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Tag Archives: Supreme Court
Atheist v. religionist. The old (inconclusive) back-and-forth. I hope the Supreme Court sides with the atheists on this one. And as an agnostic, if these sorts of prayers get upheld, I want my turn on the invocation list. If someone … Continue reading
Diane Wood for the Supreme Court: Strong for Gay Equality, Women’s Rights, and the Separation of Church and State
Of the main contenders for Justice Stevens’s Supreme Court seat, Diane Wood sounds great to me. Here’s what AlterNet says about her: Diane Wood is 59 and has been a federal appeals judge “since Clinton tapped her in 1995 after … Continue reading
That’s the percentage of Republican senators who voted today not to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. 77%. Think about that number. Out of 40 Republican senators, just nine defied their nativist Republican base voters to support the first … Continue reading
Matthew Yglesias today notes the hypocritical—and ultimately racist—undercurrent just beneath Shout Radio Republicans’ objections to Sonia Sotomayor: Qualifications like time at Princeton, Yale Law, and on the Circuit Court that work well for guys with Italian names suddenly don’t work if you … Continue reading
Sonia Sotomayor and “Activist Judges”: Whether You’re Reading the Bible or Reading the Constitution, It’s All About the Framing, Baby!
Can the framers of the Constitution, and the framers of our religious texts, be themselves framed? Berkeley linguist George Lakoff explains why a phrase like “activist judge” exploits a naive notion of what it means to interpret a text (like the American Constitution). And … Continue reading
You might be soon. According to Time magazine today, Norm Coleman’s appeal to the Minnesota Supreme Court appears to be facing a stiff headwind, not just from the judges generally, but specifically from a Tim Pawlenty appointed justice: The judges’ … Continue reading
Barack Obama: “The reason I’m pro-choice is because I don’t think women take [abortion] casually. I think they struggle with these decisions each and every day. And I think they are in a better position to make these decisions ultimately … Continue reading
ON Tuesday We’ll “Break on Through to the Other Side” of the Bush Era—and STOP a Potential Palin Era—IF We Work and VOTE
Barack Obama’s website link is here. Go now. Do something. This is our time. This is our moment.
A New “Big Ten” Poll Shows Sarah Palin Sinking John McCain in the Midwest. Obama Leads Now in ALL the “Big Ten” States
Money quote from the poll report at BigTenPoll.org: The voters’ views of Republican vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin have dimmed in the month since the first Big Ten poll. In September, half of voters in the national poll held a … Continue reading
Joe the Plumber does it. Sarah Palin doesn’t? Welcome to “bubble democracy”—where a candidate for the second highest office in the United States only arrives before voters via the filter of the teleprompter—and stays within her bubble of rectitude and … Continue reading
Flailin’ Palin: Katie Couric’s Devastating Line of Questioning on the Supreme Court Turns Sarah Palin into “Flailin’ Palin”—Someone Who Shows Herself Unable to Talk About Any Supreme Court Case Except the Single One That She Knows, Roe v. Wade
Four Minute Vacation: Got the Stock Market and McCain-Palin Funky Ticket Blues? Then Head on Down, with the B-52s, to the Love Shack!
Mark your calendar for November 4, and let’s make different history: And here’s how it can be different, and what Martin Luther King might say to us:
California Gay Marriage Sensibility Watch: Ward Connerly Likens Gay Marriage Bans to Antimiscegenation Laws
Two days ago, in the online gay magazine, The Advocate, Ward Connerly, an influencial African American Republican in California, and a man generally beloved by conservatives, was quoted as supporting same-sex marriage. The quote occurs within a discussion of “conservative icons” who … Continue reading
The following essay, titled “Your Brain Lies to You,” by Sam Wang and Sandra Aamodt, appeared in the New York Times on June 27, 2008: FALSE beliefs are everywhere. Eighteen percent of Americans think the sun revolves around the earth, one … Continue reading