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Friday, February 28, 2003
 
The Right To Privacy: The next time some anti-choice bigot whines about "privacy" not being in the Constitution, tell them it's in the same clause as the one giving the Supreme Court power to declare acts of the other two branches unconstitutional.



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Judicial Politics.


1. All governments are governments of men and not of laws. Any statement to the contrary is a wish, not a fact.


2. All positions in any government are political. This specifically includes judges, who are appointed in this country by politicians, generally as a reward for political contributions or political actions or political beliefs. For example, the current Chief Justice received his office after starting as a legal thug intimidating minority voters for the Arizona Republican Party, headed the Goldwater campaign, assured Richard Nixon the 1968 Republican nomination by delivering to him the Goldwater presidential campaign activist files and organizational contacts, served as a compliant Solicitor General in one of the several corrupt Republican administrations of the late 20th century, and was appointed because of these facts, not in spite of them.


3. All judicial nominee should be judged on their political beliefs. It is an abdication of moral responsibility for anyone involved in this process to pretend that only legal qualifications matter. Consider: No "fully qualified" attorney holdng membership in the American Nazi Party has ever been nominated to the federal bench, nor has any "fully qualified" member of the American Communist Party, nor even a "fully qualified" member of the Prohibitionist Party.

But let's divorce this consideration from political parties. If a "fully qualified" nominee for a federal judgeship said, "I support the right of individual states to determine whether slavery should be legal with their borders and to secede from the Union if necessary to protect that right", would he be confirmed to the bench? Isn't that statement one of political belief? In the history of this country, it certainly is. So we can agree that some political beliefs either are, or become, politically unacceptable. Even though candidates with just such beliefs were once routinely nominated and appointed to the federal bench. (Today, only cabinet level officials are permitted to hold these beliefs.)


But if such "state's right" beliefs have become politically unacceptable, how to explain a Supreme Court whose majority seems hellbent on dividing the Constitution by 50? Could it be that politicans are inadequately concerned with probing the politics of the judges they appoint?


Or consider this: a Supreme Court Justice who rejects the central fact of American political thought, that "Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed" and asserts that governments are divinely inspired and power is held by government officials as a result of divine intervention or divine right. What person raised in America and exposed to American history, no matter how "brilliant", could possibly be that willfully ignorant. What idiot would nominate a person with those political beliefs to the Supreme Court, what set of idiots would confirm the appointment, what free people would accept the insult to their freedom, what...Oh, never mind.


So here's the point. Of course politics matters when it comes to politicians, even politicians called judges. Some political beliefs are outside the acceptable in American society. And every judicial appointment, like the elevation of every other politician, is about politics. To claim otherwise is just intellectually dishonest crap by intellectually dishonest politicians.



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Literalism: A conservative jurist's intellectually fradulent synonym for judicial activism. If Literalists were literal, then they could point to the actual words in the Constitution that gives federal judges the imperial power of unreviewable veto of the works of the other two branches. The claim of such power in Marbury vs Madison was a political act of the most flagrant judicial activism, seen as a political act at the time, and accepted as a political act. True Literalists would reject any belief that this Supreme Court self-coronation is acceptable under a literal reading of the Constitution.


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Sunday, February 23, 2003
 
Digital Display: Apparently, a communication device used extensively by New Jersey drivers.


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Friday, February 21, 2003
 
If you'd vote for four more years of this, then yes, you are as stupid as you look.



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Wednesday, February 19, 2003
 

Freepers Organize Mass Rallies To Support Bush.



Crowds Estimated In The Dozens.



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Tuesday, February 18, 2003
 
Paying for the Bush League war: Here's an idea, George. Instead of me paying for your war, how about shifting the bill to the my children and grandchildren. Oh...never mind.



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The difference between a NASA engineer and a NASA manager: A NASA engineer and a NASA manager are playing Russian roulette. The trigger has been pulled five times. Each person is asked to calculate the odds of death on the sixth pull. The NASA engineer calculates that pulling the trigger creates a 100% chance of death. The NASA manager calculates that the previous history of succcessful trigger-pulls shows there is no appreciable danger in continuing with the current protocols.



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The Union Of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) collapsed because of Ronald Reagan. A myth somewhat less true than, "A rooster's crow causes the sun to rise." By 1979 at the latest, competent intelligence analysts could, and did, predict the collapse of the USSR based on the work of Helene d'Encausse and Lindley's Second Law of Organizations. The effect of Lindley's Second Law was enhanced due to the racist nature of the Soviet oligarchy.



Lindley's Second Law of Organizations: Any oligarchy that chooses its own successors is inherently degenerative.


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Friday, February 14, 2003
 
Lewis 1935 fiction has factual basis. I enjoyed TBogg's revisit to the 1935 Sinclair Lewis novel "It Can't Happen Here." However, you may not be aware that the Lewis fiction was inspired by the factual attempts of rabidly racist and pro-fascist American businessmen and military organizations (The American Legion) to organize an anti-Roosevelt coup in 1934. This followed the unsuccessful attempt to assassinate Roosevelt in which Chicago's Mayor Cermak died. Although the author of this 4 article series 1, 2, 3, 4 makes a number of unverifiable assertions and is rabidly anti-British, his basic facts are correct concerning the Butler plot and the large number of powerful American capitalists who financed both American and European fascism, being more "successful" in the latter case. Mellon, duPont, Dulles, Harriman, Morgan, Bush...all had a hand in supporting the rise of Mussolini and Hitler as a means of protecting their commercial interests. Of course, today these "patriots" might simply move the incorporation to Bermuda.

See also the following in The Flaming Moderate's Political Dictionary:

It can't happen here. One of four phrases describing the stages of denial that occur when a constitutional republic becomes a democratic dictatorship. The other three are It isn't happening here, It hasn't happened here, and Of course it's constitutional to hold Americans without charge or kill them without trial. What kind of anti-American terrorist supporter are you for even questioning our leader's popular Christian policy?

 
Michael Savage on MSNBC! Thanx, MSNBC, America needs another strident defender of willful ignorance and overt racism. But tell me, who's prouder of this representative of the businesses they manage, Bill Gates or Jeff Immelt?
 

Terror Alert! Terror Alert!


Al Queda threatens to bomb duct tape plants.


Bush responds with tax cut plan for those whose mansions require large amounts of tape.


Friday, February 07, 2003
 
Saddam - Osama Link Established! Thanx Democratic Underground!



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Tuesday, February 04, 2003
 
Creationism: An attempt to explain the origins of life by limiting God's capabilities to the size of the believer's imagination. Put forth by those who understand neither science nor their own religion and for whom faith is not adequate evidence of things unseen. Rather, they are determined not only to see a sign, but to require us to have the same limited vision.



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A government of laws and not of men. A fiction that occasionally rises to the dignity of a bald-faced lie. A favorite excuse by corrupt men seeking to avoid their responsibility for either creating an evil law or for using a present law to create new evil. This appeal to the law is the first in the triad of excusatory appeals by men of high pretension and low character. It is followed by an appeal to patriotism and an appeal to whichever god offers the most followers for the money. All governmental laws require the labor of hand-crafting to provide an advantage for the craftsmen. All scientific laws require the labor of an imperfect understanding and provide no certainty. Religious laws are the most preferred by the wicked, as they provide all of the advantages of governmental laws without the labor of justification or the requirement for understanding.



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Saturday, February 01, 2003
 
Canada, O Canada



Where are the voices in this land of liberty?



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