Iraq Constitution Officially Ratified

Iraq’s constitution, adopted in a October 15 referendum, has now been officially certified. Draft Constitution Adopted by Iraqi Voters (AP) Iraq’s landmark constitution was adopted by a majority of voters during the country’s Oct. 15 referendum, as Sunni Arab opponents failed to muster enough support to defeat it, election officials said Tuesday. Results released by […]

Miers and the Defense of Excellence

In a column that was generating buzz several days before publication, George Will argues that Harriet Miers’ defenders are making “unseemly” arguments in her defense. In their unseemly eagerness to assure Miers’ conservative detractors that she will reach the “right” results, her advocates betray complete incomprehension of this: Thoughtful conservatives’ highest aim is not to […]

Bloggers Taking a Stand on Miers

N.Z. Bear is calling on bloggers to take a stand on the Harriet Miers nomination. As regular readers will have gathered, I oppose the Miers nomination. My reasons are stated in great detail in a variety of posts, listed below. The short version is simple: Despite being substantially older than most recent nominees to the […]

Canadian Court Allows Bush Torture Prosecution

A Canadian court has allowed a prosecution of President George Bush under the Criminal Code for violations of the 1987 Convention Against Torture. Bush publication ban lifted (Straight.com) A Vancouver lawyer has won a procedural victory in her attempt to prosecute U.S. President George W. Bush under the Criminal Code. Gail Davidson, cofounder of an […]

Graceful Way Out for Miers?

Charles Krauthammer and Ed Morrissey both hit on an interesting strategy for letting Harriet Miers gracefully bow out from the confirmation nightmare while she and the president save face. Miers: The Only Exit Strategy (WaPo, A23) Sen. Lindsey Graham has been a staunch and public supporter of this nominee. Yet on Wednesday he joined Brownback […]

Miers Questionnaire, Take II

In a lengthy post early this morning, I argued that, although I still think Harriet Miers unqualified for the Supreme Court, the flap over her answers to the Senate questionnaire was “silly.” Now that I have seen the questionnaire (in PDF format at NRO via Michelle Malkin) and not just a couple of excerpts from […]

Miers Asked to Provide More Detail on Questions

Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers was asked by the senior Republican and Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee to provide more substantial answers to several questions on her questionnaire. Miers Is Asked to Redo Reply to Questions (NYT) The Supreme Court nomination of Harriet E. Miers suffered another setback on Wednesday when the Republican and […]

Judge Overturns Georgia Voter ID Law

A federal judge has ruled Georgia’s law requiring voters to show photo ID cards amounts to an unconstitutional “poll tax.” Georgia’s Voter Identification Law Barred (AP) A federal judge Tuesday blocked Georgia from enforcing a new state law requiring voters to show photo identification at the polls. In issuing the preliminary injunction, U.S. District Judge […]

Misunderstanding Iraq’s Tribal Factions

Christopher Hitchens has an interesting piece noting that, despite Iraq having been constantly in the news for over fifteen years now, the media still don’t understand the country’s demographic factions. Tribal Ignorance – What you think you know about Iraq’s factions is all wrong When it comes to Iraq, one of the most boring and […]

“A Bullet Into The Heart of Terrorism”

In the run-up to the Iraqi referendum to accept or reject the Constitution, media outlets clamored that this was the “litmus test” for Iraqi security services and that it would help determine how soon US troops could withdraw from the country. The process of the vote has been highly successful, peaceful even, and the silence […]

Iraq Election Monitors Review Suspicious Votes

Election monitors are taking a look at some districts where the “Yes” vote on the Iraqi constitution exceeded 90 percent. Monitors in Iraq Review Votes Where ‘Yes’ Ballots Hit 90% (NYT) Iraqi election officials said Monday that they were investigating “unusually high” vote totals in 12 Shiite and Kurdish provinces, where as many as 99 […]

Iraqis Vote Again

Omar reports that as of 2:45 local time, things are going smoothly in the Iraq constitutional vote; The turnout in our district looks quiet good and actually going to the voting office was a good opportunity to meet some friends I haven?t seen in months. I met one friend on the way and when I […]

On Harriet Miers

Just to go on record (this is Stotch writing, not James), the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court of the United States represents the following: * An insult to the American people * An affront to any Constitutional scholar * A dishonoring of the Supreme Court as an institution * A repudiation of […]

Creationism In The Classroom

Life is a cup of tea: How should evolution be taught in schools? This being America, judges will decide. (The Economist, $) This kind of thing burns me up. Creationism / ID is not science because it’s not refutable and therefore belongs in a philosophy class. The proponents of ID are trying to polish a […]

Washington Monument Evacuated After Bomb Threat

The Washington Monument was evacuated about an hour ago after a low credibility bomb threat. Washington Monument Evacuated (AP) The Washington Monument was evacuated Friday after a bomb threat was called in to local police. U.S. Park Police Sgt. Scott Fear said the call came in at 2:24 p.m. EDT and the monument was evacuated […]

Miers Debate Shows Elite-Mainstream Conservative Divide

Noam Scheiber has an interesting look at the divide between mainstream conservatives and conservative intellectuals, as exemplied by the Harriet Miers embroglio. Conservatives were above elitism. Then came Miers (TNR) In many ways, the biggest fault line emerging among conservatives is between East Coast elites, on the one hand, and rank-and-file conservatives elsewhere in the […]

