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Rand Paul Critical of Civil Rights Act

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 21st, 2010 4:53 am by HL

Rand Paul Critical of Civil Rights Act
In an interview with Rachel Maddow, Kentucky Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul said that the federal government blurred the lines between public and private property when it passed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and made it illegal for private businesses to discriminate on the basis of race. On the issue of desegregating lunch counters, Paul said, “Does the owner of the restaurant own his restaurant? Or does the government own his restaurant?”


Late Late Night FDL: Southern Cross

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 21st, 2010 4:52 am by HL

Late Late Night FDL: Southern Cross
Crosby, Stills, and Nash Southern Cross.

Crosby, Stills, and Nash Southern Cross.

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Laying Bare the Myth of ‘The Left’

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 21st, 2010 4:51 am by HL

Laying Bare the Myth of ‘The Left’
If progressive groups were anything but shills for the Democrats, they would be protesting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and demanding the firing of his interior secretary. By David Sirota

If progressive groups were anything but shills for the Democrats, they would be protesting President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee and demanding the firing of his interior secretary.


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U.S. Stocks Take a Nosedive as Euro Worries Rise
The Icelandic volcano isn’t the only problem blowing over from Europe, judging by Thursday’s dismal stock market dive, touched off in part by problems in the euro zone as well as homegrown concerns about the American government’s plans for financial regulation.  —KA The New York Times: At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 376.36 points, or 3.6 percent, at 10,068.01. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was down 43.46 points, or 3.9 percent, at 1,071.59 and the Nasdaq composite was down 94.36 points, or 4.1 percent, at 2,204.01. Indexes in Europe and Asia were all lower. New measures in Germany to ban naked short selling, uncertainty over financial regulation in the United States and persistent Euro zone troubles ganged up with Thursday’s disappointing jobless claims and signs of lagging economic indicators to smother any optimism about corporate results or signs of a recovery that might have lifted sentiment. Read more

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The Icelandic volcano isn’t the only problem blowing over from Europe, judging by Thursday’s dismal stock market dive, touched off in part by problems in the euro zone as well as homegrown concerns about the American government’s plans for financial regulation.? —KA

The New York Times:

At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 376.36 points, or 3.6 percent, at 10,068.01. The Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was down 43.46 points, or 3.9 percent, at 1,071.59 and the Nasdaq composite was down 94.36 points, or 4.1 percent, at 2,204.01.

Indexes in Europe and Asia were all lower.

New measures in Germany to ban naked short selling, uncertainty over financial regulation in the United States and persistent Euro zone troubles ganged up with Thursday’s disappointing jobless claims and signs of lagging economic indicators to smother any optimism about corporate results or signs of a recovery that might have lifted sentiment.

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Compare Senate, House Financial Reform Bills: CFPA, Fed, Derivatives Differences

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 21st, 2010 4:50 am by HL

Compare Senate, House Financial Reform Bills: CFPA, Fed, Derivatives Differences
A comparison of the Senate and House financial regulation bills: ____…

Catholic Bishops Leave Civil Rights Group After Kagan Endorsement
By Daniel Burke Religion News Service WASHINGTON (RNS) The U.S. Catholic bishops withdrew from a national civil rights coalition on Wednesday (May 19) after the…

Earl Ofari Hutchinson: Race Trips up Rand Paul Too
Kentucky GOP senate candidate Rand Paul may or may not learn what his father Ron learned. And that’s when you pop off on the…

Eddie Glaude, Jr., Ph.D.: The Souls of Some White Folks
Some will argue, as many have, that Rand Paul’s comments about Title II of the 1964 Civil Rights Act were consistent with his libertarian principles. However, freedom-talk without justice-talk is empty and, potentially, dangerous.

