Monday, October 31, 2005
As for the Planned Parenthood decision, I think I''m about to have a heated argument with my husband, which makes typing incredibly difficult. Especially since I haven't had enough coffee yet this morning. And I really need to grab more caffeine, because I think he may call me the dreaded "C" word, which means he may have to sleep on the couch tonight. And that's "C" for "Conservative" - the worst insult he can think of.
In a 1999 case, Fraternal Order of Police v. City of Newark, the 3rd Circuit ruled 3-0 that Muslim police officers in the city can keep their beards. The police had made exemption in its facial hair policy for medical reasons (a skin condition known as pseudo folliculitis barbae) but not for religious reasons. Alito wrote the opinion, saying, "We cannot accept the department's position that its differential treatment of medical exemptions and religious exemptions is premised on a good-faith belief that the former may be required by law while the latter are not."
In July 2004, the 3rd Circuit Court ruled that a Pennsylvania law prohibiting student newspapers from running ads for alcohol was unconstitutional. At issue was Act 199, an amendment to the Pennsylvania Liquor Code passed in 1996 that denied student newspapers advertising revenue from alcoholic beverages. Alito said the law violated the First Amendment rights of the student newspaper, The Pitt News, from the University of Pittsburgh. "If government were free to suppress disfavored speech by preventing potential speakers from being paid, there would not be much left of the First Amendment," Alito wrote.
In 1999, Alito was part of a majority opinion in ACLU v. Schundler. At issue was a holiday display in Jersey City. The court held that the display didn't violate the establishment clause of the First Amendment because in addition to a creche and a menorah, it also had a Frosty the Snowman and a banner hailing diversity.
In the case of Homar v. Gilbert in 1996, Alito wrote the dissenting opinion that a state university didn't violate the due process rights of a campus police officer when they suspended him without pay after they learned he had been arrested on drug charges.
One of the most notable opinions was Alito's dissent in the 1996 case of Sheridan v. Dupont, a sex discrimination case. Alito wrote that a plaintiff in such a case should not be able to withstand summary judgment just by casting doubt on an employer's version of the story.
In Fatin v. INS (1993), Alito joined the majority in ruling that an Iranian woman seeking asylum could establish eligibility based on citing that she would be persecuted for gender and belief in feminism.
In a 1996 ruling that upheld the constitutionality of a federal law banning the possession of machine guns, Alito argued for greater state rights in reasoning that Congress had no authority to regulate private gun possession.
Sunday, October 30, 2005
Thursday, October 27, 2005
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
I hate having restrictions on what I can and cannot look at. It's all supposed to be to keep us from accidentally going to sites that could give us nasy viruses....but it's still annoying. Luckily for me, I can post through Flickr...until the gurus figure that out too. Until then, however, you may have to deal with random pictures of my life along with my random thoughts.
