Sunday, October 22, 2006

Ain't So Funny When the Rabbits Got the Guns

Looking for countries that could prove acceptable escapes from this shithole dictatorship? Well, cross Iceland off the list. Seems no endangered species is endangered enough for Iceland. They've rethought their agreeement on not going after endangered whale species, and decided there are sustainable levels after all.

Iceland sucks.

I find myself thinking daily - no, almost hourly - of Huey Newton saying "ain't so funny when the rabbits have the guns."

If only we could see whales hunting whalers. And that goes for you too, Japan. And Norway.

Thursday, October 05, 2006

There goes the Republic, up in smoke

The House and Senate passed the Military Commission Act of 2006. To sum up, it codified the transition of Bush from President to Dictator.

For starters, it gives the President and Secretary of Defense the power to determine if someone is an unlawful enemy combatant (948d Jurisdiction of military commission, section (c) Determination of Unlawful Enemy Combatant Status Dispositive). Unlawful enemy combatants have no rights at all. For example, the Secretary of Defense can prescribe DEATH as the penalty.

Statements obtained from torture are prohibited - hooray! Oh, except when the degree of coercion is disputed AND the military judge find that totality of the cirucmstances renders the statement reliable AND the interests of justice would be served by admission of the statement. [Section 948r., (a) (b) (c) (d)]
How handy for Bush & Co.

Evidence obtained without a search warrant? Who cares - let it in!
[Section 949a. (b) (2) (A) (B) (C) (D)]
Oh, and statements of the accused shall not be excluded from trial... on grounds of alleged coercion or compulsory self-incrimination.
Amendment no. 5 - it was nice knowing you. And you too, Amendment no. 8.

There's more, much more, but frankly after wading through 26 pages of 96, this writer needs to go on a 3-day bender.

Military Commission Act of 2006

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Don't look now, but Kip Hawley is an idiot

While the S.S. Rep. Mark Foley (ship registry R-FL) is going down and sucking a bunch of GOPers with it (thank God), moments of levity are sorely needed.

Fortunately, the TSA steps up to the plate.

Ryan Bird was just trying to fly out of Milwaukee to somewhere else and a plastic bag holding his toiletries case miffed some security personnel. On the bag was written "KIP HAWLEY IS AN IDIOT."

He was detained 25 minutes until security personnel concluded the statement was not at threat. The obtuseness of TSA was further exemplified by a TSA spokeswoman who said it was inappropriate to joke about Kip Hawley - it's like inappropriately joking about bombs. And she added that he was only detained a few minutes. Sure, because travellers have nothing but spare time at the airport.

Ryan Bird's original posting can be found here. And it is really funny.