Yesterday, as I was driving to the Obama Rally at Gilly's in Dallas, I heard Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the radio.
Scalia was saying that it was not unconstitutional to torture during interrogation. According to Scalia, the Constitution only prohibits cruel and unusual punishment. He interprets this to mean that only during the punishment phase is torture prohibited.
I'm no constitutional scholar. I don't even have a law degree. But even I know that this statement is patently false. The Constitution does not allow torture during any phase. To allow it during interrogation is not a slippery slope, it is a cliff that goes right off into an abyss of darkness.
It is no secret that there have in the not so distant past been problems with confessions being beaten out of suspects by police. Quite often these turn out to be false. When Barack Obama was in the Illinois Legislature, he worked to get a bill passed that required video of interrogations and confessions because the problem was so wide spread. Were Scalia to get his way, Obama's efforts will have been for naught.
As a Supreme Court Justice, Antonin Scalia has the power within his reach to alter what is acceptable practice. He has the power to make his statements the law of the land. Talk about legislating from the bench!
Maybe we should all chip in to get Scalia a refresher course on the Constitution.
What you need is sustained outrage...there's far too much unthinking respect given to authority.
Think of something to make the ridiculous look ridiculous.
Good thing we've still got politics in Texas -- finest form of free entertainment ever invented. --Molly Ivins (August 30, 1944 - January 31, 2007)
Note: Early voting for the 2008 Primary is now over.
If you have not yet voted, you must now vote on March 4 at your Election Day Polling Location!
March 4, 2008 Primary Election
Early Voting Dates, Times and Locations
Before Election Day, you may vote at any of the following convenient locations. On Election Day, however, you must vote at the location at which your precinct is assigned. You may also check your voting location by calling 940-320-VOTE. You may call the Denton County Democratic Party at 940-566-1165 if you do not know your precinct number. Or, you may use the convenient Voter Registration Search to determine your precinct.
Early voting by personal appearance will be conducted at the following locations, dates and times ONLY:
February 19 - 22....................................8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. February 23...........................................7:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m. February 24...........................................1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. February 25 - 29.....................................7:00a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Locations: For your convenience, we have provided pictures and maps of the buildings.
Aubrey Community Center 408 N. Main Street Aubrey [Map][Photo]
Roanoke Community Center 312 S. Walnut Street Roanoke [Map][Photo]
How much was the Katy Freeway expansion in Houston supposed to cost? Off the Kuff digs through some story archives to show that what TxDOT is saying now about initial cost estimates is not what it was saying then.
Open Source Dem at Brains and Eggs comments on the possibility of brokered conventions in both Austin and Denver this summer, and how the March 4 primary in Texas will clarify -- or muddy -- the outlook.
Hal has a a couple of postings this week at Half Empty, this one is the main event, a new theory on whether there is a new canary about to sing to the Feds about Tom DeLay's past indiscretions, and this one is about some motivation for that.
Phillip Martin at Burnt Orange Report has done an exhaustively comprehensive analysis of how Texas hybrid primary/caucus system works, as well as looked at some of the politics of each of Texas' 31 Senate Districts that will award delegates on March 4. Read the two-part series here: Part 1 (caucus explanation) and Part 2 (delegate analysis).
If you live in the Lewisville, TX area and your door-bell rings this Saturday morning, (2/9/2008) please open your door and open your pantry for the Cub Scouts of Pack 729. (among others)
All across the area, Scouts in uniform will be going door-to-door to collect donations of canned goods and shelf-stable items for the less fortunate. All donations from Lewisville will be distributed by Christian Community Action (CCA).
Please help us teach these young boys the virtue of charitable works.
What: Scouting for Food Who:Boy Scouts of America - Longhorn Council - Pack 729 (and others) Where: YOUR FRONT DOOR: Most neighborhoods in Lewisville, Flower Mound, Highland Village, Coppell, Little Elm, and The Colony When: Saturday, Feb. 9th, 2008 - 9 AM to 1 PM
Q & A: What if I'm not going to be home, or I'm going to sleep in? Place non-perishable non-glass items on your front porch. If there are items on your porch, the boys won't ring your doorbell.
