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Archive for December 13th, 2008

CCR Appeals Ruling That Government Can Keep Secret Whether It Spied on Guantánamo Attorneys

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2008 5:38 am by HL

CCR Appeals Ruling That Government Can Keep Secret Whether It Spied on Guantánamo Attorneys

December 12, 2008, New York – Today, the Center for Constitutional Rights (CCR) appealed to the Second Circuit Court of Appeals the decision of a federal court judge who ruled that the government did not have to disclose whether it was illegally spying on Guantanamo attorneys’ conversations.

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Bonus Quote of the Day

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2008 5:37 am by HL

Bonus Quote of the Day
“I’m getting regular death threats. You’ve put my home address on national television. I’m pissed at the networks. You’ve intruded too much.”

— White House chief of staff-designate Rahm Emanuel, quoted by ABC News, to reporters at his house wanting to ask him about his contacts with Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich.


Late Late Nite FDL: Cell Block Tango

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2008 5:36 am by HL

Late Late Nite FDL: Cell Block Tango
And now, The Six Merry Murderesses of the Cook County Jail in their rendition of The Cell Block Tango.   From the Academy Award winning movie Chicago.

What’s on your mind tonight?

And now, The Six Merry Murderesses of the Cook County Jail in their rendition of The Cell Block Tango.   From the Academy Award winning movie Chicago.

What’s on your mind tonight?


What Americans Really Want: 10 Policies We Can All Agree On

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2008 5:35 am by HL

What Americans Really Want: 10 Policies We Can All Agree On
Here is an agenda that the majority of Americans support, whether they vote red, blue, green or something else.


The Daily Muck

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2008 5:34 am by HL

The Daily Muck
The 2008 Republican and Democratic conventions were underwritten by hefty contributions from the institutions and individuals at the center of the country’s financial crisis, according to a report released Wednesday by the Center for Responsive Politics and the Campaign Finance…


An Ominous Growth

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2008 5:33 am by HL

An Ominous Growth
In the post immediately below I referred to Obama’s audition for the role of ‘head of state/commander-in-chief’. And as a potential wartime president and in the rhetorical universe we’re now living in, this CINC test is inevitable and important for…


Rice: The Republican Party Brought Us To A Place Where ?People Can Look Beyond Race?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2008 5:32 am by HL

Rice: The Republican Party Brought Us To A Place Where ?People Can Look Beyond Race?
Yesterday, Secretary of State Condelezza Rice sat for an interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo. In a portion of the interview that does not appear to have aired, Bartiromo asked Rice about her “thoughts on the Republican party.” Rice claimed that the GOP has played a large role in bringing the country to a place where […]

rice.jpgYesterday, Secretary of State Condelezza Rice sat for an interview with CNBC’s Maria Bartiromo. In a portion of the interview that does not appear to have aired, Bartiromo asked Rice about her “thoughts on the Republican party.” Rice claimed that the GOP has played a large role in bringing the country to a place where “people can look beyond race“:

RICE: [T]he Republican Party also has done a lot for bringing us to a place that — not that race doesn’t matter, but where people can look beyond race. If you look at the last two Secretaries of State, African Americans, they were Republican administrations, the Administration of George W. Bush that appointed them.

Rice’s rosy picture of race relations in America is puzzling. In March of this year, Rice more credibly argued that “America doesn’t have an easy time dealing with race.” Rice noted at the time how prevalent the after effects of our national “birth defect” — slavery — continue to be:

RICE: [T]hat’s not a very pretty reality of our founding, and I think that particular birth defect makes it hard for us to confront [race], hard for us to talk about [race], and hard for us to realize that [race] has continuing relevance for who we are today. … [D]escendents of slaves, therefore, did not get much of a head start. And I think you continue to see some of the effects of that.

More puzzling, however, is her crediting the Republican party with the significant progress that has been made with regard to race and racism in America. In recent years, the party has blocked attempts to protect civil rights. Additionally, Republican power brokers have spouted xenophobic and racist rhetoric, while members of the conservative movement cheer them on. In particular, Republican presidential candidates have a history of exploiting racial and ethnic divides for electoral benefit.

The Republican party’s failure to include minorities is evident by the lack of diversity in the congressional Republican caucus. Of the 247 members in the caucus, none are African-American and just five are Hispanic. Similarly, at the 2008 Republican National Convention, just 2 percent of the delegates were black.

In fact, as former Bush speechwriter David Frum put it in criticizing his party on NPR this morning, the Republican Party is the “party of white America.”


Blagojevich Aide Resigns; Timing of Charges Stirs Legal Debate

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on December 13th, 2008 5:31 am by HL

Blagojevich Aide Resigns; Timing of Charges Stirs Legal Debate
The chief of staff to Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) resigned yesterday after wiretapped conversations revealed his role in what prosecutors describe as a sweeping “pay-to-play” scandal, a case that has grown more complicated and legally controversial since the two men were arrested before…