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USA b. 7/4/1776 d. 6/12/2008, CPR in Progress June 26, 2008

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Three or so weeks back, the Supreme Court of the United States, in a fit of arrogant pique handed down a deadly decision. Said decision violated the Constitution by dismissing the two political branches powers enumerated in Article I and Article II. Congress declared war, repeatly from 1991 on against Saddam Hussein and other non State actors perpetrating acts of war against us. The President, acting as authorized by the war declaration used his Article II powers to detain illegal combatants for the duration of the war, if it so chose. Congress, following an earlier arrogant usupation, took away from the Supreme Court the power to hear and rule upon certain petitions presented by said illegal combatants.

Today, the Supreme Court issued a ruling that was not only completely within its jurisdiction, it was correctly decided. That is the silver lining. The cloud is that the ruling is, properly so, narrow; and that it was 5 to 4, with one of the dark side justices joining the Fab Four this time. Convincing this ‘swing Justice’ to join the side of the angels this time probably was bought by watering it down somewhat.

Nevertheless, today’s decision is a good one for the Republic known as the United States of America.

United States of America b. 7/4/1776 d. 6/12/2008 June 18, 2008

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Where did she go wrong? She went wrong when she substituted post-modernism for wisdom.

I have held this post for several days because the Supreme Court ruling had so angered me that I couldn’t think straight. Everything that needed to be said for it has been said by many, from high and low. Then, the Supreme Court tacked on another asinine rulingĀ a couple of days after the ‘habeus corpus’ ruling.

In a ‘Bread and Circuses’ note, my Celtics won their 17th NBA Championship and Tiger Woods won the US Open.

Hurricane Season 2008 June 1, 2008

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The hurricane season for 2008 has begun for the Atlantic Basin. The season for the Eastern Pacific began two weeks ago. The first named storms have formed for both basins. A La-Nina year reduces the numbers for the Eastern Pacific basin and, since the two basins are complementary, increases the Atlantic’s numbers. Once you reach the threshold sea surface temperature of 25C, the most important factors for tropical system development are the wind field patterns. Tropical systems form easiest with light winds and no shear aloft. Last year’s wind profiles were unfavorable. We’ll see what this year’s will bring.