In One Eye

Sunday, August 28, 2005
 
Since I was away last week, I kind of missed all the excitement around here. Connecticut evidently wants to become the litigation center of the US. To the powers that be, I say, rock on.

First, the big news was that the state started the ball rolling in its suit against the Federal Department of Education. Of course, the sycophantic and moronic Spellings had her say about it:
Spellings ... told the Atlanta Press Club that the claim that the federal government isn't providing enough money is "a red herring" because states fear the test results.
Another Secretary of Education who hates educators. If the feds were truly interested in making the law viable, they wouldn't stoop to such accusations that educators aren't doing their jobs. At least she didn't call educators terrorists, but she certainly did intimate that they're incompetent.

Second,
Gov. M. Jodi Rell said Friday she plans to file a lawsuit to block the closing of the state's Air National Guard base at Bradley International Airport ...

Connecticut officials were heartened by a federal judge's ruling Friday the Pentagon lacks authority to close an Air National Guard base in Pennsylvania without the governor's approval.

The state successfully argued even though most of the guard's funding and equipment comes from the federal government, guard units are under the governor's command.

Rell makes the same argument.
Needless to say, it looks as if a precedent has been set and that this is really a no-brainer. Having said that, however, this case could certainly go to the US Supreme Court since we've got different entities saying different things. Who knows what that blue state-hating group might do?

Finally, while this lawsuit doesn't come from politicians, it still seems to have had its origin in the Constitution State.
A Connecticut library is suing the Justice Department to challenge an FBI demand for its user records, billing information, and internet logs under authorization of Section 505 of the USA Patriot Act, the New York Times reported August 26. The American Civil Liberties Union, which has joined the unnamed library in the lawsuit, announced that it was filed under seal August 9 with the U.S. District Court in Bridgeport. The complaint focuses on the FBI’s use of an administrative subpoena called a national security letter to obtain library records without approval of a judge in an “investigation to protect against international terrorism or clandestine intelligence activities."
Let's see. Lawsuit against NCLB? Check. Against the BRAC Commission's findings? Check. Against the PATRIOT Act? Check.

Golly. These suits have to do with quite a bit of the Bushies' outrageous agenda. It's good to see that Connecticut is taking its nickname seriously.