CNN To Release Presidential Debate Footage Without Restrictions!!

6 05 2007

Sweet news via Lawrence Lessig’s Blog , CNN  WILL make ALL Presidential Debate Footage available to do whatever you want to do with it as soon as each debate ends.  How friggin sweet is that!?!?!?!?!

Read and rejoyce:

Media Advisory
For Release: May 5, 2007
CNN to Make Presidential Debate Footage Available without Restrictions

As previously announced, CNN will team up with Hearst-Argyle’s WMUR-TV and the New Hampshire Union Leader to host two presidential debates to be held in America’s first primary state. The debate featuring Democratic candidates will be held on Sunday, June 3, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. and the Republican debate will be held on Tuesday, June 5, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Due to the historical nature of presidential debates and the significance of these forums to the American public, CNN believes strongly that the debates should be accessible to the public. The candidates need to be held accountable for what they say throughout the election process. The presidential debates are an integral part of our system of government, in which the American people have the opportunity to make informed choices about who will serve them. Therefore, CNN debate coverage will be made available without restrictions at the conclusion of each live debate. We believe this is good for the country and good for the electoral process. This decision will apply to all of CNN’s presidential debates, beginning with the upcoming New Hampshire debates in June. [Truncated for too much Time Warner auto-felating, even if they do deserve a good BJ for this.]

I tried to make the more poignant parts of the text easier to see/read.

I think I’m gonna vomit with happiness!!  I am wondering what the particulars will be.  Will the video be made available for download, or for viewing/ripping?  Also, can we edit the video to release a musical version of the debates a la “The West Side Story”.  It seems like the video will be downloadable and that you can cut and mix and do whatever you want with it, but you never know.  Still, I am sharting with glee!


PS: CNN, we will hold you to your word.

PPS: Lawrence, love the blog d00d!

Democrats to Ban Bribes From Lobbyists!!

4 01 2007


I don’t know about you guys, but I have been waiting for this for years:

House Democratic leaders said they’ll act quickly to ban gifts and meals from lobbyists, prohibit lawmakers from flying on corporate jets and prevent them from taking overnight trips arranged by lobbyists.Votes on the rules will be the first order of business tomorrow for the House in Washington, which will be under Democratic control for the first time in 12 years.

When they say tomorrow, that was yesterday, so that means today!!  Hope this passes, then the corporations will be one step further away from running our country purely for profit.

This is a huge Fuck You to al the Wal-Mart conservatives that have been making a killing off these types of lobbyist “gifts” since … well since forever.

FINALLY: Top 11 Keith Olbermann Links Via BuzzFeed

5 12 2006

Keith Olbermann – BuzzFeed

  1. Keith Isn’t Afraid to Share His Opinion with You


  2. Keith Olbermann Hates Newt Gingrich


  3. A Lovely Commentary on Rumsfeld


  4. “There is no line this President has not crossed.”


  5. MSNBC Is On a Roll


  6. Keith Olbermann Disses His Boss, Thinks He’s Invincible


  7. Olbermann in the Blogosphere: “Bush owes us an apology”


  8. Keith Olbermann Is A Stubborn Mule


  9. Olbermann Delivers More Scathing Remarks About Bush Administration, Fox News


  10. “It is a shame and it is embarrassing to us all when President Bush travels 8000 miles only to wind up avoiding reality again.”


  11. Conservative Commentator Cal Thomas Names Keith Olbermann “Turkey of the Year”


There will definitaly be more Olberman links…CAUSE HE IS THE !##& SH!T U REPUGNANT REPUBLICAN FARTMITTEN!!


Jim Webb Almost Beats Bush Senseless = I Heart Jim Webb

29 11 2006

Jim Webb Almost Beats Bush Senseless [VIA] Wonkette

Wonkette is a great place to get all the DC gossip and this juicy bit-o-news was just to good not to pass up.  In a private meeting with W, Senator Webb had an interesting conversation:

According to The Hill, Bush asked Webb how his son was doing in Iraq; Jimmy Webb Jr. is serving in the Marine Corps. Senator-elect Webb said he’d like to see his son get home safely. “I didn’t ask you that,” Bush shot back. “I asked how he’s doing.”Sources tell The Hill that Webb was so furious he could barely keep himself from slugging Dubya in the face, but he bravely made it through the dinner without violence. Webb’s office will only say that he had a “private conversation” with Bush. There’s an even better version from the Washington Post, after the jump.

The Post says Webb refused to have his picture taken with Bush and even refused to stand in the receiving line. Here’s the paper’s version of the exchange:

“How’s your boy?” Bush asked, referring to Webb’s son, a Marine serving in Iraq.

“I’d like to get them out of Iraq, Mr. President,” Webb responded, echoing a campaign theme.

“That’s not what I asked you,” Bush said. “How’s your boy?”

“That’s between me and my boy, Mr. President,” Webb said coldly, ending the conversation on the State Floor of the East Wing of the White House.

2007 is going to be awesome.

Really, just imagine Reagan’s secretary of the Navy and the new senator from Virginia killing the junior Bush with his own hands. Shakespeare would’ve gone crazy with this kind of material.

That’s one Politician Death Match I’d like to see MTV do!!

