The big news today is that George W. has nominated Judge Samuel A. Alito to replace Justice O’Connor. After the Miers nomination was withdrawn, I quoted Shakespeare in anticipation of the coming battle. Now it appears, the battle will be joined. I’m reminded of the scene in Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove where Slim [...]
Archive for October, 2005
An articled titled “An Iran-Russia-China Axis?” from Jane’s, 26 Oct 2005 (paid subscription required) discusses potential difficulties in realizing any U.N.-based action against Iranian nuclear proliferation.
The Kremlin is facing mounting pressure to reassess its position on Iran and decide whether short-term financial gains from technology transfers, most notably from the supply and construction of the [...]
I was in Alaska all last week and have been involved in other writing projects of late – hence the protracted blogging hiatus. In any case, I saw today that Miers has withdrawn from consideration as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court. Clearly, I underestimated the puissance of the conservative-libertarian part of [...]
The blogosphere continues to seethe over the Bush’s nomination of Harriet Miers to the High Court. As I opined before:
In a different world – one in which a militant theocracy is not developing nuclear weapons – we could indulge in a partisan bloodletting. But in the world we actually inhabit, generating even more partisan [...]
. . . because I participated in a telephone survey about knowledge/attitudes concerning energy, environment, and energy policy. As these kinds of surveys go it wasn’t too bad though I could have done a much better job. For example, there were a couple of questions that stated favorable information about energy companies and [...]
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2005 was awarded today to Mohamed ElBaradei and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The IAEA, headed by ElBaradei, is part of the U.N. bureaucracy. The choice is clearly intended as a rebuke of the Bush administration yet, upon close inspection, it does just the opposite.
Let’s take a [...]
The Bloomington Herald-Times reports that State Senator Pat Miller has withdrawn the bill to prohibit the use of reproductive technologies by “unmarried” people (see Miller withdraws plan to limit reproductive options, paid subscription required). Quoting from the article:
According to the Associated Press, the bill defined assisted reproduction as causing pregnancy by means other than [...]
Indiana State Senator Pat Miller, who authored what eventually became Indiana’s ban on human cloning is now pushing legislation that would limit in vitro fertilization (IVF) or other artificial reproductive procedures to married couples (see Herald-Times article, “Bill targets reproductive options of singles, gays” – paid subscription required). Obviously, Miller wants to prevent the [...]
In today’s OpinionJournal online, Professor Randy Barnett says Alexander Hamilton wouldn’t approve of Harriet Miers, and quotes Hamilton from Federalist #76. There are a couple of issues Barnett raises in his article that deserve a response.
Far be it from me to dispute Barnett’s analysis on how cronyism was viewed by the Framers and the [...]
A buddy sent me Miers’ Qualifications are “Non-Existent” by Pat Buchanan. He wants to know what I think. OK – for my thoughts, read on.
Buchanan does a good job of voicing Conservatives’ objections to Bush’s pick. I share most of them. It’s fair to say that a lot of people expected [...]
This 30 September Washington Times article reports that three Israeli members of the Knesset “from across the political spectrum” were in D.C., warning that if the world community doesn’t deal with the threat of Iranian nukes, Israel will be forced to go it alone. As I pointed out in this post, when the U.S. [...]