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Oy vey!  The Obama Administration has some very complicated decisions to make.  Ali Saleh Kahlah al-Marri is the last “enemy combatant” being detained in America.  He is being held at the U.S. Navel Consolidated Brig in Charleston, South Carolina.   He has never stood trial and has been in isolation for more than five years.  In December of 2001, Marri was arrested in connection to the 9/11 attacks and was about to stand on trial, when President George W. Bush,  ordered the military to seize Marri and hold him until the “war on terror” was over.  Jane Mayer wrote, “The Bush Administration contended that America was in a full-fledged war against terrorists,  and the President could therefore invoke extraordinary executive powers to detain Marri until the end of hostilities, on the basis of still secret evidence.”

Jonathan Hafetz, a lawyer with the American Civil Liberties Union, challenged the constitutionality of Marri’s case.  A lower court ruled the government has the right to detain Marri indefinitely, yet after several appeals, the Supreme Court is scheduled to hear the case in April. The Obama Administration is required to file a reply to the challenge by March 23rd.  Hafetz hopes “Obama will withdraw Bush’s executive order labelling Marri an enemy combatant, and issue a new one classifying him as a civilian.”  This allows Marri either to be charged with crimes or to be released.

Marri has spoken through his lawyers and said, “I am not asking to be taken at my word an to be released, although I very much want to go home to my family.  All I am asking for is to be treated like every other person in the United States who is accused of a crime, including terrorism, and to be given a fair trail in an American court.”

Attorney General Eric Holder is reviewing Marri’s case with an “eye toward finding alternative ways to deal with him.”  In the meantime  Marri is the sole prisoner in wing of the brig.  He has three cells, with a personal library, access to a treadmill, a computer, and watches his favorite programs, The Daily Show and The Colbert Report, on a 32-inch flat screen television.  However, Marri was on the verge of insanity after he was initially confined in extreme conditions.

The Bush White House also agreed, when transferring Marri to the brig, he could not be charged again with the same crimes  under “double jeopardy.”  Therefore, the Obama Administration will have to use a different set of charges, if they decide to charge Marri in the criminal system.

What an interesting case.   We’ll see how the Obama Administration handles this case.  Much is at stake.  Read Jane Mayer’s article, The Hard Cases.

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Hooray! Sean Penn wins his second Oscar for his portrayal of gay rights activist, Harvey Milk.  A well-deserved award.  And a great speech.  He flat out cried for gay rights. Thank you, Mr. Penn.

“For those who saw the signs of hatred as our cars drove in tonight, I think it’s a good time for those who voted for the ban against gay marriage to sit and reflect on their great shame and their shame in their grandchildren’s eyes if they continue that support.  We’ve got to have equal rights for everyone.”

Well done, Penn.  And thanks for the support.

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Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas Sleeping

Yo Yo’s iPhone

Beyoncé and Jay-Z?

Yeah, I had fun perusing through this photo.

Check out David Bergman’s 1,474 megapixel photo of President Obama’s Inauguration Speech.  The photo is made up of 220 images and took more than six and a half hours to put together.  Insane, but pretty darn cool.

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Yeah, Beyoncé can stick around for a while.  I wouldn’t mind.

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“Hands in the Air” by Girl Talk

Now, I don’t really know what’s playing on the radio nowadays (I’m a talk radio person).  So, I don’t recognize some of the newer tracks, but this DJ is amazing.  Girl Talk (a.k.a. Greg Gillis) recently released his latest sampling CD called Feed the Animals and I’m hooked.  I can’t get over the talent this guy has.

Here is a music video edit, a fan posted, of the track “Like This.”

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The Tribune Co. filed for bankruptcy today in order to “restructure its debt.”  This is huge, because the Tribune Co. owns several newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune and the Los Angeles Times, and other TV stations.  The Chief Executive, Sam Zell, says the company’s operations will not be affected by the filing.

“This filing is all about relieving the pressure on the company from too much debt.  We believe we can operate normally…If we do our job well, the impact on advertisers will be non-existent.”

Still, it’s no question the newspaper industry is hurting.  We keep hearing about their huge cuts.  So, will we see the end of newspapers soon?  Are they just going to switch to online and new media?  I don’t think it’ll happen soon.  But, is it really bizarre to have a world without newspapers?

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Warning!  The horror starts 3 minutes into the video.

The cameraman just happened to perfectly fit the turkey slaughter into the shot.  I wonder if Sarah Palin did this on purpose.  She just couldn’t resist the media attention.

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