Misbehavin’

December 11th, 2011 § 0 comments § permalink

This should be read…  I, too, have had a bellyful of our dear masters.

 

Close to Home?

March 28th, 2010 § 0 comments § permalink

So what’s going on here? The FBI has set up a command post at the Washtenaw County Sheriff’s Department – that’s probably less than a mile (as the helicopter flies) from my house. I’m not going to pre-judge – but I’m damn curious. More news is trickling in.  From Fox News:

Seven people have been arrested for allegedly selling pipe bombs in Michigan, Ohio and Indiana, Fox News has learned.

The arrests and raids in Michigan and Indianapolis are related to alleged militia activity in the region, but are not related to international terrorism. There is not a current threat to the public, according to a law enforcement source.

An official for the FBI’s Michigan bureau said initial court appearances are expected in Michigan on Monday.

Here’s some early video.

Jennifer Granholm for Supreme Court Justice

May 25th, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

The pace is accelerating and a choice is imminent. Barack Obama will very likely nominate a Supreme Court Justice this week to replace retiring Justice David Souter.

One of the names being mentioned as a possibility is that of our Michigan Governor, Jennifer Granholm.

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American Torture Disambiguated

April 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Updated 4.27.09

Confused about all this talk about American torture? Watch this one. Rachael Maddow and her guest Ron Suskind clear a few things up for us.

Here’s part one with Rachael Maddow:

And part two joined by Ron Suskind:

I think we need to know what happened to us.  George W. Bush, the President of the United States is apparently, in light of treaties that the United States has signed, a war criminal.  Have a look at Andrew Sullivan’s post What Reagan Signed.

Just ask yourself: reading this language and knowing that president Bush ordered the waterboarding of a man for 83 times to get evidence linking Saddam Hussein to al Qaeda, is it really a matter of debate whether the last president of the United States is a war criminal? How is one able to come to any other opinion?

Remember:

any act by which severe pain or suffering, whether physical or mental, is intentionally inflicted on a person for such purposes as obtaining from him or a third person information or a confession”

is torture. Remember:

No exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat or war, internal political instability or any other public emergency, may be invoked as a justification of torture.

Why are we still debating this?

At the time of the 9/11 attacks upon New York and Washington, it was possible to imagine a ticking bomb scenario, where our/my prisoner had information that could save the lives of thousands, or even millions of innocents.  Would I torture in such a situation?

A few years ago, during his wife Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign, Bill Clinton was asked about all this:

At some point the issue in play here is not even Torture, but rather the Rule of Law. If we want to be able to torture, we should change our laws to permit torture. But if we have laws against torture, then the laws must be enforced.

By the way, I think torture is bad, and that the United States of America should not torture.  I recognize that is easy for me to adopt this position when the responsibility for our collective safety falls on other people’s shoulders.

From my safe, comfy living room, I weigh in on a subject I have avoided because I’m not sure how I’d behave if my city or my family were threatened and I had a prisoner…

Conspicuous Cultural Consumption

February 23rd, 2009 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

I’ve just finished buying – and reading – Larry Lessig’s new book Remix: Making Art and Commerce Thrive in the Hybrid Economy, of which I will write more presently..

But tonight, and muchly pertinent to Lessig’s book – tonight the 2008 Oscars show is being broadcast. OK. I can’t watch the whole Oscars show. Can’t do it. But, anyhow the Oscars are on in the living room, and there was a song and dance production number – “The Musical Is Back.”  Top Hat, White Tie and Tails segued into I Don’t Know How to Love Him, while Maria – I’ve just met a girl named Maria wafted through the hodgepodge…

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Lessig and the FCC

December 26th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

Larry Lessig has something to say about the FCC…

Labor Law and Our Current Crisis

December 5th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

This article “How A Low Wage Economy With Weak Labor Laws Brought Us the Mortgage Credit Crisis” – is a good read.

Lessig @ Charlie Rose

December 2nd, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

Larry Lessig @ Charlie Rose

Just When I Swear Off Politics…

November 15th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

If you’ve followed the Don Siegelman case in Alabama, you’ll find this link revealing.  What a travesty our Federal Justice System has become.

Pig Organs For Transplant to Humans?

November 7th, 2008 § 0 comments § permalink

theOwl

This is pretty weird. That being said, if someone I knew and loved needed a transplant to stay alive, I would want all ethically acceptable options on the table.

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