Systemic Reform for the Complete Idiot

By: Sunday April 6, 2014 4:30 pm

The Supreme Court’s latest terrible decision in McCutcheon v. FEC took away the spending limits individuals can influence/bribe politicians with. We officially have a government of the crooks, by the crooks, for the highest bidders. Half of these crooks don’t want to see anyone cast another bothersome vote. You are serfs, that pray you don’t get thrown from the land call home after working for a pittance and degrading yourself in a food service economy. We are ruled by the nobility, warped by the clergy, and you are now in a class of idiots to be oppressed for profit.

Anti-Fracking Activist Can Now Go to the Hospital (update)

By: Sunday March 30, 2014 1:09 pm

Vera Scroggins of Susquehanna County, Pa., will now be allowed to go to her hospital, supermarket, drug store, several restaurants, and the place where she goes for rehabilitation therapy. She can also go to the county’s recycling center, which is on 12.5 acres of land the county had leased to Cabot Gas & Oil Corp., one of the largest drillers in the country.

Judge Finds NSA Phone Metadata Program Infringes Upon Privacy & Vindicates Edward Snowden

By: Monday December 16, 2013 6:30 pm

In a ruling on constitutional claims brought against the National Security Agency’s bulk data collection program, which collects the phone records of all Americans, a federal judge ruled the program infringes upon the “degree of privacy” America’s founders “enshrined in the Fourth Amendment.”

Fifty Years After King’s Dream Speech, Nullification Keeps on Marching

By: Saturday August 24, 2013 9:00 am

Each time I read or hear Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, a different piece leaps out at me. Today, as we come to the fiftieth anniversary of that speech, it’s this:

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of “interposition” and “nullification” — one day right there in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

The language of nullification — the thought that state laws can trump federal laws — is still a part of our national lexicon, despite the fact that the Nullifiers lost the Civil War. Indeed, here in Missouri, it’s become a very large part of the state political conversation.

Why the “Natural-Born Citizen” Clause for President Needs to Go

By: Thursday August 22, 2013 5:45 am

While the news of Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) renouncing his Canadian citizenship to bolster his case that he is truly a “natural-born citizen” is funny, the actual source of the issue is no laughing matter.

Tom Friedman: No Sixth Amendment for You

By: Wednesday August 14, 2013 5:36 pm

Every time I come across a Tom Friedman column, I ask myself, “Could this guy get any stupider?” And every time, he manages to find a way.

Members of Congress Denied Information About NSA

By: Monday August 5, 2013 6:40 am

Contrary to the many assurances given by the Obama Administration and officials within the intelligence community that Congress was fully informed of the NSA spying programs revealed by Edward Snowden, letters obtained by the Guardian reveal members of Congress are being denied basic information about the NSA.

U.S. Spying on Americans: Unpopular and Unlikely to End

By: Saturday July 13, 2013 11:40 am

Two recent stories have made for an interesting juxtaposition. First, the map of America’s intelligence underworld had some important contours filled in last Sunday with the New York Times’ report on the secret body of law that it called “almost a parallel Supreme Court.” Then on Wednesday a Quinnipiac poll showed a substantial increase in support of civil liberties. Taken together they might suggest a new dynamic in how the federal government relates to Americans on these issues.

Secret Laws Govern NSA

By: Monday July 8, 2013 6:40 am

Nothing exemplifies an open society like secret laws. According to a report by the New York Times, an entire new body of law has been created, in secret, to govern the NSA’s operations. The FISA court, under dubious pretexts, has rewritten the Fourth Amendment.

Waiting With Pride, Dignity, and Hope

By: Saturday June 15, 2013 9:03 am

Several times in the next two weeks, the justices of the Supreme Court of the United States will file into their ornate Washington DC courtroom at 10AM, and issue their judgments on a variety of major cases that have been under consideration during the past 9 months, including Hollingsworth v Perry (Prop 8) and US v Windsor (DOMA). SCOTUS watchers have been parsing the legal filings by both sides. Scholars have been dissecting the oral arguments, to see which points of law seem to be at the center of these cases. Pundits have been predicting how the court might rule for months. Soon, the opinion will be released, and the follow-up analysis will begin.

Meanwhile, we wait.

And for many, that waiting is done with increasingly powerful pride.

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