Archive for June, 2008

A moving target

There are some suggestible, ignorant, and/or overly invested folks in Orlando: Vandals spray-painted “Obama Smokes Crack” and other hate messages on 60 city vehicles parked across the street from City Hall in downtown Orlando. Investigators said the vandals painted the messages — which appear to be politically motivated — after dark Saturday night. Politically motivated? [...]


No, not like Dolly the Sheep. Everything’s not political.

A more-grounded SCOTUS in Heller

Having voiced my (admittedly emotional) opinion earlier on the SCOTUS ruling on Kennedy, I really can’t let Heller pass. CNN has the short version: The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Thursday that a sweeping ban on handguns in the nation’s capital violated the Second Amendment right to bear arms. This is a much better ruling. Unlike [...]

Better in blue

From Reuters: MADRID (Reuters) – Spain’s parliament voiced its support on Wednesday for the rights of great apes to life and freedom in what will apparently be the first time any national legislature has called for such rights for non-humans. [snip] Thank goodness! I bet this guy will feel much better now that he can [...]

Eighth Amendment obfuscation

The SCOTUS ruling this week on the death penalty for the rape of a child has set off some heated reaction in the blogosphere. (Then again, changing the flavor of ice cream sets off the blogosphere…) In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court decided that the death penalty is unconstitutional in cases of child rape… [...]