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I'm a little disappointed. I figured that every paragraph would have a hyperlink. Call it the book of Rove, and then the faithful can say 'Rove 7:13'.

This is all the burning Bush's doing.

an epic tale! i can't wait to see who stars in the movie!

I woke up early to a very bad dream, and now am confronted by this. Love the way so many of those ads didn't promise to do anything, just be afraid, be very afraid. Go about your business, but do it fearfully. Such classic propaganda.

Still I think the Eskimo sex study ad deserves honorable mention (clip was sadly removed from YouTube for copyright reasons, though I'm not sure why anyone would demand a political ad be removed).

Holy crap is that hilarious. Pure genius Hil. I’m not worthy…

Charlton Heston is unavailable. Maybe Vince Vaughan as Moses?

Thus, every American should be proud of the Military Commissions Act of 2006. Future generations will look back and commend us for recognizing the threat of terrorism and taking every possible step-consistent with American values and the rule of law-to defeat it.

A.G. A.G.

Future generations will look back and commend us for recognizing the threat of terrorism and taking every possible step-consistent with American values and the rule of law-to defeat it.

as a prediction, it's pretty bad. maybe he meant that as a command ?

Good God, that whole thing by AG is awful. In response to "If you, Mr Gonzales, were arrested and classified as an unlawful enemy combatant and you were an innocent person, what course of action would you take?"

He says:

Again, I want to emphasize that the Military Commissions Act does not apply to American citizens. Thus, if I or any other American citizen were detained, we would have access to the full panoply of rights that we enjoyed before the law.

Right.

Good God, that whole thing by AG is awful.

i love the one from William in Little Rock. (paraphrasing):

Q: "Would the public be able to scrutinize how these trials function, or would they be all kept secret?"

AG: "Yes, of course! The only reason they'd be kept secret is if there was some classified info used during these trials that we didn't want you to know about!"

when's the last time anything to do with TWoT wasn't classified? even the freaking no-fly lists don't have the names of actual dangerous terrorists, because they don't want that info to become public. *smacks own head*

we are ruled by mendacious cretins.

For the last two or three weeks, I've been getting a bunch of direct mail pieces from the campaign of Tom Davis, who's running for reelection against Andrew Hurst in VA-11. Every single piece of mail* has had a huge headline at the top referring to "LIBERAL ANDREW HURST." Not even "Democrat" -- "Liberal." The Republicans have become so successful at codifying that as a scare word that that's all Davis's campaign feels it needs to say.

Yesterday's took the cake, though, screaming in 60-point type, "Out-of-touch liberal Andrew Hurst DEFENDS CRIMINALS." It pulled from Hurst's bio at Reed Smith LLP -- where he works in regulatory litigation defense -- to inform us voters that Hurst has defended all kinds of scary corporations accused of all kinds of things.

Now, the spectacle of a Republican congressman raising the spectre of giant, scary corporations aside, I suppose the upshot of the mailing is that there are certain classes of crimes that are not entitled to a defense in court? Or that lawyers should be able to see into the future and, if their clients are going to be ruled against, refuse to defend them? I urge Tom Davis to campaign on that message. It's a real winner.

I should write a note to the Davis campaign letting them know that, in all likelihood, there is a person defending a criminal in every single courtroom in the United States right now. Not only that, some of them receive taxpayer funds to defend criminals. They call them -- get this -- "public defenders." Like they can defend the public by sticking up for criminals! Horrors!

He also makes reference to Hurst defending "criminals' rights" but not "victims' rights." Somebody needs to explain the Constitution to Rep. Davis, because he seems to be unclear on some of the issues.

*OK, yesterday's referred to "EXTREMIST LIBERAL ANDREW HURST."

Phil, unfortunately that line of attack is a staple of Republican law-and-order campaigns, and I'm not sure it isn't a real winner. After all, it's basically the same as Republicans' statements about the Military Commissions Act, which talk about the rights of terrorists and people who want to kill Americans, ignoring the issue of whether the detainees have actually done whatever the government says they've done.

