Links…

Part two of Craig’s journey into the heart of darkness: a Tester party. A very good piece and honest appraisal by a conservative of the political situation in Montana.

Tester breaks Montana’s fundraising records.

Information on the 527 groups running ads on the Montana Senate race.

New West: “The Moral Hazard of Federal Pork.”

The Denver Post endorses Democrats.

Wyoming Democrat Gary Trauner is within striking distance of the state’s Republican Representative. Western Democrat on the race.

Digby on Bush signing the torture bill: “I don’t ever want to hear anyone on the right talk about moral values again. They are concepts which they clearly do not understand.”

When the lapdogs turn against their master, you know things aren’t looking good for the GOP.

Shocking! Another GOP official charged with ethics violations! Lester Crawford, former chief of the FDA…

Another GOPer cavorting with underage pages?

More on the thecons’ planned purge of gays from the GOP.

Democrats show what to do with corrupt snakes in your party. Hold ‘em responsible and disown them.

Why lazy reporting is responsible for false rumors of Reid’s “corruption.”

Molly Ivins on Bush’s diplomatic failures in dealing with North Korea.

Ugh. One of the reasons we’re faring so poorly in Iraq is that our leaders don’t know the difference between Sunni and Shia.

First it was 665K Iraqi dead. Now the numbers of uprooted Iraqis is astounding, too, 350K+ this year alone.


  1. widowmaker

    The Mitary Commisions Act has a lot of meat in it, including the ability to try, in a court, terrorists. By calling it the “torture” bill it does not make it torture. Actually, if the right did not create it, and sign it, I would have thought them to be untethical and immoral. Along with my disgrace that Baucus did not sign it.

  2. widowmaker

    I also should specify that I don’t think Democrats are unethical if they didn’t sign this or don’t support it. The right believes in this fight, and its only right that they give the measures to fight it right. The left does not, so not voting for it was the right thing.

  3. Thanks for the link, Jay.

  4. glad to see a blurb on that article about the Sunni and Shi’a muslims. I bet most Americans couldn’t even tell you the difference between Hamas and Hezbollah either. To a lot of us, they all look the same, and they all want to kill us.

  5. To a lot of us, they all look the same, and they all want to kill us.

    I assume by that, you recognize that they’re not all the same, and they don’t all want to kill us.

  6. The Mitary Commisions Act has a lot of meat in it, including the ability to try, in a court, terrorists.

    The government has always had this ability. What the bill does is suspend habeas corpus for anyone the President designates an “enemey combatant” and allows for “harsh interrogation techniques.”

    Habeas corpus is the foundation of our legal system. By essentially doing away with it, all of our other rights are gone, too. Once your right to appear before a judge is taken away, you can’t appeal your detention under any other Constitutional right. (If, say, the President deems crit of the Presidency is a terrorist act, you’ll be jailed without any recourse to defend yourself based on the First Amendment.)

    That any US lawmaker would agree to this is shameful. That you support it, Widowmaker, is surprising. Without the rule of law and our Constitutional rights, what do we have?

  7. widowmaker

    I actually support it for a side clause. I wish some of the language was different, but soldiers, CIA operatives, etc are in fear for being tried for treatment of detainees. This was the first item that ensured the safety of the people doing their jobs. Now, a sailor can not be sued in Cuba for standing guard. I haven’t actually read much of the other provisions.

  8. Widow…

    I would suggest reading it again before commenting. This bill is one of the worst violations of both Constitutional and International law I have yet to see come out of an administration that seems hell bent on completely ignoring the constitution.

  9. See ruminations on 655,000 dead Iraqis here. Remarkable thing is that news of casualties and uprooted is falling on glazed eyes over here – there’s something about news coverage of Iraq that is muting its impact on viewers. There’s no debate. Maybe it is pointless in a right wing dominated media, but there ought to be uproar that we are Veitnamizing that country.




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