Tuesday, April 21, 2009

Our Douchebag of the Month is a dirty hippy lawyer

Well, we needed a new Douchebag of the Month, but I am really torn on this one. One one hand, you can look at the guys career and it just screams "D-Bag" However, dirty liberal hippy lawyers do serve a purpose in this country. And no, I don't mean as fertilizer. They are the last forlorn hope of the obviously guilty. And on the off chance that someone of this ilk is innocent (has to be a 1 in 16,542,337 chance, right?) they might be the only ones willing to stand up and fight. And to make their case even more compelling, they frequently are fighting against an unjust and unfeeling government. I like that. However, rolling a turd in rainbow sprinkles does not make it a delicious pastry treat. So, decision made. I salute you, Ron Kuby, our "Douchebag of the Month".

From Fox News-NEW YORK — The sole surviving Somali pirate from the hostage-taking of an American ship captain arrived in New York on Monday, smiling for a gaggle of cameras and reporters as federal agents led him into custody to face charges in the attack.
Abduhl Wali-i-Musi was handcuffed and had a chain wrapped around his waist. His left hand was heavily bandaged from the wound he suffered during the skirmish on the ship two weeks ago.
The smiling teenager seemed poised as he entered a federal building in a rainstorm, but he didn't say anything in response to reporters' shouted questions about whether he had any comment about the pirate episode.
This skidmark is smiling because he is facing trial in the one country that has made being a captured high-profile criminal one of the safest career paths ever. Anywhere else and this dude would have been dancing a jolly jig from a yardarm about 5 minutes after being caught.
Wali-i-Musi is the first person to be tried in the United States on piracy charges in more than a century. He was flown from Africa to a New York airport and taken into custody ahead of a court hearing Tuesday.
A law enforcement official familiar with the case said that the teenager was being charged under two obscure federal laws that deal with piracy and hostage-taking. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the charges had not been announced.
The teenager's arrival came on the same day that his mother appealed to President Barack Obama for his release. She says her son was coaxed into piracy by "gangsters with money."
Yes, that would be an apt definition of "Pirates". Thanks Mom.
"I appeal to President Obama to pardon my teenager; I request him to release my son or at least allow me to see him and be with him during the trial," Adar Abdirahman Hassan said in a telephone interview with The Associated Press from her home in Galka'yo town in Somalia.
Ah, so it begins. A plea to be allowed to come to the US. How much you want to be that when Mom gets here, she will never want to leave? Any excuse to leave Somalia is a good excuse.
The age and real name of the young pirate remained unclear. The mother said he is only 16 years old and is named Abdi Wali Abdulqadir Muse. The law enforcement official says he is at least 18, meaning prosecutors will not have to take extra legal steps to put him on trial in a U.S. court.
She also said he was a "good boy" and just a little "high spirited". And, he always keeps his AK-47 clean.
The suspect was taken aboard a U.S. Navy ship shortly before Navy SEAL snipers killed three of his colleagues who had held Capt. Richard Phillips hostage.
Making him the luckiest Somali in the world. If he hadn't have turned bitch, his brains would be part of a Modern Art project on the walls of a lifeboat in the Gulf of Aden with the rest of his buddies.
The U.S. officials said the teenager was brought to New York to face trial in part because the FBI office here has a history of handling cases in Africa involving major crimes against Americans, such as the al-Qaida bombings of two U.S. embassies in East Africa in 1998.
Ron Kuby, a New York-based civil rights lawyer, said he has been in discussions about forming a legal team to represent the Somalian.
And so the Douchebaggery begins.
"I think in this particular case, there's a grave question as to whether America was in violation of principles of truce in warfare on the high seas," said Kuby. "This man seemed to come onto the Bainbridge under a flag of truce to negotiate. He was then captured. There is a question whether he is lawfully in American custody and serious questions as to whether he can be prosecuted because of his age."
Truce in warfare? Well. let's get back out on that lifeboat and give Wali-al-Dumbfuck a chance NOT to surrender.Kuby intrigues me, so at this point I had to go to the old stand by, Wikipedia...

