Saturday, June 30, 2012

http://fuckinghomepage.com/websites some useful pages
episode 57 of the Tobolowsky files went online yesterday.

Friday, June 29, 2012

National Review: supreme court "pretended" mandate was constitutional

 Yes, but there are nine judges on the court, and it's very rare that decisions are 9-0.  They're typically 5-4 or 6-3, and there are currently five judges that Americans consider to be conservative, four that we call liberal (Europeans would probably call them "not quite as rabidly right-wing") and most of the partisan kinds of decisions follow the couple of people in the middle.    (And the Republican Party has been very aggressive about trying to appoint conservative judges when they're in power, preferably young ones because the Supreme Court members serve for life.  The current chief judge is a recent Bush appointee, and while he's not a right-winger, he strongly believes that the President and Executive Branch should almost always be allowed to do anything they want.) 
And just because their opinions are Official, that doesn't mean they're always correct, or even vaguely close to correct.  (Also, they usually try to decide whether an issue is constitutionally permissible, as opposed to whether it's a good idea or not, which they view as Congress's job.)  Traditionally the right wing in the US complains bitterly if the courts do anything that increases individual civil liberties, and applaud loudly if it upholds the power of Republican presidents. 

the annual running of the journalists. journalists at the supreme court yesterday running to report the healthcare decision.

Thursday, June 28, 2012

House Votes Holder in Contempt of Congress, 255-67.

Recommended Citation: Randy Barnett, A weird victory for federalism, SCOTUSblog (Jun. 28, 2012, 12:56 PM), http://www.scotusblog.com/2012/06/a-weird-victory-for-federalism/


Thursday, June 21, 2012

oracle CEO ellison, 6th richest man in the world, buys lanai, one of the hawaiin islands.
i have seen lanai from maui, where i have family, but never been there.
it used to be a pineapple farm owned by the folks who raise sugar cane on maui.
my thoughts about lanai include that it would be a great place to do banana research.
one of these days the black slime is going to wipe out the cavendish banana, the cultivar most of you know as a banana, and the world needs to be ready with a replacement.
the other thing is that the previous owner reserved the rights to have a wind farm,and i should put him in touch with a guy in knew in school who builds wind farms. i was whale watching off maui and was very impressed by the one windmill they have there. otherwise to get electricty in hawaii they burn diesel, which is expensive and  smoky. with windmills, during the night when there's not much electric being used, you can pump ocean water up the volcano, and then around noon release it to drive generators.

Monday, June 18, 2012

Sunday, June 17, 2012

Rebecca Krauss, a clerk for Justice Antonin Scalia, spent a year delivering medicines on horseback in India and caring for orphaned elephants in Sri Lanka before she met her now husband at the base of Mt. Everest.

the elect

Saturday, June 09, 2012


bruce lee plays ping pong
update: tyler cowan says it's fake.

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

man bites dog

Tuesday, June 05, 2012

word for the day:  antidisestablishmentarianistically

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