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Late night links-a-go-go.

I can’t get enough of talking about FISA.

First, a recap. Contains a good video summary from the American News Project.

Russ Feingold, post-FISA vote interview.

Aug. 8, 1974 vs. July 9, 2008

Congress rocks.

The ACLU’s lawsuit.

Glenn Greenwald’s interview with Jameel Jaffer, the Director of the ACLU's National Security Project.

This is what our founding fathers warned against.

The Nation joins the ACLU lawsuit, along with many other good people.

Yes, Ted and I both made another set of donations to the ACLU this week.


In other news…

$10 says Congress doesn’t hold him in contempt.

Karl Rove really is utterly despicable.


And lastly…

McCain’s birth control problem.

This really begs the question… does McCain even know where babies come from?


Oh yeah, Giuliani is a fucking idiot, too.


Oh, big fucking deal. Its all positioning and posturing, and amounts to exactly nothing. Pelosi, you suck.


And a small, sleepy, stream-of-consciousness rant...

Lord, what a fucking mess we're in.

You know what got us here? Apathy and fear. What a strange and volatile combination. You know why this is all worse than Watergate? Worse than McCarthy? Because back then... people gave a shit. There's no possibility for positive change when the bulk of the American people are either numb with exhaustion, apathetic because they don't perceive any of this as relevant to the slog of their daily lives, or scared into submission.

Politicians are banking on our fear, apathy, and numbness. Why wouldn’t they? Its been a sucker’s bet for seven and a half years.

McCain made almost a dozen gigantic blunders this week, but they got about as much press as HR 6304. What bullshit. Fuck the press.

Where are the Woodwards and Bernsteins? And if we did have an army of them, would anyone care?

And so on, and so on.


So, what will Room 101 contain for you?

Comments

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djnevermore
Jul. 11th, 2008 08:07 am (UTC)
Loss of hope breeds apathy in some, too.
alicia_stardust
Jul. 11th, 2008 08:30 am (UTC)
You hit the nail on the head when it comes to what scares the shit out of me:

"There's no possibility for positive change when the bulk of the American people are either numb with exhaustion, apathetic because they don't perceive any of this as relevant to the slog of their daily lives, or scared into submission."

And that's why I find it so hard to believe that things can be turned around anytime soon, if ever, because who will be left to hold the leaders accountable? Depressing as all fuck. =(

I don't know where to start for Room 101.
ladycoldfire
Jul. 11th, 2008 11:47 am (UTC)
You pasted the sentiments I was going to echo. We're in such a mess on all fronts and so busy just trying to keep our heads above water on the practical fronts, like job, housing, transportation and daily living that we are too numb to light the fire of passion for our country. That and the way the current administration has so horribly screwed things up and the way the cronyism has been going we are too scared.

It's come down to the lessor of 2 evils. Who can do the least amount of damage in 4 years so we can perhaps get a chance at a better option. Too bad the better options have to drop out of the race because they can't raise money like the bad options can.

aphephobia
Jul. 11th, 2008 09:02 am (UTC)
It makes me sad that the public got so riled up about Bill Clinton and Monica Lewinsky than they are over stuff like this.

As for McCain: he's the best argument for birth control ever. Just... urrrgh.
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shantih
Jul. 11th, 2008 11:13 am (UTC)
"Politicians are banking on our fear, apathy, and numbness. Why wouldn’t they? Its been a sucker’s bet for seven and a half years."

Yep.

The first presidential election I was old enough to vote in was Gore vs Bush in 2000. >.<
fizzgig_bites
Jul. 12th, 2008 04:12 am (UTC)
More FISA
I thought you might appreciate this.
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