Dear Terminator, Lay Off Our Executioners

David Holtzman

David Holtzman: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger can help. In what very little time he has left in office, he can give his legacy a considerable boost by commuting the state’s hundreds of pending death sentences to life in prison without possibility of release. As a Los Angeles resident on the world’s stage, he should be sensitive to his image at home and abroad.

Wikileaks and Public Key Diplomacy

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Jonathan David Farley: What’s surprising about the U.S. State Department/WikiLeaks scandal is that there is a scandal. As a friend reminded me, these days it’s really quite easy to make sure no one can read your messages, unless you want them to.

The Writer, Chapter 4: A Christmas Wish

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Dennis Danziger: Despite the frequent portraits drawn in film, television and literature of lawyers as thieves in Armani suits, I know most lawyers are tough, smart, and fight like hell for their clients. This is why I was disheartened when someone close to me needed his lawyer to come out swinging, but instead paid a pile of money to a criminal attorney who took a dive.

Mitrice Richardson’s Mother Joins Call for FBI Involvement in Daughter’s Death

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Jasmyne Cannick: Following Michael Richardson’s lead in a call for FBI involvement in the death of his daughter Mitrice Richardson, Monday Mitrice’s mother Latice Sutton echoed Michael’s same call saying that she too wants the FBI to look at whether sheriff’s deputies moved the body improperly.

Freedom of Deplorable Speech

Pastor Fred Phelps

Tina Dupuy: Pastor Fred Phelps and his Westboro Baptist Church congregation – also known as the “God Hates Fags” picketers – have no place in a polite society. But we don’t live in a polite society. We live in this one. And in this one we are guaranteed the freedom of speech.

Christian Nation

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Steve Hochstadt: I don’t want to live in any version of a “Christian nation”. I want to live in the United States, in which religious ideas are a private matter, in which my government plays no role in my spiritual life, and denominational beliefs play no role in government.

Wikileaks and Tangential Truths

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Tom Hall: While Faux News and right-wing blowhards fabricate against wikileaks for publishing the truth, the Republican Party voted to reaffirm its opposition to ending discrimination in the military, even if such discrimination hurts the nation’s security.

A Message to Trafficking Victims That Their Lives Matter

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Rachel Lloyd: Sara Kruzan was 16 years old when she was charged with killing her 31-year-old pimp, a man who had been grooming her since she was 11 years old and trafficking her since she was 13.

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The Ominous Expansion of Class-Action Suits

Walmart Corporate Welfare

Wendy McElroy: In the largest class-action lawsuit in American history, Walmart v. Dukes, Walmart stands accused of systematically discriminating against 1.5 million women in wages and promotions.

The Lynch-Mob Moment

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Tom Hayden: There’s wisdom in expecting calmer heads to prevail in the WikiLeaks matter, but what can be done when the calmer heads are going nuts or hiding in silence?

Amnesty Shmamnesty

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani

Adam Eran: Would the oligarchy that is the military-industrial-prison-media complex stoop so low as to incite a war, even promoting Iran as a backwater deserving of U.S. “shellacking”? And is the Pope really Catholic?

Good for You, Ron Paul!

Ron Paul

Tom Hayden: Thank you so much for your courage in standing up for WikiLeaks at a time when so many seem intent on killing the messenger. Your statement, “In a society where truth becomes treason, we are in big trouble.” should be posted around the world.

Overcrowding at Center of Landmark Prison Rights Case

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Carol Strickman: The best way to ensure that people successfully reenter society is to provide resources to support them upon release. Prisoners who have maintained family ties and have housing and employment opportunities awaiting them will do better than those who don’t.

Retired Supreme Court Justice: Capital Punishment ‘Shot Through with Racism’

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Jessie Daniels: This bold move against racism and the death penalty by a retired Supreme Court Justice is good news for those concerned with the injustice of capital punishment.

Justice DeLay(ed)

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Tom Degan: The very idea of watching a disgusting little parasite like Tom Delay being marched off to prison in one of those orange jumpsuits is a dream come true.

