Archive | May, 2012

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31 May

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Appeals Court

31 May

DOMA Ruled Unconstitutional By Federal Appeals Court
By DENISE LAVOIE 05/31/12 11:50 AM ET AP Associated Press
BOSTON — …That’s because the ruling only applies to states within the circuit, including Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Puerto Rico. Only the Supreme Court has the final say in deciding whether a law passed by Congress is unconstitutional.
Although most Americans live in states where the law still is that marriage can only be the union of a man and a woman, the power to define marriage had always been left to the individual states before Congress passed DOMA, the appeals court said in its ruling.
“One virtue of federalism is that it permits this diversity of governance based on local choice, but this applies as well to the states that have chosen to legalize same-sex marriage,” Judge Michael Boudin wrote for the court. “Under current Supreme Court authority, Congress’ denial of federal benefits to same-sex couples lawfully married in Massachusetts has not been adequately supported by any permissible federal interest.”
During arguments before the court last month, a lawyer for gay married couples said the law amounts to “across-the-board disrespect.” The couples argued that the power to define and regulate marriage had been left to the states for more than 200 years before Congress passed DOMA.
An attorney defending the law argued that Congress had a rational basis for passing it in 1996, when opponents worried that states would be forced to recognize gay marriages performed elsewhere. The group said Congress wanted to preserve a traditional and uniform definition of marriage and has the power to define terms used to federal statutes to distribute federal benefits.
Since DOMA was passed in 1996, many states have instituted their own bans on gay marriage, while eight states have approved it, including Massachusetts, Connecticut, New York, Iowa, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maryland, Washington state and the District of Columbia. Maryland and Washington’s laws are not yet in effect and may be subject to referendums.
Last year, President Barack Obama announced the U.S. Department of Justice would no longer defend the constitutionality of the law. After that, House Speaker John Boehner convened the Bipartisan Legal Advisory Group to defend it. The legal group argued the case before the appeals court.
Gay & Lesbian Advocates & Defenders, the Boston-based legal group that brought one of the lawsuits on behalf of gay married couples, said the law takes one group of legally married people and treats them as “a different class” by making them ineligible for benefits given to other married couples.
“We’ve been working on this issue for so many years, and for the court to acknowledge that yes, same-sex couples are legally married, just as any other couple, is fantastic and extraordinary,” said Lee Swislow, GLAD’s executive director.
Two of the three judges who decided the case Thursday were Republican appointees, while the other was a Democratic appointee. Boudin was appointed by President George H.W. Bush, while Judge Juan Torruella was appointed by President Ronald Reagan. Chief Judge Sandra Lynch is an appointee of President Bill Clinton.
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India’s unlikely romance with Ayn Rand

31 May

NEW DELHI (AFP) Wed May 30 2012 00:23:10 GMT-0400 (Eastern Daylight Time)
<a .A woman walks past a display of Ayn Rand's novels on a roadside stall in New Delhi. Literary tastes in India, as anywhere, change with the times, but one writer has never gone out of vogue: Ayn Rand -- the high priestess of free-market capitalism and unfettered individualism.

Manan Vatsyayana/AFP
A woman walks past a display of Ayn Rand’s novels on a roadside stall in New Delhi. Literary tastes in India, as anywhere, change with the times, but one writer has never gone out of vogue: Ayn Rand — the high priestess of free-market capitalism and unfettered individualism.
Literary tastes in India, as anywhere, change with the times, but one writer has never gone out of vogue: Ayn Rand — the high priestess of free-market capitalism and unfettered individualism.
Rand’s rabid anti-statism and promotion of laissez-faire capitalism has long resonated with conservatives in the United States, where former Federal Reserve chairman Alan Greenspan numbers among her high-profile devotees.
She is currently championed by the right-wing Tea Party movement, whose members focus on her opposition to state welfare programmes, while selectively ignoring her staunch advocacy of abortion rights.
Decades of quasi-socialist state planning dampened Indians’ entrepreneurial spirit, and the economic liberalisation of the past 20 years has done little to promote the individual freedoms Rand held sacrosanct.
<a .An Indian bookseller arranges Ayn Rand's novels at his roadside stall in New Delhi. A marginal, and often derided literary figure in many other countries, Rand is a perennial presence on Indian bestseller lists and regularly name-checked on the

