Thursday, November 29, 2007

Excess hoggage -- What God Wants Edition

By Libby

Song in my head. I saw him do this live in Atlanta a long time ago.

I'm on a Giuliani kick these days. I can't believe this guy is a frontrunner. My latest find is on Rudy's real terrorist connections. Apparently, there's only two degrees of seperation between Rudy and the 9/11 bombers.

I also figured out why scandals don't stick to Rudy. It's a Reagan thing.

And I'm doing a series on Rudy's lies at the Detroit News. The links don't seem to be working at the moment, but you can check the index later. They'll fix it eventually.

I caught McCain on drugs and Obama on medical marijuana. Neither impressed me much but Obama was better.

Dodd continues to impress me. It's good to remember that he was one of the few who voted against the Credit Card Industry Welfare Act, otherwise known as bankruptcy 'reform.'

I posted on immigration myths and surprisingly got no feedback. According to the stats, undocumented immigrants aren't really taking more out of the system than they put in. In fact they're propping up Social Security.

Good news on the FISA front. A federal judge ordered the White House to produce documents about government-telecom communications, as requested by the Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Not so good news. Domestic surveillance using unmanned drones, which has only been used until now by the military, is about to go local with Miami being the first city to use the flying spies. Hard to imagine how they would work better than helicopters in ordinary law enforcement. Not so hard to imagine how useful they would be in crowd control if the government felt the need to say -- 'manage' the angry masses.

Even worse, the Senate is about to pass another bait and switch bill that's purportedly designed to fight terrorists but is written in such broad language that it could ultimately be used to criminally charge political activists for publicly expressing dissent.

Meanwhile the Virginia GOP is demanding voters sign a loyalty pledge before they'll give them a primary ballot. The NYT picked up this post and cited me by name. Without scare quotes. That was pretty cool.

But we surely can't count on the legacy media to save us, as this debacle with Joe Klein at Time clearly illustrates.

On the bright side, most of the creative types who are coming up with the best ideas to counter the MSM malpractice seem to be progressives. I think we're making progress.


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Blogger nolocontendere said...

YaY! Pretty soon some of those unmanned drones will be flying taser guns.

3:24:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Thanks for the link Nolo. All these little steps keep adding up. I don't see why more people don't believe in the possibility of martial law.

8:59:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if they are afraid ron paul is taking their votes they should look at what he is doing and run someone with similar ideas. what happened to the free market guys?

Also, illegal immigrants are absolutely propping up social security BUT they are also largely responsible for what most of their detracters blame on them: hospitals closing, driving down wages, crime, etc

What can be infered from the fact that they are contributing massively to the tax system is that the IRS sees them as a source of revenue and therefore the governmetn has no interst in prosecuting them. makes sense to me. they are the goose that laid the golden egg and the acual costs can be picked up by the working class suckers like everythign else

10:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

also here's some thing I just wrote about what ticket wold turn me off the race

"For me this is the one that would cause me to up my netflix to 12 a week or whatever the highest amount is and simply not inform myself of the news.

Hillary / Edwards


Romney/ Huckabee

thankfully Hillary and Edwards don't get along apparently.

Hillary is pure beltway cheese. She has abolsutely no passion or vision or any clue what people want or don't want. Her husband said "the era of big governmetn is over" but she doesn't care.

Edwards- jimmy carter with an attitude!

Romney- didn't do much of anything here in Massachusetts as governor. another "businessman" who people imagine is going to trim the budget and make everything work. He has more of a claim to that than Bush, but he is equally ignorant of foreign policy and gets pissed off when people ask him about his religion. He has decided it's not an issue for us. and he has a LAZER FACE

Huckabee- the man with the gimmick candidacy. warm them up with some jokes before he gives his compassionate conservative sermon. Yeah we barked up that tree about 7 years ago it didn't really work out. compassionate and conservatism cancelled each other out and we have millions of hungry americans and a huge budget.

both candidates are huge in Iowa not becuse of their values but becuase they support welfare in the form of corn subsidies as they made abundently clear in their dozens of Iowa appearences. "

10:59:00 AM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

What a scary matchup on the election Lester. As for immigrants, I don't what the answer is but I don't think they're responsible for everything they're blamed for.

11:06:00 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

it's like when they print more money and inflation goes up, working people end up paying for what is essentially a bail out for the rich. illegal immigrants often work for big corporations and their medical expenses are foisted on the hospital emergency rooms/ the tax payer.

3:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

But, uh, what angry masses?

8:26:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Lester, legal residents who work for Walmart also end using public assistance and flood the emergency rooms.

Anon- LOL. Good point. But just because there aren't any now, doesn't there never will be.

8:20:00 AM  

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