House Passes Historic Endangered Species Entitlement Bill

Washington ï–¿–½ For the first time in more than a decade, the House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Chairman Richard W. Pombo (CA-11) and Representative Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) to rape and pillage the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. The Threatened and Endangered Species Profiteering Act (TESPA) of 2005 has more than 96 cosponsors [...]

Commentary By: coeruleus

Washington ï–¿–½ For the first time in more than a decade, the House of Representatives passed legislation introduced by Chairman Richard W. Pombo (CA-11) and Representative Dennis Cardoza (D-CA) to rape and pillage the Endangered Species Act (ESA) of 1973. The Threatened and Endangered Species Profiteering Act (TESPA) of 2005 has more than 96 cosponsors from 30 states across the country.

Born of the best intentions, the ESA has failed to adequately bribe and cajole landowners to obey the law, leaving private property owners like my parents to do without 10% of their windmill royalties to protect the bald eagle some damned overgrown pigeon.

TESPA fixes the long-outstanding problems of the Endangered Species Act by (1) focusing on revenue recovery (2) providing bribes (3) increasing corporate influence and political chicanery (4) disregarding scientific standards (5) criminalizing commie environmentalism (6) protecting private property owners’™ profits and (7) eliminating critical habitat designations.
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Friday, September 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

Posada Carriles Update

The immigration hearing for the Bush Administration’™s favorite terrorist wrapped up this week, with the presiding judge ruling that Luis Posada Carriles would not be deported to Cuba (his home country) or Venezuela (where he’™s wanted on outstanding terrorism charges). For a refresher on Posada’™s terrorist dossier, click here.

Posada is being held in El [...]

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The immigration hearing for the Bush Administration’™s favorite terrorist wrapped up this week, with the presiding judge ruling that Luis Posada Carriles would not be deported to Cuba (his home country) or Venezuela (where he’™s wanted on outstanding terrorism charges). For a refresher on Posada’™s terrorist dossier, click here.

Posada is being held in El Paso, Tx. on charges that he illegally entered the U.S. His lawyer has claimed that if Posada were deported to Venezuela, which is seeking his extradition, he’™d be tortured. A witness was produced at the hearing by the defense who substantiated the claim. U.S. government attorneys did not present any witnesses to rebut the claim.

A decision will be made within 90 days on the disposition of Posada’™s case. He could still walk away free, or be deported to another country, depending on what arrangements could be made. Earlier this year, ex-CIA asset Posada had applied for asylum in the U.S., but withdrew the request prior to the hearing. His lawyers now state that he’™ll seek U.S. citizenship.

Never let anyone ever tell you that it doesn’™t pay to have low friends in high places. ASZ will continue to follow this story as it develops. No word yet on whether or not the Justice Department supports ‘œOsama’™s Law’, which would require known terrorists to register with authorities and notify the communities where they’™ll be residing.

Friday, September 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Latin America

Ooooh Spooky!

‘œThis is indeed a dark city and weï–¿–½re bringing the light. You know wherever soldiers go, there goes the word of God.’

Ghosts in New Orleans? Don’™t worry the National Guard’™s got that covered too.

Commentary By: somegirl

‘œThis is indeed a dark city and weï–¿–½re bringing the light. You know wherever soldiers go, there goes the word of God.’

Ghosts in New Orleans? Don’™t worry the National Guard’™s got that covered too.

Friday, September 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Holy War

A Poem

Ode To a VP’™s Knees

Oh, Vice

President,

You walked so

slowly to the

car the other

day,

After the

operation to

remove

‘aneurysms’™

from your

knees.

It sounds really

serious, that.

A bit like wot

Arnold

Schwarzenegger

got in Total

Recall, but

didn’™t his brain

almost exploded

then?

Either you are a

tough cookie, or

someone made [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Ode To a VP’™s Knees

Oh, Vice

President,

You walked so

slowly to the

car the other

day,

After the

operation to

remove

‘aneurysms’™

from your

knees.

It sounds really

serious, that.

A bit like wot

Arnold

Schwarzenegger

got in Total

Recall, but

didn’™t his brain

almost exploded

then?

Either you are a

tough cookie, or

someone made

up that

diagnosis for the

insurance claim

form.

Dad says it

sounds like a

fiddle to him,

And that you

should give up

the

Riverdancing.

