Censure Hearings

Hearings on Feingolds’™ resolution to Censure Bush for illegally allowing the NSA to spy on Americans were held this morning. (I’™ve been extremely busy, so haven’™t had the time to update this blog with more information, and haven’™t had time to actually see the hearings myself.) The BradBlog has the opening statements of Patrick Leahy [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

Hearings on Feingolds’™ resolution to Censure Bush for illegally allowing the NSA to spy on Americans were held this morning. (I’™ve been extremely busy, so haven’™t had the time to update this blog with more information, and haven’™t had time to actually see the hearings myself.) The BradBlog has the opening statements of Patrick Leahy and Russ Feingold. Fire Dog Lake was live blogging the hearing, they broke it down into three parts. Pt. 1, Pt. 2 and Pt. 3.

C-span is planning on reairing this hearing tonight at 8:50 pm ET. I’™m going to try and catch it then.

Update: Adding John Dean’™s statement/testimony to the censure hearing. Courtesy of RawStory.

Friday, March 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Civil Liberties

Mary Winkler Posting

I’™ve been reading a lot on this subject, and posting a lot as well. It is an interesting topic to me, and not just because I’™m happy to see that Christians are attacking Christians over it. (I’™m nearly ready to call this a civil war, if it wouldn’™t take attention away from the [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

I’™ve been reading a lot on this subject, and posting a lot as well. It is an interesting topic to me, and not just because I’™m happy to see that Christians are attacking Christians over it. (I’™m nearly ready to call this a civil war, if it wouldn’™t take attention away from the civil war in Iraq.)

I’™m gone for the weekend, but I would recommend two places to read if you are interested in this issue. First is a message board started by ex-members of the C of C. It alarms me that these ex-members of the church are almost all willing and eager to understand why Mary Winkler killed her husband. Secondly, a member of that message board has his own site, and it’™s very informative about doctrine that could have helped push Mary Winkler. I recommend reading Goings On in The World of Thomas J.

Bye for now. i’™m enjoying the beaches of Florida for the weekend. I need some tan.

Friday, March 31st, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Holy War

Anyone Here Live in Colorado?

It seems they need help convincing their Governor to do the right thing.

The Colorado legislature has passed HB 1212 ‘” a bill that would give women access to emercency contraception through their local pharmacies without a prescription. Now, it’™s up to Governor Owens to sign it into law. The Colorado Medical Society and [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

It seems they need help convincing their Governor to do the right thing.

The Colorado legislature has passed HB 1212 ‘” a bill that would give women access to emercency contraception through their local pharmacies without a prescription. Now, it’™s up to Governor Owens to sign it into law. The Colorado Medical Society and Colorado Pharmacist Society agree that emergency contraception is a safe and effective form of birth control that can prevent an unwanted pregnancy. Make your voice heard on this issue. Join the list of Coloradans urging Governor Owens to sign HB 1212 into law. We’™ll hand-deliver the petition to the Governor before he makes his decision.

There’™s a nice little form to use here.

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Civil Liberties

Katherine Harris Leads in Florida Senate Poll

Wow! She’™s the only candidate for the Republican primary in May, but still she barely leads. She doesn’™t even have 40% of her own party behind her. Man, she’™s buying a whole lot of nothing for that $10 Million she’™s supposedly promised to spend.

In the survey of 1,200 likely voters [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Wow! She’™s the only candidate for the Republican primary in May, but still she barely leads. She doesn’™t even have 40% of her own party behind her. Man, she’™s buying a whole lot of nothing for that $10 Million she’™s supposedly promised to spend.

In the survey of 1,200 likely voters in Florida conducted by Strategic Vision LLC, Republicans were asked their choice for a Senate nominee against Nelson. Harris received 37 percent of the vote, followed by retired General Tommy Franks at 30 percent and Congressman Mark Foley at 5 percent.

State House Speaker Allan Bense, State Senate President Tom Lee, Congresswoman Ginny Brown-Waite, Congressman Dave Weldon, State Senator Daniel Webster and businessman Tom Rooney all received less than 5 percent of the vote, with 12 percent undecided.

Worse for her, when paired against lackluster incumbent Bill Nelson, she’™s polling 28 points back. That’™s a worse figure than when she entered the race eight months ago. Yes, she’™s gone backwards. Of course, she’™s got no coattails. Even in Florida Bush’™s approbvals, by the same Republican commissioned poll, are at 38%.

Tom Rooney has decided not to run against Harris in the latest news. There’™s only 40 days until the primary, and someone entering this late might have trouble against Harris. But overall I’™d just say that this race looks to be a complete cock-up by the Republicans.

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

“We don’t want the smoking gun to be in the form of a mushroom cloud.”

