Archive for April, 2006

Fix the vote(ing system)

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Elections, News

(crossposted at Midtopia) Diverse and Contradictory has a post discussing why political parties are congenitally incapable of governing. The Republicans and Democrats have tried so hard to be the party of everyone, that it’s impossible to gain any real consensus among their members. Republicans have fought this weakness by creating polarizing issues and then standing […]

April 30th, 2006 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

Moral Courage

By Callimachus | Related entries in The World

Reader_i_am writes: Not long ago, I made the mistake of bringing up the concept of moral courage in a comments section elsewhere. Almost immediately, that idea was dismissed, even pooh-poohed, and I assume it was because the word “moralâ€Â? is immediately associated with religion and petty “moralism.” But moral courage isn’t about that (although, at […]

April 29th, 2006 | Permalink| 8 Comments »

Did Rumsfeld Break The Law?

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

That’s what the Jack Balkin thinks, and it has one helluva good point… Today the Army filed criminal charges against Lt. Col Steven L. Jordan, a military intelligence officer who was second-in-command of interrogation operations at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq. Charge III of the Army’s Charge Sheet accuses Jordan of “cruelty and maltreatment,” based […]

April 29th, 2006 | Permalink| No Comments »

Well Whaddya Know

By Callimachus | Related entries in United Nations

U.N. decides it should protect people after all. UNITED NATIONS – The U.N. Security Council affirmed for the first time Friday that the international community has a responsibility to protect civilians from genocide, war crimes and ethnic cleansing when national governments fail to do so. A resolution, which was unanimously approved by the 15-nation council, […]

April 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 9 Comments »

Routine searches, no warrant required

By Sean Aqui | Related entries in Breaking News, General Politics, Law, The War On Terrorism

(crossposted from Midtopia) In a report required as part of the renewal of the Patriot Act, the Justice Department said Friday that the FBI secretly sought information on 3,501 U.S. citizens and legal residents last year. The report covers some but not all National Security Letters, which let the government obtain records without a judge’s […]

April 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 4 Comments »

Why I Don’t Mind High Fuel Prices

By Dennis Sanders | Related entries in Economy

I’m showing you a picture of my car, which a 2002 Volkswagen Jetta. It’s a nice car that gets me where I need to go. So, why am I showing you this? Look at this next photo. Do you see the letters “TDI?” That stand for “Turbo Diesel Injection.” Yes, my car runs on diesel […]

April 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 14 Comments »

Rally Blogging.

By Michael Reynolds | Related entries in Foreign Policy, In The News, The World

Looks like we’re going to the Save Darfur rally in DC this Sunday. I say it ‘looks like’ because although we have plane tickets, and hotel reservations, and have boarded the animals, one can never overestimate my family’s capacity for screwing up even the most settled plans. Used to be there was a one-to-one ratio […]

April 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

FEMA: We Can Rebuild It

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in General Politics, Hurricane Katrina

…but first it must be destroyed… And after the response to Katrina, this isn’t a shock… WASHINGTON â€â€? Hurricane Katrina exposed flaws in the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Department of Homeland Security that are “too substantial to mend,” and FEMA should be dismantled and rebuilt inside the troubled department, according to the final […]

April 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 5 Comments »

Quote Of Note

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

“Institutionally, the presidency is walking all over Congress at the moment. If we are to maintain our institutional prerogative, that may be the only way we can do it.” – Senator Arlen Specter, R-Pa. He’s talking about proposing legislation to cut off funding for the NSA’s warrantless wiretapping program if Congress doesn’t get some answers […]

April 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 7 Comments »

Represent!

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Blogging

It’s actually a t-shirt. I’m getting three. One for me, myself and I. Tweet

April 28th, 2006 | Permalink| 4 Comments »