6.25.2005

Bernie Sanders: Genius!

Think about it:

In my view, the key to putting control back in the hands of the majority is to mobilize at the grassroots -- to show people that politics is meaningful and that the political process can produce positive changes in their own lives. Certainly, the largest corporations understand the value of being politically active.
Oh they do, they most certainly do... do you?

And Liberals Are Considered UnAmerican???

Young Republicans support Iraq war, but not all are willing to join the fight
We've said it before and we'll keep saying it: virtue never tested is no virtue at all. Karl Rove called all "Liberals" UnAmerican & traitors this week, but these self-described Young Republicans are. We're gonna let them hang themselves here:

Young Republicans gathered here for their party's national convention are united in applauding the war in Iraq, supporting the U.S. troops there and calling the U.S. mission a noble cause.

But there's no such unanimity when they're asked a more personal question: Would you be willing to put on the uniform and go to fight in Iraq?

In more than a dozen interviews, Republicans in their teens and 20s offered a range of answers. Some have friends in the military in Iraq and are considering enlisting; others said they can better support the war by working politically in the United States; and still others said they think the military doesn't need them because the U.S. presence in Iraq is sufficient.
Our Favorite?
"Frankly, I want to be a politician. I'd like to survive to see that," said Vivian Lee, 17, a war supporter visiting the convention from Los Angeles,

Lee said she supports the war but would volunteer only if the United States faced a dire troop shortage or "if there's another Sept. 11."
Gee for many true heroes, like the late Pat Tillman, 1 September 11th was enough. No wonder Ms. Lee is a Republican since her attitude was shared by so many of them during Viet Nam.

Some more of Mommy's Little Monster...
"As long as there's a steady stream of volunteers, I don't see why I necessarily should volunteer," said Lee, who has a cousin deployed in the Middle East.
Hmmm, there aren't. You're needed. Go
"If there was a need presented, I would go," said Chris Cusmano
There is: go.
"I physically probably couldn't do a whole lot" in Iraq, said Tiffanee Hokel, 18, of Webster City, Iowa, who called the war a moral imperative. She knows people posted in Iraq, but she didn't flinch when asked why she wouldn't go.

"I think I could do more here," Hokel said, adding that she's focusing on political action that supports the war and the troops.

"We don't have to be there physically to fight it," she said.
Oh where to start? You support the war? Go fight it. If you don't support the war? You get to stay and fight it here. That's how it works, not the other way around.

Another fav?
Similarly, 20-year-old Jeff Shafer, a University of Pennsylvania student, said vital work needs to be done in the United States. There are Republican policies to maintain and protect and an economy to sustain, Shafer said.
Dude you are in the wrong f@#king party... there is nothing in the current Republican agenda worth fighting for and our economy isn't doing so well regardless of what Mommy & Daddy are telling you.

Thanks to Atrios & Americablog for doing the good Lord's work!

6.24.2005

Freedom 1, American Taliban 0

Ashcroft Gone, Justice Statues Disrobe
Wow. Just like in The Daily Show's America: The Book.

With barely a word about it, workers at the Justice Department Friday removed the blue drapes that have famously covered two scantily clad statues for the past 3 1/2 years.
Oh, not so much like America: The Book.
Spirit of Justice, with her one breast exposed and her arms raised, and the bare-chested male Majesty of Law basked in the late afternoon light of Justice's ceremonial Great Hall.

The drapes, installed in 2002 at a cost of $8,000, allowed then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to speak in the Great Hall without fear of a breast showing up behind him in television or newspaper pictures. They also provoked jokes about and criticism of the deeply religious Ashcroft.

The 12-foot, 6-inch aluminum statues were installed shortly after the building opened in the 1930s.

With a change in leadership at Justice, Attorney General Alberto Gonzales faced the question: Would they stay or would they go?

He regularly deflected the question, saying he had weightier issues before him.
Yes, weightier issues like how best to torture folks and look at what books folks are reading at their local libraries.

Hey, at least a naked breast doesn't freak him out. Anyone else think Ashcroft protested just a bit too much...

(Thanks to AmericaBlog for the heads up!)

6.23.2005

Ralph Reed: Super Hypocrite

Thank the Sweet Baby Jesus for the folks at Think Progress who can connect all the dots...
Which should we believe: Ralph in 2005?

Friday I spoke to Boys State, the American Legion leadership development program for young men... I urged them to get involved in the civic process [and] serve the public rather than special interests.
Or Ralph in 1998?
Hey, now that I'm done with the electoral politics, I need to start humping in corporate accounts! I'm counting on you to help me with some contacts.
What a dick.

Your 'Property' Means Nothing

Supreme Court Rules Cities May Seize Homes
See you may be standing in the if you actually think that "owning" a a home or property actually means anything if Big Business & Big Government think they can make a buck:

A divided Supreme Court ruled that local governments may seize people's homes and businesses against their will for private development in a decision anxiously awaited in communities where economic growth conflicts with individual property rights.

Thursday's 5-4 ruling represented a defeat for some Connecticut residents whose homes are slated for destruction to make room for an office complex. They argued that cities have no right to take their land except for projects with a clear public use, such as roads or schools, or to revitalize blighted areas.
Yes, we always equate "private development" with "public use" if by 'public use' you mean "we're gonna turn it into upscale condos, shopping and other business where even the parking isn't free"...
Local officials, not federal judges, know best in deciding whether a development project will benefit the community, justices said.

"The city has carefully formulated an economic development that it believes will provide appreciable benefits to the community, including — but by no means limited to — new jobs and increased tax revenue," Justice
John Paul Stevens wrote for the majority.
In other words: "if there is a buck to be made then you must fuck off 'cuz you're holding everyone back!"

The really really sad thing? Scalia, Thomas & Rehnquist were the "resonable" folks, along by O'Connor (who dated Rehnquist in law school if memory serves) here. Amazing. We guess that 'Constitution in Exile' thing doesn't want it's home taken either:
"Any property may now be taken for the benefit of another private party, but the fallout from this decision will not be random," O'Connor wrote. "The beneficiaries are likely to be those citizens with disproportionate influence and power in the political process, including large corporations and development firms."
You got that right boyo, you got that right...

6.22.2005

Say What You Will Clarence...


Karl Mueller, 1963-2005.

Rest in peace Karl.

6.21.2005

Voice of America... Not So American Anymore?

Nothing is safe

Labor leaders and activists have denounced the business community for years for "outsourcing" work to other countries. Now the federal government is planning to shift a handful of highly symbolic jobs overseas, and labor unions and lawmakers are protesting angrily.

The Voice of America recently decided to move part of its late night news operation to Hong Kong, possibly hiring foreign workers. That has caught the attention of the Democrats on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, who are joining labor groups in urging the news service to keep the positions inside U.S. borders.

[snip]

VOA has a budget of almost $160 million and employs more than 1,400 workers. Some of them work overseas, but they are either U.S. citizens or freelance workers hired by regional VOA bureaus. The service has never before moved an entire news shift overseas, and critics are afraid it won't be the last.

Some, including the senators who signed the letter, hold that VOA's function as a mouthpiece for American values precludes it from contracting out writing work to non-citizens.

"We find it difficult to believe VOA will be able to satisfy its mission of projecting 'significant American thought' through non-American citizens," the letter said.
It's the little things isn't it? Whatever this is... it isn't a good sign.