Friday, October 21, 2005
- The Da Vinci Code, Dan Brown
- Pride and Prejudice, Jane Austen
- To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee
- Gone with the Wind, Margaret Mitchell
- The Lord of the Rings, The Return of the King, J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring, J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Lord of the Rings, The Two Towers, J. R. R. Tolkien
- Anne of Green Gables
- Outlander, Diana Gabaldon
- A Fine Balance, Rohinton Mistry
- Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, J. K. Rowling
- Angels and Demons, Dan Brown
- Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, J. K. Rowling
- A Prayer for Owen Meany, John Irving
- Memoirs of a Geisha, Arthur Golden
- Harry Potter and the Philosopher Stone, J. K. Rowling
- Fall on Your Knees, Ann-Marie MacDonald
- The Stand, Stephen King
- Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, J. K. Rowling
- Jane Eyre, Charlotte Bronte
- The Hobbit, J. R. R. Tolkien
- The Catcher in the Rye, J. D. Salinger
- Little Women, Louisa May Alcott
- The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold
- Life of Pi, Yann Martel
- The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, Douglas Adams
- Wuthering Heights, Emily Bronte
- The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe, C. S. Lewis
- East of Eden, John Steinbeck
- Tuesdays with Morrie, Mitch Albom
- Dune, Frank Herbert
- The Notebook, Nicholas Sparks
- Atlas Shrugged, Ayn Rand
- 1984, George Orwell
- The Mists of Avalon, Marion Zimmer Bradley
- The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follet
- The Power of One, Bryce Courtenay
- I Know this Much is True, Wally Lamb
- The Red Tent, Anita Diamant
- The Alchemist, Paulo Coelho
- The Clan of the Cave Bear, Jean M. Auel
- The Kite Runner, Khaled Hosseini
- Confessions of a Shopaholic, Sophie Kinsella
- The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
- Gift and award Bible NIV, Various
- Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy
- The Cound of Monte Cristo, Alexandre Dumas
- Angela's Ashes, Frank McCourt
- The Grapes of Wrath, John Steinbeck
- She's Come Undone, Wally Lamb
- The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
- A Tale of Two Cities, Charles Dickens
- Ender's Game, Orson Scott Card
- Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
- The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
- The Stone Angel, Margaret Laurence
- Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, J. K. Rowling
- The Thorn Birds, Colleen McCullough
- The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood
- The Time Traveler's Wife, Audrey Niffenegger
- Crime and Punishment, Fyodor Dostoyevsky
- The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand
- War and Peace, Leo Tolstoy
- Interview with the Vampire, Ann Rice
- Fifth Business, Robertson Davies
- One Hundred Years of Solitude, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, Ann Brashares
- Catch-22, Joseph Heller
- Les Miserables, Victor Hugo
- The Little Prince, Antoine de Saint-Exupery
- Bridget Jones' Diary, Helen Fielding
- Love in the Time of Cholera, Gabriel Garcia Marquez
- Shogun, James Clavell
- The English Patient, Michael Oondatje
- The Secret Garden, Frances Hodgson Burnett
- A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, Betty Smith
- The World According to Garp, John Irving
- The Diviners, Margaret Laurence
- Charlotte's Web, E. B. White
- Mot wanted on the Voyage, Timothy Findley
- Of Mice and Men, John Steinbeck
- Rebecca, Daphne du Maurier
- Wizard's First Rule, Terry Goodkind
- Emma, Jane Austen
- Watership Down, Richard Adams
- Brave New World, Aldous Huxley
- The Stone Diaries, Carol Shields
- Blindness, Jose Saramago
- Kane and Abel, Jeffrey Archer
- In the Skin of a Lion, Michael Oondatje
- Lord of the Flies, William Golding
- The Good Earth, Pearl S. Buck
- The Secret Life of Bees
- The Bourne Identity, Robert Ludlum
- Th Outsiders, S. E. Hinton
- White Oleander, Janet Fitch
- A Woman of Substance, Barbara Taylor Bradford
- The Celestine Prophecy, James Redfield
- Ulysses, James Joyce
Possessing a rare combination of wisdom and humility, while serenely dominating your environment you selflessly use your powers to care for others.
Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.
Galadriel is a character in the Middle-Earth universe. You can read more about her at the Galadriel Worshippers Army.
Wednesday, October 19, 2005
- Johnson's Test Fairness Plan: Require no high school tests that the legislators who vote for them can't pass.
- Observation on the school of hard knocks: I don't mind learning from my mistakes. I just don't want to earn a PhD.
- Johnson's Observation on Multimedia Content: You can put all the pretty clothes on your dog you want, but he's still a dog.
- Johnson's Rule of Technology Neutrality: Tools are neither good nor bad. The same hammer can both break windows and build cathedrals.
- Johnson’s Law of Network Capacity: You can’t be too thin, too rich or have too much bandwidth.
- Johnson's First Law of Presentations: Show your audience pictures of happy, productive children and they will believe anything you tell them.
