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July 22, 2005


Can't remember where I saw/heard this (maybe Dick Morris?), but the Democrats are playing the part as expected:

Democrats Demand Legal Papers

Democrats said yesterday they will demand that the Bush administration hand over internal legal memorandums written by Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr. while he was a government lawyer -- something the White House has refused to do in the past.

Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said he broached the topic during a meeting yesterday with Judge Roberts, who replied that any decision about his writings as deputy solicitor general would be made by the White House.

Republicans on Capitol Hill said the request is not likely to be granted.

Demands for those same documents -- deemed legally privileged by this and previous administrations -- led to the rejection of Miguel Estrada, an earlier Bush nominee to a lower court.

Democrats have used this tactic to stall the nomination of John R. Bolton, Mr. Bush's nominee for ambassador to the United Nations.

Some Republicans said yesterday that the demands may be early signs of a stealth campaign by Democrats to kill the Supreme Court nomination by demanding documents they know they won't get -- a strategy one Republican termed "Estradification."

It's almost like watching a mouse run through a maze.

Now the next stage of this will be the shrill cries of 'Extremism' that will echo through the halls of Congress followed by someone in the House of Representatives (probably Nancy Pelosi (D-Moonbat)) announcing that 'democracy is in danger of being exterminated'.

While I haven't really thought much about John Roberts being nominated to the Supreme Court, this type of knee-jerk reaction is sad - expected, predicted, and sad.

ADDENDUM: Writer Keith Thompson is thinking along the same lines as I am about this....

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July 21, 2005

'Bout Time!

Somebody in New York nadded up for this:

Police to Check Bags on NYC Subways

NEW YORK -- Police will begin random searches of bags and packages carried by people entering city subways, officials announced Thursday after a new series of bomb attacks in London.

Passengers carrying bags will be selected at random before they pass through turnstiles, and those who refuse to be searched won't be allowed to ride, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said.

"We just live in a world where, sadly, these kinds of security measures are necessary," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said. "Are they intrusive? Yes, a little bit. But we are trying to find that right balance."

The announcement drew complaints from civil liberties advocates in a city where an estimated 4.5 million passengers ride the subway on an average weekday. The system has more than 468 subway stations _ most with multiple entrances _ and the flood of commuters hurrying in and out of stations during rush hour can be overwhelming.

Kelly stressed that officers posted at subway entrances would not engage in racial profiling, and that passengers are free to "turn around and leave." He also downplayed the possibility of bottlenecks at subway entrances.

Officials declined to specify how frequently the checks would occur. The inspections are scheduled to be in place by rush hour on Friday. Authorities said bus and commuter train passengers will also be checked.

Random my ass - check everyone's bags. And profile everyone 'till the cows come home.

And of course the ACLU is about to have a litter of kittens over this 'heinous infringement of civil liberties'; maybe the head of the ACLU should be made to view the carnage from two weeks ago in London...in person before he/she start spouting off about crap like this.

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More Terrorist Attacks in London

We Stand by Britain

Damn...not again:

Blasts hit London again, 2 weeks after bombings

LONDON (Reuters) - Four small coordinated explosions hit London's bus and underground train network on Thursday, injuring one person, exactly 2 weeks after bombers killed more than 50 people in the British capital.

Part of the underground network was shut, but police said the emergency was not as serious as 2 weeks ago as it became clear that the attacks had either failed altogether or lacked the lethal sophistication of the July 7 bombs.

Prime Minister Tony Blair called for calm.

London police chief Ian Blair told reporters: "We know that we've had four explosions or attempts at explosions. It is still pretty unclear what's happened ... The bombs appear to be smaller than the last occasion."

He said some devices appeared not to have gone off properly and only one person had been reported injured.

As with the July 7th terrorist attacks, there will be more news and information coming out as the police assertain exactly what happens.

I take back all the British jokes and slams that I've made in the past. This American will stand by Britain - always.

(Union Jack picture glommed from Citizen Smash)

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AMF Michael

First Madonna, now Michael Jackson:

Michael Jackson wants to move to Berlin -newspaper

BERLIN (Reuters) - Michael Jackson wants to move to Berlin because he has fallen in love with the city, his father Joe told Germany's Bild newspaper on Thursday.

The mass-circulation paper and several German dailies said the U.S. pop star, who dangled his baby from the railing of a fourth-floor hotel window on a 2002 visit, was fond of Berlin's zoo, the beauty of nearby Potsdam and supportive European fans.

