Supreme Court to Decide Marriage Rights for Gay Couples Nationwide

New York Times, By Adam Liptak, January 16

Washington — The Supreme Court on Friday agreed to decide whether all 50 states must allow gay and lesbian couples to marry, positioning it to resolve one of the great civil rights questions in a generation before its current term ends in June.

The decision came just […]

You don’t have to give thanks.

I believe in being grateful for the universe. It is one of the few entities with a shelf life beyond that of what can be bought, sold, or stolen. Moreover, our obscene privilege as Westerners is lethally obvious. But to hell with the manufactured gratitude of Thanksgiving™, wherein kindly advertising voice-overs urge us to count […]

Judge rips apart Kentucky’s gay marriage argument

The (Louisville, KY) Courier-Journal, By Andrew Wolfson, July 1

In striking down Kentucky’s ban on gay marriage, a federal judge Tuesday rejected Gov. Steve Beshear’s argument that the ban is needed because only opposite sex couples can procreate and maintain the state’s birth rate and economy.

“These arguments are not those of serious people,” wrote […]

Harris v. Quinn: Will the Supreme Court Abolish Public Sector Unions on Monday?

Naked Capitalism, By Lambert Strether, June 29

I cruised by Scotusblog today and saw this note:

At 9:30 a.m. on Monday we expect orders from the June 27 Conference, followed by the opinions at 10:00 a.m. We will begin live-blogging at this link at approximately 9:15. The only remaining undecided cases of the Term […]

SCOTUS Overstepping?

That’s what I think in light of the flapdoodle at SCOTUS over recess appointments:

WASHINGTON—The Supreme Court seemed inclined to rein in the president’s power to make “recess appointments” when the Senate is out of town, as justices on Monday suggested the practice under both parties had exceeded constitutional limits.

The Constitution grants the president […]

Their Satanic Majesties Request

I can’t imagine what kind of blowback this might cause. Can you?

Justice Scalia ‘very much’ suspects he has homosexual friends

MSNBC, By Irin Carmon, October 6 Few Supreme Court Justices are as comfortable with the media as Antonin Scalia, but the three voluble interview sessions he sat for in the forthcoming issue of New York magazine stand out even for him for their candor.

In the interview with New York’s Jennifer Senior, Scalia discusses everything […]

Humanity is drowning in Washington’s criminality

Snowden’s email provider shuts down abruptly – resistance squashed

Cory Doctorow

Yesterday, I asked the question, “Is Obama losing it?” This may provide part of the answer. Lavabit, the email service used by Edward Snowden, was shut down abruptly by Ladar Levison, Owner and Operator, Lavabit LLC.. In an open letter to former users, Levison starts out by saying:

“I have […]

Federal appeals court: Journalists can’t decline to testify in criminal trials

New York Times, By Matt Zapotosky & Justin Jouvenal, July 19

A New York Times reporter whose book is at the center of a criminal leak case against a former CIA officer accused of being one of his sources cannot invoke a reporter’s privilege and refuse to testify at the officer’s trial, a federal appeals […]

FISA Court: Almost a parallel” Supreme Court?

(Tom Dispatch)-

Here’s the must-read money paragraph from Eric Lichtblau’s New York Times front-pager on the vast broadening of the powers of the NSA and the FISA secret court — with a question to follow: “The 11-member Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court, known as the FISA court, was once mostly focused on approving case-by-case […]

The list

I was heartened to learn that Alan Grayson took the correct side on the surveillance issue.

This is a watershed moment.

So far, Dick Cheney, John Kerry, Bill and Hillary Clinton, Barak Obama, Lindsey Graham and Nancy Pelosi have publicly placed themselves on the shit list, along with a host of “reporters” and bureaucrats.

Ron […]

Captain Queeg Commands the Good Ship Obama?

Captain Queeg at the helm of Obama’s ship of state?

This is not encouraging. According to Marisa Taylor and Jonathan S. Landay of McClatchy’s Washington Bureau, President Barack Obama is circling the wagons on leaks. This was happening before Snowden blew his whistle. It sounds serious:

WASHINGTON — “Even before a […]

Decline and Fall – Snoop Daddy ECHELON, Real Unemployment, Syria

A chronicle of the spectacular incompetence of those who purport to lead us

WASHINGTON – Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor, revealed a government process of spying on citizens and organizations, not information about the subjects of cyber spying. If not illegal, it is a process that should be illegal. The real term for what […]