Submitted by lambert on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 11:20pm
Via Ars technica:
The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has filed a lawsuit against both the old and new versions of AT&T, alleging that they have illegally cooperated with the National Security Agency's (NSA) recently revealed domestic wiretapping program.
The EFF has elected to try a different tactic, choosing the class action route in an effort to hit the NSA's largest private collaborator where it hurts the mostâ€”in the extremely large wallet.
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Submitted by lambert on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 11:11pm
I'm encouraged by the Drinking Liberally map--it's not just a bi-coastal, blue state phenomenon. We're everywhere!
How the Times protects your privacy. 200,000 credit card records used to wrap newspaper bundles? WTF? Hey, maybe they could give all the people who's credit they wrecked make-goods--a free subscription to Times Select! (A [cough] $47 value, so come on down!) Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 11:04pm
Submitted by SteveAudio on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 9:35pm
Submitted by lambert on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 7:48pm
The General Accountability Office has just issued an assessment of the Bush administrations management of the Katrina disaster. (We'll see the classy way the administration reacts to being held accountable in a moment.) On this story, as on so many others, the SCLM is clueless. They continue to be amazed--innocently amazed--that Republicans govern badly. What they assume is that Republicans want to govern well. Or at all. Read below the fold...
Submitted by leah on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 5:54pm
That would be Christopher Dickey, a correspondenct who has spent years reporting from the Middle East, and who, today, gives us some sense of how last night's SOTU resonates to the ears of the Arab world, and it ain't pretty.
Remember all the talk about a "battleground of ideas" we were supposed to be engaged in, as part of that other foreign policy gambit, the invasion of Iraq, brought to us by that marvel of big think, the Bush doctrine?
Here's the subheading of Dickey's column:
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Submitted by captain nemo (not verified) on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 4:29pm
So who was so full of "irrational Bush hatred" as to say:
President George W. Bush is right when he says the U.S. should add a dose of market competition to its health-care system. But giving the wealthy a big new tax break for tummy tucks may not be the best way to do it.
(Play "Jeopardy!" theme here for 30 seconds.....)
That would be (drumroll)....Business Week.
Hotbed of radical subversion that it is. Read below the fold...
Submitted by leah on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 12:20pm
Sorting out my own response to Governor Kaine's response to the SOTU on behalf of the Democratic Party, I received a message from alert reader, Hobson, that seemed to say it all. Read below the fold...
Submitted by shystee on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 10:44am
I'm no presidential historian, but is there precedent for a president admonishing his opposition as to how they are allowed to disagree with him?
Like, for example, did Clinton warn the GOP at the time that "making jokes about my dick is not constructive dialogue"?
The Chimp, last night: Read below the fold...
Submitted by captain nemo (not verified) on Wed, 02/01/2006 - 9:50am
Great piece in the LA Times this morning that does for SOTUVI what Stephen Wright does for comedy. It eviscerates the lies without ever cracking a smile.
Let's start with Domestic Spying (no, Dubya, we're not going to call it "Terrorist Surveilance" no matter how hard you make your monkeys flog the line every time they're in range of a camera): Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Tue, 01/31/2006 - 11:07pm
Friends--as Rush would say--I just couldn't do it. I couldn't ask the bartender at Tangier to mix me a frothing wingnut--he was just working too hard for me to be comfortable handing him a recipe prinotut and saying, "Could you make me one of these?" But I tipped, liberally, to keep my image green. All I can ask of you, readers, is that you help me be less shy and retiring in the future.
Anyhow, one of the best parts of the speech was the auto-translated crawl: ...turn the valium of the debate down... was especially precious, containing, as it did, a coded message to Leadfoot, dressed, as was her rival for the affections of the Campaigner in Chief, Condi, in pink Chanel. We should really have a crawl here at Corrente. Though what it would consist of, I'm not sure.
So I scribbled a few notes on the back of the xerox of a drinking game; "Any attempt to use a heartfelt story of an indvidual citizen's courage under pressure to make a point" came unexpectedly late. Here they are: Read below the fold...
Submitted by lambert on Tue, 01/31/2006 - 12:27pm
By a happy coincidence, the SOTU and Drinking Liberally both fall on a Tuesday.
So, I thought I'd swing by and, to honor the latest Oration from His Royal Lieness, induce the bartender to make a frothing wingnut for me (recipe by Shystee).
But I have some questions:
1. Is it normal/courteous to hand a bartender a recipe, and ask him to make it? Read below the fold...
Submitted by captain nemo (not verified) on Tue, 01/31/2006 - 10:43am
Submitted by tom on Tue, 01/31/2006 - 10:25am
Okay, now this my friends is one of the silliest things I've ever heard:
The 12th Man is under attack, but not by Pittsburgh Steelers fans. Read below the fold...
Submitted by MJS on Tue, 01/31/2006 - 1:34am