Publius Pundit has a rundown on the whole election season.
"September 11 for me was a wake up call. Do you know what I think the problem is? That a lot of the world woke up for a short time and then turned over and went back to sleep again," he said."We are not going to deal with this problem, with the roots as deep as they are, until we confront these people at every single level. And not just their methods but their ideas," Blair said.
Sometimes I just don't understand how this guy can belong to the Labour Party.
But now, the governor's race in New York gets interesting as former Massachusetts Governor William Weld, who moved back to his home state of New York some years ago, says he will now consider a run for governor. Weld is one of my old favorites..a Republican with a very pronounced libertarian streak. I don't know if anyone has ever been the governor of two different states, I suspect that would be a first. Anyway, the GOP has got to get somebody to beat Spitzer or they're going to lose a lot of ground that Pataki gained.
The release said that children participating in the summer camp who "know the meaning of ghetto style" would have a chance to "prove just how ghetto they are.''
Members of the black community expressed outrage at the wording of the invitation to the talent show. The show will be part of the grand finale picnic for the city's summer camp program to be held Friday at Hadley Park.
[Ed. - This is why you should always have somebody proof-read your work.]
And you know what, Mr. Bouyeri? I feel nothing for you.
The new strategy, for the first time, formally directs military commanders to go after a list of eight pressure points at which terrorist groups could be vulnerable: ideological support, weapons, funds, communications and movement, safe havens, foot soldiers, access to targets, and leadership. Each U.S. geographic command is to follow a systematic approach, first collecting intelligence on any of the two dozen target groups that are operating in its area of responsibility and then developing a plan to attack all eight nodes for each of those groups.
Now we're cookin' with gas.
"We have been disappointed over the last 10 years with the decline in membership. The AFL-CIO idea is to keep throwing money at politicians. We say no," Teamsters president James Hoffa said. "We are going to do something new."
Too true...along with the NAACP, the AFL-CIO is the spends 99% of its time and effort funneling money to liberal Democratic politicians and doing little else. The dam seems to have burst. We'll see just what kind of impact it will have politically and economically (which are the same thing).
MORE: Bill Kristol is predicting there will be an 11th hour smear against Judge Roberts in the New York Times, planted by special interest groups. That sounds about right to me.
Don, I think you're being a bit hard on yourself, but I understand what you're saying and greatly admire your self-discipline. You've given us a lot to think about. But you worry me. I hope you aren't entertaining thoughts of giving up blogging on a regular basis. I agree that the Blogosphere needs to do more of its own research, but another key function we serve is to find the stories that a majority of people can't find themselves due to time and access restraints. I think this, more than anything, has been the ultimate service of the Drudge Report. How many people have 16 hours a day to surf the news wires and Lexis-Nexis? The story of the day in the MSM was usually seen on the Drudge Report three days before. But I digress.
You're one of the good guys Don. I wait anxiously for your return.
Smart readers of Jim-Rose.com know that nothing is accidental or incidental when it comes to the sin city of Washington, D.C. Coulter says we know nothing of Roberts and the fact that he has taken the anti-Roe position for clients doesn't mean that this is how he feels, pointing out that he has noted that positions argued for clients do not necessarily represent his views. The White House is sure he's golden, but she points out, they thought that about Souter (who is becoming the Republican's legal equivalent to Vietnam). However, this could be a red-herring on Coulter's part. Kennedy and Schumer are going to slime Roberts to the best of their ability...but those to the right of these two (which is just about everyone else) may be comforted by the fact that some on the right are uncomfortable with Roberts (or so it seems).
Call me a conspiracy theorist if you will, but I'll say it again: nothing is accidental or what it seems in Washington. Everything is done for a reason and for the purpose of causing a very particular effect.
