Tuesday, January 24, 2006
Did You Hear That, Eh? That's What I'm On About!
Alito Confirmation Supporters Look StrongThey've only got 50 votes out of 100.
Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito won a Senate Judiciary Committee vote along strict party lines Tuesday as well as commitments from a majority of senators, assuring his confirmation and a likely tilt of the court to the right.
All of the 55 Republicans — except Sens. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee; Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island; Susan Collins and Olympia Snowe of Maine; and Ted Stevens of Alaska — have publicly committed to vote for Alito through their representatives, interviews with The Associated Press or news releases.
That gives Alito 50 votes, and Democratic Sen. Ben Nelson (news, bio, voting record) of Nebraska's support makes a majority.
Twenty Democrats are publicly opposing President Bush's pick to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, while the other 23 and independent Sen. Jim Jeffords of Vermont are still publicly undecided or refuse to say how they will vote on Alito's nomination.
The only way Democrats can stop the conservative judge now is through a filibuster, a manuever they show little interest in.
They can't even get all the Repubs to vote for the guy.
The Dems are starting to circle the wagons.
But the headline is, "Alito Confirmation Supporters Look Strong".
In actuality, this is becoming a knife fight. But your Corporate Media, your So-Called "Liberal" Media, your untrustable source for lies and misinformation and especially propaganda, is trying to make it look like a foregone conclusion.
From our perspective.
From the perspective of any corporate person, they're doing exactly the right thing; dampen criticism, marginalize critics, Pump (or Pimp) The Message.
I'm hoping you'll grant me the small favor of patience. I would like you, at first, to read straight through to the end of this text, without clicking on any of the enclosed hyperlinks.
In case, you'd like to know, the hyperlink to your blog, specifically, "Mandate, My Ass", is found at the third hyperlink on the list below ... ah, please remember, no clicking until AFTER reading the entire text.
Perusing your blog, I believe I arrived at what is a reasonable inference. That is, both you and your readers concur with my interpretation of "terrorist surveillance". Wood'ja (?) buh-leave! A civilian like me, and up to his ears in credit card debt, could come up with a game plan to snag Osama bin Ladin.
As for my plan for capturing Osama, again I should like to ask to refrain from clicking on any enclosed hyperlink, until AFTER you've read the entirety of the text.
The hyperlink just above this sentence leads to my game plan. If you've gotten this far on the first read, without clicking on any of the enclosed hyperlinks, congrats!
Whatever the case, remind or prepare, please keep in mind that it's a good bet that everything else to snag bin Ladin has already been tried. I think it's time we tried drawing on one of the few activities Americans do better than any other national group, music and pizza delivery being among those few activities.
oh, yeah, and here's the third hyperlink:
.he who is known as sefton
oh, yes, surely, you've heard about the government "requesting" certain records about internet activity. oh, br'dah! ... cynical and skeptical lil'ole me, I'm smelling a rat in all that. Quite candidly, I have cause to suspect that more than compiling statistics on access to pornographic websites is involved.
oh, yeah, right after Hitler came to power, the German people were assured that, if they were innocent of untoward activity, they would have nothing to worry about ... yeah, right.
Incidentally, the second hyperlink leads to a piece that relates to governmental eavesdropping WITHOUT a warrant.