Superman as illegal alien

 Posted by at 19:30  Politics
Jun 302006
 

Superman eschews longtime patriot act

Nevermind Superman’s sexual orientation. Here’s another identity-related question that is likely to spark controversy as the Man of Steel soars into theaters nationwide this Fourth of July weekend in Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Superman Returns”: Is Superman still American?

Ever since artist Joe Shuster and writer Jerry Siegel created the granddaddy of all comic book icons in 1932, Superman has fought valiantly to preserve “truth, justice and the American way.” Whether kicking Nazi ass on the radio in the ’40s or wrapping himself in the Stars and Stripes on TV during the Cold War or even rescuing the White House’s flag as his final feat in “Superman II,” the Krypton-born, Smallville-raised Ubermensch always has been steeped in unmistakable U.S. symbolism.

But in the latest film incarnation, scribes Michael Dougherty and Dan Harris sought to downplay Superman’s long-standing patriot act. With one brief line uttered by actor Frank Langella, the caped superhero’s mission transformed from “truth, justice and the American way” to “truth, justice and all that stuff.”

Something else for the righties to whine about.

Let’s face the facts… Superman came from the planet Krypton. He never became a United States citizen. For all we know, he never even got a green card. If the right-wing Republicans had their way, he would have been deported back to Krypton and Perry White would have been heavily fined (if not jailed) for hiring him at the Daily Planet.

What possible incentive would Superman have to fight for “the American way?”

Update: Erik Lundegaard penned an op-ed for today’s New York Times entitled “Truth, Justice and (Fill in the Blank).” He puts the lie to the statement that “Ever since artist Joe Shuster and writer Jerry Siegel created the granddaddy of all comic book icons in 1932, Superman has fought valiantly to preserve ‘truth, justice and the American way.'” He concludes:

Some people are now objecting to the fact that “Superman Returns” omits the phrase. Perry White asks his reporters to find out more about the Man of Steel after his five-year absence. “Does he still stand for truth, justice, all that stuff?” he says. Right-wing blogs are already red-faced at the slight.

There’s no reason to be upset. Superman is right back where he began: fighting a never-ending battle for truth and justice. That should be enough to occupy any man. Even a Superman.

Even an illegal alien.

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Who leaked first?

 Posted by at 16:29  Politics
Jun 302006
 

November 7, 2001:

President Announces Crackdown on Terrorist Financial Network

20011107-4-m.jpgTHE PRESIDENT: The United States is pressing the war against terror on every front. From the mountains of Afghanistan to the bank accounts of terrorist organizations. The first strike in the war against terror targeted the terrorists’ financial support. We put the world’s financial institutions on notice: if you do business with terrorists, if you support them or sponsor them, you will not do business with the United States of America.

Today, we are taking another step in our fight against evil. We are setting down two major elements of the terrorists international financial network, both at home and abroad. Ours is not a war just of soldiers and aircraft. It’s a war fought with diplomacy, by the investigations of law enforcement, by gathering intelligence and by cutting off the terrorists’ money.

I want to thank Secretary Paul O’Neill for being here today and for being the leader of this fine organization. I want to thank the Director, Jim Sloan, as well. You’re doing some imaginative work here at the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network, and I want to thank all the fine Americans who are on the front line of our war, the people who work here.

June 23, 2006:

Bank Data Is Sifted by U.S. in Secret to Block Terror

Under a secret Bush administration program initiated weeks after the Sept. 11 attacks, counterterrorism officials have gained access to financial records from a vast international database and examined banking transactions involving thousands of Americans and others in the United States, according to government and industry officials.

The program is limited, government officials say, to tracing transactions of people suspected of having ties to Al Qaeda by reviewing records from the nerve center of the global banking industry, a Belgian cooperative that routes about $6 trillion daily between banks, brokerages, stock exchanges and other institutions. The records mostly involve wire transfers and other methods of moving money overseas and into and out of the United States. Most routine financial transactions confined to this country are not in the database.

