Thursday, September 21, 2006

the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

* newsweek via froomkin:
""Bush's goals -- while entirely laudable -- are undercut not just by the poisonous claims of the jihadi movement. They are undercut by his own record. . . .

"And when he appealed for agreement on 'a world beyond terror,' he reached for a landmark U.N. document: the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. 'This document declares that the "equal and inalienable rights of all members of the human family is the foundation of freedom and justice and peace in the world,"' Bush said.

"That's the same Universal Declaration that prohibits torture or 'cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.' It's the same Universal Declaration that promises everyone 'a fair and public hearing by an independent and impartial tribunal in the determination of his rights and obligations and of any criminal charge against him.' And it's the same Universal Declaration that promises everyone charged with a penal offence 'a public trial at which he has had all the guarantees necessary for his defense.'""
* billmon:
"Under the circumstances, nation building in the Middle East might best be compared to sand castle building -- on the beach in the face of a rising tide. We'd probably all be better off if our imperial strategists could come up with a strategy for managing the transition to a more decentralized, fragmented and at times chaotic world, instead of trying to turn back the clock to a earlier day. But, of course, if they were comfortable doing that they probably wouldn't be imperial strategists."
* billmon is confused about thailand.

* jen nix:
"People, this is exactly why we need your help to publish Marcy Wheeler’s book, 16 Words. Conventional wisdom and access-oriented journalism too often result in complex stories being dumbed down and sometimes ignored altogether, as we’ve seen on this story since the supposed Armitage bomb was dropped by Isikoff and Corn. Of course, Marcy Wheeler’s readers know she had that so-called revelation three months before those reporters. Marcy is a citizen journalist who has followed this story, and often led the reporting, which has kept the crimes committed against Valerie Plame and Joe Wilson from being swept under the rug of convenience and ease. "
you can donate here.

* rimone:
latest proof there’s no god: the preznit hasn’t appeared with any new wounds or bruises or whatever lately. for fuck’s sake, the least he can do is fall off his bike again, goddammit. or at the very least, say something incredibly stupid about which he’s all proudtard."
* glenn:
"one thing is beyond dispute at this point: the White House's plan to resolve the NSA scandal by obtaining amnesty for past lawbreaking and future legislative blessing for its warrantless eavesdropping program has veered far off course and, at least for now, appears genuinely imperiled."


oldschool said...

Jesusgod, I hope Glenn is right.

And, if you would y'all please pardon me for a moment: I'd love to be able to respond to rimone's blog - even though it only took me a couple of months to figure out that the only way to do it was through the 'dis me' feature - well that feature goes through a portion of my box with which I'm not familiar - and my crack technical staff-18-year-old-son isn't available right now - so my e-mail is't ask) and I'd love to be able to e-mail rimome (only with loving stuff, y'understand)(on account of I hardly ever disagree with anyone, now do I)?

P.S. I tried about 17 times to make it work through - now I'm reduced to showing an enormous amount of ignorance..

lukery said...

i hope gleen is right too. fingers x'd

i've sent you rimone's email address.

rimone said...

thank you, Lukery.

oldschool: e-mail rimome (only with loving stuff, y'understand)(on account of I hardly ever disagree with anyone, now do I)?

LOL! bring it onnnn. oh wait--he ruined that phrase for me as well. fucker.

ages ago when my ex designed my site, the 'dis me' button was, we thought, totally me as well as trying to ward off spambots and addy-collectors and the like by inserting the words 'remove' and 'me'. (some use NO SPAM in caps after the @ sign, does the same thing--the proposed recipients will never receive wotever)

i can't tell y'all how many people don't take out the REMOVE ME from the addy and so, i don't get the mail unless those words are um...removed.

when they finally figure it out, i get a lot of cursing which, if the rest is dumb (and it usually is), gets immediately deleted.

lukery said...

i wish i got more wingnut mail. it's not fair

LeeB said...

Rimone! Forward some of your wingnut mail to Lukery . . . no reason not to share the twits, if he's going to go all morose on us 'cuz he's feeling left out . . . Luke might F/P some of it so we can all laugh and point. :-)

rimone said...

LOL to alla youse.

i shall forward the mail (in future; it's all gone now) but it's embarrassing. there should be a little sign on my site that says like 'those w/IQs under 120 please leave immediately.'

i think the last time i copied someone's mail was in january after i commented at Confederate Spanky's place and one of his readers took umbrage, apart from that he obviously didn't know what 'umbrage' means. (ps--CY's still coming over to mine which i think is a scream)

lukery said...

i love making fun of wingnuts. pls pls pls send it thru.

rimone said...

can't you just go to google and do "confederate yankee" or wotever?

it was sometime in january, i think.

i'll try to dig it up later when i wake up better.