March 1st, 2005


Best Bush appointee ever!

In a case reminiscent of one of Abe Lincoln's worst and most tyrannical moments, U.S. district judge and Bush appointee Henry Floyd ruled today that the president has "no power, neither express nor implied, neither constitutional nor statuary," to hold a US citizen indefinitely as an "enemy combatant"... for now though, Jose Padilla remains a political prisoner of the United States, as the Justice Department is digging in its heels.

That's one of the rubs of appointing "strict constitutionalists", I guess. Sooner or later, you're bound to find one of them who *actually* strictly adheres to the Constitution... unlike other judges I could name. *coff!*Scalia*coff!coff!*

Oh, and if you thought that Lincoln was some kind of hero, you're pretty much mistaken. He may have inadvertently freed the slaves -- an end to secession, not emancipation, was his main goal -- but he also raped the South, permanently damaged the Constitution, gave us an increasingly greedy federal government that breathes down our collective necks, and took away the rights of states to rule themselves, exchanging one injustice for several others.

That said, it took GWB to really take the misuse of his unconstitutional fictitious powers to the level of extreme ludicrosity. Wouldn't it be nice to have a federal government -- and a president -- which actually started *giving back* some of the power and money they've taken from us over the years?!

As an update...

I was curious as to how Marc Almond was doing after his nearly fatal motorcycle crash. He appears to be recovering quickly, but it's still a big jolt.

I like Laurie Anderson, but I'm not sure I would want to have "O Superman" stuck in my head for the duration of a coma. Sure, it's strangely appropriate, but it might be too much after the first few hours. A short cameo would probably be better.

Maybe they should make a surrealistic movie sometime about the inner mind of a coma victim / recovering patient. Get Charlie Kaufman to write it, and I'm so there...

Ukraine troops to quit Iraq.

As he promised during his campaign, Yushchenko, the  new leader of Ukraine, is withdrawing all 1650 of their troops from Iraq, in a phased withdrawl to begin this month.

In other news, all is not well with the Russians in Chechnya. The recent death of nine Russian soldiers in that country was a rare public admission of their losses, estimated to be nearly 12,000 since the second Chechen war began in 1999. The European Court of Human Rights recently found the Russians guilty of extrajudicial killings and torture in Chechnya, a move that is bound to increase international pressure towards a peace settlement in that war.