Ron Kuby
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Born July 31, 1956 (1956-07-31) (age 52)Cleveland, Ohio Nationality United States Occupation Trial attorney Ronald L. Kuby (born July 31, 1956 in Cleveland, Ohio) is a criminal defense and civil rights lawyer, radio talk show host and TV commentator. He is currently hosting Doing Time with Ron Kuby on Air America Radio.
Contents [hide]1 Beginnings 2 Partnership with William Kunstler 3 Post-Kunstler Career 4 Radio and television personality 5 Testimony/Controversy during John Gotti Jr. retrial 6 Personal life 7 Pop Culture References 8 References 9 External links
[edit] BeginningsAfter his parents divorced when he was five years old, Kuby lived with his mother. At thirteen, he joined the Jewish Defense League under the influence of his father, a follower of Meir David Kahane. He would later defend El Sayyid Nosair, convicted of Kahane's murder as part of his conviction for conspiracy in the 1993 World Trade Center bombing.
So this guy defended, in court, the cowardly terrorist murderer of his Dad's hero? Sorry, if someone had killed Mickey Mantle or John Wayne, I would have done something different than offer to defend them in court, but that is just me, and thankfully my Dad had different heros.
In junior high school, Kuby was nearly expelled for publishing an underground newspaper critical of the school administration.[1] As a teenager, he visited Israel, but soon returned to the United States complaining of "anti-Arab racism".[2][citation needed]
Anti-arab racisism in Israel? Unheard of! The Middle East is the land of hugs.
After dropping out of college, Kuby briefly worked on a tug boat in the U.S. Virgin Islands, then moved to New England, and Kansas, where he eventually completed his degree at the University of Kansas.[3]
[edit] Partnership with William KunstlerWhile in college, Kuby interned with William Kunstler, a lawyer known for his defense of the Chicago Seven. Kuby earned his Juris Doctor from Cornell Law School in 1983.
From 1983 until Kunstler's death in 1995, the two worked together on civil rights and criminal cases. They represented Gregory Lee Johnson, Sheikh Omar Abdel-Rahman (head of the Egyptian-based militant group Al-Gama'a al-Islamiyya); Colin Ferguson (the man responsible for the LIRR shootings, who would later choose to represent himself at trial); Qubilah Shabazz (daughter of Malcolm X, accused of plotting to murder Louis Farrakhan of the Nation of Islam); Glenn Harris (a New York public school teacher who absconded with a fifteen year-old girl for two months), Darrell Cabey (one of the persons who assaulted Bernard Goetz ); Yu Kikumura, and associates of the Gambino Crime Family. During the Gulf War, they represented American soldiers claiming "conscientious objector" status. They also represented El Sayyid Nosair, assassin of the late extremist Rabbi Meir Kahane, whom Kuby's father had admired.
This guys client list is a Who's Who of scumbags. Petty criminals, child rapists, murderers, terrorists and deserters, very impressive.
[edit] Post-Kunstler CareerAfter Kunstler's death, Kuby continued the work of his late mentor. In 1996, he won a judgment of forty three million dollars against Bernhard Goetz. He also won nearly a million dollars for members of the Hells Angels motorcycle club, who were wrongfully arrested by the New York City Police Department. He won the 2001 release of two men imprisoned 13 years for a murder they did not commit, winning a judgment of 3.3 million dollars for the pair. He secured a reversal of a murder conviction for a mentally-ill homeless man whose candle accidentally caused the death of a firefighter. In 2005, Kuby won close to a million dollars for another wrongfully convicted man who spent eight years in prison. Kuby now leads the Law Office of Ronald L. Kuby, one of the premiere criminal defense and civil rights firms in New York City.[5]
OK, I have to give him his dirty hippy props for standing up for the little guy (even if that guy is the Hell's Angels). Still a Douchebag, but I won't spit in your face if we meet.
[edit] Radio and television personality Until November 1, 2007, Kuby co-hosted (with Curtis Sliwa) the popular Curtis and Kuby in the Morning program aired on weekdays from 5 to 10 am on WABC-AM 770 in New York City.[6] The show featured commentary and debate on current issues, and a Court of Kuby segment on notable legal cases and periodic "Shout Outs" to current and former clients.
He is also a frequent pundit and substitute anchor on Court TV. He and Sliwa once shared a short-lived midday television program on MSNBC.
Kuby has often claimed to be a Communist. However, Kuby's political beliefs moderated considerably after the September 11, 2001 attacks. Of Jewish heritage, Kuby has also said he is an atheist.
He is interviewed in Kevin Keating's documentary Giuliani Time (which is concerned with Rudy Giuliani's career).
Kuby was fired by WABC on November 1, 2007 as part of a plan to bring back Don Imus to morning radio, in place of the station's Curtis and Kuby in the Morning show. WABC program director Phil Boyce publicly stated that he did not intend to keep Kuby.
Kuby was surprised that he was the first casualty of Imus – "Imus makes a racist comment, they fire a civil rights lawyer, and Imus gets my job," Kuby said.[7]
OK, this is funny. Just plain funny. Irony anyone?
On June 3, 2008, Ron Kuby returned to the air with his own show. He was hired by Air America Radio to replace Randi Rhodes on weekday afternoons. Doing Time with Ron Kuby airs weekdays from 3 P.M. to 6 P.M. Eastern Time
So, Mr. Kuby will go on to defend this pirate, and probably save him from the death penalty (if that is even considered). People like Ron Kuby are a neccessary part of our society, but they are still douchebags.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Keep Laughing MotherF****rs

