Thursday, June 26, 2008

BREVITAS

WORD

War is God's way of teaching Americans geography - Ambrose Bierce

There is a significant political divide in beliefs about the origin of human beings, with 60% of Republicans saying humans were created in their present form by God 10,000 years ago, a belief shared by only 40% of independents and 38% of Democrats. Gallup has been asking this three-part question about the origin of humans since 1982. Perhaps surprisingly to some, the results for the broad sample of adult Americans show very little change over the years. . . Republicans are significantly more likely to attend church weekly than are others, and Americans who attend church weekly are highly likely to select the creationist alternative for the origin of humans.

Advocacy groups and some legal experts told Congress that it was unreasonable for federal officials to search the laptops of United States citizens when they re-enter the country from traveling abroad. Civil rights groups have said certain ethnic groups have been selectively profiled in the searches by Border Patrol agents and customs officials who have the authority to inspect all luggage and cargo brought into the country without obtaining warrants or having probable cause. Companies whose employees travel overseas have also criticized the inspections, saying that the search of electronic devices could hurt their businesses. Austin Bogues, Ny Times

Wonkette - Some guy wrote in to let us know that ObamaBayh08.com redirects to Barack Obama’s very own web site so obviously Evan Bayh, the senator from Indiana, has gotten the nod. We thought that Barack Obama, a rumored smart guy or whatever, probably planned ahead and bought up all the domains of Obama(Potential Vice Presidential Stooge The Press Is Speculating About This Week)08.com, but we thought wrong. ObamaClinton08.com turns up nothing, ditto ObamaEdwards08.com, ObamaWebb08.com actually belongs to somebody, and ObamaNapolitano08.com took too long to type, so we gave up. Meet your new vice president, America! He is the most boring man alive.

House Democrats who flipped their votes to support retroactive immunity for telecom companies in last week's FISA bill took thousands of dollars more from phone companies than Democrats who consistently voted against legislation with an immunity provision, according to an analysis by MAPLight.org. In March, the House passed an amendment that rejected retroactive immunity. But last week, 94 Democrats who supported the March amendment voted to support the compromise FISA legislation, which includes a provision that could let telecom companies that cooperated with the government's warrantless electronic surveillance off the hook. The 94 Democrats who changed their positions received on average $8,359 in contributions from Verizon, AT&T and Sprint from January, 2005, to March, 2008, according to the analysis by MAPLight, a nonpartisan organization that tracks the connection between campaign contributions and legislative outcomes. Huffington Post

The Presidential Memorial Commission of San Francisco is engaged in an effort to rename the Oceanside Water Pollution Control Plant the "George W. Bush Sewage Plant." The group has been gathering signatures at local festivals, events and city parks and has already collected 8,500 signatures, about 1,300 more than is needed to put the question on the city's ballot in November. If the measure passes, the new name will become effective starting next January, when the new president is sworn in. Supporters plan to engage in a "synchronized flush" during the inauguration as a way to send a "gift" to the newly-renamed plant, saying they believe this will be a "fitting monument to this president's work." PR Watch

South Carolina voters - or at least handfuls of them - went to the polls on June 24th for runoff elections in 11 state legislative elections. Overall, turnout declined by more than 48% in one runoff, and declined by at least 20% in nine other runoffs for state office. With instant runoff voting, voters would have had the option to rank candidates in order of preference rather than select only one choice. If no candidate receives a first choice majority, the two candidates with the most votes advance to the runoff. Ballots cast for eliminated candidates are added to the totals of the runoff candidates according to which candidate is ranked next on each ballot. More than a dozen American cities have passed instant runoff voting or started to use it.

The Washington state Democratic Party ran a video ad attacking GOP gubernatorial candidate Dino Rossi backed by the them from "The Sopranos." The predicable flap arose along with the predictable apologies for the "inadvertent" error.

The Bush regime wants permission to change some of its evidence against Gitmo prisoners now that civilian judges will be looking at the cases. Says David Remes who represents a number of the prisoners: "It's sort of an admission that the original returns were defective. It's also an admission that the government thinks it needs to beef up the evidence."

1 Comments:

At June 26, 2008 9:18 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Unfortunately, the Huffpost article and MAPLight's expose on telecom contributions to politicians only spotlight's the House. It would be nice to see how much money flip-flopping Obama took in from the telecoms.

 

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