Tuesday, August 28, 2007
And i mean HOT. this hasn't even hit Drudge yet. the latest buzz has Bush et al. tapping Joe Lieberman to fill the AG position now that Gonzales has resigned.
when Lieberman takes the job, remember, you heard it here first!
(and if he doesn't...you didn't hear it from me)
Yes, my friends, you read that correctly. Alberto Gonzales, the heretofore Attorney General, has resigned.
In a related story, Lady Justice has been taken off of Suicide Watch.
Under orders from Der Eksekutive Branch, Gonzales has continually waged a campaign of destruction against the Constitution of the United States and the rights of Her citizens. There are numerous examples of this. I'll just list a few here, from the ACLU. I don't always agree with their politics, but, despite O'Reilly's proclamations from the mount, their fact-checking is first rate.
Quoted from the ACLU:
During his tenure as attorney general, Gonzales championed policies that eroded civil liberties protections, including:
1. Failure to investigate and prosecute criminal acts committed by civilians in the torture or abuse of detainees and repeatedly rebuffed congressional inquiries into the matter.
2. Failure to investigate and prosecute criminal acts and violations of laws as a result of the National Security Agency's warrantless spying program. Recent reports indicate that Gonzales may have recommended to the president that he block the Office of Professional Responsibility's investigation since he himself may have come under scrutiny.
3. Championing renewal of the Patriot Act despite serous civil liberties concerns from Republicans and Democrats alike. A recent audit by the Justice Department's Office of the Inspector General found that the FBI underreported, misused and abused the National Security Letter authority. In fact, Gonzales and others at the DOJ had to send letters to Congress retracting previous testimony on the use of NSLs after the OIG report was published.
4. Failure to investigate possible perjury committed by Lt. Gen. Ricardo Sanchez before the Senate Armed Services Committee. A memo drafted by General Sanchez, who commanded the war in Iraq, laid out specific interrogation techniques including sleep management, the inducement of fear at two levels of severity, loud music and sensory agitation, and the use of canine units to exploit fear of dogs. During sworn testimony before Congress, General Sanchez flatly denied approving any such techniques.
5. Tried and failed to have his deputy White House counsel, Timothy Flanigan, confirmed as deputy attorney general. At the White House, Flanigan was one of a handful of administration lawyers responsible for opening the door to abusive interrogation and detention policies in the war on terrorism.
What a lovely man, no?
Sunday, August 26, 2007
did any of you know that Laurel has a web site? you're dang right it does, jimmy.
hey, i didn't necessarily say it was a good site. it's not bad though. has a few interesting things.
huzzah for Laurel entering the digital age.
Friday, August 24, 2007
Chip Pickering to retire from US H of R. he will leave office at the end of his term and will not be seeking re-election.
Thursday, August 23, 2007
how can such these empty things
and yet maintain,
such a convincing façade
for years on end
on toward and atop
this cross of stone
heart mended so
as to resemble a newly
but no heart
now the lingering thread
of that final slipknot
has presently been pulled
yarn curls down
and coils itself
at hoof level now
as a woman knits a crown
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Two German scientists claim to have coaxed photon packets to move across a 3 ft. distance at a rapid rate faster than the speed of light (186,000 miles per second.
This is fascinating for many, many reasons. One of which being that moving something at a speed faster than light is physically impossible, given Einstein's Theory Of Special Relativity.
However, it has long been known that Quantum Mechanics and Einstein's theories view the universe, and the laws governing it, in very different ways. Quantum Mechanic theories allow faster than light speed movement, though under specialized and indescribable conditions.
Regardless, this is amazing stuff.
You can read the rest of the story here.
Monday, August 13, 2007
AP BREAK AT 5 AM CDT
Karl Rove, the embattled cheif advisor to Presdent George W. Bush has announced that he will be resigning at the end of the month.
Monday, August 06, 2007
so i'm just posting it as is. this is the entire story....on with the show:
Man living in car since '00 upsets city
PITTSBURG, Kan. - Steve Graham might not be in the doghouse over a dispute with his wife, but as far as his neighbors are concerned, he's not far from it. For the past seven years, Graham, 55, has been living in his car parked in the backyard of a house he and his wife, La Donna Graham, own.
Graham said the two have "been having troubles" since 1999 and that he's been out of the house since about 2000. His wife still lives in the home.
"She's not going to support me not having a job and bumming around," Graham said. "I'm trying my best to get a job and get up out of this rut."
