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The Morning News is an Open Thread

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Judge to Bush admin.: Guantanamo is top priority

By MATT APUZZO, Associated Press Writer

25 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – A federal judge overseeing Guantanamo Bay lawsuits ordered the Justice Department to put other cases aside and make it clear throughout the Bush administration that, after nearly seven years of detention, the detainees must have their day in court.

“The time has come to move these forward,” Judge Thomas F. Hogan said Tuesday during the first hearing over whether the detainees are being held lawfully. “Set aside every other case that’s pending in the division and address this case first.”

The Bush administration hoped it would never come to this. The Justice Department has fought for years to keep civilian judges from reviewing evidence against terrorism suspects. But a Supreme Court ruling last month opened the courthouse doors to the detainees.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

You want to know what really bugs me?

The lies.

Beltway myth: "The left-wing base" vs. "the American people" on Iraq

Glen Greenwald, Salon.com

Monday July 7, 2008 07:58 EDT

How much clearer could that be? The truth is exactly the opposite of what Liasson said. Americans want to withdraw from Iraq in accordance with Obama’s timetable (if not faster) regardless of circumstances “on the ground” — not conditioned on those circumstances. But because that’s not the view Liasson and her establishment colleagues embrace, they just lie and claim that the majority view is the one held only by the “left-wing” fringe, while their own actually fringe view is the one embraced by “the American people” and thus defines the “Center.”

This is the standard propaganda tactic of establishment media stars like Liasson, and she’s hardly unique — in this way or in any other. This is how they manipulate public opinion and coerce political officials to disregard the views of most Americans in favor of the fringe, establishment view. The views of the establishment pundit class are automatically labeled “the Center” even when they’re rejected by majorities of “the American people.” By contrast, views that are actually held by majorities but which the pundit class dislikes are demonized as those of “the Left.” Thus, they argue, political candidates, in order to win elections, must embrace the views of the establishment and reject the view of most Americans. That’s how a candidate “moves to the Center.”

My emphasis.

Pony Party

Pony Party is an Open Thread. Do Not wRECk it.

The Stars Hollow Gazette

So now it’s July, high summer.

I heard Ben Stein today on CBS’s Sunday Morning talking about air conditioning.  While I am much younger than Ben I certainly remember when air conditioning entered my life.

As a wee lad I mostly haunted the Library, but a short walk from my house where I quickly read through the Kids Section absorbing the collections of Hardy Boys, Tom Swifts, and Nancy Drews as well as Science Fiction, History, Biography and miscellaneous other categories until I exhausted the catalog and was booted upstairs to the Adults Section, most of the shelves of which I couldn’t reach, yet.

The Library was air conditioned, but when it was closed I’d go down to the basement (the coolest part of the house) and lie in front of a hurricane fan using a table knife to hold down the pages.  Some nights everyone had to sleep downstairs by parental edict.  I found the enforced togetherness as enervating as the heat.

I in fact spurned other than found air conditioning (pervasive, isn’t it, now that you think about it) until the early 90s when I started noticing persistent heat related failures in my computer equipment.

So let’s just say, I know what a Long.  Hot.  Summer.  Is.

No justice, no peace.

So what’s it going to be like when the rolling blackouts come campers?  When your air conditioning and your fans and your lights and your television and your internets operate but a few hours a day and never when you need them.  When your rationed energy is totally absorbed by scrounging enough to merely survive.

Will you read books by candlelight?

Pony Party…..Independent Ponies

It’s time to regain our liberty…

Pony Party……between

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dancing ~between~

To sit between the chairs, who doesn’t know that state? Here is one side, there the other. You can see both sides, you know them, maybe all too well, but you are not able, or rather: not willing to make up your mind. It is the classical dilemma, no matter which side you will choose, you will loose something, often times a person, that you will hurt, who will then feel betrayed. But you don’t want this and therefore you stay somewhere in the middle till, yes, till something happens and brings along the decision; sometimes you are involved actively, sometimes passively. It has evolved and the situation finds a resolution. But till that moment there is this strange state, you simply feel in between. – Minako Seki

www.minakoseki.com

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Video/Edit: Ian Lucero

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fire ~between~

A fire dance for camera filmed in Downtown Los Angeles created by Jeremy Hahn  in 2008.

