Friday night cartoons

 Posted by at 18:54  Humor, Politics
Jul 272007

It’s already Friday night again. Unbelievable how fast the time is going, eh? Perhaps we’ll make it until January 20, 2009 after all.

Here’s this week’s collection of what I have deemed to be the best of the week’s political and editorial cartoons. We post them here on Friday night so you don’t have to wait until Saturday morning. You know what to do (as in, click ’em to make ’em bigger)…

ariail072207.jpg  babin072607.jpg

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matson072507.jpg  morin072207.jpg

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sack072407.jpg  sherffius072307.jpg

siers072607.jpg  siers072707.jpg

stahler072307.gif  stein072607.jpg

toles072607.gif  varvel072407.jpg

Fixing the Supremes

 Posted by at 14:25  Politics
Jul 272007

My thanks to Paul, a gay (and inexplicably right wing) blogger for bringing this op-ed to my attention. He can’t stop laughing about it. I think it’s a wonderful idea…

Stacking the Court

WHEN a majority of Supreme Court justices adopt a manifestly ideological agenda, it plunges the court into the vortex of American politics. If the Roberts court has entered voluntarily what Justice Felix Frankfurter once called the “political thicket,” it may require a political solution to set it straight.

The framers of the Constitution did not envisage the Supreme Court as arbiter of all national issues. As Chief Justice John Marshall made clear in Marbury v. Madison, the court’s authority extends only to legal issues.

When the court overreaches, the Constitution provides checks and balances. In 1805, after persistent political activity by Justice Samuel Chase, Congress responded with its power of impeachment. Chase was acquitted, but never again did he step across the line to mingle law and politics. After the Civil War, when a Republican Congress feared the court might tamper with Reconstruction in the South, it removed those questions from the court’s appellate jurisdiction.

But the method most frequently employed to bring the court to heel has been increasing or decreasing its membership. The size of the Supreme Court is not fixed by the Constitution. It is determined by Congress.

I encourage you to go read the rest of the article (the link is in the headline). The author cites several examples of times in our history when the size of the Court has been changed.

The only way this would work, of course, would be for the Democrats to win both houses of Congress and the presidency in 2008. Of that there is no doubt in my mind whatsoever.

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