Monday, June 30, 2008
---George W. Bush January 18,2001
Comments made to the Associated Press.
On top of the illegal spying, the bill also allows US Telephone companies immunity from prosecution for their part in the illegal spying, should a court case ever be brought up. And now we find out WHY the Democrats are caving in favor of the bill...
Dems who flipped on FISA immunity see more telecom cash
House Democrats who flipped their votes to support retroactive immunity for telecom companies in last week’s FISA bill took thousands of dollars more from phone companies than Democrats who consistently voted against legislation with an immunity provision, according to an analysis by MAPLight.org.
The 94 Democrats who changed their positions received on average $8,359 in contributions from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint from January, 2005, to March, 2008, according to the analysis by MAPLight, a nonpartisan organization that tracks the connection between campaign contributions and legislative outcomes.
Mr. Cheney is getting richer...
We're winning, we're winning!
The main stream media is hard at work...
Am I missing something here?
Wizardry in the classroom
May 6, 2008
from within the crainium by joke du jour
I'll avoid the obvious Harry Potter riff.
Teacher Fired for Magic Trick, County Calls It "Wizardry"
PASCO COUNTY, Fla. -- A Florida substitute teacher says his job disappeared after doing a magic trick in front of his students. Substitute teacher Jim Piculas made a toothpick disappear, then reappear in front of a classroom at Rushe Middle School in Land O' Lakes, Florida. The Pasco County School District says there were several other performance issues, but none compared to his "wizardry."
"I get a call the middle of the day from head of supervisor of substitute teachers. He says, 'Jim, we have a huge issue. You can't take any more assignments. You need to come in right away.' I said, 'Well, Pat, can you explain this to me?' 'You've been accused of wizardry,'" Piculas explained.
Despite a court-ordered ban on the teaching of creationism in US schools, about one in eight high-school biology teachers still teach it as valid science, a survey reveals. And, although almost all teachers also taught evolution, those with less training in science – and especially evolutionary biology – tend to devote less class time to Darwinian principles.This is not one of the science teachers in question, but she is a science teacher - and a professional football cheerleader. Click the image for the original source.
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
A blog by Tony Troy Britain: Playing Chess With Pigeons .
Why such a strange blog title?
The title comes from a very amusing description of what it is like to debate creationists about evolution (apparently) by Scott D. Weitzenhoffer made in a comment on Amazon.com regarding Eugenie Scotts' book Evolution Vs. Creationism: An introduction (2004):
Debating creationists on the topic of evolution is rather like trying to play chess with a pigeon - it knocks the pieces over, craps on the board, and flies back to its flock to claim victory.
As an old man, I can relate and see this as the only real reason to raise an army...
It's the military, stupid...
How many of us feel...
Monday, June 16, 2008
President of the U.S., George W. Bush haqs a pretty sick view of the world - this is just a little more icing on the cake.
Jun 7, 2008 7:25 PM
US reportedly pulls out of UN Human Rights Council
from Boing Boing by Cory Doctorow
The Human Rights Tribune is reporting that the US has pulled out of the United Nations' Human Rights Council, "an international body within the United Nations System. Its stated purpose is to address human rights violations."
The news that the US has completely withdrawn from the Human Rights Council spread like wildfire Friday afternoon (June 6) through the corridors of the Palais des Nations in Geneva. There was general consternation amongst diplomats and NGOS. Reached by phone, the American mission in Geneva neither confirmed nor denied the report. Although unofficial, the news comes at a time of long opposition by the Bush administration to the reforms which created the Human Rights Council in June 2006. Washington announced from the beginning that the US would not be an active member but its observer status would mean that it could intervene during the sessions. To date even this has rarely happened.
Bush: "Oh, I don't-you know, I hadn't-I'm not so sure. I'm not quick in my mind at math, but I don't believe in trying to pick and choose winners when it comes to tax relief."
George W. Bush September 26,2000
Appearing on CNN's Larry King live
If the endgame in Iraq is murky, the endgame if Afghanistan is invisible. The United States, its allies and the Kabul government are fighting a holding action strategically. They do not have the force to destroy the Taliban — and in counterinsurgency, the longer the insurgents maintain their operational capability, the more likely they are to win. Further stiffening the Taliban resolve is the fact that, while insurgents have nowhere to go, foreigners can always decide to go home.
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
from Crooks and Liars by Steve Benen
There's been talk for years that many Bush supporters believe he was literally chosen by God to be president. We don't hear as much about this lately - God wanted a U.S. president who would screw up everything he touches? But the notion of divine intervention on behalf of Republicans has been a relatively common sentiment in far-right circles for quite a while.