Axelrod: Tea Party Anger is Misdirected
Obama senior adviser says frustration over spending and taxes is "unhealthy."

Sunday, April 19, 2009

WASHINGTON -- Damn the tea bags. A top adviser to President Barack Obama takes a dim view of last week's anti-tax "tea parties," promoted by organizers in the spirit of the Boston Tea Party.

"The thing that bewilders me is this president just cut taxes for 95 percent of the American people. So I think the tea bags should be directed elsewhere because he certainly understands the burden that people face," David Axelrod said Sunday.

This Axlerod guy is clueless. Obama's minuscule tax cuts come on the heels of creating the largest tax burden in history, something our children and grandchildren will have to pay off. Don't you think we might be a little pissed about that still? In the land of government supplied Bread and Circus, Axlerod expects our societal ADD to kick in. He thinks we should only be concerned with what the President has done for us lately. Well, sorry Ms. Jackson, we don't forget.

And I find it more than a little humorous that Mr. Axlerod is actually going to assert that a man with a 1.3 million dollar net worth understands the burden that the common man in America faces. Sorry Dave, no dice. The common man in America did not attend Columbia University or Harvard Law. The common man did not learn at the feet of Marxist liberals. The common man goes to work in a store, a factory or an office, not at a CIA front like Business International Corporation (look it up if you don't believe me), or a "community organizing institute" like the Gamaliel Foundation or at a liberal law firm like David, Miner, Barnhill & Galland.

The rallies coincided with the deadline to file income taxes, and gave people a chance also to voice frustrations about government spending and corporate bailouts.

The tea parties were promoted by FreedomWorks, a conservative nonprofit advocacy group based in Washington and led by former Republican House Majority Leader Dick Armey of Texas, who is now a lobbyist.

Axelrod was asked on CBS' "Face the Nation" for his opinion on what the show's host described as "this spreading and very public disaffection with not only the government, but especially the Obama administration."

Axelrod replied: "I think any time that you have severe economic conditions, there is always an element of disaffection that can mutate into something that's unhealthy."

Or maybe We The People have grown weary of our government (Left or Right, Blue or Red) promising one thing, doing the polar opposite, then trotting out spin doctors like this Axelrod to place blame anywhere but squarely on their shoulders.

"Unhealthy?" the moderator repeated.

"This is a country where we value our liberties and our ability to express ourselves. And so far these are expressions," Axelrod answered.

