Archive: April, 2010
Here's kind of a weird update on something I wrote about two weeks ago, on tomorrow's 2nd Amendment March in D.C., including an open-carry event in which a lot of guys with guns -- including the militia guy who called for people to smash the windows of Democratic offices after health care legislation passed -- were planning an event at Fort Hunt, across the Potomac from D.C. (There's also a presumably gun-free rally in Washington.) I noted that the fast-growing Oath Keepers -- current and ex-military and cops who say their oath is to the Constitution and not to the politicians giving the orders -- had issued an urgent call for their thousands of followers to attend, and so this would be a test of their strength.
Except they sort of weirded out. First they backed out of the Fort Hunt event, in a posting that implied it was because of the association with the vandalism inciter, ex-militia leader Mike Vanderboegh of Alabama (although his name is not mentioned.) That was updated today with this bizarre explanation of the withdrawal, which involves a mysterious government plot against the Oath Keepers:
-- Philadelphia is becoming more of a bedroom community, and more dependent on college, hospital, nonprofit and tourism jobs.
So I guess whoever had 11 hours in the "how long after the end of the season will the 76ers fire Eddie Jordan" poll is victorious. Huzzah. Why the man who insanely brought the hapless Jordan here in the first place -- and who squandered the Sixers' one-and-only chance to get an impact player on the likeable-but-washed-up Elton Brand -- is still employed is a complete mystery.
What can the 76ers do? Clearly, they should look into moving Brand, Iguodala, and Dalembert; of those, only Iguodala probably has a chance of going anywhere. Of the "young nucleus," only Jrue Holiday looks like a guaranteed NBA star, which is one small step -- it's still too early to know about Marresse Speights, Thaddeus Young and Lou Williams but none of them seemed to be moving in the right direction in the short-lived Age of Jordan. Is there hope for this team? Not really. The thing that's most lamentable about the NBA these days is that teams become championship caliber not based upon their grit but by being in the right place at exactly the right time -- ask the Cleveland Cavaliers how that works. I love sports but I can't stand gambling -- but that's what the NBA is these days, one big lottery.
Hey, remember back in late 2002 and early 2003, when tens of thousands of people showed up for several rallies to protest the looming war in Iraq -- suggesting that maybe a pre-emptive war under false pretenses wasn't the best use of American dollars and lives -- and when the American news media was falling all over itself to get the Iraq war protesters to tell their stories, and what their movement in opposition to the president of the United States was all about?
Can you imagine the outcry -- from the Tea Parties, your typical Republican congressman, and your favorite Fox media personality -- if President Obama came out an announced a multi-billion dollar taxpayer-funded initiative which would involve thousands of government-created jobs and a vague promise that it would spur economic activity elsewhere. It would be branded as socialism at best, or at the worst another example of Obama's Marxist tendencies.
At least it would if Obama were creating "green jobs." Or promising a big investment in high-speed rail.
This op-ed by law professor Geoffrey Stone lays out the issues in picking a new Supreme Court justice pretty well:
Rulings by conservative justices in the past decade make it perfectly clear that they do not “apply the law” in a neutral and detached manner. Consider, for example, their decisions holding that corporations have the same right of free speech as individuals, that commercial advertising receives robust protection under the First Amendment, that the Second Amendment prohibits the regulation of guns, that affirmative action is unconstitutional, that the equal protection clause mandated the election of George W. Bush and that the Boy Scouts have a First Amendment right to exclude gay scoutmasters.