MORE: Drudge is declaring there will be a war over Abortion due to this pick. He may be right. My cards on the table...I'm pretty indifferent to the abortion issue. Is abortion killing? Sure it is. Should it be illegal? I don't think so. Is Roe v. Wade bad law? Yes, absolutely. Do I want to see abortion made illegal? Absolutely not. Got it? Anyway, my concern is that we get a strict constructionists (or originalists, whatever) on the court. My dream candidate is Janice Rogers Brown. Short of her, Roberts sounds pretty good so far, we'll have to see. But I'm so glad to see Bush pick someone he wants, a true conservative and not some consensus pick. That's why I voted for him and that's why (or should be why) we have leaders...to lead!
MORE: First thoughts. Very well spoken man, very smooth, seems very genuine. Has those middle-aged good looks. Will be hard for the Dems to trash.
MORE: Another thing we have to take into consideration. Bush can't assume that Rehnquist will retire soon or that anyone else isn't prepared to wait him out. This could be Bush's only Supreme Court pick...he's got to make the most of. If he gets more picks later, then he can fudge it a little, but not now.
UPDATE: Leahy just spoke. I got through it without throwing up. Now Schumer is talking about how we don't know enough about Roberts' personal views. And now the bashing begins.
MORE: Jayson over at PoliPundit nails it.
UPDATE: RedState has an exhaustive writeup on Clement.
Here's a fascinating story about Sarkozy from a few years ago. It has some good background...don't miss his comments about Arnold Schwarzenegger.
The first question to the Prime Minister came from a Labour MP who asked the usual leading question of "does the Prime Minister agree...blah, blah, blah" that the Muslim community is not to be blamed for this incident and how Britain's "multicultural society is the envy of the world." This got my dander up. The envy of the world? The Brits are rapidly losing their culture to immigration, not just from Muslims, but from other Euros who have come to Britain to reap the benefits of the biggest welfare state in the EU. I have a friend from Britain who's family moved here some years ago because of the societal breakdown in England. They wanted to live in the relative safety of America which, they tell me, "just has a better quality of life."
These guys can spend all their time fighting over who's the most sensitive to the Muslim community or they can face some hard realities and prevent something like this from ever happening again. Is it the fault of the Muslim community, as such? No, but they are not entirely blameless. There are psychopaths out their committing crimes and atrocities in their name. At some point they need to stand up and do something about it, for the sake of Islam and their adopted country. Is Islam a peaceful religion? In some respect, yes, but it is at a crossroads similar to that which the Catholic Church faced during the Spanish Inquisition. All of the major religions has have their dark times...and now is a very dark time for Islam, but it can recover. It's going to take action from the faithful to bring it back from the brink, and it's going to take a more realistic attitude from well-meaning civilized Christians to move this process along.
MORE: Case in point.
No surprises here (insert generic outrage).
Now, let's focus on what's important here. Paul Begala is a political analyst on CNN and MSNBC (not Fox, 'cause I'm sure he considers them evil). What does it say about these news organizations that they use a man so far (to use a Democratic term) "out of the mainstream" as a political expert?
UPDATE: Bill Quick's take.
Anyway, one of the better comments I've seen today comes from Ken McCracken:
Absent a conviction, firing Rove would be an admission, not of wrongdoing, but that the sheer decibel level on an issue can determine its outcome. And what a perverse incentive to ratchet up still more decibels that would create.
MORE: ...from Radioblogger.
*sigh* So, the New York Times puts out their latest story on the CIA Leak/Rove thing (in hopes of squeezing a few more days out of the story, which they will). The story is based on...wait for it...a leak from the special prosecutors office. This leak (I'm guessing he's a hero to Chuck Schumer, at least for now) says that Novak got the information about Valerie Plame from a source (which he doesn't name to the Times), Novak then called Rove, told him what he'd heard and Rove said, "I heard that too," (or "Oh, you heard that." depending on who's testimony you use).
Oh! That's it! Off with his head!!
However, the Times editor forgot to erase this small passage in the story:
The person who provided the information about Mr. Rove's conversation with Mr. Novak declined to be identified, citing requests by Mr. Fitzgerald that no one discuss the case. The person discussed the matter in the belief that Mr. Rove was truthful in saying that he had not disclosed Ms. Wilson's identity.
