How stupid are Democrats?

July 12, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Posted in Bush, civil rights, law, politics straight up, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Pretty fucking stupid.

Deaf and Dumb Asylum, Jacksonville, Illinois. Between 1880 and 1901. (Library of Congress)

Even a Fox News legal analyst — former New Jersey district judge Andrew Napolitano — thinks Bush and Cheney should have been indicted for “for torturing, for spying, for arresting without warrants.” But the Obama administration, not wanting to be seen “politicizing politics,” turned its back on the rule of law, figuring that if a Democratic administration didn’t pursue criminal charges against the Bush, Cheney and other members of their administration, somehow Republicans would feel constrained from attempting to impeach another Democratic president for lying about getting his cock sucked, or some other manufactured hysteria.

Darrell Issa is making plans now to “investigate” the “corrupt” Obama administration.

What have Democrats accomplished by not doing the right thing and criminally indicting Bush and Cheney for crimes against humanity? Nothing, except to prove again that nice guys finish last. As an added bonus, they license future Republicans administrations to pick up where Bush/Cheney left off.

Did no one learn anything from the ill-conceived pardoning of Richard Nixon?

This is perhaps the most egregious example of Democrats making a huge concession in exchange for bupkis, but as we have seen with health care and financial reform, it’s the way this administration rolls.

“Otherwise, it is merely wires and lights in a box.”

July 5, 2010 at 12:37 pm | Posted in journalism, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Here are two excerpts from Edward R. Murrow‘s October 1958 speech as performed by David Strathaim in the 2005 movie Good Night, and Good Luck.

Murrow is long dead now, and instead we have Lara Logan whose motto is “never report the truth if it might embarrass those in power.”

Cooking for the Unemployable

July 5, 2010 at 9:04 am | Posted in Economy, Miscellany | Leave a comment
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After watching that, I’m sure you’re feeling a bit philosophical. Why not enjoy an episode of Three Minute Philosophy?

“It’s a club, and you’re not in it.”

July 4, 2010 at 9:09 pm | Posted in Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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Welcome to the United Corporate States of America

July 2, 2010 at 11:48 pm | Posted in environment, journalism, Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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(NOLA.com) The Coast Guard has put new restrictions in place across the Gulf Coast that prevent the public – including news photographers and reporters covering the BP oil spill – from coming within 65 feet of any response vessels or booms on the water or on beaches.

This video was shot just prior to the unofficial rule being made official:

Know Your American History: Civil Rights Act of 1964

July 2, 2010 at 1:32 am | Posted in Historical | Leave a comment
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Today is the 46th anniversary of the signing of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which outlawed unequal application of voter registration requirements and racial segregation in schools, at the workplace and by facilities that served the general public.

How do these tubes work?

July 1, 2010 at 6:36 pm | Posted in Reality Bites | Leave a comment
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"Fast asleep" / Louis D. Tandy, photographer. Schenectady, N.Y. (Library of Congress)

The National Republican Senatorial Committee (NRSC) is trolling the internet for feedback.

Well, sort of.

It’s a series of ridiculous, white-is-black, down-is-up multiple-choice questions.

The last question is: “Will you help build a strong foundation of Republican grassroots support to ensure the future of the Republican Party and the conservative ideals and principles that we champion?”

I answered “no” and was directed to a page with the message: “We couldn’t find the page you requested.” I figured they were just dumping people who were not going to cough up time or money. Just to be sure I completed the questionnaire a second time but answered the last question “yes.”

We couldn’t find the page you requested.”

Fucking tubes. How do they work?

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