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  • Rep. Jackson Lee: ‘We’ll Give President Obama a Number of Executive Orders

    02/04/2014 5:55:28 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    cns news ^ | 2/4/14 | Eric Scheiner
    ( - Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-Texas) says that the newly launched Congressional Full Employment Caucus will “give President Obama a number of executive orders that he can sign.” Jackson Lee made the statement while gathered with Democrats on January 29th to announce the establishment of the Full Employment Caucus. “We will be answering the call of all of America because people need work and we’re not doing right by them by creating work,” Jackson Lee said. “I believe this caucus will put us on the right path and we’ll give President Obama a number of executive orders that he...
  • Biden: W.H. readies 19 executive actions on guns

    01/14/2013 5:10:08 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 483 replies
    Biden: W.H. readies 19 executive actions on guns By: Reid J. Epstein January 14, 2013 06:49 PM EST The White House has identified 19 executive actions for President Barack Obama to move unilaterally on gun control, Vice President Joe Biden told a group of House Democrats on Monday, the administration’s first definitive statements about its response to last month’s mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. Later this week, Obama will formally announce his proposals to reduce gun violence, which are expected to include renewal of the assault weapons ban, universal background checks and prohibition of high-capacity magazine clips. But...
  • Podesta: Obama Can Use ‘Armed Forces’ to Push Progressive Agenda (WTF?!?)

    11/18/2010 10:10:08 AM PST · by My Favorite Headache · 383 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 11/18/10 | Jonathon Seidl
    The liberal Center for American Progress doesn’t believe significant GOP gains in the House and Senate should stop the President from implementing more of his polices. The group released a report Tuesday suggesting ways Obama can bypass Congress to accomplish a progressive agenda, and it cites the president’s power as commander-in-chief to make its point. “I think most of the conversation since the election has been about how President Obama adjusts to the new situation on Capitol Hill,” Center for American Progress head and former Bill Clinton Chief of Staff John Podesta told the Daily Caller. “While that’s an important...
  • Judge questions Justice Department's lawsuit against Arizona immigration law

    11/01/2010 1:17:31 PM PDT · by Palter · 16 replies · 1+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | 01 Nov 2010 | Jerry Markon
    A federal appellate judge expressed deep skepticism Monday about the Justice Department's lawsuit over Arizona's new immigration law, leaving uncertain the Obama administration's chances of stopping the law from taking effect. Judge John T. Noonan Jr. grilled administration lawyers at a hearing before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit. He took aim at the core of the Justice Department's argument: that the Arizona statute is "preempted" by federal law and is especially troublesome because it requires mandatory immigration status checks in certain circumstances. "I've read your brief, I've read the District Court opinion, I've heard your interchange...
  • EPA left to pick up climate change where Congress dropped the debate

    08/05/2010 10:40:18 AM PDT · by Qbert · 15 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 8/4/2010 | David A. Fahrenthold and Juliet Eilperin
    The Obama administration told Congress to find a way to regulate greenhouse gases -- or else. Last month, Congress refused: Democratic leaders in the Senate declined to take up climate legislation before their August break, which means it looks effectively dead for this session. Now the White House is stuck with "or else." The Environmental Protection Agency will soon begin regulating greenhouse gases factory by factory, power plant by power plant. That could be unwieldy, expensive and unpopular -- even President Obama has said it's not his preferred solution. But for now, it's his only option. The next few months...
  • Boulder weighs 'impeach Bush'

    02/12/2008 9:59:34 AM PST · by Slapshot68 · 34 replies · 532+ views
    Boulder's elected leaders are expected to decide next week whether to draft and vote on a resolution calling for the impeachment of President Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney. For the past few weeks, activists have been showing up at Boulder City Council meetings, carrying signs, handing out "impeach" pins and asking City Council members to take up such a resolution. Similar measures have passed in cities across the country, including Detroit and Telluride.
  • Supreme Court Justice Bill Clinton?

