Lady Liberal

Musings on life in America as seen from the perspective of a feminist Roman Catholic, pro-choice, Mom in middle America.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006

Moussaoui and the Death Penalty

I am having some issues w/the govt going after the death penalty w/Moussaoui...
he seems like (and it has been testified) that he is just a low level screw-up peon...
nobody really involved or really important to 9-11...
not saying that he didn't want to be...
or that he didn't *imagine* he was...

but aren't convictions supposed to be based on actual events, not on what somebody wanted to do or might have done?
I have no problem w/him being tried for what he actually did...
I have no problem with him being tried as a conspirator...
but I dunno...
it just seems to me that the death penalty is more about the fact that they cant punish the actual hijackers so they are using him as a whipping boy/stand-in..

Moussaoui seems to be desperate to be a matyr...
He wants to be seen as more important then he actually was..
but just because he wants to be one...
if the facts don't support his claims should the govt. matyr him just because they need to make somebody pay the ultimate price as punishment for 9-11?

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

hunting accidents

If I hear one more republican say (IRL) that Cheney shooting his hunting buddy was no big deal and that things like that *happen all the time*, I may scream.

I was raised in a family of hunters. They hunted to supplement their food, in order to have meat in the winter. Hunting was and is a way of life...deer hunting, gun and bow, turkey hunting (I was grown and married before I ever had a store bough turkey for thanksgiving dinner), quail squirrel, name it, if it was a game animal in missouri...they hunt(ed) it.

My cousins, uncles, etc are descendants of mountain people...meaning they are a bit crazy..but you know what?...never ever, not once have they ever *accidentally* shot a hunting partner. Never, nada, zilch. In fact there are not even any stories of this occurring in family legends...which to blunt do contain some doozy of a story stories....

And then for Cheney not to immediately admit and report what happened? Just one more example of the veil of secrecy this administration operates under...the contempt they have both for the press and the american people.

Cheney's Got a Gun
Cheney's Got a Gun
Cheney's Got a Gun
Everybody's on the Run
"Keep going, we'll come back for him later, he's fine."
"Um. Sir. Mr. Vice President, he's kinda just laying there."
"Shhhhhh!!!! He's a lawyer. You want him to sue?...Harry? You OK? Harry? See? He's fine. This is just part of the administration's new tort reform package."
"Sir, he's not moving."
"He's just sleeping it off.Hand me another round. I'm going to get me some quail."
"I think he's hurt sir. He's bleeding."
"You think he's hurt. Are you a doctor?"
"Yes. I'm your doctor. I travel with you all the time."
"Ah yes. The Jew. I didn't recognize you without the rib spreader."
"I think we need to call one of your ambulances."
"Aw, now why do you want to go and do something like that? If Antonin hears about this he won't come duck hunting next time there's an important case before the Supreme Court that I need him to rule on."
"Sir. I'm doing the best to stop the bleeding, but we're out in the middle of nowhere. No equipment. No sanitation. This is a far cry from George Washington University Hospital."
"Yeah, it's more like the County Hospital right next door to it. Well, do your best."
"I'm stanching the blood flow."
"No you idiot. I meant do your best to make it look self-inflicted."
Jerry and Joe Long imagined this statement from the veep on "Since the days of Aaron Burr, under our constitution, the vice president has the implied authority to shoot whomever the hell he pleases. … In a time of war, it would be inappropriate to comment further on how and under what circumstances a 78-year-old man underwent a minor pellet infusion."
Political comedian Andy Borowitz offered this press release on his site: Cheney Says Shooting of Fellow Hunter Was Based on Faulty Intelligence Believed Shooting Victim Was Zawahiri, Veep Says
"I believed I had credible intelligence that al-Zawahiri had infiltrated my hunting party in disguise with the intent of spraying me with pellets," Mr. Cheney told reporters. "Only after I shot Harry in the face and he shouted 'Cheney, you bastard' did I realize that this intelligence was faulty."

Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Just ask

Basically the only reason Congress is upset that the President is spying on american citizens is because he didn't ask their permission. However if asks Congress then they will pass a bill giving him unlimitted power over American citizens w/no system of checks and balances.

Our founding fathers must literally be rolling in their graves.

Why are Americans so ready to give up their civil liberties? Why are they so naive that they believe that if they aren't doing anything wrong then they have nothing to worry about from the government.

Have Americans learned nothing from history.

If history has one thing to teach us it is that Power Corrupts and Absolute Power Corrupts Absolutely.

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

Where Did America Go

If you have been paying attention it shouldn't come as a surprise that the bush government would arrest someone for wearing a t-shirt that called attention to their lies. Somehow though, for some reason it does still surprise and shock me.

