Friday, October 20, 2006

Oh boy

I wasn't going to blog today. There are too many things to do. I've got a long day at work - 2 shifts at 2 different stores - ahead and the co-signer has an infection and isn't feeling at all well. Still, some things come up and say "Hit me with your rhythm stick" and I must share.

The Raw Story uncovers the truth about the Republican representative on the House Page Board. When she was serving in New Mexico as Secretary of New Mexico Children, Youth and Families Department, Heather Wilson had a complaint that was filed against her husband removed. The complaint alleged that her husband approached a 16 year old boy for sex. Ms. Wilson initially denied the allegation, then admitted it and ran for Congress (natch!). She now serves also on the Congressional Missing and Exploited Children's caucus. Most corrupt Congress, ever. Oh, and lazy, too. Word to Representative: as the NY Times pointed out this week, thanks to databases and the willingness of law enforcement officials to raise revenues by selling their data, it's becoming increasingly difficult to hide criminal records.

Republicans call Democrats pedophile friends (ignoring the hypocrisy) and begin rigging voter registration lists. I love the smell of desperation in the morning.

The Bush Administration moved quickly to snuff out Habeas Corpus for Guantanamo prisoners.

Baghdad residents are only getting 2+ hours of electricity per day. Lowest ever. In other "war" news, Bush took the bait and compared Iraq to Vietnam sending his minions scrambling to explain what he "really" meant. As if anyone really thinks he knew about the Tet offensive...In Britain, Reid admits that the war is fueling terror rather than snuffing it and a British general announces that his troops need to leave Iraq ASAP.

IRS is targeting "revenues" in Second Life and other on line games.

An natural conclusion of the Kelo decision: a developer in Florida is suing a city after being told by officials that they will not use eminent domain to steal land for the developer's proposed project. Just think...if coupled with property rights bills in Oregon (and proposed in Washington state), the developer, if it won it's case, could then offer not to build the project for billions of dollars.

In England, liberalization of cannabis possession has resulted in fewer people using the drug. Prohibition not only doesn't work, but it has the opposite effect. That's something William S. Burroughs used to preach.

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