What if the scouts don't show up? You may take your food donations to CCA's donation center on Mill St. in Lewisville. Some area Tom Thumb stores may also have donation barrels.
What about cash? The charities AND the scouting organizations would be happy to take your cash, but please don't leave it out on your porch, or hand it to a kid. Contact CCA or your local Boy Scouts chapter for more information.
What items do you need the most? Anything non-perishable is gratefully accepted, but the following items are "golden:"
- Diapers - Baby Food - Toilet Paper - Personal Hygiene Items - Soups - Unsweetened Cereals - Chicken Broth - Canned Pasta - Condiments
Texas has a primary/caucus/convention delegate selection process. 228 delegates are up for grabs. The Lone Star Project states that "126 delegates will be assigned based on primary results...67 are determined through a convention process." Visit that link for a further breakdown of the numbers, and make sure to keep your eyes on Burnt Orange Report over the next few days, as they're working up some posts analysing the numbers. I won't focus on those numbers in this post, but rather, the process.
Our primaries are open. Anyone who is registered to vote in Texas can participate in the primary and caucuses. In addition, since we do not have "hard party registration", voters are allowed to vote in either the Democratic or Republican primary, but not both. It's either/or.
Now, which ever party's primary ballot you pick (D or R) is the one you are eligible to caucus for. So, for example, you can't vote in the Republican primary and try to caucus with the Dems, and vice versa.
Our caucus/convention system has three teirs: precinct level, senate district level, and state level.
The first caucuses are held at the precinct level. You'll most likely caucus where you cast your primary vote. If not, your caucus location should be posted at your polling place. The caucuses are run by the elected precinct chairs. Most caucus locations host multiple precincts. If there is no elected precinct chair for your caucus, you'll wait for the other caucus to finish and that precinct chair will help run your caucus. If you have no precinct chair, one may be elected on caucus night. The number of delegates allocated to each precinct is based on voter turnout in the last Gubernatorial election. The more people who voted in your precinct, the more delegates you get allocated to move on to the Senate District convention (the 2nd part of this three-tier process).
Goodbye Mitt. Your final speech perfectly illustrates why the majority of Republicans have by and large dumped you and your radical right-wing supporters in talk radio, in favor of someone they view as - frankly, less extreme.
"If I fight on in my campaign, all the way to the convention, I would forestall the launch of a national campaign and make it more likely that Senator Clinton or (Barack) Obama would win," he said. "And in this time of war, I simply cannot let my campaign be a part of aiding a surrender to terror."
Fear mongering to the end, eh? You're a putz. You are entitled to your opinion, but you're not entitled to define mine, or Hillary Clinton's, or Barack Obama's. There's absolutely nothing about the position of the majority of Americans that we ought to look for an expedient way to get out of the Iraq quagmire that indicates any surrender.
You know what I think? I think you are just about as bad as Rudy Giuliani, with his 9/11 Tourette's syndrome. Most importantly, you lost because you couldn't define what you were for. Your entire campaign was defined around what you were against. America won on Tuesday by rejecting your negativity.
The Carrollton Police Department arrested Hebron High School student Bryant Purvis following an incident Wednesday in which he was accused of assaulting another student.
Purvis was one of six students known as the Jena 6 who were accused of assaulting a white student in Jena, La. in 2006 before moving to Carrollton.
Lewisville ISD spokesman Dean Tackett said Purvis, 19, will face the same disciplinary action at school as any other student in this situation would, which is a three-day suspension and seven to 10 days at the Lewisville Learning Center.
“If this was a scuffle, the police wouldn’t have gotten involved,” Tackett said. “But, the police get involved when it’s an assault.”
Tackett said this is the only incident Purvis has had at Hebron that he’s aware of.
This is a good example of why it's important to separate the Jena case - which was an alleged inequity in justice between white students and black students - from the actors. Some made it a point to defend the actors and almost elevate them to hero status. I remember watching the coverage and anticipating a backlash.
Of course being arrested doesn't equate to guilt. Just sayin'...