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1151  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Brain Time on: July 05, 2012, 12:37:16 PM
http://eagleman.com/eagleman-blog/147-brain-time

The days of thinking of time as a river—evenly flowing, always advancing—are over. Time perception, just like vision, is a construction of the brain and is shockingly easy to manipulate experimentally. We all know about optical illusions, in which things appear different from how they really are; less well known is the world of temporal illusions. When you begin to look for temporal illusions, they appear everywhere. In the movie theater, you perceive a series of static images as a smoothly flowing scene. Or perhaps you've noticed when glancing at a clock that the second hand sometimes appears to take longer than normal to move to its next position—as though the clock were momentarily frozen.
1152  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Zombie Theme Park in Detroit on: July 05, 2012, 11:57:37 AM
http://www.buzzfeed.com/shifty10322311/zombie-theme-park-planning-to-open-in-detroit-6dq6
1153  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Wall Street Journal Strongly Criticizes Romney Campaign on: July 05, 2012, 11:39:22 AM
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/07/05/wall-street-journal-strongly-criticizes-romney-campaign/?smid=tw-share

The Wall Street Journal opinion page on Thursday gave voice to conservative hand-wringing that Mitt Romney’s campaign against President Obama is not living up to expectations.

In a sharply-worded editorial posted online Wednesday evening, The Journal wrote that Mr. Romney’s Boston-based campaign staff is “slowly squandering an historic opportunity” to defeat an incumbent president weakened by a slumping economy.

“Mr. Obama is being hurt by an economic recovery that is weakening for the third time in three years,” the paper wrote. “But Mr. Romney hasn’t been able to take advantage, and if anything he is losing ground.”


Original WSJ editorial is here: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702304141204577506652734793044.html?mod=WSJ_Opinion_LEADTop

Uh oh.
1154  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Didn’t send your kids to war? You ‘owe’ money to those who went, 3 fundraising c on: July 05, 2012, 07:15:54 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/didnt-send-your-kids-to-war-you-owe-money-to-those-who-went-fundraising-sponsors-say/2012/07/04/gJQA9496MW_story.html

If you have military-age children who have not served in this decade’s wars, then you owe a debt — meaning money — to those who did. That’s the premise of a new fundraising effort by three wealthy American families who want to help U.S. veterans of the conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Every non-military family should give something, they said. The affluent should give large sums. No one should think of it as charity, but rather a moral obligation, an alternative way to serve, perhaps the price of being spared the anxiety that comes with having a loved one in a war zone.
1155  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / United States: 236 not out on: July 05, 2012, 07:13:11 AM
http://m.timesofindia.com/home/opinion/edit-page/United-States-236-not-out/articleshow/14653789.cms

Reports of America's demise, to paraphrase Mark Twain, are vastly exaggerated
 
Washington DC: As the United States of America celebrates its 236th birthday today, a recurring question ringing across this vast country, and indeed across the world, is whether the superpower has lost its mojo, an Afro-Caribbean word that originally meant charm or spell, but now encompasses creative genius, spark, or even hunger for success. In politico-economic talk shows and geostrategic gabfests, the inevitability of American decline is a persistent theme, to the extent that President Obama, accused by critics and opponents of easing America's descent into the commonplace, has had to contest the charge repeatedly and warn against writing off the country. He's not alone. Warren Buffett heard the talk of American decline three years back and cautioned: It's never paid to bet against America. We come through things, but it's not always a smooth ride.
 
Yet the nattering refuses to subside. It surfaced again last week in a television drama titled The Newsroom, in which the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin, author of many political productions (The American President, West Wing etc) has a character who rants against the commonly accepted belief, particularly among Americans, that the United States is the greatest country on earth. ''There is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we're the greatest country in the world,'' writes Sorkin. ''We're 7th in literacy, 27th in maths, 22nd in science, 49th in life expectancy, 178th in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labour force and number four in exports.''
 
While some of the numbers are questionable (for infant mortality, for instance), Sorkin, for good measure, snarkily adds that the US leads the world in only three categories: Number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real,''and defence spending where the US spends more than the next 26 countries combined, 25 of whom are allies.'' He could have added plenty more: conspicuous consumption, debts, divorce rates, deaths by gun violence, drug use, obesity, lobbying, election expenses, to name a few. America's list of follies, faults and foibles is endless.
 
