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Ruminations of the Easily Amused for July 27 2009

27 July 2009 at 8:52:31 AM

Posse Comitatus? Bush Sez - Whazzat? NY Times. So...Bush considered, with a Cheney shove, sending the military troops to BUFFALO!

The lawyers, in the Justice Department’s Office of Legal Counsel, wrote that the Constitution, the courts and Congress had recognized a president’s authority “to take military actions, domestic as well as foreign, if he determines such actions to be necessary to respond to the terrorist attacks upon the United States on Sept. 11, 2001, and before.”

Yeah. Imagine that happened HERE with American tanks rolling down the streets to arrest citizens. Blargh.

Nutty Michael Hayden, who was head of the NSA and who was paradied in the movie "Enemy of the State" wrote an article for the NYTimes about why it was okay for the NSA to spy on Americans without warrants. Says Congress knew. Yeah. Jane Harman begs to differ about Congress being fully informed (LA Times)

....we learned only what the briefers wanted to tell us -- even though they were required by law to keep us "fully and currently informed." Absent the ability to do any independent research, it did not occur to me then that the program was operated wholly outside of the framework Congress created as the exclusive means to conduct such surveillance: the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

She also mentions Yoo's memo and the midnight raid by Alberto G on John Ashcroft in his hospital bed. And remember that the effectiveness of this Bush Spy Without Warrants program is disputed-Miami Herald.

Toddler drowns in bathtub in Johnson County. So sad. A baby can drown in only a inch or two or water.

AT&T Up to Old Censorship Tricks-Blocks LOL Cats-the Register

Did you know there was aNational Pollutant Discharge Elimation System (NPDES) about storm water going into US waters? Neither did I.

Rick Perry Loves His Perks THAT WE PAY FOR, like his freebie estate in Austin and all the chefs and housekeepers. But that's not the part that gets me, because ANY governor in Texas is going to be living high off the hog, at least unless the Texas legislators do something to stifle the powerless position. What I don't like is that he has his trips funded by private entities. Can You Say Bought and Sold?-Ft Worth Star-Telegram

Texas One, a corporate-finance foundation, pays for much of Perry’s business development travel. Other travel is paid for by his political committee or campaign donors. And some is financed as in-kind contributions from specific wealthy donors or interest groups.

Scuba diving was on the agenda in a 2004 trip when beer distributor John Nau and investor Charles Tate, both of Houston, and San Antonio investor James Leininger paid $40,400 to fly Rick and Anita Perry and others on private jets to the Bahamas for a trip that included discussions of public education policy.

Hey! I thought Rick Perry made a big deal out of NOT taking Obama's stimulus money. Didn't he show up to at least one of those Republican Tea Parties to say so? 

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