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MoveOn and Continual Disappointment

Submitted by Jim Brown on September 18, 2007 - 11:24pm

I'm surprised that this hasn't come up yet on the Blogora (at least I don't think it has), but really lost me (if they ever had me) with the "General Petraeus or General Betray Us?" stunt. What's the difference between MoveOn and the Swiftboat Vets, or Rush, or Ann Coulter?

This is just one more reason to be disappointed in the Democrat(ic) Party. The current argument that "Iraqis refuse to stand up and take back their country" is despicable. This chorus even includes the darling. Is this not akin to crapping on someone's kitchen table and then asking why they refuse to clean it up?


A Civil Liberties Victory for the ACLU

Submitted by Jim Aune on September 6, 2007 - 6:11pm

A federal court today struck down the amended Patriot Act’s National Security Letter (NSL) provision. The law has permitted the FBI to issue NSLs demanding private information about people within the United States without court approval, and to gag those who receive NSLs from discussing them. The court found that the gag power was unconstitutional and that because the statute prevented courts from engaging in meaningful judicial review of gags, it violated the First Amendment and the principle of separation of powers.

U.S. District Court Judge Victor Marrero wrote, “In light of the seriousness of the potential intrusion into the individual’s personal affairs and the significant possibility of a chilling effect on speech and association - particularly of expression that is critical of the government or its policies - a compelling need exists to ensure that the use of NSLs is subject to the safeguards of public accountability, checks and balances, and separation of powers that our Constitution prescribes.”


Romney and Running

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 30, 2007 - 2:03pm

Recently, I posted about Sarkozy the runner and the French people's discomfort with seeing their leader in short shorts. Well, something tells me that this Mitt Romney ad will play very well. Notice the heavy breathing and the sweat. This would seemingly counteract one of the concerns within the Romney camp: that his hair is too perfect.


Rooting Against Dad?

Submitted by Jim Brown on August 6, 2007 - 7:47pm

Do you think Rudy Giuliani's daughter thought it was a big deal when she joined the "Barack Obama (One Million Strong for Barack)" group on Facebook? Well, it's become a big deal (see the New York Times coverage also.)

Interest in the family members of presidential candidates is certainly nothing new. But it seems significant that certain technologies mean that the press doesn't necessarily have to interview those family members to figure out where they stand.



Submitted by Jim Aune on August 6, 2007 - 5:37am

Rachel Maddow, of Air America: "There aren’t Republican bridges and there aren’t Democratic bridges and there aren’t Republican sewers and Democratic levees. We’re a country that, as a whole, is paying this incredible, deadly price for a brand of American conservatism that hates and demeans government. And that has defined any sort of spending on anything for the common good as something that’s soft-headed and suspect. And it’s a brand of conservatism that goes back to you know, Reagan’s first inaugural where he defined government as the problem, and to Barry Goldwater before him and the Republican party defines as uncritical inheritors of that legacy.


The Baghdad Diarist

Submitted by Jim Brown on July 24, 2007 - 8:58am

The New Republic says their Baghdad Diarist is real. The Weekly Standard says it's a fraud, and both the New York Times and Washington Post are asking questions as well.

Could any publication (especially one tied to the Stephen Glass scandal) be dumb enough to not do their homework on something like this? The Bloggers/Vultures continue to circle...


The Late Great USA

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 19, 2007 - 7:00pm

Speaking of immigration, here's something that's worrying me a bit: all the buzz about the new novel by the head of the Swift Boat Veterans. I can't help but think that the collapse of Bush may create a vacuum into which some sort of anti-immigrant fascism may rush in.


Rudy Giuliani: Urban Legend

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 17, 2007 - 2:40pm

I have days when I think that if I had to live with a Republican president again in my lifetime, Rudy G. might be less objectionable than most, but check out the NY Firefighters' Union video.


Whom the Gods Would Destroy . . .

Submitted by Jim Aune on July 17, 2007 - 7:50am

are first commanded to wear diapers.