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Nadler on Bush warrantless surveillance: A "prima facie case that they engaged in a criminal conspiracy"

popcornJosh Marshall went and talked to Jerry Nadler, and that's what Nadler says. He's right. Every time Bush reauthorized the warrantless surveillance program, he broke the law (FISA), which is a felony punishable by five years in jail, as Judge Jackson noted in her decision in Bush v. NSA. Read more about Nadler on Bush warrantless surveillance: A "prima facie case that they engaged in a criminal conspiracy"

Be careful what you pray for, because you may get it

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OK, having tied the tomato plants onto stakes to prevent the cold wind from the North from flattening them, I will now proceed to touch the third rail of progressive politics:

Israel.

Let's leave aside that some of the neo-cons talk like they put Israel's interest ahead of their own country's; for all I know, in good Straussian fashion, they're trying to make their imperial policies slide more easily down the gullets of the ignorant and credulous, especially in the Beltway Spoonful of sugar, and all that. Read more about Be careful what you pray for, because you may get it

Goat manure

No, not My Pet Goat. This is not a trick question.

Any gardeners out there have experience with goat manure?

Should I compost it, or can I till it in right away?

My soil is pretty bad, so I'm thinking, till it.

On the other hand, I don't want to "burn" my plants. Read more about Goat manure

So, income has been flat for thirty years why?

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Economics 101 at AP:

Rising productivity means that employers can boost salaries because of workers' increased efficiency. It is the single most important factor supporting rising living standards.

Sure, they can. And weasels could fly out of my butt.

They could also cream off the profits from our harder and harder work for themselves. Which is exactly what's been happening for the last 30 years, as real income has been flat for all but the top 1%. Read more about So, income has been flat for thirty years why?

Forced pregnancy loons are in it for the money. Oops, did I forget to say "some?"

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Well, yes, that headline is just a wee bit inflammatory. Some of the forced pregnancy looons are in it for the power. Others of them are in it because they want to control "their" women. And others are in it because they really are serious that a blastocyst is a baby, and is just as important as a living, breathing, woman. Read more about Forced pregnancy loons are in it for the money. Oops, did I forget to say "some?"

The Decider's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Decision

What, Iraq, you thought? Torture? Naah. Le tout Beltway wants Bush to pardon Scooter. After all, he loves kittens, 'n' stuff. WaPo:

The prospect of a pardon has become so sensitive inside the West Wing that top aides have been kept out of the loop, and even Bush friends have been told not to bring it up with the president.

Well, now, I wonder why that would be? Read more about The Decider's Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Decision

Yet another authoritarian perv

AP:

[Ex-Mayor of Waterbury] Philip Giordano entered pleas to four counts of first-degree sexual assault and four counts of conspiracy to commit sexual assault, charges based on allegations that he paid a crack-addicted prostitute to bring her 8-year-old daughter and 10-year-old niece to him for oral sex.

And, my goodness, the stenographers at AP somehow manage to get through the entire article without mentioning Giordano's party affiliation: Read more about Yet another authoritarian perv

McClatchy reports: Bush "Justice" department sues only Democrats to purge voters, sues only Democrats to use electronic voting

This story doesn't seem to have gotten the attention in the blogosphere that it deserves. The non-Beltway McClatchy reports:

The ways in which the department's Civil Rights Division has enforced the 2002 Help America Vote Act and the 1993 National Voter Registration Act go to the heart of allegations that the Bush administration has used the unit to suppress the votes of poor minorities.

First, the voting machines: Read more about McClatchy reports: Bush "Justice" department sues only Democrats to purge voters, sues only Democrats to use electronic voting

We look up to them. Because they're tall.

The press works the pole on Thompson:

Thompson looms over Republican debate
Thompson, the six-foot-six (two metres) star of television show "Law & Order"....

Jeebus, guys, wipe your chins, wouldja? Personally, I don't give a ratfucker's ass about Thompson's, er, size.

Please, can we get some coverage of the really important issues?

Like how much Thompson pays for a haircut? Read more about We look up to them. Because they're tall.

NPR is teh suck

Jackie Whatsherface from NPR might as well have ripped her coverage from the AP wire, which is also teh suck:

With one word — "unlawful" — the only two war-crimes trials against Guantanamo detainees fell apart in a single day, marking a stunning setback to Washington's attempts to try dozens of detainees in military court.

Now, to be fair to AP, Jackie did crank the vapidity knobs up to 11 by revising AP's copy to read "Just one word." Read more about NPR is teh suck

"I was walking down the street and all of a sudden the prescription for my eye-glasses ran out..."

And you know they would if they could. Anyhow, Steven Wright's going to be chatting at WaPo tomorrow, Tuesday, at 3:00.

After all, The Onion serves a prophetic function, so why not Steven Wright?

NOTE To a religious person, claiming comedians as prophets is a more serious claim than would first appear. But seriously, folks.... Read more about "I was walking down the street and all of a sudden the prescription for my eye-glasses ran out..."

How to talk to a climate skeptic

A good set of links here.

Now that it's wet and cold, I'm worried my cucumber seeds are going to rot again, but I know that's a local effect. Read more about How to talk to a climate skeptic

The immigration bill imposes a national ID card, and that's too great a price to pay

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Why on earth would be trust the cabal of oligarchs and kleptocrats running the country with a national ID card? I can only hope this monstrosity of an immigration gets quietly strangled, after doing its job of sowing discord amongst the lizard-brained and the Republicans (sorry for the redundancy). Je repete: Read more about The immigration bill imposes a national ID card, and that's too great a price to pay

We're #4! We're #4!

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Good thing DHS isn't tracking violations of Godwin's law!

Oh, wait.... Read more about We're #4! We're #4!

Will Jeff "Eight-inch, cut" Gannon please pick up the white courtesy phone?

Because there's a million dollars waiting for you:

"Have you had a sexual encounter with a current member of the United States Congress or a high-ranking government official?" read a full-page advertisement taken out by Larry Flynt's pornographic magazine in Sunday's Washington Post.

It offered $1 million for documented evidence of illicit intimate relations with a congressman, senator or other prominent officeholder. A toll-free number and e-mail address were provided.

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