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9/11 Coverup

July 10, 2005

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OK. Alex Jones didn’t convince me that Bush intentionally caused 9/11. But my guest today, investigative reporter Peter Lance has some solid evidence backing up his contentions in his new book, Cover Up: What the Government is Still Hiding About the War on Terror (#12 on the Amazon best seller list) that the Government is still covering up information about the deadly terrorist attack that has been subsequently used by the Bush Administration to justify practically everything…

Will Rehnquist Resign?

July 7, 2005

NEWS FLASH! Sources close to Chief Justice Rehnquist say he will soon announce his resignation.

What do Supporters of Radical Christianity and Radical Islam Have in Common?

July 6, 2005

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Many radical Christian Americans support Bush, not so much because they like his policies, but because they believe him to be a “good Christian.” Many of the more radical conservative Christians have even dubbed the War in Iraq a “War Against Islam.”
And yet, many nationalist Arabs support terrorist leaders because they believe them to be “good Muslims.” And some of the most radical consider a War against America to be a “War Against Infidels” (Christians and Jews).
What is the blindness of many American Christians and many Arab Muslims that prevents them from seeing the other side as decent people just trying to move on with their lives? Americans say we will leave Iraq as soon as the insurgents stop fighting us. Iraqis say the insurgents will stop fighting us as soon as America leaves Iraq. Even Osama Bin Laden considered his attack a response to US occupation of Arab soil. Who is the aggressor here? Who is the aggrieved? (Answer: BOTH sides!)
Can anyone support either policies of Arab terrorism against innocent civilians or U.S. occupation against a country that never attacked us (leading to at least 25,000, if not 100,000 innocent Iraqi civilian deaths)?
And while terror against civilians is never justified, it is justified to fight against an occupying army? Does it matter if the army has acted in response to aggression?
Is much of America as myopic (near-sighted) as much of the Arab world?
When will American Christians learn there is a difference between ignorant, warmongering Arabs who support Islamic terrorists and a billion peaceful Muslims worldwide?
When will Arab Muslims learn there is a difference between ignorant, warmongering Americans who support a jihad against Islam and billions of peaceful Christians worldwide?
As that most unlikely philosopher Rodney King put it, “Can’t we all just get along?”

Debate Tuesday: The Next Supreme Court Nominee

July 5, 2005

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Mark debates guest Jeffrey Lord, writer and author of The Borking Rebellion.
Jeffrey Lord is a former political director in the Reagan White House where he worked on confirmation fights for five Supreme Court nominees — three that made it (Rehnquist, Scalia, and Kennedy) and two that did not (Bork and Douglas Ginsburg).
Mark’s comment:
Are liberals or conservatives “activist judges”? Is there a way to measure such a thing? There is. Striking down a Congressional law as unconstitutional is the most aggressive, activist thing a member of the Supreme Court can do. It places the justice’s personal view of the Constitution over that of the elected legislature. Clearly it should be done in some cases, but it’s a very powerful tool that should be rarely exercised in a democracy.
So in cases where the constitutionality of a law of Congress was at issue, what percentage of cases has a Justice of the Supreme Court voted to overturn it? Professor Paul Gewirtz from my alma mater Yale Law School has crunched the numbers. And here’s what he came up with:
Thomas 65.63 %
Kennedy 64.06 %
Scalia 56.25 %
Rehnquist 46.88 %
O’Connor 46.77 %
Souter 42.19 %
Stevens 39.34 %
Ginsburg 39.06 %
Breyer 28.13 %
Clearly the more right-wing judges are far greater “judicial activists” than the more liberal judges. No surprise to anyone closely watching the court. But someone needs to tell the Republicans and the President that their talking points: “No legislating from the bench” lead to the escapable conclusion that he should appoint more Clinton justices like Ginsburg and Breyer!
We need more strict constructionists and fewer judicial activists. More Breyers and fewer Thomases.
And we need Bill O’Reilly and George W. Bush to shut up and stop lying to the American people.

Happy Independence Day!

July 4, 2005

Two hundred twenty nine years ago, our nation was founded. I expect our constitutional democracy, despite everything the Republicans are doing to trash it, will survive it.
Happy July 4th America!
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