JUDGES should interpret the Constitution according to other nations'
legal "norms." Sharia law could apply to disputes in US courts. The
United States constitutes an "axis of disobedience" along with North
Korea and Saddam-era Iraq.
Those are the views of the man on track to become one of the US government's top lawyers: Harold Koh.
President Obama has nominated Koh -- until last week the dean of
Yale Law School -- to be the State Department's legal adviser. In that
job, Koh would forge a wide range of international agreements on issues
from trade to arms control, and help represent our country in such
places as the United Nations and the International Court of Justice.
It's a job where you want a strong defender of America's
sovereignty. But that's not Koh. He's a fan of "transnational legal
process," arguing that the distinctions between US and international
law should vanish.
The primacy of international legal "norms" applies even to treaties
we reject. For example, Koh believes that the UN Convention on the
Rights of the Child -- a problematic document that we haven't ratified
-- should dictate the age at which individual US states can execute
criminals. Got that? On issues ranging from affirmative action to the
interrogation of terrorists, what the rest of the world says, goes.
Including, apparently, the world of radical imams. A New York
lawyer, Steven Stein, says that, in addressing the Yale Club of
Greenwich in 2007, Koh claimed that "in an appropriate case, he didn't see any reason why sharia law would not be applied to govern a case in the United States."
A spokeswoman for Koh said she couldn't confirm the incident,
responding: "I had heard that some guy . . . had asked a question about
sharia law, and that Dean Koh had said something about that while there
are obvious differences among the many different legal systems, they
also share some common legal concepts."
Score one for America's enemies and hostile international bureaucrats, zero for American democracy.
Koh has called America's focus on the War on Terror "obsessive." In
2004, he listed countries that flagrantly disregard international law
-- "most prominently, North Korea, Iraq, and our own country, the United States of America," which he branded "the axis of disobedience.[...]
Even though he's up for a State Department job, Koh is a key test
case in the "judicial wars." If he makes it through (which he will if
he gets even a single GOP vote) the message to the Obama team will be:
You can pick 'em as radical as you like. Full article.
Koh is against capital punishment and in favor of gay marriage, but he thinks that sharia can used in the United States? This idiot doesn't even make any sense.
It turns out that on March 21, 2007, Carol Iannone, on Phi Beta Cons blog,
published a letter from Stein to Dean Koh about his Yale Club remarks.
Stein wrote, in part, "In your discussion of 'global law' I recall at
least one favorable reference to 'Sharia', among other foreign laws
that could, in an appropriate instance (according to you) govern a
controversy in a federal or state court in the US."
Limbaugh goes on to comment: "Whether or not Koh ever responded to
Stein's letter, Stein's representations of Koh's remarks are certainly
consistent with Koh's writings that I reviewed."
Two time Academy Award winner Sean Penn, Academy Award nominee Jim Carrey and Academy Award winner Benicio Del Toro are MGM's choices to star as Larry, Curly and Moe in their Farrelly Brothers-directed relaunch of The Three Stooges.
Yes, really. Sean Penn, who might have seemed the least likely of the
three, is the first to be signed, and Carrey and Del Toro are in
negotiations. Jim Carrey is also planning on gaining 40 pounds to
acquire the physical look of Curly. These casting choices are
remarkably inspired, with Penn in particular actually bearing a
remarkable facial resemblance to Larry Fine. Benicio Del Toro's gruff
demeanor can also easily be seen as translating quite easily to the
role of Moe Howard, the Stooges' eye-poking and face-slapping leader.
The Farrelly Brothers have been trying to get their dream project, The Three Stooges
(which is not a biopic, but a modern relaunching of the characters in
comedic misadventures) for a decade now, with the project formerly
being at both WB and Columbia before landing at MGM. Production is
expected to start this fall, 2009 in time for a release in 2010. Source.
"...a cow which defecates in the middle of the road, (we) cannot take
legal action against it because it has no brain and cannot think," said
Nik Aziz who is the spiritual leader of the country's Pan-Islamic Party (PAS).
"But human beings, who have brains, for them to do something which is
wrong in religion ... when they are in an attire which symbolizes
Islam, they can be regarded as being more despicable than cows," he
said on Friday, according to Malaysia's state news agency Bernama.
PAS is one of the three parties in Malaysia's opposition alliance led by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.
Nik Aziz said that smoking was forbidden by Islam.
Recently, Indonesia's top Islamic body passed a fatwa or ruling banning smoking. Malaysia's top Islamic body has also banned smoking.
