A victory for privacy:
"The Supreme Court struck a major blow in favor of digital privacy Wednesday by ruling unanimously that police generally need a warrant before searching the cell phone or personal electronic device of a person arrested.
It appears that it does depend on who's ox is being gored.
If Chris Christie has harbored a hope of sufficiently rehabilitating his image in time for a 2016 presidential bid that hope has now been shattered on the deck of an altogether different bridge. This new scandal is not about political retribution but political corruption in the form of misappropriation of funds. I suspect that any time he travels from here on out Christie will have to carry antacids with him in the event that he has to pass over a bridge.
As the White House grapples with military options for intervening in Iraq to protect Baghdad from Sunni terrorists, it's also examining how an airstrike can be justified under U.S. law.
It's not a question without significance, especially for an administration that likes to say it holds the rule of law above all else (even as it adopts elastic interpretations to suit its ends).
Being rather thick, every now and then someone says something that hits me from a different angle I don't expect... and a light bulb goes off. And so it was with Randi Rhodes some years back when she was talking about same sex marriage. I'd been coming at it from a civil rights angle. But her angle was that marriage was a legal arrangement created by government. Yes, it existed before... but even in church weddings, the person performing the ceremony represents the state. As such the state can define the legal arrangement as it wishes...
In Crooks and Liars:
A bad guy with a gun robbed good guys with guns (of guns and money) outside target ranges near Philadelphia, PA. Got away with 9 guns.
The Republicans had a different vision in the 1980s. Prosperity would trickle down if the wealthiest were given more aid. Helping education, roads and bridges is refused by the Republicans who say there isn't enough money while supporting every subsidy for Big Oil.to hear Elizabeth Warren June 22, 2014, click on
Richard Clark - famous for telling us the truth about the futility of invading Iraq - says that Snowden realeased information that 'jepordized' national security and gave help to our enemies.
Greenwald justifies Snowden's release of information, and that nothing that was reveled led the deaths of any agents or harmed our security.
WASHINGTON -- Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) roused a sleepy gathering of social conservatives on Friday with a spirited speech railing against Hillary Clinton, whose record at the State Department "should disqualify her from ever being considered for the presidency."...
DETROIT — The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) on Friday became the most prominent religious group in the United States to endorse divestment as a protest against Israeli policies toward Palestinians, voting to sell church stock in three companies whose products Israel uses in the occupied territories.
We must raise our moral dissent because that's our calling... to watch the 7-minute video "Moral Mondays Are Back in Business" from June 20, 2014, click on
I am not making this up, I swear. TX gop's reparative therapy for gays suggests taking your poop, putting it in a bottle and sniff it whenever you find yourself attracted to a man. I don't know if you should wear it on a necklace or chain on your neck like a pendant, or maybe a chain like a pocket watch, just don't reach for it when someone asks for the time. Bring me my smelling turds was Stewart's line.