Government Sexual Molestation in Airports Over the Top

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Ivan Eland: Outrageous fondling by government employees has caused a rising tide of public outrage and may be the straw that breaks the camel’s back.

More Torture, Please

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Steve Hendricks: I derive immense comfort, for example, from the similarity between the pro-torture 70 percent and the 68 percent of Americans who believe “angels and demons are active in the world.” Surely many of my pro-torture countrymen just need a little more education about torture. Well, a lot more.

Supreme Court Overturns Giant Victory in World Series

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Ron Wolff: In a stunning and unexpected development, the United States Supreme Court has vacated the recent victory of the San Francisco Giants over the Texas Rangers, awarding the World Series crown to the team from the Lone Star State.

Should We Regulate Cities?

Indicted Bell City Manager Robert Rizzo

Ron Wolff: I can’t help thinking what the “deregulation contingent” of political thinkers would do about the situation in Bell, California, where a corrupt city council, in collusion with a city manager accused of criminal activity, raped the treasury of millions of dollars by paying themselves excessive salaries, sometimes for meetings that lasted only a few minutes.

Does the First Amendment Separate Church and State?

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Is Thomas Jefferson’s famous phrase “wall of separation between church &
state” too broad an interpretation of the First Amendment? Historian Jon
Butler argues that original intent of the First Amendment was even broader
than that.

The Supreme Court Unveiled

Supreme Court Justices

The term of a supreme court justice ends one of four ways; retirement, resignation, impeachment conviction, or death. However, only one Supreme Court justice has been impeached, Samuel Chase. Impeached in 1804, Chase was acquitted and remained on the bench until his death in 1811. So, to sum it up, if one were to rely on history to forecast the future, the likelihood of a justice being impeached and removed is slim to none.

Why Clarence Thomas Owes African-Americans an Apology

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David Love: When Ginni Thomas — the Tea Partying wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas — left Anita Hill a voicemail message asking for an apology, she got it all wrong. It’s really Clarence Thomas who owes the apology, to the black community that is.

Citizens United — Game Changer

Joseph Palermo

Joseph Palermo: The 2010 midterm campaigns have shown us that Alito and his four fellow Justices were not only wrong about the potential effects of Citizens United they greased the wheels for a corporate takeover of the governing institutions of the country.

Access to the Space Shuttle: JPL Scientists Cite NASA Policies to Refute Solicitor General

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Scientists at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory today released NASA documents that support their demand that acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal retract remarks made before the United States Supreme Court on October 5 in the case of Nelson et al. v. NASA et al (09-530)

Liberty Central: What Exactly Are Our Nation’s “Core” Fundamental Principles?

Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas

Tracy Emblem: It is ironic that if Liberty Central’s agenda of “core founding principles” had been adhered to and not overruled by Congress utilizing a strong central government role, Ginni Thomas’s husband would never have been allowed to vote or become a Supreme Court justice.

NASA Scientists Demand Retraction from Attorney General

NASA Space Shuttle

A group of scientists, engineers, and administrative personnel at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory have demanded that the United States Attorney General’s office issue an immediate retraction of remarks made before the United States Supreme Court on Tuesday by acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal in the case of Nelson et al. vs NASA et al.

Is Progressive Dissent Public Enemy #1?

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Lydia Howell: The US government — bought and paid for by weapons-makers and mercenaries (‘contractors’) —does not think that We The People have the right to even question, much less challenge and resist permanent war, which is bankrupting our country and civilian deaths ignites violent reaction.

Judging the Judges – Nov 2010

judging the judges

Here we go again. I just received my “Official Sample Ballot” in the mail. I open it and scan each page. I see the list of candidates running for governor, lieutenant governor, secretary of state, controller, treasurer, and so on. I know, without any doubt who I will be casting my vote for in all of the races except one. Which one?. . . You guessed it. THE JUDGES!!!!

NASA Scientists Discuss Upcoming Supreme Court Privacy Case

The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) is hosting a telephone press briefing this morning to preview a Supreme Court case that will be argued next week. Dial: (866) 961-5938 to listen in at 9:00 am Pacific time. Jet Propulsion Lab Teleconference

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