"Michael Jackson is going to become a Berliner!" Bild wrote on top of its front page. "His father is already looking for a house. The King of Pop wants to move to Berlin -- his father tells Bild in an interview."

I wonder what the penalties for child porn and pedophilia are in Germany. Could they be more lenient than California?

Well, in any case - you can have him Germany.

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July 20, 2005

Immigration Reform on the Horizon?

Now here's someone taking action about the border:

Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act of 2005

WASHINGTON-U.S. Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas), Chairman of the Immigration, Border Security and Citizenship subcommittee, and U.S. Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.), Chairman of the Terrorism, Technology and Homeland Security subcommittee, introduced comprehensive border security and immigration reform legislation on Tuesday.

The Comprehensive Enforcement and Immigration Reform Act of 2005 will dramatically strengthen enforcement, bolster border security, and comprehensively reform our immigration laws. The key components of the bill include enhanced border security and interior enforcement, employer accountability, and reform that addresses temporary workers and the current illegal population.

“This bill strengthens our border enforcement and comprehensively reforms our immigration system,” Sen. Cornyn said. “We need both stronger enforcement and reasonable reform of our immigration laws.”

Read More of "Immigration Reform on the Horizon?"

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RIP James Doohan


Beam Me Up Scotty of 'Star Trek' Dead at 85

LOS ANGELES — James Doohan, the burly chief engineer of the Starship Enterprise in the original "Star Trek" TV series and motion pictures who responded to the command "Beam me up, Scotty," died early Wednesday. He was 85.

Doohan died at 5:30 a.m. at his Redmond, Wash., home with his wife of 28 years, Wende, at his side, Los Angeles agent and longtime friend Steve Stevens said. The cause of death was pneumonia and Alzheimer's disease, he said.

I know it's a cliche - especially now - but here it is:

He's dead Jim!

Rest in Peace James Doohan - you will be missed and remembered for a long time by a lot of adoring fans.

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July 19, 2005


Word up yo!

Ebonics be back in bidness

Ebonics, a dialect of American English spoken by many blacks, was recognized as a separate language by the Oakland, Calif., school board in 1996.


"For many of these students Ebonics is their language, and it should be considered a foreign language. These students should be taught like other students who speak a foreign language."

Texeira acknowledged there are African Americans who disagree with her.

"They say that [black students] are lazy and that they need to learn to talk," she said.

Tru dat yo...

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BFL in the News

Here's a story (the first I believe) about the California Bear Flag League and it's current and future impact on California politics & life:

These political bloggers are not out of their league

My visit here was to speak to and observe a gathering of the Bear Flag League, a loose network of conservative bloggers who are based in California and write frequently about state policy and politics. Formed by a half-dozen pioneers during the campaign to recall Gov. Gray Davis in 2003, the league now lists more than 100 members from throughout the state.

None of them are famous, or even particularly well known. Most probably get only a few hundred or at best a couple of thousand visitors to their sites on an average day. But multiply those little clusters of readers by the 100 blogs in this group and pretty soon you are talking about real numbers. A political story covered in all of these blogs would probably be read by more people than one of my columns published in The Bee.

Justene Adamec, a La Canada lawyer whose Calblog (www.calblog.com) was one of the league's founding members, said she had no idea in the summer of 2003 that the little group she helped formed would grow so fast and so big. She now sees the alliance as a potential force in that newly forming and fast-evolving place where citizen journalism meets political activism.

The BFL had a conference this past weekend up in Pasadena. Sadly, I was not able to attend.

It's nice to see that the BFL isn't just a collection of misfit toys here in California.

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July 18, 2005


Something I just received in my Inbox....

If you consider that there have been an average of 160,000 troops in the Iraq theater of operations during the last 22 months, and a total of about 2,000 deaths, that gives a firearm death rate of 60 per 100,000.

The rate in Washington D.C. is 80.6 per 100,000.

That means that you are about 25% more likely to be shot and killed in our Nation's Capitol, which has some of the strictest gun control laws in the nation, than you are in Iraq.

Conclusion: We should immediately pull out of Washington D.C.

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Well Duh!

You Are 82% American
You're as American as red meat and shooting ranges. Tough and independent, you think big. You love everything about the US, wrong or right. And anyone who criticizes your home better not do it in front of you!

(Nicely glommed from Da Goddess)

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