Manan Vatsyayana/AFP
An Indian bookseller arranges Ayn Rand’s novels at his roadside stall in New Delhi. A marginal, and often derided literary figure in many other countries, Rand is a perennial presence on Indian bestseller lists and regularly name-checked on the “favourite author” list of influential Indians — from company CEOs to Bollywood stars.
According to entrepreneur Monisha Singh, 43, Rand speaks to a part of the Indian psyche that has traditionally been denied its place or voice in society.
Singh, who picked up “The Fountainhead” when she was just 14, said reading Rand was “a rite of passage” among her contemporaries when she was young.
“The socio-cultural milieu in India was very conformist, and suddenly this voice emerges that challenges the established order, that celebrates individuality. It was very aspirational,” she told AFP.
“Indian society, despite economic growth, despite globalisation remains very conservative. So I think her work still resonates here, it provides a space for people to question the traditional order and be an individual,” she said.
In south Delhi’s busy Midland bookstore, 45-year-old Mirza Afsar Baig remembers the days when his father used to run the shop.
“Way back in 1973 I would see my dad working here and university students wandering in to buy her novels for 15 rupees (28 cents) each,” he told AFP.
“Today, when I am running the place, she still sells in big numbers,” he said.
“Indians are still fighting for certain freedoms, their fight for individual rights is thwarted all the time, whether it is by the family structure, or by politicians,” Seth told AFP.
“So it makes sense to me that Ayn Rand’s popularity hasn’t changed in all these years.”
In some respects, that popularity taps into a nationwide fascination with inspirational and self-help literature.
In bookshops across India, shelves sag under the weight of tomes offering guidance on everything from making a fortune to holding a conversation.
After India’s former president A.P.J. Abdul Kalam wrote a best-selling autobiography in 2000, he followed up with a series of motivational titles aimed at young readers.
“You Are Born to Blossom,” “You Are Unique” and “Indomitable Spirit” are just some of the books written by the former head of state.
The taste for “inspirational” literature has even extended to Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” — popular in business student circles as a management strategy guide.
Novelist Shobhaa De recalled how Rand’s books had acquired “a cult status” on university campuses some 40 years ago.
“As far as young Indians are concerned the cult has never ended.”
“Her books are about idealism, heroism and corruption — issues that are of particular interest to the young of India,” De said.

Sink Holes of Washington, D.C.

31 May

Gary Johnson on elite media and his campaign

31 May

Friends and supporters,
We are different.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney support the Patriot Act.  I will advocate repealing it.
Barack Obama and Mitt Romney will keep waging war in Afghanistan. I will get us out immediately.
Neither Obama or Romney has proposed actually cutting government spending.  I will propose a balanced budget in 2013.
Mitt Romney, in a speech three days ago at Liberty University, repeated that he is against marriage equality.  Barack Obama now says he supports gay marriage, but says he will leave it up to the States .  I believe the right to marry under the law is a constitutionally-protected right the Federal government is obligated to defend.
Both Obama and Romney have pledged to continue the failed War on Drugs – even if it means sending federal marshals to shut down medical marijuana businesses operating legally under state law.  I have pledged to not only call off the marshals, but legalize marijuana.
On issue after issue, when you look past the rhetoric, there really isn’t a great deal of daylight between the Democrat Obama and the Republican Romney.
And America is looking for daylight: The daylight between the tired business-as-usual that has driven us to the brink of bankruptcy, kept us in Afghanistan 10 years longer than necessary, and inserted the government into more and more corners of our privacy and daily lives – and an America that is living within its means, ending senseless intervention abroad, and where government protects our liberties rather than destroying them.
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Governor Gary Johnson
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Peter Schiff on the Obama recession I

31 May

Peter Schiff on Obama’s depression I

31 May