Thursday, April 26, 2007

Rice cooked




OH happy day.

Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday subpoenaed Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice to testify about a central and later refuted administration justification for the 2003 U.S.-led invasion of Iraq.


Stevie Wonder could have seen what would come next:

But the administration said it might fight the subpoena, citing a legal doctrine that can shield a president and his aides from having to answer questions from Congress.


Maybe I will finally see some of those "checks and balances" that I heard about.

On a party-line vote of 21-10, the House of Representatives' Oversight and Government Reform Committee approved a subpoena for Rice, which was quickly issued.


Here's hoping. Reuters has the story.

linky

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Watch where you point that marker

Un. Be. Lieve. A. Ble.

An adjunct professor was fired after leading a classroom discussion about the Virginia Tech shootings in which he pointed a marker at some students and said "pow."


Yahoo has the story.

linky

Abortion, Revisited

SO somehow I got on the mailing list of the National Organization for Women, and despite my best efforts, I keep getting emails from them. Last week the (mostly male) Supreme Court upheld the Federal Abortion Ban on partial birth abortions. This was a very important decision, as it is essentially the first step towards completely removing a woman's right to choose.

According to the email I got, the women at NOW are planning a "national call in day" to support the "Freedom of Choice" act.

Ladies - I have a suggestion for you. Why don't you also call Nancy Keenan over at NARAL (202.973.3000) and tell her thanks for fucking you over by endorsing Lieberman instead of Ned Lamont, who was deemed to be "too progressive".

Lieberman, whose predicable spinelessness and staunch refusal to carry out the will of the people, was instrumental in getting Alito past the senate. The last time this was in front of the Supreme Court, Sandra Day O'Connor was sitting, and she voted against this decision. Thanks to Lieberman, Alito replaced the retiring Sandra, and now we are where we are.

The SCOTUSblog has some pretty good analysis, but heres the summary:

In the course of her dissenting opinion, Ginsburg accused the majority of offering "flimsy and transparent justifications" for upholding the ban. She also denounced the Kennedy opinion for its use of "abortion doctor" to describe specialists who perform gynecological services, "unborn child" and "baby" to describe a fetus, and "preferences" based on "mere convenience" to describe the medical judgments of trained doctors. She also commented: "Ultimately, the Court admits that 'moral concerns' are at work, concerns that could yield prohibitions on any abortion."

Joining Kennedy in the majority were the Chief Justice, and Justices Alito, Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas. With Ginsburg in dissent were Justices Stephen G. Breyer, David H. Souter and John Paul Stevens. Thus, Alito's replacement of retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor made the most difference in turning the Court around from its 2000 decision in the Stenberg case. O'Connor was in the majority in that decision, as were the four dissenters in this new decision.


Well done, you stupid fucks, grats on Step 1 to getting Rov v. Wade overturned.

Ten Steps to Fascist America




This is a truly disturbing article from the Guardian. Well worth the read, and definitely worth passing on.

linky

El lobo




WELL it took long enough.

An agency that oversees the World Bank is asking for the resignation of the bank's president, former deputy U.S. Defense Secretary Paul Wolfowitz.


linky

Monday, April 23, 2007

Jury Gone Wild

If theres is one link I put up that you read, read this one.

linky

Why are poor people fat?

Pretty interesting article in the nytimes about why poor people in the US suffer from obesity.

Drewnowski gave himself a hypothetical dollar to spend, using it to purchase as many calories as he possibly could. He discovered that he could buy the most calories per dollar in the middle aisles of the supermarket, among the towering canyons of processed food and soft drink. (In the typical American supermarket, the fresh foods — dairy, meat, fish and produce — line the perimeter walls, while the imperishable packaged goods dominate the center.) Drewnowski found that a dollar could buy 1,200 calories of cookies or potato chips but only 250 calories of carrots. Looking for something to wash down those chips, he discovered that his dollar bought 875 calories of soda but only 170 calories of orange juice.

As a rule, processed foods are more “energy dense” than fresh foods: they contain less water and fiber but more added fat and sugar, which makes them both less filling and more fattening. These particular calories also happen to be the least healthful ones in the marketplace, which is why we call the foods that contain them “junk.” Drewnowski concluded that the rules of the food game in America are organized in such a way that if you are eating on a budget, the most rational economic strategy is to eat badly — and get fat.


linky

Friday, April 20, 2007

Yes Virginia, there are crazy people out there

SO I've been watching the news, reading stuff online and listening to talk radio, and there are about a million knee-jerk suggestions on what could have been done to prevent the Virgina shootings.

