Wednesday, March 14, 2007

What a long strange trip it's been

Well it sure has been a long ass time since I posted something. It's not that I haven't been paying attention to politics. I just haven't had the ambition to blog for quite a while.

But right now, I feel like posting a prediction:

Gonzales will eventually resign as a result of the firing of the federal prosecutors.


I'd put money on it. Bush may be stubborn, but he isn't retarded.


Then again...

Heh.

Tuesday, May 02, 2006

Mr. Colbert Goes To Washington...

Stephen Colbert metapohrically bitch slapped both the Bush Administration and the enabling Press with one hand tied behind his back at the White House Correspondents Dinner this past Saturday, but you would never know it unless you watched C-SPAN or read the blogs.

Of course the press doesn’t want to report about this. He made them look just as incompetent at the Bush Administration. Why would they want to showcase their miserable failure these past 6 years?

Colbert was magnificient. He pulled off a real life version of the Emperor has no clothes and then went on to ridicule the press for being the weak-willed bastards that they have been for Bush.

I honestly haven't laughed so hard or felt so good as I did on Saturday night in a long, long time.

And for that--Thank you, Stephen Colbert



Muchos Huevos Grandes, Indeed...

Friday, December 30, 2005

Well, isn't that just great!

So the DoJ is investigating who the whisteblower "leaker" was in revealing Bush’s illegal actions.

Odd…

I thought there were laws that protected whistleblowers--people who tell on officials that broke the law.

Bush broke the law (both FISA and more importantly the 4th Amendment) and instead of punishing him we are going to punish the person who did their civic duty and revealed this to the public?

Someone is going to be punished for being patriotic and letting the public know?

Wow, well I think it’s time to start taking bets on when we will become a fascist nation. Because really, it is no longer a question of if now, only a matter when.


*UPDATE*

"There are differences between felons and whistleblowers, and we ought to wait 'til the investigation occurs to decide what happened"

--Sen. Charles Schumer


Well said, Senator.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Cory Maye Updates

You can find them HERE

The link is to the blog that first brought attention to this issue and the owner, Radley Balko, has been doing an excellent job on updating the case.

Check it out.

Saturday, December 10, 2005

Save Tookie?? Uhh, what about this guy?!

It is a sad day in America.

A large group of people are trying to save Tookie William's life--a man who is guilty of murdering four people--while at the same time they ignore that a Missisippi man will be executed for protecting himself and his daughter from an intruder.

That man is ...

It was close to midnight on December 26th, 2001 in Prentiss, Mississippi and the Pearl River Basin Narcotics Task Force was about to go on a drug raid. The warrant they had was the result of information provided by Officer Ron Jones--the son of the chief of police in Prentiss, MS. Jones had recieved the tip from an anonymous informant. After recieving the tip, the task force asked Jones if he would like to participate in the raid. He agreed.

Donning paramilitary gear the task force commenced the raid. Some officers--Jones being one of them--decided to go around to a side door to find a larger stash of drugs. When one member of the SWAT team broke down the outside door, an unnarmed Jones charged in, and made his way into the bedroom.

A couple of seconds before this, Cory Maye and his 1 year-old daughter had been sleeping in his apartment. He awoke to the sound of the front door breaking in. Living in a dangerous neighborhood, Maye was the owner of a gun for his protection. He ran into the bedroom, grab his pistol and loaded it. He waited by the bed. Shortly after, his back door slammed open and an intruder charged into bedroom. Out of fear for his life and the safety of his daughter, Maye fired. He hit Jones in the abdomen, just below his bulletproof vest. Jones died a short time later.

That "side door" the officers had just entered was actually the door to someone else's apartment--The house was a duplex. The task force had been executing a warrant for Jaime Smith, who was alledgely selling drugs out of his apartment. Maye lived opposite of Smith.

Maye was not listed in the search warrant. On top of that, he had no criminal record whatsoever. This is just a side note--as Maye wasn't the subject of the warrant--but it shows the shady actions of the Prentiss Police Force in dealing with this case. You see, initial police reports concluded that no drugs were found on Maye's side of the duplex. Later on, they changed their tune and said they had found traces of marijuana and cocaine. Maye's lawyer says that the police found one smoked marijuana cigarette.

Drugs or no drugs, this was still a tragedy. A man had been killed.

Though, I think it is safe to say that Maye felt his life and his daughter's life were in danger. He merely acted in self defense. His actions were justifiable.

Unfortunately, a jury completely disagreed. Now, I could understand a manslaughter charge, but Maye was convicted of captial murder for shooting officer Jones in January 2004! He was sentenced to death by lethal injection; He is now on death row.

Now this is an injustice. How can we sit by when the state plans to kill this man for protecting himself? This cause is one that we can all get behind, regardless of one's political leanings.

I am both shocked and angry that there isn't more of an up-roar about this. Where is the outrage?!

