Archive for November 19th, 2008

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California Supreme Court to Determine Constitutionality of Amendment to its Constitution

November 19, 2008

The voters of the state voted to amend the Constitution to ban same sex marriages and now the California Supreme Court is going to see if that decision by the people was Constitutional: The AP Reports:

California’s highest court agreed Wednesday to hear several legal challenges to the state’s new ban on same-sex marriage but refused to allow gay couples to resume marrying before it rules.

The California Supreme Court accepted three lawsuits seeking to nullify Proposition 8, a voter-approved constitutional amendment that overruled the court’s decision in May that legalized gay marriage.

All three cases claim the measure abridges the civil rights of a vulnerable minority group. They argue that voters alone did not have the authority to enact such a significant constitutional change.

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The court directed Brown and lawyers for the Yes on 8 campaign to submit their arguments for why the ballot initiative should not be nullified by Dec. 19. It said lawyers for the plaintiffs, who include same-sex couples who did not wed before the election, must respond before Jan. 5. Oral arguments could be scheduled as early as March, according to court spokeswoman Lynn Holton.

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But they also agreed that the cases present the court’s seven justices – six of whom voted to review the challenges – with complex questions that have few precedents in state case law.

Depending on how the California Supreme Court treats this, we may be seeing gay marriage get to the Supreme Court. By “depending,” I mean that the California Supreme Court has to consider very carefully which cases it is going to use in its decision. If the Supreme Court interprets federal law such as Romer v. Evans or Lawrence v. Texas, we will see a state interpreting shaky federal precedents which is pretty much a green light straight to the Supreme Court.

If oral arguments occur in March and we assume that PE-BHO won’t have to replace Justice Stevens or Breyer until the end of the year, we might actually ssee him put in a position where he will have to moderate his choice for next justice and maybe skip Judge Sotomayor.  Gay marriage as a national issue will not be goo for PE-BHO, especially among African-Americans. In California, African-Americans, who came out in numbers greater than ever before due to the presence of BHO on the ballot, were the deciding votes in getting Prop 8 passed.

UPDATE: The professors have an interesting take regarding whether or not the initiative itself to ban gay marriage was legal in the first place. 

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The Big Three Burning Through Cash While on Capitol Hill

November 19, 2008

Could I borrow $25 Billion, once again I forgot my diamond studded wallet on my private jet?  It seems that while the Big Three Auto makers were pleading for cash, their private jets were waiting for them down on the Tarmac.

Hotair via ABCNews reports:

The CEOs of the big three automakers flew to the nation’s capital yesterday in private luxurious jets to make their case to Washington that the auto industry is running out of cash and needs $25 billion in taxpayer money to avoid bankruptcy.

The CEOs of GM, Ford and Chrysler may have told Congress that they will likely go out of business without a bailout yet that has not stopped them from traveling in style, not even First Class is good enough.

All three CEOs – Rick Wagoner of GM, Alan Mulally of Ford, and Robert Nardelli of Chrysler – exercised their perks Tuesday by flying in corporate jets to DC. Wagoner flew in GM’s $36 million luxury aircraft to tell members of Congress that the company is burning through cash, asking for $10-12 billion for GM alone.

The jets cost $20,000 just to fly to and from Washington…and you want more of my money?  (Actually according to republican Congressman Knollenberg, It’s not my money…it belongs to Congress).  Moreover, Ford CEO, Alan Mulally, flies to and from Detroit from Seattle every week because he did not want to relocate to Detroit upon taking his job.  That is millions of dollars per year, because your CEO doesn’t want to move?  Really?!? 

I have an idea.  First cut off all of your fat and reckless spending, then come to me begging for cash.  Does no one else see how a Chapter 11 Bankruptcy filing could help this situation.  I guarantee the US Trustee would not allow the use of these jets, and any other negligent spending.  I bet he would force the Big Three to put the jets up for auction on ebay.  Chapter 11 would actually promote the possibility of long term growth.  An influx of cash would not discourage horrible fiscal policy, and in some ways validate said fiscal irresponsibility.  Romney  and AP are with me, why isn’t Congress?

