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  • The Psychology of the Breathtakingly Stupid Mistake

    02/24/2016 8:42:10 AM PST · by Torcert · 43 replies
    Scientific American ^ | February 23, 2016 | David Z. Hambrick
    Analyses of the subjects ratings revealed three varieties of stupid mistakes. The first is when a person’s confidence outstrips their skill, as when a Pittsburgh man robbed two banks in broad daylight without wearing a disguise, believing that lemon juice he had rubbed on his face would make him invisible to security cameras. [..] The confidence-skill disconnect has been dubbed the Dunning-Kruger effect, after a study by social psychologists David Dunning and Justin Kruger. Dunning and Kruger had Cornell undergraduates perform tests of humor, logic, and grammar, and then rate how well they think they performed compared to other subjects...
  • Every Flaw in Consumers Is Worse in Voters

    11/04/2015 12:13:44 PM PST · by Twotone · 21 replies
    Foundation for Economic Education ^ | Nov. 3, 2015 | Michael Munger
    I have been making a mistake for most of my life. See, I'm an economist, and one of the things that attracted me to economics is the notion of the "ideal economy." Of course, there are valid objections to the use of markets. There are people who cheat and commit fraud, and there are problems with information and market power and externalities. Sometime consumers make mistakes.
  • Majority of employees feel they have NO control over decisions in the workplace

    07/11/2014 3:43:07 PM PDT · by CorporateStepsister · 34 replies
    daily Mail ^ | 11 July 2014 | By Louise Boyle
    Most employees believe they have no say when it comes to changes in the workplace that directly affect their jobs. Six out of ten corporate staff said they have little or no input in decisions which affect them personally at work, according to a recent survey by Strayer University and Ipsos. Those over 35 felt their opinions mattered less than those workers aged 18-34 - although perhaps that's just a healthy dose of cynicism that comes from spending longer on the corporate ladder.
  • The Worst Business Decisions of All Time

    10/17/2012 8:29:43 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 83 replies
    Wall Street 24X7 ^ | 10/16/2012 | Douglas A. McIntyre, Ashley C. Allen, Samuel Weigley and Michael B. Sauter
    In the long history of poor management decisions made at major American companies, only a few proved to be fatal. It is hard to ruin a company with a single decision. That is especially true when the company has the advantages of huge market share, large and rising revenue, and a history of success. But not all bad decisions are created equal. 24/7 Wall St. set out to identify the worst business decisions of all time. These decisions cost these companies billions of dollars and, eventually, their independence.Read: The Worst Business Decisions of All TimeBad business decisions result in...
  • It's Time That We End the Equal Pay Myth

    04/17/2012 7:59:29 AM PDT · by ReleaseTheHounds · 16 replies
    Forbes ^ | April 17, 2012 | Carrie Lukas
    ... There are numerous other factors that affect pay. Most fundamentally, men and women tend to gravitate toward different industries. Feminists may charge that women are socialized into lower-paying sectors of the economy. But women considering the decisions they’ve made likely have a different view. Women tend to seek jobs with regular hours, more comfortable conditions, little travel, and greater personal fulfillment. Often times, women are willing to trade higher pay for jobs with other characteristics that they find attractive. Men, in contrast, often take jobs with less desirable characteristics in pursuit of higher pay. They work long hours and...
  • Former President Obama to star in new TV reality series

    04/04/2011 1:53:57 PM PDT · by DanMiller · 5 replies
    Pajamas Media Tatler ^ | April 4, 2011 | Dan Miller
    Having decisively placed his stamp on foreign policy by failing to make numerous decisions recently, President Obama is preparing for his staring role in a new television reality series, InDecision Time, scheduled to begin early in 2013. Former President Carter will be the master of ceremonies. Former President Obama, former Secretary Clinton and former Director of Intelligence Clapper will constitute the indecision panel and various celebrity dictator guests will appear in costumes of their choice. There will, of course, be a suitably multicultural studio audience. As each celebrity guest comes on stage, he will do his best imitation of el...
  • Look who makes RomneyCare/MassCare’s waiver decisions (Hint: Rhymes with Ess-Eee-Eye-You)

