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Sunday, December 25, 2005
  Re: Judge who resigned is Clinton's most liberal pick

 

Re: Judge who resigned is Clinton's most liberal pick

 

Novak must be slipping due to age. His little vignette against Clinton’s liberal judge on the FISA court lacks one critical detail. Clinton appointed him to the Federal bench. Chief Justice Rehnquist appointed Roberts to the FISA court.

 

Hey Bob, it’s nice to be partisan, but it’s better to be correct.

 

 

According to the law:

FISA established a special court--the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC)-- composed of seven federal district court judges appointed by the Chief Justice for staggered terms and from different circuits. Individual judges of the FISC review the Attorney General's applications for authorization of electronic surveillance aimed at obtaining foreign intelligence information. The FISC meets two days monthly.

 

 

 
Thursday, December 22, 2005
  Judge can't rule now

Judge Posner, on Hardball MSNBC 12/22/05 let it be known where this debate on domestic spying is going.

 

Asked how to balance civil liberties and security, he couldn’t answer, then he proceeded to explain his position, which supports anything the admin wants to do...security trumps.

 

The only thing good to come out of this interview is that the judge has eliminated himself as an impartial adjudicator for any future rulings regarding civil liberties and national security.

 

If you all remember during the hearings for SCOTUS, a judge can’t give his opinion...let alone his legal position on any issue that may appear before his court...to protect his impartiality.

 

Thank you, Judge Posner. Our country doesn’t need such an opinion...and you are out.

 
Tuesday, December 20, 2005
  King George...part 2

We, as a country have to decide which is worse...guys who lie and cheat on their wives; or, guys who lie and destroy the constitution.

Bill and George lied to the country.

· Bill was cheating on his wife. The GOP controlled congress, after Bill lied to the American people and in court, protecting our country from lying presidents, brought Bill up for impeachment.

· George undermined the constitution. George lied to the American people. He has yet to be proved to have lied in court.

George's lie...from his own White House website. (emphasis mine)

Secondly, there are such things as roving wiretaps. Now, by the way, any time you hear the United States government talking about wiretap, it requires -- a wiretap requires a court order. Nothing has changed, by the way. When we're talking about chasing down terrorists, we're talking about getting a court order before we do so. It's important for our fellow citizens to understand, when you think Patriot Act, constitutional guarantees are in place when it comes to doing what is necessary to protect our homeland, because we value the Constitution.

The Patriot Act changed that. So with court order, law enforcement officials can now use what's called roving wiretaps, which will prevent a terrorist from switching cell phones in order to get a message out to one of his buddies.

· Do we want terrorist attacks? NO

· Do we want to give up our civil liberties? NO

We want our govt to act within the law to protect us.

<>If it's not within the law, then you have one choice...change the law.
<>

King George...

...mentally under equipped...

...stop damaging the nation...

...you say you want to save.

 
  The new King George...the British must be laughing.
Posted by: Fran Tuesday, 12/20/05

Poor George.

Do not pillory W for his NSA decision. He is being fed his lines from those he choose, the ones who advise and direct him. It can be easy to direct him if you know what buttons to push. Being a non-complicated person it's easy for people like Cheney, Bolton, Rumsfeld to direct W, through such proxy patsies as John Yoo, Alberto Gonzales and misquided generals.

· John Yoo hasn't seen a govt power that needs to be controlled, unless it regulates business

· Gonzales, rising through BushWorld, knows what to do and has adopted the family line. To him, this is success.

· Cheney is a man who dislikes the messiness of democracy...just give him the power and he'll give you a world that you'll learn to like.

· Bolton is just like Cheney, except a little to obvious. He has the big moustache to match his big temper.

· Rumsfeld is a great bureaucratic manager. Seeming tireless, he has totally controlled the Pentagon and exploited some of it's professional soldiers.

· The Generals, even though exposed by the bad results, cling to the fig leaf of Rummy and W.

Some of the casualties from this feckless administration:

· the truth...(first to fall)

· the soldiers in the field...

o lack of troops

o lack of armor

o inability to control and secure country

o "messy", as defined by Rummy

o insurgency....denial, lack of response,

· responsibility...think Plame

· accountability...think CIA and Tenet, DoD and Gen. Franks

· The Constitution

o original torture definition...by John Yoo

o rendition...leading to torture

o NSA...domestic spying without judicial oversight

All of this has been accomplished, in part, by our willfully blind, deaf and dumb...

feckless, GOP controlled congress.

