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This is what keeps me awake at night???

Who needs sleep? (well you’re never gonna get it)
Who needs sleep? (tell me what’s that for)
Who needs sleep? (be happy with what you’re getting,
There’s a guy who’s been awake since the second world war)

-- words and music by Steven Page & Ed Robertson

Location: Boulder, Colorado, United States

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Thursday, April 05, 2007

Bush Appoints Self to Supreme Court

The Supreme Court announced Monday that the EPA would have to regulate carbon dioxide emissions from cars. In response, President Bush added two conditions to the ruling. First, the EPA couldn't slow economic growth in its regulations. And second China and India can't be allowed to offset any improvements we make.

Never mind the stupidity of assuming that the EPA has any authority over what China and India do.

The more grievous insult to our intelligence is that the President still does not understand the basic separation of powers defined in the U.S. Constitution. The court gets to interpret the laws, not he. The President has absolutely no authority to attach any condition whatsoever to any court ruling.

Kind of like when the Congress passes a law and the President attaches conditions (a so-called signing statement) to the law, thinking that either he gets to write the laws or he gets to interpret them. He doesn't. Read the Constitution, Mr. Bush.

Reminds me of the right-wing charge that rulings they don't like are the result of "judicial activism." Judges do their jobs and interpret the law. If you don't like it, change the law or change the Constitution. (I thank the founding fathers every day that it is so hard to do that!)

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