Where are the celerities and activists on this matter?

This man deserves a pardon. Please follow this story and do what you can to help him.

You can follow the blogging of this story HERE

Please keep following this case.

This man needs your help.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Every Nominee Deserves an Up or Down Vote!--Except Harriet Miers

Up or Down Vote, my ass. Hypocritical bastards.

Well I was not surprised by this announcement, and to be honest, in the end, I think the person who will be confirmed is someone in the mold of O'Conner, thankfully.

You see, since it was the Republicans who shot down Miers, the Democrats now have the upper-hand in the PR wars. They can now say, and already are, that Miers was shot down because of a the extreme right. This will either force Bush to nominate a moderate next, or if he chooses to nominate a more conservative person, the Democrats have every right to invoke the filibuster. The Republicans might go for the Nuclear option to end the filibuster, but I doubt it--I don't think they have the votes. Thus, starting the nomination process all over again.

So either way Bush will be pressured to nominate someone in the mold of O'Conner if he wants them to be confirmed. Whoever is working the Democrats' PR and political strategy right now rivals Karl Rove. They should take strategic advice from this person more often.

But that is just my theory...What is yours?

UPDATE:

Well I sure fucked up that theory. It turns out the Democrats put up a weak ass fight on Samuel Alito. Great, now we have a guy who believes the President can ignore the Constitution and Congress in the name of so-called "National Security" on the Supreme Court.

Not to mention the fact that Alito doesn't believe in the first amendment's religious establishment clause (seperation of church and state), he basically doesn't believe in one man, one vote, and he sides with big business and the government over individual citizens.

Yay for Amerika!

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rosa Parks Remembered

Rosa Parks was a truly inspirational person. I wasn't alive during segragation, but it is easy to see that the impact Rosa's actions had was huge. The thing that I find most amazing about her story is how little of an action--choosing not to get up from her seat on the bus--helped to change so much. Even Rosa said she never imagined that her choice would help bring about so much change. It took courage, that is for sure, but the action itself was quite small, yet it helped change so much. Hopefully that thought will stick with us...

Just because you think your action will be insignificant, doesn't mean it actually will be.


Today, I heard a congressman on TV say this about Parks and I think it was an interesting way to put it:

"She taught us to stand up by sitting down."



If only there were more Rosa Parks in this world...

Rest in Peace Rosa. You will be missed.

Saturday, October 08, 2005

A Great Article

I really liked this article from the CATO institute. It sums up my thoughts on drug prohibition well. Enjoy...


Drug Prohibition has Failed


by David Boaz

On February 20, 1933, a new Congress acknowledged the failure of alcohol Prohibition and sent the Twenty-First Amendment to the states. Prohibition had begun in 1920 amid high hopes. Evangelist Billy Sunday proclaimed, "The reign of tears is over. The slums will soon be a memory. We will turn our prisons into factories and our jails into storehouses and corncribs. Men will walk upright now, women will smile and children will laugh. Hell will be forever for rent."

Alas, as historians of prohibitionist efforts could have predicted, Sunday was wrong. Congress recognized that Prohibition had failed to stop drinking and had increased prison populations and violent crime. By the end of 1933, national Prohibition was history, though many states continued to outlaw or severely restrict the sale of liquor.

Today another Congress confronts a similarly failed prohibition policy. Futile efforts to enforce prohibition have been pursued even more vigorously in the 1980s and 1990s than they were in the 1920s. Total federal expenditures for the first 10 years of Prohibition amounted to $88 million--about $733 million in 1993 dollars. Drug enforcement cost about $22 billion in the Reagan years and another $45 billion in the four years of the Bush administration, and costs about $15 billion a year now.

Those mind-boggling amounts have had some effect. Total drug arrests are now more than 1 million a year. Since 1989, more people have been incarcerated for drug offenses than for all violent crimes combined, and drug offenders account for 60 percent of the federal prison population.

Yet as was the case during Prohibition, all the arrests and incarcerations haven't stopped the use and abuse of drugs, or the drug trade, or the crime associated with black-market transactions. Cocaine and heroin supplies are up; the more our Customs agents interdict, the more smugglers import.

There are at least a dozen reasons that today's prohibition should be repealed.

1) Drug prohibition causes crime. By driving up the price of drugs, prohibition forces drug users to commit crimes to pay for a habit that would be easily affordable if it were legal. And the outlaw nature of the business means that rival drug sellers must resort to violence to settle disputes among themselves. The per capita murder and assault-by-firearm rate rose steadily while alcohol Prohibition was in effect (1920-33) and fell for 10 straight years after that. The murder rates generated by today's prohibition, of course, are much higher. Police officials have estimated that in many major cities as much as 50 percent of crime--including auto thefts, robberies and assaults, and burglaries--is committed by drug addicts to support their habits. It's not drug-related crime; it's prohibition-related crime. As conservatives say about guns, "If drugs are outlawed, only outlaws will sell drugs."

