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Well, this sucks

CNN,  Sunday, emphasis mine:

U.N. inspectors prepared to examine the site of a suspected chemical weapons attack in Syria on Monday, a strike a U.S. official said was all but certain was carried out by the embattled Syrian government.

Pending cases, and Action Scene Open Thread

The SC has held out on releasing its most interesting rulings until the very end.   The two gay marriage* cases, the Voting Rights Act, and the affirmative action case.  The opinions should be out any day now, possibly as soon as tomorrow.

 

Court ruling: Actions unconstitutional, but secret

A year ago Sen. Ron Wyden released a statement that the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) had found, in at least one case, that the government's surveillance activities were both illegal under the FISA and unconstitutional under the Fourth Amendment.

Two Supreme Court Cases

It's been 150 years since the Civil War and passage of the 14th and 15th Amendments,  and the Supreme Court is still trying to get it straightened out.

Outliers, and Doing Something

Did fifteen inches of grading, crushed some dreams, and now there's time for some rambling,  motivated by the recent tragedy in Connecticut and BD's question "How do you regulate crazy".

 

A few points to start off with:

Democracy and equality are not enough

Two interesting comments recently:  one claiming that banning gay marriage denies equal protection under the law, and another asking why lack of judicial review in a parliamentary democracy is abhorrent.

To the Libya Triumphalists

Way back last Spring, when this Libya business started, we were told that NATO was going to intervene in a very limited way for the sole purpose of protecting civilians.  Some NATO spokesmen went so far as to state that the rebels as well as the loyalists would be subject to action if they attacked civilians.  We were also told that the US involvement was even more limited - strictly a supporting role, and definitely not "hostilities".

Diplomatic Buffoonery

As Trav points out, there's a bad week coming at the UN, with the Palestinians bringing forth requests and the US vetoing them, and unnecessary hysteria all around.  A series of blunders by the Obama administration is largely to blame - blunders so bad that someone on either side of the Israelis vs Palestinians debate should be able to agree they were mistakes. 

Stumblebums

There is no plan.

 

Secretary of State Clinton:

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said that
beyond seeking an end to the violence in Libya, “a final result of any
negotiations would have to be the decision by Colonel Gadhafi to
leave.”

On the other hand, Admiral Mullen:

Third Front

"all necessary measures, notwithstanding paragraph 9 of resolution 1970 (2011), to protect civilians and civilian populated areas under threat of attack in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, including Benghazi, while excluding a foreign occupation
force of any form on any part of Libyan territory..."

PCNAA, PCLOB, Liebermanism

There's been some minor outrage about the Protecting Cyberspace as a National Asset Act, PCNAA, introduced by Sens. Lieberman and Collins, with some commentators calling it an "Internet Kill Switch". That description is maybe a bit exaggerated; it's based on Section 249 "National Cyber Emergencies", which reads in part:

US v Comstock

Today the US Supreme Court upheld a statute allowing federal commitment and indefinite continued incarceration, without a jury trial, of people deemed "sexually dangerous," upon completion of a prison term for a federal crime.

Obama still dithering on civil liberties (Update: unfortunately not)

It's been eight months and it's time for a review. Let's see what we have so far:





What we bought for $2.6B

Influenced by a $2.6B aid package, and clearly feeling chastised by our President's tough love speech in Cairo, our allies reform their ways and moderate their rhetoric:

Housing Minister: Spread of Arab population must be stopped

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Housing Minister Ariel Atias on Thursday warned against the spread of Arab population into various parts of Israel, saying that preventing this phenomenon was no less than a national responsibility.

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Moussavi needs your advice

A mosque was bombed yesterday in Zahedan, Iran, with a count of 24 dead and 125 injured so far. A second bomb was successfully defused a few minutes after the first blast. The city is near the Pakistan/Afghanistan border, and one worries that the Iranians might use it as a justification to cross over the border(s) and engage in some counter-insurgency of their own. However, this is how it's being reported there now:

Press TV

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