This is so stupid! They have absolutely nothing! This story is the biggest nothing in the history of journalism. Yet, it doesn't matter, it's still a story to these lying bastards! Joe Wilson was out there today, telling the same lies he's been telling for 2 years as though there isn't documentation that has proven him to be a liar. It's as though we're all supposed to pretend that there's a tiger in the room when there's not. The room is empty. Everyone's insane. I hate this story.
MORE: Dale Franks ask, "What's the point?"
MORE: Lorie Byrd ask: "Why isn't this a bombshell revelation vindicating Rove?"
NEWSMAX: Kerry outed covert CIA agent.
MORE: Roger L. Simon: The Plame Rove Affair is One of the Biggest Wastes of Time of My Lifetime...
MAXINE McKEW: Prime Minister, if as you say you can't rule out that possibility that we could have potential bombers right here in Australia, what if today's announcement, this redeployment to Afghanistan and our continued presence in Iraq is all the provocation they need?
JOHN HOWARD: Maxine, these people are opposed to what we believe in and what we stand for, far more than what we do. If you imagine that you can buy immunity from fanatics by curling yourself in a ball, apologizing for the world - to the world - for who you are and what you stand for and what you believe in, not only is that morally bankrupt, but it's also ineffective. Because fanatics despise a lot of things and the things they despise most is weakness and timidity. There has been plenty of evidence through history that fanatics attack weakness and retreating people even more savagely than they do defiant people.
That's the stuff.
"The last thing anybody in this group (the gang of 14) wants is to even have to decide whether to go to a filibuster, or have to decide whether they're going to vote for the nuclear option," said Senator Ben Nelson, Democrat of Nebraska, who will be the host of Thursday's breakfast. "We're in the game of avoidance."
US President George W. Bush looks set to accept the Senate Democratic leadership's preferred candidates to fill the party's two seats on the Securities and Exchange Commission.
After weeks of uncertainty, the White House is poised to nominate Annette Nazareth and renominate Roel Campos to the chief US financial regulator, according to people close to the Bush administration.
Mr. President! That's not how it works! You're supposed to talk to the media and explain to them how the nominees are extremists and way out of the political mainstream and how they won't follow the rule of law and just shape policy according to their ideology, etc. etc. Isn't that how the nomination process works?
While doing press for his latest work, the former Pink Floyd frontman talked briefly about the reunion at Live 8:
"The chances of further developing with the Pink Floyd reunion are very slight," he said. "The Live 8 reunion couldn't have been better, it was terrific, I was really glad it happened, we got along famously and it was absolutely fine, but (guitarist) Dave (Gilmour) and I do have major musical, philosophical, political and artistic differences," he said with a laugh. "So for us to reconvene would probably not be the most brilliant idea."
As the French would say: c'est la vie.
MORE: David Gilmour spoke to a trade publication in Britain:
Talking of the concert, David said: "It was pretty surprising I must say to find ourselves in that position [back on stage] after all our years of grumpiness," adding that he and Waters are now on "pretty amicable terms. We've communicated a couple of times via email since the concert and he headed back to the States where he lives these days. It's a very nice thank you and goodbye. It wouldn't be absolutely impossible for a similar thing to happen again on a one-off basis, but that's it for me - I've moved on in the last 20 years."
A senior Republican politician will ask the Central Intelligence Agency to investigate whether a former agent endangered US national security by allegedly leaking the identity of an Iranian dissident to journalists.
Curt Weldon, vice-chairman of the House armed services committee, told the FT he wants the CIA to investigate whether Bill Murray, a former CIA Paris station chief, disclosed the identity of “Ali,” the alias used by a Paris-based Iranian dissident which he says was classified.
Almost makes you pine for the good ol' days of the Nixon/Clinton administrations when leaks were just part of the deal. Legal, smegal.
Maybe CIA Agent Bill Murray can just claim his leak was "lost in translation."
I know. Lame.