- Johnson's Homily on Beta Testing: The early worm gets eaten by the bird.
Monday, October 17, 2005
Sunday, October 16, 2005
Better would be a federal statute giving state and local governments monetary incentives to seek consent of all mothers to collection of DNA from their newborns. Laws already let parents make many vital decisions on behalf of young children: medical care, nutrition, religion, education, etc. Any mother who predicts her newborn will become an honest citizen protected from suspicion by DNA, not a criminal ensnared by it, would consent. Her consent, and later telling her child about it, would provide an extra incentive for law-abiding conduct.Mr. Coombs, according to the paper, teaches at Rutgers University Law School. The thought of what he's teaching his students - future lawyers - frightens me.
Friday, October 14, 2005
Thursday, October 13, 2005
Wednesday, October 12, 2005
- Americans take it for granted that the US has the right to act as the world's sole superpower; but what about China?
- "Few abroad would conced to the US the carte blanche it desires"
- "Why does the US spend as much on its military as the rest of the world put together?"
- China has the right to ask "who elected the US global policeman?"
- "The Chinese will take the US behavior and the principles that underlie it as the moral norms of the international system"
Tuesday, October 11, 2005
Sunday, October 09, 2005
Saturday, October 08, 2005
Thursday, October 06, 2005
At last the summer is gone. The winds – cool, now – blow away the last of the sun’s savageness. The strong tones of summer Are gently dethroned by russets, maroons, and deep mysterious browns – The warm colors of Fall.
Light softens, And the world quietly glows with it’s own secret – A secret that whispers through the trailing leaves – The secret of Fall.
The world slows, and Time herself seems to be holding her breath. Soon the winter will come With a whiteness that has it’s own beauty. But for now, this moment, It is the reign of Fall
Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Ahh,,,,if only I had time to list them all. And I blame george for everything. (Well, Dick can get 10% of the blame. And Rumsfeld is evil, so he gets another 10%. Rove is half of george, so give him 20%. And Laura gets 5% for marrying him. But george gets everything else). This is what I’ve got though:
I would really like to blame the entire Indiana debacle regarding state control of who does not get to have children, but that would take more mental energy than I have at 5 o'clock in the afternoon.Bush wants to use the military to quarantine people if there’s a bird flu pandemic because the military is sooooo good at that compassionate nurturing stuff
Nominated someone to the supreme court who was AGAINST repealing the sodomy law in
And, of all things, they’re really getting tired of having so many darn liberals in higher education. (we’ll leave aside, for the moment, the fact that the more education a person gets, the more likely they are to be a liberal/progressive): (from today’s Wall Street Journal, which you have to have a subscription to see. Don’t pay for it, just read this):
Tuesday, October 04, 2005
|1||STAR WARS||1977||John Williams|
|2||GONE WITH THE WIND||1939||Max Steiner|
|3||LAWRENCE OF ARABIA||1962||Maurice Jarre|
|5||THE GODFATHER||1972||Nino Rota|
|8||THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN||1960||Elmer Bernstein|
|10||HIGH NOON||1952||Dimitri Tiomkin|
|11||THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD||1938||Erich Wolfgang Korngold|
|13||KING KONG||1933||Max Steiner|
|14||E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL||1982||John Williams|
|15||OUT OF AFRICA||1985||John Barry|
|16||SUNSET BLVD.||1950||Franz Waxman|
|17||TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD||1962||Elmer Bernstein|
|18||PLANET OF THE APES||1968||Jerry Goldsmith|
|19||A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE||1951||Alex North|
|20||THE PINK PANTHER||1964||Henry Mancini|
|22||ON THE WATERFRONT||1954||Leonard Bernstein|
|23||THE MISSION||1986||Ennio Morricone|
|24||ON GOLDEN POND||1981||Dave Grusin|
|25||HOW THE WEST WAS WON||1962||Alfred Newman|