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Department of No! They Would Never to Do That!

This is ironic; all those things you thought no Republican, let alone a decent American or honest person, would do. Stuff like stealing elections and going to war under false pretences.

Well, now we know what the authors of Bush v. Gore had in mind

The conservatives had to help Bush steal election 2000 so he could nominate more of their guys so they'd get the votes to start overturning settled law. Of course, Roberts and Alito had to lie about their intentions during their confirmation hearings but heck, they're Republicans, so what did anyone expect? Read below the fold...

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Attempted War

Is there any such charge as Attempted Warmaking? That's the next bunch of subpoenas that I would like to see sent out to the warmongers in the administration.

Continued accusations of Iran's supplying weapons to insurgents went out today, only to be disputed by those in the know. Read below the fold...

E-mails in Court: Houston, We (May) Have a Problem


I nearly put the "" headline on this but decided it's too early. This is a "cloud on the horizon the size of a man's hand" sort of story. I don't know the source but something called "" has a certain impressiveness about it. At least somebody was smart enough to grab a good URL early on. Read below the fold...

Council of Europe: Bush prison camps confirmed in Poland, Rumania, used torture, led to Military Commissions Act

Today's report from the Council of Europe's investigator, former Swiss prosecutor Dick Marty, can be found here, along with a timeline of the investigation, and supporting documentation in the form of flight logs for the "extraordinary renditions" to and from the prisons. Read below the fold...

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Lies About Security

Today there is yet more proof that anything this cabal declares is highly dubious. From a campaign declaring no nation building would be countenanced, to the international disgrace of announcing that WMD's were present although there were not, to invading a country that had not attacked and did not threaten us, to announcing we don't torture because we don't recognize the usual definitions of torture, to intervening in international efforts to combat global warming, this nation has slipped into the role of wayward roguery. We've had the gamut run over us by the White House liars. Read below the fold...

Cheney to bypass Bush, collude with Israel to attack Iran?

The Amazing Froomkin, quoting Steve Clemons:

Clemons writes: "Multiple sources have reported that a senior aide on Vice President Cheney's national security team has been . . . explicitly stating that Vice President Cheney does not support Bush's tack towards Condoleezza Rice's diplomatic efforts and fears that the President is taking diplomacy with Iran too seriously.

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Today's update: Greenburg-Traurig: It's A Law Firm, It's A Lobbyist Shop!

Froomkin, of all people, may have (I'm gonna say inadvertently) buried a lede in his Wednesday column. Quoting an AP piece on the subject of Susan Ralston's Dance of the Seven Veils of Immunity, there is the line
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Remember: Al Gore Sold out in 2000

Remember when Al Gore let it ride? Remember when the CBC told him all was Rotten! in Denmark. Remember? Now this. Read below the fold...

Consolidations of Authoritarianism: Bureaucracy Edition

These stories have nothing to do with each other, except that they do. The six-year campaign to get Certain People put in charge of all those alphabetic agencies in Washington is bearing fruit.

The first we will call the "Mom Said No--Let's Go Ask Daddy" amendment. It affects power companies [coughlikeEnronmaybe?cough] ability to overrule state regulators and put massive power transmission lines wherever the fuck they want. Read below the fold...

Here Comes the Bribe, or, From Wedding March to Perp Walk


Awhile back on "Law & Order" they had a scenario where a couple of guys had been conniving wickedly, but the only witness who could testify against either was the other one of the pair. They had the one guy all set to sing and then they put him on the stand and he said he and the other fellow had run up to Massachusetts the day before and gotten married, therefore he was refusing to testify under spousal privilege. Read below the fold...

Paging Dr. Benway! Paging Dr. Benway!

Anybody other than me have a problem with giving Bush the power to determine who's crazy, and then drug and commit them?

Because that's what "a review of the broader questions raised by this tragedy" [Virginia Tech] means in Bush-speak--if you've got even the tiniest smidgeon of foil in you, and I think, by this time, we all do. Read below the fold...

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Blacks and Africans are Hated All Around the World


I suppose a good deal of the blame goes to the former and current (neo)imperial powers, who smear their racist culture around the globe so that everyone can be addicted to Coke and cigarettes and want to look like Paris Hilton. But I have a really hard time believing that the people in this story are completely innocent. I suppose I can believe that a mid-level dictionary programmer in China doesn't grok why "nigger" is a bad word to use in retail manufacturing labels. Read below the fold...

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Note to Senator Clinton: Reading isn't the Same as "Briefing"

This is going to bite her on the ass, later:

A woman who had traveled from New York asked Sen. Clinton if she had read the report given to her in 2002 on intelligence and the Iraq war.

Clinton said she had been briefed on the report, and the woman screamed back, "Did you read it?!" Notably uncomfortable, the Senator repeated that she had been briefed. This exchange went back and forth about three times.

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Soapbox: Imus and Tv Ed.

(updated to reflect exact comment. plants is a friend, so this isn't directed at him all by his lonesome) "Hi, my name is Chicago Dyke, and I'm an addict." looks around blog, smiles "I thank you all for being here tonight, and being willing to share your stories with me. Together, and with our Higher Powers, we can break the cycle of addiction..." Read below the fold...


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