July 13th, 2009

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Details about the CIA's Assassination Squad

CIA Had Secret Al Qaeda Plan
Initiative at Heart of Spat With Congress Examined Ways to Seize, Kill Terror Chiefs

A secret Central Intelligence Agency initiative terminated by Director Leon Panetta was an attempt to carry out a 2001 presidential authorization to capture or kill al Qaeda operatives, according to former intelligence officials familiar with the matter.

The precise nature of the highly classified effort isn't clear, and the CIA won't comment on its substance.

According to current and former government officials, the agency spent money on planning and possibly some training. It was acting on a 2001 presidential legal pronouncement, known as a finding, which authorized the CIA to pursue such efforts. The initiative hadn't become fully operational at the time Mr. Panetta ended it.

In 2001, the CIA also examined the subject of targeted assassinations of al Qaeda leaders
, according to three former intelligence officials. It appears that those discussions tapered off within six months. It isn't clear whether they were an early part of the CIA initiative that Mr. Panetta stopped.
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Congress Suddenly Remembers It Can Cut Off Funds

By David Nather | July 10, 2009 4:21 PM

Every once in a while, Congress remembers things it can do when an administration tries to ignore laws Congress has written. But it must be weird for President Obama, the former constitutional law professor, to see it happening on his watch.

Yesterday, the House voted almost unanimously — 429-2 — to negate a signing statement Obama issued that rejected restrictions Congress had placed on funding for the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Obama had claimed the restrictions in the June supplemental spending bill “would interfere with my constitutional authority to conduct foreign relations” and declared that “I will not treat these provisions as limiting my ability to engage in foreign diplomacy or negotiations.”

That an amendment by a Republican — Kay Granger of Texas — would pass a Democratic House with only two dissenting votes was striking in itself. But the Obama administration also got a broader warning during the floor debate, as House Appropriations Chairman David R. Obey of Wisconsin and Financial Services Chairman Barney Frank of Massachusetts said Congress might simply refuse to fund the administration’s requests in the future if it wants to make a fuss about the strings that are attached.

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Yay, bipartisanship? At Rachel Maddow's suggestion, I have a Google News alert set for "signing statements". She wanted to show her viewers how many Bush made, but Obama thus far has also made enough SS (seven in less than six months) to make Candidate Obama wince on that front.

BTW, the two "No" votes were both Dems. Kucinich (lolol) and Fortney Pete Stark, CA-13.
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July 13, 2009 Iran Update

iran protests
Sign says, “My Green Vote did not bear your Darkened Name.”

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iran protests,18 Tir 1388 protests

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We hate the I.R.I.B.

My how things change. I've reported before that the clerics are highly upset at the regime. They have decided to move the headquarters of Qom to Najaf, Iraq if Ahmadinejad is sworn in as president.

There is also another power protest planned, "Tuesday 30Tir, Turn on 1-2 devices which use a lot of electricity at EXACTLY 9 pm for 4 mins, TELL EVERYONE #iranelection."

Strikes are taking place, no taxis or busses on streets, tagging the streets with green is still taking place as well.

July 12, 2009 post | July 11, 2009 post | July 10, 2009 post | July 9, 2009 posts | July 8, 2009 post | July 7, 2009 post | July 6, 2009 post | July 5, 2009 post | July 4, 2009 post

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Man's family learns of his death one month after Iran protests

An Iranian family learned of their 19-year-old son's death nearly a month after he was shot during a demonstration over the Islamic republic's disputed election results, an international human rights group said Sunday.

Sohrab Aarabi was apparently shot dead June 15 during one of the bloody protests that followed the June 12 presidential elections, according to the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran.

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Regina Benjamin, Obama's Pick For Surgeon General


WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama turned to the Deep South for the next surgeon general, a rural Alabama family physician who made headlines with fierce determination to rebuild her nonprofit medical clinic in the wake of Hurricane Katrina.

An administration official said Obama will announce the nomination of Dr. Regina Benjamin later Monday. The official spoke on condition of anonymity so as not to upstage the official announcement.

The surgeon general is the people's health advocate, a bully pulpit position that can be tremendously effective with a forceful personality.

