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I like tasteful cigars, private property, American whiskey, fast cars, hot women, pre-bailout Jeeps, fine dining, worthwhile literature, low taxes, original music, personal privacy and self-defense rights -- but not necessarily in this order.

Is Oil-For-Food 2 in the works?

France and Great Britian are working on diplomatic angles to force Iran into abandoning its nuclear program. From the AP:

Over Chinese and Russian opposition, Western nations circulated a U.N. Security Council resolution that would demand Iran abandon uranium enrichment or face the threat of unspecified further measures, a possible reference to sanctions.

Britain and France, backed by the United States, hope to wrap up negotiations on the legally binding resolution before a meeting of foreign ministers in New York on Monday. However, diplomats acknowledged that resistance from China and Russia may prolong talks well beyond that.

Considering the UN’s record of success in dealing with crises in the Middle East, perhaps they should just keep their big mouths shut on the issue.

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Immigration Rallies and KKK: A Tale of Two States

KKKinalabama.jpgHere’s the way the immigration debate is being covered in in California:

The caravan to Capitol Hill departed from a park in a heavily black Los Angeles neighborhood as part of a push by the civilian border patrol group to attract more blacks as members.

“If we are going to be giving preference to anybody . . . preference should go to the American-African community that has suffered more than anybody,” Minuteman founder Jim Gilchrist told a crowd of 40 supporters that included about 10 blacks.

Gilchrist had to yell the remarks over a dozen mostly black protesters who chanted “Minutemen go home!” and “KKK go home!”

Gilchrist repeatedly stopped his speech to address the protesters, telling them, “Ours is not a racial cause. It’s a rule-of-law cause.”

As Gilchrist spoke, supporters and opponents engaged in a heated debate.

“Hispanics are taking away our jobs,” said Angela Broussard, 38, a black playwright. “They are moving into our neighborhoods, so now where are we going to go?”

Morris Griffin held a sign rejecting a measure passed by the House that would make it a felony to be in this country illegally and penalize people who aid undocumented immigrants.

Here’s the way it’s going down in Alabama:

Ku Klux Klan grand dragon Phillip McAuthur, who doesn’t use his real last name, filed an application permit for parade in Russellville to protest illegal immigrants.

The parade, according to McAuthur is set for May 6th at 10 AM.

“We’re not against immigration. We’re againt the illegal immigrants who take jobs and don’t have to pay taxes like we do. That’s illegal,” says McAuthur.

KKK great titan Dale White, who also uses a fake last name, says he doesn’t know of any jobs in Franklin County area that a caucasion won’t do.

“And here we are begging for those very jobs and getting turned down. Heck, they wave their foreign flags and we can’t even fly our confederate flag,” he says.

According to McAuthur, about 80 members from 6 different states are expected to attend.

“They’re coming from South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida, Tennessee, Georgia and Mississippi,” he says.


Nall on FTL

Here’s the audio for Loretta Nall on Free Talk Live talking about her Flash for Cash ballot access drive.

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Vincente Fox Denied Use of Cojones by U.S.

mexicomarijuanatshirt.jpgWhat could have been a bold move towards freedom has been squashed by neoprohibitionists in the United States. Both houses of the Mexican Congress had passed a bill to legalize small quantities of most recreational drugs, and Mexican President Fox was expected to sign the bill. However, the Republicans have stepped to the plate to ensure freedom is squashed in yet another country. San Diego Mayor Jerry Sanders virtually declared war on Mexico with this one:

“I view this as a hostile action by a longtime ally of the U.S.,” Sanders said at a City Hall news conference.

They also accused Mexican officials of trying to turn Tijuana into a tourist mecca for druggies — one which would cause millions of marijuana junkies to turn into pickpockets and whores on the San Diego streets:

“Legalizing these drugs is certainly going to have a spillover effect in San Diego,” said Damon Mosler, head of narcotics at the San Diego County District Attorney’s Office.

“It means they’ll be importing people who want to do drugs, and exporting those who need the financial wherewithal to continue to do those drugs they’ve become addicted to,” he said.

As one might expect, the weasel-like DEA Administrator Karen Tandy popped her head out of her hole, as well:

President Vicente Fox’s government has been bombarded with questions over the past five days from U.S. and Mexican officials who worry that Mexico is backing away from drug enforcement.

Karen Tandy, the head of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, met yesterday in Mexico City with Public Security Minister Eduardo Medina-Mora.

