A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user

Tribute to the capitulaters

Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI) is the kind of Democrat, the kind of American we need more of, Statement of U.S. Senator Russ Feingold On the FISA Deal

“The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation. The House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans at home. Allowing courts to review the question of immunity is meaningless when the same legislation essentially requires the court to grant immunity. And under this bill, the government can still sweep up and keep the international communications of innocent Americans in the U.S. with no connection to suspected terrorists, with very few safeguards to protect against abuse of this power. Instead of cutting bad deals on both FISA and funding for the war in Iraq, Democrats should be standing up to the flawed and dangerous policies of this administration.”

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A recent Los Angeles poll about alternative energy is encouraging amid all the talk about new drilling off the Florida coast, Many think solar has most immediate potential as alternative energy

In the poll, 35 percent of voters chose solar, while 21 percent said nuclear power. Biofuel and wind power both got 16 percent of the vote, while other got nine percent of the vote.

John Nichols over at The Nation noticed that Scott McClellan tried to have it both ways in his Congressional testimony. Keeping Bush somewhat out of the loop and yet saying that it probably wasn’t possible that Bush didn’t know about the campaign to smear Joe Wilson and out CIA operative Valerie Plame, The Beat McClellan: Administration ‘Has Chosen to Conceal’ Truth

Speaking of Libby, who in 2007 was convicted of perjury, lying to federal investigators and obstruction of justice with regard to his involvement with the plot to out Plame Wilson, McClellan said: “He assured me in unequivocal terms that he was not (involved), meaning the leaking of Valerie Plame’s identity to any reporters, and then I contacted reporters to let them know about that information.”

“But,” the former spokesman continued, “it was Andy Card that had directed me to do that, at the request of the president and vice president.”

If that sounds like a contradiction — McClellan first suggests Bush had no knowledge of the initiative and then says that he peddled false information at the behest of the President — it may be. Then again, it is possible that Bush was lied to, as well.

Shades of Iran-Contra. Bush, like Reagan has always been portrayed by the Right as smart, in charge. Except when he isn’t and when Bush isn’t smart and knows every little detail at times when it is awfully convenient.

Continents of Africa and North America

If the pundits at Fox handed in their work to a professor in freshman English they’d have an “F” average, but since they’re just the fair and balanced cable news program they get away with sloppy reporting and the most blatant lies and make millions, Monica Crowley falsely claimed Obama’s half brother “went on the record to The Jerusalem Post” and said “Obama’s got a really solid Muslim background”

On The Laura Ingraham Show, Monica Crowley falsely asserted that Malik Obama, Sen. Barack Obama’s half brother, “went on the record to The Jerusalem Post, of all places, and said, ‘Oh yeah, Obama’s got a really solid Muslim background.’ ” Crowley also aired a clip of Brit Hume asserting that Malik Obama “tells The Jerusalem Post that ‘if elected his brother will be a good president for the Jewish people, despite his Muslim background.’ ” But as ABC News’ Jake Tapper noted, “Malik did not say that or come close to saying that.”

A vote is like a rifle; its usefulness depends upon the character of the user. ~ Theodore Roosevelt