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Thursday, October 20, 2005

Arrest warrant issued for DeLay (plus)

Now THIS is a headline that makes me happy: Arrest warrant issued for DeLay
Sweet! Take that, idiots!

DeLay, R-Texas, could be fingerprinted and photographed, although his lawyers hope to avoid this step. DeLay probably will surrender in his home county of Fort Bend, near Houston, but he could go to any law-enforcement office in Texas. His court appearance will be in Austin.

And it seems like Miers is in for a real shit storm in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee... and righfully so. The San Francisco Chronicle had this headline: Miers' brevity fails to impress Senate panelists
Frustrated Specter and Leahy find her answers inadequate
and goes on to talk about Miers' one word answers to two part questions. Even I learned in middle school that you should always try to answer questions in full sentences. Maybe this is a lawyer's trick so that she can't be quoted easily on those answers in the future by newspaper reporters. The article explains:
Leahy and Specter wrote Miers a formal letter asking for extensive elaboration and documentation in nine areas of her questionnaire.

One area that irked them was the two-sentence response Miers gave when asked about potential conflicts of interest arising from her work as White House counsel and staff secretary during her five years in the Bush administration.

Miers cited her White House work as part of her experience in constitutional law but gave only a general description of what those areas might be.

Nor did Miers say which areas might portend a conflict, simply promising to abide "by both the spirit and the letter of the law" in deciding whether to recuse herself.

Even Bork is still sending the hate:
"There is a great deal more to constitutional law than hostility to Roe," Bork wrote. "Issues we cannot now identify or even imagine will come before the court in the next 20 years. Reliance upon religious faith tells us nothing about how a Justice Miers would rule."

Pointing to a deepening rift between conservatives appalled by the nomination and those seeking to placate Bush, Bork said the Senate is being asked to "confirm a nominee with no visible judicial philosophy who lacks the basic skills of persuasive argument and clear writing."

And lastly, what better place to look for an honest view of intelligent design than the Christian Science Monitor. I'm not kidding. It's a good article. The saddest part being the statistic that 42 percent of this country believes in creationism. But here's the kicker that should make all the evangelical nut jobs think twice before endorsing intelligent design:
And one has to wonder how far removed creationism is from the Dover case. The recommended book on intelligent design had references to creationism replaced before publication. Initially, the board discussed teaching creationism. And while intelligent design itself doesn't credit God as the designer, a key defense witness did.

Let's remind ourselves why such a whiff of religion, even an unnamed cosmic designer, is best left out of public schools. A school board with power to teach one person's religion also has power to deny it, and teach someone else's.

Okay, no more time for bloggin' I need to get in the shower and get to work...

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