The MSM has been reporting that Fox was expected to sign the bill. So here’s the latest from CNN:

Mexican President Vicente Fox refused to sign a drug decriminalization bill Wednesday, hours after U.S. officials warned the plan could encourage “drug tourism.”

Fox sent the measure back to Congress for changes, but his office did not mention the U.S. criticism.

“Without underestimating the progress made on the issue, and with sensitivity toward the opinions expressed by various sectors of society, the administration has decided to suggest changes,” according to a statement from his office.

Fox said he will ask “Congress to make the needed corrections to make it absolutely clear in our country, the possession of drugs and their consumption are, and will continue to be, a criminal offense.”

It was bad enough when Bill Clinton had to ask Hillary if he could use his own balls. Now it seems that George Bush has that same power over Fox’s manhood.


Open carry in the Free State

IMPORTANT UPDATE (I wasn’t aware there were two very related incidents) from comment #7:

Hi guys”¦ Dave Ridley here. Keith from the Free State Project e-mailed me and asked me to come here and respond to the questions. I’m the peacefully armed civilian in both the article and the video. However the article is about one open carry incident and the video is of a later open carry incident, with two different police departments. The incident they are talking about in the article was with Salem PD in NH and was less friendly. But it had a more far reaching positive result; basically resulted in more mainstream media coverage and a pro-gun written opinion from the AG’s office.

I just found this November 2005 video on YouTube. Here’s a bit of the background:

On March 21st, when Dave Ridley changed jackets in a supermarket parking lot in Salem, New Hampshire, someone noticed that he was wearing a holstered pistol and called the police. Several Salem police officers confronted Mr. Ridley, and at least one of them inappropriately threatened him with arrest, although he had not brandished the pistol or done anything threatening. After the incident, Ridley called Gun Owners of New Hampshire and we suggested that he contact the Salem Chief of Police, Paul Donovan.

Ridley sent a letter to the police chief after the event. Here’s the key part:

I understand you have attended a conference or two with GO-NH regarding open carry (thank you) and that you personally have a good understanding of RSA 159, Amendment 2a, etc. But it seemed that some of your officers didn’t. I was not brandishing the weapon nor using it in a threatening manner. As they relayed it to me, their concern and eventual arrest threat apparently stemmed from the fact that someone had seen the weapon in its holster while I was swapping jackets while making a protest sign, that the citizen had felt alarm simply at the sight of a lawfully carried sidearm, and that I refused to answer some of their questions or let them search my vehicle. I could be missing something here, but my understanding is your officers would be considered out of bounds for threatening an arrest threat in such circumstances.

I’m generally supportive of police and understand that from their point of view I could have been anyone with any motive. But as I told your Lieutenant…I open carry from time to time for a logical reason. If we as New Hampshire citizens do not exercise that right, we will lose it. My being surrounded by 5 officers and threatened with arrest proves the point: Open carry is a right which has been so underutilized that it almost unrecognized as such by citizens and officers on the street.

From the police response:

Unfortunately, in New Hampshire the State hasn’t done a great job making RSA’s concerning firearms carry clear and specific. Even with that said, we have a better environment for firearms “Rights” than many other States. However, those “Rights” are still not clearly articulated, as there is a lot of room for speculation, opinion, and personal interpretation when reading the RSA’s. In an effort to clarify this issue, one of my staff members contacted the NH A.G.’s Office concerning open carry. The answer we received was open carry is regarded as a “Right”, and though any citizen may call the police if they observe someone carrying a gun openly, that citizen’s “annoyance and alarm” does not override the “Right” to carry openly. We are obligated to investigate the complaining citizen’s complaint, but once it is determined that there is no substance to the complaint, the citizen openly carrying must be allowed to carry on with his/her business. Private property brings other issues, as the owner may set the rules as to whether he/she will allow open carry on his/her premises. Also, open carry does not include carrying a firearm in a motor vehicle. As you can see, it is more complicated than we all would like. We are going over this information and are preparing roll call training for our officers to make this complicated issue a bit clearer for them.