Such dissing of America is not new. Many of its finest stand-up comedians and social critics, George Carlin, Lewis Black, Bill Maher, and Jon Stewart among them, were there before Sorkin. In one of his many scalding takedowns of America, the great Carlin once caustically proposed that ''The reason they call it the American Dream is because you have to be asleep to believe it.'' He questioned everything that was sacred and cliched about America - land of the free, home of the brave, all men are equal, justice is blind, the press is free, your vote counts, the good guys win - calling it ''the b.s that holds the country together.''
 
Such unbridled freedom of expression is just one abstract that makes America the greatest country. Yes, many countries are free (as Sorkin's character argues, hissing that even Bel-gium is free). But no one other country could have or has produced the assembly line of critics of such corrosive wit and caustic wisdom who relentlessly question national narratives, manufactured or otherwise, at America's expense. For all its flag-waving patriotism, the spirit of inquiry and self-exami-nation is part of the American DNA, often expressed irreverently. Laughter, said Walt Disney, is America's greatest export. That includes the ability to laugh at itself. Even Mark Twain, the country's literary laureate, joked that ''it was wonderful to find America, but it would have been more wonderful to miss it.''
 
But America is not built on slogans or statistics or self-deprecation alone. Few countries, in fact, no country in the modern era, has exercised such profound influence on life in areas ranging from politics to economics to science and technology. Not always for the good, but then good, like greatness, is so relative. Are automobile and television good for humankind? Both first mass-produced in America, thank you. For all its resource-sucking rapacity, America reigns in our living rooms and at our work desk, at the cinemas and in the ballpark. The world feasts on its offerings. For all the bragging about their growing economies, India and China, crucibles of great civilisations, are but huge reservoirs of manpower, able only to mass produce, imitate, or service American innovation. Google, Facebook, iPad, all emerged from an America that is still fecund when it comes to ideas.
 
It is true that America is still home to discrimination, inequality, cynical use of power to corner resources etc, and the welfare states of Scandinavia are better run. Yet, the lines for emigration are still the longest in front of American missions and consulates across the world. Because however dodgily and unevenly, despite frequent bouts of self-doubt and recrimination, America still embraces plurality and ventures out on a constant search for the better ideal, as demonstrated in several recent watershed moments, from the election of a mixed-race president to the struggle to define universal health coverage as a human right. America's absorptive capacity and ability to assimilate (inconceivable in putative superpower, Han-domi-nated China) remains undimi-nished. So does its desire to remain engaged with the world despite its myriad challenges.
 
That is why it remains a big match player and is 236 and still batting today.

1156  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: July 04, 2012, 08:05:43 PM
That discussion/description on the methodology can be found using the Martin-Quinn scores, a link to which is included in the article, and is http://mqscores.wustl.edu/index.php. A further discussion can be found at http://scdb.wustl.edu/index.php. These are two of the most common databases used by quantative scholars who study the USSC, including political scientists, and an increasing number of lawyers and economists.
1157  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / The Supreme Court's Rightward Shift on: July 04, 2012, 06:02:26 PM
http://www.motherjones.com/politics/2012/06/supreme-court-roberts-obamacare-charts
1158  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Higgs boson made simple on: July 04, 2012, 08:56:18 AM
http://cosmiclog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/03/12547980-the-higgs-boson-made-simple?lite

1159  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Did politics drive prosecution in Trayvon Martin case? on: July 04, 2012, 06:04:38 AM
http://www.cnn.com/2012/06/19/opinion/nejame-angela-corey/index.html

I was unaware of this: "Many in the African-American community in Jacksonville are outraged over Corey's prosecution of an abused black woman who claimed she shot a gun into the air to ward off her abuser. She received a 20-year prison sentence."
1160  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: July 02, 2012, 05:18:54 PM
Being surprised that there was no reply, Guro, I went back and read my post. For reasons I am unsure of, two links I thought I had included were not present on my prior post. My apologies, as I think the lack of links makes the reply snarky, which was not intended.

"2+2=4 is not opinion, nor is it fact." Intended link: http://virgil.azwestern.edu/~dag/lol/TwoPlusTwo.html; bonus, as an apology http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lo4NCXOX0p8 (13x7=28)

"Other people are free to make of it what they will." This is also not fact. http://definitions.uslegal.com/b/belief-action-distinction/

Again, with apologies.
1161  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: July 01, 2012, 03:04:03 PM
I'm not getting "refusing to follow the curriculum" from this-- to me it reads that she refused to be, to use the old communist term, "re-educated":

I'm not persuaded by your math analogy.  2+2=4, that is not a matter of opinion.  The question presented here is.

