Well, ladies and gents, I have good news. Mr. Webster Cook, who many of you may remember as being involved in the “crackergate,” incident earlier this year, has had his impeachment from the SGA senate overturned and sent back to the senate for additional review due to the charge that SGA officials violated due process in the process of his impeachment trial.
The vote on the charge of violation was 8-0-0 in favor of violation and a 7-1-0 vote to return the case back to the Senate.
Cook was impeached from the 40th Student Senate in August on the charge of misfeasance. He then appealed the decision on the basis that SGA officials did not publicly post notice of interviews with witnesses pertaining to the June 29 incident. I only hope that the insanity has died down enough for the senate to realize the inanity and stupidity of the charges.
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Posted in Atheist, Musings, News, Politics, tagged 1st Amendment, Adult Store, Atheism, First Amendment, Indiana, law, Protestors, Sex, stupidity, Uniontown on August 7, 2008|
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I got this article from the IndyStar newspaper in my email from my good friend Shelley and I couldn’t resist commenting on it. It is the story of a group of people in rural Indiana where protesters have been protesting a sex shop and harassing its customers in a 24/7 effort since august 2005. The protestors take pictures of the customers and their license plates, threatening to contact the customer’s employers and inform them of their shopping habits. Both sides of this case are claiming free speech rights and that the first amendment is on their side.
What would be interesting is if the protesters actually did contact the employers of one of the people who entered the store. I believe that such an action would be grounds for that individual to file a harassment lawsuit against the protesters.
I am consistently amazed at the visceral need of many humans to know and police what other people do both in their private lives and in their bedroom. The government and society in general has no right to regulate what goes on in your bedroom as long as no one is being harmed (Insert obligatory sado-masochism joke here.) I will not pretend to even understand why they think that a sex toy store will increase the number of child rapes. If anything it might help, maybe the guy who is eyeing the little kiddies can go to the store and get something to get his rocks off and avoid kidnapping a child.
The part of this case that I think will be a deciding factor is that the protestors have established what amounts to an Evangelical Center, complete with cross, on publicly owned land… I believe that this would more than likely fall under the precedent that a strictly religious monument cannot be established on government or public property.
In the end, I think it comes back to what I said about people having this need to control what others can do. It is not enough for the protesters that they have the option not to shop at the store, they must infringe upon the rights of their fellow citizens. I sincerely hope the protesters get a through thwack from the judge. Perhaps it’s time to have people taking pictures of the protesters and their license plates. Then post that with their home address with it. I wonder what would happen if someone took this up a notch? Maybe Lion’s Den should invest in a higher fence.
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Interestingly enough, John McCain might face opposition from a rather unexpected quarter, the deaf community where many of the vlogs and blogs are ringing.
There are several reasons why this might happen including his support of a highly unpopular incumbent Gallaudet University President to resign: See Here, and a highly suspicious Arizona Proposition 203 which forbad instruction in any language other than English when dealing with children who are considered “limited English proficient” which would definitely include those children who were raised signing. For a much deeper examination of the issue see visit here .
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Posted in Musings, Politics, tagged California, Clarence Thomas, decriminalization, Marijuana, Rehnquist, Sandra Day O'Connor, Supreme Court, United States on July 31, 2008|
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My last post made me curious and I did some additional research. Apparently the very Constitutionality question that I asked pertaining to marijuana was brought before the United States Supreme Court on November 29, 2004 in Gonzales v. Raich. The case involved a woman using medicinal marijuana to treat chronic pain and muscle spasms around her spine. The decision was 6-3, written by Justice Stevens and issued June 6, 2005.
It upheld the validity of Controlled Substances Act as an exercise of federal power because Congress “could have rationally concluded that the aggregate impact on the national market of all the transactions exempted from federal supervision is unquestionably substantial.” The majority did not address the substantive due process claims raised by the respondents. (Wikipedia)
They used a rather strange precedent based on the third part of the Commerce Clause which states that Congress has the power to regulate activities that substantially affect interstate commerce. The precedent was Wickard v. Filburn (1942), where:
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Ah, can you smell that odor making it’s way from the college dorms? Yep, today’s topic is the cannabis plant. I just found this interesting article on CNN.com reporting that Rep. Barney Frank has called for the end of federal penalties for possessing less than 100 grams of the plant. (I wonder if that’s dry weight or what they might say for actually owning a plant?)
Current laws targeting marijuana users place undue burdens on law enforcement resources, punish ill Americans whose doctors have prescribed the substance and unfairly affect African-Americans, said Frank…
I hate to resort to such puerile language; however it must be said, DUH! When there are more people in United States prisons for non-violent drug offenses than there are prisoners in Western Europe it should be painfully obvious that there is something fundamentally wrong with our legal approach to drugs.
“The vast amount of human activity ought to be none of the government’s business,” Frank said during a Capitol Hill news conference. “I don’t think it is the government’s business to tell you how to spend your leisure time.”
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Once again the presidential candidates are meeting in a church. Since cinching the Democratic nomination Obama has not met with McCain for any kind of discussion. Now we have them meeting in a mega church that claims over 22,000 members…
First the Faith Debate that killed Science Debate ’08 and now this shit? The moderator is Rick Warren who wrote “The Purpose Driven Life,” how profound could his questions actually fraking be? I want to see McCain asked what happens when the oil from drilling in the wilderness preserves runs out if he is elected. Oh yeah, forgot, he’ll be out of office by then. Or maybe we could have asked both candidates if the money that will be going to religious organizations would be better spent by investing it into a variety of R&D projects.
Warren has been quoted as saying:
“The primaries proved that Americans care deeply about the faith, values, character and leadership convictions of candidates as much as they do about the issues. While I know both men as friends and they recognize I will be frank, but fair, they also know I will be raising questions in these four areas beyond what political reporters typically ask. This includes pressing issues that are bridging divides in our nation, such as poverty, HIV/AIDS, climate and human rights.”
I couldn’t give a shit about my president’s private faith as long as it did not directly muddle their ability to rationally think through their job decisions, a failing I have noticed in our current ‘dear leader.’ However, I find it infuriating that they would ignore a forum such as the Science Debate ’08 for shit like this in a church. Just fucking look at the image in the NYTimes article! This guy needs a screen for people to see him! That’s when you know your church is too big.
And to top it off, all of this comes on the heels of James Dobson ‘flip flopping’ and saying he might endorse McCain. Why does it matter who he endorses? Oh, I remember, because people follow him around like the flock of sheep they come to resemble.
Anyone got a consecrated host around here? I feel like taking my frustration out on something.
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