Benjamin has that reputation.

A decade ago, the New York Times called her "angel in a white coat," a country doctor who made house calls along the impoverished Gulf Coast, paid whatever her patients could scrounge.

From those early days she has emerged as a national leader in the call to improve health disparities, pushed by the need in her own fishing community of Bayou La Batre, Ala., and its diverse patient mix _ where immigrants from Vietnam, Cambodia and Laos make up a growing part of the population.

Her nonprofit clinic was rebuilt by volunteers after being destroyed by Katrina, only to burn down months later. Benjamin later told of her patients' desperation that she rebuild again, recalling one woman who handed her an envelope with a $7 donation to help.

"If she can find $7, I can figure out the rest," Benjamin said last fall as she received a $500,000 MacArthur Foundation "genius grant," money she dedicated to finishing that job.


Benjamin became the first black woman and the youngest doctor elected to the American Medical Association's board. She also received the Nelson Mandela Award for Health and Human Rights in 1998, and Pope Benedict XVI awarded her the distinguished service medal Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice.

Her nomination for surgeon general requires Senate confirmation.

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She really seems like an ideal candidate.  However I'm sure, just like with Sotomayor, the GOP will find some inane detail that can somehow be twisted into looking controvertial, and hammer at it throughout her confirmation process.  *sigh*
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Who ARE the Uygurs, exactly?



Uygur laborers harvest cotton on the outskirts of Kashgar, one of two cities in the Xinjiang Autonomous Region of western China, in a recent photograph.

This week's rioting in China, which state media said took at least 156 lives, has been tied to ethnic unrest between the Uygurs and China's Han majority.

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Mmmm, nerdy sauce.

Found this after wondering who exactly these people were and why this was going on, hope you find this interesting!
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Live Thread For Sotomayor Hearings

I know this has been going on for a few hours, but I looked through the comm and saw we had no live thread for it. Also, this will be the live thread for the entire hearings...not just today.

Discuss here.

Graham says she'a in unless she has a meltdown. - thanks mylaptopisevil

HuffPo Sotomayor page Thank you akuma_river

one of the asshats arrested yesterday was "Jane Roe" from Roe v Wade.

Norma McCorvey, 61, of Texas, better known as "Jane Roe," began screaming that Sotomayor was "wrong" about abortion during the opening statement of the newest member of the Senate, Al Franken, D-Minn. Thank you akuma_river

Covering it:
C-Span.org
MSNBC
a live blog that will answer questions during it - thanks winniechili
HuffPo live blog on it Thank you akuma_river

Video of stuff for those who missed stuff:
7/13/09
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31912056#31893754 - Al Fraken address Sotomayor
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31912056#31912056 - Durbin briefly gets interrupted by a protesting asshat
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31891720#31891720 - Graham addressing Sotomayor on 7/13/09
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31891720#31890963 - Protesting Asshat getting tossed out
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31891720#31890794 - Sessions: "politics have no place in courtroom"
7/14/09
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/14/sotomayor-hearings-video_n_231206.html - Huffo has videos. Thank you akuma_river
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31912056#31912056 - Graham addressing Sotomayor on 7/14/09
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31912056#31910092 - Sotomayor on Roe vs. Wade
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31912056#31906954 - Sotomayor on being a "neutral empire"
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31912056#31906595 - Sotomayor on Affirmative Action
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31912056#31906595 - Sotomayor responds to doubts on her impartiality
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/21134540/vp/31912056#31905789 - Sotomayor responds to her "wise Latino" comment controversy
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/14/sotomayor-protester-shout_n_231785.html - Protesting Asshat gets thrown out. Thank you akuma_river
7/15/09
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2009/07/15/sotomayor-hearings-video_n_232978.html - Huffo has videos for day three. Thank you akuma_river



Sorry for just links...MSNBC's site won't allow embedding or something
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Oh, hay, guyz, we'll totally let changing-the-complexion kids in after some bad PR! BFF now?

Pa. swim club accused of racism to ask kids back

PHILADELPHIA – A private suburban swim club accused of racism after it canceled the memberships of dozens of minority children says it will seek a meeting with the kids' camps to work out an agreement for them to return.

