Monday, June 30, 2008

Senate Delays Vote on Immunity

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It's official: Thanks to overwhelming grassroots action, and the heroic efforts of Senators Dodd and Feingold, the Senate's vote on whether to grant phone companies immunity from the law for assisting in the President's illegal wiretapping program has been delayed until after July 4th Recess!

This is an unexpected reprieve for civil liberties and the rule of law. As recently as last night, the mainstream press was reporting that the immunity bill would see swift and uncontested approval. Senate Leaders emphasized that passing an immunity bill this week was one of their highest priorities. And yet, in the end, the bill simply wasn't as uncontested and noncontroversial as the pundits and politicans thought it was.

The Night Starts Here

I still can't believe I had to talk people into going to this show.


Kim & Jessie

Love this song - M83

Bitches in Tokyo

Stars. Great band.

Sunday, June 22, 2008

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URGENT: Tell The Senate to Vote Against Immunity!

Friday morning, the House voted to pass an unconstitutional bill that would grant immunity from the law to the phone companies that illegally participated in the White House's warrantless wiretapping program.

Now the bill moves to the Senate. Passing it would amount to a Congressional seal of approval on illegal surveillance. The bill would destroy our best chance for a judicial ruling on whether the President can grant corporations permission to break the law with impunity.

Some have called the bill a balanced compromise between extremes, but this is pure spin. In reality, it's nothing less than a complete cave to the phone companies' and White House's demands.

Please contact your Senators, remind them we're watching, and urge them to stand up to the White House and oppose the FISA Amendments Act!

Friday, June 20, 2008

House Vote Today - Contact Your Representative

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URGENT Action Alert: Tell Congress to Vote No on Telecom Immunity!

It all comes down to this! Friday afternoon, the House of Representatives will vote on H.R. 6304, the FISA Amendments Act of 2008, which contains the exact same blanket telecom immunity that the Senate passed in February and that the House rejected in March, only with a few new bells and whistles so that political spinsters can claim that it actually provides meaningful court review.

In February, the House stood up for civil liberties and voted against a bill that contained immunity. But now the political landscape has changed, and all signs suggest that the House may be prepared to cave to the White House and vote to pass this bill.

Passing H.R. 6304 would amount to a Congressional seal of approval on illegal surveillance. Even if the President and the telecoms knowingly and brazenly broke the law, the provision in the bill seeks to prevent the courts from holding them accountable. Yet, the suits against the telecoms may be our last hopes for a judicial ruling on whether the President can break the law with impunity.

Please contact your Senators and Congressperson to remind them that we're watching, and that we won't accept any false compromises on immunity for lawbreaking telecoms!

Saturday, June 14, 2008


2nd song of 13 by The Cure in their slowly accumulating new album. 11 more to go..

Click 'The Cure' below to watch their first single, 'The Only One'.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008


Clip is busted.

I was absent-mindedly watching Craig Ferguson's "show" last night (as much as anyone can) and I saw this band that was kind of familiar and realized halfway through that it's my beloved MGMT - they looked different and were a bit off their game but they were better live than I imagined them to be. (I also appreciate that Craig doesn't show up on stage after they play - I think that's the lamest trend in talk shows - Letterman was the first and he did it ironically and everyone else followed suit..)

I ran across a high-res version of Time to Pretend if anyone's interested.