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Well, no big surprise here.
Oh, you think?
Horrific account of how inmates were tortured, killed, and their deaths faked to look like suicides -- suicides so fake that it's too bad that it took a whistle-blower to come forward with the truth.
According to the NCIS, each prisoner had fashioned a noose from torn sheets and T-shirts and tied it to the top of his cell's eight-foot-high steel-mesh wall. Each prisoner was able somehow to bind his own hands, and, in at least one case, his own feet, then stuff more rags deep down into his own throat. We are then asked to believe that each prisoner, even as he was choking on those rags, climbed up on his washbasin, slipped his head through the noose, tightened it, and leapt from the washbasin to hang until he asphyxiated. The NCIS report also proposes that the three prisoners, who were held in non-adjoining cells, carried out each of these actions almost simultaneously.
... and it's very very juicy.
California GOP Assemblyman Mike Duvall, vice chair of the Committee on Utilities & Commerce, has resigned from public office. Why, you ask?
Duvall's action came after the married California GOP lawmaker and family values champion was caught on a hot mic bragging graphically to a colleague about his affairs with two women -- one of whom is an energy lobbyist.
President Barack Obama's got a new
Way to go Al!
Democrat Al Franken will be declared the winner of the tight U.S. Senate contest in Minnesota, emerging from a ballot recount with a slim margin over Republican Norm Coleman, state officials said on Sunday.
But Coleman, the incumbent, has asked Minnesota's supreme court to require that a few hundred additional absentee ballots be included in the recount -- and he could then ask the court to investigate the contest all over again.
"At the moment, Franken has a 225-vote lead," after the weekend counting of what were deemed the last uncounted absentee ballots, said Minnesota Secretary of State Mark Ritchie, a Democrat who oversaw the process.
Huh, so they essentially play KOOL FM at them. It's like being at my gym.
U.S. military interrogators have often blasted music at detainees in Iraq, Afghanistan and Guantanamo Bay. According to the British law group Reprieve, these are among the songs they have used most frequently:
"Enter Sandman," Metallica.
"Bodies," Drowning Pool.
"Shoot to Thrill," AC/DC.
"Hell's Bells," AC/DC.
"I Love You," from the "Barney and Friends" children's TV show.
Another funny remix of "Downfall (Der Untergang)". This time, it's Stephen Harper.
Strong words from Diane Francis.
What is wrong with Prime Minister Stephen Harper and his henchmen? I know Stephen and like him even though he has always been too doctrinaire and cold-blooded for politics. But now we know just how unsuitable he is. He has concocted a crisis that is taking away attention from dealing properly with the worldwide crisis that's about to hit Canada like a hurricane in the new year. He should leave office and the sooner the better. But he won't. Instead he will meet with the Governor-General to try and convince her to dissolve parliament until the New Year.
Hereâ..s my question:
All the blah-blah aside, the essence of this nonsense is why would Harper ever dream that the other three parties would vote in favor of his triple-suicide bill designed to kill off publicly-funded campaign allocations? Were the Tories inhaling in caucus? Or was Harper just in touch with his Grinch? Or is he an Anglo-Saxon Machiavelli?
Interesting set of options for Harper, with pros and cons. I give you #1 and #10.
1. Preemptively Remove Michaëlle Jean
This is the true nuclear option for Harper: a preemptive strike against Jean to remove her from office, and replace her with a governor-general sympathetic to the argument that the people should decide in an election.
So, the Governor-General has the authority to dismiss the Prime Minister BUT the Prime Minister may have the authority to dismiss the Governor-General first by requesting the Queen dismiss her.
To call this option risky is a grave understatement. Not only would it threaten the role of the monarchy in Canada, but parliamentary supremacy back to the Magna Carta would be called into question.
10. Step Down as Conservative Leader
Little binds the three opposition parties together.
There is a joint programme, but the real glue of this coalition is a unanimous belief on the opposition bench that Stephen Harper must go.
Were Harper to resign as Conservative Party Leader and an interim leader like Chuck Strahl, Jim Prentice or Tony Clement lead the Conservatives, it is entirely possible the coalition would fall apart and that person might be able to receive the confidence of the House.
It is clearly not in the political interest of the Liberals to form common cause with the Bloc or the NDP.
Their motivation is the belief that Stephen Harper must no longer be Prime Minister.
Such a move might avert political catastrophe for the Conservatives and for the Liberals.
An obviously right-wing troll who knows nothing about Canadian legislature gets their comeuppance when they posted the following editorialized entry on the current political situation.
