Tuesday, December 20, 2005

I tip my hat to the new constitution

I hope that my frequent readers can understand that family and the tying up of some loose ends before my Christmas vacation have led to the light blogging around here in the past couple of days.

There is, however, another reason I haven't been able to sit down and write in the past few days. I'm simply too pissed. I've stolen a few moments away from my wife's family more than once in order to make an attempt at writing about the New York Times' discovery of Bush's approval of an "end around" spy system, but it's hard to remain coherent about this issue. Yes, I can explain why it's clearly a criminal act, but I get a few sentences in and I just want to write bad, bad words which, in small doses can quite elegantly demonstrate one's depth of feeling but, in a long string begin to lose their power.

I'll be back at it soon.


Blogger Jim said...


I understand how you feel, and am equally at a loss for words.

My Dad was a platoon leader in the Philippines in '45. I remember him watching a TV report on Ferdinand Marcos during the early 1980's, with the look of despair growing on his face, until he finally called out:

"Damn it Marcos -- _____, and _____, and _____ didn't die just so you could screw up that country!"

What makes George W. Bush think that those men died just so he could become a tinpot dictator?

Hang in there,

5:20 AM  
Blogger Cathie said...

Have a good Christmas break and I look forward to reading your blog when you return.
I understand why it is difficult to articulate your anger at the secret domestic spying. The whole thing blows my mind.

7:09 AM  
Blogger california_reality_check said...

Sen. John Cornyn: "None of your civil liberties matter much after you're dead."

Sen. Russ Feingold's retort: "Give me liberty or give me death."

Cornyn doesn't need any stinking civil liberties. For him it's not an issue. This country is in trouble.

9:12 AM  
Blogger Rocky Smith said...

Then go ahead and write some bad words Terry. Just make sure you include the FACT that Bush isn't the first President to do this, nor were they all dastardly Republicans. I'm not concerned that Bush is spying on me. Are you? I have nothing to hide, and haven't been making any international calls to suspected terrorists. Have you?

3:11 PM  
Blogger Neil Shakespeare said...

I know the feeling, dude. And all those bad, bad words get stuck up in the head and hurt.

9:46 PM  
Blogger Jim said...

Mr. Smith asserts that " Bush isn't the first President to do this." (Note that "this" is without antecedent).

I am unaware of any other president (post 1978 and the FISA) that authorized wiretaps of US citizens without a court order and complying with the provision of FISA requiring notification of the court within 72 hours. Perhaps Mr. Smith can substantiate his assertion.

As to Mr. Smith's lack of concern that the Federal Government is spying upon him, he is welcome to abandon his Constitutional rights, but he may not dispose of every else's as well. Hundred of thousands of patriots died securing and protecting our rights -- I honor their sacrifice by treasuring the Constitution, not by trashing it when it is politically inexpedient to the president.

7:37 AM  
Blogger california_reality_check said...

"Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel" It seems to me that what Samuel Johnson said on April 7, 1775 has some application here. Be careful of these folks wrapping themselves up in the flag.

10:18 AM  
Blogger Rocky Smith said...

Bill Clinton had Aldrich Ames' door kicked in back in 1994. There was NEVER a search warrant. This action was justified for national defense and I'm not unhappy with Slick for doing it.

You're all worried about your privacy on your phones? Hah! If you're using a cordless or cellular phone, anyone with a modicum of skill or the willingness to learn can eavesdrop on your call. Ask Newt Gingrich about that. Remember how those innocent grandparents, the Martins, just happened to overhear one of Newt's calls and just happened to have the ability to record it? Remember how they turned it over to Jim McDermott and it ended up in the media? I don't think Ma & Pa Martin worked for the NSA and Newt is no threat to national security. If you think your telephone calls hold any kind of privacy in this day and age, you're fooling yourself. The government is not your only problem. As long as the NSA can substantiate that they are looking into terrorists and not spying on rival political parties (see above referenced Martins) I fully expect them to do the surveillance. I recall how loudly many of you squawked after 9/11 as to how our intelligence agencies failed us. You want the job done, but you won't give them even a quarter inch of leash to do it. You cry about your loss of civil liberties, yet none of you has been harmed in any way. If you're not a terrorist, you have nothing to worry about. And I say again- the NSA is probably not the only concern you may have for privacy on your phone. If Bush is found out to have used this for anything other than combatting terrorism, I'll call for his head along with the rest of you.

2:23 PM  
Blogger california_reality_check said...

Wait, I see that ann has this figured out.

Coulter: "[T]he government should be spying on all Arabs, engaging in torture as a televised spectator sport, dropping daisy cutters wantonly throughout the Middle East and sending liberals to Guantanamo."

Fairly simple, if you ask me.

9:52 AM  

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