Amy Goldman, a member of The Valley Club, said those able to attend a hastily called meeting Sunday afternoon voted unanimously in support of reinstating the memberships of the Creative Steps day camp and two other camps as long as safety issues, times and terms can be agreed upon.

The Creative Steps camp had arranged for 65 mostly black and Hispanic children to swim each Monday afternoon at the gated Huntingdon Valley club, which is on a leafy hillside in a village straddling two overwhelmingly white townships. But after the group arrived June 29, camp director Alethea Wright said, several children reported hearing racial comments and some swim club members pulled their children out of the pool.

The camp's $1,950 was refunded a few days later.

The president of the swim club's board of directors, John Duesler, has said the decision was made out of safety considerations, not racial concerns.

"We have near-unanimous approval from our membership, so at this point we'll be figuring out ... how to approach all the camps and see how we can move forward," Duesler told WPVI-TV at the club's entrance on Sunday.

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If I had kids, there is no way in hell I'd let them go back to that pool. NO WAY. This is purely face-saving.
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The once and future Boy King of the Religious Right

Reed starting ‘hipper’ Christian Coalition.



After years of scandals and political defeats, it appears Ralph Reed is going to try for a political comeback. Reed is creating a new advocacy group called the Faith and Freedom Coalition, reports the Atlanta Journal Constitution. The latest venture, Reed says, will focus on “finding and training the next generation of conservative leaders, volunteers and activists” and serve as a Christian Coalition 2.0 for conservative voters of faith:
“This is not going to be your daddy’s Christian Coalition,” Reed said in an interview to describe his new venture, the Faith and Freedom Coalition. “It has to be younger, hipper, less strident, more inclusive and it has to harness the 21st century that will enable us to win in the future.” [...]

“Even though I’ve been doing other things, this is kind of like Steve Jobs returning to Apple,” Reed said.
In 1997, Reed was forced to leave the Christian Coalition “as the Federal Election Commission was investigating whether it violated campaign finance rules. By 1999, the IRS had revoked the Coalition’s tax-exempt status for taking partisan stands in elections.” (HT: Taegan Goddard)

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I knew he was going to make a comeback but it's still fucking scary. Ralph Reed looks like a cross between diseased slime and that creepy kid from The Omen. Here is your theme music for this post:

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WH Counsel Gonzo To DOJ: When We Said We Cared About Your Legal Opinions On Surveillance, We Didn't Really Mean It

Another great nugget from that just-released inspector generals' report on surveillance...
Check out the amazing 2004 letter from Alberto Gonzales, at the time the White House counsel, to then-Deputy Attorney General James Comey, who had raised "serious issues" about the legal basis of the surveillance program, and particularly the lack of congressional notification.

Wrote Gonzo to Comey:
 

Your misunderstanding appears to have been based on a misunderstanding of the President's expectations regarding the conduct of the Department of Justice. While the President was, and remains, interested in any thoughts the Department of Justice may have on alternative ways to achieve effectively the goals of the activities authorized by the Presidential Authorization of March 11. 2004, the President has addressed definitively for the Excutive Branch in the Presidential Authorization the interpretation of the law.

In other words, Gonzo, on behalf of the White House, is telling Comey and DOJ: You don't understand. When we said we were interested in DOJ's opinion about what's legal and what's not, we were only kidding. We've already decided for ourselves.

It's easy to see why, the following year, President Bush decided to simplify the process by just installing Gonzales to run the Justice Department.
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This totally dovetails with the thought that the torture memos written were created around a pre-determined conclusion, rather than a true finding of fact.  In fact, that's basically what he's saying here.
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Bestiality cartoon causes controversy


Polish Zoophilia Cartoon Spoofing Homosexual “Marriage” as First Step to Extraspecies “Marriage” Lambasted by Pro-Homosexual Groups

Satirists wade into the fray with tongue-in-cheek letters to the editor

POLAND, June 19, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) – The Polish newspaper "Rzeczpospolita", a major conservative Polish daily, has caused a commotion among homosexualist groups in the country by running a cartoon in its paper edition on Monday, June 15. The cartoon shows two men getting “married” in the background, while in the foreground a man tells a goat, “We'll just wait until these two gentlemen get married and then it's our turn.”

