Thursday, October 27, 2005
Miers is gone. No big surprise there. Miers and the president publicly claim it's because overintrusive questioning from Congress may damage executive privilege. They are lying. Josh Marshall thinks it's because she never had any real defenders. He's wrong. You want to know what happened? Here's what happened.
Washington Post, Wednesday, October 26:
Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers said in a speech more than a decade ago that "self-determination" should guide decisions about abortion and school prayer and that in cases where scientific facts are disputed and religious beliefs vary, "government should not act."
In a 1993 speech to a Dallas women's group, Miers talked about abortion, the separation of church and state, and how the issues play out in the legal system. "The underlying theme in most of these cases is the insistence of more self-determination," she said. "And the more I think about these issues, the more self-determination makes sense."
Washington Post, Thursday, October 27:
Harriet Miers withdrew this morning as a nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Fafblog gets the scoop:
ITEM! A super-secret source tells us that Patrick Fitzgerald will indict people today - in fact he will indict between none and fifty-seven suspects on charges which could range from Standing With Intent To Loiter to Genocide With a Loaded Meteor.
UPDATE! An even more super-secret source tells us that Dick Cheney will resign and be replaced, most likely by McCheese! Mayor McCheese is widely respected in Republican circles for his strong fiscal conservatism and his tough-on-hamburgling record. But how will this affect the Mayor's 2008 presidential prospects? Will this be seen as a concession to the powerful Fat Lobby? Stay with us, there is more to come!
UPDATE! Sources from the future have just emailed us with the news that President Bush will also resign and immediately appoint a more popular replacement in a cunning ploy to salvage his approval ratings! The new president: a newly-grown genetic hybrid of Santa Claus and Jesus. Your Fafblog insta-nalaysis!: Santa-Jesus has very high positives with a broad segment of Americans. But will his clone status hurt him with the Christian right?
UPDATE! Super-duper-ultra-secret sources from the inner brain of God have told us that the Santa-Jesus hybrid will devour Vice President McCheese in a televised feeding frenzy! This will spark a new federal investigation to determine whether a crime has been committed, and if so whether it was committed by the Santa half attempting to satiate his uncontrollable gluttonous urges, or the Jesus half in an attempt to atone for the sins of all McDonaldland. QUESTION: how does this fit into Karl Rove's master plan!
UPDATE! We have just been informed that Mayor McCheese is not an actual mayor but in fact a corporate mascot, and that Santa-Jesus is ineligible for the presidency on accounta bein grown in Korea. Other than that everything else oughtta check out just fine.
So, that settles that!
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
So I looked at the traffic log today, and it seems like around mid-month we got a big influx of new visitors here at Short Hope Unfiltered World Headquarters. Which is great! Welcome to all the new folks, I hope you keep checking back, and don't mind the occasionally, um, desultory pace of posting around here. I always get back around to it. Check the archives! Since '02, baby!
But my question really is, from whence come you, new folks? Did I catch a link from somewhere, or are you all just automated spambots trying to sell me unguent? If anyone knows, please drop me an email.
Oh, and since this is sort of a process post, I figure I'll try out the blogger image insertion feature, just to see if it works. Not that I generally feel the need to illustrate my posts, but it occasionally would have been useful. Like on the Borf post, for example.
So anyway, welcome, spambot army, whoever you are.
Monday, October 24, 2005
Visions of Sugar Plums. There's a great deal of anticipation regarding what will come of Special Prosecutor Fitzgerald's investigation into the Plame leaks, as the rumors swirl daily that "really, for real, the indictments are coming out TODAY oh wait they didn't but DEFINITELY tomorrow, yeah, tomorrow for sure..." This pleasant anticipation is heightened here on the sinister side by the still-fresh joy of seeing the headline "Arrest Warrant Issued for Delay." Certainly I think, or, at least, am content to believe, that every elected Republican is an abject thief, liar, traitor and all-around criminal, but I will take note of one interesting side effect all of this. Some on the left side of the aisle have unabashedly embraced Fitzgerald and Delay prosecutor Ronnie Earle as upright straight shooters standing up for decency and justice in a dirty, compromised world. Okay, fine; maybe. But the fact is that neither I nor anyone I have spoken with have any real idea who these guys are. They are shooting at the right people, so we praise them.
I guess my point is that the left seems really good at counting prenatal chickens. The fact that Fitzgerald has a website does not change the fact that I have no real reason to believe that anything will be posted there besides the text of Fitzgerald's strongly worded comments to the Senate, after he announces that his investigation is closing without issuing indictments. The criticism will be ignored, the GOP will screech exoneration, and the world will keep on turning.
