Saturday, July 01, 2006

So the descriptions were right, he really is Scalito

It's good to be posting back on P&P. There are so many stories to choose from. How about Rush Limbaugh and Viagra and Bill O'Reilly's belief that the police are out to get Rush? No Spin Zone my ass...

Instead I think the more interesting event is the Supreme Court's decision on military commisions because new Justice Alito voted happily with Justices Thomas and Scalia thus proving the moniker Scalito. You see Scalia and Thomas are nutjobs on the Court imo, and before the addition of Alito, they frequently were the lone two dissenting in many cases. It's too bad Roberts had to abstain from the case because it would have been interesting to see how he would have voted. This would give a solid indication of how the Court has changed.

Of course, the other interesting aspect of this case is the Court limiting executive power, but you can check the link for that.

"I'm and American. I'm sorry"
-Al Bundy

Sunday, June 25, 2006

mapping out mid-terms 2006

United States Senate 2006 Election Map:















██
Republican incumbent

██ Retiring Republican

██ Democratic incumbent

██ Retiring Democrat

██ Retiring Independent

██ States without a seat up for re-election



United States Gubernatorial 2006 Election Map:















██ Republican incumbent

██ Retiring Republican

██ Democratic incumbent

██ Retiring Democrat

██ States without a seat up for re-election



Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Planned Parenthood v. South Dakota: Deathroes of a Blog

It is with great pleasure that I see if this little blog can be somehow revived and as the resident Court Watcher, I think we have the makings of a massive change in American Civil Liberty law worth noting.

Yesterday you see, the Governor of South Dakota, Mike Rounds, signed a bill into law banning all abortions in South Dakota unless the mother's health is in danger. There are no exceptions for victims of incest and no exceptions for victims of rape. While pro-life advocates are no doubt cheering, Planned Parenthood has already said it will fight the law.

This will go all the way to the Supreme Court, a significantly different Supreme Court of one year ago. With newly appointed Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Samuel Alito, one can reasonably assume that the South Dakota legislature believed that they can withstand a court challenge.

Now, my impression of John Roberts is of a man who respects law, due process and precedent. I would be very surprised to see him uphold the South Dakota law and in the process overturn over 30 years of legal tradition held in Roe v. Wade (1972).

Alito of course is a different animal.

Regardless, we will soon see how 'conservative' this Court really is.

We will get clue when they review partial birth abortions which they recently said they will review.

Tuesday, January 03, 2006

The Year in Preview

2005 was an interesting year for American politics. History will show it to be the year that the cracks started to show in the Bush administration and yet the Democratic Party remained in as much discord as it ever has. Despite having the most incompetent presidency since Andrew Johnson on the ropes the entire last third of the year, the Democrats managed to tripped and fell just like President Johnson did. Here are my predictions for 2006 in American Politics.


  • People Most Likely To Lose Their Jobs in 2006: Andrew Card Jr., Scott McLellan, Donald Rumsfeld, Karl Rove. If none of these clowns are fired in 2006, Bush is literally as out of touch with reality as Reagan was in the late years. I don’t mean the late years of his time as president.

  • Most Likely To Become Secretary of the Treasury: Andrew Card Jr.

  • Death of 2006: Gerald Ford

  • Most Likely Exchange to be Heard at a Congressional Hearing in 2006:

    Senator: Mr. President, how can you justify using executive powers to completely penetrate the civil liberties of Americans?
    Bush (or a proxy): Extraordinary circumstances.
    Senator: No… seriously.
    Bush: Fuck you, bitch. I’m untouchable. Q-E-D! *poll bump*

  • Democrat Who’s Hype Will Peak: Hillary Clinton. Hillary is not going to run for President. Why doesn’t she come out and say it? And does she really think she can win? Only Oprah can win.

  • Most Likely To Continue to Draw Man-Love From Postmaster-General and Chris-face: Special Prosecutor Scott Fitzgerald

  • Superstar Democrat in 2006: Joe Biden. Homeboy has been a Senator for 33 years! More than half his life! He will be the Democratic Nominee in 2008. Look for Viginia Governor Mark Warner to begin quietly fundraising for a 2007 Senate run.

