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Plus ça change

Posted by Charles II on April 25, 2014

Sean Hannity learns nothing:

The Bundy standoff in Nevada with the Bureau of Land Management has many Americans questioning the overreach of government and the constitutionality of the government taking/owning land that isn’t for a specific federal purpose. Could the BLM be aiming for Texas be next?

The Bundy case may not be the last we’ve seen from the Bureau of Land Management. As Ben Shapiro writes today in his column, “Like Bundy or not, his situation will not be the last of its kind, so long as the federal government insists on its ever-growing authority, and so long as states and localities refuse to stand up for their citizens.”

Now, the federal government is eyeing 90,000 acres along the Red River lands in Texas. The Attorney General of Texas Greg Abbott wrote a letter to the head of the Bureau of Land Management expressing his concern and asking the department for answers. Keep in mind that the head of this department is a man by the name of Neil Kornze, who used to work for none other than Harry Reid.

Abbott states in his letter: “Respect for property rights and the rule of law are fundamental principles in the State of Texas and the United States. When governments simply ignore those principles, it threatens the foundation of our free and prosperous society.” He says that “the BLM’s newly asserted claims to land along the Red River threaten to upset long-settled private property rights and undermine fundamental principles—including the rule of law—that form the foundation of our democracy.”

Harry Reid himself referenced “the rule of law” in his opposition to Cliven Bundy’s actions, but clearly he fails to see how the rule of law also applies in this way when it comes to private property rights. In essence, we are arguing two sides to the same coin.

Abbott told Breitbart that he’s ready to “go to the Red River and raise a ‘Come and Take It’ flag to tell the feds to stay out of Texas.” Texas Governor Rick Perry has also weighed in, standing along side Abbott in Texas’ defense of private property rights.

I’m with Texas on this one. You don’t mess with Texas.

According to his 4/24 show, in which he interviews Texas AG and GOP Goober nominee Greg Abbott, he is writing a letter to BLM to find out what’s going on. Shoot first, ask later, Sean.

This is what Jim Malewitz of the Texas Tribune says:

Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott is the latest state official asking that question in relation to a looming U.S. Bureau of Land Management decision about what to do with a swath of federal and American Indian land in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas — including the acreage in Texas along a 116-mile stretch of the Red River.

On Tuesday, Abbott sent a letter to Neil Kornze, BLM director, seeking information about the agency’s plans for the land, some of which North Texans have long considered theirs, using it for cattle grazing and growing crops.

Paul McGuire, an agency spokesman, said the disputed land has not been fully surveyed, and that it hopes a new survey will clear up the confusion about its ownership.

“It’s been mischaracterized in different forms, as if BLM is coming to seize land or take land in some form,” he said. “That is definitely not the case.”

Sean says he wants to move to Texas. He’ll fit right in.

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Breaking Mr. George Tierney of Greenville South Carolina Flash Update

Posted by Charles II on May 24, 2012

I know it’s a sin to laugh at mental illness, and this will be old news to people who were paying attention for the last couple of days, but George Tierney (of Greenville South Carolina) has granted an interview to Brian White of GlossyNews:

George Tierney – Do you realize there are cures for cancer out there and I found nine of them. I went to the Oncologist…

GlossyNews.com – I saw that tweet. It didn’t make sense out of context.

George Tierney – I found nine cures for cancer and my oncologist told me, he said, there’s not a cure for cancer yet. Really? That’s why four guys that found cures for cancer ended up with arsenic death. [Andrew] Breitbart was getting ready to explode Obama and he ended up with arsenic death? The guy that last saw Breitbart ended up with arsenic death? [Coroner: Breitbart Died of Heart Failure]

GlossyNews.com – What do you make of that?
George Tierney – Obama’s frickin killing these people.

GlossyNews.com – Obama is killing these people?
George Tierney – Yes he is.

GlossyNews.com – That’s awfully specific. Is it because they’re political enemies?

George Tierney – No it’s because the, here’s the thing, the guy that got killed for the cancer got killed years ago, Obama had nothing to do with that. But Breitbart and his guy got killed by Obama. I’ll go down on radio, tv or whatever and and and say that because the reason is is is those tapes come out, Obama goes down. And they’re coming out anyway…

My one regret about this interview. George Tierney declared that Bush stole Florida. Now, no one will believe it.

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Fahrenheit 3002

Posted by Charles II on July 17, 2009

Via Josh Marshall, David Pogue NYT:

This morning, hundreds of Amazon Kindle owners awoke to discover that books by a certain famous author had mysteriously disappeared from their e-book readers. These were books that they had bought and paid for—thought they owned.

But no, apparently the publisher changed its mind about offering an electronic edition, and apparently Amazon, whose business lives and dies by publisher happiness, caved. It electronically deleted all books by this author from people’s Kindles and credited their accounts for the price.

