Alito Sworn In – 5 States Readying Abortion Bans

Same-day service. Alito sworn-in, 5 states readying abortion bans.
Moonie Times, Sweeping anti-abortion laws proposed,

Legislators in at least five states are proposing bold anti-abortion measures as the Bush administration reshapes the U.S. Supreme Court, a report said.
With the goal of challenging the Roe vs. Wade ruling that ensured a woman’s right to an abortion, lawmakers in Georgia, Indiana, Ohio, South Dakota and Tennessee propose banning all abortions except when the woman’s life is in danger, Stateline.org reported.
If enacted, legal experts said the laws would be the first absolute abortion bans since the landmark 1973 ruling.

As I said earlier, don’t be fooled by Senators who voted ‘No’ on Alito today but voted to end the filibuster. They put Alito on the court.

Torture On TV – A Question

Just a question. How many TV shows have you seen lately that have one of the character using torture? I’m watching a Tivo’d episode of Surface now, and one of the main characters is torturing someone. I was just thinking I’ve been seeing a lot of torture on drama shows for a while now. Just asking.

SOTU

Believe it or not, I had to go to a business function this evening. I watched the SOTU from a DFA event, then had to leave before I had a chance to write about it.
But .. Dont’t forget Mars!

Blogging the SOTU from the Grand Casino

Actually I am just following the SOTU from the Grand Casino Bakery & Cafe in Culver City. Culver City has free WiFi, so I didn’t even have to search out a coffee shop, which also happens to be a bakery. Fortunately they have a terrific signature desert called Caja. It’s right on Main Street in beautiful downtown Culver City. You can’t miss it.
Someday soon the whole world will be free WiFi.

[Update: Grand Casino would not give me the recipe and even google could not pull up a dessert from Uruguay, but the ingredients were white cake, dulce de leche, peaches, chantilly cream and layered baked meringue. Next time I’m going to order two Chaja’s instead of a Chaja and a Chocolate Mousse Cake.

My response to Alito’s confirmation: Pack the Court!!!

The solution to a Supreme Court dominated by radical conservatives, is to pack the court, ala FDR’s attempt in the 1930’s. As a compromise measure, perhaps the deal could be that the incoming Democratic Party President will make only two appointments (to restore balance), and that the court will return to nine justices over time as others resign or pass on.
In the context of a Republican dominated Senate willing to consider “the nuclear option”, and an executive branch that has unilaterally arrogated the power to itself to ignore the stated will of the Congress and Judiciary in the name of national security, this seems a temperate and measured response to an attempt to impose a radical agenda on a badly divided nation by a President and party who have lost their mandate and credibility… and far preferable to other options that will remain unnamed, but that I am sure have passed through the back of more than a few people’s minds.
Your thoughts?

DO NOT BE FOOLED

Senate confirms Alito to high court by a vote of 58-42.
If 42 Senators REALY wanted to keep Alito off the court, the vote yesterday to stop the filibuster would have failed, and Alito would not be on the court.
DO NOT BE FOOLED by any Senator who voted against the filibuster but also voted against Alito – that Senator was FOR Alito, and is only throwing you this “No” vote to get your money and vote for their next campaign.
REMEMBER these Senators, do not give them money, do not work for them, and urge others to oppose them. I’ll have a list up later.

Roasting the Post

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AlterNet: MediaCulture: Roasting the Post,

When Washington Post ombudsman Deborah Howell published the false claim on January 15 that Republican lobbyist Jack Abramoff gave money to Democrats, the paper got a loud, swift and public lesson in the new realities of online interactivity and instant accountability. It was like watching a woolly mammoth being hauled shrieking and dripping with ice-age detritus into the twenty-first century.
This lesson came in large part from the blogosphere, in the form of comments made on the newspaper’s web site, and in posts made to political weblogs, such as DailyKos, Eschaton, and my own blog, Firedoglake. The collective daily readership of the largest political blogs now runs in the millions. We are news and politics junkies, instantly able to recite the last six jobs of Senate staffers, and the names of reporters who cover every beat. We follow politics in real time, and have zero tolerance for the kind of sloppy mistake Howell made. Hundreds of us swarmed to the site and immediately made our feelings known.

Go read the rest.

Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006

Project Censored

Censored 2006, from Seven Stories Press, features the 25 most important news stories not covered by the corporate media in 2004-05. Government Secrecy, Media Failures in Iraq, National Voter Fraud, Citizen Surveillance, and Environmental disasters are just some of this year’s topics.
Censored 2006 is dedicated to Gary Webb, the late investigative reporter who exposed the depths of the CIA/Contra drug dealings in the 1990s and lost his job over the story. “We will miss Gary a lot,” commented Project Censored Coordinator Trish Boreta. “We are including Gary’s original introduction to our Censored 1999 book to honor his passing this year,” said Boreta.
Top 25 Censored Stories of 2006

#1 Bush Administration Moves to Eliminate Open Government
#2 Media Coverage Fails on Iraq: Fallujah and the Civilian Death
#3 Another Year of Distorted Election Coverage
#4 Surveillance Society Quietly Moves In
#5 U.S. Uses Tsunami to Military Advantage in Southeast Asia

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Alito “Cloture”

The Senate voted 72-25 to stop any filibuster of Alito. I fear that putting this guy on the court, with his strong belief in absolute Presidential power (as long as it is a Republican) might be a, if not the, “tipping point” in the erosion of our democracy.
Bush says he “is pleased” that so many Democrats voted against a filibuster,

“I am pleased that a strong, bipartisan majority in the Senate decisively rejected attempts to obstruct and filibuster an up-or-down vote on Judge Sam Alito’s nomination,” Bush said in a statement.

Kerry and Kennedy led the fiulibuster. Others ran like little mice from the idea of doing anything that might make Rush Limbaugh say bad things about them.

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Republicans – White Men’s Party?

Study Ties Political Leanings to Hidden Biases

…That study found that supporters of President Bush and other conservatives had stronger self-adhttp://www.rightwingnews.com/archives/week_2006_01_22.PHP#005119mitted and implicit biases against blacks than liberals did.
… “Obviously, such research does not speak at all to the question of the prejudice level of the president,” said Banaji, “but it does show that George W. Bush is appealing as a leader to those Americans who harbor greater anti-black prejudice.”
Vincent Hutchings, a political scientist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, said the results matched his own findings in a study he conducted ahead of the 2000 presidential election: Volunteers shown visual images of blacks in contexts that implied they were getting welfare benefits were far more receptive to Republican political ads decrying government waste than volunteers shown ads with the same message but without images of black people.

Meanwhile,

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