Saturday, August 19, 2006

Republican Men...Brand Unfaithful? Update

Well what do you think Dearest Readers...or maybe it just seems like mostly republican men cheat on their wives.

Yet they still attempt to fault democracts and independents for "the cause of divorce in this country." That and gay marriage,of course. Neorepublicans wish to tell us all about the "break down" of family values...and want you to ignore their own dalliances.

A kiss from the boss in Prissy's book would have meant that Prissy had just quit-and was now dating him.

It wouldn't be a regular work day, that's for sure.

Geez Condi, so much for Ms. Professional.

It's rude to carry on like that, right in front of the Mrs and the whole world too. The press continues to give Dubya a free pass, after hounding Bill Clinton without mercy for his own tryst.

Prissy has a song picked out for Laura B. She can play this clip for both of them Sing it Laura!

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NYT In Nashville, Sounds of Political Uprising From the Left

The songs include Mr. Braddock’s “Thou Shalt Not Kill” and “Big Blue Ball of War” by Nanci Griffith. Another longtime songwriter, John Scott Sherrill, contributed “You Let the Fox Run the Henhouse,” and former Vice President Al Gore speaks a few words at the end of “Al Gore,” which was written by Robert Ellis Orrall and includes the line, “President Gore lives on my street.”

Many singers and songwriters who contributed are not household names outside Nashville, but their work is recorded by many big stars, including Toby Keith, LeAnn Rimes and Travis Tritt.

The songwriter Darrell Scott contributed “Goodle U.S.A.” Faith Hill had recorded it under a different name and without the line “It’s like Joe McCarthy was our acting president.”

Toby Keith got a letter from Prissy some time ago... Come here Toby, allow Prissy to help pull the boot outta your butt.

Get a haircut, shower and shave while you are at it. Then tell us all how wrong you were to encourage this mess with your "Shock N Yall"

Perhaps next time you will think it through before writing such rednecky stuff...

Toby still in the doghouse with Prissy Patriot

Here we go again...WW Lia Legal News Cell phone case may not be terrorism: FBI

CHICAGO - The five Arabs, who were arrested on charges of terrorism just for buying batches of mobile phones, are innocent, according to the FBI.

Local authorities had arrested the Arab-Americans after they had found nearly 1000 mobile phones; most of them prepaid TracFones, along with $11,000 in cash. They also found a map marking Wal-Mart stores from Ohio to South Carolina. Additionally prosecutors said airport security information and airline passenger lists were also recovered from their van.

FBI then stepped in saying that there were no connections between the arrested persons and any terror groups. However prosecutors are not fully convinced and say that they are still investigating. Many see this as a case of sour grapes. Imad Hamad, who works in the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee in Michigan, said, "I think (prosecutors) are stuck in a corner and looking for a safe place. If I was them, I would say a mistake was done, and the police overreacted".

Kudos to the FBI for honesty

Wa Po- or why rich kids need to try diplomacy (poor kids have less to lose) War Stirs Worry in Israel Over State of Military

JERUSALEM, Aug. 18 -- Sgt. Lior Rahamin's Israeli reserve unit had not trained in two years. When its members were called up for the Lebanon war, they didn't have straps for their guns, spare ammunition, flak jackets or more than one good radio. There were other shortages: Twice their operations were canceled because they had no water to take; once they went two days without food.

This is a given in Iraq with our own soldiers. Prissy must have missed Israels' concern over that situation ...

Reuters Bush predicts courts will uphold security wiretaps

The program allows the government to bypass warrant requirements and monitor communications, such as e-mail and telephone calls, into and out of the United States by people believed linked to al Qaeda or related groups.

Democrats contend Bush is overstepping his constitutional power by approving domestic spying and some Republicans also have expressed concerns.

Dubya does predictions?

Constant's Pations -here, the work is done for us...and thanks for your funny searches a couple of weeks ago. How on earth do you do that stuff? Grand Jury Indictments Against Members of Congress for War Crimes

Hamdan opens the floodgates for the Grand Jury to issue indictments against Members of Congress for their complicity in the war crimes and unconstitutional conduct. The precedents of Nuremburg and the Tokyo war crimes trials impose war crimes liability on civilian planners who were in a position to stop illegal activity. Members of Congress, through their negligent refusal to review these matters, satisfy the elements to have their legislative immunity stripped, and indicted for war crimes.

This note outlines the legal framework for stripping legislative immunity and indicting Members of Congress for their involvement in the planning, and refusal to prevent, the violations in Hamdan, Iraq, Abu Ghraib, and the illegal NSA activity. We discuss some of the reforms needed in the system of governance and financial reporting to prevent this illegal activity from recurring undetected. Until these reforms are enacted, the civilian population should discuss with counsel principles which are applicable during combat: The principle of reciprocity and reciprocation.

Constant points out that not all representatives have sworn their oath to uphold the constitution.

