Daily Topics - Wednesday July 13th, 2011

The Big Picture "On Air" Questions or Comments for Thom?

Hour One: Important! Newt is right about the Supreme Court...

Hour Three: Murdoch scandal points to rot at the top - Adele Stan, Alternet / Plus, "Everything You Know is Wrong...about Mitt Romney and the Mormon Church" - Tricia Erickson


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robertkincade 8 years 52 weeks ago

I do not believe that it is appropriate to criticize Mormons in general for the mystic aspects of their faith. All religions, in some way or another, use mysticism. What IS valid is to criticize the Mormon Church for the actions that members take as a result of their faith. I do not fear Mormons because they believe that they will go to another planet when they die. I DO fear Mormons because of their anti-gay beliefs. In addition, until 1978 Mormons excluded African-Americans because they believed that black skin was the mark of Cain. Faith is fine as long as it does not lead its followers to racist or bigoted actions.

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mathboy 8 years 52 weeks ago

If the Supreme Court can't refuse to enforce a law, then what is its check on the other branches? A recommendation that they change the law??

What kind of decision should the Supreme Court be able to make in a case where a citizen or a state sues the US government for having an unconstitutional law (a "controvers[y] to which the united states shall be a party)? In any other case, a court can require action by the offending party to rectify the offense. This generic power is not mentioned in the US Constitution, because it was part of the legal system of the late 18th Century, all of which was presumed to continue past the change in the nation's charter.

The Supreme Court is to have "appellate jurisdiction ... as to law ... with such exceptions ... as the Congres shall make."? This implies that all (previously existing) judicial powers continue to exist until revoked by law.

Those previously existing powers consist of every normal practice of courts operating in the states at the time. The Constitution requires trail by jury, but doesn't say how a jury has to vote to convict someone (unanimous or majority). It doesn't mention that a warrant is needed to conduct a search or seizure of property (though they are mentioned near each other in Amdt. 4). It mentions habeas corpus but doesn' t define it (despite it's history of mission creep) because its function was meant to be whatever it was at the time. The idea of not enforcing habeas corpus is specifically provided for.

Judicial process evolved over a long period in England and the colonies, and it improved without revolutions. The founders were not concerned with setting judicial procedures in stone, except to forbid those actions that had been wrongly committed by Great Britain before our independence. Judicial review existed then. It didn't apply to British law, but only because there is no higher authority in England--their constitution is merely law that they perceive as part of the character of their government and society; it doesn't supersede (lit. "sit above") other laws, and therefore doesn't imply an authority of the courts to override it.

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VinnyBoombatz 8 years 51 weeks ago

Do you really need to have a conservative whacko like Tricia Erickson on your show? Check out her twitter feed: http://twitter.com/#!/pundit20 .

Just a few posts from her twitter:

PS: Why should anyone be suprised that Obama wants to give Isreal to a Muslim nation? Barry Sorento is a Muslim.

Bachman is the one America can trust.

To Keep Americans Safe, We Have To Get Billionaires and Money Out Of Politics

Thom plus logo Jim Jones, who only killed 900+ people, was a piker, perhaps because he just wasn't rich enough to be truly effective. Billionaire Donald Trump has beat him more than 130 times over, with far more to come.

Canada, a country run by competent leaders and actual civil servants at the provincial and federal level, largely has the coronavirus under control and have largely closed their border to Americans.

The Guardian is reporting how Mexican border towns are asking Americans not to come, for fear of further spread of the virus there.
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