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Democrats on the House Judiciary Committee have succeeded in persuading the Government Accountabilty Office to investigate reports of  irregularities during the November election.

So obviously it isn't just wacko left-wing conspiracy theorists in the blogsphere who suspect something fishy happened on November 2.

You know, this just might restore my faith in American democracy.


Fri Nov 12, 2004 at 12:28 PM PST

Restoring the American Community

by stevew

        On December 7, 2003, Howard Dean delivered an address entitled Restoring the American Community.

    Governor Dean's remarks to his audience in Columbia, South Carolina, included the following statements:

    The Republican Party would never win elections if they came out and said their core agenda was about selling America piece by piece to their campaign contributors and making sure that wealth and power is concentrated in the hands of a few.

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Wed Oct 13, 2004 at 06:50 PM PDT

What Was Bush About To Say

by stevew

when he cut himself off?

Kerry said 2 news networks called Bush's remarks "misleading."

Bush started to "I don't think it's fair to quote news networks . . . oh, never mind."

What was Bush about to say, and why did he cut himself off?

Or did whoever was talking into Bush's wired earpiece tell George to stifle himself?


Sun Sep 05, 2004 at 07:21 PM PDT

ACLU vs NYPD on RNC 1800 Treatment

by stevew

The NYCLU (New York Civil Liberties Union) has received numerous
complaints of police misconduct during the Republican National
Convention. The complaints cover a wide array of issues: the
arrest or detainment of law-abiding protestors and bystanders,
the conditions at Pier 57, delays in processing arrests, and the
targeting of street medics, journalists, and legal observers.

The NYCLU is now gathering statements regarding incidents of
police misconduct at protests during the RNC. Issues that have
already been raised include:

  • the arrest of law abiding demonstrators
  • use of orange netting to conduct arrest sweeps
  • use of unmarked scooters by plain-clothed officers
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Sun Sep 05, 2004 at 02:14 PM PDT

More Memories from Gitmo on Hudson

by stevew

Continues Post-Release Diary

New York Moment (Runner Up): Discovering the my arresting officer and I attended the same Queens high school. I visualize our alma mater's next alumni day:

    You remember him, he arrested you.
    You remember her, she detested you.

New York Moment (Winner): While the police were holding the detainees in an MTA bus (for over an hour), a shopping bag laden little old lady pounded on the door, demanding that the "driver" let her in. No amount of explanation could convince her that an MTA bus parked on the corner of 42nd Street and Sixth Avenue was not the 42nd Street crosstown. Very eventually, muttering anathemas against the extremely ill-mannered "driver", she hoisted her shopping bags and toddled eastward on 42nd. If the police had not been so diligent in restraining the media from documenting the arrest, Woody Allen could have immortalized the moment.

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Wed Sep 01, 2004 at 08:49 PM PDT

Just Released from Gitmo on Hudson

by stevew

Arrested 6:30 PM Tuesday, August 31, at 6th Ave & 42nd Street (Bryant Park, behind the Library)

Demonstrators in front of Library complied with police instructions to clear Library steps and walk west on 42nd Street.

Zap, zap, zap! Police pen compliant demonstrators between two orange mesh nets and arrest us on bogus charges (which we don't learn till late Wednesday): obstructing the sidewalk and marching without a permit (except we weren't obstructing the sidewalk until the police penned us in, and we weren't marching, we were following the police's instructions to walk west along 42nd street's south sidewalk).

Police arrest medics in many sweeps.

Police keep media and legal observers in green baseball caps far, far away from penned in detainees.

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Fri Aug 13, 2004 at 10:44 AM PDT

Jim McGreevey and Bill Clinton

by stevew

Listening to the chatter about Jim McGreevey, I keep thinking of Bill Clinton & Monica Lewinsky.

Everyone knew Bubba was lying, but:
he stood his ground; refused to resign; survived an ill-conceived impeachment attempt; and generated enough sympathy for his wife and enabler so that, with no experience whatsoever, she was elected senator from a state she never lived in.

Now, four years later, they are both very rich, best-selling authors. Bill is a Democratic Party Elder Statesman. Hillary is constructing a power base to run for President 2008 or '12, or '16, or '20. Not bad for survivors of an incessant and unrelenting media lynch mob.

One wonders how many years must pass before a politician like Jim McGreevey can survive a gay sex scandal the way Clinton finessed Monicagate and still end up a winner and the beloved best little boy in all the world?


Tue Aug 10, 2004 at 02:43 PM PDT

What's Up With SmirkingChimp?

by stevew

For the last few days, I have been unable to access

Instead, I get the following error message:

403 Forbidden You don't have permission to access /index.php on this server.

Apache/1.3.27 Server at Port 80

Anybody out there know what's going on?  


Thu Aug 05, 2004 at 11:44 AM PDT

It IS Happening Here!

by stevew

From notices prominently displayed in the lobby of my Brooklyn, NY apartment building (and presumably in the lobbies of all apartment buildings managed by Mid-State Management, one of New York City's largest realty corps.):

During high level terror alerts, "Should building staff encounter suspicious-odd renters or rental arrangements, contact the FBI supervisor of the Joint Terrorism Task Force in their local FBI office."

How does John Ashcroft define "odd"?

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