But his neighbors, who say Graham plays loud music, often spouts obsenity-laced tirades and uses his yard as a toilet, aren't amused. They have asked the city to prohibit such living arrangements.
"You can't enjoy your backyard," said Linda Sanders, whose backyard is across the alley from Graham's property.
Sanders and her family are among more than a dozen neighbors who presented the Pittsburg City Commission with a petition in July asking it to prohibit people from living in their cars on private property within city limits.
Kenny and Cathy Waring live in property adjoining Graham's, near a park and across the street from Lakeside Elementary School.
"Every day he's out there. He never goes into the house," Kenny Waring said. "He sleeps out there, he eats out there, he watches TV, he plays guitar. ... Everything that you do in your house, he does out there."
Graham acknowledged that he watches TV, listens to music and sometimes sleeps in his blue, 1989 Buick Century. The car is parked on a concrete slab, mostly covered by a large, blue tarp that is secured with bricks and cinder blocks.
An extension cord from the house to the car provides power for a 13-inch TV, an oscillating fan and a radio.
"I get better reception there than I do in there," he said, pointing at the house. "I listen to Rush (Limbaugh) every day, just about."
[^HAHAHAH!!! i don't know why, but i just find that particularly funny^]
The Warings said they tried at first to get along with Graham, but by the second year, they were calling the police on a regular basis. At first, they were the only neighbors upset by Graham's living arrangement, but now they say more neighbors with children are moving into the area.
The neighbors say one of their biggest complaints is that Graham may be using his yard for a toilet.
Sanders said when her son-in-law was back from Iraq in mid-June, Graham began to burn trash and other debris across the alley.
"I walked out there, and (the smell) was terrible," she said. "Then Ronnie came out the back door and said, 'It smells just like back in Baghdad.' He said he'd been on detail where they have to burn excrement and said that was exactly what it smells like."
Graham denied that he used the yard for a toilet.
"No, I go elsewhere," he said. "I don't expose myself to people."
To all the idiots and hypocrites: "Family Values" do not begin and end at hating abortion and stopping the gays from getting married.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
The story is titled, Freak Accident: Cop Shooting at Snake Kills 5-Year-Old Boy, and here is a link to the video.
First question, why is a cop shooting a snake in the first place? Was it a 100 ft long anaconda choking 14 people or something? This makes no sense to me. For the sake of discussion, let's assume that the cop had a legitmate reason to shoot it, and we'll go from there.
The boy who was killed was about 150 yards from the gun. He was standing on a dock, fishing. He was five, so he was what, about 3 feet tall? That's a nice round number. Now, we'll assume the cop was maybe 6ft maybe. That would put his gun firing from a height of no more than probably 5 feet, tops. So, let's do a little math. The gun was fired from 5 feet off of the ground; it hit a boy's head that was 3 feet off the ground. Actually, we'll throw in a little benifit of the doubt here. Let's say he was sitting, so 2 feet. That gives a 3 feet differential. With a little 9th grade trigonometry, we see that the gun was fired at…..ok….even sitting here with my Machinist’s Handbook, Revised 21st Edition, I can’t remember all the sine cosine crap. Let’s just say that he fired his shot at an angle just a little less than parallel to the ground. Why? If anyone knows even the slightest bit about gun safety, you know that a bullet can go well past your target, if you miss it especially, and hurt and/or kill someone hundreds of feet, even hundreds of yards, away.
Just as a “for instance”, my little box of little .22 Long Rifle rounds here has a warning that the round can hurt or kill someone up to 2 miles away. Me personally, I do my target shooting down at the pond. In the direction I face when I shoot, there is no occupied or populated area for about 4 miles or so. But still, I always make sure that my trajectory puts my bullet into the ground no more than 15 ft or so beyond my target.
For anyone to discharge a firearm almost straight ahead of himself is dangerous, even down at the pond. To do it in a populated area is completely insane. But for a cop to do it, someone who is supposedly super-duper trained in firearm use and safety, is an action that amounts to depraved indifference to human life. Such an action is also known as Murder In The Second Degree in most jurisdictions.
I really hope this guy is prosecuted.
And I really want to know why he was shooting at a snake in the first stinkin place.
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Barry Bonds hit his 755th home run yesterday, tying the career home run record set at 755 by Hank Aaron. this means that Aaron will now be sharing his spot in the record books with Bonds and an asterisk.
...kill some time playing this little game that is crack-like in its addictive nature:
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
(...i'm not even going to try to pretend that i'll be doing this...or anything....regularly or in a scheduled manner)
everybody's goin crazy. i'm just cuttin in line.