Michael Jackson: I never copped a feel
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Consistency is the last refuge of the unimaginative. - Oscar Wilde
Check out this Flash movie featuring Michael Jackson titled I Never Copped a Feel.
RIP Terri is what it says on my Firefox extension. RIP indeed. Terri Schiavo died a couple of hours ago. Details.
Yep, another Boy Scout leader was indicted on porn charges. The beauty is that Douglas Sovereign Smith, Jr. was a national director of the Boy Scout's youth protection league. Gee, if I only had a nickel for every time I heard that a Boy Scout leader was a creep. Oh yeah, the BTK Killer was a Boy Scout leader, too. I'm sure there are lots of good people involved, but it always gives me the creeps when grown men are just a little too into hanging out with adolescent boys who aren't their own. Then again we do have Michael Jackson as well.
The Tattered Coat has a little "caption this" game this morning. Have anything to say about the Michael Jackson case?
I really am going to hell. Here's Terri Schiavo's blog.
O-Dub has the scoop. Maybe Michael Moore wasn't making up conspiracy theories about Saudis being jetted out of the country right after 9/11.
What's good for the goose is good for the gander. Or, in this case, The Hammer. Semidi has a story about the incredible hypocrisy of Tom DeLay, who pulled the plug on his own father. His Terri Schiavo angle is politics, and what he did for his father was right. As Semidi says, "At least we know [DeLay] did something right and for the right reason at least once in his life."
This terrible situation with Terri Schiavo is almost over. I suppose that things like the Iraq War and fact that six more American soldiers were killed (along with countless Iraqis) during the last 10 days when all the news has concentrated on Terri Schiavo. It was Joseph Stalin who said, "One dead person is a tragedy, a million dead is a statistic." George Bush lives by those words.
Okay, I'm in post-Easter a sugar stupor. That's why this Peep Research site caught my attention. It's good for a laugh this morning.
Vince at NJ IndyMedia brings us this story of a group of Critical Mass bike riders who got together in Manhattan yesterday, read the First Amendment out loud, and then started a bike ride. Guess what happened? The police cordoned off the area with orange fencing and arrested them. Seriously. Herded them up like cattle. Here's the story. Guess they should have gone the pious route and read from The Bible. Then they would have been prominently featured on CNN and FOX as "Terri's Angels."
Here's the scoop: walking through the park at about 7 p.m., I saw a number of police striding by, and didn't think much of it (other than that I shouldn't be afraid to stop singing my Lauryn Hill just because the police were walking by). Then I heard the bullhorn. The NYPD had a van parked at the northeast corner of Union Square that loudly proclaimed from a recording something along the lines of "If you choose to ride, you will be arrested and your bicycle will be confiscated. Processions that obstruct traffic without permits are not permitted. There is no permit for a procession tonight." Repeat. A lot.Can you say police state?
These bloodsport articles on Kos are scary - and telling. They describe how the extreme right wing is advocating taking the law into their own hands, how they plan to kidnap Terri Schiavo, and how they're putting up money for the murder of Michael Schiavo. Now there's the Republican Party for you, friends. It's what that mandate bought us.
Well, at least his approval rating is. George Bush's approval rating is at 45 percent, the lowest of his presidency. Wonder if that Social Security/Terri Schiavo invented crisis one-two punch had anything to do with it? 2006 is going to be so fun.
I'm probably going to have to spend a few extra years in purgatory for this, but the Terri Schiavo status bar extension for Firefox is humming away on my computer right now. It says, "Alive."
This is sick. I thought that invoking the police state idea was the idea of a few on the fanatical right. Now William J. Bennett, Book of Virtues author and gambling addict, says the same thing in a piece w he co-wrote with Brian T. Kennedy in The National Review:
The "auxiliary precautions" of Florida government in this case the Florida supreme court have failed Terri Schiavo. It is time, therefore, for Governor Bush to execute the law and protect her rights, and, in turn, he should take responsibility for his actions. Using the state police powers, Governor Bush can order the feeding tube reinserted. His defense will be that he and a majority of the Florida legislature believe the Florida Constitution requires nothing less. Some will argue that Governor Bush will be violating the law. We think he will not be violating the law, but if he is judged to have done so, it will be in the tradition of Martin Luther King, Jr., who answered to a higher law than a judge's opinion. In so doing, King showed respect for the man-made law by willingly going to jail (on a Good Friday); Governor Bush may have to face impeachment because of his decision.And, Bennett invokes Dr. King, as if this case is parallel. Why didn't he equate it with storming the Bastille (oh, that's right, those guys were French, and righties don't like the French)?