My first instinct is to think, *there has to be more to the story*. I mean this is america, freedom of speech, freedom to have dissenting opinions, land of liberty, land of freedom. You can't be arrested in the US for simply wearing a T-shirt the government doesn't like or approve of, or disagree with....

But apparently in the Brave New Bush World...that is exactly what the government can and will do. Think like us or be arrested. How outrageous that more people are not outraged about this.

So what is the *official* story?

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Peace activist Cindy Sheehan was arrested Tuesday in the House gallery after refusing to cover up a T-shirt bearing an anti-war slogan before President Bush's State of the Union address.
According to a blog post on Michael Moore's Web site attributed to Sheehan, the T-shirt said, "2,245 Dead. How many more?" -- a reference to the number of U.S. troops killed in Iraq.
"She was asked to cover it up. She did not," said Sgt. Kimberly Schneider, U.S. Capitol Police spokeswoman.
Schneider said Sheehan was arrested around 8:30 p.m. on charges of unlawful conduct, a misdemeanor that carries a maximum penalty of a year in jail.
She was handcuffed and held in the Capitol building until she was driven to the Capitol Police headquarters for booking. According to her blog, she was released about four hours after being arrested.

and for those of you who only believe the Fox spin zone: WASHINGTON — Cindy Sheehan finally got her invitation to see President Bush again, but before she set eyes on him at the State of the Union address, Capitol Police removed her from the gallery overlooking the House chamber.
The offense: her shirt, bearing an anti-war message and other "unlawful conduct," police said.
Sheehan, the mother of a fallen soldier in Iraq who reinvigorated the anti-war movement, was handcuffed and charged with unlawful conduct, according to Capitol Police Sgt. Kimberly Schneider. The charge was a misdemeanor and Sheehan was being released on her own recognizance, Schneider said.
Schneider said Sheehan had worn a T-shirt with an anti-war slogan to Tuesday night's speech and covered it up until she took her seat. Police warned her that such displays were not allowed in the House chamber, but she did not respond, the spokeswoman said. (somehow there version doesn't sound much better does it?),2933,183392,00.html

You can read Cindy Sheehans letter giving her version of events at:

No matter whose version you believe it all comes down to the same thing. Under the rule of the tyrant..any tyrant..civil liberties and freedom only apply to those who agree with the tyrant and everyone else is expendable and unimportant collateral damage.

Monday, January 30, 2006

Men just don't get it

do they?

My husband made the comment about Alito "He'll be okay. We could have gotten someone a lot worse" honey we couldn't least not if you are a women of child bearing age.

What we are getting is a rich white male fundamental protestant who believes that HE should get to control women (cause afterall Eve ate that damn apple and the Bible says MEN are in charge)and that the government (made up almost entirely of rich white protestant men) should own and control a womens uterus. Because after all if you control the uterus you basically have control over the lives of women.

Think I am exaggerating about what we as women have to look forward to?

Check out his rulings and writings and postitions...
Judge Samuel A. Alito Jr., President Bush's Supreme Court nominee, wrote that "the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion" in a 1985 document obtained by The Washington Times. "I personally believe very strongly" in this legal position, Mr. Alito wrote on his application to become deputy assistant to Attorney General Edwin I. Meese III.
Planned Parenthood v. Casey
He reasoned that married women were a minority of those seeking abortions and married women who didn't tell their husbands a very small minority of those; because only a small percentage of women overall would be affected, the provision did not constitute an undue burden to the right
of abortion in general. His dissent suggests
an inclination to read abortion rights as narrowly as reasonably possible
Yesterday, when you were asked about one man, one vote, you clarified it. You said those were my views then, they’re not my views now.
When Senator Kohl asked you about the power and authority of elected branches as opposed to others, no; you said I want to clarify that’s not my view now.
And yet, when we have tried to press you on this critical statement that you made in that application, a statement which was made by you that said the Constitution does not protect a right to an abortion, you’ve been unwilling to distance yourself and to say that you disagree with that.
If there was any doubt about where US Supreme Court nominee Samuel Alito stands on abortion, his 90-year-old mother quickly and decisively put that question to rest.
"Of course he's against abortion," Rose Alito told the Associated Press in a telephone interview from her Hamilton, N.J., home


Thursday, December 29, 2005

I don't get it

If you read the web you will start to notice a trend.

A lack of care about what is going on in the world.

A need to focus on small issues while hiding the head in the sand to ignore big issues.

You will be hard pressed to find people talking about how the president lied to the american people (oh I am sorry he mis-spoke because the information he was given was incorrect)and that thousands of people have died, an entire region has been destabilized and country has been destroyed and America is less safe now then it has been at just about any point in our history.

But you will be able to find site after site of people who seem to think they have the right to make decisions concerning other people.

All women have to breastfeed...never mind the info they post in support of their stance is debateable...*THEY* know what is best for others.