UPDATE: Bill Quick is extremely frustrated with Bush and Rove over this story. He and I (and several others) have been arguing back and forth on the issue.
UPDATE: NRO: Cooper "burned" Rove.
UPDATE: I came home tonight all primed to do a big write-up on the Karl Rove story and explain my position as succinctly as possible, but then I ran across this entry on Radioblogger. He has a transcript of Hugh Hewitt and Wonkette on MSNBC talking about the story. To my surprise, they both put it better than I ever could. Read the whole thing and see what I mean.
MORE: The Lifelike Pundits bitch-slap Joe Wilson.
As if overnight, the Greens have turned from the darlings of the German establishment to emblems of what ails the country. goodbye eco-freaks, the Financial Times Deutschland headlined last week, predicting the advent of a long conservative era. With their neglect of hard-hitting economic issues, the Greens have turned themselves into "the feel-good party of the urban academic milieu," sneered even Berlin's Tageszeitung, a historically leftist paper. Critics see Fischer's visa scandal as the embodiment of what's wrong with the Greens: do-good policiesÂin this case, opening Germany's borders in the name of "multiculturalism"Âpaired with an arrogant disregard for the cost to the country. A similarly high-minded policy to subsidize wind power has drawn protests from citizens angry about thousands of giant wind turbines that now sully once pristine landscapes. Even Schroder has lashed out at his erstwhile political allies, suggesting in a recent interview in the weekly Die Zeit that sharing power might have been a mistake.
Heh. Anymore chickens come home to roost, they're gonna have to call the ghost of Colonel Sanders to clean house.
UPDATE: Seixon can't get over how moronic the reporters working this story can be.
MORE: Newsmax has more evidence that Rove is in the clear legally.
The BBC has re-edited some of its coverage of the London Underground and bus bombings to avoid labelling the perpetrators as "terrorists", it was disclosed yesterday. Early reporting of the attacks on the BBC's website spoke of terrorists but the same coverage was changed to describe the attackers simply as "bombers". The BBC's guidelines state that its credibility is undermined by the "careless use of words which carry emotional or value judgments". Consequently, "the word 'terrorist' itself can be a barrier rather than an aid to understanding" and its use should be "avoided", the guidelines say. Rod Liddle, a former editor of the Today programme, has accused the BBC of "institutionalised political correctness" in its coverage of British Muslims. A BBC spokesman said last night: "The word terrorist is not banned from the BBC."
Do I have to comment?
"I have argued that collectivism was (and is) fundamentally incompatible with the vision that undergirded this country’s founding. The New Deal, however, inoculated the federal Constitution with a kind of underground collectivist mentality. The Constitution itself was transmuted into a significantly different document...1937...marks the triumph of our own socialist revolution...Politically, the belief in human perfectibility is another way of asserting that differences between the few and the many can, over time, be erased. That creed is a critical philosophical proposition underlying the New Deal. What is extraordinary is the way that thesis infiltrated and effected American constitutionalism over the next three-quarters of a century. Its effect was not simply to repudiate, both philosophically and in legal doctrine, the framers’ conception of humanity, but to cut away the very ground on which the Constitution rests... In the New Deal/Great Society era, a rule that was the polar opposite of the classical era of American law reigned [Federalist speech at 8, 10, 11, 12]
[W]e no longer find slavery abhorrent. We embrace it. We demand more. Big government is not just the opiate of the masses. It is the opiate. The drug of choice for multinational corporations and single moms; for regulated industries and rugged Midwestern farmers and militant senior citizens. [IFJ speech at 3-4]
In the last 100 years – and particularly the last 30 – the Constitution, once the fixed chart of our aspirations, has been demoted to the status of a bad chain novel." [IFJ speech at2]
UPDATE: Aaron over at Lifelike Pundits agrees.
UPDATE: Don Surber puts it in perspective: It is in the realm of possibility but beyond the realm of probability that the New York Times and Time magazine went to such great expense to protect Karl Rove from criminal charges.
Maybe hatred really does rob one of the power to reason.
