Daily Topics - Friday April 20th, 2012

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TCW 4 years 18 weeks ago
#1

I have seen a couple of article's that point out that SCOTUS did not have the authority to rule on congressional election reform. After reading the constitution (as a layman) it states that congress is the only "body" in the government that can control its election process. It seems very clear and concise. Of course it was also clear about the 2000 presidential election debacle.

My questions are; If in fact, the Court overstepped their authority, what if anything could be done about it? Or, is this a case of the horse before the cart and we don't really need a constitutional amendment to change corporate person-hood because congress and the court have once again not read the rule book.

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flaque 4 years 18 weeks ago
#2

It seems odd to me that the right is attacking the President for making contraception an election year topic. This is a fight solely brought on by the Catholic clergy. Fully 98% of their own congregation ignores the policy. I can't imagine 98% of jews eating pork, or 98% of Hindus eating cows, or 98% of Christian Scientists seeking medical attention. Why should the US government help the Catholic church control their own flock, much less subject the rest of us to their beliefs?

This is not an election year ploy; it's a health issue passed by Congress three years ago. And it's not an attack on Christianity; it's a fight with the male-only 1% of a religion that seeks to impose their beliefs on the rest of our society, the rhetoric of which, (comparing our President to Hitler and Stalin), is an insult to our whole community.

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smilodon1 4 years 18 weeks ago
#3

When Saddam Houssein was executed his head didn't come off. It was one of his supporters who was grossly overweight that it happened to. I saw the video of the execution.

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mathboy 4 years 18 weeks ago
#4

Good catch, Smilodon1. I've had to post that info in comments here a couple times, but I can no longer listen to the whole show since it changed time slots, and I miss some of these.

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mathboy 4 years 18 weeks ago
#5

TCW, Congress "shall be the Judge of the Elections, Returns and Qualifications of its own Members". This means that if a state election is fraudulent or elects someone that doesn't meet the Constitutional requirements of age and residence, the Congress can refuse to seat the so-called winner. It does not mean they have judicial authority over who wins an election in a state.

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mathboy 4 years 18 weeks ago
#6

A website being charged with copyright infringement, because of content posted by someone who doesn't control the site, is like a bar being charged ASCAP fees because one of its customers sang "Happy Birthday to You" inside it. The bar is just the location of the offense, not the offender.

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fbacher 4 years 17 weeks ago
#7

Gee, I wonder what would happen to all of that 75 years worth of retirement cash that the Post Office has been building up if it were to be piratized? Nope, can't imagine. It couldn't have anything to do with why all of this idle cash is being stock piled would it? Nah.

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