What is fascism? Today fascism is primarily an all-purpose insult used by all sides against all other sides. It is a portable and potent poison that is poured into any of the "enemy's" wells in order to make all their principles nonpotable to any who might draw therefrom.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday turned down without comment a petition for review from Maher Arar, the Syrian-born Canadian citizen who named former Attorney General John Ashcroft and other U.S. officials as defendants in a suit over his 2002 arrest, detention, and deportation to Syria for interrogation as a terrorist suspect. The Court's denial of review lets stand a ruling against Arar by the Second Circuit Court of Appeals last November.
In what some would see as an insidious maneuver against the sovereignty of the states, President Barack Obama has asked Congress to approve a $50 billion stimulus package for the purpose of blunting "the devastating economic impact of budget cuts" by states and cities around the country. This money, the President asserts, would be used to safeguard the jobs of teachers, police, fire fighters, and other public sector employees whose jobs might otherwise be imperiled by the "mounting economic crisis."
The official report from a blue-ribbon panel warns that terrorists with weapons of mass destruction (WMD) are likely to attack somewhere in the world in the next three years, and the United States could be a prime target.
Governor Phil Bredesen signed House Joint Resolution 30 today, thus officially rescinding all previous calls for an Article V Constitutional Convention.
According to data obtained by a New Jersey news service from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM), the Obama administration doled out over $400 million in awards and merit pay incentives to federal employees last year. That's up about $80 million over last year.
New York Governor David Paterson said in a radio interview on June 10 that his state might have to issue IOUs to pay its bills, or else face “anarchy in the streets.” The state faces a $9.2 billion deficit, and the legislature is two months late in voting on the budget. An actual shutdown of state services has been avoided, temporarily, by enacting temporary emergency spending bills. Even if the government shuts down, there is serious question about whether police, firefighters, prison guards and emergency and healthcare workers could continue to work without pay. “You could have anarchy literally in the streets if the government shuts down,” Paterson said.
Saturday’s Texas GOP convention in Dallas proved to be derisive and decisive when 8,000 moderate and conservative Republicans debated the Republican Party platform and party leaders. Conservative Texas Republicans called for stricter conservative measures, including the passage of an immigration law similar to that of Arizona’s.
Before he was an Academy Award and Noel Prize winner, Vice President Al Gore headed a commission charged with formulating a strategy for "reinventing government." Today, in an American economy featuring government bailouts of large financial firms and public ownership of General Motors, government is looking at "reinventing journalism."
With the claim that such measures “do not change hearts,” on June 11 Florida Governor Charlie Crist vetoed a bill that would have required a woman to have an ultrasound before going ahead with an abortion.