-reagan21

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Al-Qaida Insults Obama

November 19, 2008

From the AP:

Al-Qaida No. 2 Ayman al-Zawahri insulted Barack Obama in the terror group’s first reaction to his election, calling him a demeaning racial term implying that the president-elect is a black American who does the bidding of whites.

The message appeared chiefly aimed at persuading Muslims and Arabs that Obama does not represent a change in U.S. policies. Al-Zawahri said in the message, which appeared on militant Web sites Wednesday, that Obama is “the direct opposite of honorable black Americans” like Malcolm X, the 1960s African-American rights leader.

Al-Zawahri also called Obama—along with secretaries of state Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice—”house negroes.”

Speaking in Arabic, al-Zawahri uses the term “abeed al-beit,” which literally translates as “house slaves.” But al-Qaida supplied English subtitles of his speech that included the translation as “house negroes.”

PE-BHO should just ignore this part as it would only demean the office of the President to respond to such an ad hominem attack. However, it is in PE-BHO’s best interests to respond to this part:

He said Obama’s plan to shift troops to Afghanistan is doomed to failure, because Afghans will resist.

“Be aware that the dogs of Afghanistan have found the flesh of your soldiers to be delicious, so send thousands after thousands to them,” he said.

Al-Zawahri did not threaten specific attacks, but warned Obama that he was “facing a Jihadi (holy war) awakening and renaissance which is shaking the pillars of the entire Islamic world; and this is the fact which you and your government and country refuse to recognize and pretend not to see.”

He said Obama’s victory showed Americans acknowledged that President George W. Bush’s policies were a failure and that the result was an “admission of defeat in Iraq.”

We are still unclear as to what PE-BHO’s Middle East policy will be. He ran early hard left indicating a time table to pull out, but he moderated his position near the end. That is the great unknown and the biggest problem in electing a man with no record who was put into office on malleabe promises. I hope he succeeds and understands that victory in Iraq is necessary to establish Basra and Baghdad as economic centers of the middle east in the same vein as Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There has already been much progress in Baghdad metro and it would be a shame to see Al Qaida come in and infect it on the weakness of American foreign policy.

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Stevens Fail

November 19, 2008

Ted Stevens has lost his senate seat in Alaska. The Democrats are two seats away from allowing a full invasion of Naboo and building the Death Star (Coleman recount and Chambliss runoff). Obi Wan is dead and is working with the Empire as a ghost. The Old Republic is gathering its forces but all we have are a bunch of ewoks and a sexy Wookie librarian out in the woods. There is word that there is a young jedi out in the wasteland of Louisiana but he is still training. He can’t lose his hand to the dark lord (not racist). The resistance will persist.

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Joe the [Future Congressman (R-OH)] endorses Jindal

November 19, 2008

The true voice of the Republican party in the 2008 election has come out and anointed Jindal as our One: 

Q: The Republican Party was dealt another devastating blow [on Nov. 4]. In your opinion, what do you feel the party needs to do in order to successfully regain control of the government? Also, what should disappointed conservatives like yourself do following the election?

A: The party should remember that they are conservative Republicans — that has been forgotten. They no longer hold to their ideals. They blow with the wind on just about every public opinion poll. So they are not right-wing; they are trying to show that they’re middle or even left-of-middle sometimes. You have to remember two years ago, the Democrats loved John McCain. That is not what this is about. If you’re a party, you have to stick to your ideals. The frontrunners in the Republican Party have definitely seem to forgotten that. Governor [Bobby] Jindal of Louisiana seems to have the right idea. We have got to get back to the grassroots of the Republican Party and not apologize for being conservative

I will never crap on Gov. Palin because she can run circles around any one on energy issues. Unfortunately, this became an election regarding the economy. While Obama didn’t know his behind from his head about the economy, he did not make a fool of himself the way that McCain did. Obama sat in his wading pool of blissful ignorance and smiled his unintelligent smile giving people hope and change while the economy floundered. He still doesn’t know jack about how to fix it and never had a proving ground to show that he had the ability. Right now, B-JInd has the perfect venue to prove that he can turn around an economy. Louisiana was bad before Katrina and only became marginally worse after. Jindal should be able to turn the state around unless the one screws up the federal government to a point beyond no return. Let’s see what Jindal can do.