Saturday, November 12, 2005

Learning from Libya

Some international griping about the way Libya deals with terrorists.

Among other things, apparently the people who defended these nurses were incompetent.

If I may quote myself on the subject (from Rompilla v. Horn):

{W}hile we may hope for the day when every criminal defendant receives that level of representation, that is more than the Sixth Amendment demands.

I look forward to having a more important say in the matter.


Justice Clarence Thomas said...

The law of fern nations ain't the law of US! Bulgarian nurses, Libyan courts, French virologists, Philippino philippinos, what is this? This sort of internationalist activism is a great dissappointment for a nominee who ostentates that he interprets without creating, except in science. I'll say it again: the law of ferns ain't the law of US. It may be the law of some of you ferns, but it ain't the law of US. I expect I shall not be seeing further references to Bulgarian nurses on this your blog.

ollie said...

I don't know; I suppose this "enhanced questioning" (i. e., with the aid of wooden clubs) is consitutional, isn't it?

If you give these nurses a pass, the next thing is that we'll have nurse practitioners doing horrible things too.

SamuelAlito said...

As long as they are from another country and provide cover for domestic incompetence, I'm for it.

bluewild said...


Anonymous said...

Boo Whoom?

bluewild said...

Boo to y'all and the horses you rode to death in on!

Why are you one of the anonymi?

bluewild said...

I'm going to leave a poem for the edification of all of those interested in law, whether making them or breaking them. It's by William Stafford. It's relevance is in regards to the effects of our "swervings". Especially those in power making decisions for anonymous populace. The faceless crowd:

Travelling Through the Dark


Travelling through the dark I found a deer
dead on the edge of the Wilson River road.
It is usually best to roll them into the canyon:
that road is narrow; to swerve might make more dead.
By glow of the tail-light I stumbled back of the car
and stood by the heap, a doe, a recent killing;
she had stiffened already, almost cold.
I dragged her off; she was large in the belly.

My fingers touching her side brought me the reason—
her side was warm; her fawn lay there waiting,
alive, still, never to be born.
Beside the mountain road I hesitated.

The car aimed ahead its lowered parking lights;
under the hood purred the steady engine.
I stood in the glare of the warm exhaust turning red;
around our group I could hear the wilderness listen.

I thought hard for us all —my only swerving—
then pushed her over the edge into the river.

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Anonymous said...

This discussion went downhill fast. All that's missing is a gratuitous link to a pr0n site. Assuming for the moment that the NYT got it right, this glaring example of politics-infested justice in Libya should serve as a warning to a society (ours) that views justice as anything from a spectator sport to an exercise in What's in it for me?

Not that I don't appreciate cynicism and sarcasm; life is nothing if not irony.

The deer poem is spot on.

SamuelAlito said...


Thank you for bringing the debate back to the topic, but you are horribly wrong. Irony is decidely Un-American.

so ruled


Rarebit said...

"Irony is decidedly Un-American"? C'mon Sammy, that's a perfect example of what Sartre called bad faith. Irony is at the very core of American existence. Example? Let's start wth the founding "fathers" and their property holdings of the human sort...

ollie said...

Now you libs just tone it down.

Just remember that our Right Honorable Mr. Alito is one of those who understands very well that it is FOUNDING FATHERS (as in Daddies) and not founding Mothers (as in Mommies).

a vote to confirm him is a vote for all that is right and good!

As far as the little problem with slaves back when the constitution was written, well, you know that was all Clinton's fault. And Al Franken's. And Jimmy Carter's. Those *&^%$ liberals.