“We were used to the homophobia of your paper, but this time the border of rudeness has been crossed,” said Homiki.pl, a homosexualist website in a letter to the editor of Rzeczpospolita. “We demand an apology on the pages of your paper. We have our dignity and we also deserve respect.”

The letter also threatens Rzeczpospolita with lawsuits, saying, “Let us remind you that in 2006, at a court in Poznañ, four lesbians forced city council members to apologize for comparing homosexuality to zoophilia.”

The cartoon was drawn by Andrzej Krauze, a Polish cartoonist living in the UK. Upon learning of the threats from the pro-homosexual groups, he laughed, saying, “This only proves that the cartoon message was correct and that I was able to represent the whole absurdity of so-called civil unions.”

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FISA’s 15-Day Exemption

I'm updating my warrantless wiretapping timeline and noticed something important (I think).

The IG Report released today notes that the 15-day exemption in FISA proves that Congress always intended FISA to restrict the Executive Branch's authority, even in times of war.
Among other concerns, Yoo did not address the section of FISA that creates an explicit exemption from the requirement to obtain a judicial warrant for 15 days following a congressional declaration of war. See 50 USC 1811. Yoo's successors in OLC criticized this omission in Yoo's memorandum because they believed that by including this provision in FISA Congress arguably had demonstrated an explicit intention to restrict the government's authority to conduct electronic surveillance.(12)
But now look at the timeline (this is evolving quickly so it may change by the time you look at it).
September 12, 2001: AUMF authorizes the President "to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons."

September 18, 2001: Bush signs AUMF.

September 25, 2001: OLC
provides memo to David Kris on "a purpose" language for FISA.

October 1, 2001: Hayden
briefs HPSCI.

October 2, 2001: Predecessor bill to PATRIOT Act
introduced into House.

October 3, 2001: 15-day exception in FISA after declaration of war expires.

October 4, 2001, from DAAG OLC to Alberto Gonzales: OLC 132,which consists of two copies, one with handwritten comments and marginalia, of a 36-page memorandum, dated October 4, 2001, from a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in OLC to the Counsel to the President, created in response to a request from the White House for OLC’s views regarding what legal standards might govern the use of certain intelligence methods to monitor communications by potential terrorists. Warrantless wiretapping program
authorized. Predecessor bill to PATRIOT Act introduced into Senate.

October 6, 2001: Program
begins. [my emphasis]
There were several things going on at once (see this post for more detail). There was some debate about the AUMF--but that got signed on September 18. There were initial discussions about the PATRIOT Act--including how FISA should be altered in it. There was a briefing of HPSCI on October 1 that--Nancy Pelosi understood--was part of expanded NSA authorities. And--according to Barton Gellman--the warrantless wiretap program was approved on October 4, 2001, and it began on October 6, 2001.

In other words, the program was formally approved on the 16th day after the AUMF.

But at least according to Nancy Pelosi, Congress was briefed on ongoing underlying activities as early as October 1.

Meaning, the Bush Administration was already using those expanded authorities--but they were doing so by exploiting the 15-day exemption written into FISA!

So Yoo's analysis is not just dead wrong because FISA clearly contemplates its application even during wartime. But it's even worse because during this particular wartime situation, the Administration had already used that 15-day exemption period as it debated what and how to implement its warrantless wiretap program.

The Administration showed, by its actions, that it knew the AUMF didn't trump FISA. But then it proceeded to base its entire wiretap program on that very assumption.
 
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If you have the time, the unclassified 43-page portion of the IG report just released is here.  I don't believe anyone had posted it thus far.

EXCLUSIVE: Liz Cheney open to political run

By Joseph Weber

The daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney said Monday that running for political office is on her horizon.

"It's something I very well may do," said Elizabeth "Liz" Cheney, a lawyer and State Department appointee who has worked on two Republican presidential campaigns.

