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Join the fight against FISA. (Crook and Liars) The House could vote on the bill today. (Raw Story) See Liss' post DAMN DEMS! I am curious about Pelosi's vote with comments like this:
"It's a balanced bill," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat. She did not say how she would vote, however. "I could argue it either way," she told reporters.
WOW! How bipartisan mindfuck of you! (Excuse my language, I ain't Harold Bloom.)

Then:
"When they saw that we were unified in sending that bill rather than falling for their scare tactics, I think it sent them a message," said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.). "So our leverage was increased because of our Democratic unity in both cases."
Yeah! What fucking message? Congress acquiesces with yet another war funding bill so they can get a trifle for domestic spending. "Balance" is scary! Democratic UNITY? Gee... it sounds like rolling over to me. Call me a naive political observer, but when a sorta Democratic Congress claims that "scare tactics" don't frighten them, then they cave to the minority and a negligent president whose entire agenda is "scare tactics", gee, that sounds like someone got the best seats for the Cirque du Soleil version of "Devour the Peasants." I may be a simple "fool," but I do understand the concept of bullshit and Pelosi is becoming Queen of the Heap. She appears to fight her battles, but they always favor the opposition. Hmmm... I like my peasant fried in duck fat.

Leverage baby! I always wonder about that "leverage." A billion here, a hundred billion here seems the measurement; always in favor of the Republicans and their agenda. The scale always tips to those that squeeze every civil liberty from us and only a few in our illustrious Congress actually represent their constituents. (I am not talking about Ron Paul.) Russ Feingold is the only one that even cracks my thick simple brain. Thank you Senator Feingold.
“The proposed FISA deal is not a compromise; it is a capitulation. The House and Senate should not be taking up this bill, which effectively guarantees immunity for telecom companies alleged to have participated in the President’s illegal program, and which fails to protect the privacy of law-abiding Americans at home. Allowing courts to review the question of immunity is meaningless when the same legislation essentially requires the court to grant immunity. And under this bill, the government can still sweep up and keep the international communications of innocent Americans in the U.S. with no connection to suspected terrorists, with very few safeguards to protect against abuse of this power. Instead of cutting bad deals on both FISA and funding for the war in Iraq, Democrats should be standing up to the flawed and dangerous policies of this administration."
So let's watch how one of the most powerful people in our government votes. Does she truly care about our country or will she continue to capitulate?

I hate to be apocalyptic, but Niall Ferguson's article from Vanity Fair(Oct 2006) always rings a bit of truth. It is long, but worth a read.
Empire Falls

They called it "the American Century," but the past hundred years actually saw a shift away from Western dominance. Through the long lens of Edward Gibbon's history, The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire, Rome 331 and America and Europe 2006 appear to have more than a few problems in common.
From the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Rebublican Senators: It's About Immunity. Welcome to the new age! The next step is for priests to bless the server switches. God spoke from above and said, "Thou shall have wiretapping to better thy soul." Taken from the King George Corporate Edition.

Hundreds indicted in the mortgage fraud probe. (MSNBC)

According to Reuters and A REPORT, Israel rehearsed an attack on Iran. Gee... that makes me feel so much better.

New Technique To Optimize Computer Speed

Classic French filmmaker Jean Delannoy dies. (Yahoo)

I don't want to read anymore crap in our "balanced" world. I am calling it quits with short morning readings. Ha! Short!

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