Wednesday, June 11, 2008

6月19日隨即的事情...

* We've gotten a lot of complaints about how the blog is boring now, and about even how we're boring now.  The two are probably related, and we've been kind of busy (to the extent that this post has been written over a series of days).  So sorry.  Maybe we'll get into some adventures and it will be less boring.  People also complain that it's become to political, and to bogged down in the law (as opposed to Law School) and such.  We're sorry . . . But look at this way: it's summer.  At least there's still some random tid-bits being thrown up here (check TJDP and FFJ!)  We're tryin'...

* McCain lambasted the SCOTUS decision in in Boumediene v. Bush [earlier coverage], but his
rationale for doing so isn't quite clear to us.  He also specifically praised Chief Justice Robert's dissent. Hmm - Is this really a case of judicial activism that he (claims) to dislike so much?  Anyway, we only bring it up because The Nation had an interesting tidbit (in an unrelated article about why HRC would make a good VP candidate):

Yet, praising Chief Justice John Roberts for his dissent from the Supreme Court's extension of habeas corpus protection to Guantánamo prisoners who have experienced much worse, McCain dismissed the pleading of the tortured: "These are people who are not citizens." Well, neither was he a citizen of Vietnam when he attacked that country, and wouldn't it have been a good thing if his captors had been held accountable by an independent judiciary? Although McCain has in the past condemned torture, whatever he thought then, he does not now believe that judicial due process is a human right to be universally honored. Obama, who strongly supported the court's 5-4 majority decision, clearly does.

* Ever wonder how we can have 1) A war and 2) Massive tax cuts, many of them to rich people?  Turns out it's never really happened before, and if you want to know more, an (few days old now) editorial in the Washington Post says you should probably ask your grandkids.  If you think the economy sucks and gas is expensive now . . . oh boy . . . 

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