  • Superstar Republican in 2006: Why, John McCain, of course. Watch for McCain to continue to run all over Bush and the Inner Circle in retaliation for the ‘McCain has a Black Baby’ stunt. Campaign finance, the PATRIOT Act and the War in/on Iraq will be John McCain’s bread and butter this year. John McCain is the Chuck Norris of politics.

  • Hallmark Moment of the 2006: Bush’s Approval Rating falling below the floor of Nixon’s.

  • Senate Composition As A Result Of The 2006 Midterms: R: 49 D: 51

  • House Composition As A Result Of The 2006 Midterms: R: 219 D: 215 I: 1

  • Most Likely to Ask US Troops to Leave in 2006: A silly and naive new Iraqi Parliament. A good follow up to that might be “Most Likely To Run Away So Fast That They Leave A Cloud Shaped In Their Likeness Suspended In The Air: The Bush Administration.”

  • Most Likely to be Seen Coming Off A Plane Right Around September 2006: American Troops from Iraq. Completely caving to public pressure and begging from the RNC, it looks like troops are coming home in time to be the centre of political attention for the Midterm elections.

  • Supreme Court Issue of the 2006: NSA Wiretaps. Too many constructionists on the court to hold that one up. Bush will stick by it because he really has nothing better to do.

  • Political Issue of 2006: Iraq. Casualties will hit 2500 before the Midterms. Everyone is going to want to divest themselves from any Iraq related decisions that might be made. The economy could make some noise if those from one side of the income canyon start screaming at their (much) richer counterparts on the other side.

  • Issue That Will Further Polarize Normal Americans in 2006: The Death Penalty. This debate faded from the public with Tookie Williams’ last breath, which is extraordinary and surprising since the issue was so hotly contested before he was executed. However, this issue will come up in the next month with a vengeance when the results of the DNA tests done in the case of Roger Keith Coleman, who was executed in 1992. It will be surprising to see what form the debate takes if it is scientifically proven that Coleman is innocent.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Tammy Kitzmiller et al. v. Dover Area School District

T. rex
T. rex—the real king of the beasts. That’s the terror that Adam’s sin unleashed! You’ll run into this monster lurking near Adam and Eve. How’s this possible? Find out soon!


The Court in Pennsylvania have spoken and 'intelligent design' will no longer be mentioned in the science classroom. Why? The Court ruled that ID is religous belief and to introduce it into public schools is the state attempting to establish religion. Moreover, the Court determined that ID is not science.

The history of ID is very interesting and really forms the foundation of the ruling as they tied ID to fundamentalism. They suggested that religous fundamentalism arose when Darwin's theory came about. Over time, they tried to repackage creationism as creationism science by purposefully introducing scientific terms into their beliefs. CS was rejected by the Courts as well. This inevitably lead to ID. The tie between fundamentalism and ID is clear according to the Court and as such should not be taught in public schools.

In developing the ruling the court used the Lemon Test

Ahh the First Amendment.... I think it might be my favorite.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

BUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUURN!

Apparently, Iraqi Security Forces don't get decks of cards. Good timing on this one. I bet Dick Cheney would have loved to have gone after him with a pair of pliers and a blowtorch.

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

It's About Time

Finally!

Bush admits that there was faulty intelligence in the decision to go to war.

Though, apparently, it was still the right decision because Hussein was a bad man. Now while I recognize the apparent weakness of the United nations in dealing with Iraq and blame Bush's father for the history leading up to the war, I think you need more to justify an invasion in light of 'faulty' intelligence to the American people.

Tuesday, December 13, 2005

William Jefferson Clinton comes North!




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Wednesday, December 07, 2005

So...um...yeah....

I would like to joke about this, but I don't know if it's funny.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/video/2005/12/07/VI2005120700493.html

Sigh.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

jury duty

The president's been summoned to serve on a jury back home in Crawford, Texas.

I checked, and Crawford's a few counties over from Travis County where Tom DeLay was indicted; so, sadly, no chance Bush's been summoned for that one, though presumably he'd get an easy out on account of knowing the accused.

One wonders what his excuse will be for dereliction of this Texas duty?

-interlocutor