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Friday, October 07, 2005

New Yorkers return to subway after terror warning

NEW YORK, Oct 7 (Reuters) - New Yorkers cautiously returned to their famed subway on Friday after authorities warned that the mass transit system had come under its most specific terrorist threat ever.

Uniformed police stepped up searches of bags and increased their presence at subway stations following Mayor Michael Bloomberg's plea to commuters to leave their luggage, briefcases and baby strollers at home.

"It's a little quieter than normal. That makes me a little nervous," said Lisa Marie Dipaola, 24, who was waiting for a train on the platform beneath Times Square on her way to her job in investment banking.

The century-old transit system is both vital and emblematic for New York, moving 4.5 million riders a day in the country's largest city.


So, this seems familiar.

Big Terror Speech by Bush - Yesterday
Big Terror Alert in NYC - Last Night!

That is really convenient. An alert NYC has had for almost a week was allowed to be released by our federal government yesterday. Hmmmmm, I wonder why the federal government gave the go-ahead o this one?

BE AFRAID, We need to keep fighting these wars.

BBC: Bush Claims God Told Him to Fight Wars

"A senior White House official has denied that the US president, George Bush, said God ordered him to invade Afghanistan and Iraq.
A spokesman for Mr Bush, Scott McClellan, said the claims, to be broadcast in a TV documentary later this month, were "absurd".

In the BBC film, a former Palestinian foreign minister, Nabil Shaath, says that Mr Bush told a Palestinian delegation in 2003 that God spoke to him and said: "George, go and fight these terrorists in Afghanistan" and also "George, go and end the tyranny in Iraq".
During a White House press briefing, Mr McClellan said: "No, that's absurd. He's never made such comments." ...

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Thursday, October 06, 2005

What the Federalist Papers said about Cronyism

This is what Alexander Hamilton said about appointing Supreme Court Nominees:

"The Senate confirmation is a check on the self-interest and impulsiveness of the President

... a man who had himself the sole disposition of offices, would be governed much more by his private inclinations and interests, than when he was bound to submit the propriety of his choice to the discussion and determination of a different and independent body, and that body an entire branch of the legislature. The possibility of rejection would be a strong motive to care in proposing. The danger to his own reputation, and, in the case of an elective magistrate, to his political existence, from betraying a spirit of favoritism, or an unbecoming pursuit of popularity, to the observation of a body whose opinion would have great weight in forming that of the public, could not fail to operate as a barrier to the one and to the other.

Protections against the appointment of unqualified candidates

He [the President] would be both ashamed and afraid to bring forward, for the most distinguished or lucrative stations, candidates who had no other merit than that of coming from the same State to which he particularly belonged, or of being in some way or other personally allied to him, or of possessing the necessary insignificance and pliancy to render them the obsequious instruments of his pleasure."

I wonder if Hamilton would think a friend, a staff member, and a personal lawyer of the President would fall under the
"being in some way or other personally allied to him, or of possessing the necessary insignificance and pliancy to render them the obsequious instruments of his pleasure."

This is cronyism at its finest.
I wonder how she would have voted on the Gore v. Bush case?

Bush: Militants Seek to Intimidate World

President Bush accused Islamic militants on Thursday of seeking to "enslave whole nations and intimidate the world" and charged they have made Iraq their main front.

"The militants believe that controlling one country will rally the Muslim masses, enabling them to overthrow all moderate governments in the region and establish a radical Islamic empire that spans from Spain to Indonesia," Bush said. The president has been stepping up his defense of his Iraq policy in the face of declining public support for the war and a crucial test in Iraq with the Oct. 15 constitutional referendum.

In a speech before the National Endowment for Democracy, Bush likened the ideology of Islamic militants to communism. And he said they are being "aided by elements of the Arab news media that incites hatred and anti-Semitism."

"Against such an enemy, there's only one effective response: We never back down, never give in and never accept anything less than complete victory," Bush declared.

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I will be ripping apart this speech later.