Monday Open Thread

I'm not quite ready to drive down the mountain yet. Until I get home tonight, here's an open thread for you. And a picture of the peacock who lives in the house I'm staying at.

I see there's a new attack on the Eagles' new album for promoting fear about global warming and not attacking islamo-fascism.

There's a Wal-Mart in Glenwood Springs I have to pass on the way to I-70. I think I'll stop in and buy it for the ride home and see for myself.

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    Falafel Eaters (5.00 / 1) (#1)
    by squeaky on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 12:32:19 PM EST
    The FBI is so desperate to help this admin's cause to war with Iran that is has resorted to  tracking surges in falafel consumtion in SF in order to catch Iranian terrorists.   Heckuva job.  

    Like Hansel and Gretel hoping to follow their bread crumbs out of the forest, the FBI sifted through customer data collected by San Francisco-area grocery stores in 2005 and 2006, hoping that sales records of Middle Eastern food would lead to Iranian terrorists.

    The idea was that a spike in, say, falafel sales, combined with other data, would lead to Iranian secret agents. A similar project was aimed at Sunni Arabs in the Washington, D.C., area.

    Jeff Stein via War & Piece

    Zappa (1.00 / 0) (#3)
    by Edger on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 01:03:03 PM EST
    It's not getting any smarter out there...

    Sounds like our FBI.... (none / 0) (#4)
    by kdog on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 01:24:45 PM EST
    Am I good American if I put bacon on my falafels?

    (Seriously, its pretty good:)


    Lawfare (5.00 / 2) (#2)
    by squeaky on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 12:50:35 PM EST
    Opposing "judicial activism" is one of the rallying cries of the American right.


    Not until the Bush administration, however, was this political code word integrated into the National Security Doctrine of the United States. Scott Horton of Harper's, writing on "Bush's War on the Rule of Law" describes how the attack on judicial activism entered national security doctrine through the concept of "lawfare":


    Unlike Bush, Musharraf at least had the decency to announce to the whole world that he was placing the constitution "in abeyance" and arrogating all power to his sole person. The Bush administration prefers to promulgate shadowy memoranda, signing statements, and Humpty-Dumpty like amendments to the meaning of common words. Since the courts are instruments of terrorists (and can even be used to demoralize the security forces!) counter-terrorism logically requires the abolition of the rule of law.

    Barnett Rubin

    Wilkes Guilty On All Counts (1.00 / 0) (#7)
    by squeaky on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 04:02:17 PM EST
    A U.S. District Court jury has found Brent Wilkes, who was charged with bribing disgraced former Rep. Randy "Duke" Cunningham, guilty on all 13 counts in his corruption trial. TPM's Paul Kiel notes that today's verdict is from just the first of the two corruption trials Wilkes faces. The second involves former CIA executive director Dusty Foggo.

    think progress

    Pakistan is US (1.00 / 0) (#9)
    by squeaky on Wed Nov 07, 2007 at 04:32:51 PM EST
    We are the model these days for lessons in how to maintain authoritarian rule.

    Do whatever it takes to fan the radical extremists flames while being careful not to extinguish the leadership (where is OBL). Meanwhile do whatever it takes to marganalize the intellectuals.

    Pakistan is doing nothing to those it needs for justifying authoritarian rule while jailing those who want to protece the constitution.

    While the Pakistani military is bothering innocent human rights activists and attorneys who want to defend the country's constitution, it is ignoring Muslim radicals' advances in the north of the country, according to Zee News:

    ' Pro-Taliban militants have strengthened their hold on the Swat valley in northwestern Pakistan by seizing several key towns after outnumbered security forces laid down their arms and fled their posts.

    Juan Cole

    Too Bad.... (none / 0) (#5)
    by kdog on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 01:50:11 PM EST
    One of the very few candidates worth voting for has dropped out of the race.

    Imagine if he won in Carolina...it could have started something special.  Kubby once again has my full support.

    30% (none / 0) (#6)
    by jondee on Mon Nov 05, 2007 at 03:43:33 PM EST
    I was wondering the other day if 30% of the people who listened to the Orson Welles War of the Worlds broadcast were the ones who: evacuated (in both senses); began rifling Revelations for Martian refernences; committed suicide; ran around like chickenhawks with their heads cut off etc.

    30% sounds about right for some reason.