60 Minutes to Finally Air Story on Siegelman

The Young Turks preview the coverage of Rove’s viscous railroading of former Alabama Governor turned political prisoner Don Siegelman.

Key line from Cenk: “They went to go get him with U.S. Attorneys that were tainted.”

By the way something, CBS is running the story on the episode of 60 minutes that happens to run while the Oscars are on. I guess they missed the opportunity to break the Sibel Edmonds story opposite the Super Bowl.

Here’s a part of 60 minutes report.

Badges, we don’t need no stinking badges

Homeland Security Nazi Michael Chertoff recently rolled out a new driver’s license initiative. DHS will now require those born after Dec. 1, 1964 to have a Homeland Security approved driver’s license in order to board a plane. Not drive mind you, just to fly. Oh, and you have until 2014 to comply. Boomers have until 2017 because, as we all know they’re slower on the uptake. And they make crappy terrorists, they can’t even program their own VCRs for crying out loud.

Chertoff doesn’t go into a lot of detail about what exactly the security features of this new license are. I’m guessing it’s going to be stamped, “Not a boomer” across the front in bright red ink. You know to keep us Gen X/Y/whatevers from trying to use the Medicare system or cash Social Security checks. I mean with all those Boomers set to retire soon, the government already has their hands full.

He assures us that the new licenses will curb illegal immigration, identity theft, and make it harder for terrorists to move about. I’m looking for a license that offers me a photo that doesn’t look like a mugshot, and actually has my true height and weight on it. That or one that makes julienne fries.

Maybe he’s right though . Maybe we do need a tighter system for national security. Here’s a thought, we have this enormous passport bureau. Why don’t we just require every U.S. citizen to carry a passport? Oh, right because without a second form of identification it’s not valid.

iNews Friday – 2/22/2008

Headline: Kosovo declares its independence
Translation: Nation constructs, removes, burns world’s largest bra

Headline: Bush to Discuss Trade, Malaria in Ghana
Translation: Bush says free markets will lead to cheaper malaria

Headline: Africa Excited About Bush
Translation: Half of Fraternity Brothers Also Excited About Bush, Other Half Interested in Kosovo

Headline: Ghana welcomes Bush but wants no US military
Translation: Sorry, but they install that at the factory

Headline: Ghana’s Kufuor unveils George Bush Motorway
Translation: All traffic must travel new circular highway in Reverse gear only

Headline: Castro Resigns as Cuba’s President
Translation: CIA calls cancellation of Beard Death Powder, Exploding Cigar research programs “coincidence”

Headline: US Sanctions on Cuba Likely to Remain Intact
Translation: Cuba must agree to reduce literacy, raise health costs

Headline: DVD format war ends as Toshiba surrenders
Translation: Bush hails peace with Japan

Headline: John McCain and the Telecom Lobbyist
Translation: McCain ‘friendship’ covered by Retroactive Immunity

Headline: Microsoft’s New Leaf on Interoperability
Translation: Will continue to offer updates and support for Inoperability

Headline: Kirstie Alley to leave Jenny Craig
Translation: Kirstie returns to Star Trek – portrays starship Enterprise in new film

Headline: Mariners’ moves, direction leave Ichiro hopeful
Translation: Ichiro hopeful about midseason trade to contender

Headline: 10 die when Amazon ferry collides with fuel barge
Translation: Cheney calls for moment of silence to remember the lost fuel

Will Citizens Be Denied Reentry Into The US?

With little fanfare, and as little review, new travel rules went into effect on the 19th of February that may have a profound effect on the ability and willingness of Americans to travel abroad.

The Department of Homeland Security has placed an odious new requirement on international air travel to, from, and over the United States. Where previously passenger lists had to be supplied to DHS within 15 minutes of a US bound flight taking off, now those lists must be made available in advance and every passenger must be given “permission” by DHS to board the flight in question. Think about that for a second. A passport is no longer sufficient to allow you to travel abroad, and DHS have given themselves the ability to deny you reentry to the United States…indefinitely.