    01/03/2008 9:13:11 AM PST · by LouAvul · 102 replies · 976+ views
    cnn ^ | 1/3/08
    It is a title that would be sure to bring either fear or cheer to many Americans, depending on your political leanings: Supreme Court Justice Bill Clinton. That provocative possibility has long been whispered in legal and political circles ever since Sen. Hillary Clinton became a viable candidate for the Democratic presidential nomination. Now a respected conservative law professor has openly predicted a future President Clinton would name her husband to the high court if a vacancy occurred. Pepperdine Law School's Douglas Kmiec said, "The former president would be intrigued by court service and many would cheer him on." Kmiec...
  • Bolton: State Department Leftists Have Defeated Bush

    12/26/2007 11:41:33 AM PST · by seanmerc · 35 replies · 270+ views ^ | 25 Dec 07 | Kenneth R. Timmerman
    Resistance by partisan ”shadow warriors” at the Department of State has limited the president’s options and is bringing us dangerously close to a military showdown with Iran, former Bush administration official John Bolton told Newsmax in an exclusive interview. Secretary of State Condoleeza Rice initially had planned to provide significant aid to the pro-democracy movement in Iran, as a means of giving the president more policy options, Bolton said. But resistance by the State Department bureaucracy crippled the programs and rendered them ineffective. “[T]he outcome has been no overt program of support for democracy and no clandestine program to overthrow...
  • Senate Judiciary approves contempt resolutions against Rove, Bolten

    12/13/2007 8:14:11 AM PST · by Sopater · 37 replies · 606+ views
    Politico ^ | December 13, 2007
    The Senate Judiciary Committee has approved contempt resolutions against Karl Rove, the former top aide to President Bush, and Joshua Bolten, the current White House chief of staff. The vote was 12-8. The criminal contempt resolutions now move to the Senate floor, although no action on them is expected until next year. Sen. Alren Specter (R-Pa.), ranking member of Judiciary, voted in favor of issuing the contempt resolutions, saying the committee's oversight responsibilities must be upheld. Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) also supported the resolutions. "It is a vote that I would prefer not to make," Specter said. "It is a...
  • Shadow Warriors--a secret plot to destroy the presidency of George W. Bush

    12/12/2007 7:12:17 AM PST · by SJackson · 65 replies · 967+ views
    Frontpagemagazine ^ | 12-12-07 | Jamie Glazov
      Shadow Warriors   By Jamie | Wednesday, December 12, 2007 Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Kenneth R. Timmerman, the New York Times bestselling author of Countdown to Crisis, The French Betrayal of America, Preachers of Hate: Islam and the War on America, and Death Lobby: How the West Armed Iraq. In 2006 he was nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize for his groundbreaking reporting on Iran ’s nuclear weapons program. He is the author of the new book, Shadow Warriors: The Untold Story of Traitors, Saboteurs, and the Party of Surrender. FP: Kenneth Timmerman, welcome to Frontpage...
  • Iowa Judge Says Marriage Not Just Man, Woman--Ruling: Law Defining Marriage Invalid (MUST READ!)

    08/30/2007 10:26:47 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 78 replies · 2,575+ views
    WKMG Local 6 ^ | August 30, 2007
    DES MOINES, Iowa -- A Polk County judge has struck down Iowa's law preserving marriage for only a man and a woman. He ordered the county recorder's office to issue marriage licenses to gay couples. Six gay and lesbian couples went to court for the right to legally marry in Iowa. Lamda Legal filed a lawsuit in 2005 on behalf of the couples in Iowa, saying they deserve equal protection under the law. Des Moines laywer Dennis Johnson represented six gay couples who filed the lawsuit after they were denied marriage licenses, and he says Hanson's ruling is a moral...
  • Gay couples ask Conn. court for marriage

    05/14/2007 9:29:15 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 10 replies · 565+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 14, 2007 | Stephanie Reitz
    HARTFORD, Conn. - The state Supreme Court on Monday took up the issue of gay marriage in Connecticut, the first state in the nation to pass a civil unions law without court intervention. Eight gay and lesbian couples, unhappy with civil unions, are suing over the state's refusal to grant them marriage licenses. They want the court to rule that the state's marriage law is unconstitutional because it applies only to heterosexual couples and denies gay couples the financial, social and emotional benefits of marriage. The state argues that Connecticut's 2005 civil unions law gives the couples the equality they...
  • Film documents a lifetime of activism [from the bench]