Here is the who's who of oath takers OATH OF OFFICE MEMBERS

Some still on the list already indicted: Randy ``Duke'' Cunningham ,John T. Doolittle,Jerry Lewis (all CA-R),Robert W. Ney (OH-R)

CNN Wife accused of killing preacher walks out of jail

Winkler's attorneys have asked the judge to suppress statements she made to police in Alabama and Tennessee after her arrest. Testimony at hearings last week shed additional light on what police say Winkler told them.

In those statements, Winkler told officers she did not want to smear her husband's name in public, according to attorney Ballin.

And, she told Alabama officers that the killing was not planned and that she had been verbally and emotionally abused by her husband, Ballin said. She also said she had been through a life-threatening event in the past year, Ballin said.

The attorney would not elaborate on that event, and no details were given about the abuse Mary Winkler claimed she suffered. Winkler did tell police that the emotional and verbal abuse from her husband had worsened over the past year.

We suspected it might be something along those lines...

Y Net News Israelis hack Ahmadinejad's blog

Israeli bloggers claim to have overloaded website of Iranian president, causing it to crash

Sure, he really does have a blog. Write him a note, tell him we need diplomacy and dialogue-not more war.

Iranian President Ahmandinejad autobiography and blog In several languages. Very good idea, perhaps our own "democratically elected" president will start blogging.

The New Yorker

President Bush called the plot 'a stark reminder that this nation is at war with Islamic fascists who will use any means to destroy those of us who love freedom.'” But the war in Iraq is wholly irrelevant to the means chosen by the London terrorists, and the means that thwarted them —dogged police work, lawful surveillance, international cooperation, —are precisely those which have been gratuitously starved or stymied on account of the material, political, and human resources that have been, and continue to be, wasted in Iraq. Why not change the game to one that relies less on gambling and bluff and more on wisdom, planning, and (in every sense) intelligence?

How will we have a sensible solution with a mad man at the helm?

Current Era Blog African uranium redux

Resource-rich Congo, which is just emerging from a genocidal civil war encouraged by U.S., British, and Israeli elements using their surrogates in Rwanda, Uganda, and eastern Congo, is a lucrative target for the Bush administration and its criminal accomplices. Conveniently for the neo-cons, the story about Congolese uranium shipments to Iran is said to have involved trans-shipment points in Sudan and Syria and middlemen in Lebanon, all three countries targets of the Project for the New American Century operatives in Washington, London, and Jerusalem/Tel Aviv. Currently, the CIA, under the regime of General Michael Hayden, is cooking the intelligence to prove the Congolese-Tanzanian-Sudanese-Syrian-Iranian uranium smuggling connections. Just for good measure, the neo-cons are suggesting that Zimbabwe, a major target of the Bush administration, and Zambia, were also involved in the alleged elaborate uranium smuggling scheme. President George W. Bush is reported to have ordered Hayden and National Intelligence Director John Negroponte to do everything possible to prove a uranium connection between Iran and Congo.

Why Prissy does not like the "Patriot Act" AOL News 9/11 Detainee Released After Nearly Five Years

The U.S. released former Algerian Air Force Lt. Benamar Benatta to Canada on July 20 after detaining him for nearly five years. He was never charged with a crime.

UK Independent Left-wingers rally behind Prescott to demand Blair quits over Iraq

An emergency resolution will be sent to all constituency Labour parties calling for Mr Blair to quit because of his "disgraceful" policy in Iraq, and for a leadership election within two months of the conference.

Mr Blair will seek to shrug off the challenge, but it has been tabled by leaders of the Campaign for Labour Party Democracy, who successfully backed four candidates elected to the National Executive of the party, including the veteran anti-war campaigner Walter Wolfgang.

The calls for Mr Blair to go will be boosted by the burst of support for John Prescott, the Deputy Prime Minister, since the The Independent disclosed that he said President Bush's performance on the Middle East road map was "crap".

C'mon chaps, getting rid of your problem will help immensely.

Gov Exec Security officials weigh profiling airline passengers

"It's not all about technology," Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff said Sunday on NBC's "Meet the Press." "If we can't get a reasonable amount of information on people who are getting on airplanes, and if we can't get it in a timely fashion, we are tying our hands against what is still a very serious threat."

Homeland Security aides said Chertoff was referring to the need for Transportation Security Administration screeners to do more behavior recognition analysis of passengers. Aides said the department also is finalizing a rule requiring all international flights to provide passenger data to Customs' Advanced Passenger Information System, which checks that information against government watch lists.

Speaking of cheating republicans- take a look at this-if you can stand it! Surely he tipped them well-cash only, wasn't it Rush?

Certainly Not News-disinformation from CNN...and they wonder why some people might imply they are not impartial Bergen: Bin Laden, CIA links hogwash

NEW YORK (CNN) -- CNN terrorism analyst Peter Bergen says the notion that Osama bin Laden once worked for the CIA is "simply a folk myth" and that there's no shred of evidence to support such theories.

Dearest Readers, this article was such a disservice to their readers. The "hogwash" is the article-and his outrageous claims the world already knows to be false.

The alarm bells are clanging all over America and yet they remain on message, without deviation. Weird.

