Thursday, January 31, 2008

MUKhead






Appearing before Congress for the first time since his confirmation hearings, Attorney General Michael Mukasey continued to duck and wave on the hot subject of waterboarding. He refused to make a straightforward judgement on the legality of the simulated-drowning technique, even in cases where it would involve US citizens.

Mukasey also continued the Bush administration's arguments to block oversight of its warrantless surveillance program, pushing for legal immunity to be given to telecommunications companies as part of an expected spy-law update.

Back in October, Mukasey refused to answer pointed questions from Senators about waterboarding's legality, saying he had not been "read into" the CIA's previous interrogation program that is alleged to have included the practice. Appearing Wednesday, nearly three months into his tenure, Mukasey did not budge much from that position.

@ RAW
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Between the plethora of "UMM's" and the artful dodgings of this sub-human bush appointee, it is impossible to sit through this flakes' reasonings. It has long been held the WB'ing is indeed torture. He did acknowledge that if it was done to him he would consider it torture, hmmmmmm.

Another contributor to the growth of an overpowering and authoritarian government that no one except the neo-fascists can appreciate.

Why no Senators scolded MUKcasey shows how embedded in the system they too have become. Not that many years back statements like that would have assured impeachment for dereliction of duty and failure to support The Constitution. Now that is all gone and the dog(Congress) rolls over in anticipation of a belly rub from the chimp-in-chief.

A true patriots nightmare.

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50 comments:

micki said...

SSDD.

Arlen Specter acts like the tough prosecutor, then rolls over for the cause. Every time!

Mukasey should not have been confirmed on this alone: He WOULD NOT give a simple, straightforward answer when he was asked the simple, straightforward question: Is the president of the United States required to obey federal statutes?

"That would have to depend," he said in his weasel-words, "on whether what goes outside the statute nonetheless lies within the authority of the president to defend the country."

What???????

DEN said...

@ TPM this AM:

It's hard enough to get the facts straight when allegations are made. But everything gets all the more complicated in the Bush Administration's hall of mirrors; it's all pots and kettles.

Consider this dust-up between the Office of Special Counsel and the Justice Department. In one corner, you have Special Counsel Scott Bloch, who heads an obscure little office that is charged with investigating whistleblower complaints, Hatch Act violations, and the like -- but who is himself being investigated for retaliating against whistleblowers and politicizing his office. Oh, and he used a tech service called Geeks on Call to scrub his hard drive at work (he says all the info was personal). In the other corner, you have the Justice Department, and well, you know all about that.

LINK
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The rot and stench of this bunch of fascist idiots runs throughout the gov't.

micki said...

One thing that continues to amaze me is that there has never been a big stink raised about Michael Mukasey's (alleged?) dual citizenship with Israel. Or Michael Chertoff's for that matter.

I have nothing against dual citizenship, but one could surmise that there might be security clearance issues if dual citizenship is held by high-level government officials. Even if the dual citizenship is with a friendly U.S. country, that state of affairs has been known to change.

DEN said...

With the fox guarding the henhouse why worry about a little thing like security?

I know I will sleep better at night knowing the Israelis got my back.

David B. Benson said...

Been snowing (some) daily for weeks now. Last night we had another 6--8 cm so that the accumulation on the roof of an unheated garage is now about 40 cm (16 inches for the hoi paloi).

shocked said...

WSU cancelled classes today, due to snow! Even the secretaries, etc., seem to be gone.

Seems to be a poor reason to me, but the explanation I received is that some of the city busses can't make it, so some students couldn't get to class.

It's snowing again right now, but it seems only half as deep as other times, when WSU continued to function.

Wimps! Now after the Mt. St. Helens eruption, that was another matter...

DEN said...

Video evidence compiled by The Humane Society of the United States shows inhumane handling methods that may have endangered the health of children.

A shocking undercover investigation by The Humane Society of the United States reveals widespread mistreatment of "downed" dairy cows—those who are too sick or injured to walk—at a Southern California slaughter plant.

The investigation at the Hallmark Meat Packing Co., of Chino, pulls open a curtain on the scandalous treatment of animals slaughtered to supply the National School Lunch Program and other federal aid programs.