My thought process is rather simple.  People are free to be gay.  Other people are free to make of it what they will.   

The university‘s program apparently stressed that students couldn’t discriminate against others based on any indicators, including sexual orientation. But Keeton, citing her religious views, refused to alter her engagement with gay students and clients (clearly, these views impacted her relations with these individuals).

And you don't understand that she violated the terms that the university set up. Before she got to the program. And that she is not the only person subject to this requirement. And that this is true no matter what religion she follows (or if she doesn't follow)?

2+2=4 is not opinion, nor is it fact.

"Other people are free to make of it what they will." This is also not fact.
1162  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: July 01, 2012, 10:28:41 AM
"Because she doesn't meet the professional standards of the profession"

OK, please educate me (no snarkiness intended):  To what is the "professional standard" applied?   Are you saying that professional standards don't apply to Christian schools? 

Also remaining is why she is excluded from acquiring the education? -- Wouldn't certification arguably be a separate question?

She isn't being excluded from her education. She is refusing to follow the curicculum. Every professional, graduate or undergraduate program has the right to have required classes (or perhaps a menu of classes). You can't get a law degree without a Constitutional Law class, even if your plan is to practice family law... or leave law for the high paying world of stick fighting. The program offered a remediation class. She originally said she would take it, and then refused to do so.

Let me ask you this: if there was a religion that did not believe that 2+2=4, that algebra and geometry were the tools of the devil, and that calculus was heretical because Isaac Newton, not God, invented it, would you be railing so hard that that a practitioner of that faith system was denied a math degree? Or might you suggest that the believer major in something else?
1163  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: July 01, 2012, 10:21:21 AM
Dr. David Kaplan, the chief professional officer for the ACA, said he's not surprised that Keeton's case is in the appeals court but that her actions are a direct violation of ACA standards.
"The ACA code of ethics is not about asking anybody to change their beliefs," Kaplan said. "Counselors clearly have the prerogative to have whatever religion they want. One of the points that gets lost in all of this stuff, from the Keeton side, is our clients are more important than we are ... We are there for them. They are not there for us."

http://chronicle.augusta.com/news/education/2011-06-24/keeton-has-appealed-judges-ruling
1164  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: June 30, 2012, 08:35:44 PM
That is NOT what I said.

If the Christian school would like to make a hire that does not meet the professional standard, then her case she could be hired.

There ARE Christian counseling degrees. She wasn't enrolled in one. http://www.allpsychologycareers.com/counseling-degree/christian-counseling-degrees.html
1165  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: June 30, 2012, 07:23:16 PM
Because she doesn't meet the professional standards of the profession. You can't be a practicing attorney without passing a bar exam. You have to have take be certified to be an accountant or a nurse, or a .... It is the professional standard. She did NOT meet the standard.

Also, each college or university makes its own rules about what classes must be taken and passed to earn a degree. You know how much being a 1L sucks. You had to take those classes.
1166  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: June 30, 2012, 06:07:05 PM
I suspect that most gays will not be choosing her.

How many counselors do you think a school has, especially in these trying economic times? And, how much choice do you think a student in school has about choosing a counselor?
1167  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: June 30, 2012, 12:51:39 PM
But here she was studying to become a counselor and she hewed to her views while counseling.

And the ACA has particular national standards that a counselor is required to meet. And, she wanted to be a school counselor. Do you think that her unwillingness to counsel homosexuals, etc. might have inhibited her abilities to meet the students' needs?
1168  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: June 30, 2012, 07:08:51 AM
OK, but when I went to a state school I saw many discussions in class that were fruitful and often based, by one or more party, on their view of the Bible. Not one of them got expelled.

There was one expulsion though; a neo Nazi who later when on a two state killing spree.
1169  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Christian student expelled over gay views on: June 29, 2012, 07:50:59 PM

I don't think the title is accurate. Shewas expelled not for her views, but for the expression of these views. We don't what she said, or how we said it (according to the article). There as long been the view that not all speech is protected. Libel, slander, "fighting words," "hate" speech all fall into that category. Not only can you not falsely yell fire in a crowded theater, you also can't incite a riot. Without knowing what she said, we can't really know if the action of the university is cause for alarm.
1170  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Levin makes another excellent point regarding the Obamacare decision. on: June 29, 2012, 07:45:06 PM
OBAMACARE, THE COMMERCE CLAUSE, AND SUPREME COURT DECISION

by Mark Levin on Friday, June 29, 2012 at 11:15am

This may seem a little technical, but it is necessary.  So follow along with me.  A number of politicians and commentators are claiming that the Supreme Court in the Obamacare case "limited" the reach of the commerce clause, i.e., five justices held that individuals cannot be mandated to buy insurance under the commerce clause.  Actually, the five justices did not limit anything.  They simply did not accept the Obama administration's ridiculous argument that inactivity is commerce.  The status quo stands.  However, the bigger point is this.