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The Salvation Of Newspapers…

Posted by Phoenix Woman on May 7, 2009

…may be to pick up all the naughty ads that Craigslist may be forced to drop.

I mean, Craigslist is what is killing them right now. Their only hope to get back some revenue is if they can recapture at least the naughty-ad market.

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Here We Go Again

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 25, 2009

Seems that some people who are still fighting the 2008 primaries (they know who they are) and who have been pushing the Obama=Bush meme have latched onto the Wired article by David Kravets that Charles mentions in his last post.

Emptywheel explains why we shouldn’t be so quick to take Kravets’ article at face value. And a legal eagle over at DKos who goes by the nom de Kos of “NCrissieB” has already rather neatly sliced and diced the article. (She’s also, in response to prodding by Meteor Blades, sliced up Kravets’ followup piece.)  Here’s a  sample:

The January 5th ruling that the “state secrets” privilege does not exist in FISA-related cases was huge.  This is not the same as the “executive privilege” we heard about in the Libby case, where the president asserts that all conversations with aides are protected because the president needs to have candid advice.  The “state secrets” privilege covers classified information.

We can debate whether the Bush Administration classified too much (I think they did).  We can debate whether the Obama Administration should or will declassify a lot of that information (I think they should and hope they will).  But I hope we can agree that classified information must be protected unless and until it is declassified.  A lot of it is classified for very good reasons, and we shouldn’t throw the nation’s baby out with Bush’s bathwater.

The specific issue here is not whether or how the Obama DOJ will defend the Al-Haramain case.  In fact, the January 23rd memorandum says not one word about whether or how the Obama Administration will treat that case, except that the Obama DOJ does want the trial court to stay proceedings until the Ninth Circuit hear the appeal of the trial court’s January 5th order eliminating the “state secrets” privilege in FISA cases.

In legalese, that’s called an interlocutory appeal, an appeal that is heard “between pleadings” to the trial court.

[…]

So Obama’s just saying “We need to settle this specific legal issue before the case goes on to trial?”

Yes, exactly.

The January 23rd memorandum to the court does not “side with Bush,” except in the very narrow sense that the Obama Administration seems to agree that the appeal of the January 5th decision should happen before the case goes to trial.  And there are sound constitutional reasons for that position.

The “state secrets” privilege is grounded in the president’s Article II authority as Chief Executive, because whether to classify a document is an Executive Branch call.  There are statutes setting out procedures for declassifying a document, but the decision to classify is and has always been an executive decision, usually made by the person or office creating the document, at the time of its creation.  The rules for what kinds of documents should be classified are set by Executive Orders.

So essentially, the trial court found that the 1978 FISA supersedes Article II, and legislative acts can’t supersede the Constitution.  So the Ninth Circuit, and perhaps ultimately the U.S. Supreme Court, should decide whether the “state secrets” privilege applies, and how classified information should be handled, in FISA-related cases.  While the specific classified information in this case is already public knowledge, that won’t always be true.  And while the specific classified information in this case does not seem to reveal any sensitive “sources and methods,” that won’t always be true either.

So regardless of whether and how the Obama Administration defend this one case, there are sound arguments for letting the appellate courts decide how to handle classified information in FISA-related cases.  That will be especially important if the Obama Administration investigate and ultimately prosecute government officials on FISA violations.  They will need to be sure they handle classified information in the best way to both protect sensitive “sources and methods” and provide transparency and justice for the parties.

So Obama kinda-sorta “Sides With Bush,” but really wants to ensure the courts get these procedures right?

Yes, exactly.

But Obama wants to ensure courts get procedures right doesn’t make for a properly cynical headline.  It doesn’t fit the clearly emerging narrative of “Obama will be just like Bush, so give up, go back to complaining because nothing ever changes.”  And that’s the cynical narrative the media would love all of us Natives to buy, so the Villagers can go back to running things their way while we grumble despondently and go along.  That cynicism is about discouraging we Natives from trying to stay engaged and involved in our government.  It’s about going back to business as usual, where the Villagers lead us from one vat of whine to the next, but always in that tut-tutting way that says “Of course, there is nothing you mere peons can do about this.”

And I’ve had more than enough of that.

Another Kossack, who served as the facility security officer for a defense contractor, chimes in:

First of all, we need [the classification process].  The decision to classify a document theoretically is and should be made ONLY to protect national security.  Not to protect an administration.

Among the many things properly classified are:

1) Military capabilities, both of troops and weapons
2) Military plans (would you want the enemy to know your exact capabilities and plans?)
3) How to build an ICBM, or a nuclear warhead
4) Stealth technology and other such technologies
5) emergency preparedness planning (great info for terrorists)
6) Intelligence sources and methods (remember Valerie Plame?)

