Archives for June, 2006
C&L reader Batocchio sends this along: "It's Okay If You're a Republican, WSJ edition. Here's the editorial in question." WSJ:"We printed the same information as the New York Times, but only because they were going to do so. They're irresponsible and fiercely partisan while we are good and wise."
Sulzberger: "I know many of the reporters and editors at The Wall Street Journal and have greater faith in their journalistic excellence than does the Editorial Page of their own paper. I, for one, do not believe they were unaware of the importance of what they were publishing nor oblivious to the impact such a story would have....read on
When all the evidence comes out, we'll see that this was an effort to set up the NY Times by the administration, No surprise there.
Swift was on Hardball yesterday talking about the decision that reigns in King George's power grab on our constitution.
MATTHEWS: Today the United States Supreme Court pushed back hard against President Bush and ruled that his policies regarding Guantanamo Bay prisoners went against both U.S. and international law. Lieutenant Commander Charles Swift, the Judge Advocate General‘s Corps JAG, was appointed by the military to represent the Gitmo detainee in the case of Hamdan versus Rumsfeld. He had a big win today and he joins us now.
Mr. Swift, let me ask you, what was at stake here in this case decided by the court?
LT. CMDR. CHARLES SWIFT, SALIM AHMED HAMDAN‘S LAWYER: At stake was the rule of law. The president had staked out a position that was contrary both to international law and to our domestic statutes in the Uniform Code of Military Justice. What the court did was say that even the president has to follow the law. And that if we‘re going to try people, we‘re going to do it under the law, not under an ad hoc system.
In today’s USA Today, Chambliss argues that the controversial NSA call database, which has been secretly logging the phone records of millions of Americans, actually doesn’t go far enough—and that it would work better to have records of every telephone company...read on
I posted about this book a few weeks ago. (quick review)
I like Robert Crais although not as much as a Michael Connelly or Lawrence Block, but he is entertaining. This novel breaks away from Crais' signature character Elvis Cole and has a new hero in Max Holman, an ex-bank robber. Max gets out of prison to find that his son (a cop) was murdered and goes on a mission to uncover what happened to him. "The Two Minute Rule," is the time a bank robber has to complete his heist and get out of the bank safely.I did enjoy it although I would give it only 3 1/2 stars out of five. It's one of those easy reading books that has an Edward Bunker feel to it, but isn't as hard boiled as I usually like them. The ending did wrap it up nicely.
2006 SENATE RACE RANKINGS: Hotline's editor-in-chief, Chuck Todd's analysis of the races....and vet and senate candidate, James Webb, shows he knows how to respond to vile GOP slurs. In other congressional news, it appears that the Ney operation is crumbling. Pete Seeger on our friend and NY Dem candidate for congress, John Hall.
Sadly, No! In Praise of Robert Somerby
Sooner Thought: We know the proudly ignorant G-Dub doesn't read, but apparently, nobody in that chickensh*t outfit does. BushCo could have saved themselves the trouble of pissing off the entire world by peeking into their bank records and simply read Loretta Napoleoni’s book, which lays out how terror funding really works.
Martini Republic: Here's a story that slipped under the radar..
Mike sent me this video from MSNBC about the Gitmo rulings by the Supreme Court which slap at George's attempt to bypass the constitution..
Notice that Dana Mibank took a shot at the criticism leveled at the media by Bush.
Milbank: The administration all week has been saying that the media through our reports have been sort of aiding and abetting the terrorists. It's much harder to make the case that the Supreme Court is aiding and abetting the terrorists and at some point people are going to say that maybe it's the administration that is in fact not handling things properly...
I'm meeting Susie for dinner tonight. She made her way to the left coast this week from Philly and I'm looking forward to finally meeting her. Susie was one of the first bloggers to gave me some real advice when I first started. I can't find the email or I would publish it. There were a few rules to follow. Anyway,
two days12 hours left in the Draft Gore $5 primary. Guess it’s not sounding quite as farfetched as it did a month ago, huh? If you haven’t pledged yet, go put your money where your mouth is. In the meantime, there’s a great new Gore interview in Rolling Stone. Does this man sound too cautious to get your vote?...read on