Sam Alito??? I sure don’t hope so!

Samuel AlitoIs Bush’s new pick for SCOTUS justice – Sam Alito, nickname “Scalito,” – a hard-core conservative…. or just a heartless asshole? read his dissension in the 1990 Planned Parenthood v. Casey case in which the 3rd Circuit struck down a Pennsylvania law that included a provision requiring women seeking abortions to notify their spouses:

The Pennsylvania legislature could have rationally believed that some married women are initially inclined to obtain an abortion without their husbands’ knowledge because of perceived problems — such as economic constraints, future plans or the husbands’ previously expressed opposition — that may be obviated by discussion prior to the abortion

in other words: the state can tell a woman that she must check with her spouse before she gets an abortion.

Anti-abortion is one thing… but it sounds like this guy is just a JERK!

His confirmation should not go smoothly.

The opposition speaks in WaPo’s SCOTUS blog.

80% power outages continue in SE Florida

Power Outages in South Florida from Wilma (click to enlarge)

Wilma surprised everybody when it was still a Cat 3 as it churned from the Gulf through to Florida’s Atlantic Coast. The power is still out for over 3/4 of the millions of residents of Broward, Miami-Dade, and Palm Beach counties and may not return for four weeks! (err… possibly not until Easter if you’re Dave Barry)

The Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel — despite hampered operations as a result of the storm — has great coverage of this catastrophe – which seems to have been very poorly covered by national media as a result of apparent disaster-fatigue (not to worry – the Bush boys finally made a visit yesterday).

Rumsfeld to Profit from Bird-flu Hoax

Donald RumsfeldIn 1997, Donald Rumsfeld was appointed chairman of Gilead Sciences, Inc. Dr. Joseph Mercola [link] reports, Gilead Sciences owns the intellectual rights to Tamil Flu and stands to profit as a result of the bird flu scare.

Jay Gordon explains in Huffington Post that this medicine would be worthless in the event of an epidemic.

Right up there with Cheney and Halliburton, says the beardedoleguy.

BREAKING: Tamil Flu moves to “foil hoarding” ? WaPo

She Gone

George W. Bush oops Who‘s Next?

What did the best lawyer ever say for herself? A chronicle of the 25-day love-in.
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Definitely
a break for the indictiments expected last week in Fitzoween.

Surely, tomorrow will bring some kind of terror alert to avert attention from whoever does get indicted.

“Let’s move on,” said Republican Sen. Trent Lott of Mississippi. “In a month, who will remember the name Harriet Miers?” … We’ll all be too drunk celebrating the rebuilding of your waterfront porch on the MS gulf.