When A Spade Is Not A Spade

These are actually (if unpopularly in some circles) truths: That Valerie Plame was an undercover CIA operative. That someone above Scooter Libby committed a felony in ‘outing’ her and that we all pretty much know who. That it is illegal wiretap without going through the FISA court. Each instance is a separate felony. That George W. Bush knowingly went ahead with massive illegal wiretapping after the Justice Department refused to “sign off” on it; even after Andrew Card, the White House Chief of Staff — and former chief lobbyist for the oil industry — and Alberto Gonzales — offtimes a stranger to the concept of “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution” — rushed to the hospital bed of John Ashcroft, … Continue reading

Planet of the Apes: Republican Edition

Senator Sam Brownback, who raised his hand in the Republican debate last month when asked “who doesn’t believe in evolution?” has his “defense” up in the NYT today. His so-called “belief in evolution” can be summarized thusly from his piece What I Think About Evolution: “The unique and special place of each and every person in creation is a fundamental truth that must be safeguarded. I am wary of any theory that seeks to undermine man’s essential dignity and unique and intended place in the cosmos. I firmly believe that each human person, regardless of circumstance, was willed into being and made for a purpose. “While no stone should be left unturned in seeking to discover the nature of man’s … Continue reading

The Dept of Defense in More Body Armor Nonsense

Just last week the Department of Defense again affirmed their choice of body armor manufacturers. They rejected Dragon Skin in favor of the current use of Cerdyne Corporation ceramic plate body armor. It was their contention that Dragon Skin, which is the body armor of choice for all private military contractors, Special Forces worldwide who are allowed to buy their own equipment, as well as executive protection specialsts at home and abroad, had failed their internal testing. Dragon Skin has produced their own testing repeatedly to show that they exceed every standard of the military. Now we have a video to judge for ourselves the value of Dragon Skin body armor. I know several private contractors and SpecOps professionals. They … Continue reading

SCOTUS: Pay Discrimination Rulz

Leave it to the new justice on the block, Alito, to deliver the opinion of the “gang of five” in this pay discrimination suit, Ledbetter v. Goodyear Tire (2007). Essentially, the court yesterday trivialized the spirit of Title VII, and the Bush administration got to abandon its own EEOC’s findings and come down in favor of the “principle” of discrimination. The Supreme Court on Tuesday made it harder for many workers to sue their employers for discrimination in pay, insisting in a 5-to-4 decision [Alito, Roberts, Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas v. Ginsburg, Stevens, Souter and Breyer] on a tight time frame to file such cases. The court held on Tuesday that employees may not bring suit under the principal federal anti-discrimination … Continue reading

A “Real Christian” President? Perish The Thought

Illustrating The Joys Of Theocracy All of the talk lately about the religious preferences of the presidential candidates or their lack of them has me concerned for the direction of the current campaign and the fact that religion has any place in this discussion at all. Yesterday, while drinking my second cup of coffee and mentally preparing for the second week of moving to a new residence, a letter to the editor of USA Today caught my attention. One Harold Burnett of Palmdale, California seems to have gotten his evangelical shorts in a wad over an op-ed piece titled “What is a ‘real’ Christian?” written by Dan Gilgoff in USA Today on May 21. Mr Burnett writes: I agree with … Continue reading