    02/07/2011 5:37:58 PM PST · by Nachum · 4 replies
    Michelle Malkin ^ | 2/7/11 | Michelle Malkin
    Before there was Obamacare, there was RomneyCare/MassCare. Before there were Obamacare waivers, there were RomneyCare/MassCare waivers. And just as the SEIU Purple Army is smack dab in the middle of exempting itself from Obamacare, it is smack dab in the middle of deciding who does and who doesn’t have to follow the RomneyCare/MassCare rules in the Bay State. Via the Boston Globe (h/t reader Shannon): Massachusetts regulators granted more exemptions last year to residents who said they could not afford the health insurance required by the state, waiving the tax penalty for more than half of those who appealed, according...
  • Voters Moving to Oust Judges Over Decisions

    09/25/2010 4:54:54 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 37 replies
    New York Times ^ | September 24, 2010 | A.G. SULZBERGER
    After the State Supreme Court here stunned the nation by making this the first state in the heartland to allow same-sex marriage, Iowa braced for its sleepy judicial elections to turn into referendums on gay marriage. The three Supreme Court justices on the ballot this year are indeed the targets of a well-financed campaign to oust them. But the effort has less to do with undoing same-sex marriage — which will remain even if the judges do not — than sending a broader message far beyond this state’s borders: voters can remove judges whose opinions they dislike. Around the country,...
  • Obama decisions on wildlife raising environmentalists' ire

    02/21/2010 10:33:39 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 4 replies · 372+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 2/21/10 | Paul Rogers
    During his first year in office, President Barack Obama won praise from environmental groups for a wide range of decisions, from toughening gas mileage rules to spending billions on renewable energy projects. But now there's grumbling on his green flank. A growing number of environmentalists are clashing with the administration over its management of America's struggling wildlife populations and what they call its reluctance to use the nation's most powerful environmental law, the Endangered Species Act, to stand up to industry. Last week, five conservation groups, led by the Sierra Club, sued the federal government after the U.S. Fish and...
  • Nearly 60 percent Say President Obama’s Decisions ‘Bad for America’

    12/21/2009 6:01:26 AM PST · by bogusname · 10 replies · 636+ views ^ | December 21, 2009 | Fred Lucas
    A majority of Americans believe an increased government role in health care would lead to more government corruption, while a plurality of Americans think that scientific data supporting man-made global warming is “mostly falsified.” That is what a new poll by Survey USA reveals. The poll also shows that 58 percent of Americans believe that decisions by the Obama administration have been “bad for America,” as opposed to 37 percent who think Obama’s decisions have been “good for America.”...
  • SCOTUS pick: Sonia Sotomayor (Rate judicial aptitude by group on Sotomayor Scale)

    05/26/2009 6:07:54 PM PDT · by gusopol3 · 8 replies · 437+ views
    Michelle Malkin ^ | May 26, 2009 | Michelle Malkin
    “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” — Judge Sonia Sotomayor, in her Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at the University of California (Berkeley) School of Law in 2001 The above assertion and the rest of a remarkable speech to a Hispanic group by Sotomayor — widely touted as a possible Obama nominee to the Supreme Court — has drawn very little attention in the mainstream media since...
  • Administration faces pirate-attack decisions

    04/08/2009 12:15:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 65 replies · 5,042+ views
    The Hill ^ | 4/8/09 | Bridget Johnson
    The administration was facing a grim international incident in what's believed to be the first pirate attack on an American ship in 200 years as the drama continued to unfold off the coast of Somalia on Wednesday. The majority of the crew of 20 American nationals were able to capture one pirate and negotiate their release, according to calls placed to the Associated Press by the free crew members, but the ship's captain and a crew member reportedly remained in the hands of Somali attackers. The U.S. flagged Maersk Alabama is home-ported in Norfolk, Va., and was carrying emergency food...
  • Lebanese Cabinet reverses decisions (against Hezbollah militants)

    05/14/2008 1:59:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 9 replies · 118+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/14/08 | AP
    BEIRUT, Lebanon - A Lebanese minister says the Cabinet has reversed measures against Hezbollah militants that triggered the worst violence since the country's 15-year civil war. Hezbollah has demanded the government reverse the decisions last week to sack an airport security chief for alleged ties to the Shiite group and to declare the militants' private telephone network illegal. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah said the moves amounted to a declaration of war and shortly after, he unleashed his fighters on the streets of Beirut. The clashes left 54 dead. Information Minister Ghazi Aridi said the Cabinet revoked the decisions "in view...
  • Doctor Who? Are Patients Making Clinical Decisions?

