Sunday, May 01, 2005

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11/03/05 - 20.04:
"Can I quit now? Can I go home?" A Quote from former FEMA chief Michael Brown's Hurrican Katrina emails. Check them out in full here. At one stage Marty Bahamonde wrote to Brown describing the situation as "past critical," citing people near death and food and water running out at the Superdome. Brown's entire response was, "Thanks for the update. Anything specific I need to do or tweak?" How on earth can anyone have concluded that he was the most qualified person for this immense responsibility? Answer here. Work out the common denominator.

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Also in the news:
Slate: Liberal's should Prefer Scalia to Alito.
Gubernatorial Races: NJ: Corzine by 8%, VA: Kaine by 2%,
Michelle Malkin: Evil, evil, evil Liberals.
Scalito’s Mom: "Of course he’s against abortion"

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11/02/05 - 23.04:
A young Samuel Alito supported gay rights, and privacy rights. He wrote: "The erosion of privacy, unlike war, economic bad times, or domestic unrest, does not jump to the citizen's attention... But by the time privacy is seriously compromised, it is too late to clamor for reform." Hat tip: America Blog

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11/02/05 - 21.33:
If Samuel Alito intends to overturn Roe vs. Wade the American people think he shouldn't be confirmed by 53% to 37%. A pretty clear message for Senate Democrats to saddle up for this ideological battle that Conservatives were clammering for after Miers was nominated. And yet, isn't it interesting how, since her withdrawal, right wing SCOTUS talking points have revolved around petty politics, smearing Democrats, with no noble proposition of textualism, or Originalism, or states rights in abortion cases. There was a political calculus in nominating Miers and Roberts... Scalito is vulnerable.

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11/02/05 - 13.20:
Scooter's duuurrrty. Check out this quote from his 1996 novel. It sounds eerily familiar to the interrogation techniques Libby had been aggressively defending before his indictment. Valerie Plame got off lightly. Scooter's replacement likes torture, too.

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11/02/05 - 13.10:
Saddam Hussein supposedly offered to go into exhile before the invasion of Iraq, effecting free elections in six months. I don't think this should be taken seriously. Saddam's tyranical infrustructure far exceded his own political presence.

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11/02/05 - 13.05:
Rising Democratic star Harold Ford Jr, an articulate moderate who should have ousted Nancy Pelosi for House Minority Leader, looks like he could be heading for the Senate in 2006. He's taken a 55% lead in the Dem primary polls, + leads in State wide polls for the first time. Not bad for the Red State of Tennessee.

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Also in the news:
America Blog: Trent Lott (still bitter?) thinks Rove should go.
WP: Libby vs. The WH?
Andrew Sullivan: A Liberal for Alito.
Scalito’s Mom: "Of course he’s against abortion"
The Nation: Can Dems say Finito to Scalito?

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11/02/05 - 0.07:
Democratic Minority Leader Harry Reid took the Senate into closed session to force Republicans not to renege on their pledges to scrutinize the Iraq war intelligence failures. C & L have videos here and here. This was a shot across the bow from Democrats ahead of Alito's confirmation hearings. Well done Harry Reid :).

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11/01/05 - 10.00:
So this is the new design for my political site. I hope people like it. I wanted to deviate from the standard blogger templates, and also give myself a bit more flexibility posting, hence the headlines section you see before you. If you experience any problems... like the side bar appearing where it shouldn't or pictures getting stacked etc, especially if you're using Firefox or Safari, then please let me know in the comments section. I hope you like it everybody :). If you don't, then just wait until tomorrow to tell me because I've been up all night working on the damn thing and I don't think I have the emotional energy to handle the critcism, no matter how constructive :P.

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11/01/05 - 09.21:
Is owning this a constitutional right?
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Samuel Alito seems to thinks so. The US constitutions says "the right to bear arms shall not be infringed," not the right to bear weaponry capable of incinerating a school yard in a mili-second. Can we own tanks? Cause I really wanna' tank. Oh, and one of these, too. Isn't it a shame that these guys aren't still around to join in the potential fun?

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10/31/05... Also in the news:
Scalito’s Mom: "Of course he’s against abortion"
America Blog: Alito supported workplace discrimination
Michelle Malkin: View from the right on Alito
Daily Kos: Conservative activist judges?
Political Notio: Alito – More work to do
Talking Points Memo: Cheney replaces Libby
Bill Kristol: The Left's Cruelest Month

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