Thursday, October 05, 2006

Some Good News Again For A Change

For a change, we have two pieces of great news to report today:

1. Court says eavesdropping program can continue

Wed Oct 4, 2006 4:21 PM ET

Note: This applies to suspected foreign terrorists communicating with accomplices in the USA.

CHICAGO (Reuters) - The government can continue to use its warrantless domestic wiretap program pending the Justice Department's appeal of a federal judge's ruling outlawing the program, an Appeals Court in Cincinnati ruled on Wednesday.

The ruling overturned District Judge Anna Diggs Taylor's decision last week to deny a lengthy stay in the case, which is expected to end up with the Supreme Court.

In August, Taylor ruled that the National Security Agency's five-year-old surveillance program, implemented as part of the government's war on terrorism, violates the civil rights of Americans.

The American Civil Liberties Union filed the suit in March.

2. Vetoing Electoral Chaos
By John J. Pitney,Jr.

Governor Schwarzenegger has vetoed the bill joining California to an interstate compact to undermine the electoral college.

In his veto message, he said: ” I appreciate the intent of this measure to make California more relevant in the presidential campaign, but I cannot support doing it by giving all our electoral votes to the candidate that a majority of Californians did not support.” Political Mavens

Perhaps you did not know that there is a liberal group in this country that is trying to undermine the electoral college we have always used to elect our presidents. Since they are unable to get a constitutional amendment passed to make this change, they are trying to do it by getting each state to pass a law that all their electoral votes will be cast for whichever candidate received, nationwide, the highest popular vote – regardless of the voting results in their own state. What this would do, if widely adopted, is give all the power to a few large states – something our wise forefathers designed the electoral college to prevent.

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At 6:41 AM, Anonymous Joe Alves Jr. said...

It strikes me funny that the Liberals would want to wire tap anyone who had anything to do with a Gay Florida Congressman, to create a hay-maker to go after Republicans, but they're adamantly opposed to the wire tapping of terrorists who want to do us harm. This qualifies as reason #98 of why I don't think Democrats are good for this country.

At 6:45 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Heck of a good point, Joe, especially since it has now come out that the page was of age.

At 9:38 AM, Anonymous steve said...

I do not understand your point about the age of page...are you saying what Foley did was ok?
And all the coverup on this issue??

At 10:10 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

No, Foley is a skunk, but so far as we know now, he broke no laws, and Haskert did not know about the sexual IM's until very recently.

At 6:42 AM, Blogger Charles said...

Here's a funny scenario. This law would only go into effect if enough states joined the compact to actually represent a majority of votes.

And, it's being pushed mostly by democratic states like california.

So, let's suppose 18 or so states have passed this law, mostly all democratic-leaning, but not enough to reach the magic number.

Now, suppose we just had a presidential election, and the republican won the popular vote, but a democrat won the electoral vote.

So Texas, who went republican, but had NOT joined the compact, calls a special session, and votes to adopt the rule.

And, because they put the total electoral votes in the compact over the halfway point, all the states in the compact are now bound to vote for the republican, and the republican takes the white house.

Then Texas repeals their law.

Of course, what would happen is California, seeing what Texas was going to do, would have a special session to REPEAL their law before december.

It would almost be fun watching states trying to get into and out of the compact to influence the election, except it wouldn't really happen.

Anyway, I'm glad Arnold vetoed this, but I'm surprised any state really wants to give away their rights.

At 8:30 AM, Blogger RussWilcox said...

Great comment, but I don't think it would happen, because the scenario would be just the reverse. If Texas went Democrat and a Republican won the popular vote nationwide, they would vote their electoral votes Republican if they were already in the compact. If they were not already in the compact, the Democrats there would go to any length to prevent the switch. In any event, you are right that this idea would just create a huge mess.


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