Nobody should be allowed to smoke in public places...but god forbid a law be passed to reform pollution and wood smoke exhaust..both of which are bigger dangers to health then second hand smoke. (for info on the dangers of wood smoke including a comparison to second hand smoke check out )

Get a clue people....The US is in serious trouble....while you are focusing on the little issues that in most cases are none of your damn are allowing a government to turn this country into a place where your civil liberties no longer exist.

And no the wiretaps, patriot act, library usage, etc etc etc scandals are not just something *terrorist* need to worry about and loyal patriotic americans are safe least that is not true unless you believe the Quakers are terrorist threats to America?

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Is this the USA or the USSA?

Which do we live in? The Country founded on Freedom...or the Country becoming a clone of the old Soviet Union...

Nothing more I can say will tell as much as the following news items..
A senior at UMass Dartmouth was visited by federal agents two months ago, after he requested a copy of Mao Tse-Tung's tome on Communism called "The Little Red Book." Two history professors at UMass Dartmouth, Brian Glyn Williams and Robert Pontbriand, said the student told them he requested the book through the UMass Dartmouth library's interlibrary loan program. The student, who was completing a research paper on Communism for Professor Pontbriand's class on fascism and totalitarianism, filled out a form for the request, leaving his name, address, phone number and Social Security number. He was later visited at his parents' home in New Bedford by two agents of the Department of Homeland Security, the professors said. The professors said the student was told by the agents that the book is on a "watch list," and that his background, which included significant time abroad, triggered them to investigate the student further.
President Bush defended Monday a secretive program that eavesdrops on some international phone calls involving U.S. citizens, saying the United States must be "quick to detect and prevent" possible near-term terrorist attacks.
At an end-of-the-year news conference, Bush spent much of his time answering questions about the program, which bypasses the normal procedure of attaining a court warrant and is designed to intercept communications between suspected terrorists in the United States and other countries.
President Bush defended using government wiretaps without court authorization to monitor terrorism suspects and urged the Senate to renew the USA Patriot Act during his year-end news conference Monday.
The president said he intends to continue using secret international wiretaps to monitor activities of people in the United States suspected of having connections to al Qaeda.
"To save American lives we must be able to act fast and to detect these conversations so we can prevent new attacks," Bush said during the event, in the East Room of the White House. (Watch Bush defend using secret wiretaps -- 2:23

A year ago, at a Quaker Meeting House in Lake Worth, Fla., a small group of activists met to plan a protest of military recruiting at local high schools. What they didn't know was that their meeting had come to the attention of the U.S. military.
A secret 400-page Defense Department document obtained by NBC News lists the Lake Worth meeting as a “threat” and one of more than 1,500 “suspicious incidents” across the country over a recent 10-month period.
US acknowledges torture at Guantanamo; in Iraq, Afghanistan - UN 06.24.2005, 11:37 AM GENEVA (AFX) - Washington has, for the first time, acknowledged to the United Nations that prisoners have been tortured at US detention centres in Guantanamo Bay, as well as Afghanistan and Iraq, a UN source said. The acknowledgement was made in a report submitted to the UN Committee against Torture, said a member of the ten-person panel, speaking on on condition of anonymity.
Each day brings more information about the appalling abuses inflicted upon men and women held by the United States in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere around the world. U.S. forces have used interrogation techniques including hooding, stripping detainees naked, subjecting them to extremes of heat, cold, noise and light, and depriving them of sleep—in violation of the Geneva Conventions and the Convention against Torture and Other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment or Punishment. This apparently routine infliction of pain, discomfort, and humiliation has expanded in all too many cases into vicious beatings, sexual degradation, sodomy, near drowning, and near asphyxiation. Detainees have died under questionable circumstances while incarcerated.This must end. Torture or other cruel, inhuman, or degrading practices should be as unthinkable as slavery. U.S. Department of Defense officials have announced that certain stress interrogation techniques will no longer be used in Iraq. But President Bush should ban all forms of abuse during interrogation in Iraq and everywhere else that the United States holds people in custody. It is wrong in itself and leads to further atrocities.
President Bush ordered the Pentagon to create the tribunal system to try foreign terrorism suspects while guarding U.S. intelligence-gathering methods.
But Begg and the others won't have the range of traditional rights that defendants get in U.S. civilian courts. A year after the Pentagon began releasing rules for the tribunals, a picture is emerging of a system in which the scales of justice are tipped against foreign terrorism suspects in favor of protecting national security.
The system contains twists on defendants' rights that likely will be unfamiliar to U.S. citizens who are used to civilian and military courts anchored by independent judges and unbiased juries.
•There will be no independent judge, and no jury will be selected to decide a case.
The government will have broad discretion to hold portions of trials in secret.
Terrorism suspects who are acquitted by tribunals still could be detained indefinitely.