Monday, June 16, 2008

McCain VP Candidate Bobby Jindal -- Exorcist

Not only did former Hindu Piyush Jindal exorcise the woman's demons, he also apparently cured her of cancer.

So, McCain gonna go with the 37-year old former-Hindu, Indian now-Catholic named "Piyush" who performs cancer-ridding exorcisms............or Tim Pawlenty???

If you are Tim Pawlenty, you gotta be saying, "I can CUT my ridiculous hockey-hair mullet! What can Ernest Angley, Jr. over there do? Promise not to outsource more jobs to his parents' nation of origin?"

Friday, June 13, 2008

Tim Russert -- Dead At 58

Is it concerning to me that a chunky white guy from Buffalo with a law degree whose job involves sitting all day dies a sudden death at age 58?? Oh yeah. More than a little.

Consistent with his training and education, Russert is one of the only political reporters whom I have seen on TV who actually did his work and prepared questions in a lawyerly fashion. Don't ask, "Well, aren't you in favor of X?" Say, "You said on July 1 that you were in favor of X and now you say you aren't?" Then have the film ready when they start to weasel.

Russert, of course, was great with the very low-tech "white board" during election coverage, and broke things down so that they were very easy to see and comprehend.

We have so many mediocre to flat-out awful people covering politics today. Losing Russert is like the Cavs losing LeBron and hoping to replace him with a low first-round pick. It just isn't going to happen.


Thursday, June 12, 2008

Justice Kennedy -- Guantanamo Detainees May Seek Habeus Corpus Relief in Civilian Court

It appears what pushed Justice Kennedy over the edge may have been the Administration's argument that they can do whatever they want in Cuba because they LEASE (and don't own) Guantanamo.

Justice Kennedy decided that, if that were true, we might as well close up the Supreme Court and just allow the President to do whatever he wants:

The necessary implication of the argument is that by surrendering formal sovereignty over any unincorporated territory to a third party, while at the same time entering into a lease that grants total control over the territory back to the United States, it would be possible for the political branches to govern without legal constraint.

Our basic charter cannot be contracted away like this.The Constitution grants Congress and the President the power to acquire, dispose of, and govern territory, not the power to decide when and where its terms apply. Even when the United States acts outside its borders, its powers are not "absolute and unlimited" but are subject "to such restrictions as are expressed in the Constitution." Murphy v. Ramsey, 114 U. S. 15, 44 (1885).

Abstaining from questions involving formal sovereignty and territorial governance is one thing. To hold the political branches have the power to switch the Constitution on or off at will is quite another. The former position reflects..... that certain matters requiring political judgments are best left to the political branches. The latter would permit a striking anomaly in our tripartite system of government, leading to a regime in which Congress and the President,not this Court, say "what the law is." Marbury v. Madison, 1 Cranch 137, 177 (1803).

These concerns have particular bearing upon the Suspension Clause question in the cases now before us, for the writ of habeas corpus is itself an indispensable mechanism for monitoring the separation of powers. The test for determining the scope of this provision must not be subject to manipulation by those whose power it is designed to restrain.

Monday, June 02, 2008

Voice of "Sideshow Bob" Suffers Heart Attack

Perhaps the diet of tossed salad and scrambled eggs finally caught up to him?

His 3rd wife (pictured -- joyful smile) is said to have been very distraught. I wonder if his insurance is paid up to date?