Rand Paul Is ‘Kentucky Fried Candidate’ Over Civil Rights Comments
WASHINGTON (AP) — A tea party conservative on a national stage, Republican Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky labored Thursday to explain remarks suggesting businesses…


WND’s Hentoff drums up bogus controversy over Kagan’s First Amendment views

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 21st, 2010 4:49 am by HL

WND’s Hentoff drums up bogus controversy over Kagan’s First Amendment views

In a WorldNetDaily column, Nat Hentoff advanced numerous falsehoods in order to suggest Elena Kagan is anti-free speech, including the false claims that Kagan has argued that the government could ban pamphlets such as Thomas Paine’s Common Sense and could “redistribute” or “unskew” speech on talk radio.

Hentoff falsely suggests Kagan supports prohibiting individuals from distributing pamphlets critical of gov’t

Hentoff tries to link Kagan’s views on corporate speech to Thomas Paine’s Common Sense. In a May 19 WorldNetDailyR.A.V. v. City of St. Paul, which invalidated an anti-hate speech law enacted in St. Paul, Minnesota. Kagan argued that the R.A.V. decision was based on St. Paul’s “illegitimate, censorial motives” in passing the law — not on the ways in which the law might have impermissibly “skewed” public debate. Kagan wrote:

Finally, the notion of a skewing effect, as an explanation of R.A.V. or any other case, rests on a set of problematic foundations. The argument assumes that “distortion” of the realm of ideas arises from — and only from — direct governmental restrictions on the content of speech. But distortion of public discourse might arise also (or instead) from the many rules of property and other law that, without focusing or intending to focus on any particular speech, determine who has access to expressive opportunities. If there is an “overabundance” of an idea in the absence of direct governmental action — which there well might be when compared with some ideal state of public debate — then action disfavoring that idea might “unskew,” rather than skew, public discourse. Suppose, for example, that racists control a disproportionate share of the available means of communication; then, a law like St. Paul’s might provide a corrective.  

A court well might — as the R.A.V. Court did — refuse the government the power to provide this corrective, but to do so, the court must discard a rationale focused purely on effects and adopt a rationale focused on motive. 

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The worry in a case like R.A.V. is not with skewing effects per se; the fear of skewing effects depends upon, and becomes meaningless without, the fear that impermissible considerations — call them for now “censorial” or “ideological” considerations — intruded on the decision to restrict expression.

The R.A.V. Court made this concern about illegitimate, censorial motives unusually evident in its opinion, all but proclaiming that sources, not consequences, forced the decision. [Kagan, “Private Speech, Public Purpose,” 1996, wrote:

On then to my own evaluation of the First Amendment articles: I think they’re excellent. I disagree with them in significant ways (this article, for instance, reaches results that differ quite a bit from those suggested by Kagan’s Private Speech, Public Purpose article, see, e.g., PDF pp. 8-9). But I like them a lot.

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My guess is that the likeliest bet would be to say that a Justice Kagan would be roughly where Justice Ginsburg is — generally pretty speech-protective, but probably with some exceptions in those areas where the liberal Justices on the Court have taken a more speech-restrictive view, chiefly expensive speech related to campaigns and religious speech in generally available government subsidies. Not perfect from my perspective, but not bad, and no worse than Justice Stevens, with whom Justice Ginsburg largely agreed on such matters.

Former Chicago Law School Dean Stone: Kagan approached First Amendment issues “without even a hint of predisposition.” Geoffrey R. Stone, a law professor at the University of Chicago who was dean when Kagan was hired there, wrote in a May 10 article:

In her formative years as a scholar, Kagan wrote a series of illuminating articles about freedom of speech. They were illuminating not only because they shed interesting light on the First Amendment, but also because they reveal a lot about Kagan. In an area rife with ideology, her articles addressed complex and weighty legal questions without even a hint of predisposition.

In one early essay, she addressed the provocative issue of hate speech. After examining the question in a rigorous, lawyerlike manner, she came out in full support of a highly controversial 5-4 decision authored by none other than conservative Justice Antonin Scalia, which held that the government cannot constitutionally ban hate speech. Kagan reached this result even though it was clearly contrary to the liberal orthodoxy at the time. 

