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Few Choices - No Freedom

James Madison must be rolling over in his grave as Republican operatives take to the media speaking about the “GOP Brand.” Perhaps Karl Rove is destined for Madison Avenue. In Rove’s wake (and at his direction) is a nation deeply divided – this is the very division that James Madison warned against in his Federalist Paper No. 10. Read below the fold...

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Corporate personhood, voter suppression, and other lies

We are not OK, America. Sure, Rove moved on and Gonzales quit, but so what? SIX YEARS ON, why are Bush and Cheney still at large? Read below the fold...

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Inquisition resurrected?

Long long ago Richard Milhous Nixon declared a War on Drugs. Read below the fold...

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Nobody Expects the Inquisition

But y'know, it might behoove Dems and leftists not to gloat too hard over the, ahem, behavioral peccadilloes of the current GOP ruling class. Read below the fold...

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Debtors' prison

I was going through the archive when I found an article about the shift in America’s views towards the abuse of police powers. Back in 2005 when a five year old girl was cuffed and arrested because she had a temper tantrum. Read below the fold...

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Michael Vick Pleads Guilty

I want to thank the Corrente Crew. I know that viscerally it’s hard to get through but trust me. There is a point. I admire Mike as an athlete, I feel for him as a brother. I understand there are consequences to breaking the law. But this isn’t about cruelty humanity or justice. But then again; It is.

Michael Vick has pleaded guilty. Read below the fold...

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Bush Bust Blossoming; How Long Until Soup Lines Return?

The International Herald Tribune reports today that the Stock Market continues to slide. Read below the fold...

DHS to use "Clergy Response Teams" to help "government" if martial law is declared

I swear I'm not making this up! KSLA, Shreveport:

Could martial law ever become a reality in America? Some fear any nuclear, biological or chemical attack on U.S. soil might trigger just that. KSLA News 12 has discovered that the clergy would help the government with potentially their biggest problem: Us.

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Damn I wish I had some money

As happened in the War Between the States and again in the 1930s it's about to be possible to pay off mortgages for pennies on the dollar, or buy land for a fraction of its real value. Read below the fold...

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The Party's Over: Theory and Framing the Decade


Hey! Look who popped his head out of closet! It appears he's writing with a vengence again, or at least he is on this topic. Go stretch your brain a tad and enjoy some High Thursday framing. Read below the fold...

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Friday Movie Review

Do they suck or rock? Did you hate it or love it? Were you bored silly?
It's open mind time.
Go ahead and laugh at me, but I'm in a bind. What do you do when two sets of people you love, different in every way, tell you that you'll love/hate a movie when you see it, and you come out sort of understanding both perspectives. Read below the fold...

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Angleton and Nixon in the Wilderness of Mirrors


While Richard Nixon was struggling to survive the Watergate scandal another important government figure, the Deputy Director of Counterintelligence for the CIA, was fighting to preserve his own career. This is the story of how their paths crossed, and how they combined to destroy each other.

It is not first-hand; it came to me from someone who was, as they say, in a position to know. Judge the truthfulness for yourself; I find it too delicious to be false. Read below the fold...

Sara Taylor and Fuhrerprinzip

Many have commmented on Sara Taylor's alas, no longer remarkable views on oath-taking, but nobody, so far as I know, has called it out for what it is. Here's the transcript of Leahy and Taylor's exchange via Big Orange:

LEAHY: And then you said, I took an oath to the President, and I take that oath very seriously. Did you mean, perhaps, you took an oath to the Constitution?

TAYLOR: Uh, I, uh, yes, you're correct, I took an oath to the Constitution. Uh, but, what--

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Illicit Cellphone Tapping, Greek Style: Tryout in the Sticks for NSA?

NYT stuck this story in their "Bits" section for technophiles, people who just get gee-whizzed about Cool Shit You Can Do With Machines. How odd this was not considered worthy of the "World" section, or "US" or "Politics":
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