Though most people don’t know this the right to travel and, more specifically, the right to return to one’s country of origin is guaranteed by the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, to which the United States is a signatory. So these new rules are, in effect, a violation of treaties and by extension, the United States Constitution that requires that treaties be treated as the ‘law of the land’.

Though…the small matter of treaty violations doesn’t seem to bother DHS who’ve taken this nonsense one step further. They’ve added new procedural rules that require Customs and Border Protection officers to reject oral declarations of citizenship from people attempting to cross into the US by land. Now…two forms of identification that can establish citizenship will be required, presumably your passport and one other, such as a birth certificate. I don’t know about you, but I’m not in the habit of carrying my birth certificate with me when I travel abroad.

So in the end the question is: When the Feds start using these rules to deny reentry to “troublemakers” (and they will), what recourse does the newly “stateless” person have?

Satellite shot down – 2nd hunting accident for Cheney

The Bush Administration is scrambling today to explain how Vice President Dick Cheney accidentally shot an American spy satellite while on a Pacific Ocean hunting trip.

It was the second accidental shooting involving Cheney. In February 2006 he accidentally shot Texas attorney Harry Whittington during a quail hunt near Corpus Christi, Texas.

An initial report by the Defense Department stated the accident occurred last night as Cheney and a group of friends, including Whittington, were hunting seagulls and albatross from the deck of the U.S.S. Lake Erie, a Navy cruiser.

The party had just downed a gull, and the Lake Erie left its accompanying line of support ships to retrieve it. Cheney spotted an albatross, and took aim. However at that moment the 5,000-pound spy satellite, launched in 2006 by the National Reconnaissance Office, crossed into Cheney’s line of fire just as he launched a Standard Missile 3.

The missile missed Whittington, but struck the bus-sized satellite in the rear. A Navy helicopter airlifted the satellite to Kapiolani Medical Center in Honolulu, where proctologists removed the missile after a six hour operation. The satellite is reported to be in critical condition, but improving.

Vice Presidential spokesperson Stella Artois told reporters that alcohol played no role in the accident, which is still under investigation.

Previously at Wiseline Institute NW:Cupid in shooting accident – Harry Whittington critical, improving

Do conservatives ever shut up?

Coming to a media outlet near you – maybe

We know the victor writes the history, downunder we are finding out why now the conservative commentators have lost their vicarious authority. Still, Rupert Murdoch is not about to let go, his local media outlets are now appending lofty titles to bylines.

Favorites are ‘Editor at Large’ and ‘Conservative Think Tank Director’. Ooooeh I’m shaking! For a start the first bloke is editor of nothing. He submits his copy and some lowly production editor takes over. From evidence that implies trimming to fit the column, often slicing through a sentence regardless of the dangling comment.

From the cross talk we are now aware that the Editor at Large often meets with the Think Tank director over long, maudlin, boozy lunches. More like a Piss tank really. Resulting opinion columns end up a laundry list of coulda beens and shoulda beens. Onya Rupert!

Kings of Spin

The other factor in writing history is finding the skeletons. This week we heard the Howard governments spin unit left their office suite trashed; a result of playing indoor cricket throughout the election campaign.

I will avoid all the wonderfully apt cricket metaphors for this audience ignorant of the great sport. Suffice to say, a cricket ball designed to travel at over 100 mph down a 60 ft pitch is not really an indoor toy. The glorious part of this discovery is that they were using a campaign poster of former deputy PM Mark Vaile as the wickets (target).

If you Mericats want a share of this fun you need to elect a progressive. Seems Hillary, with Rupert’s support, might just be business as usual. Then you miss the second part of the fun, watching progressive commentators take over the job of spewing verbal diarrhea.

Fidel Castro – A Cold War Observation

Cuba’s Fidel Castro steps down after half a century

Castro, 81, who has not appeared in public since undergoing stomach surgery almost 19 months ago, said he would not seek a new term as president or leader of Cuba’s armed forces when the National Assembly meets on Sunday.