    02/11/2008 5:33:34 PM PST · by blam · 8 replies · 236+ views
    Science Daily ^ | 2-12-2008 | Springer
    Doctor Who? Are Patients Making Clinical Decisions? ScienceDaily (Feb. 12, 2008) — Doctors are adjusting their bedside manner as better informed patients make ever-increasing demands and expect to be listened to, and fully involved, in clinical decisions that directly affect their care. In a study just published in Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research, Dr. J. Bohannon Mason of the Orthocarolina Hip and Knee Center in Charlotte, NC, USA, looks at the changes in society, the population and technology that are influencing the way patients view their orthopaedic surgeons. As patients gain knowledge, their attitude to medicine changes: They no longer...
  • Troop Decisions Hinge on Conditions in Iraq

    01/29/2008 4:35:51 PM PST · by SandRat · 1 replies · 27+ views
    WASHINGTON, Jan. 29, 2008 – The number of troops needed in Iraq, the length of the tours for those troops, the kinds of troops they need to be, and other such decisions rely on the conditions on the ground in Iraq, Defense Department officials said today. Officials in Iraq, at U.S. Central Command and at the Joint Staff are working to assess conditions in Iraq and to plan troop deployments and redeployments for the future, Pentagon Press Secretary Geoff Morrell said at a news conference here. This time last year, conditions in Iraq were terrible. Al Qaeda was growing,...
  • Pulling the Plug

    12/02/2007 3:16:18 PM PST · by shrinkermd · 6 replies · 112+ views
    2 December 2007 | vanity
    This is the title of an article in the current issue of Forbes. It is written by John J. Parris: Jesuit Priest and Professor of Bioethics at Boston College. The article starts with a problem. In 1999 a patient was admitted with Lou Gehrig's disease. The patient indicated she should be kept alive until she could no longer enjoy her family. She eventually became unresponsive. Her daughter refused the hospital's wish to terminate life support. A lengthy (10 month) court battle ensued. The daughter opposed but eventually was faced with the hospital taking the position (Court approved) that the daughter...
  • Iraqi Lawmakers Must Make Hard Political Decisions, U.S. Officials Say

    05/11/2007 4:52:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 393+ views
    WASHINGTON, May 11, 2007 – Legislators serving in the Iraqi Council of Representatives have accomplished much in the body’s first year of existence, but additional important and difficult decisions still need to be made, according to a Multinational Force Iraq statement. “The council’s most important work lies ahead of it,” officials said in a statement the command released yesterday. Army Gen. David H. Petraeus, who took command of the Baghdad-based command on Feb. 10, is the architect of the current surge of U.S. and Iraq forces into Baghdad and parts of western Iraq to tamp down insurgent violence and...
  • Judges in Check -- for Now

    07/31/2006 8:37:05 PM PDT · by dvan · 9 replies · 421+ views
    National Review ^ | July 28, 2006 | Rich Lowry
    In courtrooms across the nation an extraordinary thing has happened: In a spate of decisions, judges have deferred to important policy judgments rendered by democratically elected legislatures or by the people themselves in referenda. It obviously hasn’t been easy for judges to give up their self-appointed role as super legislators, fit to rewrite any laws based on the whimsy of the hour. They have done it only reluctantly and by narrow margins. But, for now, the popular will on the issue at hand in these decisions — same-sex marriage — seems safe from arbitrary judicial override. At least until the...
  • An American Foreign Policy That Both Realists and Idealists Should Fall in Love With

    07/16/2006 4:11:39 AM PDT · by Oshkalaboomboom · 10 replies · 560+ views
    NY Times ^ | 7/16/06 | Robert Wright
    AS liberals try to articulate a post-Bush foreign policy, some are feeling a bit of cognitive dissonance. They have always thought of themselves as idealistic, concerned with the welfare of humankind. Not for them the ruthlessly narrow focus on national self-interest of the “realist” foreign policy school. That school’s most famous practitioner, Henry Kissinger, is for many liberals a reminder of how easily the ostensible amorality of classic realism slides into immorality. Yet idealism has lost some of its luster. Neoconservatism, whose ascendancy has scared liberals into a new round of soul-searching, seems plenty idealistic, bent on spreading democracy and...
  • President wanted, MBA not required: Why the government isn't a business.

