Saturday, October 21, 2006

A Day of National Shame

Thanks to the Republican Congress, the President can now have you killed. And there is nothing that anyone can do about it.

Friday, October 20, 2006

Early Halloween


Tuesday, October 17, 2006

181 Reasons Not To Vote For Joe Lieberman

Read them here, courtesy of davefromqueens at Daily Kos.

Monday, October 16, 2006

Double Standard

Edith Jones investigates a bankruptcy judge for writing a letter to
NPR about Bush's policies:

"A local federal judge's radio show diatribe about tactics in the war
on terrorism is turning into a test of what members of the judiciary
can say when they sound off publicly.
Venting in an e-mail to National Public Radio, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge
Leif M. Clark last week denounced the recently passed legislation that
limits the rights of terror suspects to challenge their detentions and
see certain evidence against them.

"These are the tactics of the old Soviet Union, not of a country that
stands for freedom and the rule of law," Clark, responding to a NPR
discussion of the legislation, opined in the message that was posted in
full on the network's Web site and read aloud Thursday on Morning
Edition.

The result: Clark's e-mail now is under review by the chief judge of
the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals, the tribunal that disciplines federal
judicial misconduct in Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi."


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"Fifth Circuit Chief Judge Edith H. Jones said that while no one has
formally complained about Clark's e-mail, she has the authority to
initiate a disciplinary review. Given current political concerns about
judicial discipline, she added, it was her responsibility to consider
the matter seriously.

Even so, Jones stressed she hasn't yet made up her mind. Clark's
comments "may or may not be a violation of anything," she said."


In other news, Richard Posner writes a friggin' book defending the
suspension of civil rights in times of "national emergency."


No double standard at work here, right?

Sound Financial Planning

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) -- A man who couldn't find steady work came up with a
plan to make it through the next few years until he could collect Social
Security: He robbed a bank, then handed the money to a guard and waited for
police.

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He pleaded guilty to robbery, and a court-ordered psychological exam found him competent.

"It's a pretty sad story when someone feels that's their only alternative," said defense attorney Jeremy W. Dodgion, who described Bowers as "a charming old man."

Prosecutors had considered arguing against putting Bowers in prison at taxpayer expense, but they worried he would do something more reckless to be put behind bars.

"It's not the financial plan I would choose, but it's a financial plan," prosecutor Dan Cable said.

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