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Guantanamo prison is illegal

Indefinite detention and "interrogation camps" in general both violate the Geneva Convention. Detention without charge or trial for over a decade is unconstitutional and un-American. Swap or no swap, those people still there should given trials immediately (which, after 10 years isn't exactly Due Process is it?) or immediately released.
Posted by DefenseLawyer | Tue Jun 3, 2014, 12:48 PM (4 replies)

I want a hamburger... no, a cheeseburger. I want a hot dog. I want a milkshake...

Posted by DefenseLawyer | Mon Oct 14, 2013, 03:54 PM (8 replies)

What's it going to take?

As long as Republicans control state legislatures and can gerrymander 90% Republican districts, we are going to be dealing with this kind of craziness. The only way I see it changing is for the crazy conservatives in these places to somehow see the error in their ways and to stop buying into the horrible, destructive snake oil the Republicans are selling. It's not the "average American". It's the hardcore conservatives in these districts. I just don't see what's going make that happen. The horrible George Bush administration couldn't do it. Economic collapse couldn't do it. Will a government shutdown do it? I just don't know.
Posted by DefenseLawyer | Sun Sep 29, 2013, 11:39 AM (2 replies)

Senate deal appears near to avoid 'nuclear' showdown

By Michael O'Brien and Kasie Hunt, NBC News
A deal appears near to avert the "nuclear option" in the U.S. Senate and preserve the use of the filibuster in that chamber, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., suggested Tuesday morning.
Reid appeared on the Senate floor to announce that tensions had eased in the standoff between Democrats and Republicans over a series of President Barack Obama's nominees whose confirmation had been stalled for weeks in the Senate.
"We may have a way forward on this," Reid said in brief remarks. "I feel fairly confident, but as you know, that's why we need the time."
He added, without describing the nature of the agreement: "It is a compromise, and I think we get what we want, and they get what they want."


Wow. Didn't see that coming.
Posted by DefenseLawyer | Tue Jul 16, 2013, 11:30 AM (4 replies)

Hostess gets the Bain Capital treatment.

Private equity buys the "bankrupt" company for millions, restarts the brand after destroying the good paying union jobs of its employees and leaving the taxpayers holding the bag on their pensions. Get ready for lots of feel good stories after the "comeback" of the Twinkie with its part-time, minimum wage, no-benefits workforce! Eat up, America.
Posted by DefenseLawyer | Sun Jun 23, 2013, 11:02 PM (16 replies)

A Face In The Crowd coming up on TCM

If you haven't seen it, it's worth your time.
Posted by DefenseLawyer | Fri Oct 19, 2012, 08:01 PM (9 replies)

It worked for W. and cocaine

It worked for W. and the national guard. W. just said "fuck you all, I'm not going to talk about my past" and left it at that. The press happily left it at that, and obviously the American public left it at that. Twice. I'm sure the same thinking went into how the Romney campaign chose to deal with his tax problems. It probably would have worked again if not for Harry Reid and an opponent who decided to play hardball for a change.
Posted by DefenseLawyer | Tue Aug 7, 2012, 03:46 PM (15 replies)

Romney: College students should borrow from their parents and start a business

Seriously. This is not an SNL skit. That's what Mitt Romney told a group of college students. If you are worried about a job after college, borrow $20,000 or $30,000 from your parents and start a business. My father was dead so I really couldn't ask him, but I really missed the boat not asking my mom who went back to work when he died and worked as a secretary til she was 70 where she was hiding all that loot for my small business. I should have mentioned in the letters with the money from my part-time job that I sent back home to her to help with her bills. My mistake. I've heard Mitt Romney say a lot of incredibly stupid things, but this has to be the stupidest. How could he be so stupid as to actually believe this is real advice for normal people? Just as importantly, even if he thinks that sounds reasonable, how could the campaign be so incompetent as to let him say it in public?
Posted by DefenseLawyer | Mon Apr 30, 2012, 02:31 PM (26 replies)

An obervation about Limbaugh's porno plan

There is plenty of attention being given to the ugly name calling by Limbaugh, and rightly so. But the whole thing about making a porno for him to watch seems even more bizarre to me. When you think of what Santorum and his ilk have to say about pornography, and given that that is the crowd the attack is pandering to, how are they not completely shocked and repulsed by the suggestion that Rush wants to watch government mandated amateur porn? The name calling, the whole "feminazi" line of crap is nothing new, but this is just plain creepy. I guess I should stop being surprised that conservatives will stand for anything if it comes from their side, but damn.
Posted by DefenseLawyer | Sat Mar 3, 2012, 02:38 PM (10 replies)

Remember when the deficit was going to destroy the country?

Doesn't seem that long ago when that was the only thing that mattered to the right. Glad we got that taken care of so we could focus on the religious persecution that will surely destroy the country.
Posted by DefenseLawyer | Fri Feb 10, 2012, 11:56 AM (1 replies)
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