I have heard:


  • Banning guns altogether
  • Banning high capacity magazines (even though there is no evidence he had any)
  • Requiring all students to have guns to defend themselves
  • Requiring all teachers to have guns to defend the students
  • Requiring certain students and teachers to have guns
  • More campus police
  • Installing a campus-wide siren system
  • Bullet-proof steel doors (SUP!)
  • Banning koreans


    OK, so the last one was a joke.

    But here is the thing that everyone seems to be missing:

    A year and a half before he committed the crime Monday, Cho underwent psychiatric treatment for a mental disorder and was arrested several times. The most noticeable incident was at the end of 2005, when Cho made phone calls and sent e-mails to two female students that amounted to stalking. Faculty in the English Department, alarmed by Cho’s odd behavior and the violent nature of this writing, asked the university to exclude him from English classes. His behavior showed a pattern similar to that of gunmen in other shootings at American schools in the past, but the school ignored the warning and let Cho continue with his classes.


    Maybe we should focus on getting better at spotting crazy people and actually listening to the people that warn us about them so we can treat the crazy people before they hurt someone.

    Or would that be too hard?

    linky
  • Thursday, April 19, 2007

    More, More, More

    WHAT is the solution to a student going crazy and shooting 32 people? More guns of course!

    What is reasonable, however, is giving students, faculty, and staff who meet certain rigorous standards the ability to bring handguns on campus for the defense of themselves and others in extraordinary life-threatening circumstances.


    Some crazy people out there...

    linky

    1st. Amendment. R.I.P.

    CAN someone please tell me what crime was committed, exactly?

    A University of Colorado student pleaded not guilty Wednesday to making comments that classmates deemed sympathetic toward the gunman blamed for killing 32 students and himself at Virginia Tech, authorities said.

    During a class discussion Tuesday of Monday's massacre at Virginia Tech, Max Karson "made comments about understanding how someone could kill 32 people," university police Cmdr. Brad Wiesley said.


    linky

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    How many copies of Vista




    SO Microsoft has launched Vista in China, and its been out for 2 weeks now. Guess how many copies have sold.

    If you guessed 244, you would be right.

    linky

    Tuesday, April 17, 2007

    Cheney en Fuego!

    I can't even think of an opener for this one.

    April 17, 2007

    Dear Colleague:

    This week I intend to introduce Articles of Impeachment with respect to the conduct of Vice President Cheney. Please have your staff contact my office . . . if you would like to receive a confidential copy of the document prior to its introduction in the House.

    Sincerely,

    /s/

    Dennis J. Kucinich

    Member of Congress


    Granted, it has zero chance of succeeding, but finally somebody is saying what everybody is thinking.

    Rice cooking




    THIS just in from the "its sounds too good to be true" department.

    Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice could face a subpoena from the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform [...] to testify on the intelligence used to justify the invasion of Iraq and other issues.


    Lets cross our fingers.

    linky

    Thursday, April 12, 2007

    Home Depot Ripoff

    EVERY now and again, I actually get a funny email. This is one of them.

    A "heads up" for those of you who may be regular Home Depot customers.

    Over the last month I became a victim of a clever scam while shopping. Simply going out to get supplies has turned out to be quite traumatic. Don't be naive enough to think it couldn't happen to you.

    Here's how the scam works:

    Two seriously good-looking 20-21 year-old girls come over to your car as you are packing your shopping into the trunk. They both start wiping your windshield with a rag and Windex, with their breasts almost falling out of their skimpy T-shirts. It is impossible not to look.

    When you thank them and offer them a tip, they say "No" and instead ask you for a ride to another Home Depot or Lowe's.

    You agree and they get in the back seat.

    On the way, they start having sex with each other. Then one of them climbs over into the front seat and performs oral sex on you, while the other one steals your wallet.

    I had my wallet stolen September 4th, 9th, 10th, twice on the 15th, 17th, 20th, & 24th. Also October 1st, 3rd, twice on the 7th, three times just yesterday and very likely again this upcoming weekend. So be careful.

    Tuesday, April 10, 2007

    wtf....

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    *sigh*