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Archive for February 25th, 2006

The Base of “the Base” Gets Hit

Posted by Ryan on February 25, 2006

The Saudi’s are getting blown up again. Al Qaeda is going back to its roots of blowing things up with multiple attacks on symbolic targets, this time oil. We just got gas below $2 on Route 18 down in Jersey, too!

Here’s my advice to the Saudi Royal Ruling Family:

  • If you don’t want terrorism, stop training little terrorists in your madras schools.
  • Stop funding international jihad schools in susceptible third world Muslim nations, which graduate Salafi jihadists all the time (I wonder if with their diploma comes with a suicide belt, some plastique, and directions to a public square in Israel…hmm), some of whom tried to blow up your oil centers the other day.
  • Realize and embrace the notion that there is, in fact, a War on Terror going on and that contributing to the bad guys is actually not doing you any favors.
  • Also, here in the West, we understand your plight, but don’t want to hear your complaining until you start really doing something about the problem!

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Antonin Scalia: His place in History

Posted by Sal on February 25, 2006

I’ve recently begun reading the book Scalia’s Dissents, which gives a good insight into the judicial philosophy and influence of Justice Antonin Scalia. One of the areas that struck me was his contribution to the definition of the terms “Originalism” and “Textualism”. These judicial philosophies found their expression in Scalia, and he has done more to shape these philosophies than any other justice. Until Scalia came to the Supreme Court, the Conservatives were few and their philosophies were largely not defined. Conservatism in general recognized the problem of activist judges, and the damage that they have done to our Republic by virtue of their self-proclaimed role as philosopher-kings. Antonin Scalia was appointed to the court, and it was thought that he’d be a welcome Conservative addition to the likes of White and Rehnquist, and a brilliant legal mind.

Scalia went a step further and defined a philosophy. In his dissents and his lectures, he outlined and popularized the concepts of Originalism vs. Original Intent, and Textualism vs. Strict Constructionism. His philosophy has shown itself to be consistent and in line with his Constitutional role, as demonstrated by cases in which he has gone against political Conservative policy goals in favor of the text of the law and of the Constitution.

Scalia is to Conservative Judicial philosophy what Kirk, Buckley, Goldwater, Reagan, Limbaugh, and Gingrich are to Political Conservatism — a pioneer who helped define a philosophy that will remain present in our politics and in our legal system long after he leaves the court.

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