Health care high fives

Yesterday was a good day for those of us who want universal health care coverage. It was also a good day for those of us who think CNN and Fox both suck. The video below from Politico mashes up some of the funniest reactions to the Supreme Court decision and the massive fail by CNN and Fox News.

  

The farce continues

Here’s more wisdom from Sarah Palin.

It’s stunning that a candidate for high office can’t speak intelligently about the Supreme Court. In this clip, she can’t name a Supreme Court decision other than Roe v. Wade that she disagrees with.

It’s not necessary for a candidate to be able to recite the names of decisions. It is important, however, for a candidate to have a working knowledge of the issues that have faced the courts over the years. As a social conservative, she could have easily cited decisions regarding prayer in schools or affirmative action that have offended conservatives.

Instead, she rambled through a bunch of general statements that were barely more coherent than her statements regarding Russia and foreign policy.

Again, she’s not remotely qualifed for the Vice Presidency. It has nothing to do with her gender or her politics. She just can’t carry on a meaningful discussion of national issues. She has not held a single press conference, where reporters are usually much tougher than Katie Couric.

Experience and readiness are not confined to the bullet points on one’s resume. The ability to be engaged in the issues of our time is crucial. She fails this test spectacularly, and even conservatives are starting to take note.

John McCain does not have the temperment to be President, and he has selected a running mate who is not qualified to be Vice President.

  

Fortress America – Be careful bringing a laptop across the border

This is getting to be ridiculous.

Federal agents may take a traveler’s laptop or other electronic device to an off-site location for an unspecified period of time without any suspicion of wrongdoing, as part of border search policies the Department of Homeland Security recently disclosed.

Also, officials may share copies of the laptop’s contents with other agencies and private entities for language translation, data decryption or other reasons, according to the policies, dated July 16 and issued by two DHS agencies, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

“The policies . . . are truly alarming,” said Sen. Russell Feingold (D-Wis.), who is probing the government’s border search practices. He said he intends to introduce legislation soon that would require reasonable suspicion for border searches, as well as prohibit profiling on race, religion or national origin.

DHS officials said that the newly disclosed policies — which apply to anyone entering the country, including U.S. citizens — are reasonable and necessary to prevent terrorism. Officials said such procedures have long been in place but were disclosed last month because of public interest in the matter.

There’s no reason to have such a broad policy when it comes to U.S. citizens. It’s also unconstitutional. The “probable cause” test seems very appropriate for citizens, and a lower threshhold of reasonable concern would be appropriate for non-citizens.

This is an example where we need “activist” judges. The whole point of our constitution was the separation of powers. The sad fact is that our government, and all governments, sometimes get overzealous. They want to “protect” us, and in doing so they destroy our freedoms. That’s why we need a bunch of unelected judges to reign in our elected officials. Elected officials are too often swayed the the fears of the moment and the mood swings of the electorate.

Conservatives don’t get this. They love to demonize judges, until they need them to protect us from a government that goes too far.

  

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