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Late night TV

Posted by Charles II on January 12, 2008

Take your pick: The Ambassador and the Belly Dancer or Frum v. Galloway.

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Musharraf says US presence would be treated as invasion. Are Obama, Clinton listening?

Posted by Charles II on January 12, 2008

Eric Schmitt, NYT (via t/o):

     President Pervez Musharraf of Pakistan warned in an interview published Friday that any unilateral attacks by the United States against Al Qaeda and Taliban fighters in his country’s tribal areas would be treated as an invasion….

    Mr. Musharraf is not alone or extreme in this view. An array of experts, including Pakistani military analysts and American counterterrorism specialists, say that United States troops would be seen as an invasion force by the Pakistani public. They argue that American raids would fail and increase public support for militants, who say they are trying to free Pakistan from American domination.

Not long ago I was attacked on these message boards for saying substantially the same thing as the experts are saying now.

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DC Circuit Court rules reality is out of order

Posted by Charles II on January 12, 2008

I think the Nazi courts would have been embarrassed by this ruling. Even Bush appointee Janice Rogers Brown was. Greg Gordon, McClatchy, via t/o (emphasis added):

The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit ruled that the detainees captured in Afghanistan aren’t recognized as “persons” under the Religious Freedom Restoration Act because they were aliens held outside the United States. …

The court rejected other claims on the grounds that then-Attorney General John Ashcroft had certified that the military officials were acting within the scope of their jobs when they authorized the tactics, and that such tactics were “foreseeable.”

It was foreseeable that conduct that would ordinarily be indisputably `seriously criminal’ would be implemented by military officials responsible for detaining and interrogating suspected enemy combatants,” Circuit Judge Karen LeCraft Henderson wrote in the court’s main opinion.

Judge Janice Rogers Brown dissented with parts of the opinion, saying that “it leaves us with the unfortunate and quite dubious distinction of being the only court to declare those held at Guantanamo are not `person(s).’

Just select “Reality” and hit Ctrl Alt Del.

Posted in abuse of power, activist judges, anti-Muslim, Busheviks, Department of Injustice, Guantanamo, judicial rulings, judiciary | 2 Comments »

For The Record: WW III almost started over radio prank

Posted by Charles II on January 12, 2008

You have probably already heard this, but just in case: Via emptywheel at FireDogLake, Andrew Scutro and David Brown of The Navy Times are reporting that:

The threatening radio transmission heard at the end of a video showing harassing maneuvers by Iranian patrol boats in the Strait of Hormuz may have come from a locally famous heckler known among ship drivers as the “Filipino Monkey.”…

Navy women — a helicopter pilot hailing a tanker, for example — who are overheard on the radio are said to suffer particularly degrading treatment.

…Rick Hoffman, a retired captain who commanded the cruiser Hue City and spent many of his 17 years at sea in the Gulf [said] “For 25 years there’s been this mythical guy out there who, hour after hour, shouts obscenities and threats,” he said. “He could be tied up pierside somewhere or he could be on the bridge of a merchant ship.”

Posted in Busheviks, Iran, WTF? | 5 Comments »

US Media’s Sarkozy Silliness

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 12, 2008

Just as it took them forever to admit that Bush was unpopular, it’s taken the GOP/Media Complex in America a long time to admit that their fair-haired boy and Bush emulator Nicolas Sarkozy is unpopular in France.

And even then, they must hide the real reasons for his unpopularity:

Debunking claims by the New York TimesElaine Sciolino that French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s popularity is down because he’s dating a former model—not, of course, because it turns out he wants to change French laws to make them less favorable to working people. Sciolino’s cherry-picked evidence is “backed” by anecdotal interviews with Parisians “shocked that [Sarkozy] displays himself with this girl who doesn’t at all have the image of a first lady of France.” Sides charts “data from three different polling agencies” (including the one cited by the Times) to illustrate how the December 18 reporting of Sarkozy’s new relationship actually only came at the tail-end of a steady six-month slide in his approval rating.

Posted in beat the press, media, Media machine, mediawhores, mythmaking, news media | 1 Comment »

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