Friday, May 26, 2006

American Gestapo, ANWR, Mutiny Threat, Big Brother and Saving the Internet.

Michael Hayden, the White House lapdog in the NSA, was comfirmed today by the Senate. Hayden done everything in his power to spy on the citizens of this country to please the Bush Administration. Only 14 Democratic Senators seem to know who they work for. The 14 Democrats who believe the 4th Amendment is something more than presidential whim are:

Evan Bayh, Maria Cantwell, Hillary Clinton, Mark Dayton, Christopher Dodd, Byron Dorgan, Dick Durbin, Russell Feingold, Tom Harkin, Edward Kennedy, John Kerry, Robert Menéndez, Barack Obama, Ron Wyden

Thanks for trying.

Over in the House, the simple-minded voted to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge so that the petroleum companies can take even more of our money. The effects of drilling in ANWR are negligible and won't even be brought on line for 13 years.

Author of the bill, House Resources Committee Chairman Richard W. Pombo (R-Calif.), who happens to be an industry loving, anti-enviornment cretin, had this to say,

"Once again, the House has voted to put Americans to work producing more of our
own energy, And, once again, liberals defied the common-sense principle of
supply and demand by voting no. That's a great way to keep prices on the rise."

The 27 gutless, industry suck up Democrats that voted for this and think principles are something that oil companies buy are:

Marion Berry, Sanford Bishop, Dan Boren, Allen Boyd, Robert Brady, Dennis Cardoza, Jim Costa, Bud Cramer, Henry Cuellar, Artur Davis, Lincoln Davis, Chet Edwards, Gene Green, Al Green, Rubén Hinojosa, William Jefferson, Paul Kanjorski, Charles Melancon, John Murtha, Solomon Ortiz, Collin Peterson, Silvestre Reyes, Mike Ross, Ike Skelton, John Tanner, Gene Taylor, Bennie Thompson

And my Congressman Dan Boren continues to vote Republican.

Fortunately this bill will probably be killed in the Senate. This was just a show vote, to show solidarity with the petroleum industry.

Strange things are going on in the Bush Administration, even stranger than the usual strange stuff.

The heads of DOJ and the FBI are threatening to quit if they have to turn over
papers taken from crooked Congressman William Jefferson's (D-LA) congressional
Justice prosecutors and FBI agents feared that the White House was ready to
acquiesce to demands from House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) and other
lawmakers that the materials be returned to the Louisiana congressman, who is
the subject of a criminal probe by the FBI. Vice President Cheney's chief of
staff, David S. Addington, was among the leading White House critics of the FBI
raid, telling officials at Justice and on Capitol Hill that he believed the
search was questionable, several sources familiar with his views said.

Administration officials said yesterday that the specter of top-level
resignations or firings at Justice and the FBI was a crucial turning point in
the standoff, helping persuade President Bush to announce a cease-fire on
Thursday. Bush ordered that the Jefferson materials be sealed for 45 days while
Justice officials and House lawmakers work out their differences, while also
making it clear that he expected the case against Jefferson to proceed.

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Think I'm over doing the Gespapo stuff? Well, read this.

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The United States government, not any court, is the
best judge of whether to keep programs such as its controversial effort to
eavesdrop on citizens a secret, an assistant attorney general said on Wednesday.

But there is some good news out there. The House Judiciary Committee passed the “Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2006”. It's not over, but it's a great start.

A lot of thanks should go to and

The broad, nonpartisan movement for Internet freedom notched a major victory
today, when a bipartisan majority of the House Judiciary Committee passed the
“Internet Freedom and Nondiscrimination Act of 2006” — a bill that offers
meaningful protections for Network Neutrality, “the First Amendment of the

“Today’s vote would have been unthinkable three weeks ago,” said Josh Silver,
executive director of Free Press, the nonpartisan media reform group that
coordinates the Coalition. “It shows that the politicians
are listening to the vast number of citizens who don’t want the Internet to
become the private domain of the cable and telephone monopolies. Today’s vote is
a milestone for the fast-growing movement to protect the public interest and
defend Internet freedom.”

1 comment:

  1. I am always suspicious when Dennis Hastert appears to support a Democrat, even a crook like Wm Jefferson. Maybe it's like money in the bank for the Republicans, who can say when the chickens come home to roost and the Repub crooks are put on the block..."Hey, we supported the Dems against the law enforcement agencies...and now that they want documents from OUR Repub crooks, let's not give 'em to them."


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