Saturday, June 30, 2012

Heat waves

No storms here, but heat advisory orange has vanished for today at least from the Lucas County weather map --- a benefit of storms elsewhere in the state I suppose. But it has been hot and is likely to stay that way, 94 today, 97 predicted for July 4.

According to the three-day record, 97 on Wednesday was as hot as it got. But Thursday seemed the most extreme as breezes vanished and we just simmered.


Things heated up on other levels Thursday when Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. joined the liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold the constitutionality of President Obama's health care law. Funny stuff, as Republican lawmakers sputtered and right-wing pundits hollered. Had things gone the other way, my people would have been sputtering and hollering, too, of course.

Here's the thing about "activist judges." All are --- liberal, conservative and in the middle. It goes with the territory and involves the nature of the job. So it's never really about activism, just about whether or not the observer agrees with the variety of activism evident in the decision. We all want activist judges --- so long as its our kind of activism.


The best part of the news coverage Thursday involved CNN's and Faux News's misreading and misreporting of the Supreme Court decision. Frosting on the cake during a day of high comedy.


So now the Romney campaign and those of other GOP hopefuls, disappointed by the court decision, have shifted into high gear to make repeal of  "Obamacare" a major campaign issue.

Have you noticed that Republicans aren't really for anything any more? From same-sex marriage amd conserving the environment through taxes and health care for the masses --- they're agin' it. I wonder how that's going to work.

Republicans remind me of Mama's old hens. Open the henhouse door, and they squawk, flap their wings and flop around --- then get back to the business of laying eggs.

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