[SLYT] is the original pilot episode of the animated tv show, Bob's Burger's
).The theme remains the same, although the art style is a bit rough. The plot is exactly the same as the first episode, "Human Flesh", with minor differences in animation and timing. Oh, and Tina was originally a Daniel! [more inside]
How John Roberts Orchestrated the Citizens United decision. [more inside]
This morning marked day two of marathon proceedings
in what's likely the most momentous
Supreme Court case since Bush v. Gore
: the effort to strike down President Obama's landmark health care reform law
. While yesterday was a sleepy affair of obscure technical debate
, today's hearings targeted the heart of the law -- the individual mandate
that requires most Americans to purchase insurance by 2014. With lower courts delivering a split decision
before today, administration lawyers held some hope that at least one conservative justice
could be persuaded to uphold the provision, which amortizes the risk that makes universal coverage possible
. But after a day of deeply skeptical questioning
by swing justice Anthony Kennedy
and his fellow conservatives [transcript
], the mandate looks to be in grave trouble
, with CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin going as far as calling the day "a train wreck"
for the administration. But it's far from a done deal
, with a third day
of hearings tomorrow and a final decision not expected until June.
This past November, news broke
of a rather odd domestic terror plot
that had been broken up by the FBI
. Four senior citizens in northern Georgia who met regularly at a local Waffle House, were allegedly planning to spread ricin and botulinum toxin in Atlanta and Washington, DC, in order to kill millions of people and "save the Constitution." But was there ever really a conspiracy
Third, class arbitration greatly increases risks to defendants. Informal procedures do of course have a cost: The absence of multilayered review makes it more likely that errors will go uncorrected. Defendants are willing to accept the costs of these errors in arbitration, since their impact is limited to the size of individual disputes, and presumably outweighed by savings from avoiding the courts. But when damages allegedly owed to tens of thousands of potential claimants are aggregated and decided at once, the risk of an error will often become unacceptable. Faced with even a small chance of a devastating loss, defendants will be pressured into settling questionable claims.
—Justice Scalia delivers the opinion of the Court, and a knife in the back of class-action suits. [more inside]
God has called Oral Roberts
Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip
, and Aaron Sorkin
will be leaving television production for a while. His current project is Charlie Wilson's War
, a movie starring Tom Hanks, Julia Roberts and Philip Seymour Hoffman, based on the late George Crile's excellent
of the same name. The movie
"party animal" Congressman Charles "Good Time Charlie" Wilson's
(D, TX) rise from a scandal (he was caught in "a hot tub tryst with two cocaine-sniffing showgirls in Las Vegas"
,) to his role in the 1980's covertly funding Afghanistan guerrillas so they could expand their war with the Soviet Union
. Wilson's actions would eventually help collapse the Afghan PDPA government
, a power vacuum which would be filled by the Taliban. Who would have thought ending the Cold War
would be so easy?
Chief Justice John Roberts, decrying “the personalization of judicial politics,” describes his efforts
to increase comity on the Supreme Court and to decide more cases unanimously. In Roberts' first term as chief justice, “while a relatively large number of the Court’s decisions
” were unanimous, “several important, closely divided cases” were decided by 5-4 votes, with Roberts joining the more conservative justices.
Is this America's new meme?
Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), May 18, 2006: "I am a strong supporter of the First Amendment, the Fourth Amendment and civil liberties. But you have no civil liberties if you are dead
) Senator John Cornyn (R-TX), December 19, 2005
: "None of your civil liberties matter much after you’re dead." Senator Russ Feingold (D-WI), responded to Cornyn: "Give me liberty or give me death.
" Good on that
. First Amendment
, Fourth Amendment
(General Hayden's version
), civil liberties
"A Souter in Roberts clothing"
was the accusation made by Ann Coulter
in one of her recent screeds. Maybe so. In 1995, Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.
worked behind the scenes for gay rights activists.
His legal expertise helped them
persuade the Supreme Court to issue a landmark 1996 ruling
protecting people from discrimination because of their sexual orientation. A ruling Lamda
called the "single most important positive ruling in the history of the gay rights movement." In the blistering dissent, Scalia, joined by Rehnquist and Thomas, said "Coloradans are entitled to be hostile toward homosexual conduct." Thanks to John G. Roberts, the U.S. Supreme court decided that no, Coloradans are not so entitled. The National Legal Foundation (supporting the Biblical foundations of America's Laws) called it "the worst decision in the history of the court.
" Will Robert's nomination now be opposed by the Christian Right
? In any case, watching the GOP cat fight
will be fun!
Republican to Evangelical to English via Babylonfish.
What Bush said
about Supreme Court nominee
Bob Roberts John Roberts
"In my meetings with Judge Roberts, I have been deeply impressed. He's a man of extraordinary accomplishment and ability. He has a good heart. He has the qualities Americans expect in a judge: experience, wisdom, fairness, and civility. He has profound respect for the rule of law and for the liberties guaranteed to every citizen. He will strictly apply the Constitution and laws, not legislate from the bench....He's also a man of character who loves his country and his family."
What it meant to conservative fundamentalist Christians (in comments
Pro-life protester wins settlement.
Background: As Ann Norton, 57, and friend Diane Roberts picketed an abortion clinic, a passerby who disapproved of Norton's sign tore it from its backing, leading Roberts to telephone police. One officer was dispatched to the clinic to file a report, but several days later, the center said, Norton and Roberts were informed by police they were being charged with a violation of state law for displaying the graphic sign. Michigan statutes prohibit the public display of pictures of murder.