Bush: Islamic Militants of Trying to Intimidate World

President Bush has made the stunning announcement that Islamic extremists are big rotten meanies. Bush Accuses Islamic Militants of Trying to Intimidate World (AP) President Bush accused Islamic militants on Thursday of seeking to “enslave whole nations and intimidate the world” and charged they have made Iraq their main front. “The militants believe that controlling […]

Gore: American Democracy in Danger

Former Vice President Al Gore gave a speech this morning saying that “American democracy is in grave danger.” As best I can tell, he’s blaming this on television. Text of Gore Speech at Media Conference (AP) I came here today because I believe that American democracy is in grave danger. It is no longer possible […]

Bush Plans Major Address on Iraq War This Morning

President Bush plans what the White House terms a “major address” this morning to shore up support for staying the course in Iraq. Bush Plans to Take on Iraq War Critics (AP) President Bush is stepping up his defense of his Iraq policy as he faces declining public support for the war and a crucial […]

Conservatives Split Over Harriet Miers

Many prominent Republicans are expressing concern about the nomination of Harriet Miers to the Supreme Court and others have remained silent. Conservatives Split Over Bush Nominee (AP) Some of President Bush’s conservative supporters are unconvinced by his defense of Supreme Court nominee Harriet Miers, creating dissension in a Republican Party that until now has reverently […]

Harriet Miers: Not So Mediocre?

This morning, I presented the majority view of conservative bloggers and opinion leaders that Harriet Miers was a less-than-stellar nominee for the Supreme Court. Beldar and PoliPundit issue dissenting opinions. The former, especially, refutes the “not qualified” label that most have bestowed on Miers. I agree with his reasoning and, indeed, remarked that “her resume […]

Harriet Miers: Upon Further Review, Still Mediocre

The early reaction of conservatives to the Harriet Mier nomination ranged from underwhelmed to angry. After some time to weigh additional evidence and get beyond the hasty initial impression, the reaction is unchanged. Steve Bainbridge: The Supreme Court of the United States is no place for B+ picks. It’s a place for A+ picks. This […]

Roy Moore, Ten Commandments Judge, Running for Alabama Governor

Roy Moore, who came to prominence in a series of disputes over the display of the Ten Commandments in public courthouses, has announced that he is running for governor of Alabama in 2006. Ten Commandments judge to run for Alabama governor (Reuters) Former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who was fired in 2003 for disobeying […]

Harriet Miers Nominee for Supreme Court

White House counsel Harriet Miers will be nominated to the Supreme Court at an 8 a.m. press conference. Bush expected to nominate Harriet Miers to Supreme Court (CNN) President Bush is expected Monday to name White House counsel Harriet Miers as his choice to replace retiring Justice Sandra Day O’Connor. Bush will announce his nominee […]

Germany’s Lessons for Iraq

Michael Greve explains that the political mess following Germany’s recent election is a bad omen for Iraq. Germany’s Bad Example for Iraq (OpinionJoural) Proportional representation–PR–is said to be more democratic, inclusive and respectful of minorities than British-American winner-take-all, first-past-the-post elections. Unfortunately, it does nothing to foster clear majorities capable of effective government. Germany’s system of […]

U.S. Launches Operation Iron Fist

U.S. forces have launched another raid against al Qaeda bases in Iraq, this time on the Syrian border. Iraqi troops apparently are playing a negligible role. U.S. Launches Military Offensive in Iraq (AP) About 1,000 U.S. troops, backed by attack helicopters, swarmed into a tiny Iraqi village near the Syrian border Saturday in an offensive […]

Schwarzenegger Terminates Gay Marriage

As promised, California governor Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a bill legalizing same-sex marriage. Schwarzenegger Vetoes Gay Marriage Bill (AP) Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger followed through Thursday on his promise to veto a bill to legalize same-sex marriage, leaving the issue up to voters or judges who will likely face the volatile issue in the next year. “This […]

Oregon Court Overturns Sex Show Laws

The Oregon Supreme Court today rules that live sex shows and nude dancers touching customers are both forms of free expression protected by the state constitution. Oregon Court overturns sex-show laws (AP) The Oregon Supreme Court struck down as unconstitutional Thursday a state law against live sex shows and a local ordinance that says nude […]

Iraqi Constitution Passage Likely

Nancy A. Youssef of Knight Ridder explains why it is quite likely that, despite substantial Sunni misgiving, the Iraqi constitution will pass in the October 15 referendum. Opposition to Iraqi constitution weakening (KR, Sep. 28) The two strongest opponents of Iraq’s proposed new constitution said this week that they wouldn’t campaign against it aggressively, making […]

Zarqawi Emerging as Self-Sustained Force

Some experts believe that Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s network is shifting from a foreign terrorist organization to a domestic guerilla movement. Zarqawi emerging as self-sustained force-US intel (Reuters) Abu Musab al-Zarqawi’s network of al Qaeda-linked insurgents is emerging as a self-sustaining force, despite repeated blows by U.S. forces and the reported death of his second-in-command, U.S. […]

California Professor Flunks (Awful) Pro-U.S. Essay

Drudge has drawn attention to a piece in today’s Washington Times: California professor flunks Kuwaiti’s pro-U.S. essay A 17-year-old Kuwaiti student whose uncles were kidnapped and tortured by Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein’s invaders more than a decade ago said his California college political science professor failed him for praising the United States in a final-exam […]

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