Saturday, June 09, 2007

Hot Out?

Funny Boy George doing his best to ensure the "little people" perish properly.

From Letterman:

Top Ten President Bush Global Warming Solutions. link
10. Instead of "Partly sunny," have weatherman say "Partly cloudy."
9. Stop using Air Force One for Texas barbecue runs.
8. Replace dangerous CO2 in the atmosphere with more eco-friendly CO1.
7. Encourage people to walk more by distributing free Dr.Scholl massaging gel inserts. Are you gellin'?
6. Watch Al Gore movie one of these nights instead of "Dukes of Hazzard."
5. Bob Barker's free. Get him workin' on it.
4. Send more troops to Iraq.
3. I dunno, tax cuts for the rich?
2. Reduce hot air emissions by cancelling "The View."
1. Resign

#1 makes the most sense to me, but I'm not holding my breath.



DEN said...

Saturday and all is well.

You guys have been busy and provided great links and stuff, lets have a big round of applause,

Keep up the good work!!

Knowledge is power!

DEN said...

I invite everyone to check out the vid on the front page;
"fractal flight"

Art imitates life. Just when you think you have seen the smallest element, another comes along that seems make the original seem large.

Got shrooms?

DEN said...

Oh Jeez, almost forgot, the several billion dollar shuttle Atlantis slipped the bonds of Earth and is catching up to the Space Station.


Be sure to click on "Interactive timeline" to the right of the astronauts pic for current activities.

Alan said...

Former TV News Anchor Bree Walker to Purchase 5-Acre 'Camp Casey' Property Near Bush Ranch

Will Keep Property Open to Public as 'Legacy for Peace'; Sheehan to Appear Live in Studio on Walker's Program Saturday...

Walker is the host of the The Bree Walker Show on the Los Angeles Air America affiliate station KTLK AM1150 on Saturdays from 2-4pm PT.

Sheehan will appear in studio with Walker for the entirety of tomorrow's broadcast where, Walker says, she'll "give Cindy the check, and Cindy will give me the deed to the property."

micki said...



Take a look at check out farmers' markets, Co-ops, CSA, etc. near you. Key in your zip code and find all kinds of local stuff!

If everyone in the United States ate just one meal per week based on organic, locally grown ingredients, that would save our country over a million barrels of oil every week.

Wouldn't that 'taste good!!!!'

micki said...

Bush hires lawyers to fight legal battles with Congress

Looks like he's lawyering up and building a bigger stone wall.

Who's footing the bills for this?

Everytime I think I can't dislike the SOB any more than I do, I find that I can!

micki said...

darth cheney's batteries are running low.

"The ICD (implanted cardioverter defibrillator) battery has reached the level where elective replacement of the device is indicated over the summer," Cheney's deputy press secretary Megan McGinn said in a statement.

Elective replacement? I vote NO!

DEN said...

Shock therapy for the darth-in-vice.

Zap him till he forgets who he is then feed the fish with his remains.

No, wait, that is too kind for the king of the dark side.


DEN said...

Boiling in OIL comes to mind, hmmmm.

Anonymous said...



RICHARD HASEN tells of the case of the incredible, disappearing American Center for Voting Rights

12:00 AM CDT on Sunday, June 10, 2007, The Dallas-Morning News

Imagine that the National Rifle Association's Web site suddenly disappeared, along with all the data and reports the group had ever posted on gun issues. Imagine that Planned Parenthood inexplicably closed its doors one day, without comment from its former leaders. The scenarios are unthinkable, given how established these groups are. But even if something did happen to either, no doubt other gun or abortion groups would quickly fill the vacuum.

Not so for the American Center for Voting Rights, which has vanished with no notice, little comment and with no apparent replacement. This operation – the only prominent nongovernmental organization claiming that voter fraud is a major problem – simply stopped appearing at government panels and conferences sometime late last year.

Its Web domain name has expired, its reports are all gone (except where they have been preserved by its opponents), and its general counsel, Mark Hearne, has cleansed his résumé of his affiliation. He also won't speak to the press about the group's demise.

Its life and death says a lot about the Karl Rove-led Republican strategy of raising voter fraud as a crisis in American elections. One part of the attack, at the heart of the Justice Department scandals, involved getting U.S. attorneys in battleground states to vigorously prosecute cases of voter fraud. After exhaustive effort, Justice discovered virtually no polling-place voter fraud, and its efforts to fire U.S. attorneys who did not push the voter-fraud line enough has backfired.

But the second prong of this attack may have proven more successful. This involved using the American Center for Voting Rights to give "think tank" cachet to the unproven idea that voter fraud is a major problem. The center's work was used to support the passage of onerous voter-identification laws that depress turnout among the poor, minorities and the elderly – groups more likely to vote Democratic.

The short organizational history of the center, chronicled indefatigably by Brad Friedman of the Brad Blog, shows that the group was founded in March 2005, just days before its representatives testified at a congressional hearing on election-administration issues chaired by then-Rep. (and now federal inmate) Bob Ney. The group was headed by Mr. Hearne, national election counsel to Bush-Cheney '04, and staffed with other Republican operatives, including Jim Dyke, a former RNC communications director.

Consisting of little more than a post-office box and some staffers who wrote reports and gave helpful quotes about the pervasive problem to the press, the group identified Democratic cities as hot spots for voter fraud, then pushed the argument that "election integrity" required making it harder for people to vote.

The American Center for Voting Rights argued extensively by anecdote, such as someone, somewhere registering Mary Poppins to vote. Anecdote would then be coupled with statistics showing problems with voter rolls not being purged of voters who had died or moved, leaving open the potential for fraudulent voting. Given this great potential for mischief – yet without actual evidence – allegedly reasonable initiatives such as purging voter rolls and requiring ID seemed the natural solution.

At least in hindsight, the center's line of argument is easily deconstructed. First, arguing by anecdote is dangerous business. A new report by Lorraine Minnite of Barnard College looks at these anecdotes and shows them to be, for the most part, wholly spurious. Sure, one can find a rare case of someone voting in two jurisdictions, but nothing extensive or systematic has been unearthed or documented.
But perhaps most importantly, the idea of massive polling-place fraud (through the use of inflated voter rolls) is inherently incredible. Suppose I want to swing the Missouri election for my preferred presidential candidate. I would have to figure out who the fake, dead or missing people on the registration rolls are, then pay a lot of other individuals to go to the polling place and claim to be that person, without any return guarantee – thanks to the secret ballot – that any of them will cast a vote for my preferred candidate.

Those who do show up at the polls run the risk of being detected and charged with a felony. And for what – $10? Polling-place fraud, in short, makes no sense.

The Justice Department devoted unprecedented resources to ferreting out fraud over five years and appears to have found not a single prosecutable case across the country. Of the many experts consulted, the only dissenter from that position was a representative of the now-evaporated American Center for Voting Rights.

The arguments against vote fraud were built on a house of cards, a house that is collapsing as quickly as the U.S. attorney investigation moves forward.

But despite the demise of the voting rights center, the idea that there is massive polling-place voter fraud has, perhaps irrevocably, entered the public consciousness. It has infected even the Supreme Court's thinking about voter-ID laws. And it has provided intellectual cover for the continued partisan pursuit of voter-ID laws that may suppress minority votes.

Richard L. Hasen, the William H. Hannon distinguished professor at Loyola Law School, writes the Election Law Blog. His e-mail address is A longer version of this essay appeared at