Archive for June 19th, 2008

The Supremes, and no, not the singers …

June 19, 2008

The recent decision by the Supreme Court of the United States clearly shows what happens when one branch of the government oversteps into the realm of another. The Black Crows are placing the people of the United States, indeed, of the world in great and grievious danger.

“The Constitution… is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the judiciary which they may twist and shape into any form they please.” —Thomas Jefferson

Those words alone, from a Founder, should be cause for all those concerned with the protection of America and her allies to sit up, and listen. That said, I will defer to the great people over at The Patriot Post to explain just what this utter abortion of justice will mean.

“All hail the imperial court. In a bitterly divided 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court ruled Thursday in Boumediene v. Bush that alien enemy prisoners, waging a jihad against the American people and captured by our military in a war authorized by Congress, have a right—under our Constitution—to petition our courts for their release. So doing, the Court invalidated laws it had only recently implored Congress to enact, laws that provided these prisoners with generous protections never previously extended to enemy operatives in American history. Justice Anthony Kennedy, writing for Justices John Paul Stevens, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and Stephen Breyer, dictates that Americans must regard enemies as if they were mere criminal defendants, entitled to an exacting legal process—access to discovery, witnesses, counsel, etc.—that will, as a practical matter, make it impossible to detain them without shutting down interrogations prematurely and informing the enemy of our national-defense secrets. There can be no justification for this stunning conclusion… The runaway justices say that foreign al-Qaeda killers detained in Cuba can march right into the federal district courts and demand what, suddenly, are their constitutional rights. In those courts, judges—without guidance and emboldened by the high court’s usurpation of war powers—will be encouraged to make it up as they go along: More access to classified information? Subpoenas commanding the testimony (and cross-examination) of our soldiers regarding the circumstances of capture? Miranda warnings? Prompt access to counsel, which is certain to halt any questioning—and thus any revelation of lifesaving intelligence—before it can even start? Full-blown trials in the criminal-justice system with the same presumptions of innocence, privacy, and other privileges vested in American citizens? And who will adjudicate the resulting mess? Our imperial court, of course.” —National Review

“Now that the Supreme Court has seen fit to affirm a variety of rights of terror suspects held at Guantanamo, a new book is out exposing the harsh realities of Gitmo—the diet on which detainees have gained weight—the soccer fields and basketball courts—the letters home about mild weather and beautiful sunsets—and the detainees who don’t want to leave.” —James Robbins Break “Once upon another time, namely Franklin Roosevelt’s, most of a group of German saboteurs that had infiltrated this country were caught, tried by a military tribunal that was convened by executive order for that purpose, promptly convicted and then executed—all within seven weeks. Can anyone imagine that kind of swift and effective justice from this court?” —Paul Greenberg

Sympathy for the devil: “Next, we turn to the Supreme Court, which… handed the Bush administration a stinging defeat. The justices ruled 5 to 4 that foreign terror suspects held at the Guantanamo Bay prison do have a constitutional right to challenge their detention in court. Writing for the majority, Justice Anthony Kennedy said the president and the Congress can’t switch the Constitution on and off at will.” —ABC’s Charles Gibson on the court’s spin on the Constitution Break “The ruling essentially tells the Bush administration no more halfway justice at Guantanamo, that the detainees there, according to Justice Anthony Kennedy, ‘have the constitutional privilege of habeas corpus.’ That simple statement gives the 270 detainees the right to challenge their detentions, not at a military tribunal, but in front of a U.S. judge. … Lawyers for the detainees called it a victory for America’s reputation around the world.” —CBS’s Wyatt Andrews **Not to mention a victory for our enemies

And so it goes on, life that is.

Keep Texas Green!

June 19, 2008

stolen from Texas Fred!

TexasTree hugger

A woman from Austin, who was a tree hugger and anti-hunter, purchased
several acres of Hill Country land, near
Lake Travis, Texas.
There was a huge tree on one of the highest points in the tract.
She wanted to view the natural splendor of her land, so she climbed

the tree. As she neared the top, she encountered a spotted owl. It

attacked her! In her haste to escape, the woman slid down the tree to

the ground.

The ensuing fall incurred several splinters of wood in her crotch.
In considerable pain, she hurried to the nearest doctor, 35
minutes away. She told him she was an environmentalist and
anti-hunter and how she came to receive all of the splinters. The
doctor listened to her story with great patience. He then told her
to go into the examining room and he would see if he could help.

The impatient patient sat, and waited for three hours before the
doctor reappeared.  The angry woman demanded, “What took you so long”

He smiled and said, “Well, I had to get permits from US
Environmental Service, the Texas Parks and Wildlife and Keep
Texas Beautiful before I could remove old-growth timber from a
recreational area.  I’m sorry, but they turned me down.”


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