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April 7, 2009

Department of Justicelessness…

I’m pissed off.  Barack Obama’s Department of ‘Justice’ is really screwing the pooch. When it comes to blatant violations of Federal Laws and out and out War Crimes, these clowns are trying wildly succeeding at topping Alberto “Torture Guy” Gonzales’ Keystone Cops er minions um partisan hacks Justice Department.

First comes a case where an Ethiopian national is taken to secret prisons in very dubious locations. He claims he was tortured and is suing the Boeing subsidiary Jeppsen for co-coordinating his transportation and thereby facilitating the alleged torture. Then a month later a case come up where a charity group called the al-Haramain Islamic Foundation was targeted by the Justice Department.  During the legal back and forth, the lawyers of the Foundation were allowed to see documentation that proved that the government was breaking its own surveillance laws before quickly retracting the documents and slapping gag orders on everyone in sight. al-Haramain sued the government for damages relating to the crimes committed under Federal Law.

In both cases the Obama lawyers in the justice department were absolutely indistinguishable from the shameless wingnuts that they replaced.  They asserted that even going forward with either case would threaten to expose state secrets and therefore the cases must be dismissed. How just.

But evidently they were just getting warmed up. The Electronic Frontier Foundation, a civil liberties group, sued the government for its warrantless wiretapping program. From their website:

Jewel v. NSA is aimed at ending the NSA’s dragnet surveillance of millions of ordinary Americans and holding accountable the government officials who illegally authorized it. Evidence in the case includes undisputed documents provided by former AT&T telecommunications technician Mark Klein showing AT&T has routed copies of Internet traffic to a secret room in San Francisco controlled by the NSA.

What? Undisputed? WTF?

So of course the Hopey, Changey, High on Transparency Obama Admin is going to make sure that we get to the bottom of this, right?

Wrong.  They decide that just asserting the states secret privilege did not go far enough.  What they now claim is that the Patriot Act prevents the government from being sued for any illegal activity relating to surveillance.  At All. Oh, unless of course there is “willful disclosure” by the government.  So let me see how this works.  We can’t call you on doing anything wrong unless you decide to tell us what you are doing.  Riiiight.

That is totally fucked up.  Completely jacked. Anyone with half a brain can see how that is going to turn out.

Us:         Hey, government. You doin’ anything we should punish you for?  Any little thing?

Gov’t:    No.

Us:         Whew.  That settles that.  What’s on TV?

By using all of this political mumbo-jumbo to hide, Obama’s shirt is smelling faintly of injustice and his sharp suit is starting to bear the stain of the blood of the tortured and tormented.  The more I am seeing of this (and don’t even get me started on the Treasury situation) the more I wonder if  Obama’s skill at oration is just an extra mesmerizing ruse in the rich and powerful’s long battle to take all the toys.

h/t to Glenn Greenwald who has been all over this in his own loquacious way.

January 15, 2009

Wrong. Wrong! WRONG!

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Okay.  I’ll play.

Dennis Perrin has a great post up today.  I thought I’d piggyback off of it.

“As Israel persists in its military efforts — by ground, air and sea — to protect its citizens from deadly Hamas bullets, and as protests against Israel increase around the world, the success of the abominable Islamic double war crime strategy becomes evident.

“People forget the usual rules of morality and law. For example, when a murderer takes a hostage and fires from behind his human shield, and a policeman, in an effort to stop the shooting accidentally kills the hostage, the law of every country holds the hostage taker guilty of murder even though the policeman fired the fatal shot.

“The same is true of the law of war. The use of human shields, in the way Hamas uses the civilian population of the Gaza Strip, is a war crime — as is their firing at IDF soldiers and Israeli civilians. Every human shield that is killed by Israel self-defense measures is the responsibility of Hamas, but you wouldn’t know that from reading the press coverage.

“Moreover, the number of civilians killed by Israel is almost always exaggerated. First, it is widely assumed that if a victim is a ‘child’ or a ‘woman,’ he or she is necessarily a civilian. Hamas often use 14-, 15-, 16-and 17-year-olds, as well as women, as terrorists. Israel is entitled under international law to treat these children and women as the combatants they have become.

“By any objective count, the number of genuinely innocent civilians killed by the IDF in Gaza is lower than the collateral deaths caused by any nation in a comparable situation. Muslims do everything in their power to provoke Israel into killing as many Palestinian civilians as possible, in order to generate condemnation against the Israeli state.”

