June 2008 Archives

Supreme Court PhotoThe Supreme Court ruled it is unjust to exact the death penalty for rape of a child where the child lives beyond the crime. Is this a just ruling? The answer depends upon whom you ask, what mode of brain operation they use to form an opinion, and whether they understand the word 'just' in the question?

oil rig photo - courtesy National GeographicThere is a factual story to be told about the multi-million dollar war being waged between the Oil and Gas and Republican team on the one side, and the Democrats, consumer, and environmental groups on the other. The factual story however, leaves much room for guesswork as to why the facts are as they are. Let's examine this story as logically as possible.

To Great Fathers

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Biological fathers can skip this article unless they otherwise qualify for the salutation.

Great fathers are known for two very fundamental qualities; supporting the welfare of those in their care, and working to secure a path to an even better future for those in their care. Such was the case with most of our founding fathers. Such has been the case with most of our Presidents. Such has been the case for a majority of men in America throughout its history. Each generation of great fathers work not only to preserve what is good, but to make what is ill, better.

Supreme Court PhotoIn yet another devastating blow to the Bush Administration's policy on terrorist prisoners, the Supreme Court has ruled that Guantanamo prisoners have the Constitutional right to habeas corpus, the right to challenge their incarceration before a court of law. The Decision was 5 to 4, with Bush appointees and conservative Justices dissenting.

McCain-Obama: Taxes

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McCain-Obama photo UPDATE: June 12 - Tax Policy Center has an excellent overview with numbers of Obama's and McCain's tax policy positions to date. Well worth a quick read.

John McCain and Barack Obama are just beginning to outline their policies. Until now, both have been very short on nuts and bolts to questions about their positions.

Hillary Clinton just dashed any serious hopes held by the GOP, third party, and independent candidates of making inroads to the November 2008 elections on Hillary's back. Those praying for a split in the Democratic Party brought about by a less than exuberant endorsement of Obama by Hillary, have to feel as disappointed today as Hillary's supporters felt last Tuesday evening when Obama's delegate count raced passed the requisite number for the nomination.

It is unbelievable the way the pundits and analysts rushed to condemn Hillary Clinton for not publicly acknowledging Obama's primary win last night, outright. This woman just fought one of the toughest campaigns for her supporters and agenda. For crying out loud, give her a few days to grieve for her loss and reassess the landscape after the emotions and fatigue have faded a bit.

The Rules Committee of the National Democratic Party yesterday settled the issue of seating Michigan's and Florida's delegates at the national Democratic convention. It was a very remarkable process to watch. I was inordinately impressed by all the players, speakers, and witnesses before the Committee, and the Committee members themselves. It was messy, raucous, loud, impassioned, intense, and yet, also orderly, governed by ruled procedures, and fair in its hearing of the many points of view represented by the various vested interests.


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