Friday, June 27, 2003

Conservative Court?

The Rehnquist Court is often depicted by Democrats and liberals as being "conservative" because seven of the nine current justices were appointed by Republican Presidents. But if you were to survey its decisions over the past several years on social hot button issues like abortion, affirmative action and gay sodomy, the Court has been anything but conservative. Thus, the Left ought to stop wringing its hands about the possibility of Bush appointing a new Supreme Court justice. If anyone should be expressing concern, its conservatives like myself who don't want to see another Souter, Stevens, O'Connor, and Kennedy appointed.

Come to think of it, given the rich history of Republican Presidents naming liberal activist justices to the Supreme Court (Earl Warren was an Eisenhower appointment and Harry Blackmun, the author of Roe v. Wade, was appointed by Nixon) I'm suprised more liberal Democrats don't vote for Republican Presidential candidates.
Weather Rant

It is freakin' HOT here!

Thank you.

Thursday, June 26, 2003

California SOL on SOL Law

With direct impact on the Situation, the SCOTUS strikes down a California law that retroactively eliminated the statute of limitations for criminal cases involving child molestation.
Throwin' the Baby Out with the Bath Water

While I wasn't surprised to learn today that the SCOTUS had struck down Texas' anti-sodomy law, I was thrown for a loop when I read that the Court did it by overturning Bowers v. Hardwick, a SCOTUS case from 1986 which had basically held that there was no fundamental right to engage in homosexual conduct. Wow.

Wednesday, June 25, 2003

Two Words I Never Thought I'd See in the Same Sentence

Sexy and Golf
Rape Victim Allowed to Give Birth to Child

More or less sidestepping the issue of whether a pre-born child can be appointed a guardian, a Flori(duh) judge approves a retarded rape victim's medical plan that says carrying her pregnancy to term is in her best interest.
Latest (Personal) Religious Liberty News

In a case that I am involved in from a representational standpoint, a federal district court judge in So. Cal. has ruled that Section 2(a) of the Religious Land Use and Institutionalized Persons Act (RLUIPA), as applied through Section 2(a)(2)(C) of said statute, is unconstitutional. Harkening back to the rationale used by the SCOTUS to strike down the Religious Freedom and Restoration Act the federal judge in my case basically said that in enacting the RLUIPA, or the portion that he just struck down, Congress exceeded its constitutional authority.

Next stop -- the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
If Anyone Should be Investigated and Prosecuted Under RICO... ought to be the baby butchers at Planned Parenthood. How many botched abortions have they committed and covered up? How systematic is the failure by Planned Parenthood clinics to fully inform prospective clients on the health risks of obtaining an abortion? Are you listening John Ashcroft?

Tuesday, June 24, 2003

New PC Term for Left-Liberal Racism

"Positive Race Bias" -- first seen or heard (by me, at least) here.

Monday, June 23, 2003

Latest From SCOTUS

Internet filters in public libaries ok, affirmative action in public universities more or less ok, state anti-sodomy laws -- decision likely to come on Thursday (if it is struck down, it will likely be on Equal Protection grounds because the law in question is limited to same sex sodomizers).