I completely agree. However, it is also the case that by ruling in this fashion, the USSC continued a status quo that itself limited the reach of the Commerce Clause, at least as compared to prior precedent coming in the New Deal, Warren and Burger Courts. The Rehnquist Court moved to retract the limits of the CC. See http://articles.latimes.com/1995-04-27/news/mn-59611_1_supreme-court for an example.
 
When a court issues an opinion, it is said to be the "Opinion of the Court."  The Opinion of the Court is the controlling precedent.  Chief Justice Roberts wrote the Opinion of the Court for Parts I (background on the Obamacare law), II (the Anti-Injunction Act is not a bar to the lawsuit proceeding and being decided) and III-C (Obamacare is valid under the tax power).

Mostly true. The Opinion of the Court is as controlling as the author and subsequent users want it to be. Sometimes, the Court takes great pains to limit the precedential value of the opinion. See Bush v. Gore. And, there is the idea that only the central holdings are precedent, not the extra portions of the opinion, which are called dicta. What consitutes dicta is often decided by the future court, not the author of a particular opinion.
 
But respecting Parts III- A, the commerce clause and necessary and proper section,  Roberts is writing for himself, not for a majority.

Yep.
 
Furthermore, the Dissent is labeled as: “Justice Scalia, Justice Kennedy, Justice Thomas, and Justice Alito, dissenting.” It is Not labeled as “dissenting in the judgment, concurring in part” or some permutation.

Yep.
 
You can’t say it was the “opinion of the court” that the mandate violated the commerce clause. You have to cobble together sections where Roberts is writing for himself and the dissent (which isn’t formally joined Robert’s writing), is writing for itself.
Justice Thomas, in his separate dissenting opinion, wrote:
 “The joint dissent and THE CHIEF JUSTICE cor­rectly apply our precedents to conclude that the Individual Mandate is beyond the power granted to Congress under the Commerce Clause and the Necessary and Proper Clause.”
 
Notably, this does not explicitly state that the dissenters joined with the Chief’s opinion respecting the commerce clause (or necessary and proper clause).
If five justices had intended for their view of the commerce clause (and necessary and proper clause) to be controlling as the majority view, they would have said so by joining or concurring in each others' parts.  They didn't.  So, while we can cobble them together, as a formal legal matter, it is a troubling issue.  While the status quo stands re the commerce clause (and necessary and proper clause), there was no formal majority on those issues.
 
A point worth noting. A better way to word the position might be that it is the "opinion of a majority of the court" (note: wording matters; NOT "majority opinion of the court" which connotes what Levin is pointing out is a fallacy).
1171  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Issa puts wire tap secrets in congressional record on: June 29, 2012, 05:27:42 PM
http://www.rollcall.com/news/darrell_issa_puts_details_of_secret_wiretap_applications_in_congressional-215828-1.html

In the midst of a fiery floor debate over contempt proceedings for Attorney General Eric Holder, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) quietly dropped a bombshell letter into the Congressional Record.
 
The May 24 letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on the panel, quotes from and describes in detail a secret wiretap application that has become a point of debate in the GOP’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe.
 
The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal. But Issa appears to be protected by the Speech or Debate Clause in the Constitution, which offers immunity for Congressional speech, especially on a chamber’s floor.
 
According to the letter, the wiretap applications contained a startling amount of detail about the operation, which would have tipped off anyone who read them closely about what tactics were being used.

continued on web site.
1172  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Jesse Glover on: June 29, 2012, 02:51:21 PM
http://blogs.seattletimes.com/today/2012/06/jesse-glover-bruce-lees-first-student-dies-at-77/

Jesse Glover, the first student of martial arts legend Bruce Lee, died on Wednesday at age 77 after a battle with cancer, according to close friend and past student Steve Smith.

