Friday Night: X Games and Open Thread

The X Games are this weekend in Aspen, and ESPN will replay the highlights at 8:30 pm (MT.) The schedule and results are here.

Sarah Palin is out at Fox News. Whose decision was it? So far, neither Fox nor Palin are saying. More here.

Casey Anthony's convictions for lying have been overturned by an appeals court.

This is an open thread, all topics welcome.

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    US military says Martin Luther King would... (5.00 / 3) (#4)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:36:24 AM EST
    ... would be proud of its weapons

    i The US Air Force's Global Strike Command yesterday posted a truly vile bit of propaganda in which it appropriates King's image, name and words in order to claim that he would
    b "be proud to see our Global Strike team . . . standing side-by-side ensuring the most powerful weapons in the US arsenal remain the credible bedrock of our national defense"

    Some of you may recall that Dr. King actually earned his 1964 Nobel Peace Prize.

    If you follow Greenwald's link (none / 0) (#6)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:49:42 AM EST
    to the Air Force Global Strike Command website you will notice that they've changed their headline.

    Fortunately, or not, Greenwald captured the original, "Dr. King's Dream for the Global Strike Team," before anyone noticed.


    Credit Card Use surcharges legal tomorrow (5.00 / 2) (#20)
    by Mr Natural on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:39:34 PM EST
    apologies if this was posted in another thread (5.00 / 2) (#22)
    by desmoinesdem on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 06:08:16 AM EST
    but I thought this post by Zerlina was hilarious: "How to deal with a mansplainer starring Hillary Clinton in gifs."

    Yes, I've been away for forever. (5.00 / 1) (#24)
    by Fabian on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:54:56 AM EST
    Doing other things, hanging on other blogs.

    Then along came this lawsuit...

    No, I'm not involved in it.  However, if anyone wants to take a look and opine on the legal aspects of it, I'd be grateful.

    If you have questions on the back story, ask.  

    Many thanks,

    Aspen grapevine (none / 0) (#1)
    by fishcamp on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:00:17 AM EST
    reports skier Lindsey Vonn is dating Tiger Woods and teaching his kids to ski.  It's also in today's Miami Herald.

    Interesting (5.00 / 1) (#5)
    by CoralGables on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:37:14 AM EST
    that at the same time there are reports of him negotiating with Elin to get back together. Something about tigers and their stripes?

    How big was Stan Musial in St Louis? (none / 0) (#2)
    by CoralGables on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 07:34:29 AM EST
    The private funeral and then a procession to Busch Stadium is being carried today by four TV stations and three radio stations in the St Louis area. It's also being streamed over the Internet.

    Stan Musial (none / 0) (#3)
    by Zorba on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 08:41:16 AM EST
    Was THE MAN in St. Louis.  He was enormously beloved, and he never lost the love of St. Louisans even after he retired.  If anything, their love for him continued to grow.

    If you're interested (5.00 / 1) (#21)
    by CoralGables on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 09:56:40 PM EST
    here was the eulogy
    given today by Bob Costas

    Tom Harkin is out (none / 0) (#7)
    by jbindc on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 12:55:09 PM EST
    Probably feels like Harry... (5.00 / 1) (#8)
    by unitron on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:29:44 PM EST
    ...stabbed him in the back on filibusters.

    He's honorable enough to stick it out for the next two years of that 4 year vacation he said Obama could take if filibuster reform didn't go through, but likely has no taste to go though a re-election campaign just to suffer through the second half of it.


    He will also (5.00 / 1) (#9)
    by jbindc on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 01:36:46 PM EST
    Be 81 by the end of the next term, and is likely tired of the BS.

    ... than to be carried out feet first in a box, as two of our senators out here have been.

    40 years in Washington (none / 0) (#18)
    by Rupe on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:21:00 PM EST
    Understandable, though a shame.  Braley wouldn't be a bad replacement if he's nominated.

    Appeals court shoots down recess appointments (none / 0) (#11)
    by jbindc on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:01:45 PM EST
    NLRB appointees in question

    WASHINGTON (AP) -- In a setback for President Barack Obama, a federal appeals court ruled Friday that he violated the Constitution in making recess appointments last year, a decision that could severely curtail the president's ability to bypass the Senate to fill administration vacancies.

    The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said Obama did not have the power to make three recess appointments to the National Labor Relations Board because the Senate was officially in session -- and not in recess -- at the time. If the decision stands, it could invalidate hundreds of board decisions made over the past year.

    The court also ruled that the president could only make recess appointments if the openings arise when the Senate is in an official recess, which it defined as the once-a-year break between sessions of Congress.

    What a B.S. ruling (5.00 / 4) (#13)
    by shoephone on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:19:14 PM EST
    I expect the administration to appeal.

    More (none / 0) (#12)
    by jbindc on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 03:03:51 PM EST
    The ruling also threw into question the legitimacy of Obama's recess appointment of Richard Cordray to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Cordray's appointment, also made on Jan. 4, 2012, has been challenged in a separate case.


    If Obama's recess appointment of Cordray to the newly created consumer board is eventually ruled invalid, it could nullify all the regulations the consumer board has issued, many of which affect the mortgage business.