Viewed by the Bush administration as a vital tool, the program has played a hidden role in domestic and foreign terrorism investigations since 2001 and helped in the capture of the most wanted Qaeda figure in Southeast Asia, the officials said.

So… George leaked first.

(You won’t find any mention of the first quote in any right-wing media or weblogs.)

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Freepers to protest

 Posted by at 10:37  Politics
Jun 302006
 

The Freepers will be protesting the First Amendment in New York City, across the street from the Times building, on Monday, July 10…

We have a sound permit, and we will be across the street from the New York Times. They are at 229 West 43rd Street.

The groups on board so far are Free Republic, Caucus for America, the Congress for Racial Equality, and Protest Warrior, NYC Chapter. We have reached out to several other groups as well, and are waiting to hear back from them.

Some high-visibility media people are interested in speaking at the protest. More information will be coming on this as we gather groups and speakers. (source)

Be there if you can. It should be fun to watch.

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Unfamiliarity with reality

 Posted by at 10:15  Politics
Jun 302006
 

This is rich…

Ironically, Justice Thomas refers to Justice Stevens’ “unfamiliarity with the realities of warfare”; but Stevens served in the U.S. Navy from 1942 to 1945, during World War II. Thomas’s official bio, by contrast, contains no experience of military service.

The wingnuts always seem to know the most about that which they know nothing.

Ladies and gentleman, wingnut Clarence Thomas…

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Rubber stamp

 Posted by at 21:57  Politics
Jun 292006
 

The United States House of Representatives has once again proven how completely useless it really is, except as a rubber stamp for the Bush administration…

House vote slaps news organizations

WASHINGTON (AP) — The House on Thursday approved a Republican-crafted resolution condemning news organizations for revealing a covert government program to track terrorist financing, saying the disclosure had “placed the lives of Americans in danger.”

The resolution, passed 227-183 on a largely party-line vote, did not specifically name the news organizations, but it was aimed at The New York Times and other news media that last week reported on a secret CIA-Treasury program to track millions of financial records in search of terrorists.

Most Democrats opposed the measure, protesting language in it that asserts that the Terrorist Finance Tracking Program was “rooted in sound legal authority” and that members of Congress had been appropriately briefed on the program.

While the Los Angeles Times and Wall Street Journal also carried stories on the program, Republicans singled out The New York Times.

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Jun 292006
 

Supreme Court Blocks Guantánamo Tribunals

The Supreme Court today delivered a sweeping rebuke to the Bush administration, ruling that it exceeded its authority by creating tribunals for terror suspects that fell short of the legal protections that Congress has traditionally required in military courts.

As a result, the court said in a 5-to-3 ruling, the tribunals violated both American military law and the military’s obligations under the Geneva Conventions.

The court ruled two years ago that Congress had not given the executive branch a “blank check” in the war on terror. But today’s ruling, written by Justice John Paul Stevens, was the first to address the standards that should apply to suspects held in what has become a prolonged struggle.

It was also the most significant rebuff to date to President Bush’s effort to expand presidential power in the course of waging that struggle. And the reasoning adopted by the majority called into question the justification Mr. Bush has used for other programs that have come under Congressional scrutiny, like the warrantless wiretapping conducted by the National Security Agency. In a concurring opinion, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy said the administration had failed to prove a “practical need” that would justify trying the detainees in courts that provided a lesser standard of justice without seeking authorization from Congress.

Basically, as I understand the ruling, the Supreme Court just reinstated Congress. The justices told George W. Bush that he was grabbing too much power for himself. They told him that it was fine for him to have this power, if it was given to him by Congress.

Now we can only hope that Congress will live up to its end of the bargain. We already know that the House of Representatives won’t… they’re nothing but a rubber stamp for the Bush administration. Perhaps the Senate. We’ll see.

