Ron Paul and Ron Reagan – Unelectable

October 7, 2007 at 12:38 pm | Posted in ron paul | Leave a comment

During their meeting, Ford urged Reagan to concentrate on three key issues: unemployment, weak national defense and the vagaries of Carter’s foreign policy. About that charge of Reagan’s being unelectable, Ford said he changed his mind when the economic news grew worse. He also felt that Reagan had “moderated” some of his earlier views. Reagan did not quite accept that. He said that changes had occurred in the “perception of my viewpoints rather than my viewpoints themselves.”,9171,924192,00.html

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This is like deja vu all over again.

Yogi Berra

Prosecutorial Misconduct – Medical Examiner Malfeasance in Mississippi

October 7, 2007 at 12:02 pm | Posted in asshole, Criminal Justice | Leave a comment

The medical examiner in the case, Dr. Steven Hayne, had testified under oath that he could tell from the bullet wounds in the body that Edmonds and his sister simultaneously held the gun to fire the fatal shot. Of course, as the court concluded, it is impossible to make such a determination from examining bullet wounds.

Former Columbus, Miss., Police Chief J.D. Sanders has been trying for years to draw attention to Dr. Hayne. “There’s no question in my mind that there are innocent people doing time at Parchman Penitentiary due to the testimony of Dr. Hayne,” he says. “There may even be some on death row.”

According to his comments on the stand, he performs anywhere from 1,500 to 1,800 autopsies a year. The National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME) says a medical examiner should perform no more than 250 autopsies per year. After 325, the organization refuses to certify an examiner’s practice.


The doctor perfoms 1,500 to 1,800 autopsies per year. At $550 per autopsy that works out to $990,000 per year. In addition to performing 28 to 34 autopsies per week he testifies in court, presumably as a paid expert witness 2 to 4 days per week, reducing the time available for the autopsies even further. One autopsy has been branded “near total speculation”.

This doctor is selling testimony that may well have put many innocent people in jail for life or on death row. People who actually committed the crimes for which they were found guilty in a court of law may eventually be released based on this doctors malfeasance.

There is plenty of blame to go around. The prosecutors are guilty of prosecutorial misconduct and the “good doctor” should have his license revoked.


Army screws national guardsmen out of educational benefits

October 5, 2007 at 5:01 pm | Posted in iraq war | Leave a comment

MINNEAPOLIS, MN (NBC) — When they came home from Iraq, 2,600 members of the Minnesota National Guard had been deployed longer than any other ground combat unit. The tour lasted 22 months and had been extended as part of President Bush’s surge.Anderson’s orders, and the orders of 1,161 other Minnesota guard members, were written for 729 days.Had they been written for 730 days, just one day more, the soldiers would receive those benefits to pay for school.

“Which would be allowing the soldiers an extra $500 to $800 a month,” Anderson said.

In the meantime, of course the private security firm Blackwater kills innocent people and the Defense Department is paying them $455,000 a year per man.

56% of Americans think the Constitution is just a piece of paper.

October 4, 2007 at 9:24 pm | Posted in Constitution | Leave a comment

As the Supreme Court begins a new term, 44% of Americans would counsel the justices to base their decisions “strictly upon what is written in the Constitution and legal precedents.”

The Schlesinger diaries – President Ford call Rumsfeld “the rottenest person he had known in government.”

October 4, 2007 at 9:16 pm | Posted in Rumsfeld, Schlesinger | 1 Comment

Arthur M. Schlesinger Jr. Shortly before he died earlier this year, he instructed two of his sons to prepare his diaries for publication. The resulting book, “Journals: 1952-2000,” contains juicy morsels on every one of its 858 pages.leading Gerald Ford to remark, “Sometimes I wish I had never pardoned that son of a bitch.” Later he quotes Kissinger describing George H.W. Bush as “a very petty man” and Donald Rumsfeld as “the rottenest person he had known in government.”

Blackwater immunity to come to an end?

October 4, 2007 at 9:08 pm | Posted in Blackwater, iraq war | Leave a comment

WASHINGTON – The House passed a bill Thursday that would make all private contractors working in Iraq and other combat zones subject to prosecution by U.S. courts. It was the first major legislation of its kind to pass since a deadly shootout last month involving Blackwater employees.Defense vs. diplomatic missions
The current law, called the Military Extraterritorial Jurisdiction Act, covers personnel supporting the mission of Defense Department operations overseas. But because Blackwater’s primary mission is to protect State Department officials, defense lawyers would likely argue that the law doesn’t apply.

At the same time, all U.S. contractors are immune from prosecution by Iraqi courts.

You can bet this will get vetoed.

Kazaa file sharing costs woman $222,000

October 4, 2007 at 8:59 pm | Posted in RIAA | Leave a comment

The first RIAA case to go to trial ended today. The jury awarded the recording companies $9,250 per song for 24 songs.

Duluth, Minnesota — After just four hours of deliberation and two days of testimony, a jury found that Jammie Thomas was liable for infringing the record labels’ copyrights on all 24 the 24 recordings at issue in the case of Capitol Records v. Jammie Thomas. The jury awarded $9,250 in statutory damages per song, after finding that the infringement was “willful,” out of a possible total of $150,000 per song. The grand total? $222,000 in damages.

The Decision Maker

October 4, 2007 at 12:46 pm | Posted in Bush | Leave a comment

“You know, when you give a man more money in his pocket ‘in this case, a woman’ more money in her pocket to expand a business, they build new buildings. And when somebody builds a new building, somebody has got to come and build the building.”And when the building expanded, it prevented (sic) additional opportunities for people to work. Tax cuts matter. I’m going to spend some time talking about it,” the president said.He offered a pointed description of his job.

“My job is a decision-making job. And as a result, I make a lot of decisions,” the president said.

“I got a lot of Ph.D.-types and smart people around me who come into the Oval Office and say, `Mr. President, here’s what’s on my mind.’ And I listen carefully to their advice. But having gathered the device (sic), I decide, you know, I say, `This is what we’re going to do.’ And it’s `Yes, sir, Mr. President.’ And then we get after it, implement policy.”

Police Kill man in Kansas City – He was smoking drugs

October 3, 2007 at 9:49 pm | Posted in police brutality, Uncategorized | Leave a comment

KANSAS CITY, Kan. – A man died after a confrontation with Kansas City, Kan. Police Monday night. Now there are questions about whether police used a taser, a stun gun or something else.Neighbors say they believe police used a taser on the man. Police have launched an investigation, but they are being very careful not to answer questions.

Police identified the victim as Keith L. White, 44, and he was a resident of Kansas City, Kan.

“We transported an individual to a hospital where he was pronounced dead by intermediate force,” said KCK Police Capt. James Brown.

Hitler’s Prayer

October 3, 2007 at 9:45 pm | Posted in hitler, Religion | Leave a comment

For this, to be sure, from the child’s primer down to the last newspaper, every theater and every movie house, every advertising pillar and every billboard, must be pressed into the service of this one great mission, until the timorous prayer of our present parlor patriots: ‘Lord, make us free!’ is transformed in the brain of the smallest boy into the burning plea: ‘Almighty God, bless our arms when the time comes; be just as thou hast always been; judge now whether we be deserving of freedom; Lord, bless our battle!”- Adolf Hitler’s prayer, Mein Kampf, Vol. 2 Chapter 13

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