A real Berlin ’36 kind of moment, don’t you think?

Atrios catches Andrea Mitchell saying something kind of chilling:

Well, a former intelligence official tells NBC News tonight that the people most likely to be swept up in this are listed in a Homeland Security database, Brian, called Muslims of America. But most people targeted are never charged with a crime. And one former official says this does amount to a giant electronic fishing expedition. Is it legal? The president says yes. Critics say no. Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter says his committee will hold hearings in the new year.

First, I’d be interested to hear what the Supreme Court would say. It seems fairly apparent to me that LAWS HAVE BEEN BROKEN. Mitchell’s framing of the question is unforgivably disingenuous. I mean, “Was the bombing of the Alfred P Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City justifiable? McVeigh says Yes! Critics say No!”

We need to stop asking the criminals if they think they’re guilty. Of course the President is going to say “Hell, no, I’m the President.” Of course DeLay is going to say “This is a witch hunt! These charges are pure politics!” Maybe having tight-lipped special prosecutors isn’t the best thing for driving media coverage. It leaves the guilty out to flap their gums.

Second, a database of “Muslims in America”? Ok, when do we get off the bus and say “Y’know how we all backed off of that Bush=Hitler thing last year? Can we back off the backing off?” This is just creepy.

Frist emasculated by a filibuster, and sharks are circling DeLay

Another Abramoff, Delay crony is reported to be nearing a plea deal. (As in “PLEAse don’t throw me in prison!”) DeLay’s former chief of staff, no less.

[Tony] Rudy is clearly someone who knows where the proverbial bodies are buried. With a possible Rudy plea, the Kidan plea yesterday, the Scanlon plea, the Safavian indictment, the new Wilkes-DeLay subpoenas, the case is picking up steam.

I wonder if DeLay thought all of these people would throw themselves upon their swords for the Hammer…

Hat tip to e p o n y m o u s for the heads up.

Not bad for a day’s work

Jamming back on the PATRIOT Act. Not bad.

The best part of the above article is the photo of the sad little man at the podium above the caption “The failure to break a filibuster on the Patriot Act was a blow to Majority Leader Bill Frist.” Yeah, well, tough break Dr. Tradelove.

If the White House wanted to get the official stamp of the Senate on their ability to spy on us, maybe they should have asked the first time.

A key Republican committee chairman put the Bush administration on notice Friday that his panel would hold hearings into a report that the National Security Agency eavesdropped without warrants on people inside the United States.

Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pennsylvania a., said he would make oversight hearings by his panel next year “a very, very high priority.”

“There is no doubt that this is inappropriate,” said Specter, a Pennsylvania Republican and chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

You’d have to be some sort of idiot not to think that these two things are connected.

My first Wikipedia entry

Wikipedia, as you probably know, is an online encyclopedia, constantly updated and maintained by a large community of users. Lately, it has come under fire by (ahem) elements on the Right for its alleged “bias” and “inaccuracy.” This is due to two apparent factors- 1. Some yahoo signed up and then falsified an entry.

Two weeks ago prominent journalist John Seigenthaler, the former publisher of the Tennessean newspaper and founding editorial director of USA Today, revealed that a Wikipedia entry that ran for four months had incorrectly named him as a longtime suspect in the assassinations of president John F. Kennedy and his brother Robert.

The fact that this entry was found and corrected immediately proves what, class? That the system works! Excellent. Moving on…

and 2. The facts seem to have an Anti-Bush agenda.

If you look up certain entries on Wikipedia, you will find a message that says “The neutrality of this section is disputed. Please view the article’s talk page.” This is because someone has taken issue with the neutrality of the content on that page. This is sort of like that sticker they put on the covers of Science textbooks in Cobb County. The Wikipedia Community seeks to settle these issues as quickly as possible, of course. However, it may come as no great shock to you that periodically, some wingnut discovers an Wikipedia article that defames Dear Leader or his policies and gets his knickers in a knot about it.

However, the journal Nature has done a side-by-side comparison of Wikipedia with several more “reputable” (read “Dead trees are more reputable than a massive peer-reviewed database unless you think about it.”) sources and concluded “Wikipedia, the encyclopedia that relies on volunteers to pen nearly 4 million articles, is about as accurate in covering scientific topics as Encyclopedia Britannica…”

So, y’know, I never saw a target of wingnut ire I didn’t like, and I opened my own Wikipedia account and expanded an entry.

My additions begin with “Slingerland’s most famous product line…” and run through “…also highly collectable.”

What do you feel qualified to pontificate upon? Why don’t you write or expand a Wikipedia entry?

I read it for the articles… really

Jason Apuzzo ain’t going to see no gay cowboy movie. No way. Cuz he’s not. NOT GOING TO SEE THE MOVIE **OR** GAY, OK?

I would just like to say at the outset of awards season that we here at LIBERTAS stubbornly refuse to provide the producers of Brokeback with any of the controversy they no doubt crave. We’ve been asked by several media services to comment on this film, and we won’t, other than to say this: Brokeback Mountain appears (because I haven’t seen it, nor do I have any interest in seeing it) to be a completely conventional melodrama that is leaning entirely on its gay theme to ‘rope’ audiences in.

Of course, NOT HAVING SEEN IT, he can’t really dis it proper-like. But he’s not. Gay, I mean. OR GOING TO SEE IT.

TBogg does a nice point-by-point takedown of the rest of A Putz’s Review. I just had to laugh at the last part.

Seems like the right thing to do

is to make sure that everyone sees this:

“I will make sure you will never be able to place an order on the internet again.” “I’m an attorney, I will sue you.” “I will call the CEO of your company and play him the tape of this phone call.” “I’m going to call your local police and have two officers come over and arrest you.” “You’d better get this through your thick skull.” “You have no idea who you are dealing with.”

These are all direct threats that I received today from an individual who identified himself as Steve Phillips, the manager of PriceRitePhoto in Brooklyn, New York when I called to inquire about my order with them. My crime? Telling him that I planned to write an article about my unfortunate experience with his company regarding the camera order I had placed with him yesterday.

I report it exactly as I got it. I always wondered how these people were able to sell cameras so cheaply from NYC. Now I know. They don’t.

Diebold out in the county where Jeb lives

Ain’t that some shit? Leon County, which is Tallahassee, capital of Florida and home to none-other-than the First Brother, is dumping Diebold.

Check it out:

Wed. December 14, 2005: Due to contractual non-performance and security design issues, Leon County (Florida) supervisor of elections Ion Sancho has announced that he will never again use Diebold in an election. He has requested funds to replace the Diebold system from the county. On Tuesday, the most serious “hack” demonstration to date took place in Leon County. The Diebold machines succumbed quickly to alteration of the votes. This comes on the heels of the resignation of Diebold CEO Wally O’Dell, and the announcement that a stockholder’s class action suit has been filed against Diebold by Scott & Scott. Further “hack” testing on additional vulnerabilities is tentatively scheduled before Christmas in the state of California.

Read the whole thing.

Uh-oh.

So, y’know, even when I am running around like someone on fire, I take the time to check four blogs-
Alternate Brain, eponymous.org, my twin brother’s blog, and Shakespeare’s Sister… because if those guys can’t cheer me up, no one can.

Only today, Shake’s Sis is kind of making me a little nervous.

The light-headedness I’ve been experiencing has turned into random bouts of numbness in my face, so my doctor has ordered me to the hospital for a day full of fun tests

OK, Sis, no fucking around… this better not be serious, ‘k?

Color me busy

Busy day at work. Doing a lot of stuff for other people today.

I will try to get something up later.

Trying to think of a good joke or something here…

Nice.

Gordon with the save….