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Teen killed in West Bank War

 Posted by at 11:02  Politics
Jun 292006
 

Abducted West Bank Settler Found Dead

asheri.jpgGAZA CITY, June 29 — An 18-year-old Israeli settler was found executed near the West Bank city of Ramallah Thursday morning, hours after his Palestinian captors said they would kill him if Israel continued military operations to free a soldier captured in Gaza this week.

Israeli officials confirmed that the body was that of Eliyahu Asheri, of the northern West Bank settlement of Itamar, who was taken captive on Sunday. At a news conference Wednesday, members of the Popular Resistance Committees had pledged to execute Asheri unless Israel stopped an offensive underway to free Cpl. Gilad Shalit, 19, who also has been held since Sunday.

But Israeli officials said Thursday morning that it appeared Asheri was killed several days before the militant group made that threat.

Before dawn Thursday, about the time the group was announcing Asheri’s execution, Israeli troops raided a compound near Ramallah and arrested dozens of political officials from Hamas, the radical Islamic movement responsible for the operation of the Palestinian government.

Among those taken into custody, according to Palestinian officials, were nine Hamas Cabinet ministers and two dozen members of the Palestinian parliament. In all, more than 60 Hamas officials across the West Bank were detained in the Israeli sweep, although initial reports that Deputy Prime Minister Nasser Shaer was among them later turned out to be incorrect. His wife told Israel media outlets he had evaded arrest and remains in hiding.

Asheri’s death and the Hamas arrests were certain to inflame the confrontation surrounding Shalit’s capture, which broadened early Thursday to include airstrikes on what military officials described as a weapons storage site in Khan Younis, roads in southern Gaza and an open area in Gaza City.

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Unilateral?

 Posted by at 09:53  Politics
Jun 292006
 

Dean writes:

One of the worst lies about the liberation of Iraq is that it was and is a “unilateral” action by the U.S.

Wrong. Wrong, wrong, wrong.

I’m not so sure. When one country is suffering 92% of the casualties, that seems pretty close to unilateral…

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(Source: Iraq Coalition Casuality Count)

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One vote

 Posted by at 19:27  Politics
Jun 282006
 

Flag Amendment Fails by Single Vote

WASHINGTON (AP) – The narrow defeat of a proposal to ban flag desecration marks the second time in a month Senate Republicans have lost bids to amend the Constitution in ways designed to inspire social conservatives to vote in the midterm elections.

The 66-34 tally on the flag amendment Tuesday was one less than the two-thirds, or 67 votes, required to send it to the states for ratification. The House cleared the two-thirds threshold last year, 286-130.

Sponsored by Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, the amendment read: “The Congress shall have power to prohibit the physical desecration of the flag of the United States.”

Let’s understand one thing, shall we? Nothing that the majority leadership in the Senate wants to pass is going to fail by one vote. Nothing. The Republican leadership knew before the first vote was cast how many votes were going to fall on each side of this issue. If they had wanted this amendment to pass, it would have passed. They would have threatened, cajoled, bribed, promised, or done whatever they needed to do to get that one vote. That they didn’t is testament to the fact that it was never their intention for this bill to pass.

If you are part of the right-wing base of the Republican party, you are being played. Pure and simple. And you’re going to go right on being played…

Winning isn’t the only goal for those measures or other social policy proposals congressional Republicans will bring up this year in an effort to energize their base of voters.

House Republicans intend to hold votes this summer and fall touching on abortion, guns, religion and other priority issues for social conservatives, part of an attempt to improve the party’s prospects in the midterm elections.

The “American Values Agenda” also includes the gay marriage amendment, a prohibition on human cloning and possibly votes on several popular tax cuts.

None of your so-called “agenda” is going to become law. Though you are not smart enough to realize it, your senators and representatives know that what you want simply would not be good for the country. But they are going to string you along, letting you think that you are going to get what you want so you will continue to vote for them.

You’re being played. Suckers.

You’re just too dumb to realize it. Now get out there and buy another Coulter book!

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