Nearly a month ago, HARVEY SILVERGLATE explained why an ELENA KAGAN nomination should give civil-liberties defenders pause. Now that Obama has nominated the former Harvard law dean, Silverglate's article contains the most detailed analysis yet published of Kagan's judicial philosophy. He writes:
On matters of executive authority — where the
judicial branch has been a vital bulwark against post-9/11 “war on
terror” civil-liberties violations — Kagan’s record indicates an
ideological departure from Justice Stevens, who authored watershed
detainee-rights opinions and organized the five-justice majorities that
struck down other Bush administration power grabs.
One key reason the Gulf oil spill has been so hard to stop is that BP was drilling so deep. Such deepwater drilling has been increasingly common -- but both BP and regulators seem to have been unprepared for the complications that can crop up.
At 5,000 feet, the BP's ruptured well continues to gush oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
In the 19 months since the 2008 election, our nation's political
landscape has taken quite the dramatic turn. The Democrats have
succumbed to a Wall Street-like plunge in popularity. And in a
bizarro-world scenario, health care has morphed Obama into a grossly
polarizing figure, while Sarah Palin has birthed a "Yes We Can"-style
underdog attack of her own -- successfully stirring the pot during her
recent Tea Party appearance in our very own Common
The most disturbing bit of information from this blog post should not be that Florida struck down a law banning bestiality in its state (though I'm beginning to wonder if Jeb has a sheep farm somewhere). The most disturbing piece of info should actually be that Florida is one of 17 states where bestiality is actually, technically, still legal.
The U.S. military has employed some pretty ridiculous tactics in its
long and expensive War on Terror. The strangest of these tactics,
hands-down, has to be the experimentation with such psychological warfare as music torture -- a form of mindfuckery that can be traced back to a secret military unit established in 1979 that
attempted to kill goats using sheer brain power
When regulators at the Minerals Management Service had concerns about the safety equipment for offshore oil rigs, the agency did not impose stronger regulations and instead allowed industry to police itself, according to two pieces in The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal today.
The agency has been scrutinized for its role in the massive BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, particularly for failing to follow up on concerns it had -- several years before the BP incident -- about equipment that should have stopped the spill but did not.
Last week, we reported that in addition to the spotted history of the Minerals Management Service, the regulator responsible for overseeing offshore drilling, parts of the agency had withheld data on offshore drilling from those on staff who were responsible for assessing environmental risk.
Unless you're sitting in front of a computer screen for 12 hours a day, move along: this post is not for you. In fact, the only people who'll care about this are the ones who actually think, multiple times per day, "How long is it gonna take me to embed that Shaq tweet into a blog post?"
Yesterday, the person behind the semi-hidden media.
May 5: This post has been corrected.
In the months before BP's Deepwater Horizon rig sank in a ball of fire in the Gulf of Mexico, the company had four close calls on pipelines and facilities it operates in Alaska, according to a letter from two congressmen obtained by ProPublica.
In that letter, dated Jan.
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Sometimes Mother Nature is just cruel to the cutest creatures and sometimes God really does have a sick sense of humor. However, when they work together, they make some pretty entertaining moments out in the wild yonder.
Picture this, a herd of prancing little goats munching their cute way down a mountainside in Tennessee.