I call that a target-rich environment

February 23, 2009

Waziristan Taliban alliance declares support for Osama bin Laden and Mullah Omar

The three senior-most Taliban leaders in North and South Waziristan have joined forces to wage jihad against Pakistan, Afghanistan, and the US at the behest of al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden and Taliban leader Mullah Omar. The new Taliban alliance said it openly supports Omar and bin Laden in its war against the US, Pakistan, and Afghanistan.

North Waziristan Taliban leader Hafiz Gul Bahadar and South Waziristan leaders Mullah Nazir and Baitullah Mehsud put aside differences last week and created the Council of United Mujahideen. Previously, Nazir and Bahadar had feuded with Baitullah due to tribal disputes as well as Baitullah’s rising power as the senior leader of the Pakistani Taliban.

I can hear the Predators warming up even now….


Hope, Change, and Court-Packing?

February 23, 2009

Rather than being sworn in on Lincoln’s Bible, perhaps Barack Obama should have asked for FDR’s cigarette holder. Tigerhawk looks at a growing group of liberal legal scholars calling for "reform" of the Supreme Court.

If we had it to do all over again, would we appoint Supreme Court justices for life? Allow the chief justice to keep the job forever? Let the court have the final word on which cases it hears and those it declines?

A group of prominent law professors and jurists thinks not, and the group says in a letter to congressional leaders that there is no reason Congress should consider the operation of the high court sacrosanct.

"We do not suggest, and would oppose, any interference with the substance of the court’s work," says the letter, which was organized by Duke University law professor Paul D. Carrington and signed by 33 others from different stations on the political spectrum.

But the group said Congress has every right to address how the court operates, "a subject it appears not to have seriously considered for at least seventy years."

Seventy years, of course, is just about when FDR tried to circumvent an inconvenient court.

It seems my current reading is quite appropriate. Sad

liberal fascism

Another case of astroturfing?