Saturday, August 23
Just got back from the Houghton County Fair. I'd like to talk more but there's something going on in Ontonagon. Gotta go see what's going on (and maybe take the long drive to the mill).
Friday, August 22
Defiant judge suspended
The Associated Press (via AJC), reports that
Moore suspended on ethics complaint over refusal to move monument. In short, Ala. judge Roy Moore was automatically suspended after an ethics complaint was filed against him.
He's remained defiant despite the fact the U.S. Supreme Court -- the highest court in the land charged with interpreting the U.S. Constitution -- turned down his request for an appeal on an federal court order to remove a 5,000-pound monument of the Ten Commandments.
From the article:
Moore said he told the commission that he upheld his oath of office by acknowledging God. Moore has said Thompson has no authority to tell the state's chief justice to remove the monument.
Funny, I would have thought that his oath would have included something about upholding the laws of the State of Alabama and the United States. The Constitution's 14th Amendment basically applies the Bill of Rights to the states and that includes the ban on government promotion of religion.
It's true that our system of justice is built upon Judeo-Christian principles, but that's the foundation. Just as our nation has grown, so too has our legal system and inclusion of different peoples. The Ten Commandments has a place in the hall of justice alongside the Torah, the twelve tables of Roman law and British common law, but a standalone 2.5-ton monument is overkill. Sheesh, my car weighs less than that.
And another thing -- in all these media reports about the controversy, I have never heard a single iota about Moore's ability to be a judge. It sounds like the Alabama electors choose then-district judge Moore to be chief justice based solely on his blatant endoresment of one certain religion. Is he any good? I'd like to know.
The sobig virus is really annoying me. I'm on a Mac so I can't get infected or transmit the virus. Unfortunately that doesn't stop others from e-mailing me the virus -- 150 times.
Although we're mostly Macs at work, I think it took down the company's e-mail server in West Virginia briefly yesterday. Network traffic was congested today. Oh well.
BTW, I was watching a repeat of the pilot episode of "The Sťan Cullen Show" when the Montreal Expos' Youppi mascot. Given my silly trains of thought that I go off on from time to time, I thought it would be modestly funny to have a face-off between Youpii and a Yooper. Because you know, they sound similar ... and they look totally different (for the most part ....)
Friday, August 15
Just read on Joe Conason's Journal that today, Aug. 15, is Fair and Balanced Day. Celebrate like all freedom-loving people.