Saturday, August 12, 2006
A federal judge has ordered personal items seized in 1996 from Unabomber Theodore Kaczynski's Montana cabin to be sold online.
U.S. District Judge Garland Burrell Jr. ruled Thursday that items belonging to Kaczynski - including books, tools, clothing and two checkbooks - should be sold at a "reasonably advertised Internet auction."
The auction will not include 100 items the government considers to be bomb-making materials, such as writings that contain diagrams and "recipes" for bombs.
U.S. Marshals Service will contract the sale with an Internet auctioneer who will bear the cost and receive no more than 10 percent of the proceeds.
The remaining revenues from the sale will be applied to the $15 million in restitution that Burrell ordered Kaczynski to pay his victims.
Kaczynski, 64, is serving a life sentence with no possibility of parole for a bombing spree that lasted from 1978 to 1995. The blasts from homemade bombs killed three people and injured 23.
Kaczynski was arrested at his cabin in Lincoln, Mont., in April 1996.
Only in America folks.
Posted by Mr. Grey Ghost at 11:28 PM
Wednesday, August 09, 2006
HARTFORD, Conn. Â Sen. Joe Lieberman, who angered Democratic voters with his staunch support of the war in Iraq, on Tuesday narrowly lost his party's nomination to Ned Lamont, an antiwar candidate who was unknown seven months ago.
Lieberman is only the fourth incumbent senator to lose his party's nomination since 1980. He promised to run for a fourth term as an independent candidate. Looking out at his supporters Tuesday night, he beamed and raised a fist defiantly in the air.
"The old politics of polarization won today," he said. "For the sake of our state, our country and my party, I cannot and will not let that result stand."
Joe Lieberman may have lost the battle, but it doesn't mean that he has to lose the war. Joe Lieberman must continue to fight. He must prove that the Democratic party is not beholden to the losing cause that is the extreme-Left's immoral agenda.
The Democrat party is continuing to veer in the wrong direction, serving as nothing but a litmus test for the MoveOn/Howard Dean/Michael Moore-run Left. And if you don't accept their dogma on gay marriage, abortion, Iraq or President Bush, you are deemed a "sellout" and the Left will do any and everything in its power to toss you out like yesterday's garbage.
That's why Joe Lieberman is doing the right thing by continuing to run as an independent. He must not give up. He must not let them win. He must not lose come November.
Lieberman is a far better candidate for our party and his record proves it. Ned Lamont? He's nothing but a cable guy with one thing going for him: the anti-war rage of Markos Moulitsas Zuniga and the other Martians over there. Riding that wave is what got Lamont his slim victory yesrerday, nothing else.
On the other hand Lieberman is a real Democrat who votes with his party 90% of the time. He's open to compromise. He isn't afraid to publicly criticize one of his own. He's a proven winner on free trade. He stands by his principles. He doesn't believe in filibusters. He supports women's rights and affirmative action. He wanted to get rid of Saddam Hussein, an evil dictator responsible for killing thousands of Iraqi's.
As we head to November, Joe Lieberman (already favored to win a 3-way race) needs to stick with his principles, fight for what's right and defeat the evil liberal machine. It's vital to the future of our party that he wins.
Monday, August 07, 2006
Do you believe in Iraqi "WMD"? Did Saddam Hussein's government have weapons of mass destruction in 2003?
Half of America apparently still thinks so, a new poll finds, and experts see a raft of reasons why: a drumbeat of voices from talk radio to die-hard bloggers to the Oval Office, a surprise headline here or there, a rallying around a partisan flag, and a growing need for people, in their own minds, to justify the war in Iraq.
People tend to become "independent of reality" in these circumstances, says opinion analyst Steven Kull.
The reality in this case is that after a 16-month, $900-million-plus investigation, the U.S. weapons hunters known as the Iraq Survey Group declared that Iraq had dismantled its chemical, biological and nuclear arms programs in 1991 under U.N. oversight. That finding in 2004 reaffirmed the work of U.N. inspectors who in 2002-03 found no trace of banned arsenals in Iraq.
Despite this, a Harris Poll released July 21 found that a full 50 percent of U.S. respondents Â up from 36 percent last year Â said they believe Iraq did have the forbidden arms when U.S. troops invaded in March 2003, an attack whose stated purpose was elimination of supposed WMD. Other polls also have found an enduring American faith in the WMD story.
"I'm flabbergasted," said Michael Massing, a media critic whose writings dissected the largely unquestioning U.S. news reporting on the Bush administration's shaky WMD claims in 2002-03.
"This finding just has to cause despair among those of us who hope for an informed public able to draw reasonable conclusions based on evidence," Massing said.
Of course, the shock, bewilderment and skepticism displayed within this news release shouldn't surprise anyone who understands the liberal leanings of our press. After all, you're only a member of the "informed public" if you buy into their liberal propaganda.