    09/25/2006 7:43:40 AM PDT · by SmithL · 3 replies · 506+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 9/25/6 | Andy Furillo
    Over the past decade and a half, U.S. District Court Judge Thelton Henderson has become the one of the most important figures in the state in setting prison policy, or at least trying to change it. Henderson's rulings have placed the judge firmly in control over issues ranging from use of force at Pelican Bay State Prison to internal discipline to improving medical care. They've also put him in position to direct billions in state spending into the correctional system -- with no legislative oversight. The 72-year-old judge's career has just been chronicled in Abby Ginzberg's documentary, "Soul of Justice:...
  • Judge overrules jury in Greenpeace case (Activist Judge)

    08/02/2005 12:09:00 PM PDT · by Species8472 · 23 replies · 1,272+ views
    Anchorage Daily News ^ | August 2nd, 2005 | MEGAN HOLLAND
    A Ketchikan judge on Monday set aside guilty verdicts returned by a jury against the activist group Greenpeace and the captain of its boat for violating state environmental regulations during a 2004 visit to Alaska. District Court Judge Kevin Miller provided little reason for his unusual order acquitting the Greenpeace defendants except that, in his judgment, the evidence did not support the guilty verdicts."The decision to remove these verdicts from the province of the jury is one that this court does not take lightly," Miller wrote.Miller presided over the jury trial and was responding to a post-verdict request by the...
  • U.S. Judge Rejects Nebraska Gay-Marriage Ban

    05/12/2005 3:30:21 PM PDT · by Crackingham · 70 replies · 1,963+ views
    AP ^ | 5/12/05 | Kevin O'Hanlon
    A federal judge Thursday struck down Nebraska's ban on gay marriage, saying the measure interferes not only with the rights of gay couples but also with those of foster parents, adopted children and people in a host of other living arrangements. The constitutional amendment, which defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman, was passed overwhelmingly by the voters in November 2000. U.S. District Judge Joseph Bataillon said the ban "imposes significant burdens on both the expressive and intimate associational rights" of gays "and creates a significant barrier to the plaintiffs' right to petition or to participate...
  • Virginia Court Strikes Down Law Against Sex By Singles

    01/14/2005 2:34:56 PM PST · by KidGlock · 87 replies · 2,057+ views
    WFTV ^ | 1/14/04
    Virginia Court Strikes Down Law Against Sex By Singles POSTED: 4:20 pm EST January 14, 2005 RICHMOND, Va. -- The Virginia Supreme Court on Friday struck down an archaic and rarely enforced state law prohibiting sex between unmarried people. The unanimous ruling strongly suggests that a separate anti-sodomy law in Virginia also is unconstitutional, although that statute is not directly affected. The justices based their ruling on a U.S. Supreme Court decision voiding an anti-sodomy law in Texas. "This case directly affects only the fornication law but makes it absolutely clear how the court would rule were the sodomy law...
  • Ruling: Sound Transit can continue collecting vehicle tax

    11/05/2004 3:41:28 PM PST · by truth49 · 15 replies · 373+ views
    Seattle Times ^ | 11-5-04 | Eric Pryne
    Sound Transit can continue to collect its motor-vehicle excise tax, even though the tax was repealed by Initiative 776 two years ago, a judge ruled today. King County Superior Court Judge Mary Yu agreed with Sound Transit's argument that ending the tax now would unconstitutionally interfere with a contract it signed with purchasers of agency bonds in 1999. In that contract, Sound Transit promised to keep collecting the 0.3 percent tax until the bonds are paid off. That isn't scheduled to occur until 2028, and over the next 24 years the tax will generate far more revenue than the $350...
  • Amendment Banning La. Gay Marriage Tossed

    10/05/2004 1:25:25 PM PDT · by SmithPatterson · 78 replies · 1,746+ views ^ | 10-5-04 | Adam Nossiter
    Amendment Banning La. Gay Marriage Tossed By ADAM NOSSITER, Associated Press Writer BATON ROUGE, La. - A state judge Tuesday threw out a Louisiana constitutional amendment banning gay marriage, less than three weeks after it was overwhelmingly approved by the voters. District Judge William Morvant said the amendment was flawed as drawn up by the Legislature because it had more than one purpose: banning not only gay marriage but also civil unions. Michael Johnson (news - web sites), an attorney for supporters of the amendment, said he will appeal the ruling. A gay rights group challenged the amendment on several...
  • Federal Judge: Bush's Election Like Mussolini's, Hitler's (Leftist Judiciary)

