From the monthly archives: January 2007

Loyalty Oaths and Dear Leader

On January 26, 2007 By

Right-wing authoritarianism is scary.

If the United States Senate passes a resolution, non-binding or otherwise, that criticizes the commitment of additional troops to Iraq that General Petraeus has asked for and that the president has pledged, and if the Senate does so after the testimony of General Petraeus on January 23 that such a resolution will be an encouragement to the enemy, I will not contribute to any Republican senator who voted for the resolution. Further, if any Republican senator who votes for such a resolution is a candidate for re-election in 2008, I will not contribute to the […]

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Here is a great story from the dispatch about Scott Pullins trying to sue Miriam St. Jean for being a ‘cyberstalker’.

It’s like trying to sue one of the bulls after being trampled in the annual ‘running of the bulls’ festival in Pamplona, Spain.

Scott Pullins?Is No Hemingway.

You put yourself out there, Scott, now suck it up and take it like a man.

Feuding pair is example of word wars on Web
Thursday, January 25, 2007
Randy Ludlow
Scott Pullins […]

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The latest round of Anti-abortion legislation passed by Ohio’s General Assembly will end up costing Ohio’s taxpayers billions of dollars.

I find it truly amazing that so many Republicans continue to push the party’s anti-abortion agenda even when it conflicts with the rest of their message.

What happened to fiscal responsibility, lowering the tax burden, and preserving and protecting Ohio’s families?

All of those goals were thrown out the window when they passed this ridiculous piece of […]

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The US House finally, and unanimously (who is gonna vote against THIS one?), voted to stop paying pensions to its members who are convicted of certain relevant felonies (e.g. bribery).

Unfortunately, this doesn’t cover those already convicted representatives like Bob Ney and, I assume, Youngstown’s own flamboyant (i.e. crazy) James Traficant.

Also- the bill passed by the Senate states that the new rules won’t kick in for another two […]

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The importance of exact words

On January 23, 2007 By

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I lived in Utah for almost a year- and, from experience, I can tell you that Mormons (i.e. Members of the Church of Latter Day Saints or LDS) are actually pretty nice people.

They don’t push their religion on you and they aren’t judgmental.

If you invite someone out for a drink after work (Mormons don’t drink alcohol) or offer to get them a cup of coffee (Mormons don’t consume caffeine)- they are not offended they simply decline politely.

The rest of the world, however, is not so polite when it comes to the Mormons.

Historically, they have been […]

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Until recently, I was certain I understood presidential elections and what it took to win. My theory went something like this:


1. Governors win presidential elections (Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Bill Clinton, George W. Bush)


2. Senators lose presidential elections (Bob Dole, John Kerry Walter Mondale)


I was convinced that, to win in 2008, the Democrats must have a candidate with proven leadership skills; an executive of some sort. A Governor, preferably.? Maybe a General.? At the very least, a popular, big-city mayor.? But NOT another lousy Senator.


Then I started analyzing the data- and I […]

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Hillary is going to announce her candidacy for the ’08 presidential race?this morning- which means?she?is no longer ‘testing the waters’.?I thought it was a good time to clarify the difference, according to the FEC:?

Testing the Waters and Campaign Committees???

What is the difference between a campaign committee and a testing the waters fund????

An individual who merely tests the waters, but does not campaign for office, does not have to register or report as a candidate.? Therefore, while a campaign committee files disclosure reports, a testing the waters fund does not have to file reports until the […]

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[GONZALES:] “The Constitution does not say that every citizen has the right to habeas corpus.”

Constitution: “The Privilege of the Writ of Habeas Corpus shall not be suspended, unless when in Cases of Rebellion or Invasion the public Safety may require it.”

The Supreme Court agrees with me, and disagrees with Gonzales, importantly in two recent cases, Hamdi v Rumsfeld and Hamdan v Rumsfeld.

HT: CorrenteWire.

Addendum: that actually might not have been the craziest thing said at yesterday’s hearings. Seriously. Glenn Greenwald summarizes:

Or, to put it another way, the Terrorists pose such a grave danger to […]

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Yes, that right – the Pentagon is drafting up rules that would allow for punishments as severe as execution based only on hearsay – stuff that isn’t admissible as evidence in a normal court of law.

The Pentagon has drafted a manual for upcoming detainee trials that would allow suspected terrorists to be convicted on hearsay evidence and coerced testimony and imprisoned or put to death.

Don’t forget – this can happen to US citizens. (See more articles here at Plunderbund on this topic.)

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I was looking forward to seeing Stephen Colbert on the O’Reilly Factor tonight.
I expected it to be uncomfortable and almost painful to watch- also extremely funny.
I even suffered through what I assume is the normal crap on this show: kidnapped kids, medical marijuana and deaths resulting from radio shock-jock stunts.Man, was I disappointed.

The show was completely boring.? Especially the Colbert interview.

The only thing that even came close to being?funny was Stephen’s initial comment:

Bill, thank you for having me on.?
This is an amazing honor- I want you to know? that?
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