How much were they paid for their spines?

Per my fellow mobster at Les EnragésSad But True, has an excellent post up regarding the recent capitulation by the Democrats.

…… and “in case you didn’t already know, amendments to FISA were the chief concern of the USA PATRIOT act, so this is really the second time the law has been re-written to suit Bush’s unwillingness to accept any limitations to his power.”

There it is – right there==>: ‘Bush’s unwillingness to accept any limitations to his power.’

Kind of goes hand-in-hand with this discussion at Jolly Roger’s Revolution 2.0 about how much of our comfort are we willing to compromise as we see our civil liberties and freedoms being eroded. How much comfort are we will to forego so as to not lose our freedom and liberty altogether just to satisfy the fascististas currently in power?

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Oliver Hill – Truly an American Hero

I saw this story yesterday in the Washington Post and was surprised not to see much mention of it on the blogs I frequent.

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An undated 1954 file photo shows the lawyers for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund Inc. From left, Louis L. Redding, Robert L. Carter, Oliver W. Hill, Thurgood Marshall and Spottswood W. Robinson III.**

Mr. Oliver W. Hill, 100, died in Virginia yesterday. “Hill was an instrumental member of an NAACP-affiliated legal team that persistently attacked segregation. He also was a lead lawyer on a Virginia case later incorporated into Brown v. Board of Education, the 1954 case in which the U.S. Supreme Court declared segregated schools unlawful.”

There were a number of quotes from Mr. Hill; I found this very telling as well as insightful of course.

“He told the publication Human Rights in 1994: “I can’t understand why Americans are willing to send their children — black and white — to foreign lands to fight, and sometimes die, to preserve the American concepts of freedom, democracy and civil rights, when at the same time these same Americans are unwilling to undergo an occasional inconvenience or suffer a slight financial loss to help break down racial barriers and racial discrimination in this country.”..….

As well as this: ” ……One of his early victories was an equal-pay case involving black teachers in Norfolk. Hill also worked on segregation matters including voting rights and redlining, a discriminatory mortgage-lending practice.

** (AP Photo/Courtesy of the NAACP, HO, file) (Anonymous – AP)

On TV tonight

I’m not much of a TV watcher since I work the ‘second shift’ and rarely watch during the day unless it’s CSPAN or one of the news channel. I see that on PBS, at least locally, is a program tonight entitled: ‘A Brief History of Doubt.’ This is Part I of Jonathan Smith’s program.

The religious implications of 9/11; playwright Arthur Miller and philosopher Colin McGinn; atheism in ancient Greece. Also: why people often believe in magic and mythology.

Unfortunately – The Daily Show & Colbert’s Report are repeating all week. But here’s a report on the Dicklet™ from Mr. Stewart.