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Decisions, Decisions

Thursday, Jun. 26, 2008 3:53 AM

Those 'activist judges' on the Supreme Court are at it again, negating a Louisiana law that allowed the death penalty for those convicted of raping a child (it's supposedly not a proportional penalty). But, at the same time, they slashed the $2.5 billion in punitive damages levied against Exxon/Mobil for the Exxon Valdez spill to a mere $500 million. (An appellate court had previously reduced the damages from $5 billion.)

Will we be hearing that the latter, too, is the result of an activist judiciary?

From the Just Because Department, I'm going to quote six words from an Associated Press article.

To. And. The. From. Hillary Clinton.

So Barack Obama's waffling over the proposed FISA amendments (now with New, Improved Telecom Immunity!) is supposedly because the revisions make it clear that the president cannot ignore the law on a whim.

Um, wasn't that the whole point of FISA in the first place? To assert constitutional protections and legal guidelines for surveillance?

Senator, that's as dumb an argument as I've heard in recent times.

On the other hand, we applaud Senators Christopher Dodd and Russ Feingold for leading the fight against this nonsense, even though this is an uphill battle against their colleagues who are busy giving away the store.

Congratulations to the Fresno State Bulldogs for winning the NCAA World Series against Georgia, with a two HR appearance by right fielder Steve Detwiler for all six of the game's runs. Detwiler also caught the game-ending out in the 9th.

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