2) Drug prohibition corrupts law enforcement officials. The huge profits generated by prohibition are an irresistible temptation to Mexican drug czars, Colombian judges, American soldiers in Panama, police officers, agents of the Drug Enforcement Administration, and so on. When police officers and border guards arrest people carrying more cash than they'll make in a decade, it's hardly surprising that some of them are persuaded to look the other way.

3) Drug prohibition undermines respect for the law. When the government declares 25 million Americans criminals, and still can't enforce the drug laws, it chips away at the respect that underlies all law.

4) Drug prohibition weakens the family. What kind of family structure can be maintained when a 13-year-old boy is paying his mother's rent out of his drug earnings? It is illegal drugs, not legal products, that are sold on school playgrounds and neighborhood streets.

5) Drug prohibition destroys the community. When the most successful people in an inner-city neighborhood are outlaws, the natural order of the community is inverted. The enormous profits generated by prohibition make a mockery of the work ethic and parental authority. Honesty, respect for private property, and all the other hallmarks of a civilized society are casualties of prohibition.

6) Drug prohibition reflects a failure to learn from history. We repealed the prohibition of alcohol because it produced crime, corruption, and social chaos. Now we are making the same mistakes and suffering the same consequences.

7) Drug prohibition is a classic example of throwing money at a problem. We spend $15 billion a year on enforcement of the drug laws--20 times as much in real terms as we ever spent on alcohol prohibition--to no avail. Drug prohibition is the sort of thing Ronald Reagan had in mind when he said, "The nearest thing to eternal life on this earth is a government program." President Clinton's drug czar has now formally announced that the War on Drugs will be endless.

8) Drug prohibition centralizes power in Washington. The federal government has usurped the power of states and communities to determine their own policies, and the prosecution of the drug war has caused federal law enforcement agencies to grow at the expense of state and local police. Most recently, the Clinton administration refuses to accept the decision of the people of Arizona and California to allow the medical use of marijuana, and is threatening to arrest doctors who abide by state law. The U.S. government has always seized on wars and emergencies to expand its own powers at the expense of states, individuals, and the Constitution.

9) Drug prohibition does violence to civil liberties. There was a time in this country when the government was only allowed to punish someone after he was convicted in a court of law. It now appears that the drug authorities can punish an American citizen by seizing his car or his boat, not even after an indictment--much less a conviction--but after a mere allegation by a police officer. Whatever happened to the presumption of innocence? The demand to win this unwinnable war has led to wiretapping, entrapment, property seizures, and other abuses of Americans' traditional liberties.

10) Drug prohibition hurts our relations with our allies. When we pressure friendly Latin American governments to destroy their coca fields, we turn their citizens against them--and often into the arms of such leftist revolutionaries as Peru's Tupac Amaru--as well as stirring up their resentment of Yankee imperialism.

11) Drug prohibition does violence to the Constitution. The Tenth Amendment reserves to the states or the people all powers not granted to the federal government. At least the advocates of alcohol Prohibition had enough respect for the Constitution to seek a constitutional amendment to impose Prohibition, but Congress never asked the American people for the constitutional power to impose drug prohibition.

12) Drug prohibition violates individual rights. People have rights that governments may not violate. Thomas Jefferson defined them as the rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. I would say that people have the right to live their lives in any way they choose so long as they don't violate the equal rights of others. What right could be more basic, more inherent in human nature, than the right to choose what substances to put in one's own body? Whether we're talking about alcohol, tobacco, AZT, saturated fat, medical marijuana, or recreational cocaine, this is a decision that should be made by the adult individual, not the government. If government can tell us what we can put into our own bodies, what can it not tell us? What limits on government action are there?

As William F. Buckley, Jr., says, "It is the duty of conservatives to declaim against lost causes when the ancillary results of pursuing them are tens of thousands of innocent victims and a gradual corruption of the machinery of the state." He's not the only leading conservative who recognizes the futility of the drug war. Sociologist Ernest van den Haag, Hoover Institution scholar Thomas Sowell, former secretary of state George Shultz, and Nobel laureate Milton Friedman agree with Buckley.

The drug war is a futile, counterproductive, big-government program. It is time to return the effort to control drug abuse to families, churches, schools, mission houses, and the other elements of civil society.

Source Here

So what are your thoughts about drug prohibition?

Monday, October 03, 2005

Tom Delay Indicted...Again.

HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Talk about Karma...

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Tom Delay Indicted?--About freakin' Time!

HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHHAHA!

The indictment documents

Monday, August 15, 2005

HELL YEAH!