Glover, a lifelong Seattlite, used what he learned from Lee and his days as a judo champion to become a prominent leader in the martial arts community himself. While developing a method called non-classical Gung Fu, he worked as a private martial arts trainer in Seattle and eventually taught across the nation and as far as Germany, according to Glover’s training website.

Lee and Glover met in 1959 while attending Edison Technical School, now Seattle Central Community College. Glover had already seen Lee demonstrate Gung Fu on stage when he ran into him on campus and asked to be his first student. They became good friends and trained together for four years.
1173  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / America's Last Prisoner of War on: June 29, 2012, 02:44:47 PM
http://www.rollingstone.com/politics/news/americas-last-prisoner-of-war-20120607

Here because I don't have a better place for it:


The mother and father sit at the kitchen table in their Idaho farmhouse, watching their son on YouTube plead for his life. The Taliban captured 26-year-old Bowe Bergdahl almost three years ago, on June 30th, 2009, and since that day, his parents, Jani and Bob, have had no contact with him. Like the rest of the world, their lone glimpses of Bowe – the only American prisoner of war left in either Iraq or Afghanistan – have come through a series of propaganda videos, filmed while he's been in captivity.

In the video they're watching now, Bowe doesn't look good. He's emaciated, maybe 30 pounds underweight, his face sunken, his eye sockets like caves. He's wearing a scraggly beard and he's talking funny, with some kind of foreign accent. Jani presses her left hand across her forehead, as if shielding herself from the images onscreen, her eyes filling with tears. Bob, unable to look away, hits play on the MacBook Pro for perhaps the 30th time. Over and over again, he watches as his only son, dressed in a ragged uniform, begs for someone to rescue him.

"Release me, please!" Bowe screams at the camera. "I'm begging you – bring me home!"

1174  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Darrell Issa Puts Details of Secret Wiretap Applications in Congressional Record on: June 29, 2012, 02:42:00 PM
I am trying to keep thread integrity, and I hope this is the place. It might also belong in the Constitutional Issues thread and/or Gun Rights?

http://www.rollcall.com/news/darrell_issa_puts_details_of_secret_wiretap_applications_in_congressional-215828-1.html

In the midst of a fiery floor debate over contempt proceedings for Attorney General Eric Holder, House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) quietly dropped a bombshell letter into the Congressional Record.
 
The May 24 letter to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), ranking member on the panel, quotes from and describes in detail a secret wiretap application that has become a point of debate in the GOP’s “Fast and Furious” gun-walking probe.
 
The wiretap applications are under court seal, and releasing such information to the public would ordinarily be illegal. But Issa appears to be protected by the Speech or Debate Clause in the Constitution, which offers immunity for Congressional speech, especially on a chamber’s floor.
 
According to the letter, the wiretap applications contained a startling amount of detail about the operation, which would have tipped off anyone who read them closely about what tactics were being used.

continued on web site.
1175  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / good samaritan gets sucker punched twice on: June 29, 2012, 02:21:42 PM
http://www.cagepotato.com/street-fight-of-the-day-woman-beating-a-hole-gets-tapped-out-twice-by-good-samaritan/



We’re going to come right out and say it: By no means should you watch this entire video. We know that your time is precious, Potato Nation, as you are all, like us, the head honchos of your respective trades. But on the off chance that any of you have had a shit day and are in need of a pick-me-up, maybe, just maybe, you’ll get some enjoyment out of seeing a little street justice. This video, shot by one of the many onlookers, captures Devin Crime (or as the crowd referred to him “white boy”), a BJJ purple belt and Judo brown belt, coming to the aid of a woman who was apparently being struck by the Floyd Mayweather fan doing battle with Devin in said video. And by doing battle, we mean being choked until he taps like a little bitch on two separate occasions.
 
The video begins after this first takedown has already been landed, and even though Devin displays some Zen-like tranquility when dealing with the a-hole in question, he gets sucker punched for his troubles (:48). Devin responds with a hailstorm of GnP that would make Tito Ortiz turn green with envy, bloodying up his foe before possibly kissing him on the cheek (?) at the 1:13 mark. After some lay and pray, he patiently locks in the fight-ending choke with just over two minutes remaining in the first round.
1176  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / House: Holder in Contempt on: June 28, 2012, 05:32:09 PM
http://thehill.com/blogs/floor-action/house/235475-house-votes-holder-in-contempt-of-congress
1177  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / decision in a nutshell and reax on: June 28, 2012, 11:44:37 AM
http://www.cnn.com/interactive/2012/06/us/scotus.healthcare/?hpt=hp_t1
1178  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 28, 2012, 11:40:59 AM
In case you are interested, here is the decision. Only 193 pages: http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-393c3a2.pdf.

