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Bush Administration Fights to keep Visitor Logs Secret

Today a U.S Federal Appeals court took up a case involving the White House visitor logs, that documents who goes into to visit the President and Vice President as well as how often they frequent and presumably consul the President.

A Judge ruled against the White House last December in the case, and the White House is challenging that decision.

Its another case of executive power and the President’s right to seek private advice versus the principles of a free, open, and educated public who can right the wrongs of their government.

Yahoo news:

If released, the documents would show how often religious conservatives visited the White House and Vice President Dick Cheney’s residence, allowing a glimpse into how much influence they exerted on government policy.

White House calendars are not generally considered public records, but reporters and watchdog groups have used Secret Service documents, which normally are public, to report on White House visitors.

Rather then having those documents released on a case-by-case basis, the Bush administration wants them considered White House documents, which would keep them from public, to report on White House documents, which would keep them from public view for more then a decade.

A Federal judge rejected White House arguments in December and ordered the documents released. On appeal before the U.S Court of Appeals for District of Columbia circuit, government attorney’s said the President has a well- established right to seek advice privately.

The Nixon administration called, they say they want their excessive use of Executive power to quail politically embarrassing information, sordid practices, and potentially illegal activities back. Where is an Archibald Cox when you need him?

MY TAKE: Notice how the Bush/Cheney regime, who has vast powers not to mention our prosperity (or currently lack there of) and safety in their grasp have privacy rights that are boundless. yet the average person’s rights ( not to be tortured, spied on, or have their information looked at and casually handled by low level government agencies) is always in question in our post-September 11th world, where the existence of truth, the constitution, logic, (and perhaps gravity) are not a given any longer.

Wonder if the administration (which nearly 3/4ths of Americans disapprove of), has ever thought that maybe the release of this type of information could aid in efforts to improve the government. That is unless they have something to hide.

Keep in mind, this is the administration that according to recent reports had known and had knowledge and a detailed say on tactics regarding the torture of detainees and has used broken the law by ignoring FISA laws.

No matter who wins in November, I hope they are better then this disgraceful collection of dunces and corrupt officials. They certainly can’t be much worse.



The Hideous Flower of Hate

Unfortunatly according to this graph that has appeared in the Washington Post (take a closer look at the chart by clicking here)as well as some new research by the Southern Poverty Law Center, the number of hate groups in the united States has not abated, but has actually increased in number by as much as 48%, since 2000.

Take a closer look at the graph. It goes into greater detail.


This Date in History Calendar- March 6

The Classic Science Fiction film “Metropolis” is released in theaters in 1927.

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1820: The Missouri Compromise is signed into law.

1857: the U.S Supreme Court rules in the Dred Scott v Sanford case, better known as the Dred Scott Decision” that the government lacked the authority to prohibit slavery in federal territories and that people of African descent could never officially become U.S citizens.

1927: The cinema Science Fiction classic “Metropolis” is released in theaters.

1946: Vietnamese President and anti-colonialist Ho Chi Minh signs an agreement with the French, recognizing Vietnam as an autonomous nation in the French Union as well as the Indochinese Federation.

1951: The Cold War era Espionage trial of Julius and Ethel Rosenberg gets underway.

1953: A day following the death of Soviet leader Josef Stalin from a stroke, Gregory Melenkov takes the reigns of power in the Soviet Union.

1965: First American soldiers officially land in Vietnam, beginning the U.S military phase in Vietnam.

1970: Three members of the radical leftist “Weathermen” militia blow themselves up in Greenwich Village, New York.

1981: CBS Veteran Anchor Walter Cronkite, who became a fixture as anchor of the CBS Evening News, anchors his last newscast.


This Date in History Calendar- February 27

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1827: The first Mardi Gras was held in New Orleans,Louisiana.

1922: The U.S Supreme Court rules against a challenge to the nineteenth amendment that guarantees women the right to vote.

1933: In Germany, the infamous Reichstag fire, where the German Parliament building is set ablaze.

1934: Consumer advocate and three time long shot Presidential Candidate Ralph Nader is born.

1951: The twenty-second amendment imposing a two term limit for U.S Presidents is approved.

1969: police club and detain a pair of Chicano leaders at the University of California in Berkley.

1969: Thousands of demonstrators rampage through nine buildings at the University of Wisconsin.

1973: The American Indian movement (AIM), takes action and gains national attention when they seize wounded Knee.

1991: Following military action by the U.S and coalition nations against Iraq, U.S President George H.W. Bush officially declares that Kuwait “has been liberated”.

2003: Children’s television host Fred Rogers (“Mr Rogers”) dies.


Best Picture Academy Award Winner of the Day- The French Connection – (1971)


This Date in History Calendar- February 17

Sales of the Volkswagon Beetle surpass those of the Ford Model T setting a new record in the world of auto sales, this date in 1972.

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1904: The opera classic Madama Butterfly debuts.

1925: The New Yorker Magazine is founded.

1933: Newsweek magazine publishes its first issue.

1933: The Blaine Act is implemented, thereby ending the era of alchool prohibition in the United States.

1944: In World War II, The Battle of Eniwetok Atoll begins.

1947: Voice of America radio begins broadcasting its message into the Soviet Union.

1968: The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame opens in Springfield, Massachusetts.

1972: Sales of the Volkswagon Beetle surpass those of the Ford Model T, setting a new record for car sales.

1972: U.S President Richard M Nixon sets off on a historic trip to China, to open relations with the Communist country.


This Date in History Calendar- February 15

The interactive internet video site You Tube, was launched on this date in 2005.

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1879: U.S President Rutherford B Hayes signs legislation that permits female attorney’s to argue cases before the U.S Supreme Court.

1898: The USS Maine explodes and sinks in havana Harbor killing hundreads onboard, the cry “remember the Maine” would emanate from this incident and be the event that would bring America into what would become “The Spanish-American War”.

1903: The Teddy Bear first goes on sale.

1933: Giuseppe Zangara, in Miami, Florida, attempts to assasinate then President-elect Franklin Delano Roosevelt. But the shot fired instead hits Chicago Mayor Anton Cornok, eventually killing him.

1942: During World War II, the Fall of Singapore occurs.

2003: Protests against the anticipated U.S led War in Iraq occur in 600 cities around the globe, making it the largest peace demonstration in World History.

2005: The video website Youtube is first launched in the United States.