Despite the ban in Malaysia, where over half the population of 27
million is Muslim, 50 percent of the male population smokes according
to World Health Organization (WHO) data.
With many U.S. newspapers struggling to survive, a Democratic
senator on Tuesday introduced a bill to help them by allowing newspaper
companies to restructure as nonprofits with a variety of tax breaks.
"This may not be the optimal choice for some major newspapers or
corporate media chains but it should be an option for many newspapers
that are struggling to stay afloat," said Senator Benjamin Cardin.
A Cardin spokesman said the bill had yet to attract any co-sponsors,
but had sparked plenty of interest within the media, which has seen
plunging revenues and many journalist layoffs.
Cardin's Newspaper Revitalization Act would allow newspapers to
operate as nonprofits for educational purposes under the U.S. tax code,
giving them a similar status to public broadcasting companies.
Under this arrangement, newspapers would still be free to report on
all issues, including political campaigns. But they would be prohibited
from making political endorsements. Source.
Guess who gets to decide what's political. Are we really ready for a government run news media?
"We are losing our newspaper industry," Cardin said. "The economy
has caused an immediate problem, but the business model for newspapers,
based on circulation and advertising revenue, is broken, and that is a
real tragedy for communities across the nation and for our democracy.
Newspaper subscriptions and advertising have shrunk dramatically in
the past few years as Americans have turned more and more to the
Internet or television for information.
That's right, Obama wants to start nationalizing companies. First wreck the economy with massive spending and taxation, and then nationalize the victims of Obama's own economic planning. It seems unbelievable until you consider his background. "True, there are cases in which nationalization is bad, but there are, likewise, quite a few benefits to be derived from it. "~ Barak Obama Sr.
WaPo-The Obama administration is considering asking Congress to give the
Treasury secretary unprecedented powers to initiate the seizure of
non-bank financial companies, such as large insurers, investment firms
and hedge funds, whose collapse would damage the broader economy,
according to an administration document.
The government at present has the authority to seize only banks.
Giving the Treasury secretary authority over a broader range of
companies would mark a significant shift from the existing model of
financial regulation, which relies on independent agencies that are
shielded from the political process. The Treasury secretary, a member
of the president's Cabinet, would exercise the new powers in
consultation with the White House, the Federal Reserve and other
regulators, according to the document.
The administration plans to send legislation to Capitol Hill this
week. Sources cautioned that the details, including the Treasury's
role, are still in flux.
Treasury Secretary Timothy F. Geithner is set to argue for the new
powers at a hearing today on Capitol Hill about the furor over bonuses
paid to executives at American Investment Group
which the government has propped up with about $180 billion in federal
aid. Administration officials have said that the proposed authority
would have allowed them to seize AIG last fall and wind down its
operations at less cost to taxpayers.
The administration's proposal contains two pieces. First, it would
empower a government agency to take on the new role of systemic risk
regulator with broad oversight of any and all financial firms whose
failure could disrupt the broader economy. The Federal Reserve is
widely considered to be the leading candidate for this assignment. But
some critics warn that this could conflict with the Fed's other
responsibilities, particularly its control over monetary policy.
The government also would assume the authority to seize such firms if they totter toward failure.
Besides seizing a company outright, the document states, the
Treasury Secretary could use a range of tools to prevent its collapse,
such as guaranteeing losses, buying assets or taking a partial
ownership stake. Such authority also would allow the government to
break contracts, such as the agreements to pay $165 million in bonuses
to employees of AIG's most troubled unit.
The Treasury secretary could act only after consulting with the
president and getting a recommendation from two-thirds of the Federal
Reserve Board, according to the plan.
Geithner plans to lay out the administration's broader strategy for
overhauling financial regulation at another hearing on Thursday.
The authority to seize non-bank financial firms has emerged as a
priority for the administration after the failure of investment house Lehman Brothers, which was not a traditional bank, and the troubled rescue of AIG.
"We're very late in doing this, but we've got to move quickly to try
and do this because, again, it's a necessary thing for any government
to have a broader range of tools for dealing with these kinds of
things, so you can protect the economy from the kind of risks posed by
institutions that get to the point where they're systemic," Geithner
said last night at a forum held by the Wall Street Journal.
The powers would parallel the government's existing authority over
banks, which are exercised by banking regulatory agencies in
conjunction with the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. Geithner has cited
that structure as the model for the government's plans.