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Friday, June 10, 2005

Patriot Act II - Opinion/Editorial





Informative Links:

Yahoo News - Bush Presses Congress

ACLU - Reform the Patriot Act


Webster's defines patriot as "one who loves his or her country and supports its authority and interests". Maybe I read into things too much, but last time I checked, our country isn't named Bush. Granted, he's our "fearless leader" for the next three years, but he doesn't define who we are as a nation. Don't be mistaken by the name of this Act. America was founded on the concepts of emancipation and independence . You are a patriot if,



  • a: you love this country that is supposed to allow you to think for yourself

  • b: you support its authority by being a law-abiding citizen (i.e., don't do anything stupid like blowing up federal buildings)

  • c: if you support its interests by electing authoritative figures who fight to keep those very concepts on which America was born.



The patriot act can be an effective tool...as long as it does not compromise the inherent freedoms we possess as American citizens.

Don't get me wrong...the attacks made on the U.S. were terrible. And yes, the individuals who both implemented and supported these attacks should pay the consequences. But did anyone ever question why almost four years have passed, and the main perpetrator of the attacks has not been found? What kind of action is being done to prevent bin Laden and his posse from not taking their cause further? Ask yourself why it's alright for the government to spend countless hours searching library records of some 7,000 Joe Schmos who, to our knowledge, have no accounted connection to terrorist activity. Hell, the average Mr. Schmo isn't even told why he's being investigated. Are we really living in world where our children are afraid to research for a school paper on Muslims or where we can't write an e-mail to our friend discussing disagreement on the government's course of action without fear of being investigated? This is not freedom, my friends. This is bondage to conformity.

Poll: Bush's Job Approval Dips to New Low


Click the title to view the article that goes along with these polls.



presidential_approve

This first graph shows the presidents approval rating in blue. As you can see since Jan. 5th, his rating has been below 50% and is currently at 47%.


presidential_issues

This graph shows the presidents ratings on specific issues. As you can see all categories are below 50%. Astonishingly according to the American Public his best issue is "Handling Foreign Policy." You got to be kidding me right? The president's worst issue, according to the poll, is "Handling Domestic Issues."


consumer_attitudes

This last graph shows the consumer attitudes and political measures of the nation. It shows that only 36% of the people polled believe that the nation is going in the right direction. That 36% is the lowest point on the graph that covers all the way back to the end of '02.

Here's a question I thought of while looking at this data:

Since only 36% of the people in this country believe we're going in the right direction, if we had an election today would 64% of people show up to vote?

Thursday, June 09, 2005

John Conyers, Jr. -- Letter to Pres Bush Concerning the "Downing Street Minutes"

On Representative John Conyers blog he has posted a new message about the Downing Street Minutes.

New Goal on DSM: Half a Million Signatures
Moveon.org Joins the Fray

Today, I am pleased to announce that Moveon.org, one of the pioneers in internet activism has joined our drive to demonstrate that the stonewalling of the White House on the Downing Street Minutes will not stand. We deserve answers and we deserve them now.

Given Moveon's involvement, I think we can go for half a million signatures, don't you?


Blogged by JC on 06.09.05 @ 11:32 AM ET


Here's a link to his site. John Conyers

To sign the petition click on the "Downing Street Minutes - C" link on the left hand side of his site.

For more information and actual text of the memo click HERE

Our media in the US has basically blocked this issue from being discussed. We need to make sure it doesn't fade away. Sign the petition today.

Bush won't rule out closing U.S. prison

In the biggest surprise of the week so far there's news that President Bush won't rule out closing the U.S. prison camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba. This was reported just hours after Donald Rumsfeld, Defense Secretary adamantly said they would not close the camp. On a Fox News interview, yeah I know we all hate Fox News, Bush said, "We're exploring all alternatives as to how best to do the main objective, which is to protect America, what we don't want to do is let somebody out that comes back and harms us. And so we're looking at all alternatives -- and have been.''

This tells me one thing, not only is everything you've read about Guantanamo correct, but, ITS WORSE. Here's how I know that:


  • This administration refuses to admit when something has gone wrong. They never change their mind.

  • When we didn't find WMD's they didn't change their mind.

  • When America is constantly rejecting Bush's Social Security plan they haven't changed their mind.



More things will continue to come out about prisoner abuse at Cuba and other locations. You can count on it.

New Site Updates

As you can see I have updated my site (with the help of Bitchels) and have a new look. Here's a list of things that have been updated.

1. New Banner Graphic, neat eh?
2. Bloglet Subscription. IF you enter your Email address in the box to the right and click the "Subscribe" button, you will receive daily emails with links to my newest posts from my site. This way you won't forget to check the site.
3. Google search. Not only can you search the whole web through the search tool to the right, but you can also search just through my postings here at Zorro's Political ShitBurger.
4. Links have been updated and split into 4 categories:
a. News Links
b. Lefty Links
c. Lefty Blogs
d. Lefty Radio

These updates will allow you to better use my site.

Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Senate confirms Brown as appeals court judge









After two years of stalling the nomination Janice Rogers Brown was finally confirmed today in the Senate. The vote was 56-43 with only Democrat Ben Nelson of Nebraska joining the Republicans. Shortly after confirmation of Brown the Senate voted to go ahead with the vote tomorrow on General William Pryor. This will be the last of the three nominations the Democrats agreed to let through without a filibuster, thus ending the much talked about pact.

Now all that remains to be seen is what happens with the other seven nominees the Democrats were stalling on.

Tuesday, June 07, 2005

Sad Picture


Emad Hajjaj, Al-Ghad Newspaper, Amman, Jordan