Video evidence obtained by an HSUS investigator shows slaughter plant workers displaying complete disregard for the pain and misery they inflicted as they repeatedly attempted to force "downed" animals onto their feet and into the human food chain.
@ HSUS
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This is outrageous!!!
These could be infected with Mad Cow!!!!
Someone better get down there and shut this place down!!

ºCºarol said...

Den, no polyps this time? Since you didn't mention one, I guess you didn't have one.

My daughter-in-law, only 37, had a monstrous one removed two weeks ago. She sent me the photos! :(

(I can't read your cow story. What you posted was enough for me. At Thanksgiving I saw a video taken in a turkey processing plant and it was horrible. They showed a worker sticking his hand into a live turkey to get an egg so he could throw it at a fellow worker. He did it over and over to bird after bird. I can't watch or read about that kind of cruelty every again.)

DEN said...

Carol, a few little ones he said, diverticulitis mainly. I had a monster about 6 years ago tho, 30mm!

DEN said...

Oh yea, the link works here.

Shameful, pure shameful!

David B. Benson said...

Supposed to be an Earth Day conference here this afternoon (although it was not well-publicized). But with everything shut down, who knows?

Gerald said...

Specter plays up to the cameras. He has never met a camera that he did not love.

I have heard in recent weeks that Hitler Bush, the mass murderer and war criminal, has changed the mindset of the Nazi Party. A Nazi Party member has never met a human being that they did not want to kill. The Nazi Party is addicted to murder, torture, and war crimes.

Gerald said...

I remember my colonoscopy. The procedure was a breeze but the prepping was terrible. After the whole experience was over, I counted the positives. For the first time in my life I felt that I was not full of shit. The colon was free of problems. It could be that I have fiber in diet and shitting is a great experience for me. Plus, the nurse that for a day or so I would be constantly breaking wind. My answer to the nurse was that I had support from my wife because she could always pull my finger.

Gerald said...

Plus, the nurse SAID that for a day or so I would be constantly breaking wind.

Gerald said...

Singing And Praying Twice

Renee LaReau, a journalist with the National Catholic Reporter and former member of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, returned to travel with the group for a few weeks.

The choir “relies on the unlikely partnership of pipe organ and guitar, a rich variety of sacred texts, and hymnody from multiple cultures and ethnic groups,” LaReau writes.

And because they tour and publish regularly, their repertoire has found its way into parish and campus choirs and hymnals across the country. The choir has performed for Pope John Paul II, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; in Northern Ireland and in American prisons; using Spanish, Latin, Swahili and Gaelic.

If “those who sing pray twice,” as St. Augustine said, then these young people are praying a lot and having a joyful time at it.

Sing out with joy in your own life.

Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory... His marvelous works. (Psalm 96:2-3)

Thanks, Beloved God, for the glories of the human voice raised in song, especially in praise of You!

Gerald said...

Singing And Praying Twice

Renee LaReau, a journalist with the National Catholic Reporter and former member of the University of Notre Dame Folk Choir, returned to travel with the group for a few weeks.

The choir “relies on the unlikely partnership of pipe organ and guitar, a rich variety of sacred texts, and hymnody from multiple cultures and ethnic groups,” LaReau writes.

And because they tour and publish regularly, their repertoire has found its way into parish and campus choirs and hymnals across the country. The choir has performed for Pope John Paul II, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor and Archbishop Desmond Tutu; in Northern Ireland and in American prisons; using Spanish, Latin, Swahili and Gaelic.

If “those who sing pray twice,” as St. Augustine said, then these young people are praying a lot and having a joyful time at it.

Sing out with joy in your own life.

Sing to the Lord, bless His name; tell of His salvation from day to day. Declare His glory... His marvelous works. (Psalm 96:2-3)

Thanks, Beloved God, for the glories of the human voice raised in song, especially in praise of You!

Gerald said...

Frosty Wooldridge

micki said...

Sheesh. Who makes up this crapola?

National Journal says that Obama is the Senate's most liberal member for 2007.

Hellooooooooo! Ahead of Russ Feingold and Bernie Sanders?

And Joe Biden, that old-lefty (hahaha) is rated as the 3rd most liberal.

DEN said...

AHEM! some clarification is due.

Q: Why don't you base the ratings on all of the roll-call votes, rather than just some of them?