That said, this statement on Meet the Press by GOP Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson is pretty hilarious:
I certainly hope that if there is going to be an indictment that says something happened, that it is an indictment on a crime and not some perjury technicality where they couldn’t indict on the crime so they go to something just to show that their two years of investigation were not a waste of time and dollars.
Yes, it would sure be a pity to waste time and tax dollars on an investigation that couldn't make the main charge stick and end up prosecuting some minor perjury committed in the course of the investigation. That would sure be a great, great pity.
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
The Quiet Army. They are out there, in America. They are your neighbors, your friends, your co-workers. They understand the stakes, and they are fighting for freedom in small ways, in quiet ways, this quiet army. They don't believe the America-haters, the naysayers, the liberals and the limp-wristed, the traitorous big-city democRAT party apparatchiks in Congress, and the longhaired fags at the anti-war marches. They know that what the country needs is not appeasement or understanding, but VIGILANCE!! VIGILANCE is not just for the brave, square-jawed soldier on his lonely watch - no! It is also for those of us on the home front, those of us who know that even a great nation can be defeated . . . from within.
Exhibit A, the tale of a nameless, but oh so brave and VIGILANT! Wal-Mart employee, a captain at least in the Quiet Army, set forth below so that freedom-loving citizens may know this heroic tale and sigh meaningfully as they look at the flag decals on their Hyundai Elantras:
Wal-Mart Turns in Student’s Anti-Bush Photo, Secret Service Investigates Him
Selina Jarvis is the chair of the social studies department at Currituck County High School in North Carolina, and she is not used to having the Secret Service question her or one of her students.
But that’s what happened on September 20.
Jarvis had assigned her senior civics and economics class “to take photographs to illustrate their rights in the Bill of Rights,” she says. One student “had taken a photo of George Bush out of a magazine and tacked the picture to a wall with a red thumb tack through his head. Then he made a thumb’s down sign with his own hand next to the President’s picture, and he had a photo taken of that, and he pasted it on a poster.”
According to Jarvis, the student, who remains anonymous, was just doing his assignment, illustrating the right to dissent.
But over at the Kitty Hawk Wal-Mart, where the student took his film to be developed, this right is evidently suspect.
An employee in that Wal-Mart photo department called the Kitty Hawk police on the student. And the Kitty Hawk police turned the matter over to the Secret Service.
On Tuesday, September 20, the Secret Service came to Currituck High.“At 1:35, the student came to me and told me that the Secret Service had taken his poster,” Jarvis says. “I didn’t believe him at first. But they had come into my room when I wasn’t there and had taken his poster, which was in a stack with all the others.”
She says the student was upset.
“He was nervous, he was scared, and his parents were out of town on business,” says Jarvis.
She, too, had to talk to the Secret Service.
“Halfway through my afternoon class, the assistant principal got me out of class and took me to the office conference room,” she says. “Two men from the Secret Service were there. They asked me what I knew about the student. I told them he was a great kid, that he was in the homecoming court, and that he’d never been in any trouble.”
Then they got down to his poster.
“They asked me, didn’t I think that it was suspicious,” she recalls. “I said no, it was a Bill of Rights project!”
At the end of the meeting, they told her the incident “would be interpreted by the U.S. attorney, who would decide whether the student could be indicted,” she says.
The student was not indicted, and the Secret Service did not pursue the case further.
“I blame Wal-Mart more than anybody,” she says. “I was really disgusted with them. But everyone was using poor judgment, from Wal-Mart up to the Secret Service.”
A person in the photo department at the Wal-Mart in Kitty Hawk said, “You have to call either the home office or the authorities to get any information about that.”
Jacquie Young, a spokesperson for Wal-Mart at company headquarters, did not provide comment within a 24-hour period.
Sharon Davenport of the Kitty Hawk Police Department said, “We just handed it over” to the Secret Service. “No investigative report was filed.”
Jonathan Scherry, spokesman for the Secret Service in Washington, D.C., said, “We ertainly respect artistic freedom, but we also have the responsibility to look into incidents when necessary. In this case, it was brought to our attention from a private citizen, a photo lab employee.”
Jarvis uses one word to describe the whole incident: “ridiculous.”
Via Kos. So, are we sure they killed that there T.I.P.S. program? Well, I suppose the Quiet Army didn't need some gubmint program to tell them how to fight their quiet war.
And don't even get me started on this stupidity.