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Sunday, April 24, 2005
  Busy Weekend
In and out because I'm house sitting and playing manager while my Mother is in Washington, DC.

Belated Passover greetings to my Jewish friends, and belated Saint George Day greetings to my English friends.

Saint George, who is the patron saint of England and Russia was reputed to be a great slayer of dragons, and he must have been successful, because it has certainly been quite a while since anyone has seen a dragon. There were certainly as many dragons in England as snakes in Ireland, but Saint Patrick gets a lot more respect. I put it down to peoples general failure to understand the Morris dance as an art form.

While waiting for a tenant to come by I had the TV on at my Mother's house and saw a bit of a C-SPAN show with Tim Russert interviewing Supreme Court Justices Breyer, O'Conner, and Scalia.

Justice Breyer made an interesting point about the evolution of reaction to court decisions, comparing Jackson's reaction to an 1830 decision by openly ignoring it, Eisenhower enforcing Brown v. Board of Education with troops, and the acceptance of Bush v. Gore.

Justice Scalia then starting talking about how the failure to approve Bush's nominations was a clear attack on the Courts, and I turned it off.

DeLay threatening to eliminate courts or their funding is ignored; Cornyn's claim that he could understand why people might do violence to judges and their families is ignored; calls for impeachment over Schiavo are ignored. No, for Justice Scalia the attack on the courts is coming from the refusal of Senate Democrats to automatically approve 10 judges nominated by George W. Bush.

It's sort of interesting that Justice Scalia didn't feel a need to say anything when the Republicans were blocking Bill Clinton's nominations.

Caught a bit of Henry Hyde talking about his life as the Grand Inquisitor during the Clinton years. His claim that the House voted to impeach Clinton because the Democrats were going to impeach Richard Nixon is absurd on its face.

For those who weren't there for the Watergate hearings, it was a bi-partisan group that was getting ready to issue a bill of impeachment against Richard Nixon because the evidence was rather overwhelming, including tape recordings of Nixon himself.

The people who resigned rather than participate in Nixon's cover up were Republicans. Most of the people testifying against him were Republicans. Many of the toughest questions came from Republicans.

Nixon resigned because he was enough of a politician to know that the Republicans would join the Democrats in impeaching him.

Henry Hyde is one of the most despicable, hypocritical, pseudo-religious politicians to ever serve in the House, and that takes a lot of effort given the generally less than honest history of politics in his home state. This is a guy that makes Mayor Richard J. Daley look honest.

Update: The Culture Ghost has made an amazing discovery and shares it: Breaking News.


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