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The GOP Says No To Rest

…for the troops.

Following their sterling performance in the drowning of the Constitution, 43 Republicans and the LIEberman voted to filibuster a bill that would have given the troops an even break.

Democrats’ Push To Limit Troops Thwarted

(AP) Democrats’ efforts to challenge President Bush’s Iraq policies were dealt a demoralizing blow Wednesday in the Senate after they failed to scrape together enough support to guarantee troops more time at home.

The 56-44 vote — four short of reaching the 60 needed to advance — all but assured that Democrats would be unable to muster the support needed to pass tough anti-war legislation by year’s end. The legislation, sponsored by Sen. Jim Webb, D-Va., was seen as the Democrats’ best shot because of its pro-military premise.

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September 19, 2007   9 Comments

The Fascists Win Another Round

Right in their headline the legacy media gets it wrong: Senate Rejects Expanding Detainee Rights. A majority of the Senate voted to reverse an unconstitutional law that affects a basic right of everyone in the country. The Repubs filibustered the restoration of habeas corpus, the only right important enough to be in the body of the Constitution.

The 56-43 vote fell four shy of the 60 votes needed to cut off debate on the bill, co-sponsored by Sens. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., and Arlen Specter, R-Pa.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., one of the architects of the law, said the system includes checks and balances to determine whether a person is being held unlawfully. Granting a ban on habeas corpus petitions would allow terrorism suspects to go “judge shopping” around U.S. courts to find a sympathetic ear, he said.

Added Sen. Jon Kyl, R-Ariz.: “Never has such an unprecedented legal right been granted to a prisoner of war or detainee.”

Graham told a blatant lie. You can’t shop around, if you apply in the wrong court you lose automatically. Kyl neglects to mention that there is no precedent in American law for “detainee,” a new classification dreamed up by the Hedgemony.

They refuse to admit they don’t like the Constitutional system or the basic rights enjoyed in the United States.

September 19, 2007   12 Comments

Excuse Me?

Where did people get this absurd idea that universities and colleges were open fora for free speech? They are aristocracies, plain and simple, as anyone who failed to note the difference between a garden variety professor and a professor of an endowed chair would find out in short order. They are medieval institutions still clinging to the feudal system. the nobility faculty normally ignore the grumbling and bleating of the peasants students, but they can come down hard if someone becomes annoying.

If you wish to survive, you quickly memorize the system of academic rank used by your institution.

The problem at the University of Florida could have been resolved immediately if the “monarch” had intervened, but he was busy preparing the team for a game this Saturday.

September 19, 2007   6 Comments

Judgment

PortlyDyke at Shakesville pointed this out and I checked on my own to be sure – there were two stories about crime in Florida that got play recently: the student at the University of Florida and the arrest of an assistant US attorney in a child rape sting in Detroit. For whatever reason the legacy media decided the U of F story needed to be covered by everyone, but a public official looking for 5-year-olds to rape wasn’t important.

The Atchinson story was covered by the local media in Detroit and the Florida Panhandle, but the national media ignored it. Everyone seems to have an opinion about the judgment of a few cops, but no one is very upset about the judgment of the MSM.

September 19, 2007   6 Comments

Avast Ye Lubbers

Jolly Roger

It’ll be double rations of grog all around in the galley as ye throw the pasta and pesto down your gullet for the final day of Pasta Week, on Talk Like a Pirate Day.
Arr…
Belay that! ‘T’would be better done by swilling lambrusco directly from the flask!
Arr…

September 19, 2007   2 Comments

Emoticon

At 11:44AM EDT we celebrate 25 Years Of 🙂.

[Carnegie Mellon professor Scott E.] Fahlman posted the emoticon in a message to an online electronic bulletin board at 11:44 a.m. on Sept. 19, 1982, during a discussion about the limits of online humor and how to denote comments meant to be taken lightly.

“I propose the following character sequence for joke markers: :-),” wrote Fahlman. “Read it sideways.”

Because it was such a momentous event, Wikipedia notes that someone actually scanned old back-up tapes for the event, which also included the debut of 🙁

And some opine that IT people leave shallow, unproductive lives 😉

September 19, 2007   4 Comments