Friday, November 30, 2007



DEN said...

Mark Fiore

DEN said...

George Carlin

micki said...

A New Push to Roll Back "Don't Ask, Don't Tell"

The Brimstone Base Brigade will come out in force!


Micki said...

Okay, this is a test....

Micki said...

Oh, now my name is in blue and I have that little trashcan icon.

Wow, technology at work!

Micki said...

What monumental bu$hevikian arrogance and IGNORANCE!!!!!!!!!!

Patrick Leahy and his judiciary panel rebuffed the WH's privilege claim and bu$h'$ spokesperson states:

Dana M. Perino, the president’s chief spokeswoman, said White House aides were perplexed by Mr. Leahy’s action.

“I don’t understand why he continues to have this rope-a-dope that’s not going to go anywhere,” Ms. Perino said.

DEN said...

Some are easily perplexed.

DEN said...

Var-Mit Romney approved survival gear

David B. Benson said...

Actually pita bread is useful for making, well, pita bread rolls.

And for some reason, Google hasn't requiredd me to re-sign-in for weeks now...

Micki said...

And for some reason, Google hasn't requiredd me to re-sign-in for weeks now...

This was the first time for me. Should I feel neglected?

Carey said...

Finally, the generals speak. Olbermann reported on that last night.

By the way, Den, I think Keith's book would make an excellent gift for anyone interested in good journalism--Edward R. Murrow style. Just a tip. Keith can sure write.

I've got something to link, I just remembered.

Micki said...

Oy vey! I missed this one. Well, at least the judge put the kibosh on this scheme. (What's next though?)

Judge: Gov't Can't ID Online Book Buyers

Posted: 4:21 PM Nov 27, 2007
Last Updated: 4:21 PM Nov 27, 2007

(AP) U.S. prosecutors have withdrawn a subpoena seeking the identities of thousands of people who bought used books through online retailer Inc., newly unsealed court records show.

The withdrawal came after a judge ruled the customers have a right to keep their reading habits from the government.

"The (subpoena's) chilling effect on expressive e-commerce would frost keyboards across America," U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker wrote in a June ruling.

"Well-founded or not, rumors of an Orwellian federal criminal investigation into the reading habits of Amazon's customers could frighten countless potential customers into canceling planned online book purchases," the judge wrote in a ruling he unsealed last week.

Amazon said in court documents it hopes Crocker's decision will make it more difficult for prosecutors to obtain records involving book purchases.

Crocker - who unsealed documents detailing the showdown against prosecutors' wishes - said he believed prosecutors were seeking the information for a legitimate purpose. But he said First Amendment concerns about freedom of speech were justified and outweighed the subpoena's law enforcement purpose.

"The subpoena is troubling because it permits the government to peek into the reading habits of specific individuals without their knowledge or permission," Crocker wrote. "It is an unsettling and un-American scenario to envision federal agents nosing through the reading lists of law-abiding citizens while hunting for evidence against somebody else."

Federal prosecutors issued the subpoena last year as part of a grand jury investigation into a former Wisconsin official who was a prolific seller of used books on They were looking for buyers who could be witnesses in the case.

The official, Robert D'Angelo, was indicted last month on fraud, money laundering and tax evasion charges. Prosecutors said he ran a used book business out of his city office and did not report the income. He has pleaded not guilty.

D'Angelo sold books through the Amazon Marketplace feature, and buyers paid Amazon, which took a commission.

The initial subpoena sought records of 24,000 transactions dating back to 1999. The company turned over many records but refused to identify the book buyers, citing their right to keep their reading choices private.

Prosecutors later narrowed the subpoena, asking the company to identify a sample of 120 customers.

Crocker brokered a compromise in which the company would send a letter to the 24,000 customers describing the investigation and asking them to voluntarily contact prosecutors if they were interested in testifying.

Prosecutors said they obtained the customer information they needed from one of D'Angelo's computers they seized earlier in the investigation.

Crocker scolded prosecutors in July for not looking for alternatives earlier.

"If the government had been more diligent in looking for workarounds instead of baring its teeth when Amazon balked, it's probable that this entire First Amendment showdown could have been avoided," he wrote.

Micki said...

The meaning of PITA...and other important acronyms

Before you know it, I'll be hip! Or not.

Alan said...

trash can icon??

Carey said...

This is a LA Times editorial I do not necessarily agree with. That's rare to nonexistent now. It does, however, clarify the article Micki posted the other day on San Diego and welfare checks. As I said, I don't know much about this.

Open Door Policy

In dispatching employees of the district attorney's office to conduct surprise "walk-throughs" through the residences of welfare applicants, San Diego County may be violating more privacy than is necessary to deter fraud. Perhaps the element of surprise isn't needed to verify whether an applicant is caring for a child and is not concealing financial assets or the presence of a supposedly "absent" parent.

But even if the San Diego policy is unwise or insensitive, it doesn't follow that it violates the 4th Amendment's ban on unreasonable searches and seizures. That was the sensible conclusion of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, which the Supreme Court this week refused to review. Both courts are being accused of eviscerating Americans' privacy rights, but it's a bum rap.