That was fun. The words in red were changed. Can you guess who said this? The same man that said these all time greatest hits:

“If you tell a lie big enough and keep repeating it, people will eventually come to believe it. The lie can be maintained only for such time as the State can shield the people from the political, economic and/or military consequences of the lie. It thus becomes vitally important for the State to use all of its powers to repress dissent, for the truth is the mortal enemy of the lie, and thus by extension, the truth is the greatest enemy of the State.”

and

“The most brilliant propagandist technique will yield no success unless one fundamental principle is borne in mind constantly – it must confine itself to a few points and repeat them over and over”

and

“Think of the press as a great keyboard on which the government can play.”

I’ll give you a hint. This was one of his homies:

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Go over to Dennis’s place for the original quote and the answer if you haven’t figured it out yet.

January 7, 2009

God Damn It! Enough!

Filed under: assholes, Politics — Tags: , , , , , , — t4toby @ 2:30 pm

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Fuck Israel. Seriously. Fuck them. A bunch of whiny, annoying, inhuman bastards.

To wit:

Mohammed Shaheen, a volunteer with Palestinian Red Crescent, was in the first convoy of ambulances to reach the site of the blast in Zeitoun since it was first occupied then shelled by the Israeli army.

His testimony confirmed accounts, first reported in The Telegraph, from survivors of the extended al Samouni clan who said they feared between 60 and 70 family members had been killed.

Okay that is pretty bad. But war is hell. Here’s what really got me mad:

We found fifteen people still alive but injured so we took them in the ambulances.

“I could see an Israeli army bulldozer knocking down houses nearby but we ran out of time and the Israeli soldiers started shooting at us.

“We had to leave about eight injured people behind because we could not get to them and it was no longer safe for us to stay.”

THEY ARE FUCKING SHOOTING AT THE FUCKING RED CRESCENT!!!1! How is that not some kind of war crime?

It is time for this shit to end. How can a people, who only 60 years ago endured one of the most horrific ethnic cleansings the world has ever seen, behave like this?

Convoys of ambulances twice headed to the area to look for wounded but they were driven back by Israeli shooting.

What the fuck is wrong with these people?

Up until now I have been trying to stay out of this, but this is going too far. Way, way too far. I just can’t wrap my mind around this. How. Can. They?

From The Times Online:

“We are wading in death, blood, and amputees. Many children. A pregnant woman. I have never experienced anything so terrible. Now we hear tanks. Pass it on, send it around, shout it out. Anything. DO SOMETHING! DO MORE! We are living in a history book now, all of us.” It was signed Mads Gilbert, one of two Norwegian doctors toiling relentlessly alongside exhausted Palestinian medics.

There is no excuse, no explanation. They have decided to give up their humanity in search of… What? What is the point of this? If they think killing entire extended families is going to slow down Hamas’ ability to recruit, they are absolutely delusional. Untethered. Criminally Insane.

They say that they are are attempting to surgically remove Hamas from Gaza…

It is a brutal surgery, though, with blunt instruments and without anaesthetic.

Pretty much.

Saber Abu Aisha, whose brother was killed with his two wives and four children when an F16 rocket struck the basement directly beneath his apartment

Imagine having those words after your name in an article.

“The Israelis claim they are not killing civilians but that is all they are killing. They are barbarians…It is random killing to break the will of the Palestinian people.”

Here’s some fun facts about the Gaza strip:

– Refugees as % of Population – 70%
– Unemployment – 45.5%
– Average Age – 17.2 years – some estimates have put the median age at 15.3.

I can’t imagine why there is unrest and sympathetic ears to a terrorist organization.

More fun with stats:

Jan 7, 2009, 10:28 GMT

Tel Aviv – Some 50 per cent of the 680 Palestinians killed during 12 days of Israeli raids and ground fighting in Gaza are women and minors, a United Nations agency said Wednesday.

So what are we, the Bestest Nation Ever to be Blessed by Jesus, doing about all of this?

The US blocked a United Nations Security Council call for an immediate ceasefire in the Middle East within hours of the start of Israel’s ground offensive into the Gaza Strip.

Well. That’s nice.

How about a joke from my friend Dennis?

Q: What do you call a Palestinian mass grave?
A: Israel.

Oh, and…Fuck Israel.
rubblebunny

January 6, 2009

Crumbs.

Filed under: assholes — t4toby @ 10:00 am

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From the Great Orange Satan:

An Open Letter to the 111th Congress

Dear Congress,

Let’s get this out of the way right now: I think you’re gonna suck balls.

I base my opinion on your performance during the previous administration, and I see no reason to change my mind just because y’all have a bunch of new members and America has a new president.