Unless of course it’™s us that brings it.

Don’™t plan on being in Vegas the first week of June? It’™s going to be a blast.

The U.S. military plans to detonate a 700 ton explosive charge in a test called ï–¿–½Divine Strakeï–¿–½ that will send a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas, a senior defense official said March [...]

Commentary By: sukabi

Unless of course it’™s us that brings it.

Don’™t plan on being in Vegas the first week of June? It’™s going to be a blast.

The U.S. military plans to detonate a 700 ton explosive charge in a test called ï–¿–½Divine Strakeï–¿–½ that will send a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas, a senior defense official said March 30.

ï–¿–½I donï–¿–½t want to sound glib here but it is the first time in Nevada that youï–¿–½ll see a mushroom cloud over Las Vegas since we stopped testing nuclear weapons,ï–¿–½ said James Tegnelia, head of the Defense Threat Reduction Agency.

I’™m not up on this stuff, but didn’™t we sign treaties to the effect that we wouldn’™t be detonating any nukes? Not that it matters much to the asshats running the show.

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Debra Maggert Isn’t Getting Enough Mail

And she really really needs mail, don’™t you think? She’™s getting famous, nearly as famous as her fellow Tennessean Bill Frist. And she REALLY needs mail. Even email would do.

debra.young.maggart@legislature.state.tn.us

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

And she really really needs mail, don’™t you think? She’™s getting famous, nearly as famous as her fellow Tennessean Bill Frist. And she REALLY needs mail. Even email would do.

debra.young.maggart@legislature.state.tn.us

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Trashing Nancy Grace for Mary Winkler

OK, it is very interesting watching the members of the Church of Christ go ballistic about Nancy Grace. They are doing it so much that they are forgetting the tragedy in Selmer, for the most part.

They do it here and here and here and here. I love that second one where [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

OK, it is very interesting watching the members of the Church of Christ go ballistic about Nancy Grace. They are doing it so much that they are forgetting the tragedy in Selmer, for the most part.

They do it here and here and here and here. I love that second one where the guy points out that Bob Jones, he of the university, took some shots at the Church of Christ. And that last link refers to Nancy Grace as doing Satan’™s work. Perhaps my favorite is a site that makes you think of the Elephant Man. ‘œWE ARE NOT A CULT‘ needs another post titled ‘œWE ARE HUMAN BEINGS!’

The defensiveness of these folks is tearing them away from the crime here, and certainly supplanting the compassion that was in so many hearts just two days ago. This process is kind of fun to watch. What’™s going to happen next, and which of the folks on the religious right will step forward and attack other Christians next? Yes, as far as I can tell, this War on Christians is being carried out by. . . Christians.

That is a gleeful peal of laughter you hear.

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Holy War

“No Speedo Suit Here”

It’™s such a juvenile line that it. . . fits.

Not his first speedo joke, either.

Maybe we can get a whole bunch of folks down in Cancun, where Bush is going, to wear this thong? I like it, simple and tasteful, although the one below might have a more forceful [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

It’™s such a juvenile line that it. . . fits.

Not his first speedo joke, either.

Maybe we can get a whole bunch of folks down in Cancun, where Bush is going, to wear this thong? I like it, simple and tasteful, although the one below might have a more forceful message. Still, Bush seems very focused on speedos, so maybe we could get the ‘œExpose Bush’ slogan on some speedos so we know we’™ve got his attention?

Ah, that’™s right, I had that picture somewhere. . .

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |

Christian Humor?

Surely that’™s what it is, isn’™t it? No religously-backed internet news site could possibly publish this sort of thing, could they?

If I were to see five Christians standing over a Muslim, Christians hooded with knives lifted toward the Muslimï–¿–½s neck, I would weep and weep and weep until I had no more [...]

Commentary By: Steven Reynolds

Surely that’™s what it is, isn’™t it? No religously-backed internet news site could possibly publish this sort of thing, could they?

If I were to see five Christians standing over a Muslim, Christians hooded with knives lifted toward the Muslimï–¿–½s neck, I would weep and weep and weep until I had no more tears.


Then I would call every church around the world to demand that those Christians pictured in the newsfeed be strung up by dawn. Their necks would be sewn so tightly with rope they would not have room to whisper. Their corpses would hang till dry.

I would pray for the God of wrath to descend upon those Christians with such furry that their innards would spill out on the ground. I would pray in Jesusï–¿–½ name that every angel in glory come upon the hooded ones, spreading their ribs from east to west.

This guy has some issues. Serious issues. Someone’™s got to tell him that Torquemada just isn’™t the model for Christianity anymore.

Thursday, March 30th, 2006 by Richard Blair |
Category: Holy War