It's over. The United States Supreme Court refused to order Terri Schiavo's feeding tube be reinserted. It's the fifth time they've said no.
Media Matters has a piece about Hannity and Colmes touting a doctor as a Nobel Prize nominated neurologist. Not quite. The guy was nominated by someone who cannot nominate another for a Nobel Prize. Yeah, yeah, did I tell you I'm a Nobel Prize nominated blogger? Yeah, heh-heh. I'm going to have a friend of mine write a letter to the Nobel committee and nominate me for a Nobel Prize in Literature.
A little laugh never hurts. Did you see this bunny rap?
Atrios point us to a piece by Chris Hayes that he says is must reading. It is. CC has said several times to me that we need to stop preaching to the converted and if we really want to do something constructive, we need to create a constructive dialog with the unconverted. He was right. In How to turn Your Red State Blue, Hayes outlines how to help righties make the switch to progressivism. (Side thought...ever see those Switch ads on Apple? I'm going to get working on that.)
Susie says it looks like Man-on-Dog Senator Santorum is going down. He's neck and neck in polling with state Treasurer Robert P. Casey, Jr. While Santorum has been humping for the religious right he's been getting dogged by his hypocrisy. Ruff, ruff.
A federal judge rejected a request this morning to reinsert Terri Schiavo's feeding tube. The Republicans still won't give up.
A motorist drives by one of 30 billboards depicting Czech Prime Minister Stanislav Gross with a caption reading 'I am ashamed of my Prime Minister,' which appeared across Prague suburbs.I think we might want to start an "I'm ashamed of my president" campaign. Anyone out there handy with Photoshop?
This Terri Schiavo issue is going to backfire on the duplicitous Republicans. In an ABC News poll on Sunday, 70% of Americans said they think the Terri Schiavo life-or-death decision is a private one and that the U.S. Congress has no right to violate our Constitution. Let's see, our economy is tanking, terror is on the rise, we're in a war in Iraq, yet George Bush thinks the top national priority in this case that's been adjudicated in 19 different courtrooms. George, go back to Texas and apply your "I will continue to stand on the side of those defending life for all Americans" standard to other Texans you said it was okay to starve to death if they couldn't afford care.
Andrew Cohen writes Trial by Legislation, which is a clear and readable explanation of what will happen in the Terri Schiavo case. From his powerful article:
QUESTION: What does that concept do the regular give and take between the court systems, the idea of comity and cooperation between judges?George Bush came back early from his vacation in Texas. This life is precious. The 135+ prisoners and the 1,500 American soldiers in Iraq he condemned to death don't count.
ANSWER: It destroys it. But that's the whole point of this Congressional action. Not liking a particular result in a case that has been litigated fully and completely by a court with competent jurisdiction, Congress now has said that the game must be re-done with new rules that heavily favor one side over the other. The implications of this move are astonishing. Just think about it. Anytime Congress doesn't like the result in a particular case, it could swoop in and call a "do-over," which is essentially what this legislation represents. And this from a Congress that has for a decade or so tried to keep all sorts of citizens-- including disabled employees-- out of federal court. If this law is declared valid, no decision in any state court in the country will be immune from Congressional second-guessing. It would throw out of whack the entire concept of separation of powers. The constitutional law expert Tribe calls it "trial by legislation" and he is right.
George Bush signed a law that could lead to Terri Schiavo's body being reanimated once again. Since it's so close to Easter, the president thought it would be a good magician's trick to have Schiavo rise from the dead. "Heal, heal, heal!" Bush said.
[I] stand on the side of those defending life for all Americans, including those with disabilities.He stands on the side of those defending life for all Americans. Tell that to the 1,521 Americans soldiers who have been killed so far in Iraq. Or the 135+ death row inmates in Texas he ignored as they were lethally injected. I feel there's a sick joke in here somewhere, but I just don't have the energy for it when George Bush is playing god.
In cases like this one, where there are serious questions and substantial doubts, our society, our laws and our courts should have a presumption in favor of life.
Here's something you don't like to read in your local newspaper:
Last year there were only 11 days when no one was shot in Philadelphia.That's the lead story in the Philadelphia Inquirer today titled Shootings Ravage City Neighborhood. The article discusses gun deaths in the city and the heightened awareness of the dangers because there have been 22 gun deaths in the last 11 days in Philly. I love this city. I hope it's not going to become Killadelphia.