Green: Last year there were 1,186 roll-call votes in the House and 442 in the Senate. Many of them are on relatively minor matters and are noncontroversial. Other votes fall along regional or other nonideological lines. We think that a rating based on key votes is more informative.

"Key Votes?" I smell bullshyt-O-plenty

Obviously not getting enough attention over at NJ huh?

And this:
Q: Aren't the labels "liberal" and "conservative" open to interpretation?

Green: Yes. On some matters, most people would agree on what constitutes a liberal position or a conservative position. On other matters, it's not as clear-cut. Some critics of the war in Iraq, for instance, argue that opposition to the war is a conservative position because it reflects a belief in limited government involvement in international affairs. But in National Journal's ratings, votes in opposition to the war are categorized as liberal. Labels such as "liberal" and "conservative" are just that -- labels. They are subject to debate. But as long as National Journal thinks there's a broad consensus about what these labels mean, we'll continue using them in our vote ratings.

TSK TSK! opinions are like.......BULLSHYT!

micki said...

Hey, Den...I didn't suggest that he was really and truly the most liberal. He isn't. This "rating" is ridiculous.

That's my point. He's not even progressive.

micki said...

John McCain gets the Gropinator's endorsement.

Does that make McCain a moderate?

:-))

DEN said...

OK I agree too.

Gropenators endorsement?

AH-NOLD is not qualified to endorse Micky Mouse.

40 Billion dollar deficit sez so.

Big shot with Hummers, whooppee!

micki said...

Super Bowl Could Be Heart Health Hazard

By MALCOLM RITTER Associated Press Writer

Jan 30th, 2008 | NEW YORK -- For rabid fans of the New York Giants and New England Patriots, this Sunday's Super Bowl won't be just a game. It may be a health hazard. Heart attacks and other cardiac emergencies doubled in Munich, Germany, when that nation's soccer team played in World Cup matches, a new study reports.

While history suggests European soccer fans can get a bit more worked up than the average American football fan, doctors think there are some valid warnings to be shared.

"I know a little bit about the Super Bowl," study author Dr. Gerhard Steinbeck of Ludwig Maximilians University in Munich said in a telephone interview. "It's reasonable to think that something quite similar might happen."

He and his colleagues present their results in Thursday's New England Journal of Medicine. They blamed emotional stress for the heart problems, but they note that lack of sleep, overeating, wolfing down junk food, boozing and smoking might have played a role too.

Previous studies suggest that events like earthquakes and war can boost the risk of heart problems. Findings for soccer have been inconsistent.

...and so forth

DEN said...

Watching a bunch of grown men try to act like they are in High School again, cheerleaders and all doesn't impress me, too Neanderthal.

micki said...

From New England Journal of Medicine:

Cardiovascular Events during World Cup Soccer

ABSTRACT

Background The Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA) World Cup, held in Germany from June 9 to July 9, 2006, provided an opportunity to examine the relation between emotional stress and the incidence of cardiovascular events.

Methods Cardiovascular events occurring in patients in the greater Munich area were prospectively assessed by emergency physicians during the World Cup. We compared those events with events that occurred during the control period: May 1 to June 8 and July 10 to July 31, 2006, and May 1 to July 31 in 2003 and 2005.

.......On days of matches involving the German team, the incidence of cardiac emergencies was 2.66 times that during the control period... Among patients with coronary events on days when the German team played, the proportion with known coronary heart disease was 47.0%, ....... On those days, the highest average incidence of events was observed during the first 2 hours after the beginning of each match......

Conclusions Viewing a stressful soccer match more than doubles the risk of an acute cardiovascular event. In view of this excess risk, particularly in men with known coronary heart disease, preventive measures are urgently needed.
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Yeah, prevent it by TURNING OFF THE TeeVee!!!!!

I'm not making fun of people with heart conditions, but I had this mental picture of doctors observing soccer fans dropping like flies from heart attacks so they could say: "preventive measures are urgently needed." Duh.

micki said...

HOLY SMACKERS...bu$h is talking even stoooooopidier than previously. Is he drunk, on Halcyon, or just totally brain-damaged?

George W. Bu$h, today in Las Vegas:

"One of the lessons of democracy is, a lot of times what happens at the local level informs people at the central government level. And competition is pretty healthy in a democracy. As I told you, the local folks are reconciling; they're getting along better, they understand they have a common future. And the people in Baghdad are beginning to respond. They pass budgets. They're now arguing about their 2008 budget. I'm not sure which government does their budget work better -- ours or theirs. I can tell you this: We definitely have an issue with earmarks. I don't know if they do yet or not."