I bet Bush punches like a sissy.

Senator Dodd (D-CT) Introduces Legislation to Restore Habeas Corpus and the Genva Conventions

17 11 2006

Article via

Washington- Senator Chris Dodd (D-CT), an outspoken opponent of the Military Commission Act of 2006, today introduced legislation which would amend existing law in order to have an effective process for bringing terrorists to justice. This is currently not the case under the Military Commission Act, which will be the subject of endless legal challenges. As important, the bill would also seek to ensure that U.S. servicemen and women are afforded the maximum protection of a strong international legal framework guaranteed by respect for such provisions as the Geneva Conventions and other international standards, and to restore America’s moral authority as the leader in the world in advancing the rule of law. “I take a backseat to no one when it comes to protecting this country from terrorists,” Sen. Dodd said. “But there is a right way to do this and a wrong way to do this. It’s clear the people who perpetrated these horrendous crimes against our country and our people have no moral compass and deserve to be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. But in taking away their legal rights, the rights first codified in our country’s Constitution, we’re taking away our own moral compass, as well.” The Effective Terrorists Prosecution Act:

Three cheers for senator Dodd!!  Now we need to get Rummy over to Germany for a small little trial…

War Crimes Suit Prepared against Rumsfeld

10 11 2006

War Crimes Suit Prepared against Rumsfeld [via] Democracy Now


The president of the Center for Constitutional Rights, Michael Ratner, is heading to Germany today to file a new case charging outgoing Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld with war crimes for authorizing torture at Guantanamo Bay.

Its in Time Magazine as well: Clicky

Just days after his resignation, Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld is about to face more repercussions for his involvement in the troubled wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. New legal documents, to be filed next week with Germany’s top prosecutor, will seek a criminal investigation and prosecution of Rumsfeld, along with Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, former CIA director George Tenet and other senior U.S. civilian and military officers, for their alleged roles in abuses committed at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison and at the U.S. detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

The plaintiffs in the case include 11 Iraqis who were prisoners at Abu Ghraib, as well as Mohammad al-Qahtani, a Saudi held at Guantanamo, whom the U.S. has identified as the so-called “20th hijacker” and a would-be participant in the 9/11 hijackings. As TIME first reported in June 2005, Qahtani underwent a “special interrogation plan,” personally approved by Rumsfeld, which the U.S. says produced valuable intelligence. But to obtain it, according to the log of his interrogation and government reports, Qahtani was subjected to forced nudity, sexual humiliation, religious humiliation, prolonged stress positions, sleep deprivation and other controversial interrogation techniques.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs say that one of the witnesses who will testify on their behalf is former Brig. Gen. Janis Karpinski, the one-time commander of all U.S. military prisons in Iraq. Karpinski — who the lawyers say will be in Germany next week to publicly address her accusations in the case — has issued a written statement to accompany the legal filing, which says, in part: “It was clear the knowledge and responsibility [for what happened at Abu Ghraib] goes all the way to the top of the chain of command to the Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld .”

A spokesperson for the Pentagon told TIME there would be no comment since the case has not yet been filed.

Along with Rumsfeld, Gonzales and Tenet, the other defendants in the case are Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence Stephen Cambone; former assistant attorney general Jay Bybee; former deputy assisant attorney general John Yoo; General Counsel for the Department of Defense William James Haynes II; and David S. Addington, Vice President Dick Cheney’s chief of staff. Senior military officers named in the filing are General Ricardo Sanchez, the former top Army official in Iraq; Gen. Geoffrey Miller, the former commander of Guantanamo; senior Iraq commander, Major General Walter Wojdakowski; and Col. Thomas Pappas, the one-time head of military intelligence at Abu Ghraib.

Germany was chosen for the court filing because German law provides “universal jurisdiction” allowing for the prosecution of war crimes and related offenses that take place anywhere in the world. Indeed, a similar, but narrower, legal action was brought in Germany in 2004, which also sought the prosecution of Rumsfeld. The case provoked an angry response from Pentagon, and Rumsfeld himself was reportedly upset. Rumsfeld’s spokesman at the time, Lawrence DiRita, called the case a “a big, big problem.” U.S. officials made clear the case could adversely impact U.S.-Germany relations, and Rumsfeld indicated he would not attend a major security conference in Munich, where he was scheduled to be the keynote speaker, unless Germany disposed of the case. The day before the conference, a German prosecutor announced he would not pursue the matter, saying there was no indication that U.S. authorities and courts would not deal with allegations in the complaint.

Not sure if this will be good for troop moral, but rules are rules and these guys broke a pretty big one.  Good on ya Germany et co!!

Losses On Ballot Measures Jolt Religious (ie Christian) Freaks

8 11 2006

Losses on ballot measures jolt religious [via] The Kindred Times

By DAVID CRARY, AP National Writer 6 minutes agoFrom the country‘s heartland, voters sent messages that altered America‘s culture wars and dismayed the religious right — defending abortion rights in South Dakota, endorsing stem cell research in Missouri, and, in a national first, rejecting a same-sex marriage ban in Arizona.

SRSLY, read the whole article. I consider this a giant “fuck you” to the Christian right freaks that need to go back in the cellar.