Media in Trouble: All the news thats UNfit to print!: Indy Bloggers Unite

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Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Indy Bloggers Unite

The neato thing about the internet which happens to make the UNPATRIOTIC ACT that much more creepy is the ability to sign petitions at the alerming rate of 534/minute. As such sometimes things materialize into decent mini movements or miniblogospheres. As a desperate for traffic beginner blogger with the lethal combination of a cushy enough job that keeps me from having to do any amount of work that can be considered efficient, I would sign onto any frekin movement that got linked at Kos or Atrios. Then came Uncle Ali G (a.k.a Alberto Gonzales) for, ironically, the position of Attorney General. Putting the etherial coincidence aside, and having complete disregard for the possibility of becoming a resident of the luxurious facility overlooking Guantanamo Bay in Cuba, I signed up to an anti-Ali-G blogogroup. One of the members of which is the big blogger Oliver Willis. Now the beauty of this group has been solidified by our common sense approach to politics. The fact that we have some technological guru's suce as Dr. Laniac, to the feminism of folks like Mediagirl and Environmentalists like Deb from PBU, to everyone else like Teacherken who has been getting major light over at Dkos. Not mention the irreplaceable organization skills of the founder Ralph from Newsfare.

We all got together over Ali da G and said we hate the fact that this guy embodies the torture policy of the country that is supposedly fighting tyranny with one war but allowing it to flourish here at home. That was our Civil War. It gelled us. It solidified our little sphere. And everyday I look forward to recieving the "digest" from the group with all the tidbits of general political knowledge and even talking points.

So what I have to say before my fingers turn any browner (eww, bad metaphor), is that Ali da Gizlle fizzle is back. He's a top contender. Now we live in a country that while one president was getting the rule of law rammed up his ass for a personal matter, the other is letting rule superceed law and one of the lawyers that helped him do it is going to be nominated to the country's greatest embodiement of the rule of law? I don't care how moderate he is on abortion, the general consensus, even among the nuts like Scalia and Thomas, is that stare decisis rules on this court. I know it feels like we are being overrun by lunatics that want to take away a basic human right to a women, but if you ask a majority of Americans if they think the mother ought to go to jail for having an abortion they will say no. The majority of the country to the dismay of Pat Robertson is pro-choice or at the very least against criminalizing abortion.

So let's drop the red herring and focus on the famous majority builder "rule of law." Al Gonzales is viewed in this country and around the world as the guy who legalized torture in the country that boasts its record on Human Rights.

So Indy bloggers, let us get back to our roots and unite against Uncle Ali-G. Torture is paramount to all Human Rights because torture and privacy for that matter (another act of the Bush family lawyer) are the foundation of those rights.

Let me remind you that
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.--That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed,---That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn, that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.--Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

Les do this!

Xposted at Dkos