Thursday, February 16, 2006

Around the Blogosphere

A few interesting anti-state/anti-Bush tidbits from around the blogosphere:

Brad Spangler:
Update on Aurora, IL students sugar drug case
While the news that the poor kid is only facing misdemeanor charges rather than a felony is good news, this is still an episode that could be best explained by the police and school district officials being on drugs.

LRC Blog (Lew Rockwell):
If You're Not a High State Official
In Oregon, a young man who accidently shot a fellow hunter in the arm was just sentenced to twenty days on the sheriff's road crew, two years of probation (and no hunting), and $865 in costs, for "misdemenor assault and negligently wounding another."

[Assistant Emperor Cheney will of course face no such charges for the same "crime."]

Unclaimed Territory - by Glenn Greenwald
Do Bush followers have a political ideology?
That "conservatism" has come to mean "loyalty to George Bush" is particularly ironic given how truly un-conservative the Administration is. It is not only the obvious (though significant) explosion of deficit spending under this Administration – and that explosion has occurred far beyond military or 9/11-related spending and extends into almost all arenas of domestic programs as well. Far beyond that is the fact that the core, defining attributes of political conservatism could not be any more foreign to the world view of the Bush follower.

[And lest you doubt the hypocrisy of Bush's most ardent supporters, check out...]

Executive privilege watch
"Like all things that don't have the light of day shining on them, you can be sure that it is being twisted to suit the purposes of those who hold the power."

"Wonder how many terrorist plots they have stopped? Sounds like despite trampling Constitutional rights, this was ineffective."

"There is a certain element in law enforcement that truly deserves the descriptive term, "jack-booted thugs." They love kicking down doors and shoving loaded guns in the faces of startled people in their pajamas. Their newest excuse for continuing the steady destruction of the Fourth Amendment will be the War On Terrorism."

Are the quotes above decrying the Bush's latest oversteps in executive privilege in the NSA wiretapping scandal? They could be, couldn't they. But no, these are quotes pulled from the comment thread of an old post at the Free Republic blasting the Clinton Whitehouse's expansion of the FISA courts.

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