Saturday, June 30, 2012
These treaties reveal a longstanding global recognition of the human right to health. We must evaluate the Supreme Court’s ruling in light of this significant body of international law: an important step forward, but only one step on a long journey towards full human rights for all.Governments, federal/state, have the power and duty to protect it.
After the final orders, another order was posted that looks a bit strange. It seems to be addressing this habeas writ grant, here four of the conservatives (minus Scalia) supporting a stay of the order. Five being needed, the grant was upheld for the time being.
Friday, June 29, 2012
The final moves of the term included not accepting cert for various outstanding PPACA cases and the "wardrobe malfunction" case. Roberts had a playful concurrence there while Ginsburg noted the government can think about overturning their "Pacifica" policy.
Thursday, June 28, 2012
Today, the full Court vacated that temporary order and denied a more durable (or permanent) stay, with Justice Alito dissenting. This means that citizens will be able to register in Arizona for this cycle’s elections without first having to produce specific documentary proof of their citizenship.Details here.
Some kept on saying it wouldn't be passed and then many said it clearly was doomed in the courts. Others said the tax argument was a joke. It did pass and it was (mostly) upheld. And, via taxation. Oh well. Oh, like Ezra Klein noted on Maddow, each time some provision is put in place, this "very unpopular" law is supported.
Minor league Mets pitcher Collin McHugh worried about free lollipops and his wife thought it "way selfish" for Obama to hog naming rights. Actress Elizabeth Banks retweeted that it is pretty funny the "right wing outrage" came from a Republican idea. Like that woman.
I discussed the case here and here's an opinion summary. The ruling was pretty bland though it starts out saying "Lying was his habit." Four see it as an illicit content based provision (I agree), two as too broad and Alito leads the dissents in thinking it acceptable.
Quick reaction: sheesh. Whew, but this will cause some problems. The Stolen Valor case was in effect decided on narrow grounds. Scalia thinks token laws about lying are okay, while limits on selling violent video games to minors are not. More later.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Tuesday, June 26, 2012
I noted last week that it looked like unions and corporations, the arguments of some aside, were being treated differently by the Supreme Court. John Nichols flagged the point here. If we want to be "libertarian" here, we should be consistent.
Monday, June 25, 2012
Sunday, June 24, 2012
I find the arguments against the PPACA specious in the extreme. It just isn't that I'm against them. I can sorta respect arguments against abortion rights, even if I oppose the premises. But, the arguments here are simply specious. When (see near end of clip) you have JAY LENO understand why it is a "good thing," it is underlined.
About 3/4 of the way through the title book, which intends to given a more "eastern" viewpoint (Byzantine) of things. On the whole, it is interesting and written well. Lose track of all the names at times.
Friday, June 22, 2012
David was concerned that marriage for same-sex couples might dilute this core purpose and re-orient marriage toward merely satisfying adult desires for love and companionship.The horror! Still, good for you.
Rachel Maddow again last night basically signed off the whole Fast and Furious controversy as some 2A conspiracy theory. This is a sad failure to do her job, since a decent analysis can both show the ideological posturing AND real problems starting pre-Obama.
Thursday, June 21, 2012
in various print media, such as the Washington Post and even Business Weekly. It's just that most of us have our own lives to lead, and simply don't have the time to keep track of it all and stay current.See here. Another person complained at Volokh, cites to both CBS and FOX not enough to show the "MSM" did not "ignore" things.
I'm not a big fan of executive privilege overall though think it exists to some extent. I don't think much of the oversight chairman who thinks Obama is the "worst" President. But, if his administration is overreaching on their executive privilege claims, I wouldn't be shocked. I'll let the political processes play out.
Rachel Maddow went on and on about how the whole Fast and Furious scandal is a conspiracy theory but darn if her guest noted something actually DID go wrong. The minority report doesn't deny this. It went back to the Bush years, it was at least partially addressed and is not some conspiracy to deny 2A rights. But, it isn't all b.s.
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Some atheist bloggers have noted they lost one of their numbers -- happens a lot more the other way -- to Catholicism. I'm with those who note that Catholicism is not the one I'd choose especially if as a liberal feminist. OTOH, some are more hopeful.
This is the holiday celebrated to honor June 19, 1865, the day slaves in Texas were told they were free under the Emancipation Proclamation. State courts later held the EP only came into effect when the U.S. gained control over Confederate territory. Slavery totally ended at the end of the year with the ratification of the 13A.
Crazy, Stupid Love has been on t.v. recently. After his night with Tomei still bothers me, but overall, good movie. The ensemble cast, including giving commentary, was very good on Army Wives (S1). Emmalin was a weak character, but worked later with a new actress.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Michael Dorf has a perspective spin on the drop-off of public "approval" of the Supreme Court. A realistic stance reflects badly here, perhaps, but maybe he's right to think it was a useful compensation to in effect a mythical view. Scalia still can be a boob.
Monday, June 18, 2012
Wow. Batters must be like "okay, he's a freak of nature, let's be glad it's over with." He again served his "stopper" role, the Mets in the midst of a run of the 1/3 of the league that actually are good. And, not doing well. Most are mediocre, so they have a shot at doing okay.
