Are You A Republican?

From No Quarter:

If you enjoy soliciting teenagers and children for sex over the internet, you might be a Republican

If you enjoy sending other people’s children to war while your kids go to college and hang out in bars, you might be a Republican

If you failed to complete your own National Guard service and your Vice President received five deferments to avoid service in Vietnam, but accuse political opponents who challenge your failed foreign policy in Iraq of being cowards, you might be a Republican.

If you believe the President should be entitled to jail, without recourse to Habeus Corpus, anyone he decides is a threat, you might be a Republican.

Separated at Birth?

From Daily Kos:

Fifty years from now, when historians write about the social problem of sexual predators in early 21st Century America, they will put a photo of Cardinal Bernard Law next to a photo of Republican Speaker of the House Dennis Hastert.

These are men who had the chance to protect our children, but chose to protect a predator instead.

They did more than just fail as leaders–they endangered our families.

In Case I Disappear

An essay about the horrific Detainee Bill that just passed last week.

Underneath all this is the definition of “enemy combatant” that has been established by this legislation. An “enemy combatant” is now no longer just someone captured “during an armed conflict” against our forces. Thanks to this legislation, George W. Bush is now able to designate as an “enemy combatant” anyone who has “purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States.”

Consider that language a moment. “Purposefully and materially supported hostilities against the United States” is in the eye of the beholder, and this administration has proven itself to be astonishingly impatient with criticism of any kind. The broad powers given to Bush by this legislation allow him to capture, indefinitely detain, and refuse a hearing to any American citizen who speaks out against Iraq or any other part of the so-called “War on Terror.”

If you write a letter to the editor attacking Bush, you could be deemed as purposefully and materially supporting hostilities against the United States. If you organize or join a public demonstration against Iraq, or against the administration, the same designation could befall you. One dark-comedy aspect of the legislation is that senators or House members who publicly disagree with Bush, criticize him, or organize investigations into his dealings could be placed under the same designation. In effect, Congress just gave Bush the power to lock them up.

By writing this essay, I could be deemed an “enemy combatant.” It’s that simple, and very soon, it will be the law. I always laughed when people told me to be careful. I’m not laughing anymore.

The US Constitution v2.0

Looks about right.

We the Republicans of the United States, in Order to prevent any challenge to our continued Supremacy, free ourselves from the Confines of Justice, placate the Tranquil masses, degrade the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of War Profiteering for ourselves and our Friends, do ordain and establish Constitution 2.0 for the United States of America.

Section 1
All legislative Powers are hereby ceded to the Executive branch, though the Congress will still make a Grand Noise and wave their arms as if they give a Damn.

Section 2
The House of Representatives will consist of those best able to Lick the Boots of the Lobbyists and Corporations lining their pockets.

No one can be a Representative unless Fox News says that he is a Patriotic American,

U.S. Bill Bans Online Gambling

From Yahoo News:

LONDON (AFP) – Shares in online gambling companies listed in London lost more than half their value after a dramatic move by US authorities to ban gambling on the Internet.

The market was taken by surprise when the US Congress unexpectedly rushed through the Unlawful Internet Gambling Enforcement Act on Saturday, dealers said Monday.

President George W. Bush was expected to sign the bill into law within two weeks, thereby making it illegal for finance companies to collect credit-card payments from customers using Internet gaming sites.

The bill follows the arrests in the United States this year of the bosses of two foreign online companies over alleged illegal internet gambling.

“This has come as a major shock to the industry, where most observers expected the legislation to fail,” said Stephen Ford, an analyst for broker firm Collins Stewart.

“It also comes as a major shock to the stock market and unsurprisingly stock prices have fallen significantly across all online gaming stocks exposed to the US.”