Friday, June 29, 2007

Vacation... Time to Get Away.

I will be going on vacation (Bermuda) next week so I won't be checking in on the blog until around July 10th or so. But I thought I'd leave you with a fiew links and thoughts before abandoning y'all for a bit.

First of all, Yahoo News reports that the Democrats are going to try to reintroduce legislation for pulling our troops out of Iraq. I won't hold my breath, but I'm glad they are going to keep trying to roll that boulder up the mountain. After all, that is why the Dems won the last election -- the majority of the people in the USA want us out of Iraq. But as long as the majority is slim and GWB is president nothing Congress does will matter.

Next item of interest, the Supreme Court will hear appeals by Guantanamo prisoners on their right to challenge their indefinite confinement. I would hope so! Gitmo is an on-going black eye to the USA's reputation and we, as a nation, need to work hard to fix that oozing suckhole of human right's violations. Of course, it is quite feasible that the right-leaning court will simply vote to allow GWB's administration to continue doing as it has done for 7 years and violate the human rights we used to hold dear. And, who knows, if Romney gets elected he has stated he would double Gitmo! It makes me shake my head sadly for our lost dignity.

And finally, let's talk about a recent Supreme Court decision that highlights why I have so little "faith" in them to think properly and make the correct decisions. Earlier this week the Supreme Court upheld the legality of faith-based initiatives that push federal funds into religious charities. By a 5-4 vote, a conservative majority concluded taxpayers did not have "standing" to challenge in court the discretionary spending authority of the executive branch for its Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives. I hope the FFRF finds another way to challenge the unconstitutional movement of tax money to religious charities.