Archive for April 7, 2009

What a Judge does

Posted: April 7, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news
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Ann Althouse cuts to the chase on how being a judge is supposed to work:

Scalia is resisting telling us about his personal views because they are irrelevant to the work of a judge, and he’s modeling upstanding judicial behavior, saying what the law is and nothing more.

The second quote is even better than the first:

You may think it’s cruel of Scalia to deprive us of soothing words, but don’t be tricked about why he writes like that. Scalia is adhering to the most basic legal proposition that judges must decide cases according to the law and leave the rest to the processes of democracy

In a democracy it is the people representatives who are supposed to make the law. Ann gets it. I think a debate on the subject between her and Darren Hutchinson would fill a hall and expand the mind.

If there is a better argument for the 2nd amendment than this column I haven’t heard it.

It’s a story like this that the “better judged by 12 then carried by 6”. saying is made for.

The Obama Operation

Posted: April 7, 2009 by datechguy in oddities
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Picking up on the Drums along the Mohawk quote I imagined how the exchange would go with the president:

America: “President Obama have you ever run any kind of business or economy or even gotten a paycheck from a profit making business?”

President: “No but I need to run GM and get control of the banks and the health care system.”

America: “Well that’s ok, a man’s got to start somewhere. We have hope for your change”

Just a reminder, the general who is the source of the other quote in the movie…he died.

DaTechGuy: Up all night Morning Joe late

Posted: April 7, 2009 by datechguy in opinion/news, tech
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Just woke up, was up till 4 cleaning customer systems. Still connected to one so missed Morning Joe except for the last few minutes where here is some running gag about Andrew being threatened by the FDIC and a Gene Robinson Column going after Michael Steele who is still the butt of jokes.

Quick comment on Steele I just woke up and I don’t know what he said that generated Robinson’s column or even what it says but if past performance if indication of future results nothing would surprise me. We can safely say that we have apparently reached the post racial era at least for republicans since we can ridicule them without worrying about race. Then again that has been true since on the republican side since Clarance Thomas.

8:21 a.m. Who would have known Chris Dodd was in trouble? If the MSN did it’s job it would have been known months before the election as blogs like Instapundit reported on it over and over but the MSN ignored it.

8:25 a.m. Apparently Tarp2 happens without a vote? Joe is Shocked SHOCKED that democrats are doing it.

8:29 a.m. Joe complains he has Obama has no private sector stuff Sen Cronin points out president Obama won.

8:31 a.m. “If you are going to operate on a brain I hope you operated on a brain before.” There is a great line from Drums Along the Mohawk concerning that. I’ll see if I can find the clip. (no sign of it but it goes like this. The General needs his leg cut off and he is being laid down to have it done and he talks to the young doctor:

“Doctor have you ever taken a man’s leg?” “No General” “Well don’t be embarrassed. A man’s got to start somewhere.”)

8:38 a.m. Soros trying to influence the markets? Say it isn’t so!