"And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God"
-- Micah 6:8

"The duty of the prosecutor is to seek justice, not merely to convict."
-- American Bar Association Standard 3-1.2(c)

"There may be a legitimate diversity of opinion even among Catholics about waging war and applying the death penalty, but not however with regard to abortion and euthanasia."
--Pope Benedict XVI, June 2004

Friday, July 17, 2009


You don't usually hear allocutions like the one the Irish Patriot, Robert Emmet, gave extemporaneously upon his conviction for treason in 1803... at the age of 25.

As interpreted by the great Liam Clancy.

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Channeling Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr.

Two unrelated stories made me sit up and take note:

The first, courtesy of Southern Appeal, was about a NY Times interview with SCOTUS Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, wherein she makes this remark about her understanding of the legal underpinning of Roe v. Wade:
Frankly I had thought that at the time Roe was decided, there was concern about population growth and particularly growth in populations that we don’t want to have too many of. So that Roe was going to be then set up for Medicaid funding for abortion.
The second story, also found at Southern Appeal, concerns a Washington Times piece which relates the following comment made by Judge Sotomayor in three separate speeches:
Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague [federal district] Judge [Miriam] Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.
Hmmm... two prominent liberal female judges, one outright endorsing a eugenic rationale for abortion rights (I wonder which populations Ginsburg doesn't want "too many of"?), and the other opining that there are "inherent physiological" differences between groups of people.

Sadly the legacy of Buck v. Bell is alive and well amongst the leftist legal "elite."
And these are the judges who are the most untethered from the plain meaning and original understanding of the Constitution, and the most eager to read their Brave New World philosophies into the Constitution.