Friday, August 31, 2007
And Also: Interesting case involving the right to petition, though it was decided on the ground that the persons involved were targeted for their official governmental conduct, so were not acting as "citizens" with First Amendment rights, per a recent Supreme Court case. [Thus, overruling a jury verdict.] The idea, see Declaration of Independence, that the right suggests (at least it did originally) an obligation to actually seriously consider petitions by citizens is particularly interesting.
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
As with the SC beauty contestant, one feels a bit bad about making fun of Sen. Craig, in part because the "crime" is dubious. [As comments in various places note, however, what he did is far from totally innocent either.] Likewise, it is sad that he can be said to be from the state of delusion. Still, he did plead guilty. If he now wants to say he did nothing wrong, did he commit perjury? Likewise, there is always the hypocrisy, including his own -- if his closet nature encourages anti-homosexual public policy positions, sympathy surely is hard to come by.
Monday, August 27, 2007
And Also: Good season finale to Army Wives, though the dramatic cliffhanger was really not necessary, there were enough hanging plot points plus we had an armed madman hostage situation already. Also, isn't the rule that you wait three months before announcing a spouse's pregnancy? We do need a new heavy, though.
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
And Also: A core reason why the Rangers won 30-3 was because two pitchers who had nothing were left in to save the bullpen for the nightcap, which they won too (only scoring nine). Good move Baltimore. In the process, it must have did wonders on the arms, the pitch count for a reliever (especially given the short span of time involved) truly absurd. The Phillies lost, giving up 15 runs, mediocre staffs giving up lots of runs this season(sadly, the Mets have their moments). But, this required some help.
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Apparently, feeding the beast was unnecessary, since he apparently didn't even need it ... what suckers. As our representatives, we are the ultimate ones being played. On the not wanting to scream front, I saw Elizabeth Edwards at a book event promoting the paperback version (new chapter) of her autobiography. Be well.
Sunday, August 19, 2007
And Also: It should be noted that the Second Amendment was ratified in a different era. One in which police departments did not exist ... in fact, they probably would be deem a sort of paramilitary force, a standing army of sorts, that would be rather dangerous. Quite literally the people had a "posse" role to play here ... you had a nightwatchman sort and then (traditionally) the "hue and cry" concept of the people having a responsibility to assist when needed. Now, only a select group have weapons, or expectations to be called. "The people" as a whole don't, surely. This must be kept in mind. "Original understanding," however, too often is applied in an ahistorical fashion.
Thursday, August 16, 2007
''It seems like we're in a pennant race,'' Piniella said. ''I'm not too damn sure.''
Given the Mets struggles to win two of three, even with it 10-4 in the ninth, against the lowly Pirates, Mets fans can relate. Add one of three vs the Marlins, they are 3 of 6 so far in an "easy" stretch. Meanwhile, the Cards ... are back!!!!
And Also: Jose Padilla, after a quick deliberation, was found guilty of all three counts. Not what he was originally accused of, not in a "speedy trial," and probably not with due process even to the criminal trial itself. His guilt via a jury trial does not suddenly make his treatment fine. How many will say it does? Oh, if he was so obviously guilty, why the delay? Because punishment or even civil detention as a safety measure was not the point of it all. Interrogation (and executive power generally), by any means "necessary" was. Again, how many will ignore the point?*
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
And Also: There's a piece questioning an argument that one needs to have "religion" to truly be a good person ... to really have an edge. Takes awhile to make a point some comments can much quicker: it's b.s. Of course, my point was that "atheists" can have "religion" too. But, this "atheists can't be moral" stuff is still widely believed. Facts notwithstanding.
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Saturday, August 11, 2007
And Also: There was a good subplot on the Lifetime show Army Wives last week about an army wife who finds out her husband might have been killed by friendly fire. One character noted that it was a part of the horrors of war, and people understand that, but only if they are dealt with honestly. This is the problem with the Tillman case, and other things these days. Too much b.s. ... an apparent belief (realization?) the people won't accept the truth. But, people know b.s. too. So, the CYA value only goes so far.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thus, "acquisitions" authorized by Attorney General Gonzales will be permissible for one year, even if that period extends beyond the ostensible February 1, 2008 sunset date
Hmmm. No "six months" sunset there? Strange, this isn't what was generally understood by some people, including Sen. Sanders (progressive) on Air America today. But, too much to ask for a complete process, so you can at least know what your fellow Dems help enact. Bush scared us, you see. Seriously, this sort of thing troubled the authors of The Broken Branch, and it remains a real problem. Think of it as a sort of "procedural due process" for legislating.