BREAKING NEWS: David Souter to Retire from Supreme Court

Well this is news…sort of:

Supreme Court Justice David Souter plans to retire, sources told NBC News Thursday night.

Speculation about Souter’s plans began to swirl as the eight other justices were known to have hired the four law clerks who will work with them in the Supreme Court term that begins in October. Souter has been the lone holdout, hiring no one.

A retirement by Souter, 69, would give President Barack Obama his first chance to nominate a justice and the next few months would bring Senate confirmation hearings.

Here’s what you can expect as a result:

Lots of political fighting

Expect major partisan fighting in the Senate…ie Republicans filibustering any potential replacement Obama nominates. Of course a more honest political party wouldn’t take a boldface hypocritical position in light of their very recent opposition to filibustering supreme court nominees. Of course, we’re talking about the Republican party.

Change, but more of the same

Unfortunately the balance of power probably won’t change much regardless of who Obama nominates. The court is more or less split among partisan lines with a 5-4 conservative/liberal split. With Souter coming from the liberal wing of the court, all democrats can hope for is an intelligent and young nominee.


Awesome Phil Fact 3..7..9? Oh Fuck It…

This one’s for Kryztal…

When I was in the 6th grade all of the classes in the school came together to create a “mock” hotel where every student was assigned a real life position based on their skill, personality, and aptitude. Some kids were hosts, some kids were dealers, some kids were cooks. We even had a president.

And me?

Well the teachers felt the need to create a special position for me…

Sensitivity Director

They told me the comedic irony was too funny to resist.

This Is What Stupid Looks Like: NRSC Edition

This blurb caught my eye from today’s First Read:

The National Republican Senatorial Committee is running robo-calls in Pennsylvania, reminding Democrats there that Arlen Specter backed Bush and won’t be an automatic 60th vote in the Senate.

Yes, because Pat Toomey, the republican candidate is going to be a more reliable democrat vote. Oh wait, that’s right. Toomey is one of the most conservative politicians in the country. Oh, that makes so much more sense now.

… NRSC, please, please, please spend a lot of money on this robo call.

Shut The Fuck Up and Read This Fucking Blog Entry

I’m going to be honest. I don’t really have a reason to post this paper. A reason besides the fact that its about the word fuck:

This Article is as simple and provocative as its title suggests: it explores the legal implications of the word fuck. The intersection of the word fuck and the law is examined in four major areas: First Amendment, broadcast regulation, sexual harassment, and education. The legal implications from the use of fuck vary greatly with the context. To fully understand the legal power of fuck, the nonlegal sources of its power are tapped. Drawing upon the research of etymologists, linguists, lexicographers, psychoanalysts, and other social scientists, the visceral reaction to fuck can be explained by cultural taboo. Fuck is a taboo word. The taboo is so strong that it compels many to engage in self-censorship. This process of silence then enables small segments of the population to manipulate our rights under the guise of reflecting a greater community. Taboo is then institutionalized through law, yet at the same time is in tension with other identifiable legal rights. Understanding this relationship between law and taboo ultimately yields fuck jurisprudence.

Fuck jurisprudence, fuck vegetarians, and fuck shoes.

Georgia Politics and The Logistics of Fucking a Mule

What the fuck kind of ship are they running down there in Georgia, where gubernatorial candidates are going around fucking mules ? Yes, I know he said he did it “in the past” when “he was young”. But once a mule fucker, always a mule fucker.

And I swear to god if this guy is against same gay marriage…