Phil,

"the upshot of the mailing is that there are certain classes of crimes that are not entitled to a defense in court"

Largely correct. Even moreso by removing "certain classes of". It's why Republican candidates have been able to make the ACLU into a boogeyman, since we all know anyone accused of a crime is automatically guilty.

Ex 32.9: "And the LORD said unto Moses, Go, get thee down; for thy people, which thou broughtest out of the land of Egypt, have corrupted themselves"

And Moses danced. And spun.

RNC "raise the stakes" video link no longer works.

Ara: How fortunate (?) that there are lots of links to it out there. I've substituted another one. Thanks.

Quoth Dantheman:

...since we all know anyone accused of a crime is automatically guilty.
Unless they're Republicans, of course, in which case it was all a plot by the Democrats!

what do you call someone who acts, for political reasons, to make sure the population is in a constant state of fear?

what do you call someone who acts, for political reasons, to make sure the population is in a constant state of fear?

A Phobiarch, maybe Hysteriarch?

A Phobiarch, maybe Hysteriarch?

a terrorist

Second. There is a scorching article by Pat Tillman's brother at Truthdig

Here's the unbroken link to Kevin Tillman's article.

Tillman's article is strong stuff.

I contrast this with the bonhomie of George W. Bush over the past few weeks as he and Rove wax hopeful on the election. Apparently, Rumsfeld is confident that tactical nukes will bring terror-free democracy to Iran.

Then I read about and see the Republican political ads -- Democrats are going to murder all of us, open the borders to little brown people, encourage anal sex among children, and raise your taxes ... Republican politicians hope it is in THAT order so they can die and demagogue little brown people and anal sex one more time before their taxes are raised.

Then I read the vomitus over at Red State. I feel like John Cleese the waiter in Monty Python's "The Meaning of Life" with the fat piece of filth vomiting his last 37 meals all over the restaurant, while demanding that he be brought vats of marinara sauce for the next two years. They are just getting it all over everybody.

We live in foul times and are ruled by low people...... and they are not worthy of elections.


Incidentally, Kevin Drum, in a post encouraging the Democratic Party to go for the jugular in their ads, links to Abu Aardvark, who speculates that the new RNC ad featuring Osama Bin Laden as a Democrat will end up being a joint effort between the RNC and Al Qaeda for terrorist recruitment and scaring-the-crap-out-the-American-people.

The RNC is showing Al Qaeda how to perfect their media propaganda products. Al Qaeda is learning from the RNC how to recruit and terrorize large swathes of the population. It's a hand-in-glove operation.

This ad has been approved by George W. Bush and Osama Bin Laden.

To the Hague with one and the gallows with the other.

"there are certain classes of crimes that are not entitled to a defense in court"

This was pretty much one of the implications of the infamous Scott Howell-produced 'Hitler' ad slamming Dem. Virginia governor candidate Tim Kaine last fall for his opposition to the death penalty. It referred with horror to Kaine's having done some work in the defense of a murder suspect, as if no one who would provide legal representation for someone accused of such a crime should ever hold office.

Hilzoy-- this Exodus send-up you've been doing wrt the GOP, is sheerest genius.

For those reading Nell's comment and wanting links, it's Kevin Drum linking to Abu Aardvark.

According to the NY Times, the Bush administration is setting up a list of timetables for the Iraqi government to meet in regards to security, etc. Why would they want to play into the insurgents and terrorists hands? Won't they just wait us out? What kind of defeatocrats are running this country?

Cafferty just went off.

Cafferty just went off.

More detail, please. I'm in Buffalo and my cable hasn't been restored yet.

More detail, please. I'm in Buffalo and my cable hasn't been restored yet.

He just matter of factly detailed the "immense power grab" (or words to that effect) of the Bush administration and listed torture, NSA spying, throwing Americans in jail without a hearing, etc. I thought it would have been interesting for someone who hasn't been paying attention to hear that and think "holy crap!"

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