Business As Usual

Just a warning : I’ve had twice my usual daily dose of growl this morning.

Judge rejects Obama bid to stall Gitmo trial

A military judge at Guantanamo on Thursday rejected a White House request to suspend a hearing for the alleged mastermind of the USS Cole bombing, creating an unexpected challenge for the administration as it reviews how America puts suspected terrorists on trial.

What I want to know is – what is someone charged (ahem) in connection with the USS Cole bombing doing in GitMo in the first place? In any case, army colonels as judges (ah yes, that whole “military tribunal” smokescreen) … isn’t the President their commander in chief? Isn’t this just more thinly veiled partisan politics? I’m willing to bet that Army Col. James Pohl is a card carrying Republican. It’s just a feeling. Of course, on the flip side of this equation, is the notion that we should just arbitrarily set all of these prisoners free in some far country. I don’t think I’m alone in looking at this USS Cole bombing stuff and thinking “What, you mean you have ACTUAL TERRORISTS IN THERE?” I know I’m surprised.

In all, war crimes charges are pending against 21 men at Guantanamo. Before Obama became president, the U.S. said it planned to try dozens of detainees in a system that was created by George W. Bush and Congress in 2006 and has faced repeated challenges.

See, reading this makes me want to haul Bushie and Cheney, and their cronies (who will no doubt be instructed to take the fall – you’d think that post-administration some of them would have the gumption to say “Hell no sir.”) dragged out for trial.
It’s sad though when I picture how it would go down, and how much else wouldn’t get done….oi. I don’t trust the American Justice system with it. Moreover, I don’t trust the media with it. Shouldn’t war crimes trials (traditionally) be done in Helsinki or something? (That’s a joke kids.)

Another farking Murder-suicide … there was one in LA that killed five and then in San Francisco….and Baltimore…and Orlando. The US Army is reporting a spike in suicides (Though only in 28 years of data collection – not sure that means anything.) What – so you want more? Really, just go google “Murder Suicide” – and then click “news items”. But only do this if you can handle the unending misery of suck.
Apparently in the 30s stock brokers would jump out of windows (supposedly)…nowadays, we grab as much artillery as we can and lay waste to our families and loved ones before ending our own show.
I think I like the 30s solution better.

Good news – Iraq tells Blackwater to take a hike – of course, since they’d no longer be immune to prosecution, I doubt they’d want to come back anyway.

Global warming is so fictional NATO holds meetings about it – specifically about how all that untapped petroleum isn’t going to be quite so inaccessible any longer.

Oh, yes, that damn stimulus package – Passed without a single GOP vote …. and you thought the minority party were going to, I dunno, change their ways or not play the Party card. For shame. (It’s not like the Dems are throwing out any olive branches, not that I blame them in the short term.)
But really, just arbitrarily shutting the process down *after* all that dickering about? Childish folks. And it’s not going to make the stimulus package any, er, more stimulating.
They are, one and all, thinking of 2010. Which is sad and stupid.
But hey we should start seeing benefits from the stimulus package in mere weeks. Allow me to call bullshit on this.

Leaders Say Obama Has Tapped Pastor for Outreach Office AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH. What the hell? Separation of Church and State – have you heard of it? Why continue what George II did? Why? Tell me why?

Tim “Rawww” Geithner says plans for banks are in the works. Wait…banks? Like this one? * Either way, he said “We have a financial system that is run by private shareholders, managed by private institutions, and we’d like to do our best to preserve that system.”

But bank stocks surged on hopes the government was moving toward creating a “bad bank” to purge toxic assets from balance sheets that are rapidly deteriorating as the economy worsens. On Wednesday, the Federal Reserve cautioned that the economy was still spiraling downward on many fronts.

So…banks having a dumping ground for unprofitable risks taken and failed? THAT’s a good idea……..
You know that you can go here and watch who’s getting the money, right? Good.

Swiss cops find pot field while doodling around on Google Earth

“It was an interesting chance discovery,” said Klossner.

Suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuure it was.

* I know, I know, I’m being too hard on those poor wealthy corporate aristocrats – after all, they aren’t buying that jet anymore (of course not, THEY GOT CAUGHT)….or Maybe they are now that the cameras have largely moved away.

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~ by Auntie Ranty on January 29, 2009.

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