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These are the mad musings of a middle aged woman, dyke, nurse, poet. I have a dog, a cat, a mobile home, and delusions of grandeur.

Location: California, United States

Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Rock the Vote? Block the Vote!

This seems to be the new mantra of the Good Ol' Boy Network in Republican Land. From Truthout, a New York Times editorial :

[Florida] imposes fines of $250 for every voter registration form that a group files more than 10 days after it is collected, and $5,000 for every form that is not submitted - even if it is because of events beyond anyone's control, like a hurricane.

Go Jeb! Put that League of Women Voters out of business.

In Washington, a new law prevents people from voting if the secretary of state fails to match the information on their registration form with government databases.

Senator Mitch McConnell, Republican of Kentucky, introduced an amendment to require all voters to present a federally mandated photo ID. Even people who have been voting for years would need to get a new ID to vote in 2008.

Found at Salon.com and filed by me under Well, duuuuuuuuuuh!

Enron changed nothingIn the breeding grounds of executive crime, greed still rules. The only lesson corporate America has learned is how to blame everybody else.
By Gary Weiss

...Alas, the root causes of Enron are still with us, and getting worse. I am pained to report that in the breeding grounds of corporate crime, the teeming Gold Coast mansions and sweaty polo clubs, little has changed in the executive attitudes that brought us Enron...

Sarbanes-Oxley, or "Sarbox," as it is known, was enacted in July 2002, when the post-Enron hysteria was at its highest...

The law set up something called the Public Company Accounting Oversight Board, whose purpose is to keep watch over the corporate auditors who failed so miserably to detect the book cooking at Enron...

What Sarbox has never done, and never could do, is change corporate behavior, anymore than you can stop a car thief by taping a Do Not Steal sign to the dashboard. Remember that CEOs who are going to pull off a mega-scam like Enron, or even a routine stock swindle or accounting trick, are not going to be deterred by a law book or someone with a stinkin' badge. They have a more pragmatic view of corporate responsibility -- they feel they don't have any.

And under Troubles in the Terrorist Olympics:

The Rant
New CIA director Hayden plans massive expansion of spying on Americans
From Capitol Hill Blue
May 31, 2006, 08:19

Now that he is officially sworn in as the new head of the Central Intelligence Agency, Gen. Michael Hayden plans to build a vast domestic spying network that will pry into the lives of most Americans around the clock.

President George W. Bush told Hayden to "take whatever steps necessary" to monitor Americans 24/7 by listening in on their phone calls, bugging their homes and offices, probing their private lives, snooping into their financial records and watching their travel habits.

Can I prove this in a court of law? No. Do I know it is happening? Yes, without a doubt. Enough sources within the CIA, FBI, NSA and Pentagon have come forward in recent days to warn about Hayden's plans for an expanded, consolidated spy network aimed at Americans, not terrorists, and violating numerous laws that prohibit such activities against citizens of this country...

From The Progressive come tales of the New McCarthyism:

My name is Mohamad. That doesn’t mean I’m a terrorist”
By Matthew RothschildMay 27, 2006

Mohamad Pharoan is a waiter at the Hyatt Regency at the Inner Harbor in Baltimore. He’d worked there seven years when, on December 5, 2003, President Bush came to the hotel for a reelection fundraiser.

Pharoan, 58 at the time, was supposed to be serving tables at the banquet, but he wasn’t allowed to. Because his name is Mohamad.

This dude, who was born in Syria, came to the US in 1992, and became a citizen in 1996, was escorted by the secret service to his locker, kept under watch while he changed his clothes, and escorted out of the building.

He decided to consult with his brother, Dr. Bash Pharoan, who is president of the Baltimore chapter of the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee.

They went to the press.

On December 10, four members of the House of Representatives—John Conyers, John Dingell, John Lewis, and Betty McCollum—circulated a letter to their colleagues.

The letter started by spoofing the MasterCard commercial:”Price of Admission to Bush fundraiser in Baltimore: $2,000.

“Money Raised at Bush fundraiser in Baltimore: $1,000,000.

“Cost to an American citizen and seven-year hotel employee scheduled to work at the Bush fundraiser but sent home because his name was ‘Mohamad’: Humiliation, Discrimination, and Prejudice.”

Of course, when they apologized, the Secret Service said that his exclusion was in no way related to his ethnic and religious background.”

Th- th- th- that's all folks!

Kinja, the weblog guide


Blogger ~ nellenelle said...

Republicans will do about anything to hold onto power. What a proud tradition... from the Pentagon Papers to NSA spying... way to go GOP!

3:51 PM PDT  
Blogger Sangroncito said...

And it was Republicans who hated California's "motor votor" law that permits people to register to vote at the DMV. After all, Republicans hate democracy. Too many common folks voting means less votes for them.

12:30 PM PDT  
Blogger Mocha said...

Do you realize that I haven't watched the news in ages so I just come here for it? You're like my own personal reporter. ;-)

1:50 PM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

Well Nelle & Sangro, you know I agree with both of you. ;^)

LOL Mocha! Just be advised that my news has a definite leftist slant.

5:51 PM PDT  
Anonymous Katy said...

Ok, I'll admit. When I read stuff like this the twilite zone music starts playing in my head.


8:44 PM PDT  
Blogger NursePam said...

LOL Katy! I have often had the same experience.

6:45 AM PDT  

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