Thursday, December 29, 2005

Snow wants to borrow even more from China

Conservatives don't seam to care they will slap a debt burden on their kids do they? This money has to be paid back with tax dollars. Our kids will be paying for the services we are using now and the war these douche bags are so in love with.

Snow: Congress Needs to Help U.S. Pay Bills

WASHINGTON — Treasury Secretary John Snow on Thursday said the United States could face the prospect of not being able to pay its bills early next year unless Congress raises the government's borrowing authority, now capped at $8.18 trillion. more...

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

What recovery?

Dow Jones Industrial Average One Decade Chart:



Ok folks, tax cuts didn't do crap. The stock market has not gained value. They move a lot of money around, but the market isn't gaining. The market has not gained value since 2000. In simple terms businesses in the United States are not gaining value.

Only Energy companies are actually worth more now then they were in 2000.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Why The Rightys Still Believe King George, From Pissed On Politics

Critical thinkers prefer analysis of facts and figures from reputable sources. They always question the motives of the persuader. They apply logic and examine the validity of the information being presented. They are suspect of strong emotional ploys and probe them for relevance, reliability, and validity.

Non-critical thinkers
don’t have a lot of use for facts and figures. They are not likely to take the time to analyze or apply sound logical principals. They are addicted to the emotional rush of the sensational sound-bite and are not likely to question that validity of what makes them feel good. They accept information that reinforces their emotional commitment to an issue, no matter how inconsistent or illogical.

Which kind of “thinkers” do you think still believe the bull shit King George is using to push his ratings up?

How many Rightys will take the time to read and understand this post?

http://pissedonpolitics.blogspot.com/

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

The country need a new term for Conservative, the old term is inoperative at this time

In my entire life I have never, until now, heard conservatives argue for more federal power.

The one thing about conservative thinking that I have always respected is their dogged conviction that the federal government should be limited in it's power and scope.

Those days are over. Conservatives now gleefully argue for more federal power without a thought to their previous convictions.

I believe the new term should be "Regurgatives".

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

What are the liars spewing now?

Prominent right-wing bloggers – including Michelle Malkin, the Corner, Wizbang and Free Republic — are pushing the argument that President Bush’s warrantless domestic spying program isn’t news because the Clinton administration did the same thing.

The right-wing outlet NewsMax sums up the basic argument:

During the 1990’s under President Clinton, the National Security Agency monitored millions of private phone calls placed by U.S. citizens and citizens of other countries under a super secret program code-named Echelon…all of it done without a court order, let alone a catalyst like the 9/11 attacks.

That’s flatly false. The Clinton administration program, code-named Echelon, complied with FISA. Before any conversations of U.S. persons were targeted, a FISA warrant was obtained. CIA director George Tenet testified to this before Congress on 4/12/00:

I’m here today to discuss specific issues about and allegations regarding Signals Intelligence activities and the so-called Echelon Program of the National Security Agency…

There is a rigorous regime of checks and balances which we, the Central Intelligence Agency, the National Security Agency and the FBI scrupulously adhere to whenever conversations of U.S. persons are involved, whether directly or indirectly. We do not collect against U.S. persons unless they are agents of a foreign power as that term is defined in the law. We do not target their conversations for collection in the United States unless a FISA warrant has been obtained from the FISA court by the Justice Department.

Meanwhile, the position of the Bush administration is that they can bypass the FISA court and every other court, even when they are monitoring the communications of U.S. persons. It is the difference between following the law and breaking it.


The Echelon Myth

Thanks to thinkprogress.org for getting this out.

Monday, December 19, 2005

Right wing fear mongering leads to surrender.

"Conservatives",

Why are you so willing to surrender your rights to terrorist? I'm scared too, but I am not going to sacrifice my core beliefs on the alter of fear. I am a civil libertarian like any real conservative. I respect conservative thought even though I don't subscribe to much of it. I have no respect for people who claim to be conservative, yet are willing to toss out the constitution the second they feel a tinge of fear.

We cannot win against the terrorists by giving up our core principles. If we do so they win without firing a shot.

With fading respect,

Kenny

Sunday, December 18, 2005

All 2002 FISA Court requests for wire taps were approved

FISA court approved all wire tap requests made in 2002. So why did they need to act outside the law?

