Tuesday, May 17, 2011

From here to there, from near to far...

From Digby: Xe (Blackwater) turning into mercenaries for the rich Arab countries.... after all the taxpayers' billions we gave Erik Prince, too!
And a quote from this article about making money off jailing illegal immigrants:
...this is the right's idea of a jobs program --- building prisons for illegal immigrants and charging the taxpayers for it. And the Feds are ruining it by shipping their "product" back to Mexico.
Boehner has gone nuts:
After having been sensible for quite a while, House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) has adopted a remarkably dangerous position on the debt ceiling. His approach remains a hostage strategy — he’ll hold a gun to the American economy, until Democrats give him a series of spending cuts.
The Speaker’s position has been criticized by the White House, Wall Street, American business leaders, the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, and independent economists, all of whom want the debt limit issue resolved quickly and efficiently. For his part, Boehner told “Face the Nation” this morning that he doesn’t necessarily want to wait until early August.
Japan widens evacuation zone around Fukushima nuclear plant

An amazing speech appropriate even now, made in the 1997 movie Good Will Hunting:


Steve Bates said...

“It’s not clear to me that a defendant in a lawsuit… can simply walk away from a lawsuit or withdraw,” - Fair Wisconsin attorney Christopher Clark

That's the first thing that popped into my mind. The state is being sued, presumably, for refusing to enforce a law. How can it simply walk away from its status as a defendant? In our system, courts, not executive branch officials, decide the constitutionality of laws.

It is essential, and I'm not just speaking from a point-of-view interest in the case (though I certainly have a POV), that the matter go to court. Otherwise, once again, it seems to me, we have an executive-only government. And I believe there's a word for that.

ellroon said...

With our present day Supreme Court and the recent warrantless searches being okayed, who knows what the hell states will be doing....

Does anyone know whether anybody is obeying the laws in this country?