History will not look kindly on most of those who have both overplayed and underplayed their

hands in this most serious game of life.


Incompetence will be the defining term of this era.


Please...VOTE for COMPETENCE in 2005
 
Sunday, December 11, 2005
  Re...Alito's sticky thicket


<>by: Francis Meehan Sunday, December 11, 2005

Former judge, Ken Starr (aka: Clinton persecutor), gets the political award for "Brass Balls". His co-authored Op-Ed lays bare his political ideology...in case you missed it during the 90's.

He stated that: (emphasis mine)

Americans have long embraced the ideal of equality from ''all men are created equal" forward. Equality did not mean identical political influence in every respect.

I felt compelled to look up embraced. According to a couple of sources, it is defined as follows:

· To take up willingly or eagerly: embrace a social cause.

· to take up especially readily or gladly <embrace a cause>

Dumbfounded, silly, ignorant, willful avoidance; are just some of the words that describe Starr's description of equality in America.

''All men are created equal", as used and quoted by Starr suggests that all men are also treated equally.

Here's just a few issues that Starr forgot: (in no particular order).

· suffragettes

· Civil War

· Rosa Parks

· Bull Connor

· Martin Luther King

· 1964 Civil Rights Act

· 1965 Voting Rights Act

Ken Starr represents those who have denied, not embraced, equality for those few issues. He is a disgrace to the judiciary and the country.

 
Thursday, December 08, 2005
  Novak's taxing hypocrisy

Novak and Taxes Thursday, December 08, 2005

by: Francis Meehan

Novak is crying for the oil companies. He thinks that the GOP controlled congress is screwing them. (emphasis mine)

The "manager's amendment" routinely approved by the Senate just before passage of its tax bill Nov. 17 included an unnoticed change in U.S. tax law applied to Big Oil. It would prevent three U.S.-based companies that produce oil abroad from continuing to reduce their U.S. taxes by the amount they pay foreign governments in taxes.

He implies that the GOP is under pressure to do something about excess oil profits.

When gasoline prices soared well over $3 a gallon earlier this year, executives of five integrated (exploring, refining, retailing) companies were summoned by the Senate Commerce Committee to explain why they were making so much money. Republican politicians were in a quandary. They wanted to appease their constituents,....

Bless his little heart. He wants to protect the rights of the oil companies to continue to deduct foreign taxes against their US taxes. Does Novak like the foreign countries better than the US?

However, that is still a sideshow. The real indication of Novak's sympathies, which lie with business, is that he supports the idea of taking away an individuals right to deduct their state taxes against their US taxes.

Back in the heydays of the 90's Novak supported an entire overhaul of the federal tax system. From Jan. 10th, 2000:

Tax cuts are only the first step if the Republicans are to have a

real impact on how the public's business is done. After all, today's tax cut can be reversed by tomorrow's tax increase. What is needed, and what has been sorely lacking from Republican leaders, is a realistic plan for overhauling the entire federal tax structure.

The only viable alternatives to the current tax code are a flat tax and

a national sales tax.

House Speaker Newt Gingrich enthusiastically embraced the flat tax, with two little caveats: that two big tax exemptions, for home mortgage payments and for

charitable contributions, must remain.

Novak is derisive of Gingrich because he wanted to retain 2 exemptions...and neither one was for state taxes.

I haven't looked at the profit/loss statements of the oil companies. I have heard of large profits...with the caveat that it's only 9-10% of gross receipts...less than Coke's 20%. I know that oil prices went up before the Katrina fiasco because of the war in Iraq. I bought XOM years ago for my son's college fund. I want them to do well. I know that the value of the company was going up well before Katrina. For the past 6 months the stock went up and down, with a serious spike up just after Katrina...followed by a significant drop.

My anger isn't for or against the tax. It's against the hypocrisy of Novak.

So, if you’re an individual, hold onto your wallets. Novak will support an oil company's deduction...but not yours.

 
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