Long Exposure Expressway City Lights wallpaper. For those that don’t know, long exposure photos are where the photographer manually keeps the lens open for longer than a regular still shot. It could be 15 seconds or two minutes. What’s captured is the changes in light over the time the lens is open.
Ray McGovern shames John Yoo. We have to assume that Yoo has enough of a conscience to be shamed – Yoo Besmirches Legacy of Jefferson
Sadly, the guarantees embodied in five of those first ten amendments – and in the Constitution itself – have been eroded by dubious theories promoted by Yoo, like his concept of an all-powerful “unitary executive” who can do whatever he wants to anyone unlucky enough to be judged an “enemy” by the leader during “wartime,” even an open-ended, ill-defined conflict like the “war on terror.”
Not even the Great Writ of habeas corpus escaped Yoo’s sophistry – the fundamental right, wrested from King John of England in 1215, to seek judicial relief from unlawful detention. Even King George III was constrained by habeas corpus, and Madison and Mason were careful to include that basic guarantee in the Constitution itself (Article One, Section 9).
But Yoo and some fellow lawyers saw the ancient legal right as impinging on President George W. Bush’s unlimited powers.
After the 9/11 attacks, Yoo propounded theories that elevated Bush beyond the bounds of federal or international law. As Yoo has acknowledged, his opinions could allow the President to crush a child’s testicles to get his father to talk, or to willfully annihilate a village of civilians.
“Sure,” Yoo responded when a Justice Department investigator posed the latter hypothetical.
Many are aware of John Yoo’s role in serving up legal “justification” for “enhanced interrogation techniques,” including the near-drowning of waterboarding. But fewer know that the Convening Authority for the Military Commissions at Guantanamo, military judge Susan Crawford, has said that those techniques meet the “legal definition of torture.”
Joe Conason look at conservative wunderkind Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget blueprint. Ryan’s proposal’s are a step by step guide on how to continue the Bush-Neocon legacy of national financial ruin – Paul Ryan’s populism: Raising taxes on the middle class. Conason’s column is the easily digestible version of a report he links to by The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, The Ryan Budget’s Radical Priorities – Provides Largest Tax Cuts in History for Wealthy, Raises Middle Class Taxes, Ends Guaranteed Medicare, Privatizes Social Security, Erodes Health Care
Contrary to claims that the Ryan plan is fiscally responsible — which reflect a misunderstanding of CBO’s analysis of the proposal — the plan would leave the federal budget in dire straits for decades as a result of its massive tax cuts for wealthy households and its diversion of Social Security payroll taxes to private accounts. The plan attempts to reduce deficits and debt many decades into the future by making deep cuts in Social Security’s defined benefits and by eliminating guaranteed Medicare benefits and substantially cutting back on medical assistance for low-income families and seniors. Yet even with these sweeping changes, the plan fails to achieve its fiscal goal, since federal debt under the proposal would rise over the next four decades to unsustainable levels far in excess of 100 percent of GDP. The proposal also would seriously erode employer-sponsored health insurance coverage for working Americans and their families without instituting the accompanying reforms in health insurance needed to create a viable substitute. All in all, the Ryan Roadmap charts a radical course that, if they understood it, few Americans likely would want to follow.
Medicare and Republicans. It’s like playing an old game of Pong. They go back and forth. One day their panties are in a knot because of their imagined cuts that will kill grandma and the next day they’re making cuts so deep they’d bankrupt the program. Ryan – who has been described by the media and Republicans as a rising star of movement conservatism for longer than I can remember – also brings us Bush’s privatization of Social Security 2.0 where let’s give Wall St. our Social Security funds, you know, as a reward for their bombastic raid on the nation’s wealth. The tea baggers like Ryan. The tea baggers are supposedly populist who do not think they should have to reward Wall St’s mistakes. So Ryan and his plan is just another chapter of policies and prescriptions where much back pedaling and rationalization is required. Ryan does know that Social Security is an insurance program, not an investment program? He’s a tea bagger conservative rising star that’s all that matters.