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  • Not content with hating, on principle, the executive and legislative branches of government, conservatives now find America’s court system not to their taste either really. [New York Times]
  • Some environmental people do not despise nuclear energy anymore mostly because the technology has gotten a lot safer and partly because at this point what choice do they have? [Washington Post]
  • Nidal Hasan is awake, paralyzed from the chest down, and still in the hospital, which everyone is trying to make seem as much like a jail as possible. [WSJ]
  • Tonight fancy Obama is holding his first state dinner ever in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit! [CNN]
  • Next couple days will see Obama’s decision about how many troops to send to Afghanistan. [Reuters]
  • Strike-thru yesterday’s story about 31 Filipino hostages dying; hillside mass grave discovery means that 46 is now the correct number. [AP]
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  1. conservatives are now attacking the one branch of government they still control?!?

    actually, I read the article, and it’s more like libertarians and leftists agree that the criminal justice system is overreaching and too powerful, and that I find hard to fault.

  2. Sounds more like conservatives are objecting the scope of federal criminal law to prevent things like, oh, corporate malfeasance. The libertarians want to be able to import endangered species and drugs without losing their boats when they get caught. Meanwhile civil libertarians remain concerned about due process. The convergence of interests is less about motive and more about who is getting in trouble now.

  3. It seemed a surprise that conservatives were working with the ACLU; but it looks like they’re only really concerned about laws against corporate malfeasance, political corruption, and sex crimes; sounds about right.

  4. I think it’s more the fact that he disappeared for like, a week, leaving no one in charge of the state. Which I thought was rather Libertarian of him : )

  5. [re=465509]Serolf Divad[/re]: He should have remembered that classic sentiment, also a song banned in Argentina during the military dictatorship “Yo te amo, pero no mucho”.

  6. [re=465518]Come here a minute[/re]: Dithering? I thought we just tried 8 fucking long hard years of dithering. These shit-headed fuck-ups must not understand that W’s administration was an anomaly. I”m done with reaction and defense. attack !attack! attack!

  7. On the whole, I agree with the NYT article and have echoed that sentiment for years.

    But the Edwin Meese quote “liberal ideas of extending the power of the state” were to blame for an out-of-control criminal justice system. “Our tradition has always been,” he [Meese] said, “to construe criminal laws narrowly to protect people from the power of the state.” is about the biggest bunch of bullshit I’ve ever read.

    Evidently, Meese has forgotten everything he has done since the 80’s.

  8. The sad thing is that the dithering meme isn’t even original. It was first applied to Canadian Prime Minister Paul Martin by the Economist. It actually kind of applied then. Now, well, it’s just a silly word that makes them sound like little old British ladies.

  9. Ed Meese’s preferred “narrow construction” would be to apply the criminal law only to the poors, the Negroes and, you know, generally The Others. It’s the new version of IOKIYAR.

  10. [re=465543]engulfedinflames[/re]: This White House fucked up the whole Thanksgiving/Indian thing so bad, you would think it was planned by Fox News.

  11. Obama is holding his first state dinner ever in honor of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit

    Cue the watermelon and fried chicken jokes at freerepublic.com.

  12. [re=465516]x111e7thst[/re]: “He should have remembered that classic sentiment, also a song banned in Argentina during the military dictatorship “Yo te amo, pero no mucho”.”

    Ha! I love you, but not much. lol How do you say “He’s just not that in to you” in eckspanyoll?

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