    A decision made by political hacks who (5.00 / 2) (#14)
    by caseyOR on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 04:23:11 PM EST
    were appointed by Republicans. Chief judge David Sentelle, for those who don't remember, was instrumental in getting Ken Starr appointed to replace Robert Fiske who the original special prosecutor in the Whitewater nonsense. Fiske was ousted because he could not find anything in Whitewater that justified continuing the investigation.

    IMO, any judicial decision with Sentelle's fingerprints on it lacks an credibility. As I said, he is a political hack in judicial robes.


    A look at David Sentelle's record of (5.00 / 2) (#16)
    by caseyOR on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:03:31 PM EST
    partisan decisions as a judge.

    Sentelle is a protege of the late Jesse Helms. Really, need anything else be said about him? If you want more, read this. The guy is a right-wing hack who uses his position on the bench to advance his wing nut agenda.


    Agreed. David Sentelle is (5.00 / 2) (#17)
    by KeysDan on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:10:07 PM EST
    a Republican hack masquerading as a judge.   The North Carolinian is a protege of the late Jesse Helms and an ally of former hog farmer and one-term US Senator, Lauch Faircloth (perhaps,the best thing John Edwards ever did was to defeat Lauch).

     After a Capitol Hill lunch with Helms and Faircloth, Sentelle ousted Fiske and arranged for the appointment of Ken Starr, a Solicitor General under Daddy Bush.  Starr was appointed despite his Republican background and having assisted in the Paula Jones case against President Clinton.  Of course, Sentelle was gifted to us by Rehnquist so as to appoint the special prosecutor since Judge James MacKinnon had caused problems with his previous history of appointing Lawrence Walsh to investigate Iran-Contra--an entirely too robust investigation for Republican tastes.  But, Sentelle did what he could by voting to vacate the convictions of Oliver North and John Poindexter.  


    Sentelle's votes to reverse the convictions (5.00 / 2) (#27)
    by Peter G on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:01:01 PM EST
    of Oliver North and John Poindexter were legally correct.  Congress compelled them to testify about the crimes they committed in the Iran-Contra affair, overriding their Fifth Amendment privilege claims.  The special prosecutor failed to ensure that their immunized testimony would not be used indirectly against them before the grand jury and at trial, as required by the immunity statute (in order that it comply with the Fifth Amendment).  As a result their convictions were properly overturned.  The ACLU filed friend-of-the-Court briefs to support their positions on this. Even evil men who seek to subvert democratic government and then lie to Congress about it are entitled to have their Constitutional rights respected.

    Yes (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Zorba on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 09:21:31 PM EST
    And this is what is so hard for so many people to understand.  
    As Sir William Blackstone said,
    "better that ten guilty persons escape than that one innocent suffer"
    We cannot abrogate the Constitution for someone just because we think that they are evil.  If we do this today for someone who may indeed be a piece of sh!t, then tomorrow, the government may well come after you.

    The late Judge George MacKinnon (none / 0) (#26)
    by Peter G on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 08:25:15 PM EST
    you mean, not "James"

    Thank you, I was (5.00 / 1) (#29)
    by KeysDan on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 10:44:32 AM EST
    referring to George MacKinnon.  The three-panel appellate judges in the North case were Sentelle, Silberman (majority, appointed by President Reagan) and Patricia Wald (appointed by President Carter), chief judge at the time of the DC Circuit, who dissented.

    Judge Sentelle has announced that he will take senior status as of his 70th birthday, Feb 12, 2013.  Judge Merrick Garland (appointed by President Clinton) is scheduled to become chief judge.  Four of the ll DC Circuit positions are now vacant, giving President Obama a chance to re-shape the long-standing Republican appointed majority thinking--if nominations are made and confirmed.


    It appears (4.00 / 3) (#15)
    by christinep on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 04:54:59 PM EST
    that jbindc forgot to mention that above....that the 3-judge court was comprised of all conservative Republican appointees.  That must just be a coincidence :)

    As I recall, also: The "filibuster" agreement this week contains a specific provision said to speed up district court judicial appointments & sub-cabinet appointments (like NLRB?)


    Also failed to mention (5.00 / 3) (#19)
    by CoralGables on Sat Jan 26, 2013 at 05:47:10 PM EST
    based on the ruling it puts in question 300+ appointments over the years by many presidents, and thus opens a legal question into everything those appointments may have ever done.

    I figured (none / 0) (#23)
    by jbindc on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 07:34:17 AM EST
    You were able to read the whole article and find that out.

    What does it matter if it was by all Republican appointees?  It's still a judicial ruling that puts the certainity of certain appointments and promulgated regulations at risk.  At the very least, it makes it more certain that this will go to the Supreme Court.  Wanna take your chances with how Anthony Kennedy feels about it?


    Whether it is the Supreme Court (5.00 / 1) (#25)
    by christinep on Sun Jan 27, 2013 at 12:21:15 PM EST
    in the first instance or rehearing en banc...we'll find out soon enough.  

    In any event, my "compliments" about the sleight of hand ...true, we could have looked separately (which some of us obviously did); and, yes, it was all Repubs.  That might not be a significant tidbit about politicization of the courts for you...for others, tho, it may be a factoid worth thinking about in days ahead.

    Nice try....