Friday, January 20, 2006

ABORTION... now that I have your attention...

Steve Johnson, a friend of mine, has a great letter to the editor in todays Collegian. He makes a point I often make when talking about abortion, a point which needs to become more widely known. Steve writes:
With Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. now leading the Supreme Court and Judge Samuel Alito soon to be confirmed, many Americans have wondered, “What if Roe v. Wade was overturned?” Some people have claimed that overturning Roe would ban abortion nationwide. Don’t believe it for a second – they don’t know what they’re talking about.

Read the whole thing. If Roe is overturned, that, in itself, will not illegalize abortion. It will simply send it back to the states, where each individual state can then decide for themselves what limits to put on abortion. Y'know, federalism and democracy. The upshot would be that states like California and Vermont would probably have more liberal abortion laws than Kansas and Alabama. Which only makes sense. If pro-lifers want to ban abortion, they will have to work through there state legislatures or pass a constitutional amendment.

Regardless of what you think about abortion (personally, I try not to), Roe v. Wade and its predecessor Griswold v. Connecticut do considerable violence to the text of the Constitution. You cannot claim to be a defender of the constitution and endorse these precedents.

Bad News/Good News

So, I didn't get tickets to see Chimpy McHitlerburton. Which, y 'know, that's too bad.

But, on the plus side, gravity continues to function, thus keeping me safely adhered to the Earth's surface and preventing an untimely plummet into the stratosphere.

I think I'm going to go drop objects for awhile.

Wednesday, January 11, 2006

A Prediction

By the year 2050, human communication will be impossible. Every word will double in meaning as either a racial epithet or sexual slang. The attempt to transmit information through language will devolve into uncontrollable giggles ("Heh, he just said 'Hand me the remote'!" hehehe...) or righteous moral posturing ("Oh no, you did NOT just say "Hand me the remote"...Racist!").

Monday, January 09, 2006


Jeff Goldstein on the confirmation hearings:

My take is this: barring some colossal slip-up, Alito is confirmed without triggering a filibuster—and that will be, in large part, thanks to a point made by Lindsay Graham, who noted that to call Alito a conservative who is out of the mainstream is to imply that those who vote for him (as the majority of Republicans will) are likewise out of the conservative mainstream.

Which, while I have no doubt this is what most of today’s liberal Democrats believe, I don’t think they’d be so presumptuous as to want to put on record that their entire political opposition—and conservatism itself—is a political philosophy that is too radical to exist in a country wherein its representatives hold the White House and both Houses of Congress.

Democrats are already found of using the oxymoronic phrase "radical conservatives"* (who, I assume, are people that radically keep things the way they are) so I guess it should come as no surprise that the party that won the popular vote in the last election and controls both the executive and the legislative branches is "out of the mainstream."

I have no prognostications on the Alito confirmation hearings--so I'll just say that it's pretty hilarious that ol' Ted Kennedy pronounced his name "Ali-oto." What a retread.

*update: I overlooked the possibility that "radical" might be being used here in the capacity of eighties surfer slang for "that's neat." So, to prevent misunderstandings, from now on, whenever you see the phrase "radical conservative" substitute in the less misleading "cowabunga conservative." Just trying to clean up the discourse here, folks.

A Random Thought to Punctuate the Silence

..."fun-size" Snickers? I believe I'd have more fun if they were slightly larger.