First things first, we'll be looking at and hearing about what's true and what isn't true in this memo in the days to come, but this issue right now is the fact that if this is a legitimate government memo that has been leaked, it's been leaked by someone in the British government that wants to do harm to the government and its efforts in Iraq. This memo contains troops movements. Movements off the battlefield are truth movements all the same. In this country, there are prior restraints on that kind of thing. I don't know about Great Britain in this regard, but somebody is out to derail its Iraq policy and they need to be found and dealt with.
UPDATE: Rob Port conquers.
It's time for the "other 7" to get real.
"The grievance of seeing unveiled women. The grievance of the existence, not of the State of Israel, but of the Jewish people. The grievance of the heresy of democracy, which impedes the imposition of sharia law. The grievance of a work of fiction written by an Indian living in London. The grievance of the existence of black African Muslim farmers, who won't abandon lands in Darfur. The grievance of the existence of homosexuals. The grievance of music, and of most representational art. The grievance of the existence of Hinduism. The grievance of East Timor's liberation from Indonesian rule. All of these have been proclaimed as a licence to kill infidels or apostates, or anyone who just gets in the way."
I'm starting to think Bush should hire Hitchens to be his main speech writer.
MORE: The good Captain: "We Are All Britons Today."
BUSH GETS IT: Here are President Bush's words on the terror attack in London:
"The contrast between what we've seen on the TV screens here, what's taken place in London and what's taking place here is incredibly vivid to me. On the one hand, we have people here who are working to alleviate poverty, to help rid the world of the pandemic of AIDS, working on ways to have a clean environment. And on the other hand, you've got people killing innocent people. And the contrast couldn't be clearer between the intentions and the hearts of those of us who care deeply about human rights and human liberty, and those who kill -- those who have got such evil in their heart that they will take the lives of innocent folks."
Translation from between the lines: "While we, the most powerful men in the world, are sitting here in fantasy land talking about utter nonsense like 'Global Warming,' there are terrorists out there taking shots at us! That's what should be on the top of the G8 agenda! That should be the whole agenda!"
Dale translates for the Senator:
"Please send us Gonzales! We'll confirm him! Just don't make us consider Luttig or McConnell! Or Alito! Cripes, not Alito! Sure, we'll fuss about Gonzalez, because, after all, we can't just roll over like weasels and expose our softest parts. But we're begging you, please don't push us into a corner here!"
MORE: Cooper just had a news conference. He says he'll only talk about the name of the source to the Grand Jury and not the press, but he squirmed a little by saying "right now," i.e. he plans to write about it himself. In the meantime, I guess we'll just have to wait for a leak about the leak.
MORE: Gray died of pancreatic cancer. Could this be the "imminent death of Deep Throat" that John Dean was talking about a year or so ago? If so, he's lucky he didn't run with the story, he would have looked like an even bigger loser than he already is.
UPDATE: McQ weighs in.
MORE: Chirac devastated. Heh.
Just checked out the Amazon Top Sellers in music. PF has 5 albums in the Top 100:
#43 - The Wall
#45 - Wish You Were Here
#55 - Dark Side of the Moon
#74 - Echoes - Best of Pink Floyd
#98 - Dark Side of the Moon - Super Audio Edition
Wow! Those charities are gonna be really happy.
REPORT: Pink Floyd offered 100-million pounds (that's roughly 175 million dollars!) to do an American tour. Gilmour calls the idea "completely mad."
The Waters' quote: "It's actually quite emotional standing up here with these 3 guys after all these years. Standing to be counted with th rest of you. Anyway, we're doing this for anyone who's not here. Particularly Syd."
Ah, the 3 Stooges of Diplomacy. (Hat tip: Drudge)
While I strongly question that opinion, in light of their performance Saturday, it may in fact be better this way. One last performance for the ages.
UPDATE: Brad Kava is feeling sweet vindication...as am I.