    06/21/2004 6:05:24 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 33 replies · 496+ views
    NewsMax ^ | 6/21/04 | Carl Limbacher
    federal judge has followed his leftist compatriots down a steep slope, and compared the current president of the United States with Hitler and Mussolini, reports the New York Sun. Not only does he call the election of George W. Bush in 2000 - through the electoral process upon which this country's elections are based - illegitimate, Guido Calabresi went on to juxtapose President Bush with two of the most vile dictators the world has ever known. In Calabresi's own words: "In a way that occurred before but is rare in the United States ... somebody came to power as a...
  • Students Rally for Same-Sex Marriages (Barf Alert!)

    05/31/2004 2:44:13 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 40 replies · 303+ views
    LA Times ^ | 5/30/04 | Jessica Garrison
    About 100 teenagers — armed with ear-splitting screams and hand-lettered signs — rallied Saturday in Westwood in support of marriage for same-sex couples. "It's important for everyone to be able to live the way they want to," said Kate Heller, 16, a student at Winward School in West Los Angeles. Two teens from Winward's new Gay-Straight Alliance, Sarah Freed, 17, and Joe Goldman, 14, organized the Federal Building rally, which drew students, gay and straight, from high schools across Orange, Ventura and Los Angeles counties, along with parents, teachers and a fluffy white poodle. John Duran, mayor of West Hollywood,...
  • Same-sex 'marriage' dealt double setback

    05/25/2004 10:46:38 PM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 6 replies · 163+ views ^ | Wednesday, May 26, 2004
    Two state supreme courts dealt same-sex marriage a pair of setbacks today, as the Arizona panel refused to hear a case brought by two homosexual men, and California justices, in hearing arguments in a San Francisco case, appeared to disapprove of the city's mayor issuing licenses to couples of the same gender. In the Grand Canyon state, the Supreme Court decided not to hear Standhardt v. Arizona, a case brought by two single men who were denied a marriage license. The Arizona Court of Appeals dismissed the suit on Oct. 8, and the homosexuals sought review by the state Supreme...
  • The end of the gay marriage debate? (Jeff Jacoby)

    05/16/2004 7:55:53 AM PDT · by Snuffington · 162 replies · 1,198+ views
    Boston Globe ^ | May 16, 2004 | Jeff Jacoby
    JEFF JACOBYThe end of the gay marriage debate? By Jeff Jacoby, Globe Columnist  |  May 16, 2004 THIS IS THE week that same-sex marriage comes to Massachusetts, and thus to the United States. The fundamental building block of civilization is about to undergo a radical change -- a change opposed by a majority of American adults. How did this happen? The joining of gay and lesbian couples in marriage may turn out to be the most consequential development of our lifetimes. How did we get here? The answer to that question has several parts. At the most obvious level, the...
  • California Supreme Court asks what to do with S.F. same-sex marriages

    04/15/2004 11:19:43 AM PDT · by george wythe · 12 replies · 258+ views
    AP ^ | Apr 15 2004
    The court would have to decide if the 4,000 marriages remain valid, if they would be automatically be voided or of they could they be voided at some time in the future. Assuming Newsom's defeat, which many legal scholars predict, the court asked: "Would the marriages that have been performed and registered nonetheless be valid, would the marriages be voidable or would the marriages be void?" Lockyer has already told the court in briefs that the marriages, which have left the newlyweds in a state of legal limbo, are invalid and that those married should get their $82 fees refunded.
  • Raising the Volume: Candidates of both parties want to sit out the culture wars…

