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27th-Oct-2005 10:58 am
While I'm not exactly surprised about Miers withdrawing her nomination to SCOTUS, especially after the übercunts at CWFA gave the final death knell, I am now scared shitless about what is coming down the pipe behind her. Which rabid wingnut is going to come creeping out as Bush's second best? Once again, THIS is what happens when you spend all of your energy currying favor with the scandalous religious reich - they'll fuck up a wet dream.

Mo' Plamegate

The Fitzgerald Investigation Reader
AlterNet's compendium of facts about the Plame investigation -- including the truth behind the rumors. Arianna has more, in a piece called Worse than Watergate. Ninety percent of Americans believe the Bush administration is guilty of illegal or unethical behavior in the CIA leak case. 90%, yo!

Deconstructing Karl Rove
Political Wire recommends this Atlantic Monthly profile (free link) of Karl Rove. I'm struck by this statement:
In the rare instances when he has failed to set the terms of debate, Rove hasn't fared nearly so well.
But the fact that he can't control Fitzgerald's playing field may make him more ruthless:
It is frequently said of him, in hushed tones when political folks are doing the talking, that he leaves a trail of damage in his wake—a reference to the substantial number of people who have been hurt, politically and personally, through their encounters with him. Rove's reputation for winning is eclipsed only by his reputation for ruthlessness, and examples abound of his apparent willingness to cross moral and ethical lines.


See also: Buzz about a Karl plea as probers close in
DeLay acknowledges failure to report legal fund donations
Rep. Tom DeLay failed to comply with House requirements that he disclose all contributions to a defense fund that pays his legal bills, the Texas Republican acknowledged to House officials.

He wrote officials that $20,850 contributed in 2000 and 2001 was not reported anywhere. Another $17,300 was included in the defense fund's quarterly report but not in DeLay's 2000 annual financial disclosure report -- a separate requirement.

Other donations were understated as totaling $2,800, when the figure should have been $4,450.
Assrocket is blaming the AP for making Cheney look bad over at Powerline. No, really.

Iranian Pres: Wipe Israel Off The Map
Several world capitals have condemned Iran's leader for saying Israel should be "wiped off the map," and Israel's vice premier has called for Tehran to be expelled from the United Nations.

During a meeting with protesting students at Iran's Interior Ministry, President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad quoted a remark from Ayatollah Khomeini, founder of Iran's Islamic revolution, that Israel "must be wiped out from the map of the world."

The president then said: "And God willing, with the force of God behind it, we shall soon experience a world without the United States and Zionism," according to a quote published by Iran's state news outlet, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).
Thank goodness we have no plans to go to war with Iran according to Condizilla, I mean it's not like they're capable of developing WMD's or that they're run by a dictator who calls for the murder of innocents, or anything crazed like that.... ò-Ó...

Shell delivers another massive increase in profit Hooray for Big Oil! Shell only delivered a 68% rise in net profits but yes, they're still getting by and making ends meet. Thankfully the GOP is there to support them during their time of need.

Remember the mantra for Big Oil: we are all in this together. You give, they receive.

See also: Big Oil PR campaign: We are all in this together (except some are more "in it" than others) and ConocoPhillips delivers 89% profit increase.

In other news, I'd kill and bury the right person for a Big Mac.
27th-Oct-2005 03:04 pm (UTC)
What a perfect icon.
27th-Oct-2005 03:05 pm (UTC)
*bows gratefully*
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27th-Oct-2005 05:29 pm (UTC)
Civil War II started in the 1960s during the Civil Rights movement. They just kept more underground.

Unfortunately, and I'll be called nasty about this I'm sure, the former slave states have always been a big thorn in the country's side. The representatives from slave states refused to ratify the Constitution if they had to give up slaves back in the 1780s. They made life miserable for states entering the Union until 1861 because they didn't want slavery to be abolished by a majority of non-slave states.

And the worst part - many of this was only pushed by wealthy slave-owners. Many people in the "Confederacy" didn't support leaving the US, and most of the Confederate soldiers were poor or lower income men because plantation owners didn't want to fight.

/end rant
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27th-Oct-2005 07:58 pm (UTC) - Yes, but..
I tried to reply to this once, and our network went down. Suffice to say, yes that is true. The Constitutional Congress did not focus specifically on slavery, and many people all around were extremely worried about another central government like King George III. And the mindset of the times was also completely different in terms of "Conservative" and "Liberal". To talk about homosexual rights in that time, for example, probably would have resulted in either the insane asylum or prison.

But, in fairness, it is a Fact that the Missouri Compromise of 1820 was all about slavery. Maine would not be allowed to enter the Union as a free state unless Missouri could be brought in as a slave state. And this became a litmus test for statehood for many years. Southern slave states feared that a shift in the power of Congress would lead to

And the Southern States did refuse to ratify the Constitution unless they could continue to have slavery, because they argued that their economic prosperity would suffer (which would indeed affect the entire nation).

Sad time in the history of our country. I just read a good book on the subject of The Civil War, including newspaper articles and commentaries of the time. Slavery was justified by religious as well as economic reasons. Some southern columnists and religious experts argued that they were keeping the Negro people from being sinful by keeping them as slaves (intrinsically evil, just like what the Catholic Church calls gay people today), and some said that the Negro people were descended from Canaan and that Noah had cursed Canaan to be the slave of his brothers. Thus, it's OK to keep slaves, right?

Meanwhile, slavery did exist in the North. But slavery in the North was pretty much abolished by the 19th century. To say that "Negroes" were equal would be pushing the envelope, but many other immigrant groups were treated shabbily too (especially Irish immigrants after the potato famine). Much of the Northern "slavery" came from indentured servants from Europe who worked for a period of time for their passage to America, and not so much from the slave trade from Africa (where people were stolen from their countries and brought to the West Indies or America to work). The northerners didn't depend on slave labor in the same way that the southern plantations did (especially after the invention of the cotton gin).

I'm not saying that the entire South was evil. And the Civil War wasn't fought specifically because of slavery. But purchasing human beings and calling them economic units certainly was evil, and the practice was prevalent much more in the South by the 1820s.
27th-Oct-2005 03:46 pm (UTC) - Hi
This is kind of off topic from your post, but you seem way savy on things L.J.

I moderate a community. Now I have my LJ set to screening comments. But that does not happen when I post to a LJ community, right? Or is there a setting for that?

I ask because I think I have a member of my community screening his posts before they post to the community, and that bugs me. :)

Just wondering if you know anything about this.
27th-Oct-2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
A Big Mac?

Have you gone MAD??????????
27th-Oct-2005 04:06 pm (UTC) - Mmmmmmmmmmm
Big Mac..........

Damn...now I want one too

Curse you!
27th-Oct-2005 05:13 pm (UTC)
I am also frightened of what he'll pick to make the religious right happy. Very, very afraid.

PS: Have you tried typing "failure" in google and hitting "I'm feeling lucky"? Oh hell... they stopped doing it! It did direct to the whitehouse.gov site. Grrr!
27th-Oct-2005 06:55 pm (UTC)
Re: Gasahol: ""Despite these impacts, our overall operating performance for the quarter was good, and we continued to benefit from the strong commodity price environment.""

I THOUGHT THERE WERE LAWS AGAINST THIS PRICE GOUGING?!!! I just put 30$ in my tank, last night, to get a HALF tank of gas!!! And I drive an Altima!! A new one!! WTF?!

They need to drop those motherfucking prices to HALF of what they are. Not stop jacking them up- but FUCKING DROP EM.
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