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2005/12/29

UCSC Chancellor Calls For Spy Investigation

@ 11:53 PM (109 months, 9 days ago)

University of California- Santa Cruz (UCSC) Chancellor Denice Denton has asked congressional representatives to investigate reports that the Pentagon has spied on campus protests.

Last spring, UCSC students protested against the military's habit of recruiting on campus.  Recently, MSNBC obtained documents which showed the Pentagon spied on the campus protest, identifying it as a "credible threat."  (To Rummy and crew I pose this question: A threat to whom or what?)

Chancellor Dentor wrote in an email: "We are greatly concerned about the Pentagon's investigation of a UCSC campus protest of military recruiting last spring."  She further stated that the Pentagon's spying on the campus protest was "A questionable use of military resources.  It is especially disquieting that political dissent would be considered threatening.''

UCSC Chief Alleges Spying

Geogria's African-American Lawmakers Vow to Repeal Poll-Tax (New Voter ID Law)

@ 05:51 PM (109 months, 9 days ago)

African-American lawmakers in Georgia are vowing to repeal the new Voter ID law, which is essentially a state-sanctioned poll tax.

Under the new law, Georiga voters who do not have a driver's license, will be required to purchase a state-issued identification card, which could cost approximately $35.

State Rep. Alisha Morgan said "It's whatever it takes.  I'm putting on the armor. Nothing they can do will fix the bill. It's a bad law and it needs to be repealed. We're not going backwards."

The U.S. Justice Department approved the law in August, but in November, a memo revealed that career lawyers and analysts in the Department had opposed the Georgia law.  They were overruled by the politicos in DOJ, however.

In October, a federal judge blocked Georgia from enforcing the law, saying it essentially amounted to an unconstitutional poll tax.

Georgia's black lawmakers vow to repeal voter ID law

Most Memorable Bushism of 2005? "Heck of a Job..."

@ 05:32 PM (109 months, 9 days ago)

The Global Language Monitor is a non-profit organization that monitors language use.  And they announced their most memorable Bushism of 2005.

The winner: Idiot Son's praise of then FEMA Director Michael Brown, when he said "Brownie, you're doing a heck of a job" in the midst of the worst natural disaster to hit U.S. soil.

Paul JJ Payack, the President of Global Language Monitor, says although the "heck of a job" quote comes out on top, there are some other memorable Bushisms from 2005:

-- "See, in my line of work you got to keep repeating things over and over and over again for the truth to sink in, to kind of catapult the propaganda," Bush said in explaining his communications strategy last May.

-- "I think I may need a bathroom break. Is this possible?" Bush asked in a note to Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice during a U.N. Security Council meeting in September.

-- "This notion that the United States is getting ready to attack Iran is simply ridiculous. And having said that, all options are on the table," Bush said in Brussels last February.

-- "In terms of timetables, as quickly as possible - whatever that means," the president said of his timeframe for passing Social Security legislation in March.

-- "Those who enter the country illegally violate the law," Bush said in describing illegal immigrants in Tucson, Arizona, last month.

President Bush's "Brownie" quote wins award