Salem is an urban area on the Massachusetts border, which means we get many people from there who are not familiar with NH firearms laws. They come from a State which is actually quite oppressive in their firearms laws, so it is no wonder that they become alarmed and call the police. In this day and age where people have committed some very violent attacks using firearms, it is understandable that people who do not understand the values of law abiding firearms owners run scared. We need to work at improving our image with those who don’t understand. For my part, I will work with my staff to correct any misconceptions that my officers have regarding open carry. This doesn’t mean that they won’t challenge someone openly carrying a firearm if a complaint is called in to the station, but hopefully they will have an open mind when dealing with the call. This should make the interaction better for all parties involved.

While far from perfect, this clearly indicates one reason to support the Free State Project. Here’s the video:


More on the Star Spanglish Banner

Reason Magazine editor Nick Gillespie went on The O’Reilly Factor last night to debate Lamar Alexander about whether we should have a law against singing “patriotic” songs in other languages. I watched the segment (fortunately, it was the first one) and then turned the tube off so I wouldn’t have to watch O’Reilly bloviate for an entire hour. Tim Cavanaugh described the program as such:

My review: Good stuff. O’Reilly was fine: He had a nudge-nudge manner on when describing the bill Lamar! is sponsoring, and stayed pretty much out of the dustup that ensued.

Nick got in a good armpit scratch while Lamar! was reading off his bill of goods.

Lamar! shot his hunting partner in the face with “I’m glad you brought up Iraq. Iraq is diverse, the Balkans are diverse; we don’t want to be diverse.”

Nick hit back with the Pew Hispanic Center results, got interrupted, hit back again with Nick’s version of the Omega 13–Grandfather Nicola Guida. (Shortly after the broadcast, it was revealed that Nick had plagiarized the character Nicola Guida from the young adult fiction of Megan McCafferty.)

Another viewer used this description:

It was a total smackdown. Nick kicked Lamar’s ass. Anybody notice now after Nick went off, Lamar was furiously blinking like he was about to have a stroke?

To add to the smackdown on the topic, Xeni Jardin has a great posting over at BoingBoing. Not only have they translated the national anthem into International Morse Code (mp3), but they’ve also translated it into pure geek binary code.


ACLU Defending Westboro Baptist Church

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Many argue that the ACLU is too liberal while a growing group are starting to complain that it is too libertarian. Whichever view you take, the Reverend Fred “God Hates Fags” Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church are the last people one would expect to be supported by that organization. Stop the ACLU reports that the ACLU is going to be defending the fag haters:

In Tennessee the Senate just passed a bill that requires a 500-foot buffer zone between a funeral, burial or funeral procession and its protesters. Those that come closer than 500 feet could be charged with a Class C misdemeanor, punishable up to six months in jail and a $500 fine. Other states as nearby as Kentucky and Missouri agree. Those states have already passed new laws limiting protests at funerals.

Of course the ACLU are claiming the bill is unconstitutional.

The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has been lobbying against Black’s bill, saying the measure violates Americans’ First Amendment rights.

“Even speech that is cruel, distasteful and upsetting is protected by the First Amendment,” said Hedy Weinberg, the executive director of ACLU of Tennessee. “The best answer to this speech is not speech restrictions, but more speech.”

Weinberg said the bill, while “well intentioned,” could have unintended side effects that would make it illegal, for example, to protest within 500 feet of the funeral of a person who died while in police custody.

As much as I despise Phelps and his message, the ACLU is absolutely correct to champion free speech rights.



Gun Toting Liberal had a pretty good post on the GOP and morality. It concerns allegations that Randy “Duke” Cunningham had a California defense contractor arrange for full service limousine rides. In this case, full service included prostitutes.

Every damned day it seems I look at the latest news, and somebody from the GOP; “God’s party of morality”, is either being indicted, investigated by the FED’s, or hauled off in cuffs to prison. But you know, there is NEVER a shortage of stupid bastards who will point to the neocons who are being hauled to prison and tie it in somehow with Jesus being hung on the Cross. These are the same kooks who believe that dinosaur bones were laid out upon the Earth to test us of our Faith”¦ these clowns never ceases to amaze me.

He’s generally correct, but seems to forget that former Governor (and currently gubernatorial candidate) Don Siegelman is a Democrat. This is most easily forgivable, as GTL’s seems to be supporting Loretta Nall for governor in the very same race. For those of you outside of Alabama, here’s an overview of the allegations on this new trial:

HealthSouth Corp. founder Richard Scrushy paid Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman to gain a political post that would help his company, a prosecutor said in opening arguments in the bribery case against the two men.

