25 February 2010

Alexander Haig Was One of the Good Guys

All I remember of General Haig was his "I'm in charge here." line for which he was lampooned by the media.
Little did I know he was trying to protect the nation, and not for the first time.
Two things about Al Haig that are not in his obituary -- Signs of the Times News

23 February 2010

Obama Continues Attack on Fourth Amendment

William Fisher reports:

If you are a U.S. resident who owns a cell phone, you should care about the outcome of a court case that "could well decide whether the government can use your cell phone to track you - even if it hasn't shown probable cause to believe it will turn up evidence of a crime." 
Back in 2007, the U.S. government applied for court permission to obtain information about the location of an individual's cell phone, without showing probable cause that tracking the individual would turn up evidence of a crime.

A magistrate judge denied the government's request and a district court upheld that decision in September 2008. The government is appealing the ruling in the U.S. Court of Appeals. 

"The [George W.] Bush administration reduced the Fourth Amendment to nothing more than a Potemkin Village of rights," Boyle said. "It exists on paper alone. And a pusillanimous Congress has gone along with shredding the entirety of the U.S. Bill of Rights."

"Pres. Obama, the former constitutional law professor, is actively defending in court every hideous atrocity that the Bush administration inflicted upon the Bill of Rights, civil rights, civil liberties, human rights, international law, and the United States Constitution with the acquiescence and/or approval by Congress," he said.

Read the entire article HERE.

Israel Continues to Emulate Nazis

Jonathan Cook reports

The Israeli government and its right-wing supporters have been waging a “McCarthyite” campaign against human-rights groups by blaming them for the barrage of international criticism that followed Israel’s attack on Gaza a year ago, critics say.
In a sign of the growing backlash against the human-rights community, the cabinet backed a bill last week that, if passed, will jail senior officials from the country’s peace-related organisations should they fail to meet tough new registration conditions.

The measure is a response to claims by right-wing lobbyists that Israel’s human-rights advocates supplied much of the damaging evidence of war crimes cited by Judge Richard Goldstone in his UN-commissioned report into Israel’s Operation Cast Lead.
"We are seeing the evaporation of the last freedoms of speech and organisation in Israel," said Amal Jamal, head of politics at Tel Aviv University and the director of Ilam, a media-rights organisation that would be targeted by the new legislation. The Israeli political system, he added, was being transformed into a "totalitarian democracy".    

Read entire essay here.

22 February 2010

Yet Another Gov't Cover Up

Once again, the gov't blames a "lone nut" for something which could not have happened the way they say it happened.
Dr. Meryl Nass rips the FBI's case to shreds in:
Federal Bureau of Invention: CASE CLOSED (and Ivins did it)

09 February 2010

It Is Now Official: The U.S. Is A Police State

  When even Reagan appointees are saying it, can there be much doubt?  Here's the latest from Paul Craig Roberts.

Dr. Aafia Siddiqui an American citizen of Pakistani origin might have been the first. Dr. Siddiqui, a scientist educated at MIT and Brandeis University, was seized in Pakistan for no known reason, sent to Afghanistan, and was held secretly for five years in the U.S. military's notorious Bagram prison in Afghanistan.

Her three young children were with her at the time she was abducted, one an eight-month old baby. She has no idea what has become of her two youngest children. Her oldest child, 7 years old, was also incarcerated in Bagram and subjected to similar abuse and horrors.

Siddiqui has never been charged with any terrorism-related offense. A British journalist, hearing her piercing screams as she was being tortured, disclosed her presence. An embarrassed U.S. government responded to the disclosure by sending Siddiqui to the U.S. for trial on the trumped-up charge that while a captive, she grabbed a U.S. soldier's rifle and fired two shots attempting to shoot him.

The charge apparently originated as a U.S. soldier's excuse for shooting Dr. Siddiqui twice in the stomach resulting in her near death.

On February 4, Dr. Siddiqui was convicted by a New York jury for attempted murder. The only evidence presented against her was the charge itself and an unsubstantiated claim that she had once taken a pistol-firing course at an American firing range.

No evidence was presented of her fingerprints on the rifle that this frail and broken 100-pound woman had allegedly seized from an American soldier. No evidence was presented that a weapon was fired, no bullets, no shell casings, no bullet holes. Just an accusation.

 Read it all.

07 February 2010

Wake-up Call

Buddy wakes me up every morning between 6:40 and 7:20. First he meows. If I don't get up right away, he'll get in my face nose-to-nose until he sees my eyes open. This cartoon shows why I won't go back to sleep after that. :)

02 February 2010

Buddy's New Toy

Buddy got a new toy, an Undercover Mouse.

Aha, prey!

I do my best work laying down.

What's going on under here?

Mystery solved!