Jason Lindquist (jlindquist) wrote,
Jason Lindquist
jlindquist

I've believed for a while...

That the only things standing between reality and the sorts of societies envisioned in dark science fiction have been the Bill of Rights and the Supreme Court. I've got a feeling the next year's going to tell if the latter is still worth anything, and if it isn't, there's next to nothing left to protect the former.

Okay, I understand it's court procedure to stay the 9th Circuit's ruling on the constitutionality of the term "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance until the full appeals court panel can rehear the case. But it's another bit of frost on my ass that Shrub and his religious nut AG are asking for it in the first place. God forbid that decision's overturned, either by the full 9th or by the SC...

I've been omitting that term for many years now. My patience for fighting with unconvertable religious nuts and general conformists has worn thin, so it's an argument I avoid. Side note to places like schools which recite it daily over an institutional PA system: There is no reason to signal "Ready, begin:" at the start. For generations, the lead word "I" has been plenty enough signal. It's good enough for you too. On the other hand, if you want to change the spoken meter to something more oratorically correct, please let me know how I can be of assistance.

The decision on school vouchers actually feels right to me, legally. It doesn't favor any particular religion, and neither rewards nor penalizes the choice of a secular or religious private school. On the other hand, I wish the state legislators involved would negate the whole argument and tell these people to take a hike. Yes, their public schools suck. So fix the fucking schools. Vouchers decrease the demand for that kind of reform, and are a pittance applied to private school tuition anyways.

On the other hand, this is a fucking joke. Yes, let's treat all our children like criminals. Hey, it's only extracurricular activities, they don't have to participate in those. One has to think that the nine justices got into better colleges in a day when you could still do that on the mere basis of strong GPAs and test scores.

I'd really like to know why they declined to hear the Emerson case (individual vs. collective right view of the Second Amendment.) Not that we ever will, but if it turned out they just didn't have the spine to weather that firestorm, I'll be considerably more disappointed.
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