    02/29/2004 10:47:46 AM PST · by quidnunc · 4 replies · 182+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | February 29, 2004 | Jonah Goldberg
    …but that's not possible. Here's how the Washington Post's Dana Milbank began his Page 1 analysis of the White House's newly announced position on gay marriage: "With President Bush's embrace yesterday of a marriage amendment, the compassionate conservative of 2000 has shown he is willing, if necessary, to rekindle the culture wars in 2004." This neatly encapsulates everything that's wrong with inside-the-Beltway discussions of the culture war we currently find ourselves in. Presidents do not start culture wars; they react to them. They can fan or soothe passions, but they cannot create divisions that don't already exist. Indeed, both Bush...
  • OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR: A New Topic for an Old Argument [Adams and Jefferson "speak out" on gay marriage]

    02/29/2004 5:16:50 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 34 replies · 354+ views
    NY Times ^ | February 29, 2004 | JOSEPH J. ELLIS
    Abraham Lincoln once observed that America was founded on a proposition, and that Thomas Jefferson wrote it. He was referring, of course, to the section of the Declaration of Independence that begins, "We hold these truths to be self-evident . . . " The reality, though, is that we are founded on a debate over what Jefferson's proposition means. And the current struggle over gay marriage is but the most recent chapter in that longstanding American argument. The words that started the current controversy were written by John Adams. In 1779, Adams almost single-handedly drafted the Massachusetts Constitution. It was...
  • GOP Senators Circle Wagons Round Hatch

    02/20/2004 7:31:08 PM PST · by kristinn · 119 replies · 460+ views
    The Hill ^ | Wednesday, February 18, 2004 | Alexander Bolton
    Three top Senate conservatives have told GOP conservative groups to lay off Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Utah), who helped trigger a controversial investigation into leaked Democratic Judiciary Committee documents. Senate Republican Policy Committee Chairman Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.), both members of the Judiciary panel, personally delivered that message to a group of nearly 20 conservative leaders last week. Senate Republican Conference Chairman Rick Santorum (R-Pa.) also briefly attended the meeting on Capitol Hill. The 90-minute session grew heated at times, as the visiting conservative leaders repeatedly interrupted the senators and questioned their handling of the memo controversy....

    02/20/2004 8:23:58 PM PST · by RWR8189 · 232 replies · 350+ views
    Drudge Report ^ | 2-20-04
    That's what it says now. Discuss amongst yourselves...
  • S.F Judge Delays Ruling on Gay Marriage

    02/17/2004 12:33:46 PM PST · by You Dirty Rats · 150 replies · 738+ views
    Fox News ^ | 02/17/2004 | Fox News
    <p>SAN FRANCISCO — The first of two judges to listen to objections to gay marriage in San Francisco delayed until at least Friday whether to block the city from continuing to issue same-sex marriage licenses.</p> <p>The second judge will take up a different petition Tuesday afternoon.</p>
  • Dumb Question (VANITY)

    02/11/2004 3:53:39 PM PST · by spacewarp · 12 replies · 124+ views
    None ^ | 2/11/04 | Paul Rivers
    Article XXX. In the government of this commonwealth, the legislative department shall never exercise the executive and judicial powers, or either of them: the executive shall never exercise the legislative and judicial powers, or either of them: the judicial shall never exercise the legislative and executive powers, or either of them: to the end it may be a government of laws and not of men. ----CONSTITUTION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS Maybe I'm missing something, but when the State Supreme Court of Mass. orders the Legislature to pass a law, are they not in direct violation of this article of...
  • More judiciary memos await

    02/08/2004 11:54:09 PM PST · by kattracks · 29 replies · 219+ views
    Washington Times ^ | 2/09/04 | Charles Hurt
    <p>Republicans have "perhaps thousands" of internal Democratic judiciary memos like the 14 that caused a stir on Capitol Hill last fall, says a Republican staffer who resigned after an investigation into how the documents were obtained.</p> <p>"Only a small amount of [documents downloaded from Democratic computer servers] have been made public," said Manuel Miranda, former judicial-nominations counsel to Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist of Tennessee. "The ones made public are the least indicting of the ones."</p>
  • In their courts, Canadians tolerate the intolerable