On average, more than four people a day were struck by bullets. About one in six died. On one day alone - Oct. 22 - 19 people were shot, one fatally.
This one made me laugh: shouting Freebird in a crowded theater.
Blatherskite has a look at the travesty surrounding the Terry Schiavo case. As she says, "Sometimes one just has to let go." I could rant about the duplicity of those who scream about state's rights and activist judges only to invoke the opposite when it suits them. And where were those same people when George Bush was killing over 135 prisoners on Texas's death row? Okay, I did rant a little. I just hope Terry Schiavo slips away quietly and all the people in her vegetative life get some peace.
Cotton is the traditional second anniversary gift. What's an invading president to do when he needs to buy an invasion gift on the second anniversary of shock and awe in Iraq? Saturday is the when George Bush's democracy starting raining down on Iraq. Philly brings to our attention a peace vigil at the Art Museum. I'll be wearing cotton.
Although I'm sadly in Chicago this week and won't be able to join them, but the Philly Bloggers will be having a meetup tonight at 7PM at Independence Brew Pub. Karl has been moving this forward, along with his great drive on Philly Future. I look forward to being there the next time. Cheers, friends.
David Scott Anderson poses an important question on In Search of Utopia about lefty blog cooperation that I found very interesting. Check out Open Letter to the Whales of the Lefty Blogosphere. And share a link or two, my friends.
Italy is leaving Iraq in September. Arrivederci, George Bush and the Coalition of the Killing.
No, I don't feel particularly gloomy, I just wanted to write Beware the Ides of March. Here's the quick explanation of what it's about from About:
If you've heard the warning, "Beware the Ides of March," then it's probably due to the works of William Shakespeare. The Roman ruler, Julius Caesar, was assassinated on the Ides of March - March 15, 44 B.C.E. In Shakespeare's play Julius Caesar, a soothsayer tells Caesar who is already on his way to the Senate (and his death), "Beware the ides of March." Caesar replies, "He is a dreamer; let us leave him. Pass."Hey, yesterday was Pi Day (3.14) and I forgot to mention that - so here's a link for you math geeks out there.
Yes, the George Bush plan is working with the warhawks in Israel. From The Times:
Israel has drawn up secret plans for a combined air and ground attack on targets in Iran if diplomacy fails to halt the Iranian nuclear programme.Tag: Iran
The inner cabinet of Ariel Sharon, the Israeli prime minister, gave initial authorisation for an attack at a private meeting last month on his ranch in the Negev desert.
What if al Qaeda is just a bogeyman, put out to scare little American kiddies at night? Attytood wonders if Muhammed Ali Atta and Friends were the whole lot:
What if al-Qaeda shot its wad that sunny morning? What if the reason that 19 people took part and hijacked four planes was because those were the only al-Qaeda cells that ever existed. What if Mohammad Atta and his despicable crew were the only 19 folks on the planet with the skill to pull off a 9/11 and also the will to kill themselves?Well worth the read...look at the comments, too.
Fortunately, everyone I know is safe and sound -thanks god. I have been very lucky since I took the train 15' earlier than the bomb attack at the same rail station. A terrible tragedy. Thank you, my friend, for having me in your thoughts.
Kos talks about the USA Next case, where that group used a private photo to drive its anti-AARP, anti-Social Security drive:
A federal judge in Washington, DC just granted the gay couple's request for a temporary restraining order against USA Next, requiring the organization to cease and desist from further use of the couple's photos for any purpose. This is a big deal because it means the judge has found that the guys have a very good chance of winning their case, and he also said he could see how they could get damages.In case you haven't been following this one, USA Next stole a gay couple's wedding photo and then used the unauthorized photo on a website implying that the AARP's agenda was against American troops and for gay marriage. Incredible.
Joseph Galloway writes a thought-provoking piece titled Remember All Those Arguments Made 1,500 Deaths Ago? Wow.
No matter what lies those soldier-hating, homo-worshipping wrinkle-Nazis at the AARP may spout, Social Security is in trouble careening wildly down an ice-slicked toboggan chute towards certain violent annihilation against a jagged concrete wall of convincingly simulated reality. Fortunately, decades of study by Americas's most brilliant conservative economists/banking executives have devised four ultra-viable CURES to the impending retirement apocalypse. Please review these options below, and VOTE FOR YOUR PREFERENCE!Tag: Iraq
I was among the 20-man unit, including eight of Arab descent, who searched for Saddam for three days in the area of Dour near Tikrit, and we found him in a modest home in a small village and not in a hole as announced.Tag: Iraq
Dragonballyee's friend Austin is right in the middle of the action in Bolivia. Check out what's going on in a place where real political change is fomenting. Spend some time reading and looking at the articles. As it says on his site, South America: Hey, look Travelsters - There's an entire hemisphere down here!