Ms. Cheney, 44, has emerged as one of the strongest defenders of the effectiveness and legality of Bush-Cheney policies on enhanced interrogation methods. More recently, she and her father have become two of the most outspoken critics of President Obama's position on terrorism and other national security issues, which has led Republicans to consider her a strong candidate for national political office.

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CA bigots want to end welfare for US citizens, deny US citizens birth certificates

From the Los Angeles Times

Activists push ballot initiative to end state benefits for illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children

The measure would end public benefits to illegal residents, challenge the citizenship of their U.S.-born children, cut welfare payments to those children and impose new birth certificate requirements.

By Teresa Watanabe

July 13, 2009

In a stretch of desert just north of the U.S.-Mexico border, men and women in khakis and the colors of the American flag recently gathered at a border watch post they call Camp Vigilance and discussed their next offensive in the nation's immigration wars.

The target: Illegal immigrants and their U.S.-born children who receive public benefits.

The plan: a California ballot initiative that would end public benefits for illegal immigrants, cut off welfare payments for their children and impose new rules for birth certificates.


"We will be out in full force to qualify this initiative," said Barbara Coe, who helped develop Proposition 187, the 1994 measure that would have ended benefits to illegal immigrants but was ruled unconstitutional. "Illegals and their children are costing the state billions of dollars. It's invasion by birth canal."

Supporters of the initiative, recently unveiled by San Diego political activist Ted Hilton, hope to challenge the citizenship of children born in the United States to parents who are here illegally.

The 14th Amendment states that "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and the State wherein they reside." Backers of the initiative argue that illegal residents are not "subject to the jurisdiction" of the United States and that, as a result, their U.S.-born children should not be citizens.

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The initiative would require that applicants for birth certificates verify their legal status.

Those who could not would have to present official identification from a foreign government, a record of any publicly funded costs for delivering the child and other information before receiving their child's birth certificate, which would be marked with the notation "foreign parent."

The records would be sent to Homeland Security officials.


Kristina Campbell, an attorney with the Mexican American Legal Defense & Education Fund in Los Angeles, said that provision is legally vulnerable. "You can't deny a U.S. citizen child a birth certificate," she said.

"They are entitled to equal protection of the law."


The views were different at Camp Vigilance, where many of the 300 people gathered for a Fourth of July program on illegal immigration flocked to sign the petition.

"Coming here in violation of our laws is an act of disrespect," said Tony Dolz, a native Cuban and campaign volunteer. "Those who break our laws should not benefit from it."

teresa.watanabe@latimes.com

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Just what California needs: a clearly unconstitutional law to defend in court, and lose. I wonder how much this will cost the state?
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Wow, there are no words...

Another Dallas-area gay bar raid prompts questions

© 2009 The Associated Press

July 12, 2009, 3:00AM

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DALLAS — Activists are crying foul over the raid of a Dallas-area gay bar less than a month after the raid of another club ended with one man in the hospital.

Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officials entered the Dallas Eagle club around midnight Friday. The raid came a few weeks after the raid of a Fort Worth club where witnesses claimed authorities were overly aggressive.

A guard at the Eagle says TABC officials were questioning whether the address on the liquor license was changed after the club reopened just yards from its previous location.

Gay activist Rick Vanderslice says he is "outraged" and wants to know what is prompting the raids.

TABC officials didn't return phone calls seeking comment.

It is now more than just one isolated event by homophobic idiots. It must stop, and it must stop now. The first raid resulted in injury for one man, and so far I haven't heard anything about injuries at this specific raid. That is the sole comforting thing. To all my fellow LGBT Texas-residing individuals, especially those in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, stay safe.


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CONGRESS WANTS TO SAVE US FROM BECOMING......NARNIA, APPARENTLY.


Brownback And Landrieu Introduce Bill To Ban Mermaids 



Great news, everyone! At some point last week, Senators Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) and Mary Landrieu (D-La.) must have finished fighting all the terrorists and repaired the economy and reversed all the bad unemployment trends, because how else could you explain the two of them introducing a law that would prohibit scientists from making mermaids and centaurs and Jersey devils and whatnot? Other than to conclude: these two senators are straight-up idiots, I mean? Who can say? Anyway, having just posted on Bigfoot, stand back as I try to WIN THE AFTERNOON with cryptozoology!

