Careful What You Wish For
For all of those on the right side of the aisle who like President Bush's new Supreme Court nominee, Samuel Alito, to replace Sandra Day O'Connor because he will overturn Roe v. Wade, you may want to look at what else he would change.
In 2004, after hearing Doe v. Groody, Alito argued that police officers had not violated constitutional rights when they strip-searched a mother and her 10-year-old daughter while carrying out a search warrant that authorized only the search of a man and his home. That gives new meaning to the term "lock up your daughters."
In 2000, Alito ruled in Chittister v. Department of Community and Economic Development that the Family and Medical Leave Act, which guarantees most workers up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave to care for a loved one, was "overreaching" by Congress. I thought Republicans wanted Congress to make laws, not a judge. Fortunately for America, the Supreme Court later overruled Alito.
I guess this is the "family values" that the right always talks about. Be careful what you wish for, conservatives. You may get more than you expected.
Where is the Outrage?
President Bush keeps telling us that he's "a war president." So, how is our commander in chief doing? Not so good.
Official count of American troops killed so far in his war of lies in Iraq: 2,016 through October and counting. Seven more of our troops were killed on the first day of November.
Official count of those wounded, many disabled for life: 14,755.
Number of weapons of mass destruction found in Iraq: 0.
Total tax dollars thrown into the Iraq war so far: $260 billion.
Number of Bush daughters, nephews, and nieces who are of prime enlistment age: 10.
Number of Bush family members who've enlisted in his war: 0.
Percentage of Americans who now believe the administration "deliberately misled the public" in order to go to war in Iraq: 52.
Percentage of Americans who now approve of Bush's handling of the war: 32.
Recent poll numbers from the nonpartisan Ipsos Public Affairs polling company show nearly 50 percent of Americans would favor impeaching the president if it is proven that he lied to convince us to go to war in Iraq. Where are the Democrats (and even principled Republicans) with the courage to speak the truth? It's become obvious that Bush and his administration cronies manipulated intelligence to get us into this war. To quote Bob Dole: Where is the outrage?
In a letter (October 27th issue), K. Walker wrote that "on his WLOK show, [Leon] Gray said there should be limits to free speech (beyond yelling 'fire' in a crowded theater)."
The limitations on freedom of speech ought to be few. These might include laws against slander, libel, indecency in public places, utterances that excite or terrify, and incitement to riot. Restriction beyond these should be limited to periods of crises, such as great danger or war.
There should be no restrictions on the presentation of opinion on social, political, economic, scientific, or religious issues. Society or the state should proceed cautiously -- if at all -- in restricting the expression of opinions.
Thanks should go to the Flyer and writer Devin Greaney for writing about Valenza Pasta. It's an undiscovered (by many) treasure, mostly because of its location. Once it moves to McLean, I hope Midtown will give the place a try. It's worth the trip.
Late to the Dance
I know I'm late to this dance, but I have to add my voice to those who approve of the Flyer's redesign. It's better organized, more colorful, and easier to read. It did take me awhile to figure out that News of the Weird was way back in the classifieds, but I'm used to it now.