Saturday, December 03, 2005

EPA to allow pesticide testing on orphans amd mentally handicapped children

what the fuck is wrong with these people

Pentagon pays $300 Million to news agencies in Iraq

Proponents of such tactics argue that different standards should be applied to what is permissible in a combat zone such as Iraq than, say, in the United States or other stable democracies.

I don't have time yet but somebody check on this lincoln group. i believe there are ties to the CIA and Bush donors

Good hing somebody's making money off the war

You may remember me talking about this guy a few months ago. He has received something like 300% PAY RAISE SINCE THE WAR STARTED.

Joint Cheifs Gen. Pace sets Rummy straight on torture

here is video of the following exchange. It's almost smack dab in the middle.

General Pace: "It is absolutely the responsibility of every U.S. service member, if they see inhumane treatment being conducted, to intervene to stop it,"
Rumsfeld: "But I don't think you mean they have an obligation to physically stop it; it's to report it."
General Pace: "If they are physically present when inhumane treatment is taking place, sir, they have an obligation to try to stop it ."

Friday, December 02, 2005

Activist judges?

there are 680 district judgeships and 179 in the court of appeals. Now somebody straighten me out please. That's 859 judges plus the supreme court. these judges can only be appointed by the President of the United States.
now put that up against this:
Overall, in his four-plus years in office, Bush has pushed a Republican-leaning federal judiciary farther to the right with more than 200 appointments to appellate and district courts.His district court appointees have been "dramatically conservative but not off the board - not so bizarre that the other judges wouldn't know them or speak to them," said Robert A. Carp, a political scientist at the University of Houston who has studied the federal judiciary extensively. Bush's district appointees stand out as particularly conservative on civil liberties cases such as abortion, freedom of speech and gay rights, Carp found.On these matters, Bush's district judgeships were rated 28 percent liberal in Carp's study. That put them well to the right of jurists appointed by Presidents Nixon, at 38 percent, and Ford, at 40 percent, and slightly to the right of Reagan and the first President Bush, both of whom were rated 32 percent liberal.By the end of his second term, Bush could eclipse Presidents Clinton and Reagan in the number of judges selected - and leave an ideological imprint on the courts for generations to come.Since 1968, when Nixon was elected, Republican presidents have appointed 1,040 judges; Democrats have named 625. While many of the Bush appointees are replacing jurists named by previous Republican presidents, toward the end of his term Bush could have more opportunities to replace some of the Clinton judges, which would have even greater impact.The cumulative effect, said political scientist Donald Songer of the University of South Carolina, is that "the last three Republican presidents' nominees control virtually the whole judiciary."

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Check out this info on Duke Cunningham

you may remember this republican congressman. I talked abiout him on the show a few months ago. he sold his house to a defense contractor for way more than the market value and a few months later the contractor sold the house for the market value. excess equals bribe. These links further expose his hypocrisy as he talks the republican tough on crime line but shows how easily he can stray from that path when it involves first his son and now his own pockets.

organ donors

I'm okay with making organ donation automatic unless people opt out

more examples of the coming police state?

woman arrested for not showing ID on bus

kid suspended for taking camera out of bathroom

courts okay bag searches

here are just a few stories in different parts of the country where our rights are being encroached upon. We just have to keep an eye out. because the media is not letting us know when these things are happening. I don't know if it's a conspiracy or we jsut don't "connect the dots". that's why I put this out there. for you to connect the dots

an interesting thought on price controls

submitted by mike in mission

Think about your food supply

If you go to the site above you will find recipes to mix little jelly belly pellets and get all sorts of tastes. This is what , in effect we are eating everytime we eat fast food or most processed foods in the grocery store. the reason every hamburger at every Mc Ds tastes the same whether you're in Kansas, Georgia, Ohio, or Maryland ( I've tested it. It's true) is the flavorings that they inject into the processing of your meat and potatoes. That's not even mentioning :
  • the hormones and antibiotics they feed the cows that we get to eat.
  • the cats and dogs fed to the cows we get to eat
  • the potential for serious and wide spread outbreaks of nasty stuff like Ecoli

I just listened to "Fast Food Nation" by Eric Schlosser great stuff.

can we build a better world?

What if we did something crazy like cut the defense budget by 10% ( they could handle it because the lose billions and don't have clue where it goes)and spent the money on an auditing arm of government (perhaps the CBO or GAO) that sought out waste and corruption in the whole of govt. and they had real power to audit and real punishments were handed out.

Undoubtedly there would be a great deal of savings found in cleaning up these budgets.

The idea here is to get programs to focus on their missions. If the waste and corruption re caught and the money is spent on more hospital beds or more money inthe classroom , loans , armor for the troops.

WalMart is at it again

submitted by Mike in Mission

here we go kids

I'm going to try and get back to posting. As always, I'll post things that you send to me ( but i'll edit/editorialize the way I want. If you send it make your case in the comments and don't expect me to make your case for you, especially if it's a weak case.

And please can you folks keep it a little more civil. It's free speech but jeez.