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  • Mark Steyn: There's no stopping them now

    07/13/2003 12:08:22 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 44 replies · 345+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 07/13/03 | Mark Steyn
    Personally, I'm relaxed about sodomy, which isn't the same as being relaxed during sodomy. But one does one's best to keep up with the times. I use the word ''sodomy,'' incidentally, mainly because I still can. I would wager that one of the consequences of the Supreme Court decision striking down sodomy laws will be that they've also struck down the word. I see New York is revising its statutes to eliminate such anachronistically pejorative terms, and in Georgia, where the DAs have made hip, busy cop-show acronyms out of their archaic legislation, I don't suppose ''SOLCAN''--as in ''Soliciting a...
  • The Consequences of Lawrence v. Texas (Justice Scalia Is Right says Homosexual Lawyer)

    07/08/2003 3:12:56 PM PDT · by longtermmemmory · 17 replies · 274+ views
    Findlaw ^ | 7/8/03 | JOANNA GROSSMAN
    The Consequences of Lawrence v. Texas Justice Scalia Is Right that Same Sex Marriage Bans Are At Risk, But Wrong That A Host of Other Laws Are Vulnerable By JOANNA GROSSMAN lawjlg@hofstra.edu ---- Tuesday, Jul. 08, 2003 Recently, and famously, in Lawrence v. Texas, the Supreme Court invalidated Texas' anti-homosexual-sodomy law. It did so by invoking the constitutional right to privacy. But it also indicated that constitutional equal protection doctrines would have provided another reason to invalidate the statute, which targeted only same-sex sodomy. The decision extended long-overdue recognition of the rights of gays and lesbians. In doing so, it...
  • It’s Alive! Why the Constitution should remain dead.

    07/08/2003 8:58:03 AM PDT · by William McKinley · 28 replies · 762+ views
    NRO ^ | 7/8/03 | Jonah Goldberg
    Sandra Day O'Connor was almost squished last weekend in Philadelphia. At an event celebrating our living Constitution or some such nonsense, a giant beam from the stage almost fell on her. It was a scary moment. For a brief blinking instant it appeared as if Sandra Day O'Connor was headed to meet her Maker. And, if that happened, the Constitution as we know it would have died. As Charles Krauthammer and others have noted, Sandy Baby (as John Riggins once dubbed her) is the Constitution of the United States of America. If she wants the text to mean free speech...
  • Columnist William Murchison Says High Court Has Set Itself up as Rulers of the Nation

    07/07/2003 1:10:21 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 5 replies · 202+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07-07-03 | Murchison, William
    Our Rulers, The Supreme Court by William Murchison Posted Jul 7, 2003 The word, then, is no Supreme Court retirements expected this year. Pity. We could lose up to six justices -- say, the majority in the Lawrence vs. Texas sodomy case -- and feel indisposed for less than a week-long street dance, complete with door prizes and keg beer. On the other hand, we'd have to be careful. The retirements of Sandra Day O'Connor, Anthony Kennedy, Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John Paul Stevens, and -- oh, endless bliss! -- David Souter might give us the wrong idea. We...
  • Columnist David Limbaugh Says Sodomy Ruling is a "Gold Mine" for Liberals

    07/07/2003 1:06:01 PM PDT · by Theodore R. · 45 replies · 261+ views
    Human Events ^ | 07-07-03 | Limbaugh, David
    Sodomy Ruling Part II: A Liberal Gold Mine by David Limbaugh Posted Jul 7, 2003 Our Rulers, The Supreme Court The Supreme Court's ruling in Lawrence v. Texas (the sodomy case) is a veritable gold mine for liberals and the shifting values they hold dear. Not many conservatives I know have any desire to see the sodomy laws of any state enforced against homosexual behavior within the confines of one's private residence. But the Supreme Court's opinion had little to do with protecting that kind of privacy and much more to do with legitimizing homosexuality, moral relativism and the concept...
  • 'Scalia Constitution' is scary