“Scrushy had to scramble” to win favor with Mr. Siegelman, the newly elected governor, after backing his opponent in 1998, Assistant U.S. Attorney Louis Franklin told jurors yesterday. “He had to bribe our governor.”

Back to GTL:

On this great day of Faith, let us all please bow our heads, and pray to the Good Lord that these people will someday find out What Jesus Would (actually) DO. And somehow, I just cannot picture Jesus bombing the hell out of Iran just because their leader seems to be a little STRESSED OUT right now”¦

“¦ but that’s just ME.

I propose we start a new “catch phrase”. How about WWJAD? Translation: “What Would Jesus ACTUALLY do”? I like it. And y’all?


I’d be remiss if I didn’t mention that Jesus had no problem hanging out with prostitutes, though.


Libertarian Party becoming more cultural?

I went to a Libertarian Party Party Monday night. We held an event where we smoked cigars, ate appetizers, and drank cocktails out on the porch of our headquarters building. The weather was perfect and the building is ideally located for such an event. There was no fundraising, just fun. What was interesting is that quite a few people dropped by who don’t participate in normal party activites. A couple of them were regular HoT readers, too — which made the party twice as cool! We’ll have to host events like that more often.

One of the people who dropped by was David McElroy, who’s film “We’re the Government “” and You’re Not” just earned two awards (including Best Overall Film) at a regional film festival a few days prior. While they’re still working on it, David’s film now has a website — complete with a trailer, cast information, credits, screen shots, and ordering information.


Lethal injection or time to play possum?

From CNN:

The Ohio Department of Corrections said Joseph Clark, 57, was pronounced dead at 11:26 a.m. ET following an injection of lethal chemicals at the Southern Ohio Correctional Institution in Lucasville.

Spokeswoman Andrea Dean said the execution was delayed about 90 minutes because technicians had trouble initially finding a site in Clark’s arm for the intravenous line carrying the chemicals.

Then shortly after the poisons were supposed to have been pumping into his body, she said, he sat up saying, “It’s not working. It’s not working.”

Had I been the one strapped to the gurney, I think I might have just kept my mouth shut.


CSE promoting Republican (as opposed to conservative) economic values

Citizens for Promoting the GOP a Sound Economy (CSE) now has candidate surveys for House and Senate races for the 2006 elections. The results are searched using a big red map. Just one minor problem: They only list Republican and Democratic candidates. You can easily leave a comment on their site — I did.


Bush Trashed by Cato

Gene Healy and Timothy Lynch have written an excellent report over at the Cato Instutute called “Power Surge: The Constitutional Record of George W. Bush.” The report is 31 pages long, but you can go over to DailyKos for the Cliff Notes version, as well as some interesting debate. The report pretty much bitchslaps Bush for almost everything he’s done in while in office. Here’s the executive summary they provide:

In recent judicial confirmation battles, President Bush has repeatedly””and correctly””stressed fidelity to the Constitution as the key qualification for service as a judge. It is also the key qualification for service as the nation’s chief executive. On January 20, 2005, for the second time, Mr. Bush took the presidential oath of office set out in the Constitution, swearing to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” With five years of the Bush administration behind us, we have more than enough evidence to make an assessment about the president’s commitment to our fundamental legal charter

Unfortunately, far from defending the Constitution, President Bush has repeatedly sought to strip out the limits the document places on federal power. In its official legal briefs and public actions, the Bush administration has advanced a view of federal power that is astonishingly broad, a view that includes

* a federal government empowered to regulate core political speech””and restrict it greatly when it counts the most: in the days before a federal election;
* a president who cannot be restrained, through validly enacted statutes, from pursuing any tactic he believes to be effective in the war on terror;
* a president who has the inherent constitutional authority to designate American citizens suspected of terrorist activity as “enemy combatants,” strip them of any constitutional protection, and lock them up without charges for the duration of the war on terror”” in other words, perhaps forever; and
* a federal government with the power to supervise virtually every aspect of American life, from kindergarten, to marriage, to the grave.

President Bush’s constitutional vision is, in short, sharply at odds with the text, history, and structure of our Constitution, which authorizes a government of limited powers.

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Alabama: Gubernatorial Candidate Flashes for Cash

FiftyDollarsThe following is a campaign press release:

Thanks to political columnist Bob Ingram, Loretta Nall is best known lately for two things — both of them on her chest. “In 55 years of political writing,” Ingram noted in a recent column about a photo of Nall, “that was a first for me — a picture in my column of a woman displaying cleavage … [my mother] wouldn’t have approved of that picture.”