Canada the victim of power-grabbing politicians. December 2, 2008 12:31 PM
Canada is going through a bloodless coup less than two months after its last election. The world-wide financial crisis has proved too tempting a target for the three parties that didn't win the election and they have decided to overthrow the Conservative minority government based on the latest financial report. This hasn't been done in Canada since World War I.
Not only is it a perfectly legal procedure, a non-confidence vote has been done many times, and a coalition government was attempted in 1985 with Trudeau and Broadbent. It's also been done at the provincial level, and unofficial coalitions are practically commonplace in Canada. Sort of like when you're playing RISK.
What's probably not legal is trying to prorogue the legislature just because you're likely to lose a non-confidence vote. What makes you a douchebag is when you try to do this when you condemned it only 4 years earlier.
I scored a modest 81% on this quiz, and I'm not even American.
Take it here.
US elected officials scored abysmally on a test measuring their civic knowledge, with an average grade of just 44 percent, the group that organized the exam said Thursday.
Ordinary citizens did not fare much better, scoring just 49 percent correct on the 33 exam questions compiled by the Intercollegiate Studies Institute (ISI).
"It is disturbing enough that the general public failed ISI's civic literacy test, but when you consider the even more dismal scores of elected officials, you have to be concerned," said Josiah Bunting, chairman of the National Civic Literacy Board at ISI.
Good god, Harper's gone and appointed a chiropractor (Cambridge MP Gary Goodyear) as the new Minister of Science and Technology. Oh yeah, he's also an acupuncturist.
Luckily, the Liberals have appointed an astronaut as their Science and Technology critic.
Well, at least he finally accomplished something... go big or go home, eh G. W.?
"No other president's disapproval rating has gone higher than 70 percent. Bush has managed to do that three times so far this year," Holland said. "That means that Bush is now more unpopular than Richard Nixon was when he resigned from office during Watergate with a 66 percent disapproval rating."
Before Bush, the record holder for presidential disapproval was Harry Truman, with a 67 percent disapproval rating in January of 1952, his last full year in office.
In this ABC News story, there were many hidden problems with the McCain camp and their star VP candidate, not the least of which was her spending:
A Republican donor who agreed to foot a majority of the expenses was stunned when he received the bill, Newsweek reported. Both the Times and Newsweek report that the budget for the clothing was expected to be between $20,000 and $25,000. Instead, the amount reported by the Republican National Committee was $150,000.
There is one comment in particular from a McCain aide that guaranteed to heighten friction between the two camps. The angry aide described the Palin family shopping spree to Newsweek as "Wasilla hillbillies looting Neiman Marcus from coast to coast."
And, while I'm not a religious person, Christ, was she ever stupid:
She didn't know Africa was a continent, according to Newsweek. Fox News revealed that during her cramming, she couldn't name the three countries that belong to the North American Free Trade Agreement: the United States, Canada and Mexico.
Well, not bawling ... but it's a very touching moment. Heck, I almost cried, and I'm not even an American.
Awesome. Even they've had enough.
It's uncanny. Though I'm not a big fan of BSG (the new one), I have to admit I'll never be able to look at Colonel Tigh the same way.
Look at that picture. Look at it! Granted Mrs. Tigh is dead, and the Apollo-McCain Jr. comparison is a bit forced, but now I will forever associate Saul Tigh and Laura Roslin with John McCain and Sarah Palin.
And the similarities arenâ..t just physical either. Tigh is a war vet who was tortured by the enemy, has a loopy wife and a bad temper. Roslin was a relatively unknown governmental figure when she was unexpectedly thrust into the national spotlight.
A very Seinfeld-esque concept: hold an election about nothing, for no reason.
An election about nothing, held in a hurry to avoid the effect of a worsening war and a coming recession. Held in the hopes that it would earn Mr. Harper a majority just before the door to that possibility slammed shut for perhaps a very long time.
And what did it cost us? Apparently, 300 million dollars. An amount that, Iâ..m told, comes from an estimate of a million dollars per riding. That number is now leaking into the media, but strangely enough, not to object, but instead merely to describe. How tremulously Canadian. And it came from a Government that earned its stripes pretending that we donâ..t have millions of dollars to spend on needy projects.
No big surprise here, considering how McCain "pals around with terrorists".
In an endorsement that will not be welcomed by Mr McCain's flagging campaign, the group said that if al-Qaeda wants to exhaust the USmilitarily and economically, the "impetuous" Republican presidential candidate is the better choice.
"This requires presence of an impetuous American leader such as McCain, who pledged to continue the war till the last American soldier," the message said.
"Then, al-Qaeda will have to support McCain in the coming elections so that he continues the failing march of his predecessor, Bush."