++++
Well, now that we've got that straight, I sure feel a helluva lot better about all the carnage, money down a rat-hole, and rise of democracy in the Middle East.

David B. Benson said...

Survival of the fittest!

Or else, be sensible.

Don't watch the stooopid telly...

carey said...

Great blog.

I guess I'll watch the debate. I don't have homework or anything. Winds are a little low in my sails, though, given Edwards' departure.

Feeling a touch bereft.

I worry about all of this. Can Dems survive this election? With a black or a female candidate? Against McCain/Rove machine/Repug shenanigans/vote fraud?

David B. Benson said...

Whatever, it has started snowing hard again.

So off to go lean on the snow shovel...

Carey said...

Boy, the state of Washington, Minnesota, the whole of China under snow and ice. Completely under.

David's fears born out.

micki said...

We've had snow, rain, wind, a rapid-fire chinook, no snow, more snow, more rain, wind, rain, overcast, darkness, snow, sleet, freezing rain, temps rising above/dipping below freezing but not leaving the 30s for DAYS!

Weird.

micki said...

Correction -- not rising above the 30s -- definitely down into the 20s.

micki said...

I think we should stop referring to Obama as black. He's half white.

Hmmmm. Would his candidacy have this momentum if he was simply the "Junior Democratic Senator from Illinois?"

Bill said...

Weather statement:

...LOWLAND SNOW IS POSSIBLE AT TIMES LATE TONIGHT THROUGH SUNDAY MORNING...

PASSING WEATHER DISTURBANCES AND A COOL AND UNSTABLE AIR MASS WILL GIVE RAIN SHOWERS TO THE LOWLANDS TONIGHT THROUGH SATURDAY MORNING. SNOW LEVELS MAY FALL TO NEAR SEA LEVEL IN HEAVIER SHOWERS DURING THE LATE NIGHT AND MORNING HOURS. SPOTTY ACCUMULATIONS UP TO AN INCH CANNOT BE RULED OUT.

THERE ARE INDICATIONS THAT A MORE ORGANIZED LOW PRESSURE SYSTEM WILL PASS TO THE SOUTH OF THE AREA SATURDAY NIGHT. LOCATIONS TO THE NORTH OF THE TRACK OF THE LOW MAY SEE SNOWFALL. IT IS TOO EARLY TO TELL WHETHER OR NOT ACCUMULATIONS WILL BE SIGNIFICANT. SOME COMPUTER MODELS SUGGEST THAT AREAS AROUND THE HOOD CANAL AND IN THE SOUTH INTERIOR COULD SEE SOME ACCUMULATION...WHILE OTHER GUIDANCE SHOWS THE AIR MASS TO BE A LITTLE TOO MILD FOR SNOW.

ON THE OTHER HAND, WE ALSO CAN'T RULE OUT THE POSSIBILITY OF ANOTHER HUMONGOUS COLD MARE'S ASS MOVING OUT OF THE FRASER RIVER VALLEY AND FREEZING THE BEJESUS OUT OF WHATCOM COUNTY! EVEN OUR COMPUTERS DON'T KNOW WHAT KINDA SURPRISE IS COMING DOWN NEXT!

micki said...

I'll bet Hillary and Barack both have their fingers crossed, hoping they are NOT the anointed one!

MoveOn is polling its membership to see if they should endorse a candidate.

The kiss of death! The Repugs will have a field day with that endorsement.

Carey said...

I think we should stop referring to Obama as black. He's half white.

I fundamentally disagree. The man has black blood, he's black. That's how it is. He doesn't have a choice about that one.

Neither do you. Society won't let you.

DEN said...

Really not 'black' a shade of brown, earthtones, white is not white it is shades of pink.

Misnomers-O-plenty!

Hajji said...

I dunno, folks,

I fully accept BHO's choice to be identified as "african-american" (Kenyan/Kansan/Washingtonian/Hawaiian/Indonesian/, maybe he should just change his name to the Irish..."Ian"!)

I also fully support Dr.Holcombe(Who's Africanner root give him cred)'s choice to be called...AFRICAN AMERICAN!

