August 1st, 2006


NYC mayor purjures self, sold NYC to Republican Party.

Looks like New York City anti-war protesters might finally get their message heard, and possibly get rid of the mayor of New York at the same time.

According to documents that have been released released in a lawsuit filed against the city, it turns out that Mayor Bloomberg purjured himself when he provided a sworn statement that he had "no knowledge at all" regarding the permit application for a civil rights, anti-war rally on the Great Lawn during the RNC Convention in New York City.

In fact, the evidence released -- internal emails, primarily -- indicate that the mayor was directly involved in the refusal of the permit, denying the citizens of New York City the constitutional right to lawfully assemble and protest.

In litigation, the City of New York initially refused to produce a July 11, 2004 e-mail claiming it was privileged. The Partnership for Civil Justice challenged this designation, and forced the City to produce the e-mail, which is from Parks Commissioner Adrian Benepe to Mayor Bloomberg. In it, Commisioner Benepe writes to the Mayor as follows:

"Following your call, spoke with Ray [Kelly, Commissioner of Police] about 10 minutes ago. Coincidentally, our lawyer and Chief McManus and the Law Dept. are meeting at this very minute to agree on the language and strategy of the letter rejecting the Arab-American rally on the Great Lawn . . . I assume the rejection letter will go out today. I will let you know."

Presumably, someone will get moving on perjury and obstruction of justice charges against the mayor, toot sweet.

Israel widens its invasion of Lebanon.

Associated Press reports that Israel has sent "up to 10,000 armored troops into south Lebanon".

(From what I can tell, this isn't exactly true. Rather, it sounds like armored troops, mixed in with mechanized infantry.)

Troops battled guerrillas after Israel ordered its army to punch all the way to the Litani River, about 18 miles from the border.

They entered through four different points along the border and moved at least four miles inside Lebanon. Israeli officials said their soldiers were to go as far as the Litani, and hold the ground until an international peacekeeping force comes ashore.

This is one of those times when I wish that I wasn't right.

So, I guess that turns Hezbollah into "patriotic Lebanese defending their homeland", eh? (I can tell you what it turns the Israeli soldiers into.)

Presumably, there are also patriotic Lebanese who are defending their homeland who are not Hezbollah, or are only tangentally cooperating with them, in that they want to defend their country, but have no interest or training in committing terrorist acts. Of course, Hezbollah will, no doubt, gladly welcome all comers, and will milk the situation for all its worth.