    07/04/2006 4:21:32 AM PDT · by Gondring · 74 replies · 1,498+ views
    The LA Times ^ | July 3, 2006 | Charles R. Kesler
    George W. Bush is the first president with an MBA (from Harvard Business School, no less), but it's not clear that being a master of business administration has made him a better chief executive.[...] Business schools are a relatively new institution. The MBA was invented in the Progressive era as a way to abort future generations of robber barons. The idea was to train a class of business administrators (the ethos was anti-entrepreneurial) who would expiate capitalism's sins by managing their corporations in keeping with higher morality. The higher morality was whatever the spirit of the age revealed to professors...
  • Roe v. Wade: A Not-So-Super Precedent

    04/20/2006 7:44:34 AM PDT · by Salvation · 21 replies · 668+ views ^ | 04-20-06 | Ken Concannon
    by Ken Concannon Other Articles by Ken Concannon Roe v. Wade: A Not-So-Super Precedent 04/20/06 On the second day of Supreme Court nominee John Roberts’s Senate Judiciary Committee hearings in September 2005, pro-choice Republican committee chairman Arlen Specter of Pennsylvania introduced the subject of stare decisis, a Latin term meaning "to stand by that which is decided.” In This Article...A Grim AttachmentIf the Print Is Small Enough They Won’t NoticePlease Don’t Confuse Us With the Facts A Grim Attachment It’s a maxim that abortion supporters, like Specter, cling to dearly because most constitutional scholars are well aware that the Roe decision...
  • Why you should go with your gut

    02/18/2006 10:43:31 PM PST · by neverdem · 32 replies · 1,133+ views ^ | 16 February 2006 | Helen Pearson
    Close window Published online: 16 February 2006; | doi:10.1038/news060213-9 Why you should go with your gutStudy says unconscious consideration yields most satisfying decisions.Helen Pearson Which would you choose? Studies say you should list the pros and cons, then sleep on it.© Punchstock The best way to make a tough decision is to put your feet up and think about something else. So says an investigation of people shopping for cars, clothes and furniture. Many people assume that the best way to tackle a difficult choice is to list the pros and cons and ponder them deeply. Others believe we...
  • Commission Wraps Up BRAC Decisions

    08/29/2005 4:56:09 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 230+ views
    American Forces Press Service ^ | Aug 29, 2005 | Donna Miles
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 29, 2005 – The Defense Base Realignment and Closure Commission wrapped up four days of deliberations in final actions Aug. 26 and 27 by voting to turn Pope Air Force Base, N.C., into an Army airfield and recommending sweeping recommendations to revamp the Air National Guard and consolidate its operations. The nine-member commission deviated significantly from the Pentagon's proposed plan to realign the Air Guard, passing a recommendation that would ensure every state with an existing Air Guard unit would retain at least some Guard aircraft. Specific details of the plan, including charts used in the deliberation, are...
  • Roberts' early writings argue against judicial activism - (believed safely conservative)

    07/28/2005 4:32:58 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 444+ views
    SALT LAKE TRIBUNE.COM ^ | JULY 28, 2005 | Jill Zuckman and Sam Singer , Chicago Tribune
    WASHINGTON - Thousands of pages of newly released documents from John Roberts' first government job show a highly intelligent, politically savvy young man, wrestling with charged legal and political issues on behalf of the deeply conservative Reagan administration. As a special assistant to Attorney General William French Smith in 1981 and 1982, Roberts advocated positions and drafted memos on issues from judicial restraint to voting rights to affirmative action, which were as controversial then as they are now that Roberts is no longer a twenty-something aide but a nominee for a seat on the Supreme Court. Roberts generally took strongly...
  • John Roberts and the French Fry Flap - (munch on this, libs!)

    07/25/2005 3:20:49 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 618+ views
    GOPUSA.COM ^ | JULY 25, 2005 | JOE MARIANI
    Senate Democrats are preparing to play to the cameras once more while raking Supreme Court nominee John Roberts over the coals, but the fight may not be as fierce as some Liberals want. There's bound to be some huffing and puffing during the confirmation hearings, as many of the radical groups controlling the Democrats demand they fight a battle that cannot be won. Though Democrats will probably use the "we need more documents" dodge to avoid an outright filibuster, Roberts will surely be confirmed in the end. One almost has to feel sorry for the Democrats, pushed into this fight...
  • Dems had their chance to pick justice - ("whom the gods would destroy, they first make chads!")