Are we what we label ourselves?

Are whe what we are labeled by others?

We are both as much as we are each. And so are those who try to label us.

DNA mapping proves that ALL our Grandparents had (great-great) Granparents from the African Continent.

No matter who we choose, we end up with a President who is all of us...who is part everything...white, black, asian, nordic, european, whatever...

My "Vote Rich, Vote White...vote for Change?" jokes are mostly socio-economic in origin. the folly being that we are all colors...all of us...and in all of us lie some of the very atoms that have made up just about every other human in history (not ELVIS, yet, no matter how much you hope, it takes a little more time to spread the atoms than that.)

Yet we are still Charlamaigne and still Ghengis Khan....and we are Ming and Arthur and Jesus and the Buddah...

We are probably still George Washington and we've got a good chance at being part Booker T.!

Yet still our collection of colonies of atoms seem to bristle at the thought of another colony being somehow superior (or even EQUAL) to our own.

How very ridiculous, this race thing...

How very ridiculous, this division of history by people whose melanin mutated to be suitable to climate.

To distain a people for their adaptability to weather, the constant change on this planet, is the ultimate in hypocrisy. To expect a different Human, by color of skin...well, that's like the Tiger chiding the Puma for not connecting his spots.

peace,

-T

DEN said...

All pink on the inside!

Hajji said...

Den...

Many, many shades of pink, of course!

micki said...

I fundamentally disagree. The man has black blood, he's black. That's how it is. He doesn't have a choice about that one.

Neither do you. Society won't let you.


Well, that would be the biggest CHANGE of all -- if we just stopped categorizing and accepting that we're heading towards a Latte look throughout the world of humankind.

That's the future -- whether we accept it or not right now. I'd rather accept it now. And move on to the future and just effin' stop talking about "color."

The world is going to be populated with people of similar skin color. That's the reality. So, why not start making the CHANGE now in our discourse?

DEN said...

Of course

Shades of humanity.

DEN said...

lights out here, zzzzzzzzz

micki said...

One of the challenges we face today is to think about and act on notions of equality across differences.

A good start is to discontinue discourse in terms of color.

IMO.

Carey said...

Perhaps you misread my intent. I'm writing of the reality, the black and white. That's how most people in this simple-minded nation see things.

Of course change is coming. That's goes without saying, we've done enough writing of where we stand on racial issues. It's the standard Democratic left-wing positions. I'm talking about the America right now that watches Jerry Springer. You think they give a hoot?

Obama is African-American and proud of it. That's how it should be. We are all proud of our heritage. I was trying to point out the obvious. Democrats have chosen a mighty difficult road ahead with these two candidaes. Democrats do not have a good record of winning.


What's half white anyway?

Carey said...

Let me be more explicit. You cannot erase color. That's a fact and a wonderful one. Enjoy the discrepancy, discuss it. Just don't ignore it.

It is not a moving beyond. Too many times that has been used to excuse more nonaction. It is a recognition of our sameness, in our shared economic and humanitarian goals. It is a recognition of shared community.

Color is the spice of life.

micki said...

Carey -- Yes, I realize your comments were influenced by the reality of the times.

And mine were motivated by the possibility of what could be in a more just world.

Your words are more realistic, admittedly. You recognize that we're not there yet.

But, mine in part (admittedly) are a reaction to this candidate's rhetoric of change and hope and bringing people together on the one hand, but using race, on the other hand, when it works to political advantage. I'm the cynic.

But, I also hold out hope that one day, we won't talk about a candidate's color (or gender). I have a dream that someday that won't be a factor, one way or the other.

It will just be.....

Hajji said...

Micki, Carey...

Indeed!

-T

micki said...

What's half white?

I don't know. You'd have to ask Barack Obama, since that's his take on who he is. He consistently has said that he's the son of a black man from Kenya and a white woman from Kansas, who is white as milk (his words from his book).

But, using genealogical equations if one is the "issue" of an Irish father and an Italian mother, then the child claims to be 1/2 Irish and 1/2 German.

But, as far as the "half white," as I said, you'd have to ask Obama what he means by that.

I think it's silly.

micki said...

OOps...

of an Irish father and an Italian mother, then the child claims to be 1/2 Irish and 1/2 German.

Where did that come from?

Well, that proves my point -- who cares what we are? :-))