I am disturbed, but not surprised by some of the comments made by Barrack Obama as regards the role of a Justice of the Supreme Court and thereby, what we will get in the replacement for Justice David Souter, who is retiring, next month. Those comments give us a frightening view of what we have in store from anyone Obama might nominate.
Alas, the once-dominant species of liberal proponents of judicial restraint has relatively few surviving members. Obama should find them – why not Jose Cabranes, the excellent judge whom President Clinton appointed to the 2nd Circuit? – and help
The bans were in place presumably to protect sea life from the negative effects of sonar use… effects that have been researched by organizations like the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC). I can not speak directly to the integrity of the research, but it seems the concerns bear consideration. Perhaps not a knee-jerk response, since sonar has been in regular use for decades now, but enough careful consideration that if sea life is truly being impacted, specifically …
The Supreme Court today backed the petition of the Ohio Secretary of State‘s position that they did not need to verify the records of about 200,000 new voters this years whose ID information did not match government records. That’s more than 25% of the new voter registrations in Ohio.
Although it’s a fairly partisan confrontation, it highlights something that is becoming more endemic across our fruited plane: in our attempts to ensure that people are able to exercise their right to vote, we are becoming more and more at risk of exposing a larger segment of ballots to fraud.
The problem extends beyond just the sublime attempts to cast ballots in the names of the dead or those not inclined to bother voting. Lacking …
First of all, the ladies of The View basically threw the same lame questions at McCain that have been circulating the Liberal Media and Blog Sites for the past few weeks. It was clear that they did little in the way of real research, and set themselves up to look foolish. Later in the show, Cindy was brought out, and from there on …
Sarah Palin had her first big interview (6 parts) this week since being selected as John McCain’s running mate. Paul F. Villareal made the video’s available at YouTube.
Of course, ABC played it for as much air time as they could… including repeating sections of the interview on 20/20 last night.
Let’s see, Thursday “World News”, Thursday “Nightline”, Friday “World News”, Friday “20/20″, Friday “Nightline”. I’m assuming the advertising dollars were substantial. If the new season of “Lost” had started by now, they might have included bits of the interview there as well. I suppose they still can.
I’ve watched all of them, and my impression is:
Sarah showed she can handle herself just fine.
Palin is ready to take and articulate her positions and
I finally got time to watch a recording of Saturday night’s Saddleback Church event with Obama and McCain. DJ made some excellent observations earlier in the week, which I thought I might supplement a bit. If you have not seen it yet, I strongly suggest that you view this event as I think it provides the most candid view of these candidates available to date.
I don’t really know Rick Warren that well. I have read “The Purpose Driven Life”, as have millions of others, and I did find the book helpful in my perspective on and relationship with God. I appreciate his work on that.
Rick rang a bell I’ve been tolling here from time to time… we need to find ways to engage …
The District is treating semi-automatic handguns as “machine guns”. So, the registration he succeeded at acquiring only allows him to have a revolver in his home.
Heller recently sued the city again, alleging that the registration rules adopted by the D.C. government after the ban was overturned are too cumbersome and violate the spirit and letter of the Supreme Court decision.
That is, Anthony Kennedy, who wrote the majority opinion in Kennedy v. Louisiana, was wrong. If you recall, Kennedy wrote in his opinion (discussed here last week) that
Thirty-seven jurisdictions—36 States plus the Federal Government— currently impose capital punishment, but only six States authorize it for child rape.
Kennedy then used this fact to establish that Congress’ lack of action to enact capital punishment for child rape reflected the country’s growing desire to treat child rapists more kindly. I’m still gagging over that one.
In Wednesday’s New York Times, we find that Kennedy, along with …
Thank goodness, albeit another split decision, the court came through with a good decision. In DC v Heller, the court ruled in favor of gun ownership. We discussed this case back when arguments wrapped up in April. For those of you that are sure to argue that my position yesterday was that the court should have stayed away from the state’s right to legislate on the death penalty, one must understand that there are significant differences here.
One (death penalty) has to do with the meting out of punishment, which is certainly addressed in the 8th amendment. For that reason, the court certainly has a role in ensuring that the 8th Amendment is not abrogated. In Kennedy v Louisiana, however, the case does …
Lyle Denniston at the SCOTUS Blog provides some interesting insight into today’s decision in Kennedy v. Louisiana, a death-penalty case that has now been overturned by the high court. This was a case of child rape. Eight years old. By the her step-father.
The court is wrong.
As Lyle observes, the court has been progressively narrowing the conditions under which the death penalty can be used. By itself, this is a frustrating fact as the court appears to be referencing reasons with less basis in law and more basis in their feelings. Lyle observes:
…the longer a Justice stays on the Court and watches capital cases come and go, the greater the prospect that capital punishment will lose another vote…
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