In One Eye

Thursday, June 26, 2003
Everybody and his brother is blogging about the Supreme Court's decisions today, so I'll just say a few things about them.

First, I spoke of my utter contempt for Nike and its transparent case previously. I'm glad that the court refused to rule on it. False advertising is not free spech and I'm glad the court differentiated between them.

Second, while the statute of limitations decision will be disappointing to some, it seems to me to be quite reasonable. I just don't like the idea of changing the rules in the middle of the game.

Third, the decision having to do with adequate counsel is a good one particularly since the defendant in the case decided upon has an IQ somewhere in the mid-80s. It should be noted that the vote was 7-2, the court's leading fascist and his porter being the two. In fact, in the three decisions the court made, Scalia and Thomas were in the minority. That can only be a good thing.

Finally, the decision that's got Rush and all the evangelical idiots in a swivet is the decision having to do with a Texas homophobic law. Rehnquist joined the fascists in opposing the majority.

Scalia was apoplectic.
"The court has largely signed on to the so-called homosexual agenda," Scalia wrote for the three. He took the unusual step of reading his dissent from the bench.

"The court has taken sides in the culture war," Scalia said, adding that he has "nothing against homosexuals."
His patronizing final assurance is beneath contempt.

Every so often (and God knows it's rare these days) something happens in the US that's somewhat encouraging. Seeing the Supreme Court see the injustice of the oligarchs and the homphobes makes today one of those occasions.