Archive for October 20th, 2006

Ex-cellent…

First search result for chicago ruled by spider people.

Life just doesn’t get much better than that.

2 comments October 20th, 2006 at 07:13pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Eli's Obsession With The Google

Now That’s Something I’d Like To See…

There’s an intriguing little tidbit at the end of this pretty good but a bit too a-pox-on-both-their-houses editorial in the NYT:

The head of Google, Eric Schmidt, is cautioning politicians stuck in the sound-bite era that “truth predictor” software is in the works so that computer-wise voters will be instantaneously able to check on the probability, if not the certainty, of what candidates claim as fact.

I wonder how exactly that would work, both in terms of determination and delivery. Maybe you can just highlight text and then right-click or hover, and the software shows you some kind of “truth rating” for the selected text? But how would it derive the truth rating?

Jeez, if everyone used the internets, this would put the Republicans out of business in a matter of weeks.

October 20th, 2006 at 06:43pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Technology

Youthful Indiscretions

See, it’s really not so bad as all that…

A priest living in Malta has admitted having intimate contact with Mark Foley when he worked at the former congressman’s childhood church in the 1960’s. But the state attorney’s office in Palm Beach County and the Archdiocese of Miami would not say on Thursday whether he was the priest Mr. Foley has said molested him.

(…)

Father Mercieca told of skinny-dipping and lounging naked in saunas with Mr. Foley and massaging him while the boy was unclothed. He said that once, while on tranquilizers, he might have done something that Mr. Foley found inappropriate but that he could not recall the details.

(…)

“Once maybe I touched him,” he told the television station. “It’s not something you call, I mean, rape or penetration or anything like that, you know. We were just fondling.”

(…)

Asked what he would tell Mr. Foley, he said, “Remember the good times we had together, you know, and how well we enjoyed each other’s company.” He added, “Don’t keep dwelling on this thing, you know?”

It kinda-sorta vaguely reminded me of something…


“I don’t think he kissed me, he leaned over and gave me a hug and said ‘thank you for being a patriotic American.'”

October 20th, 2006 at 06:32pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Foley,Politics,Republicans,Wankers

Blogger Continues To Suck…

Well, my last post doubled because Blogger was completely non-responsive and I couldn’t tell what was going on. (Can someone please tell me what the hell they were doing when they made that big dramatic Upgrade That Will Fix Everything earlier this year? ‘Cause it sure hell didn’t fix anything.) And I can’t delete posts from my phone, so all I can do is edit it into a new post, even if all I have to say is that I don’t understand how it is that I can have hardly any body hair, have scraggly feeble facial hair, and yet appear to be developing a unibrow. TMIWTF?

2 comments October 20th, 2006 at 12:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Uncategorized

The Constitution’s Body Isn’t Even Cold Yet…

Habeas Constitution corpus…

Moving quickly to implement the bill signed by President Bush this week that authorizes military trials of enemy combatants, the administration has formally notified the U.S. District Court here that it no longer has jurisdiction to consider hundreds of habeas corpus petitions filed by inmates at the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba.

In a notice dated Wednesday, the Justice Department listed 196 pending habeas cases, some of which cover groups of detainees. The new Military Commissions Act (MCA), it said, provides that “no court, justice, or judge” can consider those petitions or other actions related to treatment or imprisonment filed by anyone designated as an enemy combatant, now or in the future.

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Habeas corpus, a Latin term meaning “you have the body,” is one of the oldest principles of English and American law. It requires the government to show a legal basis for holding a prisoner. A series of unresolved federal court cases brought against the administration over the last several years by lawyers representing the detainees had left the question in limbo.

Two years ago, in Rasul v. Bush, which gave Guantanamo detainees the right to challenge their detention before a U.S. court, and in this year’s Hamdan v. Rumsfeld , the Supreme Court appeared to settle the issue in favor of the detainees. But the new legislation approved by Congress last month, which gives Bush the authority to try detainees before military commissions, included a provision removing judicial review for all habeas claims.

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A number of legal scholars and members of Congress, including Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.), have said that the habeas provision of the new law violates a clause of the Constitution that says the right to challenge detention “shall not be suspended” except in cases of “rebellion or invasion.” Historically, the Constitution has been interpreted to apply equally to citizens and noncitizens under U.S. jurisdiction.

Riiight. Arlen is so concerned about the Constitution that he happily voted for the very law that he’s complaining about. This is what the damn thing was for. Well, this and torture; but as long as the president doesn’t call it torture, it’s totally okay.

“We and other habeas counsel are going to vigorously oppose dismissal of these cases,” Warren said. “We are going to challenge that law as violating the Constitution on several grounds.” Whichever side loses in the upcoming court battles, he said, will then appeal to the Supreme Court.

And that is what Roberts and Alito are for.

The fate of our democracy rests in the hands of Anthony Kennedy and Tony Scalia. God help us all.

3 comments October 20th, 2006 at 12:06pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Politics,Republicans,Specter,Wankers

Friday Quote & Cat Blogging

This week’s quote is from the David Cronenberg plastic-surgery-on-porn-star-gone-horribly-wrong classic, Rabid:

Daddy didn’t think my nose was different enough, so I’m back for more alterations.

And, of course, there’ll be other people’s cats…


My brother’s new kitty, Squish.

1 comment October 20th, 2006 at 07:51am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Friday Quote & Cat Blogging


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