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Steve Bell captures the primary

Posted by Charles II on May 2, 2008

Steve Bell of The Guardian explains the Democratic primary:

Steve Bell of The Guardian on the Democratic primary



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Please Just Make It Stop

Posted by MEC on May 2, 2008

There goes the Department of Homeland Security again, protecting us from sanity.

On the heels of a report that the no-fly list is protecting airline passengers from the presence of air marshals on their flights, we learn that the U.S. terrorist watch list is keeping us safe from Nobel Peace Prize laureates:

Nobel Peace Prize winner and international symbol of freedom Nelson Mandela is flagged on U.S. terrorist watch lists and needs special permission to visit the USA.

Which is so ridiculous even Condoleezza Rice is embarrassed:

“This is a country with which we now have excellent relations, South Africa, but it’s frankly a rather embarrassing matter that I still have to waive in my own counterpart, the foreign minister of South Africa, not to mention the great leader Nelson Mandela,” Rice said.

Note, however, that no matter how idiotic the consequences of having no-thought lists for banning people, nobody in the Bush Administration seems to have considered ditching them as ineffective and counterproductive.

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Beale Clan Update

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 2, 2008

Y’all remember the Beale family, right? I’ve written about them before. They’re the ones with the right-wing Professional Christian scuzzball would-be techie/games guru and his right-wing Professional Christian scuzzball tax dodging daddy.

Well, the short version is that Daddy Beale helped run a company, did bad things, nearly blew up the company with his nuttiness, skipped town to avoid justice, was finally caught and put on trial, and has now been convicted of doing bad things:

A trial that at times seemed to exist in parallel universes, with accepted law in one dimension and Robert Beale in the other, came back firmly to earth Wednesday.

Ignoring Beale’s indignation, religious beliefs and obscure interpretations of the U.S. Constitution and philosophy, a federal jury in Minneapolis took only two hours to find him guilty of all seven counts brought against him for tax evasion, conspiracy and fleeing authorities.

The former millionaire CEO of Comtrol Corp. in Maple Grove now faces up to 10 years in prison.

The trial in U.S. District Court lasted eight days and featured more than 100 exhibits, some about arcane tax laws.

But Assistant U.S. Attorney Timothy Rank repeatedly told jurors: “This isn’t a complicated case; it is what it looks like, and it looks like tax evasion.”

Rank and Assistant U.S. Attorney Michael Cheever argued that Beale deceived and conspired to hide more than $5 million in income for which he owed more than $1.6 million in taxes.

His greed and arrogance were simply cloaked in anti-tax arguments from the radical fringe, prosecutors argued.

The former North Oaks resident, who said he was once worth $20 million, fled rather than face the government in court when he was originally charged in 2006. He was captured in Florida after 14 months on the run.

Here’s how he did it: Read the rest of this entry »

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Friday Cat Blogging

Posted by MEC on May 2, 2008

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Didn’t Like The ABC Non-Debates?

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 2, 2008

MOMocrats didn’t either. So they decided to send to the Obama campaign the questions that MOMocrats thought should have been asked of Barack Obama. And they actually got a response (h/t HuffPost).

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Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 2, 2008

Twin Cities station KSTP-TV has hit upon a brilliant plan to draw viewers: Breaking the law whilst accusing other folk of breaking the law!

Bob McNaney of KTSP, the Twin Cities’ ABC network affiliate, got an early start to spring sweeps month Tuesday with an exposé on bicyclists breaking the law, but according to Minnesota statutes, his own investigation may have violated the rules of the road.


McNaney cited Minnesota statutes pertaining to bicyclists and videotaped bikers blowing through a stop sign. The camera crew also drove alongside bikers, interviewing them from a camera truck, as they pedaled down the road. According to Robin Garwood, aide to Minneapolis city council member Cam Gordon, that camera crew probably violated the law. “Interestingly, you also ‘caught’ multiple drivers (including your own car, when conducting ‘interviews’) violating Minnesota Statute 169.18 Sub. 3 (3), which requires drivers to ‘leave a safe distance, but in no case less than three feet clearance, when passing the bicycle,'” wrote Garwood in a letter to KSTP.

Read more about this at the Second Ward blog and Mellow Velo.

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