What the frack does that mean? Is that a threat? Is Axelrod saying that as long as our dissent takes to form of mindless, impotent whining about our taxes being too high, then it will be allowed? There is a real, palatable anger taking shape in this country, and it comes not from the hallowed halls of Washington DC, or the ghettos and slums of the inner city. It comes from middle America, from small towns, from suburbs, and straight from the mouths of the working middle class in America. It comes from the hopelessly unrepresented millions, who have no special interest lobbyist whispering in a politician's ear for them. It comes from people who were taught early on that the greatness of our country comes from a fair Constitution and a government that works for the people who elected it.

David Axelrod and the rest of America's government will ignore that at great peril.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

RESIST...Before it is too late!

If you tell a lie enough times, it becomes the truth. This horrible lie has been told by the ATF, Attorney General Holder, Secretary of State Clinton, Mexico's ambassador to the US, and now Mexico's President is saying it. These are learned, well informed people, correct? Surely they have reviewed the statistics before making a huge pronouncement such as this? Surely each of these persons/groups has a huge staff checking the facts for them. Surely a brief was put together for them before they made these statements? It would be hard to believe that these fine folks are not privy to the truth.

So where does that leave us? Well, maybe I am a little more cynical and paranoid than the average bear, but it seems to me that maybe, just maybe, we are being lied to.
Why would any government do that? Well, folks, I am more and more inclined to believe that our government will use any excuse to disarm it's citizens. You see, when we are armed, we are citizens, when they take away our last option at dissent, we become subjects.

A wise old saying goes something like this "When it comes to dissenting, citizens have 3 boxes they can count on. First is the ballot box, they can vote against those whose tyranny they oppose. If that fails, there is the soap box, they can stand on it and voice their dissent against unfair leaders. The final box is the cartridge box. When all else fails, citizens can take up arms and physically oppose their government."

Well, America, we failed at the ballot box, and are stuck for 4 years. The current administration and the main stream media is doing their best to discredit and vilify anyone who gets on the soap box. And with these lies, they seek to take from your hand the last resort against tyranny, your right to resist.

Wake up America.
From Fox News- Mexican President Felipe Calderon on Wednesday made an assertion -- cited in the past by Mexico's U.S. ambassador and even by U.S. leaders, but debunked as a myth -- that 90 percent of the weapons intercepted in Mexico come from the U.S.
"I know that this is a very sensitive issue," Calderon said in an interview with NBC News. He also said that he will tell President Obama during his visit Thursday to Mexico City that the U.S. needs to clean up its drug problem if Mexico is going to be successful in its battle against the cartels.
"The source of the problem was the huge demand for drugs in the United States the largest market in the world for drugs," he said. "The United States, you have a lot of traffic of drugs. You have a lot of distribution of drugs. You have a lot of corruption as well."
Calderon's comments came days after Auturo Sarukhan, the Mexican ambassador to the United States, appeared on CBS' "Face the Nation" and made the same claim that 90 percent of the weapons intercepted in Mexico come from the U.S.
FOX News debunked that claim in a report earlier this month that found only 17 percent of guns found at Mexican crime scenes have been traced to the U.S., though even that figure is an imprecise estimate.
Calderon and Sarukhan aren't the only one to cite this myth. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, California Sen. Diane Feinstein and Willliam Hoover, assistant director for field operations at the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, have all said that 90 percent of weapons used to commit crimes in Mexico come from the U.S.
An ATF spokeswoman told FOXNews.com earlier this month in a clarification of the statistic used by her own agency's assistant director "that over 90 percent of the traced firearms originate from the U.S." But a large percentage of the guns recovered in Mexico do not get sent back to the U.S. for tracing because it is obvious from their markings that they do not come from the U.S.
"Not every weapon seized in Mexico has a serial number on it that would make it traceable, and the U.S. effort to trace weapons really only extends to weapons that have been in the U.S. market," Matt Allen, special agent of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), told FOX News earlier this month.
Sarukhan has claimed that Mexico seizes 2,000 guns a day from the United States, or 730,000 a year. But the official statistic from the Mexico attorney general's office says Mexico seized 29,000 weapons in all of 2007 and 2008.
On "Face the Nation," host Bob Schieffer asked Sarukhan for evidence to support his claim that most of the weapons seized are coming from the United States.
"The data we have is the one that we've been sharing with our counterparts in the U.S. government, ATF and the Justice Department, and other agencies that have been working with us to determine where those guns are coming from," Sarukhan replied.
For example, Sarukhan cited the Mexican border town of Reynosa where he said more than 250 assault weapons and half a million rounds of ammo were seized in November.
"These had just crossed over the border from the United States in Mexico," he said. "By tracing these weapons, by looking at the types of weapons, we're determining that most of these weapons are coming from the United States."