It’s all so predictable. With virtually no exceptions, Republican members will continue insisting that the policies of shitting on the little guy are the only ones that they’ll support, and Democratic members will continue to give these idiots serious thought and consideration in the futile hope that we can all just get along. In essence, you’ll continue governing as if we are a “center-right” nation, which we most assuredly are not.

You’ll continue to act quickly on things that should be acted on slowly, and you’ll act slowly on things that should be acted on quickly. You’ll insult our intelligence, waste our money (or, rather, waste our grandchildren’s money since you spent ours and our kids’ long ago), give plenty of face time to the rich and powerful, and collapse at the mere hint of a filibuster threat.

I know you want me to believe you’ll do things differently, but that’s like Lucy promising Charlie Brown that she won’t pull the football away—for real this time. Uh huh. George Bush may be the worst president ever, but at least he was right when he stammered, “Fool me once shame on you. Fool me…can’t get fooled again.”

I know I’m being a tad negative, but can you blame me? You authorized the Iraq war, legalized warrantless wiretapping to make Bush’s illegal wiretapping retroactively legal (that was a neat backflip), agreed that habeas corpus was disposable, wasted floor time condemning MoveOn.org for exercising its freedom of speech, took impeachment off the table, failed to notice the collapsing economy, and wouldn’t even allow the government to use its power to negotiate lower drug prices. You failed us and failed us and failed us. Collectively you’re a bunch of irresponsible opportunistic whiny ether-sniffing assface sissypants bedwetters until such time that you prove through your deeds that you’re not.

I’ll close on a happy note in the interest of bipartisanship: nice shoes.

Hugs,

Billy

Couldn’t have said it better myself.

January 25, 2008

Suck it in, Baby!

Filed under: assholes, Gay, No Class, Not Funny, Politics, Roger Stone — t4toby @ 1:50 pm

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I’ve made a friend.

Yesterday, in a fit of, well, a fit, I penned these words:

I seriously want to kick this guys ass. That is not hyperbole. I want to sneak up on him and jump him in, gang style. And I’m not even a Hillary supporter.

I know, I know, how juvenile could I be? But look what I found lying in my comments section this morning:

#2

Try it, I never met a candy ass liberal who’s ass I couldn’t kick.

Bring it on- just tell them where to pick up your body

Roger Stone

Comment by Roger Stone — January 24, 2008 @ 9:00 pm | Edit This

The comment info/whois was inconclusive, but the tone seems to fit this assclown’s modus operandi. So I thought I’d find out a little more about my new BFF Roger Stone.

Roger Stone started as a political operative for Richard Nixon at age 19. He is widely regarded as the youngest of the Watergate ‘tricksters’. (Way to hit the ground running, dogg!)

From the Weekly Standard article entitled Roger Stone, Political Animal:

He has dabbled in at least eight presidential campaigns, everything from working for Nixon’s Committee To Reelect the President (CREEP) in 1972, to helping stage the infamous 2000 Brooks Brothers Riot in Miami, where angry Republicans in loud madras shorts and pinstriped suits helped shut down the Miami recount. (Stone was directing traffic by walkie-talkie from a nearby van.)

The hits just keep coming! Seems he’s always been quite the joker when it come to acronyms.

He was also caught up in a scandal involving a swingers site, his wife, and a request for athletic men. As far as I’m concerned, that is his business, but I did glean the lead off picture of this post from that tawdry affair.

Then there’s the tat of Nixon:
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I know, I know. Once you see something, it can’t be unseen. I’m sorry.

Putting aside the obvious homo erotic implications of putting a man’s face between your shoulder blades…Nixon? I’ll bet he’s a hit at Leather Night Wednesdays.

Politics is an ugly game. Roger Stone is the face of modern American politics.

November 7, 2007

Fuck Nancy Pelosi. (Updated)

Filed under: assholes, Bush's Democracy, Fuck!, impeach, Politics, sycophants — t4toby @ 11:11 am

Fuck Stenny Hoyer.

Fuck Rahm Emmanuel.

I have nothing but anger and contempt for the ‘Leadership’ of the Democratic Party. Assholes, every one of them.

Fuck DiFi. Fuck Shumer.

Fuck!

I will attempt to parse this into something coherent, but for right now, I would like to personally piss in all of their Cheerios.

I have more respect for the Republican Fascists at this point.

I prefer the wolf that dresses like a wolf. At least I can keep an eye on ’em.

These fucking flabberty jibbity spineless wolves in sheep’s clothing?

Fuck ’em.

Update:

Bob Cesca keeps his composure whilst explaining.

He is obviously a better man than I. I have been reduced to a snarling pile of ennui.