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Wanting for some way to respond to Dick Cheney's latest bluster-fest this past weekend, I've been chipping in my two cents worth in the comments section of a Peter Beinart essay at The Daily Beast, "Cheney's Real Enemy is Bush."

Beinart notes how, "the vice president — aided by his old friend Donald Rumsfeld, and his key aides Scooter Libby and David Addington — got Bush to pursue a war on terror largely outside the law [emphasis added]."  

And how is it, I wonder, that someone who plotted and waged an aggressive war; someone who, according to Major General Antonio Taguba, "authorized a systematic regime of torture," continues to receive such political and journalistic deference?

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Let's suppose that I, John Q. Public, a natural-born citizen of the United States of America, confess, on national television, that I was materially involved in kidnapping and unlawfully detaining some number of individuals over a period of several years.

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Dear Hardball,

Your lead-off segment yesterday, "Torture and the Bush Administration," was a virtual "whitewash" of the subject, mediated by the unchallenged mendacity of Congressman Duncan Hunter.

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"Politics is who gets what, when, and how."

~ Harold Lasswell

Conservatives cherish tradition and are bent upon preserving "inherited, established, and customary" norms, as well as "cultural continuity," in their political ethos.

Liberals survey "who is getting what, when, and how" and, in myriad ways, see room for improvement, greater fairness, and "progress."

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Reading here, here, here, and here, that Elizabeth Holtzman has put her name in the list of contenders to replace Sen. Hillary Clinton.

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After Torture: Discussing a Plan for Justice in the Post-Bush Era

An Open Forum hosted by the Center on Law and Security and Harper's Magazine

On publication of contributing editor Scott Horton's report, Justice After Bush, in the December issue of Harper's Magazine, a panel of legal experts will discuss methods available to the government with reckoning with a legacy of human rights abuses.

Event Details

This event is free and open to the public

Date: December 4, 2008
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Location: Lipton Hall, 108 W. 3rd Street, NY, NY [Yahoo! Maps link]

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Here is comment, a suggestion, I added to Katrina Vanden Heuvel's excellent, "The First 100 Days -- Obama's To-Do List" --

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Wed Nov 05, 2008 at 12:10 PM PST

RFK @ EPA???!!!!

by manonfyre

Via Mike Allen at Politico, Obama considers stars for Cabinet:

President-elect Barack Obama is strongly considering Robert F. Kennedy Jr. to head the Environmental Protection Agency, a Cabinet post, Democratic officials told Politico.

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Have been reading, here, here, there, and elsewhere, about Senator John Sidney McCain's gambling jones.  Hovever, until emptywheel pointed out that Ol' Johnny's consistent failure to disclose his "high-stakes" winnings and losses on Senate Financial Disclosure Forms is exactly what Ted "Pork King" Stevens was just found guilty of, un-convicted "felon" was not among descriptors I've applied to the Arizona Senator.  

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Tue Oct 14, 2008 at 02:30 PM PDT

Who is "terrorizing" America?

by manonfyre


▸ noun:  the calculated use of violence -- or threat of violence -- against civilians in order to attain goals that are political or religious or ideological in nature; this is done through intimidation or coercion or instilling fear

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Thu Oct 09, 2008 at 02:21 PM PDT

How Frickin' Dare They?

by manonfyre

21st-century, "American[?]," "presidential[?]," political rallies in which participants are incited to clamor for the death [???!!!] of the opposing candidate?

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What is the McCain/Republican economic plan for America for the next 4 years?  Wanna "try before you buy?"  Kick the tires?  Take it out for a test drive?

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