hey lawyers

Dateline, Cleveland: What happened to this guy is right out of the worst dream you ever had after staying up too late studying con law.

“I am interested in living my life on strong principles and standing up for my rights as a consumer, a U.S. citizen and a human being. Allowing stores to inspect our bags at will might seem like a trivial matter, but it creates an atmosphere of obedience which is a dangerous thing. Allowing police officers to see our papers at will might seem like a trivial matter, but it creates a fear-of-authority atmosphere which can be all too easily abused.”

He refused to let Circuit City inspect his bag and receipt, then he called the cops when store personnel physically stopped him from leaving. He hadn’t stolen anything, and did prove it, but was arrested for refusing to show a drivers license. Not a crime, since he wasn’t driving. Holy crap.

don’t cry for alberto

“Al Gonzales is a man of integrity, decency and principle. …After months of unfair treatment that has created a harmful distraction at the Justice Department, Judge Gonzales decided to resign his position and I accept his decision. It’s sad that we live in a time when a talented and honorable person like Alberto Gonzales is impeded from doing important work because his good name was dragged through the mud for political reasons.” — President Bush.

Alberto Gonzales is a spineless toady, who instead of serving the people as their senior law enforcement official served the president as one of his flying monkeys. He’s a liar, or so say the US Congress. Bush is sorry to see Gonzales go because he’s losing an excellent Yes Man and the co-author of many of this administration’s crimes against civil and human rights.

As for potential lost because of being dragged through the mud, W should be referring to Bill Clinton, not Al “no recollection” Gonzales.

By the way, has Bush broken the all time world record for vacation time for a national leader yet? Last time I heard, he was really close to Nero or somebody. But seriously, I read that Reagan had the record for US Presidents and Bush topped it last week. He’s spent almost 30% of his presidency taking a break. During time of war.

If Bush wasn’t so dangerous, he’d be useless. He should be impeached.

Michael Moore Subpoenaed by The Shrub

Michael Moore said on Thursday that the Bush administration has served him with a subpoena regarding his trip to Cuba during the making of his new film, “Sicko,” reports United Press International. [ Link]

Can anyone give me a good reason – beyond the motivations of punishment – why a private citizen should respond to a subpoena from the government, while criminal contempt hangs over the heads of Harriet Miers and Joshua Bolton for ignoring the subpoenas of Congress?

I hope Moore shows up with his Flint cap on, unshaved, dressed in jeans like the rest of us, and tells them to kiss his big pink Michigonian ass.

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rebuilding habeus corpus, but not with halliburton

e-mail received from Sen. Barbara Boxer:

Dear Friend:

I want to let you know about legislation that I am cosponsoring that is designed to protect the Constitutional rights we all hold dear.

The Habeas Corpus Restoration Act of 2007 (S.185) would repeal provisions of the Military Commissions Act that currently deny habeas corpus rights to those persons detained by the United States. I am proud to be a cosponsor of this important bipartisan bill.

The U.S. Supreme Court has recognized habeas corpus as “the fundamental instrument for safeguarding individual freedom against arbitrary and lawless state action.” The principle of habeas corpus permits an accused person to challenge whether his or her imprisonment is lawful. It is the foundation of our legal system that protects every one of us – not just those accused of a crime.

This 900-year-old legal standard was eliminated by the Bush Administration in the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Reestablishing habeas corpus rights is critical to repairing the damage that has been caused by the Administration’s harmful and misguided detention policies.

I will work to pass S.185 and other legislation that is consistent with America’s guiding principles of fairness, justice, and the rule of law.


Barbara Boxer
United States Senator

pardon me, hoss, but while you’re at it …

Well, we’ve had a night to get over our giddy enjoyment of the Libby commutation. We’ve seen W on TV, declaiming the ponderous difficulty of his decision. He looks sober, if not grave, about it, doesn’t he? And that scene would’ve played much funnier if he hadn’t been at Walter Reed, handing out Purple Hearts. The man has all the depth of a horse trough.

The Libby pardon would also be more amusing if Bush wasn’t holding hundreds of people in prison without trial, charge, or the rights to counsel and habeas corpus. And if he hadn’t passed, without comment, on the opportunity to commute the sentences of two Border Patrol agents, each serving over a decade in prison for shooting a drug dealer in the ass.

On Saturday, while Bush was perhaps deep in contemplation of Scooter’s fate, protesters rallied in San Antonio for the release of the two agents.

Waving American flags and chanting “U.S.A., U.S.A.,” protestors angry about the imprisonment of two U.S. Border Patrol agents rallied Saturday, demanding the release of the men and calling for the dismissal of the prosecutor who handled the case.