    01/03/2004 12:36:30 PM PST · by freeforall · 20 replies · 187+ views
    The London Free Press (Canada) ^ | 2003-12-02 | RORY LEISHMAN
    University of Western Ontario and well-known among lawyers as one of the most prominent legal commentators in Canada. Everyone who still appreciates our national heritage of freedom under law should ponder his latest book, aptly titled, The Most Dangerous Branch: How the Supreme Court of Canada Has Undermined Our Law and Our Democracy. With this title, Martin ironically alludes to the assurance by Alexander Hamilton in the Federalist Papers on June 14, 1778, that the people had nothing to fear from the powers conferred on the judiciary by the proposed Constitution of the United States. He wrote: "The judiciary, from...
  • Supreme Court Halt Texas Execution

    12/10/2003 5:51:03 PM PST · by yonif · 78 replies · 1,057+ views
    Guardian ^ | December 11, 2003 | MICHAEL GRACZYK - AP
    HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The U.S. Supreme Court halted the execution Wednesday of a condemned inmate who was part of a lawsuit that challenged one of the drugs used to carry out the death sentence. Kevin Lee Zimmerman won his reprieve about 20 minutes before he could have been put to death for a fatal stabbing and robbery at a Beaumont motel in 1987. In a brief order, Justice Antonin Scalia stopped the punishment pending an additional order from him or the court. ``I'm disappointed,'' Zimmerman told a Texas Department of Criminal Justice spokeswoman, Michelle Lyons. ``I was ready to...
  • Deb Price: Gay gains in 2003 give glimpse of future

    12/08/2003 1:26:30 PM PST · by presidio9 · 53 replies · 242+ views
    The Detroit News ^ | Monday, December 8, 2003 | Deb Price
    <p>For gay Americans and our millions of allies, 2003 is the year that just kept on giving.</p> <p>Again and again and again, we were given reason to celebrate. And now, largely because we advanced in 2003 as never before, 2004 promises to be very exciting -- and very scary.</p>
  • Judicial Tyranny? - Ann Coulter

    12/04/2003 1:05:35 AM PST · by kattracks · 46 replies · 538+ views ^ | 12/04/03 | Ann Coulter
    The first killing of an abortion doctor by an anti-abortion activist happened in 1993. Since then, six more people have been killed in attacks on abortion clinics, which is fewer people who ended up dead by being in the vicinity of recently released Weatherman Kathy Boudin. Most of the abortionists were shot or, depending upon your point of view, had a procedure performed on them with a rifle. This brings the total to: seven abortion providers to 30 million fetuses dead, which is also a pretty good estimate of how the political battle is going. The nation embarked on...
  • Collusion Memos

    11/19/2003 8:11:00 AM PST · by William McKinley · 122 replies · 3,896+ views
    <p>The source of the memos is unclear. The sheer volume of the memos, however, suggests that the memos weren't simply misplaced by someone – they appear to have been intentionally leaked by a Democrat. Also, the memos, which begin in late 2001, cut off suddenly in April 2003. This suggests that they came from a former staffer, rather than someone who recently accessed Democrats' computers. Finally, the only information blacked out in the memos is staffers' names. Whoever leaked these memos did not care about the Senators, but apparently knew the staffers and cared enough to spare them embarrassment.</p>
  • U.S. Supreme Court rewrites Constitution and 3,000 years of history

    06/26/2003 8:28:58 AM PDT · by Polycarp · 252 replies · 796+ views
    Alliance Defense Fund | 6/26/03 | Richard K. Jefferson
    U.S. Supreme Court rewrites Constitution and 3,000 years of history WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court today rewrote the U.S. Constitution and 3,000 years of legal history by striking down the Texas sodomy law in a 6-3 decision. The court overrode the Constitution, the history of American law, and its own precedent by declaring in Lawrence v. Texas that there is a right to privacy to protect private, adult consensual sexual activity. Justice Kennedy wrote for the majority, and only Justices Scalia and Thomas and Chief Justice Rhenquist dissented. The majority reasoned, unbelievably, that because of the trend in state...
  • SCOTUS strikes down Texas sodomy ban

    06/26/2003 7:08:23 AM PDT · by Thane_Banquo · 1,733 replies · 3,191+ views
    SCOTUS sided with the perverts.
  • List of Rights Keeps Growing (Texas Sodomy Case)