    07/25/2005 12:21:00 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 10 replies · 942+ views
    Thoughtful Democrats — the rarest birds on the endangered species list — might want to ponder this: "Another hanging chad has dropped. His name is John G. Roberts Jr., and he undoubtedly will turn out to be opposed to abortion rights, affirmative action, an expansive view of federal powers and a reading of the Constitution that takes a properly suspicious view of the state's embrace of religion. You hang enough chads, and you get to change the Supreme Court." That's not, or the wilder shores of the Internet. That's Richard Cohen, big-time columnist in that bastion of mainstream media,...
  • Liberalism's Goal: Destruction of Christianity - (incremental court decisions led to banishment)

    07/23/2005 10:20:31 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 572+ views
    Would you let you child go fishing alone with a known child molester? Why not? The answer is simple enough: because patterns of behavior are called “patterns of behavior” for a reason, and once someone does something once, they are likely to do it again. Evil people do evil things over and over. Over the last 50 years, the radical left has established a pattern of winning minor precedents from an activist judiciary system then slowly building on those precedents to warp the interpretation of the law and erode the fundamental foundations of our society. The original Supreme Court decisions...
  • Freedom from Roe v. Wade - (hope and perhaps promise, from "Mr. Justice John G. Roberts?")

    07/22/2005 10:53:59 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 2 replies · 404+ views
    Let's not beat around the bush. Since 1973, Roe v. Wade has been the "settled" law of the land. John Roberts can help reverse that decision. That is why the Conservative movement is holding its collective breath. Likewise, that is why activists on the left are doing their best Howard Dean impersonations. A historical moment is at hand. Assuming Roberts is confirmed, he will take the place of Justice Sandra Day O'Connor -- a "conservative" justice who voted to reaffirm the "central principle" of Roe in the 1992 case of Planned Parenthood v. Casey. Not that you need reminding, but...
  • Ten Commandments for Judges - (entertaining......and accurate!)

    07/11/2005 6:51:37 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 6 replies · 571+ views
    President George W. Bush makes one of the most important decisions defining his legacy by uttering a name. If that name for Supreme Court justice is a constant conservative to the end of the life-time term, then the Bush presidency defines the start of an era. The momentum for change, like a glacier, will creak forward. Anything less, including a scheme of one conservative for two open seats means enough conservative Christians stay home, even if Hillary runs, and liberals win the 2008 election. The U.S. Culture War widens, deepens, and threatens because the judges will get worse. A conservative...
  • The Real Extremists - (watch out for this "Praise O'Connor" bandwagon among the Democrats!)

    07/07/2005 8:12:52 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 464+ views
    The Democrats' orgy over retiring Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor is just one fraudulent component of their grand con game in preparation for war over her successor. Oh, sure, they approve of O'Connor's steadfast protection of the Court's pro-abortion precedent. And they appreciate other positions she took in furtherance of their policy agenda, but she's hardly their ideal jurist. After all, she sided with the majority in "selecting" George W. Bush president. Their recent, unified celebration of O'Connor is part of their cynical calculation to position themselves as mainstream and Republicans as extremists. They see this as an essential...
  • Goodbye, Sandra...and Good Riddance! - (didn't belong on SCOTUS in the first place; incompetent!)

    07/04/2005 2:11:20 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 24 replies · 893+ views
    CHRONWATCH.COM ^ | JULY 4, 2005 | Edward L. Daley
    Ronald Reagan, like all presidents, made a few mistakes while he was in office, and one of his more regrettable blunders was nominating a judge by the name of Sandra Day O'Connor for a position on the highest court in the land. Although many people in the left-wing media like to refer to her as a "moderate" jurist, that characterization only proves that they have no idea what a judge's job actually is. Using the word ''moderate'' to describe a judge is like using the word Jewish to describe a cat. The term simply does not apply. It is a...
  • Supreme Court is playing Jenga - (lawyer who wrote 10 Commandments amicus brief writes warning!)

