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An interview, about 35 minutes long.
Hat-tip Jerome Doolittle @ Bad Attitudes.
NTodd is wicked smart.
This is how it goes endlessly with people like [Washington Post editorial page editor Fred] Hiatt: (1) If X does not happen, there is no justification for staying; (2) X has not happened; (3) we must stay. That is why nothing they say has any meaning. Staying in Iraq is always the only real goal. Everything else is just pretext and blather to continue to do that.
The US is a powerful country that does not need to prove itself by beating up smaller countries.
There was no casus belli in Iraq.
Occupation will not pacify Iraq, nor should we have any right to expect a reward for our illegal invasion.
As a brave American once said, “You know, this war is so fucking illegal.”
Mitt Romney is not.
Hat-tip Ellroon @ Rants from the Rookery.
Already Legal: California, Oregon, Alaska, Washington, Hawaii, Colorado, Maine, Rhode Island, Vermont, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, and the District of Columbia.
New Hampshire: A bill failed in the House.
New York: A bill may be passed by the Assembly this week.
New Jersey: Hearings have been held in the legislature but no bills have been voted on.
Maryland: A 2003 bill allows for an affirmative legal defense for medical marijuana users, but it’s still technically illegal.
Michigan: The Michigan Coalition for Compassionate Care is collecting signatures to force a vote in the legislature.
Illinois: A bill failed in the State Senate.
Wisconsin: A bill is expected to be introduced this summer.
Minnesota: A bill died in the State House.
Texas: Legislators failed to get a bill introduced.
Even in the states where it’s been legalized, though, the federal prohibition on any use of marijuana still exists and puts medical marijuana users across the country in a state of legal limbo. You can check here and here for updates.
Do you favor a withdrawal of all United States military from Iraq within the next six months? (Republicans Only)
Do you favor a withdrawal of all United States military from Iraq within the next six months? (Democrats Only)
Jon Swift has an idea:
It is the Second Amendment that makes our country free. A Global Second Amendment would make the world free. Nuclear proliferation could be the key to making the world safe for democratic proliferation.
We’d have to accept a Nuclear Regulatory Body, being necessary to the security of a free World.
She didn’t mean to do it.
Remember, she has immunity. Whatever acts she undertook they were not of her own devising, she was working for people who wanted it done.
Hat-tip Paul Kiel.
This will be a six part series, one episode per day.
This is episode one.
Comey explained yesterday:
COMEY: Mrs. Ashcroft reported that a call had come through, and that as a result of that call Mr. Card and Mr. Gonzales were on their way to the hospital to see Mr. Ashcroft.
SCHUMER: Do you have any idea who that call was from?
COMEY: I have some recollection that the call was from the president himself.
Hat-tip Space Cowboy.
Here is the testimony of (former) acting attorney general James Comey to the senate judiciary committee.
And Attorney General Ashcroft then stunned me. He lifted his head off the pillow and in very strong terms expressed his view of the matter, rich in both substance and fact, which stunned me — drawn from the hour-long meeting we’d had a week earlier — and in very strong terms expressed himself, and then laid his head back down on the pillow, seemed spent, and said to them, But that doesn’t matter, because I’m not the attorney general.
Hat-tip Think Progress.
“Congress owes it to the American people to take down the curtain of secrecy surrounding these shadow forces that often act in the name and on the payroll of the people of this country.”
Hat-tip Cookie Jill.
If we had known, if we had only known — how to speak to one another.
The American constitution proclaimed democracy with the words, “We, the people.” Despite it having been drafted by some small number of men, and consecrated many injustices in the name of compromise, these opening words gave acknowledgment to the authority of the people to exercise sovereignty.