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 Let freedom ring Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, May 16 2004 @ 09:53 PM PDT
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PoliticsAs of tomorrow morning, the city clerk's office in Cambridge will start accepting applications for marriage licenses, regardless of the genders of the two partners.

This is a good thing.

There is a caveat that not everybody is aware of. Apparently there's a law on the books that says that out of state couples cannot get married in Massachusetts if that marriage would not be honored in their home state. That being said, there are some clerks who will almost certainly ignore this statute, as it hasn't been enforced in quite some time. There will be, no doubt, people that will attempt to get married in spite of this law for no other reason than to force a legal case.

 Tuesday! Tuesday! Tuesday! Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, March 02 2004 @ 03:12 AM PST
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PoliticsOk, so everyone go out and do their civic duty today. I'm not going to tell you how to vote, because it's a decision that you have to make for yourself, but I will remind everyone that Ashcroft is a very real problem, and Bush hasn't fired him yet, so you know which way I'm going. Incidentally, if anyone is planning on voting in the republican primaries and/or caucuses, please throw a vote toward somebody other than Bush. I know it won't make a difference in terms of delegates, but it might help to send a message, if anyone's bothering to listen. Of course, if you're voting on the elephant side of the fence, you're probably in favor of George the W, so I'm probably pissing in the wind here.

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Most Recent Post: 03/02 02:56PM by matt

 Surfing the waves of cynicism Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, February 08 2004 @ 02:22 PM PST
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PoliticsY'know, one of the funny things about our society these days is that, just as there are two studies that "prove" opposite sides of every issue, there are news articles that confirm whatever you're already thinking, regardless of what that is. If you're a republican, you'll listen to all the evils of the democrats, and vice-versa. You'll convince yourself that there's a media bias against whatever group you lump yourself in with, instead of realizing the simple truth that both sides are scumbags.

I'm sure you're all reasonably intelligent people, so I won't belabor that point.

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Most Recent Post: 02/09 01:43PM by Forrest

 Further Erosion Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Wednesday, February 04 2004 @ 09:14 AM PST
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PoliticsI know it may seem that this particular topic is the only aspect of our government that I talk about, but...

Wired Article

Do you remember the day Saddam was captured? Of course you do. It was the same day our civil liberties were eroded again by the Bush administration, and this time, they even tried to be sneaky about it.

The part of this article that bugs me the most is the note of resignation in the last quote from the ACLU lawyer:
"All things considered, this was a loss for civil liberties," he said. But on a brighter note, "this was the only provision of Patriot II that made it through this year. Members are hearing from their constituents. I really think we have the ability to stop much of this Patriot Act II legislation in the future."

Last time I checked, Congress had the means to unmake a law too. If you were a member of congress that got swindled into approving some piece of shit legislation like this, wouldn't you propose a law that read something like, "Line 492 of the Intelligence Authorization Act is hereby stricken from the books."? The President might not have a line item veto, but Congress sure as hell does.

As far as I'm concerned, any fucktard that votes against that one needs a trip to a high school civics class, by way of the principal's office for ritual caning.

 1 in 7 Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, January 30 2004 @ 08:33 PM PST
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PoliticsAbsolutely hilarious.

Most Recent Post: 01/30 10:38PM by Forrest

 Presented without commentary Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Sunday, December 14 2003 @ 02:29 AM PST
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PoliticsNothing more to say, I covered this three months ago.

CNN Article

 I have not the words Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Tuesday, September 30 2003 @ 05:27 AM PDT
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PoliticsI just got done reading this article.

It's as if the entire DOJ is taking each new law and stretching its meaning until somebody (hint: six guys and a girl) gets around to telling them to stop (assuming due process, a couple years later).

Everyone, please please please, as a favor to me, read this, this and this a couple of times each, even if you've seen them before. I think that the more that people read them, the more likely it is that they will remain true. Call me a romantic.

Some days I feel like Don Quixote.

 Required Reading Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, September 08 2003 @ 09:28 AM PDT
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PoliticsI know I've ranted about this before, but the Washington Post had an article yesterday that merits attention.

(read the article)

My favorite bit?

" was overturned by a secret appeals court. Because there was no opposing party in the appeal, the law's critics had no way to challenge that decision."

Shoplifting is easier than paying, but that doesn't make it legal. Similarly, it's easier to combat terrorism if you've got a police state with a compromised justice system, but that neither makes it constitutional, nor does it make it right.

What does it say that the Attorney General doesn't seem to understand that distinction?

 An Observation Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Monday, August 04 2003 @ 05:07 AM PDT
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PoliticsHave you ever noticed that just about any law passed by the Congress that has a sound-byte friendly name at some level or another infringes on people's constitutional rights?

Since these are also the only names of bills that we're exposed to by the media, let me give you an example of what all the other bills tend to look like: "A bill concerning participation of Taiwan in the World Health Organization" (S.243) Doesn't quite fit into the run down at the head of the hour, does it?

So anyway, avoiding for the moment the discussion of whether Washington or the networks are to blame, let's run down the list of the five that I could think of off the top of my head (in roughly reverse-chronological order).

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 In response to Freedom Fries? Email Article To a Friend View Printable Version 
 Author:  matt
 Dated:  Friday, July 18 2003 @ 07:13 PM PDT
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PoliticsLink from CNN.

I'm don't think there's ever been an entire country's government that I wanted to line up and slap before... except maybe our own.

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