Archive for June, 2006

SCOTUS reminds Bush of the rules

Everybody’s up in arms this evening about the Supreme Court’s Hamdan Decision: The Supreme Court today delivered a stunning rebuke to the Bush administration over its plans to try Guantanamo detainees before military commissions, ruling that the commissions violate U.S. law and the Geneva Conventions governing the treatment of war prisoners. In a 5-3 decision, [...]

David, Goliath, and war in Israel

Last week, I wrote an article in which I referred to my father — a peaceful, liberal man who taught me about the struggles of the powerless and oppressed. I said: It was, he taught me, because the people who are fighting in this way have no other recourse; they’re powerless and lashing out the [...]

At the brink…

I’ve been watching the unfolding scenario in Israel and Palestine all day, absolutely stunned at how far this has gone… and how fast. Earlier, the EU said, “All sides need to consider their responsibilities extremely carefully,” EU External Relations Commissioner Benita Ferrero-Waldner said in a statement. [snip] “Both sides must step back from the brink [...]

More Congressional geese (and ganders)

The debate in Congress continues about whether to raise the minimum wage, and Democrats apparently are willing to forego their COLA increase to force the raise through: Democrats ratcheted up their election-year push for an increase in the federal minimum wage Tuesday by promising to block a congressional pay hike unless some of the lowest-paid [...]

Desecrating Old Glory

Early this year, the “Mohammed Cartoons” scandal inflamed Muslims, while western supporters of a free press supported the right to caricatures of, well… pretty much anybody. (For the record, Polimom was supportive of publishing the cartoons, and the target was/is immaterial.) Many Western writers and commentators defended those cartoons as freedom of speech, freedom of [...]