Rep. Leadership Crisis, Australia’s Censorship, Obama Takes Responsibility, War Resistor Statement, and Barney Frank is Cool

March 22, 2009 at 1:10 pm | Posted in Politics | Leave a comment

Sorry, some of this stuff is four days old now. I was occupied setting up the new blog (I wonder how long I can get away with using that excuse).

    Excellent wrap up of Republican Leadership Crisis from Filibuster Cartoons:

    Boy, I could spend all day everyday writing about disaster which is the GOP, and the farce which is the American Media, but there are already other websites that already do that, and do it very well. And one of those people is ‘s own J.J. McCullough. This week J.J. has an superb and concise summary GOP characters “each claiming to represent the true heart of the beleaguered party in some unique way”. Clickety Click the heading.

    Australia’s forthcoming Intertube Censorship regime.:

    But about half of the sites on the list are not related to child porn and include a slew of online poker sites, YouTube links, regular gay and straight porn sites, Wikipedia entries, euthanasia sites, websites of fringe religions such as satanic sites, fetish sites, Christian sites, the website of a tour operator and even a Queensland dentist. “It seems to me as if just about anything can potentially get on the list,”

    London imposes de-facto 9PM curfew on under-16s:

    London cops have been given the power to “disperse” anyone under 16, gathered in groups of two or more, from almost all of central London, after 9PM. The police don’t have to see the kids doing anything wrong, they only have to believe “the presence or behaviour of a group of two or more persons in any public place in the relevant locality has resulted, or is likely to result, in any members of the public being intimidated, harassed, alarmed or distressed.”

    Can You Imagine G.W. Bush Saying This?

    President Obama said Wednesday he’ll “take responsibility” for AIG executives receiving controversial bonuses while the company took $173 billion in government bailouts.

    President Obama speaks Wednesday at a town-hall-style meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

    “We didn’t draft these contracts. We’ve got a lot on our plate. But it is appropriate when you’re in charge to make sure stuff doesn’t happen like this,” Obama told a town hall meeting in Costa Mesa, California.

    Statement From War Resistor on the 6th Anniversary of the Invasion of Iraq:

    Why is the minority Conservative government still holding onto the idea and still deporting war resisters? Why are they separating families and being complicit in the incarceration of morally strong young men and women? What message is this sending?

    U.S. Attorney General signals shift in marijuana policy:

    Attorney General Eric Holder signaled a change on medical marijuana policy Wednesday, saying federal agents will target marijuana distributors only when they violate both federal and state law.

    That would be a departure from the policy of the Bush administration, which targeted medical marijuana dispensaries in California even if they complied with that state’s law.

    Gov. Bill Richardson outlaws Death Penalty in New Mexico:

    “Regardless of my personal opinion about the death penalty, I do not have confidence in the criminal justice system as it currently operates to be the final arbiter when it comes to who lives and who dies for their crime,” Richardson said in a statement Wednesday.

    He noted that more than 130 death row inmates have been exonerated in the past 10 years, including four in New Mexico.

    “Faced with the reality that our system for imposing the death penalty can never be perfect, my conscience compels me to replace the death penalty with a solution that keeps society safe,” he said.

    Thanks for the tip-off Pandagon

    Democratic Rep. Barney Frank is Cool:

    Here’s another guy that I could post about all the time. It seems like almost everyday there’s new video of him reading the Riot Act to someone who so deserves it. He has a wit that rivals Jon Stewart’s. When I watch him speak, or read something that he’s written, I think, “this is the kind of man that Rush Limbaugh tries to be, but fails desperately”. Clickety Click the heading to read a piece he recently wrote for The Huffington Post about the collective Alzheimer of the Republican Party.

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