"We the People" are the ones who allegedly have the ultimate power. The Constitution and law are upheld any number of ways in practice, not just by a few court rulings, which are influenced by the ever evolution of the law and society anyways.
Looks like a few justices trying to find a way to distinguish a precedent they didn't like with Thomas agreeing for his own idiosyncratic reasons that isn't productive here to do what the USSC does -- set forth broad guidelines. Just calling balls and strikes.
Still, Kagan's dissent in a 4-1-4 Confrontation Clause case, the net result hedged enough to be unclear, is worth reading for its down to earth tone. Not a total fan of so much snark, but she has a refreshing style. Sotomayor has two solo dissents -- one from denial of cert.
Sunday, June 17, 2012
Interesting series here covers the power of prayer from a science perspective. Religion often is as much about the natural as the supernatural, god(s) often not the ones who need the support though sometimes people like to say so to make themselves feel better.
When God's Creation is in the process of being destroyed, what do you do? Julia Butterfly Hill's story of love, compassion, resistance, and persistence is a powerful testament to how one dedicated individual can change the world in the face of growing violence.Religious faith helps guide her. Book is good so far.
Saturday, June 16, 2012
The "Dream Act" move by the Administration looks to be a good move politically and as an imperfect matter of executive policy. Cato and some conservative evangelicals seem to agree. It isn't "illegal" or "dictatorial" (see here) though a law is better. See, Broken Branch.
I can't get into the book itself but The Man Who Planted Trees does early on list the various benefits of trees including as heat shields, carbon dioxide sinks, flood barriers, providers of wildlife, neutralizing various pollutants etc. Local trees have a nice smell too.
Thursday, June 14, 2012
MHP was not a big fan, but as seen by the comments, many blacks do not agree with her. I thought the movie was decent, but it didn't feel like an "event" or anything. The approach of the book appealed to one person I know, who let's say is a Bill O'Reilly fan. Flawed or not, this teaches some truths to an "alternative" audience.
We think the action of the local authorities in compelling the flag salute and pledge transcends constitutional limitations on their power, and invades the sphere of intellect and spirit which it is the purpose of the First Amendment to our Constitution to reserve from all official control.Honor the day by honoring "for which it stands."
Wednesday, June 13, 2012
Reading Linda Greenhouse's "Very Short Introduction" volume on the Supreme Court. Basically does the job. Made me wonder about a six vote rule for the USSC to declare a (maybe federal only) statute unconstitutional. 5-4 seems a bit off at times.
Tuesday, June 12, 2012
Jewish week -- first a Jewish atheist, now a work of teen fiction somewhat based on fact (the author's brother is gay) involving a Jewish family. Like most good media, it is about a few things and overall was a good read. I learned about it via a NYPL tweet.
Saw him locally promoting his new book, Twilight of the Elites, which is "in transit" to my library. I think he would approve given his support of the public sector. Not sure how much his mega-theories will wow me, but I am impressed by the intelligence of his show. He noted he is a Cubs fan, thanks to his dad, though is a Bronx boy.
Monday, June 11, 2012
Liked Gilmore Girls until it got old so Bunheads with a more jaded "Lorelai" and the same actress playing the deeper than she looks mother looked promising. Good first episode, pretty risque for "ABC Family" and darker than one might think along with the fantasy.
The D.C. Circuit Court currently has three vacancies, but there is continued opposition among some Republicans in the Senate to filling those vacancies. One of the open seats — formerly held by now-Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr. — has been vacant since Roberts was elevated seven years ago. The other two seats have been vacant four years and one year, after sitting Circuit judges took senior status, while remaining on the Court for some continuing service.This sort of thing concerns me more than judicial term limits.
The atheist book I just read had a motto of reasoned debate. In response to a 9-0 habeas ruling involving an unpleasant murder, one comment elsewhere spoke about how the Supremes are ignoring state sanctioned "murder" here. That is, the death penalty. Some place else, such free use of legal terminology can apply to abortion or killing OBL. Such is the path to ignoring what legal terms actually mean.
After graduating from high school at age 17, Vandeven served in the United States Army for two and a half years, where she worked in food inspection. She has a degree in Education from Southern Illinois University and was working on her masters in Nutrition in fall of 2006.And, then she became a porn star.
Sunday, June 10, 2012
Chris Hayes today in passing noted that Citizens United didn't have much influence in Wisconsin. State law either way allowed much spending before the Dems picked their (boring) nominee. Then, a comment about millionaires and CU was noted, but only an appellate ruling (Speech Now) actually covered that. Millionaires are not "corporations." As noted elsewhere, the margin of victory was high enough that money alone probably couldn't explain it either.
Saturday, June 09, 2012
Friday, June 08, 2012
Blog Post: "Oscar-Winning Schindler’s List Producer Disinvited from Giving Speech at High School Because He’s Too Conservative." An "intolerant" treatment of conservatives? In Montana, huh? Local news account puts a different gloss on it. I realize not Hollywood Reporter.