Añejo Mockingbird

Used to be this place was mostly about music and pop culture, but it's slowly morphed into a launching pad for finding our foster greyhounds new homes. So be it. We love the hounds and are more than happy to use our modest little blog page to reach out and snag some attention for these greyt dogs... Oh, we'll still post the occasional odd music review or rant at the state of the Redskins from time to time, but they'll hafta take a back seat to the dogs 'til further notice

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Music geek who appreciates everything from power-pop to indie-rock and most everything in between. I especially dig Reggae and its predecessor, Ska.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Civil liberties? Pish! That's so quaint.

Political rant:
Once again, King George has made a mockery of the Constitution. Apparently, it's been determined by our addle-brained president (and his coterie of "yes" men) that spying on our citizens without judicial oversight is just A-O-Fucking-Kay. This, of course, is not ok. We have a system of judicial safeguards in place for very good reason: so the government doesn't overstep its authority and engage in witch hunts against the American people. The government may very well have information or intelligence that leads them to suspect American citizens of fomenting terrorism or having ties to terror organizations - if they do, they need to follow the law and operate in a manner that befits a nation with democratic principles. Sadly, the ethically-challenged GOP leadership in Congress is so busy whoring themselves to any lobbyist with a dollar to spare, that they're just beginning notice that they've lost their power to reign in the Executive office.

Lawmakers have been caught by surprise by several recent reports, including the existence of secret U.S. prisons abroad, the CIA's detention overseas of innocent foreign nationals, and, last week, the discovery that the military has been engaged in domestic spying. After five years in which the GOP-controlled House and Senate undertook few investigations into the administration's activities, the legislative branch has begun to complain about being in the dark.

Political rave:
Props to Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (Vt.), and Senate Minority Leader Harry M. Reid (D-Nev.) for telling the White House to, in effect, talk to the hand. Also, a minor shout out to PA's own independent-minded Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) for promising to investigate the president's latest flouting of the law. Specter is the only apparent member of the GOP that refuses to drink the administration's Kool-Aid. He's also the only Republican who's got anything mildly resembling a backbone...

Hopefully, I'll be able to start my "Best of '05" music list very soon. If not later today, then definitely tomorrow. In the meantime, here's Metacritic's highest rated discs of the year to tide you over.

Tuneage presently turning - I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning
by Bright Eyes
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2 Comments:

Blogger Tim said...

Hey JP, welcome to the blogoverse!

The trend to look at in the next is, if W remains so unpopular (and, really, has he done anything to lead us to believe he can succeed in any way?), how many Republicans will distance themselves from him knowing they have to face re-election in '06. Actually, we've seen some of this already with Bush and Co. losing steam in their legislative agenda. Stay tuned.

By the way, the blog is use most of the time is the Xanga one. Plus, I'm playing a lyric game there you may enjoy.

7:20 PM  
Blogger Tim said...

Er ... ignore the typos. That should be in the next year is and blog I use most. Fighting off a sinus thingy right now. Really, I'm somewhat literate.

7:23 PM  

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