    06/30/2005 10:09:38 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 474+ views
    In the board game Jenga, a tower of wooden blocks is erected. Players remove one block at a time from the tower, and then stack it on top. As each successive block is removed, the tower becomes increasingly precarious. The game ends when the tower's foundation can no longer bear the weight of the structure built on top of it, and the tower falls. The Supreme Court's recent decisions in the Ten Commandments cases are a form of constitutional Jenga. Think of our system of government and the liberties it grants as a Jenga tower. In our analogy, the blocks...
  • Does anyone have Supreme Court Contact Numbers? Black Monday could rewrite Constitution further

    06/26/2005 8:43:06 PM PDT · by TheEaglehasLanded · 11 replies · 570+ views
    vanity | June 26, 2005 | the eagle has landed
    I was hoping they would have come up with an easy call to keep the Ten Commandments after the deliberations seemed to lean that way. But since it has taken to the last day and with last Thursday's rewrite of the 5th Amendment I am scared to death we will see a 5-4 vote against us.
  • THE MOUNTING PROTESTS - (troubling doubts about Iraq War from Wm. F. Buckley, Jr.)

    06/18/2005 4:58:41 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 135 replies · 2,687+ views
    It's correct that there is political commotion mounting in opposition to the Iraq war. It is important to distinguish between two kinds. One, which is gaining attention, centers on misrepresentations. The so-called Downing Street Memo is cited. This records an exchange at 10 Downing St. on July 23, 2002, at which, it is said, the representatives of Mr. Bush made it clear that the president had resolved to proceed against Iraq irrespective of what the United Nations might do. Rejecting that account, the Bush people have said that the invasion was not finally planned until after the appeal to the...
  • Judge Not - ("New Democrat" professor at U. MD.says why Repubs win; warning! anger may erupt!)

    05/31/2005 7:45:39 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 35 replies · 1,267+ views
    Ever since Brown v. Board of Education, liberals have used judicial activism as a substitute for political persuasion. But we shouldn't ask judges to make laws. It is difficult to imagine a more fundamental assault on the separation of power than this spring's shameless attacks on the judicial appointments process. With their threats to end the right of filibuster and to measure judicial nominees by political standards, Republicans like Rep. Tom DeLay and Sen. John Cornyn brought partisan warfare and violation of basic principles to a new low. Either they do not understand the essentials of our constitutional system, or...
  • When Court Clerks Rule-(eye opener! SCOTUS clerks often pen decisions of justices!-eg.Roe v.Wade)

    05/31/2005 4:15:26 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 38 replies · 844+ views
    LA TIMES.COM ^ | MAY 29, 2005 | David J. Garrow,
    The recent release of Justice Harry A. Blackmun's private Supreme Court case files has starkly illuminated an embarrassing problem that previously was discussed only in whispers among court insiders and aficionados: the degree to which young law clerks, most of them just two years out of law school, make extensive, highly substantive and arguably inappropriate contributions to the decisions issued in their bosses' names. Even Roe vs. Wade, Blackmun's most famous decision, which legalized abortion nationwide in 1973, owed lots of its language and much of its breadth to his clerks and the clerks of other justices. A decade later,...
  • How radical Muslims masquerading as "moderates" are infiltrating our government, military (!!)

    05/15/2005 2:12:46 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 35 replies · 1,132+ views
    CONSERVATIVE BOOK CLUB.COM ^ | MAY 15, 2005 | Editors
    How radical Muslims masquerading as "moderates" are infiltrating our government, our military, our prisons, our schools -- and even the Department of Homeland Security Infiltration by Paul Sperry The most dangerous Muslim radicals won't be sneaking through our borders from the Middle East -- they're already here. That's the alarming message of Washington-based investigative reporter Paul Sperry's new book, Infiltration: How Muslim Spies and Subversives Have Penetrated Washington. Using access to classified documents as well as exclusive interviews with FBI agents, Customs officers, and military intelligence officials, Sperry reveals how the top levels of our government, armed forces and intelligence...
  • Justice Brown and the New Racism - (for Democrats, she's "not black enough," says Williams)

    05/09/2005 5:03:14 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 14 replies · 728+ views
    For 200 years the Senate carefully considered the professional track record of any judge nominated for the federal bench. That changed five years ago when ranking Democrats decided to turn the Senate Judiciary Committee into their own personal meat grinder. Despite having nearly 100 federal judgeships to fill, these Democrats resolved to torpedo most of President Bush's nominations. This partisan blood oath – as opposed to careful consideration of each jurist's record – now decides who presides over our federal courts. At least one major implication is that the dearth of federal judges (one-eighth of all federal judgeships still remain...
  • Justice Kennedy becomes target of conservatives' ire-(no wonder!he looks outside US for "guidance!")