Link

Friday, September 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Humor

Business as Usual

Fuckers! Why are we paying for this shit?

Molly, as usual, channels the rage.

Commentary By: somegirl

Fuckers! Why are we paying for this shit?

Molly, as usual, channels the rage.

Friday, September 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |

Freedom Marches Out the Backdoor

The FCC has issued new rules for VoIP so that it’™s easier for law enforcement to spy on you.

In a statement yesterday, Electronic Freedom Foundation attorney Kurt Opsahl said that ‘œa tech mandate requiring backdoors in the Internet endangers the privacy of innocent people, stifles innovation and risks the Internet as a forum for free [...]

Commentary By: somegirl

The FCC has issued new rules for VoIP so that it’™s easier for law enforcement to spy on you.

In a statement yesterday, Electronic Freedom Foundation attorney Kurt Opsahl said that ‘œa tech mandate requiring backdoors in the Internet endangers the privacy of innocent people, stifles innovation and risks the Internet as a forum for free and open expression.’

Hmmm, how much you wanna bet that’™s exactly the point?

Friday, September 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Civil Liberties

Saving the World for Al Qaeda

Stupid bitch.

Hughes appeared as one of the pilgrims satirised by Mark Twain in his 1869 book Innocents Abroad, on his trip on the Grand Holy Land Pleasure Excursion. ‘œNone of us had ever been anywhere before; we all hailed from the interior; travel was a wild novelty’¦ We always took care to make it understood [...]

Commentary By: somegirl

Stupid bitch.

Hughes appeared as one of the pilgrims satirised by Mark Twain in his 1869 book Innocents Abroad, on his trip on the Grand Holy Land Pleasure Excursion. ‘œNone of us had ever been anywhere before; we all hailed from the interior; travel was a wild novelty’¦ We always took care to make it understood that we were Americans – Americans!’

Friday, September 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Terrorism

Oh, and About that Oil…

This paragraph jumped out at me while reading my hero’™s column this morning (if you haven’™t yet figured out how to work around the select bs, read it here):

Iraq’™s oil production remains below prewar levels. The Los Angeles Times reports that mistakes by U.S. officials and a Halliburton subsidiary, which was given large no-bid reconstruction [...]

Commentary By: somegirl

This paragraph jumped out at me while reading my hero’™s column this morning (if you haven’™t yet figured out how to work around the select bs, read it here):

Iraq’™s oil production remains below prewar levels. The Los Angeles Times reports that mistakes by U.S. officials and a Halliburton subsidiary, which was given large no-bid reconstruction contracts, may have permanently damaged Iraq’™s oilfields.

So I went and found the LA Times article and it’™s long but well worth the read. But I’™m warning you – almost every paragraph will have you going WTF?!?!?!?! and make you want to pull out your hair. Like this one:

They [current and former Iraqi oil officials] said that rather than tapping Iraqi state oil company officials, the U.S. program was overseen by American officials with little experience in the oil industry. In an interview, one senior U.S. official managing part of the restoration effort jokingly described his knowledge level as ‘œOil for Dummies.’

Read it and weep. Next stop, New Orleans.

Friday, September 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Iraq,Permalink

250,000

According to a recent study reported in the UCLA Daily Bruin, that’™s the number of children being raised by same sex couples. (The full report on the study can be found at The Williams Project.) According to all the other data in the study, those couples look very like heterosexual couples.

But [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

According to a recent study reported in the UCLA Daily Bruin, that’™s the number of children being raised by same sex couples. (The full report on the study can be found at The Williams Project.) According to all the other data in the study, those couples look very like heterosexual couples.

But we knew that. Arnold evidently does not know it, at least enough to confer marital rights. He vetoed the bill yesterday, but signed four small bills that protect gays and lesbians. One step forward, two steps back.

Friday, September 30th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: Civil Liberties

Judy Miller Cracks

Breaking news’¦Judy Miller walks’¦agrees to testify in the Plame investigation.

What a blockbuster week this has been. What’™s Friday gonna bring?

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Breaking news’¦Judy Miller walks’¦agrees to testify in the Plame investigation.

What a blockbuster week this has been. What’™s Friday gonna bring?

Thursday, September 29th, 2005 by Richard Blair |
Category: TreasonGate