Archive for October 1st, 2004

Scalia Endorses Sexual Orgies

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The Supreme Court’s recent decisions protecting abortion
rights, upholding the legalization of assisted suicide and striking down
anti-sodomy laws represent a "dangerous" trend, Justice Antonin Scalia
told a Harvard audience last night.

An audience member later rose to ask Scalia "whether you have any gay
friends, and – if not – whether you’d like to be my friend."

"I probably do have some gay friends," Scalia said. "I’ve never pressed
the point."
But Scalia said his personal views on social issues have no bearing on
his courtroom decisions.

"I even take the position that sexual orgies eliminate social tensions
and ought to be encouraged," Scalia said.

What the Fourth Amendment prohibits is ‘unnecessary’ search and seizure,"
the justice said. "Is it racial profiling prohibited by the Fourth Amendment
for the police to go looking for a white man with blue eyes? Do you want
to stop little old ladies with tennis shoes?"

The eccentric justice
launched into a parody of a police radio dispatch under a scenario in
which profiling
were prohibited. "The suspect is
5’10", we know what he looks like, but we can’t tell you," Scalia quipped-drawing
laughter from the audience.

from the Harvard
Crimson

The Democrats Secret Edge

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Rarely has
the old saw about beauty being in the eye of the beholder been more true
than in the arena of modern American politics. To this
observer last night’s first Presidential debate was a clear-cut victory
for Kerry, who looked relaxed, confident and, well, Presidential.
The other guy looked shifty and uncomfortable, bug-eyed, shoulder’s hunched,
blinking like a crazed lizard. But then that’s just us.  We are
sure that to a whole passel of Republicans Bush looked forceful and trustworthy
while Kerry looked out-of-touch with the American mainstream.

But after weeks of depressing poll results and mealy-mouthed
gaffes from the challenger, it was nice to see him begin to hit his stride,
and see how the champ takes a punch to the gut. Not too well, it turns out.
Kerry’s best points were often met with a stammering retreat into generalities.
On several occasions the President’s answers seemed directed to different questions,
as though he had mixed up his cue cards.

It was clearly not a knockout blow, and we expect the race
to tighten considerably in the next few weeks.  If the Democrats
can get within striking distance, they have a secret weapon that could
put them over the top. One of the best kept
secrets of the campaign so far is the uncharted effects of a massive new
voter registration campaign begun nationwide shortly after the debacle
of the 2000.

Grassroots Democratic organizers, insanely incensed with
the slick robbery of the last election, vowed not to let it happen again.  For
the last four years, they have been madly registering pockets of strong
Democratic support; college campuses, hip-hop concerts, naturalization
ceremonies, homeless people and service workers.

The reason this is a "secret" edge is that many of these
newly registered voters DON’T SHOW UP in most standardized polling.  They
are not among "traditional" likely voters.  In many cases they
are unreachable by telephone polling and may not even have a fixed domicile.

Expert estimates say these "stealth voters", if they can
be successfully mobilized and delivered to the polling places on election
day, could provide a 2-3% last minute edge to Kerry, an edge unseen in
pre-election polls.

This serves his interest in several ways. Kerry has always
campaigned harder and seemed more vital when coming from behind. America
loves an underdog. If he can just get close enough the stealth voters could
put him over the top.

Of course, he hadn’t figured on being 7-10 points behind
a month before the election. However, if he can follow up last nights strong
performance with two more debate victories, and keep hammering away at
the key themes he has finally identified, don’t count him out. The hidden
surge of stealth voters could make the difference in the end.