The syllabus, pages 1-6, has the "Cliffs Notes" version of the holding.

1179  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Louis CK on: June 27, 2012, 01:17:53 PM
This is fan-damn-tastic:

1180  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / much more on Fast and Furious on: June 27, 2012, 12:25:08 PM












much more on Fast and Furious

« Reply #784 on: Today at 08:07:26 AM »




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http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/fast-and-furious-truth/?hpt=hp_t2

In the annals of impossible assignments, Dave Voth's ranked high. In 2009 the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives promoted Voth to lead Phoenix Group VII, one of seven new ATF groups along the Southwest border tasked with stopping guns from being trafficked into Mexico's vicious drug war.
 
Some call it the "parade of ants"; others the "river of iron." The Mexican government has estimated that 2,000 weapons are smuggled daily from the U.S. into Mexico. The ATF is hobbled in its effort to stop this flow. No federal statute outlaws firearms trafficking, so agents must build cases using a patchwork of often toothless laws. For six years, due to Beltway politics, the bureau has gone without permanent leadership, neutered in its fight for funding and authority. The National Rifle Association has so successfully opposed a comprehensive electronic database of gun sales that the ATF's congressional appropriation explicitly prohibits establishing one.


http://nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/first-democratic-lawmaker-says-holder-should-be-held-in-contempt-20120627

The first Democratic member of Congress has said that he will vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for withholding documents related to the “Fast and Furious” investigation that has plagued the Justice Department, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
 
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, joined House Republicans on Tuesday with his announcement. Most Democratic members are expected to support Holder.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/hoyer-challenges-issa-to-show-e-mails/?smid=fb-share

With the House just days away from a vote on holding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt, Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, appeared on national television on Sunday to say he had e-mails showing that the architects of a federal gun-smuggling investigation intended to use the operation to build a case for reinstating the lapsed ban on assault-weapons sales.
 
“We have e-mail from people involved in this that are talking about using what they’re finding here to support the — basically assault weapons ban or greater reporting,” Mr. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
 
On Tuesday, Representative Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland and the House minority whip, challenged Mr. Issa to prove it.

 
1181  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 27, 2012, 12:22:36 PM
BD:

We're looking here at a somewhat tricky question of thread coherency.  Lets use this thread for the Executive Privilege claim, and the rest of it goes in the Gun Rights thread.  Yes?



Yes, sir. Sorry. While I attempt thread coherency, sometimes the issues are very complex. I'll delete and shift.
1182  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / much more on Fast and Furious on: June 27, 2012, 10:07:26 AM
http://features.blogs.fortune.cnn.com/2012/06/27/fast-and-furious-truth/?hpt=hp_t2

In the annals of impossible assignments, Dave Voth's ranked high. In 2009 the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives promoted Voth to lead Phoenix Group VII, one of seven new ATF groups along the Southwest border tasked with stopping guns from being trafficked into Mexico's vicious drug war.
 
Some call it the "parade of ants"; others the "river of iron." The Mexican government has estimated that 2,000 weapons are smuggled daily from the U.S. into Mexico. The ATF is hobbled in its effort to stop this flow. No federal statute outlaws firearms trafficking, so agents must build cases using a patchwork of often toothless laws. For six years, due to Beltway politics, the bureau has gone without permanent leadership, neutered in its fight for funding and authority. The National Rifle Association has so successfully opposed a comprehensive electronic database of gun sales that the ATF's congressional appropriation explicitly prohibits establishing one.


http://nationaljournal.com/congress-legacy/first-democratic-lawmaker-says-holder-should-be-held-in-contempt-20120627

The first Democratic member of Congress has said that he will vote to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt for withholding documents related to the “Fast and Furious” investigation that has plagued the Justice Department, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.
 
Rep. Jim Matheson, D-Utah, joined House Republicans on Tuesday with his announcement. Most Democratic members are expected to support Holder.

http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/hoyer-challenges-issa-to-show-e-mails/?smid=fb-share

With the House just days away from a vote on holding Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. in contempt, Representative Darrell Issa, Republican of California, appeared on national television on Sunday to say he had e-mails showing that the architects of a federal gun-smuggling investigation intended to use the operation to build a case for reinstating the lapsed ban on assault-weapons sales.
 
