Monday, May 4th, 2009
I think there’s something to this criticism: All but one of the current Supreme Court justices went to Harvard or Yale. All were federal appellate judges when they were nominated. And this one seems particularly troubling: Only one–Souter–ever actually presided over a trial. More than skin color or penis-vagina diversity, it would be nice to see Obama look for someone from a different orbit than the usual echelon of elite legal circles. I like the idea of Russ Feingold. Yes, he’s awful on political speech, but he at least possesses some admirable skepticism for government power.
Thousands of Minnesota DWI cases in jeopardy after state supreme court orders breath machine manufacturer to turn over source code. They’re refusing. It’s somewhat amazing that these companies have gotten away with keeping source code secret this long, though I believe something similar happened in Florida a few years ago.
Injustice in Seattle is doing some interesting stuff with the media reports of police misconduct he’s been tracking.
Former NYPD cop runs red light, plows into car of teens in New Jersey. Local cops say he was belligerent, had watery eyes and slurred speech, and smelled of booze. The teens in the car had passed his car earlier, and said he was parked and slumped over the wheel. There was an empty beer can in his car. He refused both blood and breath tests for alcohol. He also had an unlicensed handgun and illegal ammunition in the car at the time of the accident. But his former colleagues from NYPD vouched for his character in his defense. He got probation, because the judge says he wasn’t convinced the guy was drunk. Maybe that’s true, but I’m wondering if any of us normal people would get off that lightly.
Home invaders in Orlando yell, “Police! Open the door!” before breaking in and killing one of the home’s occupants. They’re learning.
Lovely. The feds want to create a “West Point for public service.” Imagine, a whole campus filled with douche-y college resume builders who all want to be politicians when they grow up! Sounds like a kind of customized hell for me.
Speaking of crappy ideas for colleges….
Uh-oh. I think if my dogs get wind of this, they may start their own political action committee.
Two polls now show legalizing marijuana more popular with America than either party in Congress.
Florida passes primary seat belt law, more commonly known as the “pretext for racial profiling and asset forfeiture law.” This one lets cops pull cars over even if the front seat passenger isn’t buckled up. The reader who sent me this says he thinks this most disgusting line in the article: “The bill makes cash-strapped Florida eligible for a one-time, $35.5 million traffic-safety grant from the federal government.”