Did you hear the one...
(H/T: Murray at Silent Running)
"Across the generations we have proclaimed the imperative of self-government, because no one is fit to be a master, and no one deserves to be a slave." - George W Bush
(H/T: Murray at Silent Running)
the ACLU makes repeated reference to “the separation of church and state.” This extra-constitutional construct has grown tiresome. The First Amendment does not demand a wall of separation between church and state. See Lynch, 465 U.S. at 673; Lemon, 403 U.S. at 614; Zorach v. Clauson, 343 U.S. 306, 312 (1952); Brown v. Gilmore, 258 F.3d 265, 274 (4th Cir. 2001); Stark v. Indep. Sch. Dist., No. 640., 123 F.3d 1068, 1076 (8th Cir. 1997); see also Capitol Square, 243 F.3d at 300 (dismissing strict separatism as “a notion that simply perverts our history”). Our Nation’s history is replete with governmental acknowledgment and in some cases, accommodation of religion. See, e.g., Marsh v. Chambers, 463 U.S. 783 (1983) (upholding legislative prayer); McGowan v. Maryland, 366 U.S. 420 (1961) (upholding Sunday closing laws); see also Lynch, 465 U.S. at 674 (“There is an unbroken history of official acknowledgment by all three branches of government of the role of religion in American life from at least 1789.”); Capitol Square, 243 F.3d at 293-99 (describing historical examples of governmental involvement with religion). After all, “[w]e are a religious people whose institutions presuppose a Supreme Being.” Zorach, 343 U.S. at 313. Thus, state recognition of religion that falls short of endorsement is constitutionally permissible.For an organisation that claims to hold the first amendment dear, it would behoove the ACLU to stick to its actual language, rather than drag in a phrase like “separation of church and state” that is more at home in KKK propaganda than in the constitution.
(H/T: Major Scarlet at Silent Running)
So how does spying on international calls and email come to be continually referred to as "domestic"? Heard it again on NPR this morning, hence this peeved post. Plus, I hadn't posted anything in a while...
To compound the stupidity, wait for him to claim that the emails are privileged, and his client had no right to turn them over to the authorities...
It was in Liberty that I read Ron Paul's justification, from a right-to-life perspective, of legalising RU428. And in Liberty I learned about what was going on inside the Libertarian Party in the late '90s and early '00s. Liberty taught me that there is no such species as the Northern Spotted Owl, that Rose Wilder Lane ghost-wrote The Little House on the Pairie for her mother, and how HL Mencken really felt about Jews.
Bradford took an extreme isolationist stand on foreign policy, opposing every USAn military action, it seemed, ever, but he also published pro-war articles and opinions, if they were well reasoned, and came from a libertarian perspective. And he published articles on the Israeli situation that took the side of the "Palestinians", including one by Dean Ahmad which almost led me to cancel my subscription, but I couldn't bring myself to do that.
For all that, thank you Mr Bradford, and wherever your new journey takes you, ride free!
Neo Warmonger isn't the first blog to link to it (I learned about it from Gary McGath), but it's got to be one of the first.
Much of today's debate about the threat posed three years ago by Saddam Hussein's Iraq is based on past assessments by U.S. intelligence agencies that we now know had no real sources on the ground in Iraq. The Bush administration seems remarkably uninterested in discovering, now that we have reams of material from Saddam's regime, what the actual terror-related and WMD-related activities of that regime were. But as the political debate of recent weeks makes clear, answering these questions remains central to the debate over the war.So let me get this straight. We thought we knew what was going on in there, but when we got there we found that everything we thought turned out to be wrong; black mark for us. But meanwhile we have also found out what really was going on, and that doesn't count for anything.
Monash University Student Association president Nick Richardson [...] said he did not know anything about the vandalism of Senator Fielding's office, but believed it would have been the work of students. Robert Nicholas, education officer for the Queensland branch of the National Student Union, said the vandalism of Senator Fielding's office was a legitimate expression of students' anger at the bill. "He has made himself a political target by voting for the legislation so he'll have to live with the consequences," he said.To quote Professor Digory Kirke, "Bless me, what do they teach them at these schools?".
The federal response wasn’t perfect, but at least it was a response to the actual storm that was killing and threatening others. Blanco’s response, at least as described in the internal communications, was primarily to the political storm that engulfed her personally. She put politics before responsibility; Bush put responsibility before politics.