Sunday, May 15, 2005

Edited by Victor A. Cuvo

News Stories:
Military suspends offensive in Iraq Washington Times

Seven Republican senators may hold the fate of President Bush's judicial nominees in their hands as the Senate nears a final showdown over whether Democrats can keep filibustering controversial White House court appointees. They are from top left, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb., Rep. John Sununu, R-N.H., Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa.; from bottom left: Sen. John Warner, R-Va., Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, Sen. Mike DeWine, R-Ohio. (AP Photos/Files)

7 GOP Senators Key in Filibuster Fight

WASHINGTON - Seven Republican senators will determine the outcome of a showdown this week between the president and Congress — and a minority within it — over who is going to shape the federal courts.

Human Events


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Stopping Hillary
Nixon son-in-law Ed Cox may be gearing up to challenge Clinton in '06 Senate race.

Now named Mkombozi (Saviour), the dog who saved a baby is treated by the Medic Personnel from Kenya Society for the Protection and care for Animals in a compound on the outskirts of Nairobi, Tuesday, May 10, 2005, . The nursing dog while foraging for food retrieved an abandoned baby girl in a forest and carried the infant to its litter of puppies last week. The stray dog, who lives with the children in the compound, carried the infant across a busy road and a barbed wire fence in a low-income neighborhood bordering the Ngong Forests in the capital, Nairobi.

Eleven-month-old Lokman Hakim Mondol, who weighs 22 kilograms (48 pounds) is brought at a hospital by his grandfather Tabarak Mullick, in Calcutta, India, Monday May 9, 2005. His mother, Jnanera Bibi, tries to cool him with a hand fan. Lokman consumes 5 liters of milk and 1 kilogram of rice-flour every day and is suspected to be suffering from a rare hormonal disorder.

WFB: Whose money is it?

Your Blog Will Be Investigated Soon

Mexico furious at tough US law on migrants? Financial Times

Mexican proposes radical government overhaul (more...)

Mac Johnson, Human Events
May 14, 2005 - The families of two little girls who choked to death say the candy that killed their daughters were Jumbo Mint Balls made by a Colombian company.

"That killed my baby," Festus Morrison said yesterday the moment he saw one of the red-and-white sweets.

Full Story

Carnage in Iraq

WASHINGTON -- Members of the inner circle of high-ranking House Republicans privately agree that Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton of New York is an absolute lock for the 2008 Democratic presidential nomination and will not be easy to defeat in the general election. Hillary vs. Allen

Robert Novak

I Respectfully Dissent
Matthew J. Franck
I Respectfully dissent from the argument made today by my Brother McCarthy. (Remember when Supreme Court justices referred to each other that way? They gave it up long ago, even before abandoning "Mr. Justice" on the eve of Sandra Day O'Connor's joining the Court. Why they couldn't use "Sister" and "Madam Justice" when the ladies joined them I'll never know.)

The current abuse of the filibuster against judicial nominees is a Bad Thing indeed — and it may be appropriate for the majority to put a decisive stop to it with the so-called "nuclear" ruling from the chair — but I cannot regard it as unconstitutional. Andy introduces a parade of horribles under the Senate's power to make its own rules — that it might adopt a rule to consider presidential nominations only every other year, for instance. But as John Marshall said long ago, "arguments drawn against the existence of a power from its supposed abuse are illogical, and generally lead to unsound conclusions." The Senate might indeed do any of the things Andy supposes, but I have difficulty seeing any of them as unconstitutional either. Stupid, yes, even politically suicidal; unconstitutional, no.

Contra Andy, there is no intrusion by the Senate on the powers of the president here. The power of naming judges to the federal bench is jointly but not equally held by the president and the Senate, and if the Senate adopts a rule making it extremely difficult to do its part in the process, that is no injury to the president's prerogatives.

Andy is right that all the arguments but one about the filibuster are "mostly makeweight." The free speech of dissenters, the promotion of deliberation — these are all hogwash, as he points out. But that one argument for the legitimacy of the filibuster — not for its use in any given instance — is quite good enough: Article I, section 5's power of each house to "determine the Rules of its Proceedings." Without getting into the dicier question of what violates the "spirit" of the Constitution, where the "letter" is concerned the decisive argument for the filibuster's constitutionality is simply that the Senate can do it, and no other institution can gainsay it.

An argument as good or better can be made that the president's recess appointments of judges are violations of the "spirit" of the Constitution. The clause under which they were made almost certainly did not contemplate the very short recesses and adjournments of the modern Congress, and the intent of this presidential power was surely not to enable presidents to circumvent the advice and consent power of the Senate. But presidents can do it, and have done it, and none can gainsay it. And that, it seems to me, is how a constitution ought to work — each branch with its own undisputed powers, and with ample opportunities to mess with the other branches' business.

Rich Lowry: The judicial filibuster isn’t a tradition.

by Larry Elder, HUMAN EVENTS

To Bee or Not to Bee
If we make our backyards safe for honeybees, they'll thank us for years to come.

Colin Firth to strip off
SEXY actor Colin Firth is to strip off for new role as a sex-obsessed celeb

by Carl Baker

With apologies to Meredith Wilson !!!
My friends, we got trouble; right here in Philly city; that starts with 'p' and ends with 's' ; that stands for 'phillies' !!!!

Here's what's happening with the Phillies after their big pow-wow meeting Thursday... -NOTHING!!!! Status quo; don't rock the boat; things will be fine !!!!!

Here's what the rumor mills say - Any day now: G.M. Ed Wade - gone !!!! After the season - V.P. David Montgomery - gone (new sucessor from minority owners) New G.M. - the kid that resigned from the Rangers last year. Doofus field manager Charlie Manuel given token job as G.M. assistant until his contract runs out, but essentially - gone!! (he's making Bowa look like a genius)!!! Thome is fine but knows Manuel is a butthead and doesn't want to play for him. Thome will be shopped to the Yankees as a d-h either at the end of summer or after the world series. Ed Wade failed again to make a trade with the Dodgers before the season started - Placido Polanco who wants out of here, and the kid first baseman from the Reading Phils for minor league prospects from the Dodgers. Wade balked and now it's a no-go !!!! the Dodgers don't need the kid firstbaseman anymore because Eee Sop Choi is killing the ball as the 'kid' is batting .055 against major league hitting......Dodgers are still interested in Polanco but Wade is like a deer in the headlights !!!! The two guys in the front office and their field manager Charlie Manuel are the baseball equivielent to the THREE STOOGES !!!!!