Sunday, December 31, 2006

What you Get in the Mail, is no Longer Private

It turns out the Gubment can now open your mail whenever it feels like. All you people out there who thought a black plastic covering or brown paper over your porno mags would keep the postmaster from knowing that you were reading in your leisure time(Maybe Leisure time is all the time for some of you), can now rest assured: They know what you’re reading. Time to be paranoid.

That and all those European Absinthe Businesses trying to sell you the green fairy via snail mail delivery, may wanna start using Fed Ex.

From Donklephant This is another of Dubya's signing Statements.

The executive branch shall construe subsection 404(c) of title 39, as enacted by subsection 1010(e) of the Act, which provides for opening of an item of a class of mail otherwise sealed against inspection, in a manner consistent, to the maximum extent permissible, with the need to conduct searches in exigent circumstances, such as to protect human life and safety against hazardous materials, and the need for physical searches specifically authorized by law for foreign intelligence collection.
This means, they can open your mail whenever they want. Remeber all the conservative outrage when Janet Reno wanted to do the samething with email? I do.

In Kazakhstan This was just a fact of life. Your care packages from home or letters from friends routinely were opened before they got to you. Probably half the candy and other goodies from home were commandeered by some guy in a post office in Almaty. If cash was ever sent it never got there. I used to laugh it off as just another sign of an insecure government which doesn’t trust it’s own people.

Now why the heck would Bush want the government to be going through your mail?

Saturday, December 30, 2006

Tiger Woods Scores More Than A Hole In One

Congratulations is in order for Tiger Woods and his wife Elin Nordegren of Sweden who are expecting their first baby this summer. Tiger apparently scores more than a hole in one on and off the golf course. See Tiger Woods website for more info. Oh Happy 31st B-day Tiger!

WTF?: Chuck Hagel is Quiting

I dunno if I believe this just yet, but it would make sense.

From Leavenworth Street.

On Omaha KMTV Ch. 3's Thursday 6pm news, Joe Jordan reported that while Chuck Hagel won't reveal his Presidential plans until January 2007 at the earliest, two Hagel insiders said Hagel:
1) will NOT run for President
2) and will NOT run for re-election to the U.S. Senate.
And the wheels continue to turn.

It's too bad. Aside from McCain, Hagel was the only Republican in the potential field I would have voted for, and McCain is now too old.

Anybody with an ounce of principle is abandoning the Republican Party faster then you can say Abraham Lincoln, and James Webb. For those who value their honor over party allegiance, membership in the Republican Party is unsustainable.

The only people who are Republicans after the degenerate rule of the Bush Administration are either grossly misinformed, think they have something to gain from the corruption, or believe that the apocalypse is just around the corner and see all the mayhem as a good sign for them personally(See Left Behind Series).

Update: The Republican Party of Kansas is Splitting in Half between the kooks and the moderates. The Moderates are joining the Democrats. Truly A must read.