Wednesday, July 12, 2006

The United States of Incarceration

* ive written before that " i wouldnt be surprised if the prison lobby was the driving force behind the absurd prison sentences given to drug consumers and low level dealers."

* now, SCOTUS Kennedy via jeralyn: "The fact that the prison guards' association lobbies for higher penalties is sick," he added emphatically."

* Fiore weighs in with a cartoon: The United States of Incarceration

* bombs going off in india. perhaps they will invade australia in response.

* jeralyn:
"Bob Novak says his lawyers have told him Patrick Fitzgerald says the Valerie Plame leaks investigation is over as to him."
* tpmm:
"MZM Inc., the company once owned by admitted felon Mitchell Wade, worked on assessing Saddam Hussein's nuclear capabilities during the runup to the U.S. invasion of Iraq."
* tpmm:
" But taking Hoekstra's "whistleblower" concerns in context with the rest of the letter, the document begins to look less like an example of speaking truth to power.

First, he accuses the Bush White House of not being paranoid enough that the CIA is out to get them. Then he defends Porter Goss' tenure as CIA chief. If he indeed wrapped up his missive with a complaint that he's not hearing enough about programs which are actually WMD-hunting efforts in Iraq -- well, then he's not so much standing up to the Bush administration as much as he's trying to outdo them. Out-Cheneying Cheney, as it were."

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