– Reuters

Fidel CastroSort of reminds me of Cold War era announcements from the former Soviet Union:

“The Chairman is fine…”

“The chairman is fine…”

“The Chairman is dead.”

Just saying…

Shut up you corporate kiss-butt

I read the most ridiculous article in The Week recently. It was entitled, “Warding off a pink slip”. They had all sorts of tips from talking heads. One was to stay put in your current job and take on extra work. They believe this could pay off later in terms of salary and promotions. They have a quote from Gary Rich of Rich Leadership. He says, “Companies remember who helped them out through a tough time.” Yeah, right Gar. I’ve met this kind of jackhole in corporate life. They’re paid to bring people together and sing Kumbaya. And they’re about as useful as those idiots who conduct team building exercises.

I don’t know about you, but I lived through 9/11 and the 2000 dot com bust and I don’t recall anyone patting me on the head for my efforts. I think the idea that companies are greatful to their employees is just utter bullshit. I mean does anyone really believe this anymore? Employees are disposable cogs in a giant machine. They figure you’re replaceable. They’re not going to bend over backwards to reward your loyalty, they’re more likely to outsource your job to India and send you on your way.

Dear Senator Clinton

For all the injustices you’ve suffered at the hands of rabid, sub-human conservatives…I wish it were otherwise.

For the admirable way you’ve moved forward following the dark days of an unjust impeachment…I wish it were otherwise.

In recognition of your service to the people of New York and the considerable skill you’ve brought to the job…I wish it were otherwise.

For the fact that, at this time in history—even more than I desire to see a black or Hispanic president—I ache to see a woman finally achieve the White House…I wish it where otherwise.

But it is not otherwise. The Clinton era ended at the moment the US Supreme Court illegally stopped the 2000 Florida recount, and the days of your husband’s presidency will not return. Your presidency would be as divisive as his because the Republicans will not stop until you and your administration are destroyed.

I sincerely wish it where otherwise, but you are the wrong woman at the right time.

This is not to say that this should be the end. Stay in the Senate where your skills and charm can do more good than you would be able to do in the White House. I want to see you as the Majority Leader. I want you to be the bulwark that stands between us and the next “George W Bush”. Or…be a justice on the Supreme Court—be the Chief Justice! I want you as a protector of the Constitution.

In conclusion, the presidency may not be your crowning achievement, but the woman that follows you will acknowledge that it was your campaign that made her presidency possible. I wish it were otherwise…I really, really do, but there are so many ‘firsts’ yet to achieve.

Dear Senator Obama

OK, I’ll admit it: I’m in a quandary here. You see…my man John Edwards is out of the race, and frankly I don’t think you’re qualified to be the president. I’m not old enough to be excited by perceived similarities between your campaign and the 1960 Kennedy campaign. Likewise, I’m not young enough to be filled with optimism merely by listening to your speeches. In fact, you and I are just about the same age, and if I had as little time on the national stage as you, I wouldn’t consider myself qualified to be President either.

True, you were a member of the Illinois State Senate for 6 years, but that run for the House of Representatives didn’t work out so well. And since then, you’ve developed a habit very common in your Gen-Y supporters: You’ve started job jumping. In other words, you get bored with a position and then…well…you move on. Hell, your US Senate seat wasn’t even warm before you decided that your time had come. So what should we expect 14 months into an Obama administration? That you’ve had enough and are going to run for God?

Add to that the fact that, since starting your campaign, you’ve acquired an unfortunate allergy to Senate roll call votes. Since I’m not naive enough to believe what you say on the stump, the most reliable guide to your views is your voting record. It’s the touchstone of the pressures that you might be susceptible too. But you seem to have concluded that if you don’t vote no one will figure you out. Your vote in favor of stripping immunity from the telecom bill? Admirable. Your refusal to vote on final passage? Transparent and cowardly.

In short, I wish you’d go back and prove that you can serve your constituents though till the end of your term. Then…maybe…I’ll consider you qualified to serve the rest of us.