I'm sure most people have heard of the 9/11 "Freedom Walk" that is scheduled in Washington. The walk is said to be for "Remembering 9/11 and to Support the Troops". The Washington Post is co-sponsoring the event, but have claimed they will withdraw their support if the event turns partisan. Well considering that Clint Black's song, "I RAQ AND ROLL"--which will be performed at event--contains such non-partisan lyrics as:


"YOU CAN WAVE YOUR SIGNS IN PROTEST
AGAINST AMERICA TAKING STANDS
THE STANDS AMERICA'S TAKEN
ARE THE REASON THAT YOU CAN"

and

"WE HAVE THE RESOLUTION
THAT SHOULD PUT'EM ALL TO SHAME
BUT IT'S A DIFFERENT KIND OF DEADLINE
WHEN I'M CALLED IN THE GAME"

and

"I RAQ, I RACK'EM UP AND I ROLL
I'M BACK AND I'M A HIGH TECH GI JOE
I PRAY FOR PEACE, PREPARE FOR WAR
AND I NEVER WILL FORGET
THERE'S NO PRICE TOO HIGH FOR FREEDOM
SO BE CAREFUL WHERE YOU TREAD"

and this lovely line, which clearly is directed at opponents of the Iraq War..

"THEY CAN BE NO MORE THAN COWARDS
IF THEY WON'T SHOW US THEIR WEAPONS
WE MIGHT HAVE TO SHOW THEM OURS

IT MIGHT BE A SMART BOMB
THEY FIND STUPID PEOPLE TOO
AND IF YOU STAND WITH THE LIKES OF SADDAM
ONE JUST MIGHT FIND YOU"


I will be expecting the Washington Post to withdraw their support. This is clearly nothing more than a Pro-Iraq war propaganda rally.

I really thought that the Washington Post withdrawing their support was not going to happen but then I came across this article.

My response to reading this was as follows:

HELL FUCKING YES! THESE REPORTERS AT THE WASHINGTON POST FUCKING ROCK!

THANK YOU GUYS, THANK YOU FOR NOT ACCEPTING THIS BULLSHIT PROPAGANDA PARADE!

This is such great news! This has been such an awesome day!

Good Music

Well, thankfully my favorite band, 311, is releasing a new album. I really need it right now. Their positive message always lifts me up when I'm down.

The album is called Don't Tread on Me, which is very appropriate given the times we live in.

I suggest giving it a listen. It is free to check out. I promise you won't be disappointed.

Click Here and enjoy.

Let me know what you think of it in the comments. Positive and negative comments welcome!

Wednesday, August 03, 2005

Constitution? We don't need no stinking Constitution!

Well Bush decided to disregard the Constitution and appoint Bolton to the U.N.

This appointment isn't surprising but it is a blatant abuse of power.

First, let me start off by saying that ANY recess appointment, that is done to subvert the authority of Senate, is against the Constitution and is complete bullshit.

I don’t care who does it or what party that person belongs to. Recess appointments were intended for EMERGENCY appointments when Congress is not in session--not to stop the Senate from doing it’s fucking job.

I’m sick of these politicians shitting on our Constitution.

Here is the recess appointment clause:

Clause 3: The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate, by granting Commissions which shall expire at the End of their next Session.

Read the first sentence carefully…"The President shall have Power to fill up all Vacancies that may happen during the Recess of the Senate."

The clause is clearly refering to vacancies that happen during the recess.

The clause was intended for emergency type circumstances; when it is urgent that the position be filled and the Senate was on recess.

It was not intended to be used the way it has been by both the Democrats and Republicans. They have both abused their power.

Face it, both parties are corrupt; but the current Republican party is just drunk with power. If you ask me, the time for vigliante justice is nearing. Our government become more and more authoritarian each and everyday. Slipping into a democratically disguised, totalitarian rule we are...

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Jesus Christ, what is wrong with this judge?

I'll let the article speak for itself:

Fla. Christian Theme Park Dodges Property Tax

POSTED: 1:40 pm EDT July 12, 2005
UPDATED: 1:49 pm EDT July 12, 2005

A Florida judge has ruled in favor of a Christian theme park seeking an exemption from property taxes.

The Holy Land Experience in Orlando is operated by a nonprofit, nondenominational Christian ministry called Zion's Hope, which is devoted to converting Jews to Christianity.

It had been granted only limited exemptions for administrative and education facilities.The Orange County Property Appraiser's office had denied the group's broader request in 2001, arguing the park was a tourist attraction rather than a church.

But Judge Cynthia MacKinnon said all of the park is tax-exempt. In her ruling, the judge said Zion's Hope is using The Holy Land Experience "to spread what it considers to be God's word." The park features scenes from ancient Jerusalem and biblical settings complete with costumed characters.The $16 million, 15-acre park opened in 2001.

source

Fucking Outrageous. Judge Cynthia MacKinnon should lose her job and be denied to work as a judge again. This is such a bullshit and biased ruling. Hopefully it is appealled.