Fair and Balanced

A single tree or a small puppy can cause more pollution annually than all the SUV's in the world. This is true, it was on FOX News. Also a lot of people don't know that Cindy Sheehan murdered her own son & then made it look like he died in Iraq. I've heard that no one has actually died in Iraq, but that Bill Clinton & Jimmy Carter have killed hundreds of thousands of innocent civilians with their bare hands. History will straighten all this out, and George W. Bush will be known as the bravest & wisest president that this great nation has ever had. Just ask Sean Hannity or Rush Limbaugh or any of the other scholarly sages. It's all true. Saddam Hussein actually piloted the first plane that hit the World Trade Center. You can clearly see him in the news video escaping at the last second in a hang glider and smirking at America. God Bless the Republicans for getting us, our children, and our grandchildren in debt. That's what I call vision, with a capital "V". How else can young people learn about character unless they suffer hardship? I want to take money from orphans and give it to the wealthy Enron executives. They need the money to defend themselves from all the false charges that were brought against them by Cindy Sheehan, Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Jane Fonda & Mother Teresa. God bless the brave men of Fox News....

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The Folly of Impeachment

Several of the mailing lists that I'm publicize the prospect of impeaching the President (and as often as not, the Vice President, too) for "high crimes and misdemeanors". I've gotten into some pretty sharply-worded debates over the subject, because I happen to think that impeachment is the wrong solution, at least now, for two reasons: policy-wise and politics-wise. Rather than bore you with my take, however, I'm going to distill Josh Marshall's take that I saw in one of his Hill columns, since it's more elegant and pithy than what I could come up with.

It helps to remember that impeachment, no matter what kind of constitutional law construction you use, is inherently a political act. In essence, it's capital punishment for political crimes, since the only penalty for conviction of an impeachable offense is removal from office. We saw this in its rawest, most primal form during the Clinton impeachment. However, in the other two ocassions in which impeachment has been seriously discussed or brought to bear (1867, Andrew Johnson; 1973-74, Richard Nixon), the situation was clearly political as well.

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Kicked Out Of The Tent

I will never forget it. The year was 1988, in Baton Rouge, Louisiana; my buddy and I, eager to make a point, and full of fresh ideas, went in to sign up with the Louisiana chapter of the Republican party.We were in a very liberal educational environment,and I guess we wanted to prove that black people weren't monolithic. Besides, the Republican convention was coming to New Orleans that year, and we figured, what the heck, maybe we can even get some free tickets to the Super Dome. Bad idea, if looks could kill I would not be writing this post today. Now I will be the first to admit that it was 1988, the height of the Reagan revolution, and it was in Louisiana, -not exactly a state known for its tolerance. But I was still crushed,and my buddy and I ducked out of there disillusioned but wiser for the experience. We learned that day the hard way, that it's no accident why blacks have fled the republican party in droves. We learned that no matter what you hear or read about inclusion; at the end of the day that tent just isn't big enough for black folks. Now of course, it's a new day for Republicans. Primarily for strategic purposes they are courting the black vote. Heck, they are even recruiting and running black candidates for various offices across the country. Now I am sure many Republican leaders will tell you that they are sincere, and they really do want to create a big tent, and be more inclusive. But forgive me if I have the memory of an elephant -no pun intended- and can't forget the treatment and the stares I got that faithful day in 1988.

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Bush's Latest Crime!!!

Well here we are again... George W Bush has broken yet another law...

In a recent interview, Bush talked about how he liked to listen to Beatles on his IPOD.  Now, anyone who has followed the Apple Music vs Apple Computers saga knows that the Beatles have not yet begun to sell downloads of their songs.

SO WHAT? some might say...  Bush (or more likely a low level intern) probably ripped them from CDs.  Well, according to the filings by the RIAA in the DMCA Rule Proceedings:

"Nor does the fact that permission to make a copy in particular circumstances is often or even routinely granted, necessarily establish that the copying is a fair use when the copyright owner withholds that authorization. In this regard, the statement attributed to counsel for copyright owners in the MGM v. Grokster case is simply a statement about authorization, not about fair use."

So their stance (to my understanding) is it is only legal if the copyright owner says you can copy it. You don't just have the right to do it... making Bush's MP3s probably illegal.

So forget Iraqi Prisons, Illegal searches, fraudulent wars, and massive corruptions... BUSH IS HISTORIES GREATEST MONSTER FOR VIOLATING COPYRIGHT LAW.  The GOP needs to start drawing up the impeachment papers... even they can't ignore Bush's flagarant flouting of some of Congress's biggest brib... I mean donors.  

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Contemporary View of the 1994 Election Disaster

Here's an interesting contemporary reaction to the disaster that was the 1994 Election.  I found it dredging through the backfiles of LexisNexis.  It comes from an article titled, "Sorting Through the Post-Election Rubble: a Democratic Perspective" by Fred Yang and appeared in the 12/94-1/95 issue of "Campaigns & Elections":

No amount of spin-doctoring can change what happened on November 8: we Democrats got an old-fashioned thrashing at the polls. With Democrats losing control of the U.S. House of Representatives for the first time in 40 years, along with control of the Senate and 10 gubernatorial seats, the pundits have taken to calling this election the "Revolution of 1994."

But was 1994 a revolution or an evolution? While no one can deny that November 8 was a very good day for the Republicans, it remains to be seen whether the results constitute a mandate for the GOP or simply a rebuke of the Democrats.  Obviously, Democrats and Republicans will be battling along these lines all the way to November 1996.

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