Archive for June 21st, 2007

Because My Hatred Of Joe Lieberman Borders On The Irrational

As Howie Klein notes, Joementum is actually hosting a campaign fundraiser for a Republican candidate, Susan Collins of Maine. (Gee, that sure is strange – if the Democrats were to lose their Senate majority, wouldn’t he lose his committee chairmanship? Unless… nah.)

So to counter, Howie (and MoveOn as well, but I can’t find a link) is asking progressives to donate whatever they can to Collins’ opponent, Tom Allen, at the Blue America page, to offset any benefit Collins might get from Joe Lieberman’s slimy assistance. If you hate Lieberman as much as I do, if you believe that hatred of Lieberman cannot be considered anything but rational, then please pitch in to turn his participation in the Collins campaign into a net negative.

1 comment June 21st, 2007 at 11:41pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Democrats,Elections,Lieberman,Politics,Wankers

No-One Could Have Anticipated…

That Dubya would appoint dishonest ideologues to the Supreme Court. On the other hand, thank God we finally have a Supreme Court willing to overturn the work of all those activist judges who came before them, right?

The definitive quote about our judiciary comes from Thurgood Marshall, just hours before he retired:

Power, not reason, is the new currency of this court’s decision making.

Which I interpret as referring to the Supreme Court’s sometime tendency to decide cases on the basis of its political composition, rather than on any actual legal reasoning or honest interpretation of the Constitution. This is why I favor requiring a supermajority to confirm federal judges, especially to the Supreme Court: The courts should be composed of high-caliber moderates who strive to be fair and honest, not partisans seeking to repay their patrons or advance an agenda.

2 comments June 21st, 2007 at 07:15pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Judiciary,Republicans


Sidney Blumenthal has a great Salon piece about the complete collapse of the Bush Administration’s constitutional legitimacy.

But the sad fact is, it doesn’t seem to faze anyone. It’s certainly not slowing Dubya down, and I sure haven’t seen it as a narrative in the media, or even very much from the Democratic establishment. Disappointing, but not surprising.

June 21st, 2007 at 11:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Bush,Constitution,Corruption/Cronyism,Judiciary,Media,Politics,Prisoners,Republicans,Torture

He Who Steals My Name Steals Cheese

This is just too perfect:

Did Internet thieves steal Herman Munster’s MasterCard number? Crooks in an underground chat room for selling stolen credit card numbers and personal consumer information offered pilfered data purportedly about Herman Munster, the 1960s Frankenstein-like character from ”The Munsters” TV sitcom.

The thieves apparently didn’t realize Munster was a fictional TV character and dutifully offered to sell Munster’s personal details — accurately listing his home address from the television series as 1313 Mocking Bird Lane — and what appeared to be his MasterCard number. Munster’s birth date was listed as Aug. 15, 1964, suspiciously close to the TV series’ original air date in September 1964.

CardCops Inc., the Malibu, Calif., Internet security company that quietly recorded details of the illicit but wayward transaction, surmised that a Munsters fan knowledgeable about the show deliberately provided the bogus data.

”The identity thief thought it was good data,” said Dan Clements, the company’s president.

Clements said evidence indicates the thief, known online as ”Supra,” was operating overseas. ”They really stumble over our culture. He’s probably not watching any reruns of ‘The Munsters’ on TV Land.”


The only thing that could make this better is if “Herman Munster” starts sending me e-mails about how he needs help clearing the estate of some Nigerian millionaire whose family was killed in a plane crash…

June 21st, 2007 at 09:38am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Weirdness

Larry Lessig Gets It

Lessig announces that he will now focus on trying to solve the institutional corruption inherent in our money-driven electoral system.

Good. I think this is the number one problem with our democracy today. As long as politicians are dependent on campaign donations to attain and hold elected office, they will always be in the pockets of whoever can supply them with the most money. And unless the netroots/grassroots expand a whole lot more, that will always be the corporations and rich people. We need our government to be responsive to the majority of voters, not the majority of money.

1 comment June 21st, 2007 at 07:21am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Corruption/Cronyism,Elections,Politics

Well, That’s One Possible Approach…

I suppose that’s as good a strategy as any…

June 21st, 2007 at 07:08am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Comics

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