"Allow the President to invade a neighboring nation, whenever he shall deem it necessary to repel an invasion and you allow him to do so whenever he may choose to say he deems it necessary for such purpose — and you allow him to make war at pleasure. . . . If, today, he should choose to say he thinks it necessary to invade Canada to prevent the British from invading us, how could you stop him? You may say to him, ‘I see no probability of the British invading us’; but he will say to you, ‘Be silent; I see it, if you don’t.’"
     — Rep. Abraham Lincoln, explaining his opposition to the Mexican War


i just got a very strange call which i assume to be a sales call…

the phone rang and i answered it and it was a recording. i’ve noticed that it’s a recording under one of two different circumstances: either it’s somebody really important to talk to, like the utility company, the phone company or the cable company, who wants to tell us that, if we don’t pay our bill immediately, some essential service is going to be disconnected, or it’s a sales call.

i didn’t catch what the guy was saying at first, but as i was realising that it was a recording, i did hear that it was concerning our “private line retail service”, which sounded important enough that i held on rather than hanging up immediately… but after keeping me waiting for five minutes, the recording apologised for taking my time, said they would call back later, and hung up.

W. T. F.???

oh, this as well…


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2 		    WHEREAS, Section 603 of Jefferson's Manual of the Rules of
3 		the United States House of Representatives allows federal
4 		impeachment proceedings to be initiated by joint resolution of
5 		a state legislature; and
6 		    WHEREAS, President Bush has publicly admitted to ordering
7 		the National Security Agency to violate provisions of the 1978
8 		Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, a felony, specifically
9 		authorizing the Agency to spy on American citizens without
10 		warrant; and
11 		    WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that President Bush authorized
12 		violation of the Torture Convention of the Geneva Conventions,
13 		a treaty regarded a supreme law by the United States
14 		Constitution; and
15 		    WHEREAS, The Bush Administration has held American
16 		citizens and citizens of other nations as prisoners of war
17 		without charge or trial; and
18 		    WHEREAS, Evidence suggests that the Bush Administration
19 		has manipulated intelligence for the purpose of initiating a
20 		war against the sovereign nation of Iraq, resulting in the
21 		deaths of large numbers of Iraqi civilians and causing the
22 		United States to incur loss of life, diminished security and
23 		billions of dollars in unnecessary expenses; and
24 		    WHEREAS, The Bush Administration leaked classified
25 		national secrets to further a political agenda, exposing an
26 		unknown number of covert U. S. intelligence agents to potential
27 		harm and retribution while simultaneously refusing to
28 		investigate the matter; and
29 		    WHEREAS, The Republican-controlled Congress has declined

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1 		to fully investigate these charges to date; therefore, be it

4 		SENATE CONCURRING HEREIN, that the General Assembly of the
5 		State of Illinois has good cause to submit charges to the U. S.
6 		House of Representatives under Section 603 that the President
7 		of the United States has willfully violated his Oath of Office
8 		to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United
9 		States; and be it further
10 		    RESOLVED, That George W. Bush, if found guilty of the
11 		charges contained herein, should be removed from office and
12 		disqualified to hold any other office in the United States.