Saturday, October 01, 2005

White House Bribing for Propaganda

"WASHINGTON - Federal auditors said Friday that the Bush administration had violated the law by purchasing favorable news coverage of President George W. Bush's education policies, by making payments to the conservative commentator Armstrong Williams and by hiring a public relations company to analyze media perceptions of the Republican Party."

Mad yet?

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HAHA...Funny Joke I had to Pass On

The scene: White House Cabinet Meeting....

Rumsfeld is reporting to the Presidents' Cabinet. He says "3 Brazilian soldiers were killed today in Iraq." The President says "Oh, my God" as he buries his head in his hands.

The entire Cabinet is stunned. Usually George W. Bush shows no reaction whatsoever to these reports.
Just then Bush looks up and says "How many is a brazilian?"

VERY Unjust Property Seizure

"Both the Las Vegas Sun and the Review-Journal jumped all over Dave Olsen, city attorney of sleepy Boulder City, when he filed a lawsuit to seize the home of Cynthia Warren.

Boulder City police, ably assisted by the SWAT team from nearby Henderson, stormed Warren's home in April to discover six marijuana plants and various and sundry marijuana-related paraphernalia inside. She was arrested, charged with several felonies, and ultimately pled no contest to possession of a controlled substance. But before she entered her plea, Olsen filed a lawsuit to seize her house, valued at around $400,000, contending it was part of the instrumentality of her crime."

And it only gets more interesting from there.

The full report is here.

Time to move to Oregon

At least there is some rationality and intelligence left. I know it isn't much, but they are trying.

"Shawn Flury, 44, and David Thomas Howard, 51, this month joined the ranks of growers convicted on felony drug charges for violating the state's medical marijuana law at their Clackamas County greenhouse.

"'The whole thing is a morass,' Clackamas County Circuit Judge Ronald Thom said of the medical marijuana law during the trial.

As the men are sentenced today, the state is preparing to change the law so it is easier for police to interpret and harder for criminals to exploit.

More than 11,000 Oregonians hold state registration cards that authorize them to use medical marijuana. They have the option of growing their marijuana or designating someone else, called a "caregiver," to do it for them.

State lawmakers tried unsuccessfully to modify the law during the 2003 Legislature. They agreed to some changes in the waning hours of the 2005 session, approving Senate Bill 1085 with bipartisan support. The changes take effect Jan. 1."

The full report is here.

Rosenthal Seeks Overturn of Conviction

The Ed Rosenthal case has been ongoing for a few years now. He is facing new obstacles with the recent supreme court decision that gives the feds authority to trump the California state laws allowing medical marijuana.

The report is here.

The Persecution of Joseph Robinson

I haven't been following this case for long, but it has been ongoing for a while. Mr. Robinson is one of the many wrongfully convicted citizens of California who were arrested - and had their lives completely destroyed - because he was LEGALLY growing medical marijuana.

Here's a preview:

"AUTHORITIES ATTACK ROBINSON: On September 27, 2000 more than a dozen California Sheriff deputies and federal agents with camouflage clothing, ready weapons, roaring vehicles and helicopter swarmed onto the property of Joseph Robinson. They found Robinson and three friends processing marijuana. They discovered medical certification for all four. They also found a letter from Robinson to the California Medical Research Center that offered to distribute Robinson’s excess marijuana to their patients."

The report is here.

Friday, September 30, 2005

Civil War Talk Begins

I have been expecting this to start up for quite a while. I am honestly suprised I wasn't hearing more stuff like this months ago.

It all begins with an unbelievable entry @ Blogs for Bush asking "Do Democrats Want a Civil War?" The ignorance and arrogance amaze me.

At DailyKos however, Hunter gives the best retort imaginable

It is an absolute shame that our nation is coming to this. We really are at the crossroads of irreconsilable differences.

"House of Cards" or "Falling Dominos"?

Ahh, I love the smell of Republicans burning in the morning. :-)

"The indictment sent a shock wave through the GOP establishment, which is already reeling from a swath of criminal and ethics investigations. Three individuals, eight corporations and two political action committees connected to DeLay have been indicted as a result of the probe. In addition, the government's top procurement official, David Safavian, was arrested in September for obstructing a criminal investigation into über-lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a close DeLay ally. Abramoff himself is under criminal investigation for defrauding Indian tribes and was indicted for wire fraud in Florida in a separate case. Top White House aides, including Karl Rove and Scooter Libby, have been targeted by a special prosecutor investigating the outing of CIA agent Valerie Plame. Representative Duke Cunningham announced he would not run for re-election after overselling his house for $700,000 to a military industry lobbyist; he too has been indicted. FDA chief Lester Crawford resigned unexpectedly after just two months on the job, possibly because of failure to report his wife's sizable pharmaceutical-industry holdings. And DeLay's Senate counterpart, Bill Frist, is battling possible insider-trading charges for dumping millions in HCA stock, a company founded by his father and run by his brother, weeks before it plunged in value. The U.S. Attorney in Manhattan and the Securities and Exchange Commission opened an investigation into Frist and HCA in September."

No commentary is needed on this one.
The report is here.

Thursday, September 29, 2005

Will DeLay Go Down?

I am as happy as a pig in mud with all of the negative press the GOP is receiving. I hope against hope that he will be convicted, but as a realist I just don't see it. If nothing else he did have to step down from his majority leadership position. I lived in Texas during the controversial redistricting. It really was a well played (though unethical) strategy for the GOP in TX. On the off chance that DeLay does take a fall over this, there will - fingers crossed - be a domino effect throughout the TX state legislature.

Now all we need are indictments on Bush (war crimes), Cheney (that Halliburton crap is jailworthy), Rove (Plamegate), and maybe some other criminal dicks in suits. Hey, a guy can dream, right?

The report is here.

Gore for Porn - And Nobody Will Pay For It

Well, apparently the U.S. can get away with war crimes on a regular basis. We can also take a piss on our own Uniform Code of Military Justice. Rules just don't matter anymore. Respect and Honor have become hollow words within the halls of the Pentagon. Every day I am more ashamed of my nation. I was once so proud.

The report is here.