McKinney


8
Nov 05

But what about Biggie?

link via The Agitator, Cynthia McKinney brings America.… the

SEC. 4. TUPAC AMARU SHAKUR RECORDS COLLECTION AT THE NATIONAL ARCHIVES.

    (a) In General- (1) Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the National Archives shall commence establishment of a collection of records to be known as the `Tupac Amaru Shakur Records Collection.’ In so doing, the Archivist shall ensure the physical integrity and original provenance of all records. The Collection shall consist of originals or record copies of all Government records relating to the life and death of Tupac Amaru Shakur, which shall be transmitted to the National Archives in accordance with section 2107 of title 44, United States Code. The Archivist shall prepare and publish a subject guidebook and index to the collection, including the central directory described in paragraph (2)(B), which shall be available to the public and searchable electronically.

And

SEC. 5. CITIZENS ADVISORY COMMITTEE.

    (a) Not later than 60 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the National Archives shall appoint an independent Citizens Advisory Committee, subject to the Federal Advisory Committee Act (5 U.S.C., App.), as defined in App. 2, from candidates solicited from and nominated not later than 30 days after the date of the enactment of this Act by non-governmental organizations from the Society of American Archivists, the National Bar Association, the Black Caucus of the American Library Association, Inc., and the National Conference of Black Political Scientists, the civil rights, civil liberties, entertainment and African American community, which will consist of appointees–
      (1) who have not had any previous involvement with any official investigations into the life and death of Tupac Amaru Shakur,
      (2) who were never employed or engaged by any Federal, state or local intelligence or law enforcement agency which is covered in the scope of this Act’s search for records related to the life and death of Tupac Amaru Shakur,
      (3) who shall be impartial private citizens, none of whom is presently employed by any branch of the Government, and
      (4) who shall be distinguished persons of high national professional reputation in their respective fields who are capable of exercising the independent and objective judgment necessary to the fulfillment of their role in ensuring and facilitating the review, transmission to the public, and public disclosure of records related to the life and death of Tupak Shakur,
        (A) who possess an appreciation of the value of such material to the public, scholars, and government, and
        (B) who include at least three scholars in current history, at least 3 members of the civil rights community, at least 3 experts on civil liberties, and at least one member of the immediate family of Tupac Amaru Shakur.

IIRC I think there is only one immediate member of Shakur’s family.

I think we saw the gutlessness of the Republicans with the failure of the Coburn amendment. If this makes it though Congress I suggest we hand the keys to the country to Walmart and call it a day.


27
Sep 05

Rambling thoughts on hearing peace speeches

I apoligize for the rambling nature of this post, but my brain is a bit foggy right now.

Two notable things.

  • If Cynthia McKinney is going to have a hyperbolic denunciation of the past 5 years, she should really get the details right. Cheney is from Wyoming, not Montana.
  • “people signaling passing helicopters with gunfire” is the most ludicrous statement ever made.

There some other weird things such as Ramsey Clark’s statement that “We’ll only be safe when the defense budget is cut by 90%”, the weird attempt to link Haiti and the Palestinians to anything and everything, the endless self-congratulation and so much more.

I suppose the underlying (and unconscious) theme behind all of the speeches was the need for authenticity, which really wasn’t there.

I was reminded of the “Fingerbang” (they form a boy band) episode of South Park when the mall manager pans their audition. One of them says “But we tried out best!” The mall manager: “Really? That was your best? Wow.”