Nall, a well-known medical marijuana activist and the Libertarian Party’s 2006 candidate for governor of Alabama, isn’t one to pass on an opportunity. “When life hands you lemons, you make lemonade,” she says. “When God gives you melons … well, let’s not go there.” But going there she is, with a new fundraising campaign designed to capitalize on Ingram’s touting of her attributes. To raise money for ballot access, Nall is using Flash animations on her campaign web site. Contributors get a glimpse of the buxom beauty’s cleavage or waistline — and big donors are promised an uncensored view of “the biggest boobs in Alabama politics.”

All’s fair in love, war and politics, says Nall. “I had to go one of two ways — don a burqa so that maybe people like Bob Ingram will be willing to talk about my actual platform instead of my anatomy, or go with the flow and use dismissive attacks to my advantage. I don’t back down easily. This is, if you’ll pardon the expression, tit for tat.”

Nall faces Alabama’s draconian ballot access restrictions — “the Republicans and Democrats are scared to death of a fair fight,” she says — and must submit 42,000 valid signatures to the Secretary of State by June 6th in order to appear on the ballot with the Democrat and GOP candidates (who face no such hurdle). Her “Flash for Cash” campaign is intended to raise the money required to gather those signatures.

The animations mentioned in this story may be viewed HERE.

[disclaimer: Stephen Gordon is an avid supporter and ally of the Nall for Governor campaign and has received payment in association with his work for them. This post is not paid for or endorsed by the candidate]

UPDATE: MeFi just picked this up and the comments there are somewhat interesting.


Neat Video of the Day

Here’s a really cool slo-mo video of bullets passing though fruit, playing cards, eggs, cans and other items. Props.

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GOP: How low can you go?

Both George Bush and the Republican Party continue to nosedive in the polls. From MacPaper:

Six months before Republicans try to hold on to control of Congress in the fall elections, a new poll shows President Bush has slid to the lowest approval rating of his presidency, and a majority of voters say they’ll vote for Democrats in November.

A USA TODAY/Gallup Poll taken Friday through Sunday found Bush’s approval rating at 34%, two points under his previous low. He also received the lowest ratings of his presidency on his handling of the economy, energy and foreign affairs. He tied his previous low on Iraq: 32%.

The poll showed Democrats leading 54%-39% among registered voters who were asked which party they would prefer in a congressional race.

The article apparantly contains a misquote or mistatement, too.

White House spokesman Scott McClellan said the president is not focused on polls but “on achieving results for the American people.”

I think McClellan meant “on achieving results for on the American people.”


Senate Repubicans: Cheap Johns

The GOP seems to have dropped their plan to whore out the American public for less than the going rate. From the NY Times:

Senate Republicans on Monday hurriedly abandoned a broad tax proposal opposed by the oil industry and business leaders, another sign of their struggle to come up with an acceptable political and legislative answer to high gasoline prices.

Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader, said he had decided to jettison the provision, which would have generated billions of dollars by changing the way businesses treat inventories for tax purposes. Instead, he said the Senate Finance Committee would hold hearings on the plan “later this year, so the pluses and minuses of the provision can become well known.”

In a related note, a “working girl” in D.C. was arrested for assaulting a “John”. According to reports, he tried to pay $100 for her services, but she was insulted by the piddly amount and started hitting and kicking him. Even the cops at the scene sided with the prostitute. “The typical rate to get the American public to bend over and take it is $300,” according to investigator William Frust.

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Sesame Street Goes Libertarian

I’ve always wondered if there was a libertarian streak over on Sesame Street. Big Bird, Bert and Ernie have always seemed a little gay to me and the Cookie Monster is obviously opposed to the War on Junk Food. Kermit maintains a politically incorrect cross-species relationship with Miss Piggy — without the benefit of a government license, I’ll add.

However, Snuffleupagus always sounded too close to Stephanopoulos so I dropped my little fantasy — until today. I learned the radical revolutionary spirit of our forefathers is alive and well on Sesame Street. Move over “V For Vendetta,” now there’s “C For Cookie”.


Siler and Abu Ghraib Mix: New torture video on the ‘net

Tim West took the edited audio of the Lester Eugene Siler torture tape and turned it into a video presentation. Mixing Abu Ghraib photos with the Siler audio makes for a pretty shocking footage — footage everyone should watch. Make sure to turn your speakers on, too.