Even Fox News’ Megyn Kelly says Kagan “seems pretty middle of the road” on “free speech matters.” From the May 11 edition of The O’Reilly Factor (retrieved from Nexis):

KELLY: Well, I have to say on free speech, Elena Kagan, so far this is something she’s written a lot about, seems pretty middle of the road. I don’t expect her to be a far left liberal on free speech matters.

NY Times reports there are indications Kagan’s “views on government regulation of speech were closer to the Supreme Court’s more conservative justices, like Antonin Scalia.” The New York Times reported in a May 14 article

In her early years as a law professor, Elena Kagan wrote almost exclusively on the First Amendment. There are indications in those writings that her views on government regulation of speech were closer to the Supreme Court’s more conservative justices, like Antonin Scalia, than to Justice John Paul Stevens, whom she hopes to replace. 


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Souder’s Resignation Letter
TPMmuckraker has obtained Rep. Mark Souder’s (R-IN) resignation letter.


Greek general strike: Is the Gaza flotilla caught in the middle?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 21st, 2010 4:43 am by HL

Greek general strike: Is the Gaza flotilla caught in the middle?
Several friends of mine just left for Greece in order to join an eight-ship flotilla that plans to sail from Athens to Gaza at the end of May. The eight ships will be carrying humanitarian supplies designed to help break a four-year siege of the Gaza strip — or at least that was the plan. […]


Another Candidate Overstates His Military Record?

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 21st, 2010 4:42 am by HL

Another Candidate Overstates His Military Record?
The Los Angeles Times notes the California Senate candidate Chuck DeVore (R) “has emphasized his service as a military officer and a young Reagan White House appointee at the Pentagon as experiences that helped make him the most qualified candidate. But at times he appears to have overstated those accomplishments, particularly his experience under fire and his role in the development of a U.S.-Israeli anti-ballistic-missile defense program.”

In one debate DeVore spoke of being “shot at in Lebanon” but did not make clear “that the shooting occurred in the 1980s while DeVore was a college student studying Arabic and other subjects in the Middle East. Nor did he note that while the shooting was in his vicinity, there was no indication he was a target or was in actual danger.”

Saturday’s Election is Already Half Over
Although the special election to replace Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) isn’t until Saturday, KITV-TV reports that as of Wednesday, 48% of the ballots were already turned in by mail.

Colleen Hanabusa (D), Ed Case (D) and Charles Djou (R) are the frontrunners in the race.

Bloomberg Approval at Lowest Level in Five Years
A new Quinnipiac poll shows New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has a 57% to 29% approval rating, his lowest grade in five years.

Said pollster Maurice Carroll: “Bloomberg’s job-approval is over 50 percent, at a level most politicians would wallow in during this anti-incumbent storm, but it’s way down from the heady 70-plus heights the Mayor enjoyed before he ran for a third term.”


U.S. Immigration Policy Prioritizes Nonviolent Workers Crossing the Border Over Apprehending Dangerous Criminals

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 21st, 2010 4:41 am by HL

U.S. Immigration Policy Prioritizes Nonviolent Workers Crossing the Border Over Apprehending Dangerous Criminals
Increased attention on nonviolent border crossers has taken resources away from investigating smuggling operations.

Increased attention on nonviolent border crossers has taken resources away from investigating smuggling operations.

Are the Red Shirts In Thailand Leading a Fight For Democracy Or Stirring Up a Sham Revolution?
A debate between two experts on the uprising and brutal military crackdown in Bangkok.

A debate between two experts on the uprising and brutal military crackdown in Bangkok.


J Street Smashmouths The “Israel-Can-Do-No-Wrong” Boys

Posted in Main Blog (All Posts) on May 21st, 2010 4:40 am by HL

J Street Smashmouths The “Israel-Can-Do-No-Wrong” Boys
Success clearly has not made J Street timid. This week Jeremy Ben Ami addressed an open letter to the head of the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations. The Conference — along with AIPAC, ADL and the American Jewish…


GOP Victory Mirage
Almost six months ago I suggested that the conventional Washington wisdom of a Republican sweep this November was fatally flawed. Now a new AP-Gfk poll shows that the Democrats are staging a major comeback. People want Democrats to control Congress…


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