    05/03/2005 5:03:47 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 5 replies · 465+ views
    He wasn't President Reagan's first choice for the U.S. Supreme Court - or his second choice for that matter - and plenty of conservatives have never let him forget it. Seventeen years and a handful of decisions later, Justice Anthony Kennedy - a conservative by background but a swing vote on social issues - has become the poster boy, on the part of those calling for President Bush's most controversial judicial nominees to confirmed by the U.S. Senate, for why the president should get to install judges he really wants rather than capitulate to liberals and moderates. Pressure on Republicans...
  • Justices Side With Gun Owner Who Concealed Arrest in Japan

    04/26/2005 1:38:24 PM PDT · by neverdem · 141 replies · 2,676+ views
    NY Times ^ | DAVID STOUT | April 26, 2005
    WASHINGTON, April 26 - When Gary Small walked into a sports store in his hometown of Delmont, Pa., to buy a pistol, he probably did not see himself as the central figure in a Supreme Court case. But that is what he became. Before walking out of the store with his 9-millimeter pistol on June 2, 1998, he filled out the mandatory federal form. It asked whether he had ever been convicted "in any court" of a crime punishable by a year or more in prison. Fatefully, he answered "no." In fact, Mr. Small had never been convicted of any...
  • Judicial supremacy and the Constitution - (legalities of the Terri Schiavo case)

    04/15/2005 1:19:16 PM PDT · by CHARLITE · 4 replies · 775+ views
    First, let us understand what the Terri Schiavo matter was not about: Despite ideological diatribes from David Corn at The Nation, this was not "an ugly big-government attempt to intervene in a family conflict" designed to appease "religious right crusaders." Despite ranting from Robert Scheer, also at The Nation, this was not "egregious political opportunism and shameless trafficking in human misery," and the citation of dubious polls won't validate Scheer's hope that the majority of Americans want to see a helpless woman starved to death by judicial order. And despite hysteria from the Los Angeles Times, this was not "a...
  • Court Broadens Scope of Age-Discrimination Protections

    03/30/2005 5:59:27 PM PST · by neverdem · 1 replies · 663+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 30, 2005 | DAVID STOUT
    WASHINGTON, March 30 - The Supreme Court ruled today that older workers can, in some circumstances, recover damages from their employers for harm caused by age discrimination even if the harm was not deliberate. The court, ruling 5 to 3 in a case closely watched by business interests, held that the 1967 Age Discrimination in Employment Act does allow such lawsuits. But the court also made clear that the estimated 75 million people covered by the law - workers over age 40 - must clear a high threshold of evidence to prevail. Justice John Paul Stevens and the four other...
  • Paul Krugman is a petty, bigoted, cheap-shot artist

    03/30/2005 2:58:31 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 19 replies · 1,148+ views
    RENEWAMERICA.US ^ | MARCH 30, 2005 | Edward L. Daley
    Every once in a while I stumble across an opinion article that's so irrational, hate-filled and hypocritical that I feel compelled to comment on it, and New York Times writer Paul Krugman's most recent column is no exception. Titled "What's Going On?", this rambling op-ed is filled with more unprovoked attacks on religious minded people than any other I have had the misfortune to read, and I've read more than I care to remember. Mr. Krugman begins his piece by attempting to impress upon his readers the dangers of extremism in democratic countries, quickly focussing his attention on the...
  • Possible Decisions For A Conservative Activist Court

    03/28/2005 3:24:30 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 8 replies · 556+ views
    What could happen if the current liberal activist Supreme Court was replaced with an activist conservative court - a Supreme Court filled with conservatives who would do what Leftists have done for years, and use that aristocratic body to impose their will on the nation? The Supreme Court, invoking the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, which provides that no person shall be denied by a state government equal protection of the laws, might strike down all progressive state income tax laws, holding that discriminating against a person on the grounds of income violates the Equal Protection Clause. This...
  • Yemeni Sheik Convicted of Plotting to Fund Terror Groups