ABC News-some of those alarm bells Home Sales Slow in Spring With 28 States and D.C. Suffering Outright Declines

The five biggest declines this spring compared to the April-June period of 2005 were Arizona, down 26.9 percent; Florida, down 26.7 percent; California, down 25.3 percent; Virginia, down 23.9 percent, and Nevada, down 23.5 percent.

Crooks and Liars The UK Plot: What’s going on?

These seem like legitimate questions to me; the British authorities have produced no evidence so far. If the only evidence they have was from torturing someone in Pakistan, then they have nothing that can stand up in anything like a court. I wonder if this story is going to get more interesting. I wonder if Lieberman’s defeat, the resilience of Hezbollah in Lebanon, and the emergence of a Hezbollah-style government in Iraq had any bearing on the decision by Bush and Blair to pre-empt the British police and order this alleged plot disabled. I wish I didn’t find these questions popping into my head. But the alternative is to trust the Bush administration.

Been there. Done that. Learned my lesson.

Information Week Court Rules NSA Telecom Surveillance Illegal

There is a very obscure provision in the federal wiretap law that says if the provider is given certification from the Attorney General, no warrant is required for surveillance," he said. "The significance of the decision in Detroit is that, if the courts uphold that the surveillance program is unconstitutional, there's an argument that any certification from the Attorney General is invalid. We might learn, through E.F.F.'s litigation, whether it is enough for the provider to say they had certification and they weren't required to ask questions about it."

Sobel said that telecommunications lawyers should have questioned warrantless requests because they were unprecedented.

He also said Thursday's decision should kill a bill introduced by Sen. Arlen Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican. The bill, labeled a compromise, suggested that the lawsuits regarding the once secret surveillance program move to a closed court.

"I think events have now passed over that proposal," he said. "We now have two courts -- the court in Detroit today and the court in San Francisco two weeks ago -- that have delved very deeply into these cases. The suggestion that they should be moved to the FISA court would be seen for what they are, which is a government attempt to change the rules now that they see that they are losing. To say that the cases should be uprooted and started over in FISA court would seem like nothing more than a government attempt to erase these decisions and start over."

David Sobel, senior counsel for the Electronic Frontier Foundation, which has joined journalists and others in the lawsuit over AT&T's participation in the case...

Crytome Inventing Public Diplomacy: The Story of the U.S. Information Agency

During the 1960s and 1970s, the USIA took advantage of several opportunities and struggled with many challenges. The agency successfully exploited the triumphs of the Apollo space program to project the image of a strong America abroad. Advancements in civil rights, however ineffective these were in dealing with the racist heart of America, allowed USIA propagandists to claim victory in the struggle for racial justice, which the Declaration of Human Rights had made an explicit priority in . The always-present specter of nuclear holocaust continued to present problems for the USIA; the agency confronted a world that understood the problem of nuclear weapons through the prisms of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. The scandalous Nixon administration and the appointment of the ideologically-driven Frank Shakespeare to the USIA, which caused the agency’s objectivity to come into question, presented still more challenges. In response to the ideological bent of the agency under Nixon, Jimmy Carter moved to curtail the USIA’s propaganda efforts by suppressing activities he deemed “covert, manipulative, or propagandistic,” and renaming the agency as the US International Communications Agency. Carter’s attempt to steer the agency back towards its original mission—as objective information disseminating agency—would be short lived.

911 Physics- the German Intelligence Report. Thank you to Prissy's friend for sending this-she's so smart. The German Intelligence Report

The following document was published in June of 2002. If genuine, it must rank as one of the most remarkable documents in history. It purports to be a top-secret report from the German external intelligence agency, the Bundesnachrichtendienst (BND) prepared with assistance from an internal German intelligence agency, the BfV. Among the most important claims it makes are the following: German intelligence detected plans for an attack by Arab extremists on the United States, to take place on September 10 or 11, 2001. Israel was aware of the plans and wished the attack to take place without hindrance. The German ambassador informed the President of the US of the impending attacks. He thanked the ambassador and said that he already knew. Subsequently, his administration urgently requested the suppression of information on this warning.

Quotes of the Day

Samuel Adams, quotes about Executive Orders:

The liberties of our country, the freedom of our civil Constitution, are worth defending at all hazards; and it is our duty to defend them against all attacks. We have received them as a fair inheritance from our worthy ancestors: they purchased them for us with toil and danger and expense of treasure and blood, and transmitted them to us with care and diligence. It will bring an everlasting mark of infamy on the present generation, enlightened as it is, if we should suffer them to be wrested from us by violence without a struggle, or to be cheated out of them by the artifices of false and designing men.

Justice Louis D. Brandeis:

Decency, security, and liberty alike demand that government officials shall be subjected to the same rules of conduct that are commands to the citizen... If the government becomes a lawbreaker, it breeds contempt for law; it invites every man to become a law unto himself; it invites anarchy.

Gaius Julius Caesar, quotes about Executive Orders:

All bad precedents began as justifiable measures.

Sir Winston Churchill, quotes about Executive Orders:

The power of the Executive to cast a man into prison without formulating any charge known to the law, and particularly to deny him the judgment of his peers, is in the highest degree odious and is the foundation of all totalitarian government whether Nazi or Communist.