Today's Note From a Madman
Wednesday, January 11, 2006
Response in the Lead
In response to "Tinky Winky, Lenny the shark, and SpongeBob SquarePants move on over. The next child icon caught promoting the homosexual agenda is none other than BARBIE!!" Dorothy Schwartz writes:
I've been spending a lot of time the past couple weeks watching Teletubbies with my 2 year old granddaughter (it's her favorite show) and I found it hysterically funny when I finally got to see what Tinky Winky is about. He is a male Teletubby, and his favorite and apparently only possession, is a lovely red handbag, the kind my mother used to carry. My daughter also pointed out his upside down triangle antenna. So I guess we need to be very concerned about these unhealthy influences on a 2 year old.
Alito the "Mis-Informer"
Judge Samuel Alito was a member of an ultra-conservative racist anti-feminist group called the Concerned Alumni for Princeton. (CAP) At one time, he claimed that he didn't recall joining CAP. Today, Alito said that he joined CAP because the ROTC was removed from the campus.
"I couldn't understand his answer. That they removed ROTC was the reason he belonged to this organization? I mean, it totally did not follow. I mean the only the thing you can argue is that somehow or another women and minorities were opposed to to ROTC. I mean, I can't, I don't understand it, and I'm going to ask him if I get chance. It just made no sense to me."
-Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL)
Senator Durbin, let me make it simple - Alito is lying!
Grilled Alito Part 2
-John Roberts during his 2003 Appeals Court Nominating Hearing regarding Roe. V. Wade
John Roberts knows that the issue of a woman's right to choose is a "settled" issue. The US Supreme Court in 1973 said so. However, when Samuel Alito, in line to become the next Bush nominee was asked if he agreed with, and would endorse Chief Justice Robert's "settle law" comment, he refused to support it.
Roe V. Wade "is
an important precedent of the Supreme Court,"
-Alito at his ongoing hearing
Well, obviously not all THAT "important". Yes, Judge Alito, it is a precedent. What we all want to know is how you plan to dispose of Roe.
"I do think that there are those who have already decided to vote against your nomination and are looking for some reason to do so, and I think one of the reasons that they may claim is that you've been non-responsive."
-Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX)
So why even bother having a hearing at all, Sen. Cornyn? It would seem to me that a Senate "inquiry" should allow the "Inquirer) the ability to ask the "Inquiree" an "Inquiry" or two, and to have an answer to that "Inquiry", especially regarding the right of American women to choose what they feel is best for their own bodies and lives.
"Some precedents are undeserving of respect,"
-Senator Sam Brownback (R-KS)
"...as are some Senators from Kansas."
It seems that
Senator Brownback wants to use justices
like Clarence Thomas, Antonin Scalia and a newly
appointed Alito to re-write the United States
Constitution as he sees fit.
Similarly, that appears to be President Bush's
end-game as well. Maybe the five of them could sit down together
and, after rolling cigars out of strips of the "Old"
US Constitution, they could write a new one. I wonder how it
The OLD Amendment I
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
The BUSH Amendment 1
I shall decide what laws will determine religion and how to practice that religion; when, and to who freedom of speech should be granted, either by presidential order or "when I just darn feel like it"; the free press, as long as they ask me first or are controlled by Fox News; and the right of the people to peacefully assemble, surrounded by fences, barbed wire and police dogs, at least two counties away from me or my agents. Corporate Rights shall take precedence over individual rights.
The OLD Amendment II
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.
The BUSH Amendment II
Guns will be required in every house as soon as Halliburton starts making guns. Armed forces will be forced to serve, or brought back into service whenever we need the natural resources of any other country in the world, at my discretion. Subject to change as the NRA sees fit.
The OLD Amendment III
No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.
The BUSH Amendment III
My House is My House and Your House is My House.
The OLD Amendment IV
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.
The BUSH Amendment IV
Just throw that sucker away.
The OLD Amendment V
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.
The BUSH Amendment V
We're going to try you in a court of law just as soon as we get to it. If we don;t get to it, you'll just sit right there in the jail, or "torture house" or anywhere else we want to put you, for as long as we want you there. If we try oyu, and somehow you're found not guilty, we're going to do it again.
The OLD Amendment VI
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence.
The BUSH Amendment VI
We're going to use secret courts with secret witnesses. You'll be told your charges... eventually... maybe not. We'll give you a lawyer if you can't afford one... maybe even one who's been to law school.
The OLD Amendment VII
In Suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any Court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.
The BUSH Amendment VII
Whoever contributed more to the Republican party wins in a court of law.
The OLD Amendment VIII
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted.
The BUSH Amendment VIII
We'll keep you locked up; we'll take your money and all of your stuff; and then kill you as we see fit (unless you haven't been born yet).
The OLD Amendment IX
The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.
The BUSH Amendment IX
We'll give you the rights to do some stuff, but we reserve the right to take it away without warning. You had better keep up. If it don;t say it here, you had better think twice about doing it.
The OLD Amendment X
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.
The BUSH Amendment X
States can do whatever they want, as long as it keeps them busy enough that they don't pay attention to the federal government fleecing them
Maybe Bush, Brownback and the rest of them could revise the 13th Amendment (the abolishment of slavery) to exclude "enemies of the state as defined by the president". Then the federal government could sell Americans to Wal-Mart at discount prices.
With the Bush administration, you have to "think out of the box while putting Americans into a box."
Alito the Activist
Speaking on a New Jersey public affairs television program, [Alito] showcased the philosophy that had won the confidence of his Washington mentors.
