Dolemite (and his all-girl army)

dolemiteHard to post anything in these “trying” times… But sometimes, a superhero from the past comes around to save the day. Not Superman… it’s Dolemite!

The sountrack to one of the finest blaxploitation films of the 70s has been released at last, and Rudy Ray Moore rides again. Richard Cromelin wrote a great piece in the L.A. Times last weekend, and now here’s the audio to back it up. Never fear kids, time is on our side.

“I may be wrong, you may be right, but you bout to get your ass kicked by Dolemite.”

Will Specter Sue Bush?

I mentioned Sen. Judiciary Committee Chairman Arlen Specter’s (R-Pa.) disgust with the president’s signing statements in my post yesterday and today have found the links detailing Specter’s suggestion that Congress consider suing Bush for Constitutional breaches.

The Globe’s Charlie Savage has the straight-up scoop on Specter’s apparent threat to sue here.

Specter: “[T]here’s a real issue here as to whether the president may, in effect, cherry-pick the provisions he likes, excluding the provisions he doesn’t like. . . . The president has the option under the Constitution to veto or not.”

The Times’ Kate Zernike casts the line here explaining the signing statement as a: “device that gave him the authority to revise or ignore more than 750 laws enacted since he became president.”

Dan Froomkin broke out his bullhorn and asked the media to follow up on this issue, providing an extensive list of questions to ask lawmakers and executives.

TMV sums up Specter’s unsatisfactory meeting with asst. deputy AG Michelle Boardman. “If the Constitution and the law conflict, the president must choose,” Boardman retorted, which seriously makes me wonder whether or not I really read what I read or if it was a flashback to Orwell.

Can anyone tell me what Howard Kurtz is doing — still hung up on the NYT Swift story? Can we not file that away with the blown-way-out-of-proportion indictment of seven unfortunate Miami youth last week as, perhaps something in another time and place (as Time magazine puts it) we might laugh at?

Perhaps Specter’s threats are just threats, but dissent just doesn’t cut it when dealing with an administration buried under poor approval ratings. Syndicated columnist Marianne Means has high praise for Specter… Could it be time for action?

Burn Dem Flags

flag-burningA “symbolic” vote to ban flag-burning nearly passed through Senate today, falling one vote short after being approved in the House.

But the “excruciatingly close” vote appears to be symbolic of nothing more than Congress’ preference for debating insultingly unimportant issues whether or not they impinge on civil rights and contradict the Constitution that essentially enabled their rise to office.

In more relevant use of taxpayers’ dollars on The Hill today, a bipartisan group led by Senate Judiciary Chairman Arlen Specter (R-Pa.) denounced Bush’s series of “signing statements” as a grave threat to our Constitution. Among the more appalling Bush add-ons was to the recently passed anti-torture bill, to which he signed with the added condition that the new torture ban did not apply to the president. If it were up to Specter, he’d have Congress file suit against King George.

Frist instisted that this bill was necessary as a “small humble act for us to defend it,” as countless men and women have died defending the flag. Y’know, it would be a small but humble act for you, Doc, or perhaps even el presidente to honor our troops with even one measly visit to a fallen soldier’s funeral. Feeling Grieving for slain Russians without even a comment on the brutal death of Privates Menchaca and Tucker near Youssifiya?

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