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Ugly Shoes Also Dangerous?

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Child gets foot stuck in escalator due to the Croc brand shoes she was wearing. Most disturbing is this:

CPSC is aware of 77 entrapment incidents since January 2006, with about half resulting in injury. All but two of the incidents involved popular soft-sided flexible clogs and slides.

What the hell is the Consumer Product and Safety Commission doing if they know about this problem and aren't doing anything about it? Of course, if the current head of the CPSC is as bad as the one Bush nominated last time, this is hardly a shock.

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If You’re Sad to See Bush Go, Vote McCain!

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McCain, like Bush would support warrantless wiretaps and telco immunity.

The Article II citation is key, since it refers to President Bush's longstanding arguments that the president has nearly unlimited powers during a time of war. The administration's analysis went so far as to say the Fourth Amendment did not apply inside the United States in the fight against terrorism, in one legal opinion from 2001.
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FBI Botched Investigation To Provide False Justification for Patriot Act Powers

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The FBI has been up to no good:

Counterterrorism officials in FBI headquarters slowed an investigation into a possible conspirator in the 2005 London bombings by forcing a field agent to return documents acquired from a U.S. university. Why? Because the agent received the documents through a lawful subpoena, while headquarters wanted him to demand the records under the USA Patriot Act, using a power the FBI did not have, but desperately wanted.
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Bush Authorized Torture

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A recent ABC story shows that the authorization for torture when high, but didn't include Bush. Now it seems as if that may not be the case.

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Man Convicted of Sending Spam Faces 26 Year Imprisonment

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Some good news for today. Once known as the 8th largest spammer in the world, now facing prison and forfiture of all his earnings.

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Credit Card Companies Swing Low to Stop Testimony

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Four people who had flown to DC to share their stories of credit woe with the congress members who are involved in the credit card bill of rights were deflected by a mandate by the committee that they must release their full financial history to the public (not just to the people involved in the committee, but the PUBLIC) before they could testify.

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Audit Shows Even More FBI Abuses

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The agencies that are supposed to protect us turned against us. It's depressing that more hasn't been done about this and sooner.

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Corruption in The Federal Communications Comission (FCC) Finally Being Investigated

"Often controversial, seldom liked. The FCC."
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It's quite common for the agencies that are supposed to protect us to fail miserably and repeatedly.

It's quite uncommon for Congress to actually do something about it. It's about time.

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Wide-spread Drinking Water Contamination

Water contamination is no bueno
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Just another example for why we need federal monitoring and regulation of certain industries and services. Stuff like this would go on all the time if there wasn't oversight and corresponding accountability. Just look at the presidential administration for an example.

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Bush Sneakily Snakes his Way Around a New Law

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The new law requiring better compliance with the Freedom of Information Act has been effectively neutered by a sneaky move from Bush.

"Bush proposed shifting a newly created ombudsman's position from the National Archives and Records Administration to the Department of Justice. Because the ombudsman would be the chief monitor of compliance with the new law, that move is akin to killing the critical function, some members of Congress and watchdog groups say." "Justice represents the agencies when they're sued over FOIA . . . It doesn't make a lot of sense for them to be the mediator,"

Yeah America.

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