I tried to upload the video at Google Video, but they rejected it as a violation of their TOS because its contains “graphic violence or other acts resulting in serious injury or death.” One would think that a video which illustrates violence in an attempt to reduce it would get a pass, but apparently not. Fortunately, YouTube didn’t censor like Google did.


Libertarian Film Wins Two Awards

From David McElroy:

I just wanted to let everyone know that, “We’re the Government — and You’re Not,” took the two top awards at the conclusion of the Myrtle Beach International Film Festival Saturday night. The judges selected the film as Best Short Film and also as Best Overall Film (which is in competition with all the films, including features). One of the features we were competing against in the second category had a $5 million production budget and several actors who I’d heard of, so it was nice to see that having a large budget didn’t mean everything to the judges. :-)

I hope to have more festivals to tell you about soon, along with a new web site.


I can’t wait until he gets his website finished.


Puerto Rico Going out of Business?

Puerto Rico is out of money.

Puerto Rico’s government shut down Monday after the U.S. commonwealth ran out of money to pay 100,000 public employees, temporarily throwing them out of work.

About 500,000 students are out of school as the shutdown left 40,000 teachers idle. Forty-three government agencies and all 1,600 public schools on the island were closed.

The closure comes after the legislature and the governor failed to reach a last-minute deal to address the government’s $740-million budget shortfall. The legislature and the governor have been unable to agree on a budget since 2004 and debts continue to pile up.

I remember that nothing terrible happened when the U.S. government shut down. The only unfortunate thing I see here is that Puerto Rican politicians aren’t debating about how to cut spending, but over how high their new sales tax will be.


Cory Maye Finally Hits the Republican Press

We’ve been all over it — “we” meaning the libertarian and liberal blogosphere. The mainstream GOP (Glenn Reynolds is the exception in this case) seems to have been somewhat silent about Cory Maye until this one hit

Balko seriously deserves the credit –he’s led the story all the way. HoT got the Wiki going and a bit of minor media mentions.

What’s truly important is that there is still what appears to be an absolutely innocent man on death row in Mississippi. Where the hell is Haley Barbour on this issue? Not answering my e-mails, to be sure.

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LMAO at the Future Authoritarians

As no one seems to have been injured or arrested, here’s a story almost any libertarian will find humorous:

At least 1,000 West Point cadets demonstrated last week against the manner in which a drug search was carried out in their barracks, shouting and throwing fireworks and other objects from their windows, according to accounts of the incident.

“Hundreds of cadets were hollering obscenities out of their windows and some were throwing objects,” according to an incident summary obtained by the Times Herald-Record of Orange County, N.Y., which ran an article about the incident yesterday.

It gets even better, too:

The officer’s report called the incident a riot, but Cassella disputed that characterization. “The term ‘riot’ is going a little too far,” he said. “They blew off steam.” He said he did not know the name or rank of the officer who wrote the report.

Cassella said he believes that the incident grew out of a “misperception” among cadets that they had been tricked into complying with a surprise drug search. They had been awakened around dawn on April 19 for a fire drill, but while they were still outside, police squads entered the buildings with drug-sniffing dogs. Frustration built during the day, and the outburst began at about 10:30 that night and lasted an hour, he said.

Hell, they do this sort of stuff to junior enlisteds all the time. What’s good for the goose…


Potential Replacement for Tony Snow

Will Rummy stay or will he go now? If he stays there will be trouble. If he leaves it will be double.

Tommy Thompson left some time ago. Josh Bolten is Bush’s new chief of staff. Tony Snow has taken over Scott McClellan’s old post. The White House has a history of lot of trouble dealing with Helen Thomas and I doubt Snow will do any better. However, this video suggests that Stephen Colbert may well be the right man for the job.

Update by Stephen VanDyke: The funniest part of the WH Correspondent’s Dinner was hands down the Colbert podium act before this clip aired. It was a great roast of George Bush and very ballsy to do it right in the president’s face like that. (clip 1 | clip 2 | transcript).

I stand by this man because he stands for things. Not only for things, he stands on things. Things like aircraft carriers and rubble and recently flooded city squares. And that sends a strong message, that no matter what happens to America, she will always rebound with the most powerfully staged photo ops in the world.

The performance was so powerful, it spawned the mega thanks site: Thank You Stephen Colbert.