Federal Government Seeks Google Records in Pornography Investigation
The Bush administration, seeking to revive an online pornography law struck down by the U.S. Supreme Court, has subpoenaed Google Inc. for details on what its users have been looking for through its popular search engine.
Google has refused to comply with the subpoena, issued last year, for a broad range of material from its databases, including a request for 1 million random Web addresses and records of all Google searches from any one-week period, lawyers for the U.S. Justice Department said in papers filed Wednesday in federal court in San Jose.
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All you republican-voting libertarians are getting exactly what you deserve. When uncle sam arrests you and confiscates your possessions without charging you with a crime guess who will be the ONLY one that will protect you.... your old punching bag the ACLU.
We wouldn't even KNOW about this if google had just turned over the records.
Wealthy republicans laugh and laugh at libertarians and lower class republican voters. The rich realize they are voting to further their own interests and that you are just dopes not even smart enough to read a newspaper. Of coarse they don’t pay attention to or care what you think… You DON’T think, you just believe what you are told by your betters. Who would respect that.
The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but shorter tempers, wider Freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more, but have less, we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more problems, more medicine, but less wellness.
We drink too much,
smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little, drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldomWe have multiplied our possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and hate too often.We've learned how to make a living, but not a life. We've added years to life not life to years. We've been all the way to the moon and back, but have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer space but not inner space. We've done larger things, but not better things.
We've cleaned up the air, but polluted the soul. We've conquered the atom, but not our prejudice. We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less. We've learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less and less.
These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big
men and small character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes. These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer, to quiet, to kill. It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete...
Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going to be around forever.
Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your side.
Remember, to give a warm hug to the one next to you, because that is the only treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn't cost a cent.
Remember, to say, "I love
you" to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep inside of you.
Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday that person will not be there again.Give time to love, give time to speak! And give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.
AND ALWAYS REMEMBER:Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.
This morning, ThinkProgress revealed charges of hypocrisy leveled against former Vice President Al Gore by Attorney General Gonzales were completely baseless. Now, the AP has updated its story on the Bush administration’s smear of Gore to include the facts:
McClellan said the Clinton-Gore administration had engaged in warrantless physical searches, and he cited an FBI search of the home of CIA turncoat Aldrich Ames without permission from a judge. He said Clinton’s deputy attorney general, Jamie Gorelick, had testified before Congress that the president had the inherent authority to engage in physical searches without warrants.
“I think his hypocrisy knows no bounds,” McClellan said of Gore.
But at the time of the Ames search in 1993 and when Gorelick testified a year later, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act required warrants for electronic surveillance for intelligence purposes, but did not cover physical searches. The law was changed to cover physical searches in 1995 under legislation that Clinton supported and signed.
Bush’s attorney general, Alberto Gonzales, made the same arguments as McClellan during interviews Monday on CNN’s “Larry King Live” and Fox News Channel’s “Hannity & Colmes.”
The White House responded to Gore’s criticism with a dishonest smear. The media, thankfully, is beginning to understand that.
The larger issue, however, is that the White House doesn’t have an honest response to criticism of their warrantless domestic wiretapping program.
Migrant bills spur debate
Dozens of people, including many from out of state, packed Representatives Hall yesterday to testify on legislation that would give local authorities sweeping powers to limit illegal immigration.
"The point of this law is to get the local police into the game," said Rep. Andrew Renzullo, a Hudson Republican.
That says it all. Its a game for this local yahoos who wanna run around playing vigilante. Absolutely the wrong people to entrust with this duty.
Joan Molinara, a member of 9/11 Families for a Secure America, traveled from Pennsylvania to testify. Her son, a New York City firefighter, was killed during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, and for her, strict local immigration laws are about safety, not race.
"If one state has the courage to stand up and do something, then others will follow," she said.
The domino theory (The idea that brought us Vietnam) is alive and well. If this is the case how come we don't have an income tax or a bottle deposit?
If these bills were challenged, it would be very difficult to defend them against a constitutional challenge," she said.
Gov. John Lynch, a Democrat, said he's watching the debate, but he thinks immigration laws may be beyond the scope of the Legislature.
"I certainly don't think it's a big problem, but . . . I believe that the federal government has a responsibility to enforce the laws which are on the books," he said. "They need to step up and do that."
Gov. Two Sides... On two sides of every issue. DO you want know where Lynch stands on any issue? He is directly in the center and NOT YET taking a position. What courage, what vision… what leadership. If only his approval rating could single handedly make this a better state.
Yes, there's nothing so valuable to George W. Bush and the religious right than Daily Kos, Moveon.org and Ted Kennedy. What would he do without them?
The answer? Exactly the same thing Bush was doing before MoveOn and Daily Kos truly came on the scene in 2003 and 2004. He would be stealing elections, destroying the environment, installing radical right-wing reactionary judges, pretending he had a mandate, pissing off the world, starting wars without international support, ensuring our troops in the field didn't have the proper equipment, denying global warming existed, being cagey about "intelligent design", and so on.
I'm sure you guys could add to the list.
What idiots like Sullivan don't understand is that institutions like MoveOn and Daily Kos are a reaction to the Right Wing's tactics for the past 20 years. We are a reaction to the politics of personal destruction pioneered by the right's Clinton-hating brigades, the vile and corrosive rhetoric of Rush Limbaugh, Ann Coulter, and company, and the politics of demonization which the Right practices against blacks, immigrants, and gays.
But when someone on the left fights back, it's the end of the fucking world.
I understand that it was easier for right-wing hacks to ply their trash when liberals unilaterally disarmed and took it with nary a peep. I understand they pine for those days when the best we could offer in rebuttal was Alan Colmes.
But they created the environment we now play in. They wanted a "culture war", an ideological fight, a partisan rumble in which only one side brought guns to the game. Those days are over.
They don't like it, they only have themselves to blame. Andrew Sullivan included.
Andy Sullivan and his talking points for "conservative" centrists democrats to parrot and look all reasonable and ineffective.
Feinstein last week on Fox News Sunday:
"If I believe that he was going to go in there and overthrow Roe, the question is, most likely, yes [that would merit a filibuster]."
"I do not see a likelihood of a filibuster," said Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif. "This might be a man I disagree with, but it doesn't mean he shouldn't be on the court."
Alito before the hearings:
I am particularly proud of my contributions in recent cases which the government has argued in the Supreme Court that racial and ethnic quotas should not be allowed and that the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion.
Alito at the hearings, responding to Feinstein's line of questioning about Roe and stare decisis:
"The Supreme Court has said that this is a question that calls for the exercise of judgment. And they've said there has to be a special justification for overruling a precedent. There is a presumption that precedence will be followed. But it is not the -- the rule of stare decisis is not an inexorable command.
from Daily Kos