There is a secret FISA court. Here is a document from the Attorney Generals office. Read it and you will be more puzzled then before:


Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court


Mr. L. Ralph Mecham
Director, Administrative Office
of the United States Courts
Washington, D.C. 20544

Dear Mr. Mecham:

This report is submitted pursuant to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978, Title 50, United States Code, Section 1807, as amended.

During calendar year 2002, 1228 applications were made to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court for electronic surveillance and physical search. The Court initially approved 1226 applications in 2002. Two applications were "approved as modified," and the United States appealed these applications to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court of Review, as applications having been denied in part. On November 18, 2002, the Court of Review issued a judgment that "ordered and adjudged that the motions for review be granted, the challenged portions of the orders on review be reversed, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court's Rule 11 be vacated, and the cases be remanded with instructions to grant the United States' applications as submitted..." Accordingly, all 1228 applications presented to the Foreign Intelligene Surveillance Court in 2002 were approved.

Sincerely,

John Ashcroft

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Message to Righties: we are coming for your guns, and you're giving us the power.

One day there will be a Democratic President. And, some day those 50 guns in your safe may be illegal.

If Conservatives care about the 2nd amendment, or the 4th, or any other amendment they would stand with us against the usurpation of Congressional power by the Executive Branch.

Allowing the precedent of Presidential power to spy on Americans without a court order could hurt you more then us.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Spying on Americans without a warrant is an Impeachable offense

Bush did not ask Congress to authorize his actions. He does not have the executive power to set aside the constitution.

He did not ask for a declaration of war, he does not have war powers. He is a criminal.

This is the smoking gun!

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Democracy in Iraq. Bleeding heart pipe dream

It's refreshing to hear Republicans talk like Democrats about spreading democracy and nation building, but in all honesty I thought it was silly when Dems did it too.

Unless our nations interests are directly served by this war then the expense in treasure, blood and prestige isn't worth it.

Victory is defined by either money or power or both. Anything short of that is some bleeding heart pipe dream.

What if that stable democracy in Iraq is allied with Iran. Is that victory? What if they sell all their oil to the Chinese or the Europeans. Is that victory?

It's time to think. The time for knee jerk partisan reactions is over. Our country must come first, not some third world sand pit.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Follow up on the Iraqi election coverage

CNN reporters are in the polling places, talking to real Iraqis. Fox's reporters are behind fences and barriers. They report with no Iraqis visible in the shot. CNN is amongst the people.

Just like Katrina. Fox is pathetic.

Riddle me this Batman

How is it that CNN has Anderson Cooper on the ground in Iraq, live from actual polling places, covering this election while Fox news has minor reporters on the top of buildings?

Fox should be ashamed of not covering actual good news in Iraq. It's pathetic.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

This is NOT a war time President and we are NOT at war

Only the U.S. Congress has the right to declare war as enumerated in the Constitution:

Article I

Section 8.

The Congress shall have power....

To declare war, grant letters of marque and reprisal, and make rules concerning captures on land and water;


http://www.law.cornell.edu/constitution/co...i.html#section8

A resolution allowing the use of force is not a decleration of war.

The right wing have usurped the power of the Congress in effect making the Republican party the defacto legislative branch on this issue.

It's repugnant.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Why the rights attack on Labor Unions is Un-American

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances."
1st Amendment US Constitution
Every American has the right to associate, assemble and speak. Labor Unions are an association of Americans who assemble in order to use their freedom of speech. Just like the NRA the Christian Coalition, or any other group.
No other citizen, in this case business (since corporations now have citizen status), can legally infringe on these rights.
It's as simple as that.

Tuesday, December 06, 2005

Ok can I put this to rest?

Yes, I coined the phrase "Happy Man God Day". Yes, I regret it. Yes, I hope people don't start using it. And, yes even though it's true in the literal sense I don't feel it was appropriate.

Sorry to those Christians I offended. Thanks to all those who think it's funny, but I'd like to walk away from it now.

Monday, December 05, 2005

The Kenny Pledge, I encourage others to consider it

I won't vote for any Democratic primary candidate that:

Voted for the war.
Voted for CAFTA.
Or voted for the bankruptcy bill.

These things fly in the face of my values and beliefs.

The general election is another issue.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

The good news from Iraq myth. Where is it?

I watch Fox news.

Where is it?

If anyone is going to cover this so called "good news" out of Iraq it would be them. Right? I watch Hannity, Oriely, Gibson......

Where is it?

The truth is that American reporters rarely leave the Green Zone. I'll leave the why up to the readers to guess....but I'll give you a hint....people die in Iraq.