President Bush was invited to address a major gathering of the American Indian Nation last weekend in Arizona. He spoke for almost an hour on his future plans for increasing every Native American's present standard of living. He referred to his career as Governor of Texas, how he had signed "YES" 1,237 times - for every Indian issue that came to his desk for approval. Although the President was vague on the details of his plan, he seemed most enthusiastic about his future ideas for helping his "red brothers". At the conclusion of his speech, the Tribes presented the President with a plaque inscribed with his new Indian name - Walking Eagle. The proud President then departed in his motorcade, waving to the crowds. A news reporter later inquired to the group of chiefs of how they came to select the new name given to the President. They explained that Walking Eagle is the name given to a bird so full of shit it can no longer fly.
Laws against torture in the U.S.? No problem. Just torture suspects held by the U.S. outside the country. From CNN:
The CIA has been allowed to secretly transfer terrorism suspects overseas for interrogation, a former U.S. official said Sunday, but a White House spokesman denied that the United States used the practice to "export torture."By the way, this practice is supported by George Bush and Alberto Gonzalez. Scary.
In a scary turn of events, a ruling this week in Superior Court said that blog journalists are not protected by the Constitution. Earth Times writes:
A tentative ruling yesterday by Superior Court judge James Kleinberg is likely to have serious implications for the online publishing industry. In a preliminary ruling on a case filed by Apple Computer against three website publishers, the judge said Apple can force the three website publishers to surrender the names of their sources who disclosed confidential information about the companys upcoming products.I love Apple products and I love their ingenuity. But I don't like it when that ingenuity starts violating the open environment that they profess to support. Again, from ET:
By his preliminary ruling, judge Kleinberg had refused to extend to the Web sites the same protection that shields journalists from revealing their unidentified sources or surrendering unpublished material.Note to bog journalists: Get press passes. I have one. We need to move toward greater professionalism and legitimacy if we don't want to see more of this browbeating (you probably know that Jeff Gannon aka Jim Guckert is planning to sue a few bloggers who outted him using publicly-available information).
The Electronic Frontier Foundation argued their position that the web publishers are journalists and their sources are entitled to protection by the California Shield Law and the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. Both protect journalists from being forced to disclose their sources.
Apples attorney Riley countered by saying that free speech protection applied only to legitimate members of the press and not to website publishers. Freedom of the press was for the press, meaning the traditional media, he said.
Here's a fun video of Ari Fleischer on Jon Stewart's The Daily Show. Jon, of course, does a very good job of asking pointed questions. Ari says the White House press corps is more about posturing and making points than being good journalists. Sounds about right.
As if torture and kidnapping isn't enough for the US military and intelligence agencies, now they're working on a bomb that when it doesn't kill, hurts people. Really hurts them. Look at this from an article in New Scientist:
The US military is funding development of a weapon that delivers a bout of excruciating pain from up to 2 kilometres away. Intended for use against rioters, it is meant to leave victims unharmed. But pain researchers are furious that work aimed at controlling pain has been used to develop a weapon. And they fear that the technology will be used for torture.
Here's the coffin of number 1,500. One thousand five-hundred American families torn apart. Countless Iraqis lives altered, and not for the good.
O-Dub has a story today about the Department of Homeland Security requiring "immigrants in 8 cities who are in the process of applying for residency to wear electronic monitoring ankle bracelets 24/7." Scary, indeed. Witch hunts and the scarlet letter cannot be far behind.
Buh-bye, George. George Bush tried to ram Social Security privatization down America's throat. It didn't work. Now support for Bush's plan is down to 33% and dropping fast. Support is 33%. 56% oppose. You would think for a man who called 51% a "mandate," he would understand when 56% say no that's a goddam landslide.
[CBS] reports that intelligence analysts believe bin Laden is calling on al-Zarqawi to go after American targets both overseas and in the United States.Tag: Iraq
Bin Laden was in contact with al-Zarqawi within the past two months in an effort to enlist him in attacks, said an official, who spoke on condition of anonymity. The move may reflect the al Qaeda leadership's desire to involve al-Zarqawi in activities outside Iraq, the official said.