There’s that feeling again

As I noted in my last post, things here may have trended a bit toward the political recently. I even decided not to post the original draft of this last week. Yet more keeps popping up in the news that bewilders me — and resurrects that sinking feeling America is becoming more like a bad […]

Taking advantage of a second chance

Tim Johnson’s return to the U.S. Senate gave him a chance to perhaps undo what I consider one of his worst votes. He took advantage of that chance, at least on the surface.

In 2006, Johnson voted for the Military Commissions Act (and Rep. Stephanie Herseth-Sandlin was one of only 32 House Democrats to vote […]

Back, again

A recent and relatively intense disagreement between the discs in my lumbar spine and the rest of my body has kept me laying low and prevented finalizing various posts (not to mention how drowsy the combination of muscle relaxers and pain makes you). That said, I had to comment on this because it’s another one […]

Herseth-Sandlin, spying and civil liberties

A brief deviation into the political because it reflects some of the societal and legal ramifications of post-9/11 thought in America.

I’ll admit I’m a bit behind on this, simply noting the vote when it occurred. But Sam Hurst, a RCJ citizen columnist , prompted me with his thoughts on U.S. Rep. Herseth-Sandlin’s vote on […]

The Hamdan decision

As you’ve likely heard, the U.S. Supreme Court today ruled 5-3 (Chief Justice Roberts not participating) that the military tribunals Bush planned to use to try Guantanamo Bay detainees violate federal law and the Geneva conventions. The decision in the case, Hamdan v. Rumsfeld, was more than 175 pages with the concurring and dissenting opinions. […]