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~between~ dances

(this wasn’t the version I had in mind. I can’t remember the artist. It was kinda mixed between this & this)


This is an Open Thread. Please don’t wRECk this pony  party

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HarlequinHey ek!

Hey what?

Hey ek!

Hey WHAT!

Show us how you get down.

NO WAY!

Show us how you get down.

ok.

D-O-W-N and that’s the way you get down.

D-O-W-N and that’s the way you get down.

Pony Party…….T.I.T.S.,A.S.S.

Thursday,  I  Think  Seriously,  About  Stupid  Shit

Stolen!

I stole this fair & square from an open thread at crooks & liars

Maybe we’re not so different after all…………….

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Have a wonderful evening! Be excellent to each other!

& dont wRECk the pony!

Four at Four

  1. Reuters reports Bombs kill 40 in Iraq. “Bombs killed nearly 40 people in Iraq on Thursday, including 20 at a tribal council meeting in Anbar province just days before the U.S. military transfers control of security for the vast western region to Iraqi forces. The U.S. military said there were American troop casualties in the attack in Anbar but gave no details.”

    The LA Times adds “The mayor and tribal chief of Garma were killed along with 19 others when a bomber blew himself up during a meeting of sheiks and city leaders of the town about 15 miles northeast of Fallouja. Another 20 were injured.”

    The Anbar handover ceremony is now on hold, according to McClatchy Newspapers. “The bombing was carried out by a man wearing a suicide vest who struck at a meeting between tribal sheiks and American officials in a municipal building in Karmah… In a separate attack, insurgents targeted the governor of Nineveh province as he left the government headquarters in Mosul… Police said at least 18 Iraqis were killed and 62 injured in Mosul. The governor escaped unharmed, though his bodyguards were among the wounded”.

    The NY Times adds nearly 80 people were wounded in the attacks. “The bombings extended a pattern of multiple-casualty attacks in recent days that are clearly intended to kill local Iraqi leaders, in particular the Awakening Councils of Sunni tribal chieftains who have collaborated with American forces against Sunni insurgents.”

    According to McClatchy, “The latest bombings capped a bloody week with several attacks on local government offices and security targets that killed at least 10 U.S. service members, four U.S. government civilian employees, and scores of Iraqis.

    The Washington Post reports on some of the Iraqis killed by U.S. forces this week., such as the death of four Iraqi family members. A “man, who sold propane gas for a living, was afraid thieves were in the vicinity.” He fired shots in the air with an AK-47 while “U.S. troops were conducting an operation in the area”.

    “U.S. soldiers then retreated and called in an airstrike, [Capt. Ahmed al-Azwawi, a police official in Samra,] said, killing the man, his wife, and two of their children.” The U.S. military said the man refused to comply with their orders.

    Azwawi identified the dead man as Afar Ahmed Zeidan. The police official said Zeidan’s wife, Khawlah Talab, and two of their children, Noor Afar Ahmed, 8, and Alaa Afar Ahmed, 6, were also killed. Another child in the house was taken to a hospital in critical condition, the police officials said.

Four at Four continues with more news from Iraq, the Afghan booming opium trade, and habeas corpus.

Pony Party……..ride, dance, blue….

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Have a lovely day! Be excellent to each other!

& dont wRECk the pony!

The Stars Hollow Gazette

Volume doesn’t work for me, I have to turn it up.  Lyrics below.

The Morning News

The Morning News is an Open Thread

Science to follow.

From Yahoo News Top Stories

1 Housing rescue plan passes key Senate test

By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS, Associated Press Writer

32 minutes ago

WASHINGTON – A massive foreclosure rescue bill cleared a key Senate test Tuesday by an overwhelming margin, with Democrats and Republicans both eager to claim election-year credit for helping hard-pressed homeowners.

The mortgage aid plan would let the Federal Housing Administration back $300 billion in new, cheaper home loans for an estimated 400,000 distressed borrowers who otherwise would be considered too financially risky to qualify for government-insured, fixed-rate loans.

An 83-9 vote put the plan on track for Senate passage as early as Wednesday, but President Bush is threatening a veto, and Democrats are fighting each other over key details. Those challenges will probably delay any final deal until mid-July.

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