“We have e-mail from people involved in this that are talking about using what they’re finding here to support the — basically assault weapons ban or greater reporting,” Mr. Issa, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said on ABC’s “This Week.”
 
On Tuesday, Representative Steny H. Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland and the House minority whip, challenged Mr. Issa to prove it.
1183  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / For Romney Superfan, a New Truck Courtesy of the Candidate on: June 27, 2012, 09:14:03 AM
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/27/for-romney-superfan-a-new-truck-courtesy-of-the-candidate/?smid=fb-share

Mighty nice of the Romney campaign.
1184  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Or a dead heat? on: June 27, 2012, 09:12:22 AM
http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/latest-poll-shows-dead-heat/?smid=fb-share
1185  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama Besting Romney In Swing States: Quinnipiac Poll on: June 27, 2012, 09:10:59 AM
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/06/27/obama-romney-polls_n_1630085.html?ncid=edlinkusaolp00000009&utm_hp_ref=fb&src=sp&comm_ref=false
1186  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Obama and Convention No-Shows: Divorce or Amicable Separation? on: June 26, 2012, 09:56:44 PM
http://nationaljournal.com/politics/obama-and-convention-no-shows-divorce-or-amicable-separation--20120626

If historical precedent is a guide, President Obama should be worried about the recent spate of Democrats who have declared that they won’t attend their own party’s national convention. But the lawmakers’ decision to stay home doesn’t have other Democrats reaching for the panic button yet.

Such defections amounted to an early alarm bell as recently as 2008, when a deluge of Republicans steered clear of the Republican National Convention lest they be associated with a then-deeply unpopular GOP. Three months later, a Democratic wave swept the White House and congressional elections
1187  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 26, 2012, 09:22:14 PM
Yes. But, how that would play out is anyone's guess. Politics are a bitch sometimes.
1188  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: June 26, 2012, 04:41:28 PM
I don't mean to intrude, but I must confess to not seeing the logic of blaming Title IX on this. There are many local land grant colleges with many sports which feature male athletes from other states. Is Title IX to blame for Big 12 and Big Ten recruiting football players in the South? And, colleges and universities have been recruiting international talent for years. Of course, many of those were for academic

Intrusions always welcome!

Schorlarships in men's revenue sports are not caused by Title IX, they are limited by it. The local policy choice may have the same effect, but I don't see the parallel to Title IX.



Thanks... I like your spirit, DMG. What you say about scholarships in men's sports is only sort of true. For example, the NCAA limited the number of scholarships for football not because of Title IX, but because of programs like Oklahoma having something like 90 scholarship athletes and winning 50 games in a row. It is true that sports such as wrestling (a sport I love, by the way) have cut scholarships, or even the program all together. However, it is also true that many of the non-revenue women's sports (which, as JDN correctly points out is pretty much all of them), there would be no scholarships for the women to play them, no matter where they are from.


1189  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 26, 2012, 02:54:22 PM
A USSC Justice could be a recess appointment?!?!?!?  shocked shocked shocked



Presidents since George Washington have made recess appointments. Washington appointed South Carolina judge John Rutledge as Chief Justice of the United States during a congressional recess in 1795. Because of Rutledge's political views and occasional mental illness, however, the Senate rejected his nomination, and Rutledge subsequently attempted suicide and then resigned.
 
New Jersey judge William J. Brennan was appointed to the Supreme Court by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1956 through a recess appointment. This was done in part with an eye on the presidential campaign that year; Eisenhower was running for reelection, and his advisors thought it would be politically advantageous to place a northeastern Catholic on the court. Brennan was promptly confirmed when the Senate came back into session. President Eisenhower, in a recess appointment, designated Charles W. Yost as United States ambassador to Syria.[6] Eisenhower made two other recess appointments, Chief Justice Earl Warren and Potter Stewart.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Recess_appointment
1190  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Race, religion, ethnic origin, LGBT, & "discrimination" on: June 26, 2012, 01:18:19 PM
I don't mean to intrude, but I must confess to not seeing the logic of blaming Title IX on this. There are many local land grant colleges with many sports which feature male athletes from other states. Is Title IX to blame for Big 12 and Big Ten recruiting football players in the South? And, colleges and universities have been recruiting international talent for years. Of course, many of those were for academic scholarships....
1191  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 26, 2012, 12:37:57 PM
Did you see the way recess appointments have been used? USSC justices can be appointed in such a manner. A "real" appointment would likely take more time than 2 months, but if it looked dire in September, say, there might be a "surprise" retirement.
1192  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Thirty-one GOP senators call for special counsel to investigate security leaks on: June 26, 2012, 12:25:01 PM
http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/policy-and-strategy/234761-thirty-one-gop-senators-call-for-special-counsel-to-investigate-security-leaks
1193  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 26, 2012, 10:01:55 AM
Oh, sorry. He retired at the height of GHW Bush's popularity, when it seemed that he would be reelected with no problem. Then, well, he didn't. But, this allowed C. Thomas to sit on the Court. 

