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    Yea, they are. So are Kagan and Scalia now. And O'Connor was great friends with Scalia too. I actually admire Scalia quite a bit...in some issues he (IMO) abandons his strict interpretations but on the whole, I feel he is the most consistent of the justices and even though I'm a huge liberal on social issues, I do think his philosophy is right. If no one has voted for something, it's up to the people to change it, not the courts. Because people think judicial activism can only go one way, but as recent decisions have shown (DNA swabbing, etc), it can also often go the other way and take rights away. The constitution provides for a very strict set of constraints on the government - and those should be adhered to extremely closely.

    Plus, his dissents are usually brilliant and hilarious (I recommend the book 'Scalia Dissents' very highly, by the way).
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    Beyond Black and White, New Force Reshapes South

    A very insightful article in the New York Times about the demographic shift in the South. The recent SCOTUS ruling that struck down a key provision of the Voting Rights Act has made it all but inevitable that Republicans will go nuts gerrymandering districts of States in their control to vanquish red-state Democrats. The article smartly argues that, much like the anti-immigration sentiment, this policy will come back to haunt them in the long run.

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    Just from a 'blank slate' perspective, the Voting Rights Act seems completely unfair. Even more so than affirmative action...just the nannying of some counties seems odd.

    Would it be possible to institute federal control over voting laws in all states, not just those where Congress says they're discriminating?
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    Putin says if Snowden wants to stay in Russia, he must "stop his work aimed at harming our American partners" #breaking

    what have they done to putin?!?
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    Damn 'merica, you crazy. First off, Wendy Davis trutherism.

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    Also, kinda not believing what I'm reading from the Washington Post's government advertorial here.

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    Man that's some high level trolling.
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    so i guess obama is talking real on the martin thing

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    Good for him. ****ing finally. I hope he counties. Give up any hope that the republican congress will do
    ANYTHING if you act nice - because they won't. Use the years left to you to speak and advocate issues - you have the largest voice of any human being on the planet earth for the next three years. Things may not pass on your watch, but at least conversations can be started.

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    Its a disgraceful statement. The case only went to court because of the protests and political pressure, it never should have went to court based on facts/evidence. The way the media also race-baited (editing the 911 call) was disgraceful. Obama should stick clear of this issue because people are heated and misguided enough to actually think Zimmerman was some racist who got by on a legal technicality, and may use his words as an endorsement for their beliefs.
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    yes!

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    Quote Originally Posted by silentstriker View Post
    Good for him. ****ing finally. I hope he counties. Give up any hope that the republican congress will do
    ANYTHING if you act nice - because they won't. Use the years left to you to speak and advocate issues - you have the largest voice of any human being on the planet earth for the next three years. Things may not pass on your watch, but at least conversations can be started.
    yeah good on him to come out with some measured and thoughtful comments on the topic, hopefully with each passing generation, this becomes less and less of an issue...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ikki View Post
    Its a disgraceful statement. The case only went to court because of the protests and political pressure, it never should have went to court based on facts/evidence. The way the media also race-baited (editing the 911 call) was disgraceful. Obama should stick clear of this issue because people are heated and misguided enough to actually think Zimmerman was some racist who got by on a legal technicality, and may use his words as an endorsement for their beliefs.
    That's absolutely ridiculous. A guy without a badge stalks you with a gun - and you are unarmed and your only crime is walking on a public street while black, you have the right to defend yourself. And if you die doing it - especially after the perpetrator was told to let the police handle it, there should most certainly be a trial.

    Plus, Obama's statement made a very broad point - every line of which is absolutely true. What did he say that was so wrong?
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