Saturday, September 30, 2006
Thomas Carper (DE)
Tim Johnson (SD)
Mary Landrieu (LA)
Frank Lautenberg (NJ)
Joe Lieberman (CT)
Robert Menendez (NJ)
Bill Nelson (FL)
Ben Nelson (NE)
Mark Pryor (AR)
Jay Rockefeller (WV)
Ken Salazar (CO)
Debbie Stabenow (MO)
And just in case voting for torture was not enough, these stalwarts gave the Torturer in Chief a get out of jail free card by exonerating him and his minions for any war crimes they have committed since the beginning of time, aka 9/11. Just to put this insanity into perspective, the Russians lost an estimated 20 million people in WWII and the French some 200,000 in the single WWI battle for Verdun. "Land of the Free, home of the Brave", I wonder.
Thursday, September 28, 2006
The respected scientific advocacy group has also studied the obvious vulnerablity of nuclear plants to terrorist attack. This vulnerability was recently mentioned in Al Gore's speech at NYU on beginning carbon reductions now. Six of the last 11 test evaluations reluctantly conducted by the NRC resulted in successful penetration of plant security. In previous discontinued tests, the NRC concluded that at 27 out of 57 sites tested, "a real attack would have put the plant in jeopardy". Current regulations do not require plant protections against aircraft, boats or trucks. DUH? And the party of stay and die just keeps playing Hail to the Chief.
So what have we got for our $500 billion kulge in the sandbox? More experienced, dispersed, and motivated extremists with even more reasons to attack the United States. You are doing a hell of a job, Georgie!
"..activists defining themselves a jihadists...are increasing in both number
and geographic dispersion...The increased role of Iraqis managing the activities
of al-Qa'ida in Iraq might lead veteran foreign jihadists to focus their
efforts on external operations....We also assess that the global jihadist movement is spreading and adapting to counterterrorism efforts."
Monday, September 25, 2006
Summary judgment is a procedure designed to remove cases from the docket that do not have legal merit. Generally, obtaining summary judgment against a case means that there are no factual issues in dispute and that the case can be decided as a matter of law. Even a lay person can see that in this case there were unresolved factual issues that should have been resolved by a jury as the trier of fact. To mention a few as examples: was the employer's claim of substandard performance as cause for termination just a pretext for discrimination?; was there an actual agreement to allow the employee to return to his old job?; was the agreement violated by the employer?
The majority granting summary judgment in the were all Bush or Regan appointees. The chief judge of the circuit said in dissent, "too many courts in this circuit ...are utilizing summary judgment...where issues of fact remain".
The same proclivity to deny access to justice by political conservatives can also be seen at the international level. Despite guarantees in the Third Geneva Convention that detainees are entitled to fair trials, the Bush regime is seeking to deny "enemy combatants" access to civilian courts through habeas proceedings. Not all persons incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay are bona fide jihadists bent on the destruction of the "Great Satan". Military commissions, in the their zeal to protect the homeland, will make gross errors amounting to injustice. There should be an appeal procedure to civilian courts available to those incarcerated in a land of legal limbo.
Until I have something to say that just has to be put into the blogosphere for consideration I leave you with this interesting quote from the Book of Numbers:
'Eldad and Medad are prophesying in the camp', said Joshua, son of Nun. 'Moses, my Lord, stop them' But Moses answered, 'Are you jealous for my sake? Would that all of the people of the Lord were prophets!'