    06/30/2003 5:59:18 AM PDT · by madprof98 · 272 replies · 349+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 6/30/03 | Jay Bookman
    In a recent public appearance, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia, the man proposed by many to become our next chief justice, uttered words that ought to send a chill down the back of every liberty-loving American. "The Constitution just sets minimums," Scalia told an audience at John Carroll University on March 18. "Most of the rights that you enjoy go way beyond what the Constitution requires." Scalia is a Harvard-trained lawyer with a keen intellect and an excellent command of the language. It seems fair to assume that he meant exactly what he said. He did not call into...
  • The sodomy ruling: A liberal gold mine: David Limbaugh challenges Bush to use bully pulpit

    07/04/2003 12:17:46 AM PDT · by JohnHuang2 · 10 replies · 153+ views
    WorldNetDaily.com ^ | Friday, July 4, 2003 | David Limbaugh
    The Supreme Court's ruling in Lawrence v. Texas (the sodomy case) is a veritable gold mine for liberals and the shifting values they hold dear. Not many conservatives I know have any desire to see the sodomy laws of any state enforced against homosexual behavior within the confines of one's private residence. But the Supreme Court's opinion had little to do with protecting that kind of privacy and much more to do with legitimizing homosexuality, moral relativism and the concept of the Constitution as an evolving document. And for good measure, the Court also took a gratuitous swipe at American...
  • Is Lawrence Worse Than Roe?

    06/28/2003 7:08:52 AM PDT · by Polycarp · 696 replies · 1,535+ views
    CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter ^ | 6/27/03 | Deal Hudson
    Is Lawrence Worse Than Roe? CRISIS Magazine - e-Letter June 27, 2003 ********************************************** There has been a lot of lot of talk since yesterday's Supreme Court decision in the case of Lawrence v. Texas, a dispute over Texas' law making sodomy illegal. The Supreme Court overturned that law by a vote of 6 to 3, saying that such laws "demean the lives of homosexual persons" and infringe upon their right to privacy. Let me tell you right now: Lawrence is a devastating decision, worse than most people think -- and for reasons that haven't fully dawned on them yet. I...
  • Scalia: What a massive disruption of the social order this ruling entails.

    06/26/2003 7:37:38 PM PDT · by nwrep · 212 replies · 1,480+ views
    US Supreme Court ^ | June 26, 2003 | nwrep
    Scalia: What a massive disruption of the social order ... this ruling entails. *********************************************************** Read below one of the most brilliant defenses of traditional values, morality and conventions that have governed civilization for the past 5000 years. Judge Scalia is a national treasure: *********************************************************** Excerpted from his dissent in today's sodomy ruling: I begin with the Court ’s surprising readiness to recon- sider a decision rendered a mere 17 years ago in Bowers v. Hardwick .I do not myself believe in rigid adherence to stare decisis in constitutional cases;but I do believe that we should be consistent rather than...
  • Krauthammer: Courting a Crisis of Legitimacy

    07/03/2003 9:48:22 PM PDT · by Pokey78 · 54 replies · 658+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 07/04/03 | Charles Krauthammer
    I once worked in government. On my first day, I raised my right hand and swore to uphold the Constitution. I thought I knew what that meant. Recently we have gone to war in Afghanistan, Iraq and a few other places, at least in part to advance democracy and promote our kind of constitutionalism. A foreigner might then ask: What exactly is your Constitution? Now we know the answer. The Constitution is whatever Justice Sandra Day O'Connor says it is. On any given Monday.
  • European Union Influenced US Supreme Court on Sodomy

    07/03/2003 9:21:41 AM PDT · by Hugenot · 26 replies · 645+ views
    SeaMax ^ | 7/3/2003 | Fr. Michael Reilly
    As the Supreme Court ruling on Texas' sodomy law continues to generate controversy, Austin Ruse of the Catholic Family & Human Rights Institute reveals a disturbing new element. The US Supreme Court used foreign precedents in formulating their decision. In the majority opinion, Justice Anthony Kennedy referred to a "Friend of the Court" brief submitted by former UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Mary Robinson. "This Court should not decide in a vacuum whether criminalization of same-sex sodomy between consenting adults violates constitutional guarantees of privacy and equal protection. Other nations with similar histories, legal systems, and political cultures have...
  • Libertarian Judicial Activism

