Room
By LINDA DEUTSCH, AP Special Correspondent

SANTA MARIA, Calif. -
Michael Jackson's lawyer said Tuesday he is convinced that the pop star "has never molested any child," but he said Jackson would no longer let children or their families sleep in his room.

"He's not going to do that because it makes him vulnerable to false charges," attorney Thomas Mesereau Jr. told The Associated Press in a wide-ranging interview.

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Huh. I would have thought that ending the "sleepovers" before now might have been wise. Also, he's ending the "sleepovers" because it makes him vulnerable to false charges? Call me crazy, but I would have thought that he might end them because they're COMPLETELY INAPPROPRIATE.


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Once again, the South disappoints
From the American Progress Action Fund:

The Senate yesterday issued a rare formal apology (its first of any kind to African Americans), expressing regret "for having rejected decades of pleas to make lynching a federal crime." Could there possibly be a less controversial resolution? Surprisingly, the answer is yes. Several senators waited until the last minute to add their names to the resolution, when they knew it was scheduled for a vote. And outrageously, at least six senators refused to co-sponsor the resolution, including Sens. Richard Shelby (R-AL), Thad Cochran (R-MI), Trent Lott (R-MI), Lamar Alexander (R-TN), John Cornyn (R-TX), and Kay Bailey Hutchison (R-TX).

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Wow. Is there a better way to tell your African American constituents that they're better off dead? I don't think so. These senators have basically thrown in with the lynchers, because let's face it: if you're not against lynching, you're pretty much for it. There really isn't room for fence-sitters on this issue.

And in related news, government-sponsored terror directed at its own citizens doesn't just happen here.

One month ago, White House ally and Uzbek dictator Islam Karimov ordered his military to massacre hundreds of his own citizens in "probably the worst atrocity conducted by a government against protesters since Tiananmen Square." President Bush stayed silent about the killings for weeks, then called only for an international investigation into the massacres. But now, it seems, he doesn't even want that. The Washington Post reports that U.S. defense officials have "helped block a new demand for an international probe" from NATO into the killings.

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What a guy our president is, with a heart as big as Texas.


Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 11:46 AM EDT
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Monday, 13 June 2005
Texas Governor Mobilizes Evangelicals
By MATT CURRY, Associated Press Writer
Sun Jun 12,10:03 PM ET
DALLAS - Even for Texas, the scene was remarkable: The governor, flanked by an out-of-state televangelist and religious right leaders, signing legislation in a church school gymnasium amid shouts of "amen" from backers who just as well could have been attending a revival.

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Dear Gov. Perry,

Pander much?

Love,
Kate

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 8:35 AM EDT
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Friday, 10 June 2005
Union Payroll Adds Children of Members, Inquiry Finds
By KATIE ZEZIMA
Published: June 10, 2005
BOSTON, June 9 - Union longshoremen here have been placing children as young as 2 years old on their payroll for years in a scheme to secure jobs and higher salaries for members' children when they reach working age, the state attorney general said Thursday.

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The problem with this is that the old maxim, “Power corrupts, ultimate power corrupts ultimately” is once again proven true.

Unfortunately, the history major in me feels the need to point out something that is just as important. Before unions came along, the American worker had no rights. There was no such thing as an eight-hour workday, no overtime, no health care benefit, no benefits period. You were happy to have a job and you did everything you could to keep it because that was all that stood between you and poverty.

This was no secret, of course. The companies who employed American workers knew they had the upper hand and relentlessly took advantage. This led to outrage and protests, the union movement and strikes, negotiations and laws. Union workers pay dues to be members so that their best interests could be looked after.

Once you have someone in charge, though, it’s hello Jimmy Hoffa. Am I wrong to expect more from people, or, since it’s a given that human beings are flawed, should I simply accept that more is neither expected nor required?

Scandals will continue to break, over and over again until the end of time. Perhaps it’s safe to say that while mankind has the capacity for both good and evil, given the opportunity and the likelihood of gain, whether it is financial, political, or whatever, mankind will always choose evil.

Depressing? Yes. Realistic? Probably.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 11:53 AM EDT
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Thursday, 9 June 2005
Truth Gets Screwed Again
According to the Washington Post, House Majority Leader Tom Delay, that bastion of integrity and morals, has once again been plucked from the iron jaws of justice and delivered safely into the arms of his faithful party. I don't know what deal he made with Lucifer, but I hope that some day it comes back to bite him.

Read the story here.

According to the article: "The ethics committee, the House's mechanism for enforcing rules for members, has operated for exactly one day since the 109th Congress convened in early January. In May, after Republicans broke an impasse with Democrats by backing off an effort to change the rules for investigations, the committee voted to organize for the year.

