Friday, April 15, 2005

Argh!

I'm pretty bummed. I wrote up a big ass post and then blogger's post edit tool ate it.

Sigh.

Anyway, here's some stuff!

...Edwin Vieira told the gathering that Kennedy should be impeached because his philosophy, evidenced in his opinion striking down an anti-sodomy statute, "upholds Marxist, Leninist, satanic principles drawn from foreign law."

Ominously, Vieira continued by saying his "bottom line" for dealing with the Supreme Court comes from Joseph Stalin. "He had a slogan, and it worked very well for him, whenever he ran into difficulty: 'no man, no problem,' " Vieira said.

The full Stalin quote, for those who don't recognize it, is "Death solves all problems: no man, no problem"...
From a Washington Post article. I like how he's slamming Marx and Lenin in one line and quoting Stalin in the next.

Those who know about Russia's Communist revolution will understand why. I'd link up some google searches but, at present, the right-wingers seem to have googlebombed the hell out of Stalin and Lenin.

I also find it amusing that, at the same time Republicans are quoting Stalin in earnest seriousness, the Republican Party is still villifying Democrats as Communists.

But reality was never one of the Republican Party's platform planks. Unlike returning to a "Gold Standard", destroying the Judicial system, eliminating the First Amendment, legally assuming all GLBT persons are child molesters (as opposed to, for instance, Catholic Priests... i apologize to any Catholics in the audience, but certainly if we're worried about a single group preying on children...), legally mandating Creationism as equivalent to evolutionary theory, tearing up "Social Security", eliminating the minimum wage, and so on.

Meanwhile, the HRC discusses the real-world implications of the Republican Party's anti-gay crusade for straight people.

Yep, same sex marriage will destroy the moral fiber of our nation! So be sure to vote Republican, boys and girls, because only they have the Values to prevent same sex marriage!

Meanwhile, Florida's House of Representatives passed a bill establishing the entire state as the largest no-rules, mixed martial arts tournament in the history of the world. Well, maybe not quite that. But wow, that's pretty crazy.

Oddly enough, though, the bill (at least, the version on that web page) has been changed. I'm not sure if the bill was altered or what, but it used to include some real crazy shit about how you could use lethal force if you "percieved" someone was "threatening" you.

Here is a DKos article referring to the older version. You could maybe WayBack it, but i dunno.

I also find it amusing that, as per the version DKos is referring to, you are actually legally permitted to kill someone who is trying to kill you in a situation where that would be legal under that law. In other words, let's say person 1 threatens person 2 with a knife. Person 2 pulls out a gun and person 1 then knifes person 2 to death. Person 1 claims immunity under that law (there was certainly threat!) and gets away totally free? Who knows?

As someone who is concerned about being the target of violence on the streets (see a couple paragraphs up on the Republican Party's anti-gay crusade) a law like that would make me feel much less safe on the streets. No question in my mind.

The Daily Howler on The Lying Media. Been a while since i quoted the Howler.

New Suit Alleges "Severe" Torture at Guantanamo. Gee, what a surprise.

Wake up and smell the torture, USA! This isn't even the worst of it. Let's try some of the stuff specifically approved as "Not Torture" by Alberto "Abu Ghraib" Gonzales: holding prisoners in solitary confinement with 24/7 floodlights keeping the room blindingly bright. The case involving this sort of torture (it is, if we refuse to name it torture then it remains torture in everything but name alone) that i am aware of left a man who was previously mentally stable (more or less) totally deranged. Yeah, "interrogation techniques" that just so happen to destroy any capability for the "interrogated" to provide useful information.

This is the sort of stuff they don't even show in movies, people. And it's happening to real people whose guilt has not been established. And its happening on little beyond the command of our current President.

Max Blumenthal infiltrates the "Confronting the Judicial War on Faith" conference. No real surprises, unfortunately.

On abuses of the USA PATRIOT Act.

Lastly, but not leastly, A Person Paper on Purity in Language, by William Satire

This one is good enough i'm probably going to reference it again, separately, so i'll save my comments. You should read it, though.

Finally, i am closing in on 40,000 words of unwritten posts (okay, 36,990 words--possibly 35,569 is a more accurate number, depending on how you count duplicates) on a wide variety of topics. I fear some of them will simply never be finished. Oi.

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