Archive for December, 2005

Chirac And The Da Vinici Code

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The Politics Of Film

Looks like Jacques is trying to garner some personal favors from Hollywood… More from Cinematical… According to The Da Vinci Code’s Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, a meet and greet with French president Jacques Chirac last year turned into something quite different. About a year ago, the pair was in Paris trying to get permits […]

December 30th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Now The British Face Torture Backlash

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The War On Terrorism, The World

From what I can tell, former UK ambassador to Uzbekistan, Craig Murray, published some documents on his website about the UK’s torture policies. Not sure what this all means quite yet, but it doesn’t look good. From Blair Watch: The UK government has been quick to deny that we practice, or tolerate the practice of […]

December 30th, 2005 | Permalink| No Comments »

Cookie Cutting

By Denise Best | Related entries in In The News, Technology

The hidden danger of cookies. Ok, in addition to your waistline, computer style cookies are ready to invade your personal space. Case in point … The National Security Agency’s Internet site has been placing files on visitors’ computers that can track their Web surfing activity despite strict federal rules banning most files of that type. […]

December 29th, 2005 | Permalink| 1 Comment »

Cloning Candidates

By Denise Best | Related entries in Blogging, In The News

Apart from the inevitable poor taste jokes about the South Korean cloned dog claim, e.g. South Korea has apparently found a way to insure replicating a good meal (I know, very bad), the prospect of such a possibility does lead to some interesting questions. A South Korean investigation panel looking into the works of a […]

December 29th, 2005 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

Ten Worst Americans

By Callimachus | Related entries in Blogging

There’s a little challenge going around some parts of the blogosphere to nominate your candidates for “Ten Worst Americans of All Time.” It’s based on a British survey. Now, in our splendid partisan blog-topia, you probably imagine that, if you know the blue-or-red affiliation of each blog, you can pretty much nail 8 or more […]

December 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Bush Lied — Or Did He?

By Callimachus | Related entries in Media, The War On Terrorism

The Chicago Tribune fearlessly investigates Shrubbie McHitlerburton the Impeachment Chimp, holds his feet to the fire, speaks truth to power, despite the certainty of being “rendered” to an “American gulag”: On Nov. 20, the Tribune began an inquest: We set out to assess the Bush administration’s arguments for war in Iraq. We have weighed each […]

December 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Conservative or Republican?

By Callimachus | Related entries in General Politics, Ideas

I live not far from Dover, the little bedroom borough in York County, Pennsylvania, where the “intelligent design” controversy played out. When the ruling came down against the school district, one of the local newspapers sub-headed its reaction story “Scientists, teachers pleased; conservatives furious.” That’s how far “conservative” has fallen. Somehow, the name of the […]

December 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 3 Comments »

Putting Security in a Historical Context

By Denise Best | Related entries in General Politics, In The News

As we continue to discuss and evaluate the particulars unfolding with regards to “Surveillance Gate,” a look at our history and conclusions of our founding fathers would seem to be in order. In the continuing saga of the surveillance “scandal,” with some congressional Democrats denouncing President Bush as a lawbreaker and even suggesting that impeachment […]

December 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Padilla Case Heats Up

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Law, The War On Terrorism

SCOTUSblog has the 411: Attorneys for terrorism suspect Jose Padilla put before the Supreme Court Tuesday a full account of the shifting strategy of the Bush Administration in dealing with Padilla, seeking to persuade the Justices that the government is blatantly attempting to manipulate the courts to gain more power in the war on terrorism. […]

December 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 2 Comments »

An Opinion For Wiretaps

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in The War On Terrorism

An interesting editorial in the NY Times. I don’t agree with it, but I think it’s important to consider what those who agree with the President are saying. In an effort to control counterintelligence activities in the United States during the cold war, the surveillance act established a special court, known as the FISA court, […]

December 28th, 2005 | Permalink| 11 Comments »