Asked his opinion of President Ronald Reagan's nomination of Robert H. Bork to the Supreme Court, Alito gave a ringing defense of the conservative icon he said had been "unjustifiably rejected" by the Senate in one of the most ideologically polarizing nomination battles in decades.
"I think [Bork] was one of the most outstanding nominees of this century,"
-Alito to Michael Aron of NJN News's "Front Page New Jersey" in a little-noticed 1988 interview. "He is a man of unequaled ability, understanding of constitutional history, someone who had thought deeply throughout his entire life about constitutional issues and about the Supreme Court and the role it ought to play in American society."
-The Daily Kos
Need I say more about Alito EXCEPT of course one word - FILIBUSTER.
Dreier's All Wet
-Rep. David Dreier, (R-CA) on the need to eliminate lobbyist financed travel
"That would be a very strong statement. We want to be bold,"
This shouldn't be a consideration. This shouldn't be a debate. The "bold"" would have been if the "G"reed "O"ver "P"eople party came right out and said "NO MORE LOBBYISTS", "NO MORE SPECIAL INTERESTS" and "NO MORE LEGAL BRIBES". Bold would have been a resolution brought to the floor of the house outlawing all forms of the legalized bribery known as "LOBBYING" or "PAY TO PLAY", then daring the Senate to follow suit.
If I want to serve my country as an elected official, my first point of business would be an attempt at ridding US of the blight known as LOBBIES and LOBBYISTS. Being a representative of the People of the United States, either as a member of the House, the Senate or as the President should be a sacrifice; it should require REAL HARD WORK; it should be a demand by the people not of the people. The mere fact that the members of congress, or their staffs use their positions as a step toward riches and "the good life" is an atrocity.
Are there times when a member of the house or the senate needs to travel for reasons related to their position? Absolutely. But unless they're planning on building a golf course for use by underprivileged ghetto children in Harlem, that "Fact Finding Trip" shouldn't include 72 holes at St. Andrews.
It's time to put a halt to the "K Street Project" and to start making the fair treatment of all of the citizens of the United States our only "project".
"Our bills reform the relationship between Congress and K Street in four central ways: enhancing disclosure, curbing privately funded junkets by members of Congress, slowing the ‘revolving door’ between government service and lobbying, and putting real teeth in how the rules are enforced. "
-Statement of Congressmen Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Rahm Emanuel (D-IL) and Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), original cosponsors of lobbying reform legislation introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives on May 17, 2005 (H.R. 2412) and in the U.S. Senate on July 14, 2005 (S. 1398)
It's a start.
Bush's War at Home
(Well, at least one of them)
In a speech to the Veterans of Foreign Wars, Bush made clear he was girding for battle with Democrats in the run-up to the mid-term congressional election in November, when he will try to keep the U.S. Congress in the hands of his Republican Party.
"There is a difference between responsible and irresponsible debate and it's even more important to conduct this debate responsibly when American troops are risking their lives overseas,"
-GW Bush to the Veterans of Foreign Wars
Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) said it was outrageous that Bush was USING U.S. troops as a shield from criticism in an address to veterans and also had refused to address a recent Pentagon report on the inadequacy of body armor for American soldiers in Iraq.
"Patriotic Americans will continue to ask the tough questions because our brave men and women in Iraq, their families and the American people deserve to know that their leaders are being held accountable,"
-Sen. Harry Reid
Bush wants a debate in 2006 on Iraq? Great! Let's have a debate. I would ask for a honest debate but that would be silly as it is, after all Bush!
Repeating History is a BAD Thing
"Disinformation" for propaganda purposes is nothing new. We can be pretty sure that it dates back to the first warfare between the earliest city-states of the Neolithic. There's little doubt that the explosion of the USS Maine that led the US into the Spanish-American war was trumped up ("Remember the Maine!") and that the officers of the German UBoat that sank the Lusitania and gave Wilson the excuse to get us into WWI, made a mistake.
My parents were angered to learn after WWI that the stories about women and children being raped and brutally murdered by German ("Hun") soldiers in Belgium were nothing but UK-US propaganda to drum up support for a war almost no civilian wanted. After the war researchers conducted multiple interviews throughout war-torn Europe. They found that only a few instances of rape and killing of civilians by soldiers (on either side) could be corroborated--far fewer than would actually happen in our barbaric age!--and all who were apprehended had been punished quickly and severely by their military authorities.
Alas, it was because of public gullibility in accepting this item of WWI propaganda that many in the Allied nations in WWII refused to believe in the Holocaust until the camps were discovered. "You won't sucker me again with that kind of story!" was something I heard as a child during the war--and I recall even our German-Jewish neighbor next door ridiculing the idea that the Nazis would actually exterminate the Jews. "Why should they," he asked reasonably, "when they can use their concentration camp captives for slave labor?" The problem was, of course, that the Nazis didn't develop their goals using reason, but had reverted to the worst sort of barbarism.
If WWI was the Great Disillusionment of Western civilization, then the barbarities of the USSR, then WWII, with its Nazi death camps, Japanese torture camps, multiple bombing of civilians in city fire storms, and finally Hiroshima, was the end of blind belief in the perfectibility of human nature--or should have been.
In response to "woman in Pennsylvania would have to get the father's permission for an abortion," Dorothy Schwartz writes:
I'm not positive, but I think the decision in Pennsylvania was that the woman had to get her husband's permission, and that is not necessarily the father of the fetus. If I'm correct, that is even more abhorrent, because it views the wife as basically her husband's chattel.
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