Micki said...

trash can icon?

You know, that little trash container that appears just under the time stamp on one's comment...

At least I have them now.

Alan said...

You know, that little trash container that appears just under the time stamp on one's comment...

Oh, ok, I gotcha. That's so you can delete the post if you wanna. I guess it has a time limit tho.

Carey said...

Bush Can't Act Alone

He shouldn't be allowed to lock in an Iraq treaty without Congress' approval.

By Bruce Ackerman

Despite the show at Annapolis, this week's main diplomatic initiative has concerned Iraq, not Israel. Without any fanfare, the Bush administration and Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri Maliki announced that the United States and Iraq will begin negotiating a long-term agreement that will set the terms of Washington's Iraq policy for "coming generations."

President Bush is again in legacy mode. His White House "czar" on Iraq, Army Lt. Gen. Douglas Lute, explained that the administration intends to reach a final agreement between the two countries by July 31, 2008. In describing the negotiations, he made a remarkable suggestion: Only the Iraqi parliament, not the U.S. Congress, needs to formally approve the agreement.


Stupid, stupid assholes.

Carey said...

The attempts to surveil know no boundaries.

Alan said...
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DEN said...

This is pretty gross, but shows what HPV can do in some cases

Alan said...

The "delete" trash can icon works. I had never tried it. Now I'll repost the youtube version of Mark Fiore's 'environmental' animation that came in an email today.

liquid coal

DEN said...

ROCHESTER, N.H. - A man claiming to have a bomb walked in to Hillary Rodham Clinton’s campaign offices Friday and took hostages, police and witnesses said.

The man had what appeared to be a bomb strapped to himself, said Bill Shaheen, a top Clinton state campaign official. He took two hostages, both volunteers, and released others, Shaheen said.

WNBC-TV in New York quoted an unidentified law enforcement source as saying the man wanted to speak with Clinton.


Oh Boy! The loonies are out in force.

Alan said...

That looks like a faked pictue tho.
How'd he get that shirt on over those 'trees'?

David B. Benson said...

No water?

Great lakes face trouble on two fronts

Carey said...

Really. Geez, is it cuz she's female?

That's a bad sign--the crazies being so prominent.

Gerald said...

I do not like Hitler Bush but he has one Mission Accomplished.


Alan said...

Jesus General strikes again...

The Lutefisk Menace

Sen. Denny Altes
Arkansas State Senate

Dear Sen. Altes,

I like your strategy of gaining support for shipping Mexicans back to Mexico by pointing out that we're already "being outpopulated by the blacks," but why limit it to just them. What about the Swedes?

The God damned lutefisk-eating bastards breed like rabbits. They've overrun the whole upper Midwest and turned it Lutheran. If we'd shipped them the moment they arrived, Minnesota would be as Baptist as an illicit hand job behind the Piggly Wiggly.

Think about it. No more hot dishes. No more "you betchas." No more Garrison Keillor. If you want to sell that ethnic cleansing plan of yours, you got to bring up the Swedes.

Heterosexually yours,

Gen. JC Christian, patriot

Gerald said...

Nord was called back to Capitol Hill this summer during the Chinese toy recalls. "What we have here is an agency in distress," Senator Pryor told the press. By September, even the toy industry was pleading for new government standards to help reassure jittery consumers (and, quite possibly, preempt lawsuits). "cpsc got caught with their pants down about China," says former commissioner Ann Brown. "Companies know the agency is toothless, so there's no reason for them to worry about the products that they bring into the country."

Nazi American corporations need to take more responsibility for dangerous toys. Our Nazi federal government cannot police every evil Nazi American corporation. The CEO's need jail time for their murderous ways in letting children die from their neglect.

David B. Benson said...

Yah, you send back the Svedes and send more decent, God-fearing Norvegians on the return journey.

Vee don't vant Svedes around here...

Micki said...

So, Ole goes into Svenson's Lake Woebegone Lumber and Hardware....

"I need to buy some boards there, Sven."

"How long you want 'em, Ole?"

"Long time. I'm building a house, ya know."

DEN said...

Oh Ya, you betcha!

David B. Benson said...

Do you mean?

No, surely not!

I'm not bloggin here with Svedes, am I?


Micki said...

So, my daughter went into the auto parts store to buy some jumper cables and the clerk asks her, "How long do you want 'em?"

And she says, "Well forever, I guess!"

He laughs his head off.

This is a true story. Hope she doesn't see this. :-))

Micki said...

What if all jokes were Laplander jokes?

DEN said...

In Upper Minnesota, the Swedes make Finlander jokes, the Norweigians make Swede jokes, and whats left makes Polish jokes.

Proving the point that they think the others are stupid and the others think they are stupid, why is that?

They're all stupid! No let me rephrase that, They all see each other as fodder for ridicule, now that's stupid.

Funny jokes tho.

Carey said...

I just read Mr. Christian's letter.

Bwa-ha-ha! Actually, more of a guffaw.