The demonstration drew about 200 activists to the office lawn of U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton, the top prosecutor for the Western District of Texas who won the convictions last year and has become a main target of groups fighting for tighter immigration controls.

I can’t find reference to any comment by Bush on the Ramos-Compean case. And that’s a shame. It’s a travesty of justice and it proves that W didn’t intercede for Libby because it’s fair, but because it appeals to W’s sense of fraternity. Libby is one of his boys; he wears the old school tie, so to speak.

When did the White House become Omega House? Same as it ever was.

irony, as only DC can fry it up

Monica Goodling, a Justice Department official involved in the firings of federal prosecutors, will refuse to answer questions at upcoming Senate hearings, citing Fifth Amendment protection against self-incrimination, her lawyer said Monday. “The potential for legal jeopardy for Ms. Goodling from even her most truthful and accurate testimony under these circumstances is very real,” said the lawyer, John Dowd.

How do you know when your Government has reached the nadir of corruption, when they’ve absolutely hit rock bottom? When the Justice Department starts copping the 5th, that’s how. I sincerely hope they’ve done the worst they can do. I don’t mean to hope that we’ve seen the worst of it exposed to the bland light of public scrutiny, but we can hope they’re done doin’ it, right?

She works at the Justice Department, dear reader. The Justice Depatment.

bid defiance

I just sent the message below – opposing the Real ID Act of 2005 – to my state assemblyman and senator. I can’t believe the US Congress would pass such a thing, but they’ve surprised me several times since we were all terrorized on 9/11.

On perusing Senator McClintock’s site for his e-mail address, I found the following quote, rather prominently placed:

“The poorest man may in his cottage bid defiance to all the forces of the Crown – it may be frail, its roof may shake, the wind may blow through it – the storm may enter, the rain may enter, but the King of England cannot enter; all his forces dare not cross the threshold of the ruined tenement.”
— William Pitt

Compelling, don’t you think? But Pitt and Jefferson and Washington are all dead. We have to go to work on the legislature we have, not the one we wish we had.

Please oppose Real ID Act

Dear Senator McClintock,

I’m writing to urge you to pursue a resolution opposing implementation of the Real ID Act of 2005, mandating federally approved state identification. Such resolutions have already passed in other states, such as Montana and Maine. [News Link]

The Real ID Act is another Orwellian infringement on states’ rights and personal freedom, and an unnecessary and expensive unfunded federal mandate. Inflicting paternalistic restrictions on the people will not make us any safer from terrorists. It just gives the federal government more power, not granted by the U.S. Constitution, pushing us ever closer to being one nation under surveillance.

Please act quickly. Thank you.

Respectfully …

lies hatched in hell

That’s what my grandmother used to call it when someone told an especially malicious whopper.

Today we read this news from Minnesota:

A St. Paul man charged with snapping the necks of 10 puppies last summer could become the first Minnesotan ever banned from pet ownership for life.

Kimanie Carter, 20, pleaded guilty Wednesday to a felony charge of mistreating animals. Under a plea agreement, Carter will face up to 12 months in jail, will undergo behavior counseling and be prohibited from owning a companion animal for life.

Knowing me as you do, and how more than anything I hate cruelty to animals and children, you can predict my reaction. You might expect me to say that a year in this prison – where said lowlife waste of biology currently sits for shooting someone with a BB gun – is far too little. And it is. You might expect me to cheer an order barring him from ever owning a pet, and I do.

But I’m thinking about how, all through the process of his arrest, arraignment, trial, etc., everybody told him the truth. He was read his rights, and his public defender explained the procedures. The judge made sure he understood his position, and he made an informed decision on his plea.

I have a friend back east whose grandson, for reasons passing understanding, recently enlisted in the US Marines. He has just signed up, hasn’t even reported for duty yet, and already the Marines have lied to his face about the training school he was promised he would attend.

What kind of society have we brewed from the fetid mists of human misadventure, in which excrescence like a puppykiller gets due process of law, and a law-abiding young man who volunteers to serve can’t even get a square deal? To paraphrase Confucius, this just isn’t good enough.

Don’t let me forget the kicker:

Police say Carter killed the 2-week-old pit-bull mixes and threw them in a trash bin either because they weren’t purebreds or as a way to threaten his girlfriend. Witnesses said he threatened to do the same thing to his girlfriend if she didn’t give him a ride.

At the risk of pushing this post over the top, letting it drop with a loud thump and slamming the lid, I happen to know where we can find this guy a big empty dumpster all his own.

violating common sense

Want to watch Alberto Gonzales, the Attorney General, deny that the Constitution grants habeus corpus, and get his watch set by Arlen Specter?

“You may be treading on your interdiction and violating common sense, Mr. Attorney General.”

It’s good Tube, kids!