But it has not met since then. No session is scheduled, and both parties say any investigation is months off. The latest logjam relates to a decision by Chairman Doc Hastings (R-Wash.) to try to name his 10-year chief of staff, Ed Cassidy, as a co-director of the committee staff."

[snip]

"The staffing dispute concerns a rule of the ethics panel governing the hiring of the committee staff. The rule specifies that the staff will be nonpartisan and chosen by a majority vote of the committee. But in what Democrats consider an effort to circumvent that requirement, Hastings has cited another provision of the rule that allows the chairman and ranking minority member to each name one staff member without the other side's concurrence."

In related news, the Environment got buggered along with the Truth this week when Tony Blair was unable to convince Bush to back the Kyoto Protocol on Global Warming.

Apparently, Blair was no match for ExxonMobil who, according to The Guardian, was extremely influential in Bush's decision.

"Potus [president of the United States] rejected Kyoto in part based on input from you [the Global Climate Coalition]," says one briefing note before Ms Dobriansky's meeting with the GCC, the main anti-Kyoto US industry group, which was dominated by Exxon.

Lovely. One of the worlds biggest oil companies gets to make decisions on U.S. policy for global warming.

That's like putting Tom Delay in charge of writing laws. Wait...

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 9:14 PM EDT
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Sunday, 5 June 2005
Our Heartbreaking Hypocrisy
The policy of rape in Darfur, that is, the genocide fostering the policy of rape in Darfur is nothing if not a story I've heard over and over in the media.

No one is denying that the policy exists, least of all our government, and yet...nothing. We get nothing from our decision-makers about it. After 142 days of silence President Bush finally used the word genocide. Why bother if you’re not going to do anything about it?

If he really gave a damn he'd put his money where his mouth this and do something. Darfur could be a win-win for him. He sends in a couple thousand troops to end the killing, he gets props for doing something good and saves people in the process. What could be better? Especially for a guy who’s so into his “culture of life”.

The problem? I just don't think he cares.



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Saturday, 4 June 2005
Amnesty International Report
According to Bush, the recent report by AI is absurd. Well, I thought I'd do a little research.

First, a little lecture on why torture shouldn?t be used. On a pragmatic note, the torture of prisoners only serves to increase terrorism because it seems that we can't keep our torturous ways a secret. We are giving insurgents, al-Queda, and anyone else out there who hates us, the perfect recruitment tool because it increases their hatred for us and their drive to do us harm.

On an emotional note, it is probably safe to mention that when we throw out the Geneva Conventions, we can?t really expect our enemies to adhere to them either. So good luck, all you American kids over there. Hope you don?t get captured because our government has given tacit approval for your slow and agonizing torture.

And now for the "absurd" part. AI is not the only organization that has made note of our torture. Two months ago the the Foreign Affairs Committee of the British Parliament made mention of our "unacceptable treatment of detainees". And the British are our allies, for heaven's sake. If this is what our allies think of us, what hope is there for the future?

Funnily enough, the U.S. State Department has a website to combat all those rumors and conspiracy theories out there (it talks about everything from whether Saddam?s capture was faked to whether the U.S. had a hand in planning 9/11 to whether the U.S. was involved in the assassination of Lebanese Prime Minister Rafik Hariri). Do you want to know what it doesn?t talk about? Torture at Guantanamo Bay. Go figure.

Posted by freak2/katertot0208 at 9:42 AM EDT
Updated: Saturday, 4 June 2005 9:47 AM EDT
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Tuesday, 31 May 2005
The Truth Hurts
From the AP:

WASHINGTON - Vice President Dick Cheney says he's offended by a human rights group's report criticizing conditions at the prison camp for terror suspects at Guantanamo Bay.

The report Amnesty International released last week said prisoners at the U.S. Navy base in Cuba had been mistreated and called for the prison to be shut down. Cheney derided the London-based group in an interview set to be broadcast Monday night on CNN's "Larry King Live."

"Frankly, I was offended by it," Cheney said in the videotaped interview. "For Amnesty International to suggest that somehow the United States is a violator of human rights, I frankly just don't take them seriously."

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Interesting that Amnesty International was a respected organization when it left us alone. Now that we've been added to this list, all of a sudden, the organization isn't to be taken seriously. Sounds like crap to me, Dick. Frankly, I find it offensive to have my country on a list that also includes Rwanda, Sudan, Nigeria, Cuba, El Salvador, China, Bangladesh, Albania, and Turkey, just to name a few.

If we are indeed a "culture of life", wouldn't it make sense to start respecting lives? Torture is a very serious charge. When there is proof that we will likely not stop torturing prisoners any time soon, I think one could argue that we don't give a damn about human life and therefore we deserve to be listed with the rest of the world's villains

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