I could go on at some length, but I’ll spare you. :)

In my experience, there are quite a few things that MUST be classified for valid national security reasons.  Unfortunately, the ability to classify has sometimes been abused.  Take Reagan for example.  After Carter started a massive declassification program (I mean, heavens, we had stuff still classified from WWII!) Reagan came into office, halted the entire declassification program, and indeed made a move to classify every single bit of research being done in this country, even at universities.  Only an uproar from academics and other researchers forced him to rethink.  They argued they couldn’t conduct research if they were inhibited from exchanging information.  The result was DARPAnet…and out of that the Internet.

So state secrets are essential to our national security.  The question that must be decided by the courts is how to handle classified documents in a trial in such a way that protects national security without damaging the legal rights of those involved in a court case.  This is a very important question, and the District Court’s ruling is too broad, with the potential to seriously damage the essential secrecy privileges that really DO protect us.

Obama is quite right to ask for legal clarification.

But again, don’t expect this to matter one whit to the “Obama=Bush” crowd.

Posted in Barack Obama, circular firing squad, fearmongering, FISA, judicial rulings, paranoia, WTF? | Tagged: , | 4 Comments »

Paranoia Strikes Deep

Posted by MEC on December 20, 2008

Michael Connell, the GOP operative and IT expert who created campaign web sites for George W. Bush and John McCain, hosted the ‘gwb43’ server domain used by White House staff to send emails outside official White House channels, and provided a domain for Ohio’s official web site for election results in 2004 that was hosted on the same server as a long list of Republican domains, has been subpoenaed to testify in a case alleging GOP election tampering in Ohio.

He won’t be testifying. He died yesterday when his private plane crashed a few miles short of the runway. He was the pilot and sole occupant.

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The Latest Attempt At Gay Plagueism

Posted by Phoenix Woman on January 26, 2008

The Usual Homophobic Suspects have been using a researcher’s comments as proof that the MRSA form of staph is a new Gay Plague.  Except, as both Jim Burroway and Michael Petrelis point out, it’s neither new nor does it seek out gays as its primary targets.   Oooops.

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The Colorado Shootings

Posted by Phoenix Woman on December 11, 2007

Box Turtle Bulletin has the best stuff on this sad series of events, all in one place.

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More Fallout From The Great Northfield Smack Epidemic

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 19, 2007

Wow. Looks like Miss Gulch might be this guy’s only friend left:

Taking a leave of absence in the middle of a controversy surrounding heroin use in Northfield isn’t the only surprise Police Chief Gary Smith delivered this week.Smith’s attorney confirmed Wednesday that just before beginning his leave Monday, the chief forwarded to Rice County Attorney Paul Beaumaster the findings of a preliminary investigation he had been conducting of city administrator Al Roder on unspecified contractual matters and data practices.

Roder said Wednesday that he had not been officially informed of any such investigation, and he strongly denied any wrongdoing. No charges have been filed against him.

“I truly am not aware of a criminal act I might have committed, and if there is an allegation I’d sure like to find out what it is so I can address it,” he said.

So Smith’s last act before before leaving is to sully the reputation of the city administrator. Charming.

If you’re wondering why Police Chief Smith is going on an indefinite leave of absence, it just might be because he got caught talking smack about a nonexistent heroin-and-crime epidemic in his town:

Smith called the news conference the day before without letting Richardson know. He told reporters that 150 to 250 Northfield youth were using heroin or the prescription drug oxycodone, that a recent hike in burglaries and thefts could be attributed to rising heroin use and that some habits could be costing users as much as $800 a day.

Richardson and other school officials took issue with Smith’s numbers, pointing out that 15 students had been referred for heroin treatment in the past school year. Sarah Shippy, a behavioral-health specialist who runs the only chemical dependency treatment program in town, said she was aware of 55 to 60 Northfield youths who had either tried opiates, used them or had become addicted.

Contrary to what Smith said, area hospitals said there were no reports of youths conning patients out of oxycodone; school officials said there was no heroin ring at the high school, and local colleges reported a mixed record on recent campus thefts.

Oooooopsie!

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In Which Miss Gulch Gets Pwned Like A Pwny Thing

Posted by Phoenix Woman on July 16, 2007

Earlier this week, in her patented Hushed Tones Of Moral Authority, conservative columnist Katherine Kersten breathlessly informed the readers of her StarTribune column that there was a Serious Heroin Problem (no doubt the work of liberals and our permissive society) in the deceptively-serene college town of Northfield, Minnesota: Read the rest of this entry »

Posted in eedjits, family values, fearmongering, mythmaking, paranoia, WTF? | 6 Comments »

 
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