    05/16/2003 7:05:21 PM PDT · by RAT Patrol · 83 replies · 279+ views
    The Denver Post ^ | April 30, 2003 | Al Knight
    Denver Post al knight List of rights keeps growing By Al Knight Denver Post Columnist Wednesday, April 30, 2003 - The U.S. Supreme Court has been asked to overrule one of its decisions made just 17 years ago. There are good reasons it should pass up the opportunity. The request, arising from a Texas sodomy case, undermines the notion of stare decisis - a Latin phrase that describes the policy of courts to avoid disturbing settled legal precedent. In the Bowers vs. Hardwick decision in 1986, the nation's highest court said, "The Constitution does not confer a fundamental right upon...
  • Santorum is Right, and You Should Be Supporting Him: An Explanation of Lawrence v. Texas

    04/26/2003 12:28:27 PM PDT · by The Old Hoosier · 707 replies · 572+ views
    Serious Vanity | 4-26 | TOH
    With the recent publicity surrounding Sen. Rick Santorum's remarks on the issue of sodomy, almost everyone on FR must be familiar by now with the Supreme Court case Lawrence v. Texas.Petitioner Lawrence and his special friend are trying to overturn a Texas law against homosexual sodomy. There are two issues in this case: 1) Is there a constitutional right for any two adults to engage in any kind of consensual sex, as long as it's behind closed doors? The petitioners say yes, there is, and are asking the court to agree. 2) Does it violate the 14th amendment's guarantee of...
  • Is Sodomy Patriotic?

    04/02/2003 12:52:31 PM PST · by sgiant · 47 replies · 161+ views
    SF Gate/SF Chronicle ^ | 04/02/03 | Mark Morford
    And then there's the one about the surly Bush-lovin' U.S. Supreme Court, soon to be deciding whether a gay Texas couple violated that state's law by having consensual homosexual sex in the privacy of their own home without first taking the necessary precaution of moving the hell away from homophobic big-haired gul-dang panty-bunched Texas in the first place.
  • Leftist Establishment Whitewashes Stalinists

    03/31/2003 2:25:52 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 16 replies · 347+ views Monday, March 31, 2003 Leftist Establishment Whitewashes Stalinists The dire warnings in George Orwell’s "1984” are alive and well in the U.S.A. The leftist establishment is downplaying the word "communist” if not wiping it from the vocabulary. Having been embarrassingly wrong all along about Soviet and worldwide communist intentions during the Cold War, the "respected” pillars of academia and communications are ignoring communist pasts or prettying up the records of campus speakers and old hard-line leftists who die. In Sunday’s Washington Times, Arnold Beichman writes that Columbia University had invited Eric Hobsbawm, whom the university describes as a "noted...
  • More than Sodomy?

    03/26/2003 9:28:34 AM PST · by Stone Mountain · 168 replies · 268+ views
    Salon Magazine ^ | Dana Berliner and Steve Simpson
    More than sodomy The Supreme Court is hearing a case challenging a Texas law against "homosexual conduct," but the real issue is whether the government can regulate private lives in the first place. March 26, 2003 | Conservatives and liberals alike have tended to avoid public debate about Lawrence vs. Texas, a case now before the U.S. Supreme Court that challenges a Texas law criminalizing "homosexual conduct" -- that is, sex between consenting adults of the same gender. The law is fundamentally un-American, but instead of opposition spanning the political spectrum, there have been the familiar unprincipled divisions along partisan...
  • Libertarians Join Liberals in Challenging Sodomy Law

    03/19/2003 12:48:02 AM PST · by RJCogburn · 590 replies · 242+ views
    NYTimes ^ | March 19, 2003 | LINDA GREENHOUSE
    The constitutional challenge to the Texas "homosexual conduct" law that the Supreme Court will take up next week has galvanized not only traditional gay rights and civil rights organizations, but also libertarian groups that see the case as a chance to deliver their own message to the justices. The message is one of freedom from government control over private choices, economic as well as sexual. "Libertarians argue that the government has no business in the bedroom or in the boardroom," Roger Pilon, vice president for legal affairs at the Cato Institute, said today, describing the motivation for the institute, a...