So, no matter how bad it looks for Obama at the moment, there is at least a 50/50 chance of reelection. I doubt the any of the Supremes would retire this far out from an entirely winnable election.
1194  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 26, 2012, 09:28:28 AM
So, if there is a resignation, BO will get to appoint another Justice? shocked shocked shocked

Likely. I also disagree with Doug that there will be retirements. I thought that it would happen last year, but they all seem so ensconsced on the Court now I would be somewhat surprised to see a retirement. I think the lesson of Thurgood Marshall's retirement would also ring too true for the libs to retire. 
1195  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / computers can learn: Google labs! on: June 26, 2012, 06:22:54 AM
http://www.nytimes.com/2012/06/26/technology/in-a-big-network-of-computers-evidence-of-machine-learning.html?_r=1&hp


Presented with 10 million digital images found in YouTube videos, what did Google’s brain do? What millions of humans do with YouTube: looked for cats.

The neural network taught itself to recognize cats, which is actually no frivolous activity. This week the researchers will present the results of their work at a conference in Edinburgh, Scotland. The Google scientists and programmers will note that while it is hardly news that the Internet is full of cat videos, the simulation nevertheless surprised them. It performed far better than any previous effort by roughly doubling its accuracy in recognizing objects in a challenging list of 20,000 distinct items.
1196  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 26, 2012, 06:21:10 AM
Thank you.

Please refresh my memory on cluture too. 

I should also add that the Judiciary committee hears the testimony first, and like in a piece of legislation, will vote to move the nomination vote to the Senate floor. The Judiciary committee never has voted to not move it to the floor (if that makes sense; though the C. Thomas nomination almost failed in committee), but in theory it IS possible.

Cloture requires 60 votes.

I think Doug is right when he says "R's could stop only on cloture. A tough precedent to set just before switching to the majority." when discussing a SC confirmation battle. The GOP might loathe a potential nominee, but it would be awefully tough to live this down, and to live with it when they take the Senate.   OTOH, I think he is participating in some wishful thinking when he states that there will be "16 years of the Romney Rubio surge to limited govt greatness."
1197  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Issues in the American Creed (Constitutional Law and related matters) on: June 25, 2012, 06:23:34 PM
I forget  embarassed  How many votes in the Senate are required to confirm a nomination to SCOTUS?

Simple majority.
1198  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Oops, Richard Mourdock’s Multiple Choice SCOTUS Response on: June 22, 2012, 08:02:02 AM
http://atr.rollcall.com/indiana-ooops-mourdocks-multiple-choice-scotus-response/

At least one candidate is prepared for however the Supreme Court rules next week on the health care overhaul law — although Indiana’s GOP Senate nominee, Richard Mourdock, probably didn’t want the world to know it.
 
Mourdock’s campaign uploaded four videos to respond to the high court’s imminent decision — and each one has a different answer depending on the ruling.
1199  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Romney’s Bain Capital invested in companies that moved jobs overseas on: June 22, 2012, 07:59:34 AM
http://www.washingtonpost.com/business/economy/romneys-bain-capital-invested-in-companies-that-moved-jobs-overseas/2012/06/21/gJQAsD9ptV_story.html

Mitt Romney’s financial company, Bain Capital, invested in a series of firms that specialized in relocating jobs done by American workers to new facilities in low-wage countries like China and India.

During the nearly 15 years that Romney was actively involved in running Bain, a private equity firm that he founded, it owned companies that were pioneers in the practice of shipping work from the United States to overseas call centers and factories making computer components, according to filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
1200  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Hispanic population soars in presidential swing states on: June 22, 2012, 07:57:56 AM
http://thehill.com/homenews/news/234231-hispanic-population-soars-in-presidential-swing-states

Hispanic populations are soaring in toss-up states that will decide the presidential election.
 
Changing demographics in states not usually associated with Hispanic voters has changed the traditional political calculus heading into Election Day. 
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