Glenn Thrush has all the news on the Human-Animal Hybrid Prohibition Act of 2009:

Sen. Sam Brownback (R-Kan.) -- an ardent anti-abortion activist -- is worried that the Obama administration's loosening of restrictions on stem cell research will result in the creation of a new race of bio-engineered "human-animal" hybrid freaks.

Or beautiful mermaids.

The bill -- modeled on an inexplicably overlooked effort by Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal -- would ban the creation of "part-human, part-animal creatures, which are created in laboratories, and blur the line between species."

 
OKAY NOBODY FREAK OUT: "The legislation, Brownback said, 'is limited in scope' and wouldn't limit the use of some animal parts for human use, including porcine pig valves." OKAY? Everyone is still allowed to get freaky with some "porcine pig valves." (Aren't all "pig valves" porcine?)

Anyway, Brownback called the measure "philosophical and practical." His worries seem to have stemmed from his "background in agriculture," where folks have been working to genetically modify soybeans. Naturally, Brownback concluded that if we weren't careful, this could lead to the rise of the Minotaurs, or a similar Dr. Caligari-type moment where we'd be "setting a time-bomb that might detonate many generations down the line," which would force the CIA to have to waterboard a human genome until it confessed to the whereabouts of the were-people.

Brownback and Landrieu have twenty co-sponsors for the bill, all of whom should be paraded down Pennsylvania Avenue while citizens mock them and throw pig valves.

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Well, it's nice to know those two have plenty of time on their hands.  If people aren't flooding their office phone lines with complaints as to why this is a priority RIGHT NOW, over say......I dunno......HEALTHCARE, then something's seriously wrong.
' if you want beef then bring the ruckus

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That's a nice Senate seat you've got there, Unspecified Moderate Democrat. Shame if anything happened to it.



A few weeks ago, Senator Dianne Feinstein announced that she and other Senate Democrats harbored reservations about President Obama's plans to overhaul the health care system. This came atop previous comments to the effect that she didn't believe in sweeping reform ("I am a bit of an incrementalist"), that the cost of reform might be prohibitive (a concern she failed to raise when voting for the Bush tax cuts in 2001).

The reaction from the left was swift and, by the standards of such things, furious. Which is to say, not very furious. Union president Gerald McEntee complained in a press release, "Senator Feinstein's comments today take the discussion of health care reform in the wrong direction." The wrong direction! Take that, Feinstein! And if finding herself on the business end of a polite but disappointed press release didn't put the fear of God in California's senior Senator, the liberal group Health Care for America Now piled on with a petition stating, "[W]e need a senator who is championing, not naysaying, the need for reform. We're hoping Sen. Feinstein becomes a 'champion' for the people of California and stand [sic] up for President Obama's health reform."

Somehow this display of left-wing muscle failed to intimidate Feinstein, who has continued to express her skepticism about the main reform plans. She now taunts her pro-reform critics, "It doesn't move me one whit. They are spending a lot of money on something that is not productive."

Feinstein's clearly right--the liberal efforts to sway her aren't productive. I have a suggestion for something that would be productive: run a primary challenge against her.

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LOL WHUT.

Iowa's biggest city may legalize late-night dance

DES MOINES, Iowa – Dancing the night away in Des Moines doesn't seem to be at the top of many must-do lists. Maybe because it's illegal.

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LOL, STUPID LAWS ON THE BOOKS.
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Man Acquitted with Gay Panic Defense

A Chicago man who killed his neighbor by stabbing him with a replica dagger 61 times was acquitted of first-degree murder on Friday.

Joseph Biedermann fatally stabbed his neighbor Terrance Hauser last year, and Biedermann’s attorney Sam Adam Jr. argued that his client was acting in self-defense, saying Hauser had threatened him with unwanted sexual advances.

According to a police report, both men were drunk at the time of the attack, and Biedermann claimed that Hauser had threatened him physically.

Adam Jr. successfully represented R&B singer R. Kelly in his 2008 trial on child pornography charges. He also represents ex-governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich.