Over the past few days I have been busy setting up my new Dell PC, transferring data and just generally getting accustomed to working on a new platform – Windows Vista Business.
Al Gore told CNN today that there were no “campaign plans in his immediate future,” but he also said, he hadn’t “ruled out getting back into the political process at some point” — and “if he did return to political life, it would be to take another shot at the White … Continue reading
In actuality Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and Iran pose no threat to America or her interests with any form of arms capacity. What does stand as a challenge, and what is suddenly showing in rather stark light, is the frail logic of our policies. With regard to arms, with regard to the exercise of power, in the Mideast and around the world, what is being called into question in our confrontation with Iran is the generalized doctrine American exceptionalsim, “The Because We Said So” Doctrine.
Why is nuclear power a sovereign domestic concern for American politicians to discuss freely, yet something Iran must seek permission for? What empowers the U.S. to arbitrate the standing of nuclear nations, blessing for India what it would bomb in Iraq? Would America’s ally Israel submit to the same monitoring conditions for its power plants now being demanded of Iran? These questions, this is the war of ideas Iran is waging right now. And that’s one place where I worry about our own “weapons capacity.” Continue reading
The U.S. Supreme Court has just handed down a 7-2 decision which has the effect of saying that federal judges are relevant in criminal cases after all. The issue arises in this form because of the passage in 1984 of The Sentencing Reform Act. Previously, federal judges handled all sentencing … Continue reading
Sometimes the weekend seems so long and yet, not long enough. It’s back to the old grindstone for many of you, so I hope you got your morning cuppa cuz I got a Ten Post Round-Up for you. Before we begin, how about a holiday attitude adjustment? Il Divo Christmas-Mania … Continue reading