From the Bush White House: The Gift That Keeps On Giving

Well, in the aftermath of 9/11 the American people, in a fit of panic, ceded one of the basic rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights. That right is denoted by the 4th Amendment:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no
Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized.

The worst part of it, was that most Americans never saw it happen. Wrapped up in the hysteria, seeing Al Quaeda around every corner and shaken to their core with fear, Americans welcomed President Bush's Patriot Act as a shield against the enemy. Never has a set of laws been so misnamed. There was nothing patriotic about this assault on our civil liberties, and our Constitutional rights. Our government legalized warrant less searches and wiretaps, trampling the Bill of Rights underfoot. And although this bill was designed to ferret out Islamic Extremists in our midst, it has and surely will continue to be used as an overreaching tool by Federal, State and Local Law Enforcement to dig into the personal lives of countless Innocent Americans.

There is simply no excuse for the citizens of the country and our elected officials letting this bill become law. Shame on all of us.We shall now certainly reap what we have sown.

From Fox News- WASHINGTON -- The National Security Agency intercepted Americans' e-mails and phone calls in recent months on a scale that went beyond limits set by Congress last year, The New York Times reported on Wednesday.
The problems were discovered during a review of the intelligence activities, the Justice Department said in a statement Wednesday night, and said they had been resolved.
Citing unnamed intelligence officials, the Times said the NSA had engaged in "'over-collection' of domestic communications of Americans." Sources reportedly described the practice as varying from significant to systemic to unintentional.
The agency also tried to wiretap a member of Congress without a warrant, an intelligence official told the Times.
The NSA believed that the congressman, whose identity was not revealed, was in contact with an extremist who had possible ties to terror and was already under surveillance. The NSA then tried to eavesdrop on the congressman's conversations, the Times said.
A bill passed by Congress in July 2008 authorizes U.S. intelligence agencies to eavesdrop without court approval on foreign targets believed to be outside the United States.
In its statement, the Justice Department said it has taken "comprehensive steps to correct the situation and bring the program into compliance."
The Justice Department did not elaborate on what problems it found.
Once corrective measures were taken, Attorney General Eric Holder sought authorization for renewing the surveillance program, officials said.
"It is not clear to what extent the agency may have actively listened in on conversations or read e-mails of Americans without proper court authority, rather than simply obtain access to them," the Times said.
Domestic eavesdropping has been a contentious issue since 2005, when the Times revealed that for years following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, the NSA intercepted international phone conversations and e-mails involving U.S. citizens without a warrant.
That program ended in 2007, and the following year Congress passed legislation requiring the NSA to get court approval to monitor the purely domestic communications of Americans who came under suspicion.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.

When The Truth No Longer Matters

So, here it is. This is what your government thinks of you. If you lean to the right in your politics, you may be a terrorist. This is one of the most blatant pieces of dogma-serving propaganda that I have ever seen. And to lay it on military veterans makes it even worse. It's not bad enough that we sent you to fight in a very intense, very dirty war that was less than popular with the American Public, we also can't trust you not to attack America once you get home! We can trust you to fight our enemies for a year or more in Afghanistan or Iraq, but once you get home, since you support the 2nd Amendment, we think you might turn against us. This is nothing more than an attempt by our current leftist/socialist government to disparage anyone who disagrees with them.

