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Bush wants to read our mail

In Civil Liberties, Constitutional Rights, Politics, Republican on January 5, 2007 at 9:04 pm

Silly President, writs are for feds.

A signing statement attached to postal legislation by President Bush last month may have opened the way for the government to open mail without a warrant.

The White House denies any change in policy.

The law requires government agents to get warrants to open first-class letters.

But when he signed the postal reform act, Bush added a statement saying that his administration would construe that provision “in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances. …”

The full signing statement said:

“The executive branch shall construe subsection 404(c) of title 39, as enacted by subsection 1010(e) of the act, which provides for opening of an item of a class of mail otherwise sealed against inspection, in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances, such as to protect human life and safety against hazardous materials, and the need for physical searches specifically authorized by law for foreign intelligence collection.

Dammit Bush, stop sucking.

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How about electing some real people?

In Democrats, Republican on January 5, 2007 at 8:36 pm

The op-ed page of the newspaper seems to alternate between filled with people trying to sound nuanced by creating an “opinion” out of a hodgepodge of rhetoric from the “right” and the “left” and people that might as well be fellating an elephant or a donkey. But today, the Dallas Morning News published a piece by David Brooks of the New York Times pointing out that neither the Democrats or the Republicans have what I would call “real people” as their leaders:

I have a dream that Ms. Pelosi, who was chauffeured to school as a child and who, with her investor husband, owns minority shares in the Auberge du Soleil resort hotel and the CordeValle Golf Club, will look over her famous strand of South Sea Tahitian pearls and forge bonds of understanding with the zillionaire corporate barons in the opposing party.

Zing. Let the quotes continue, because they’re awesome:

[Nancy Pelosi] is part of the clash of the rival elites, with the dollars from Brookline battling dollars from Dallas, causing upper-class strife that even diminutive dogs, vibrant velvets and petite salades can’t fully soothe.

And you expect people who own such things to use the guns of government for the “greater good” why?

The main fact to know about Ms. Pelosi is that she is a creature of the modern fundraising system. Some politicians rise because they run political machines.

Some rise because they are great communicators. Ms. Pelosi has risen because she is a master of the thousand-dollar-a-plate fundraising circuit.

Note what wasn’t included in that list: being smart, understanding the economy, or any other skill that actually makes one qualified to run the country. Maybe it’s time to elect some real people.

Dems start doing shit

In Democrats, Economics, Iraq War, Politics on January 5, 2007 at 8:15 pm

Yeah, it surprised me too.

Let’s go down the list with the Dems’ “100-Hour Plan.”

First off, they’re going to set up a dealie where you can’t increase spending unless you increase taxes, and you can’t cut taxes unless you cut spending. Fiscal responsibility; I like it. Or rather, I would if it wasn’t just window dressing:

Democratic budget hawks, especially the moderate-to-conservative “Blue Dogs,” say that restoring the rule is crucial to curbing the budget deficit. Various forms of PAYGO were in place from 1990-2002, however, and Congress often found ways around it.

The version up for a vote Friday can easily be waived. Still, the incoming chairman of the Budget Committee, John Spratt Jr., D-South Carolina, touted it as better than the status quo.

“You’ve got to offset those tax cuts,” Spratt said. “And if you want to enhance an entitlement, you’ve got to pay for it.”

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