UPDATE: Brain-Damage has a nice wrap-up of all the coverage including links to audio interviews with David Gilmour and Nick Mason.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy of the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levey war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
John Adams, Samuel Adams, Josiah Bartlett, Carter Braxton, Charles Carroll, Samuel Chase, Abraham Clark, George Clymer, William Ellery, William Floyd, Benjamin Franklin, Elbridge Gerry, Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, John Hancock, Benjamin Harrison, John Hart, Joseph Hewes or Howes, Thomas Heyward, Jr., William Hooper, Stephen Hopkins, Francis Hopkinson, Samuel Huntington, Thomas Jefferson, Francis Lightfoot Lee, Richard Henry Lee, Francis Lewis, Philip Livingston, Thomas Lynch, Jr., Thomas McKean, Arthur Middleton, Lewis Morris, Robert Morris, John Morton, Thomas Nelson, Jr., William Paca, Robert Treat Paine, John Penn, George Read, Caesar Rodney, George Ross, Benjamin Rush, Edward Rutledge, Roger Sherman, James Smith, Richard Stockton, Thomas Stone, George Taylor, Matthew Thornton, George Walton, William Whipple, William Williams, James Wilson, John Witherspoon, Oliver Wolcott, George Wythe
For this reason, I say Bush should call Biden's bluff and nominate Rogers Brown for the Supreme Court. The confirmation fight for any justice is going to be rough and dirty, so why not make it worthwhile. Since you're going to have a dirty fight on your hands no matter what, might as well fight for the best nominee possible.
Another point that interested me is this quote from Biden:
"[The Supreme Court] is a totally different ball game. ... A circuit court judge is bound by stare decisis. They don't get to make new law. They have to abide by [legal precedent]."
Now before we get a case of the jerky-knees, let's look at the facts. Yes, the Supreme Court does make law...it's called Common Law which is a system of law that is derived by judges' decisions. Thus, when you see lawyers arguing before a judge, "in the case of you v. me, the Supreme Court said, yadda yadda," they are citing precedent and the interpretation of existing laws by high court judges that in turn give them guidelines on how to interpret and enforce said laws. But while Biden may cite this as his reasoning for such a statement, deep-down that's not what he meant. He meant it just like it sounds. The Supreme Court, for the past 50+ years has taken it upon itself not to just make common law, but to make law in a legislative form. And that is exactly what men like Biden want the court to continue to do in a "liberal" way. Janice Rogers Brown is the antithesis of this, and he knows it.
Call his bluff, Mr. President, call his bluff.
Geldof appeared onstage to introduce Microsoft billionaire and philanthropist Gates, whom the crowd greeted with a rock star's roar.
"A rock star's roar?" Isn't this the despised richest-man in the world? Aren't people around the world supposed to hate him for his wealth? Maybe, the people in this London crowd realize that Gates has not only brought wealth to himself but to millions around the world who feel the effects of wealth generated by his company. Maybe this London crowd realizes that Gates have given billions (that's billions with "b") to causes all over the world. Maybe, just maybe, we've finally found a situation where the Euros can teach the Americans something.
And also, a big thanks to the Pink Floyd fan site, Brain Damage, which has been an invaluable source in keeping all of us up to date on the band's reunion.
UPDATE: The folks at Brain Damage give their initial thoughts on the performance.
Live 8 will be carried on MTV and VH1. It's about helping the people suffering in Africa, but for many, it's all about the Floyd.
Let the games begin!
UPDATE: WASHINGTON (AP) -- Sandra Day O'Connor, the first woman on the Supreme Court, announced her retirement Friday.
(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)
Let's get it on!
MORE: Here's a list of some of the possibilities. (Hat tip: Michelle Malkin)
UPDATE: RedState has some interesting information on the possibility of Texas Senator John Cornyn being Bush's pick for the high court.
EVEN MORE: Don Surber isn't too sad to see Sandy go. He has a nice list of her swing-vote cases, or "flip-flops."
STILL MORE: RealClearPolitics has a nice detailed short-list.
A LITTLE MORE: John Hinderaker over at Power Line has an interesting plan for getting Janice Rogers Brown on the high court.