When the Nazis were coming to power in the early 1930's, they also needed a scapegoat. They chose the Jews. To vilify and disparage their new "enemy", the published a children's book called "The Poisonous Mushroom" about a Jewish child molester:
http://www.calvin.edu/academic/cas/gpa/thumb.htm .

How horrific. How simply evil. To paint an entire race with the brush of pederasty. But, when you look at it, this is exactly the same thing that DHS has done in publishing this new report. I can guarantee that the same information on right-wing extremism was available under previous regimes, however, by putting it out in the news, the Obama White House is using a broad brush to discredit any resistance from the right that might crop up in the near future. Putting a shadow of doubt in the minds of the public discredits and weakens an opposing position and makes it easier to dismiss by the powers that be. This is propaganda 101. When David faced Goliath, he probably spent some time walking around the Hebrew army talking shit about Goliath and how he was a nut job and liked to touch kids.

Don't be fooled America! There is a clear difference between right wing extremism and viable dissent. Learn the difference for yourself.

From Fox News-Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano apologized to veterans after a report issued by her department said troops returning from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan were at risk for being recruited by right-wing extremists.
"To the extent veterans read it as an accusation -- and apology is owed," she said in an on-air interview on FOX News Thursday, a day after veterans' groups and members of Congress blasted her for the report, which they said libeled members of the armed forces.
"The last thing I want to do is offend or castigate all veterans. To the contrary, let's meet and clear the air," she said.
A footnote in the
report, which was released last week by DHS' Office of Intelligence and Analysis, said that while there is no specific information that domestic right-wing terrorists are planning acts of violence, such acts could come from unnamed "rightwing extremists" concerned about illegal immigration, abortion, increasing federal power and restrictions on firearms -- and singled out returning war veterans as susceptible to recruitment.
"If there's one part of this report that I would rewrite ... it would be that footnote," Napolitano said.
Napolitano defended the report Wednesday, saying it is part of an ongoing series of assessments to provide information to state, local and tribal law enforcement agencies on "violent radicalization" in the United States.
"Let me be clear: we monitor the risks of violent extremism taking root here in the United States," Napolitano said in a statement. "We don't have the luxury of focusing our efforts on one group; we must protect the country from terrorism whether foreign or homegrown, and regardless of the ideology that motivates its violence."
Veterans groups like the American Legion and Vets for Freedom quickly criticized the report, which described disgruntled veterans as coveted recruits for group looking for "combat skills and experience."
In a letter to Napolitano on Tuesday, American Legion National Commander David Rehbein blasted the report as incomplete and politically-biased.
"The American Legion is well aware and horrified at the pain inflicted during the Oklahoma City bombing, but Timothy McVeigh was only one of more than 42 million veterans who have worn this nation's uniform during wartime," Rehbein wrote. "To continue to use McVeigh as an example of the stereotypical 'disgruntled military veteran' is unfair as using Osama bin Laden as the sole example of Islam."
Napolitano acknowledged Rehbein's letter on Wednesday and said she plans to meet with him sometime next week.
Pete Hegseth, chairman of Vets for Freedom, said the report represents a "gross misunderstanding and oversimplification" of the country's service members.
"It's amazing they would single out veterans as a threat to this country," said Hegseth, an Army veteran who served in Iraq. "It underscores a pervasive belief that some are trying to spread that veterans are victims and we're coming home as damaged goods that need to be coddled instead of celebrated."
The report follows a similar DHS
assessment released in January that detailed left-wing threats, focusing on cyberattacks and radical "eco-terrorist" groups like Earth Liberation Front, accused of firebombing construction sites, logging companies, car dealerships and food science labs. The report noted that left-wing extremists prefer economic damage to get their message across.
"Their leftwing assessment identifies actual terrorist organizations, like the Earth Liberation Front and Animal Liberation Front," House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith, R-Texas, said Wednesday. "The rightwing report uses broad generalizations about veterans, pro-life groups, federalists and supporters of gun rights. That's like saying if you love puppies, you might be susceptible to recruitment by the Animal Liberation Front. It is ridiculous and deeply offensive to millions
of Americans."