    03/10/2005 6:40:14 PM PST · by neverdem · 6 replies · 377+ views
    NY Times ^ | March 10, 2005 | WILLIAM GLABERSON
    A Yemeni cleric who once said Osama bin Laden called him his sheik was convicted of terrorism-financing charges today in a federal court in New York City. The victory for the Justice Department came in one of the government's most visible terrorism-financing prosecutions, which had for a time appeared uncertain after the F.B.I.'s star informer drew attention by setting himself on fire outside the White House in November. The sheik, Mohammed Ali Hassan al-Moayad, a prominent Yemeni who once held a government post in his homeland, was convicted after a five-week trial that federal prosecutors portrayed today as providing "an...
  • CA: Changes to waste board criticized - Governor's decisions raise Sierra Club's ire

    03/04/2005 9:44:56 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 357+ views
    San Diego Union -Tribune ^ | 3/4/05 | Mike Lee
    Environmentalists are raising a stink about changes to the state's waste management board, which governs California's garbage collection and recycling system. Michael Paparian, a veteran Sierra Club leader in Sacramento, is out. Reportedly in is Scott Harvey, a one-time San Diego city councilman and former executive director of the San Diego County Disposal Association, a lobbying and education group funded by the region's trash haulers. "These decisions really tilted the balance of the board toward the industry and away from the environment," said Bill Magavern, legislative representative for the California Sierra Club in Sacramento. The Sierra Club yesterday issued a...
  • Okay… I’ll talk About Terri Schaivo...Once!

    02/24/2005 10:44:26 PM PST · by CHARLITE · 16 replies · 1,542+ views
    I have been inundated with requests from readers to speak out on this topic, sign and forward a petition, one supporting her parent’s wishes, another allegedly supporting her wishes, as communicated by her husband and legal guardian Michael Schiavo. Until today, I have declined to inject my personal thoughts into this discussion. There is little in this world more difficult or personal than the decisions facing the Schiavo family today. My knowledge on this matter is limited to press reports in which, as a general rule, I have no confidence at all today. Unlike anyone else with whom I have...
  • Rice Says 'Hard Decisions' Await Israel

    02/06/2005 10:59:52 AM PST · by Nachum · 22 replies · 586+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2-06-205 | ANNE GEARAN, AP Diplomatic Writer
    JERUSALEM - Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice (news - web sites) said Sunday that Israel has some "hard decisions" to make as it moves toward peace with the Palestinians and the creation of a neighboring democracy. On her first trip to the Middle East since taking over at the State Department, Rice also urged both sides to live up to their promises. "This is a hopeful time, but it is a time also of great responsibility for all of us to make certain that we act on the words that we speak," Rice said before meeting with Israel's prime minister,...
  • Methodist Jury Ousts Lesbian Minister

    12/02/2004 7:18:24 PM PST · by neverdem · 20 replies · 1,390+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 2, 2004 | NEELA BANERJEE
    In the second ecclesiastical trial in less than a year of a gay Methodist minister, a jury of 13 clergy in eastern Pennsylvania convicted a fellow pastor today of violating church law by living in a lesbian relationship and ordered her defrocked. The ruling is evidence of the United Methodist Church's efforts this summer to tighten rules banning "self-avowed, practicing homosexuals" from the ministry, a step that gained greater urgency after the jury in a trial in Bothell, Wash., in March cleared another lesbian minister of breaking church law. At the trial in Pughtown, Pa., the jury voted 12 to...
  • You Can Blog, but You Can't Hide

    12/01/2004 10:35:05 PM PST · by neverdem · 26 replies · 2,971+ views
    NY Times ^ | December 2, 2004 | EUGENE VOLOKH
    GUEST OP-ED CONTRIBUTOR Los Angeles Say that an I.R.S. agent leaks a politician's income tax return to a newspaper reporter, an act that is a federal felony. The newspaper may have a First Amendment right to publish the information, especially since it bears on a matter of public interest. The government, meanwhile, is entitled to punish the agent, to protect citizens' privacy and ensure a fair and efficient tax system. To punish the agent, prosecutors may need to get the leaker's name from the reporter; but if the reporter refuses to testify because of a "journalist's privilege" to protect confidential...