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Remedial Education is Definitely Needed

Posted by That Other Mike on 02/11/2009

“Dr” Kate thinks that Congress needs remedial education about the meaning of “natural-born citizen”. She thinks someone else needs remedial education on that topic? Now, there’s some irony for you!

“Dr” Kate, Remedial Education for Congress: Natural Born Citizen
If it ain’t White, it ain’t right!

Here’s the thing, Kate – you’re just wrong. In fact, scratch that. You’re so far from being right that wrong is a little town in the distance where people will stare at you in disbelief and mutter under their breath, and where setting foot into the local tavern will result in a sudden hushed silence while the jukebox plays muted country and western in the background.

You’re so far off the truth that even 200 years of jurisprudence, Constitutional opinion and the views on the subject of the people you claim to revere won’t convince you. Vattel is, in Constitutional terms, worth less than a bucket of warm piss – not unlike your own views on the subject.

So, yeah, I would say that remedial education on the subject is needed. You got that part right; the question of who needs it, of course, is another matter entirely.

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Wow… Who knew it’d be Iowa?

Posted by That Other Mike on 04/04/2009

Iowa becomes the third state in the nation to allow same-sex marriage, after Massachusetts and Connecticut.

Friday’s decision upheld a 2007 ruling by a lower court that Iowa’s 1998 law limiting marriage to heterosexual couples went against the state’s constitution. It becomes effective in 21 days.

“This is a great day for civil rights in Iowa,” said attorney Dennis Johnson, a co-counsel with Lambda Legal, which filed the lawsuit on behalf of six same-sex couples seeking to marry in Iowa.

Via CNN.

This is great news for gay rights in Iowa, and hopefully the rest of the States.

The fear now, of course, will be that some kind action akin to Prop 8 will occur, and remove that right. However, I don’t see this happening. The Iowa State Constitution provides that the means of altering and amending it are legislative in nature; a proposed Amendment has to pass through two legislative sessions and then be voted on. Given that the General Assembly is currently dominated by Democrats, I don’t see this happening; hopefully the issue will have lost any meaningful traction by the time the Assembly becomes Republican-dominated or more evenly split.

We’ll see.

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Le stupid! Il brûle!

Posted by That Other Mike on 25/01/2009

So, a few posts back, I spanked someone going by the name of Interested Bystander regarding his conspicuous display of teh stupid about Obama’s citizenship on a conspiracy nut blog called James4America. You can read my snark over here. It are teh funneez.

Well, it seems that IB returned in the meantime, not having satisfied his urge to be bent over and have his bottom reddened, and spewed a whole new deluge of nonsense in response. Apparently, he thought I was just too, too beastly to him, and decided to climb on his high horse attempt to take the moral high ground, by refusing to come over here and play. I, of course, having no self-control when it comes to nom-ing on the tiny living brains of wingnuts, just had to dip in again and give him another dose of the public humiliation he so strongly desires, the naughty little boy.
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The ERA: Dead In The Water?

Posted by That Other Mike on 21/11/2008

I was browsing around WordPress in the tag listings when I came across this post, and felt I had to add my own commentary. Mainly because I’m a smartarse, and because I like to show up people who are wrong. It’s called Schadenfreude, and I love it.

There’s a certain amount of political interest there, too, mind. I just am a smartarse first and foremost.

The thing is, while the ERA is probably a great thing to support in principle (although more on that later), the last incarnation of it is dead in the water, being gnawed upon by hungry Constitutional sharks. Read the rest of this entry »

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Major Guantanamo Setback for Bush

Posted by That Other Mike on 19/06/2008

I know, I know. I’m late to the party. As you all know, I’m not really one for blogging on news as it breaks. At least not with any kind of analysis. Adding links and quotes, yeah, I can do that. So could a trained monkey, although admittedly said monkey would probably be better than me at climbing trees and such.

Guantanamo's Camp Delta compound has housed prisoners since 2002Foreign suspects held in Guantanamo Bay have the right to challenge their detention in US civilian courts, the US Supreme Court has ruled.

In a major legal setback for the Bush administration, the court overturned by five to four a ruling upholding a 2006 law which removed such rights.

It is not clear if the ruling will lead to prompt hearings for the detainees.

Some 270 men are held at the US naval base, on suspicion of terrorism or links to al-Qaeda and the Taleban.

US President George W Bush said he would abide by the court’s ruling even if he did not agree with it.

Human rights groups have welcomed the move, Amnesty International saying it was an “essential step forward towards the restoration of the rule of law”.

BBC News

This is obviously a fantastic decision, although disappointingly split; Chief Justice Roberts’s remarks about the rights afforded to detainees are also appallingly self-satisfied and blasé.

This sets the tone, really, for the coming years of the “war on terror”; this decision, coming after Hamdan v Rumsfeld, is likely to be a nail in the coffin of Bush-style unitary executive theory.
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