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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
I can’t imagine what kind of blowback this might cause. Can you?
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
This should come as no surprise to anyone, even without the recent foofaraw about NSA grepping phone numbers:
WASHINGTON — FBI Director Robert Mueller acknowledged Wednesday that the agency has deployed drones to conduct surveillance in the U.S., and that the bureau was developing guidelines for their future law enforcement use.
Mueller told the Senate […]