    07/02/2003 11:16:07 AM PDT · by William McKinley · 49 replies · 708+ views
    7/2/03 | William McKinley
    Libertarian Judicial Activism Last week, the Supreme Court of the United States handed down two opinions which have dismayed many conservatives. In Grutter, the majority refused to strike down the use of race in admission decisions at the University of Michigan, and in Lawrence, the majority declared that a Texas law forbidding sodomy was unconstitutional. Much of the conservative criticism has been aimed at Sandra Day O'Connor, who voted with the majority in both cases. In Lawrence, she suggested that the law in question was "a bare ... desire to harm a politically unpopular group"; laws of that nature the...
  • Why the Right To Privacy is Not in the Constitution (A History Lesson)

    07/02/2003 4:46:17 AM PDT · by MalcolmS · 27 replies · 845+ views
    From the Book: The Trouble With Democracy ^ | 2001 | William D. Bairdner
    Please note that the following excerpts have been typed in manually. I apologize in advance for any typos and spelling errors. This material is not available online. The link goes to the book's page on Amazon From Chapter 1, Unpacking the Myth of Democracy In sharp contrast with the Athenian system, which (at least for the controlling class, called citizens) operated on the basis of the equal rights and public merit of all voters, the American founding was shot through with the influence of Christianity, for which the determining feature of humanity has never been innate goodness, but rather a...
  • Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Sex Ban

    06/26/2003 7:25:57 AM PDT · by jethropalerobber · 297 replies · 8,470+ views
    AP via Yahoo ^ | 6/26/03 | AP
    Supreme Court Strikes Down Gay Sex Ban WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court struck down a ban on gay sex Thursday, ruling that the law was an unconstitutional violation of privacy. The 6-3 ruling reverses course from a ruling 17 years ago that states could punish homosexuals for what such laws historically called deviant sex. The case is a major reexamination of the rights and acceptance of gay people in the United States. More broadly, it also tests a state's ability to classify as a crime what goes on behind the closed bedroom doors of consenting adults. Thursday's ruling invalidated a...
  • FBI agents suspected lover as spy

    04/13/2003 5:22:08 AM PDT · by Prince Charles · 7 replies · 248+ views
    Chicago Sun-Times ^ | 4-13-03 | CURT ANDERSON
    FBI agents suspected lover as spy April 13, 2003 BY CURT ANDERSON WASHINGTON--Two former FBI counterintelligence agents suspected in 1991 that the woman with whom both were having an affair was passing sensitive information to the Chinese, but neither told a superior, according to government documents. Former agent James J. Smith and former FBI supervisor William Cleveland Jr. kept under wraps their knowledge that Katrina Leung, an FBI intelligence ''asset'' for two decades, had contacts with intelligence services of the Chinese government. Cleveland, who retired from the FBI in 1993, resigned from his counterintelligence position at the Lawrence Livermore National...
  • The Enemy at Their Back

    01/16/2003 10:51:48 AM PST · by Commander8 · 1 replies · 317+ views
    Review of The News ^ | January 19,2003 | William Norman Grigg
    An important but little-noticed Federal lawsuit is scheduled to go to court in February. Nearly six years four agents of the Pennsylvania Bureau of Narcotics Investigation(BNI) filed a civil rights complaint in the US DIstrict Court for the Middle District of Pennsylvania. The lawsuit alleged that "certain persons in the State Department and the CIA" had obstructed an investigation of the Dominican narcotics cartel, which controlledmuch of the trade in cocaine and heroin along the eastern seaboard. There is also evidence that the Dominican narcotics cartel may have indirectly financed the terrorist network that carried out the first World Trade...
  • Brotherhood of the Bomb

    10/29/2002 8:56:01 AM PST · by Doctor Stochastic · 2 replies · 208+ views
    Book | 2002 | Gregg Herken
    Interesting book about the personalities and politics of the early Atomic Era.