1/31/2007

Judge shelves Gitmo detainee cases

Filed under: Bush Whacked,The Law,WTF??? — 11:54 pm

Sixteen lawsuits by Guantanamo Bay detainees were put on hold Wednesday by a federal judge who said he may no longer have jurisdiction to hear their cases.

U.S. District Court Judge Reggie B. Walton in Washington said the Military Commissions Act , signed into law in October, has left him unable to consider whether the detainees can challenge being held at the Navy facility in Cuba.

121 Jobs That Don’t Suck

Filed under: SWEET — 11:47 pm

121 Jobs That Don’t Suck

50 Remarkable Favicons

Filed under: Tools,Web Design — 11:29 pm

50 Remarkable Favicons

Plan Today for Summer Success

Filed under: DIY,Economy,Health — 8:35 pm

Raising your own berries, fruits, and vegetables is a fun and rewarding way to save money. Our grocery bills drop dramatically during harvest season, and the food cannot be beat. (I love our salsa recipe.) But my wife notes, “February is the time to start planning your vegetable garden.” This post contains her advice for starting a garden that will produce a bounty of delicious food.

Free Keyword Suggestion Tool

Filed under: Technology,Tools,Web Design — 8:33 pm

Free Keyword Suggestion Tool

Enhance your (page) performance!

Filed under: Technology,Web Design — 8:33 pm

Enhance your (page) performance!

Manifest Destiny: A New Direction for America

Filed under: Bush Whacked,Public Service,SWEET — 8:26 pm

Nice (rather lengthy) article about American utopianism in foreign policy. Very well written.

President George Bush has decided to disregard both the political message of the 2006 midterm election and congressional pressure for an early end to America’s Iraq involvement, as well as the Baker-Hamilton proposals. These decisions are meeting much opposition, which is likely to fail. Bush’s opponents have been unable to propose a course of withdrawal that is not a politically prohibited concession of American defeat and that does not risk still more destructive consequences in Iraq and probably the region—even though the result of delayed withdrawal could be worse in all respects. Most of Bush’s critics in Congress, in the press and television, and in the foreign policy community are hostage to past support of his policy and to their failure to question the political and ideological assumptions upon which it was built.

The Bush administration defends its pursuit of this unlikely goal [“ending tyranny in the world”] by means of internationally illegal, unilateralist, and preemptive attacks on other countries, accompanied by arbitrary imprisonments and the practice of torture, and by making the claim that the United States possesses an exceptional status among nations that confers upon it special international responsibilities, and exceptional privileges in meeting those responsibilities. … Other American leaders before George Bush have made the same claim in matters of less moment. It is something like a national heresy to suggest that the United States does not have a unique moral status and role to play in the history of nations, and therefore in the affairs of the contemporary world. In fact it does not.

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