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"We Hold These Petitioners Do Have The Habeas Corpus Privilege"

The Supreme Court has ruled that the Guantanamo detainees have the constitutional right to challenge their detention in U.S. civilian courts. Lean Left opines:
If these people are prisoners of war, then treat them as such. If they are not, then they are criminals and should be treated the same as every other criminal in the care of the federal government. Inventing a third class of people that the executive gets to do with as they please cannot be an option under our constitution.
SEE ALSO: R. Neal Russ McBee Race42008
Jun 12, 2008 10:54 AM

Can They Get A Witness?

Ben Cunningham took a trip out to East Tennessee to see his life's work bear fruit:
I will be in Maryville today where Senator Raymond Finney, running for re-election, and Tona Monroe-Ball, campaiging for the 20th House District, have invited me to witness their signing of our Tennessee Tax Revolt Taxpayer Protection Pledges. They will pledge to oppose the State Income Tax and Oppose any tax increases. We are happy to attend events anywhere in the State for candidates wishing to sign a pledge.The pledge signing is at Ryan's Steak House in Alcoa at 5:30PM.
Jun 12, 2008 10:01 AM

Would The Truth Set Him Free?

Katie Allison Granju on the disturbing case of a Knox County Clerk candidate husband's assault of her and her male companion and the subsequent accusations and counter-accusations:
As for me personally, the thing I find most disturbing is that fact that at least half the commenters on the stories about this topic published at WBIR.com and at KnoxNews.com seem to hold the opinion that if a woman “misbehaves” (and let me be clear that I am in no way suggesting that this is true or untrue of Ms. Vandergriff - I have no idea beyond her husband’s public allegations), then it’s okay for a man to become physically violent toward her and/or the other party involved. This point of view is only a few steps removed from the idea of “honor killings” in other parts of the world.
Jun 12, 2008 9:59 AM

Go Jump In A River

Councilpersons Evans and Tygard exchange emails over a proposed swim in the Cumberland River by several Metro Councilfolks. SEE MORE THAN YOU WANT: Liz Garrigan
Jun 12, 2008 9:55 AM

Exorcise The RINO

Daniel McCarthy doesn't see anything wrong with possible Vice-Presidential candidate Bobby Jindal's views on exorcism:
TalkingPointsMemo thinks that Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s invovlement in an exorcism — which he wrote about for the New Oxford Review, “a serious right-wing Catholic journal” as TPM says — might disqualify him from becoming McCain’s veep. I beg to differ: there’s nothing McCain needs more than an exorcist.
Jun 12, 2008 9:53 AM

Budgeting Their Time

Enclave thinks that the Metro Council and the Mayor may be headed for a political reckoning down the road:
M. Cass points out that third and final reading of the Mayor's budget has been moved up ahead of schedule. I interpret that to mean that it will sail through with no council resistance. Talk about your soft touch. With practically no resistance at all, they are putting themselves in a seat next to Mayor Dean that could get very hot over the next 13 months.
Jun 12, 2008 9:51 AM

Lou Dobbs For New Jersey Governor?

Via Progressive Nashville:
Several well-connected Republicans say they've heard the buzz that Dobbs, famous for his sharp commentary about Washington policies and politics, may be turning his sights on Trenton and has inquired about the steps necessary to start a campaign. Reached by telephone Wednesday at his home -- a 300-acre horse farm in Wantage, Sussex County -- Dobbs would not say whether he has any such plans. Asked if he wanted to deny it, Dobbs said, "I'm just not going to comment."
Jun 12, 2008 9:49 AM

Leatherwood On Blackburn

Marsha Blackburn's Republican opponent comments on her continuing trouble with the FEC:
“What really disturbs me about all of this and one of the reasons I got into the race was just this pattern of mismanagement of funds, this pattern of self-service,” Leatherwood told The City Paper Wednesday. “And that’s what continues to disturb me about her now. She’s just become a part of that self-serving culture in D.C. rather than being the public servant we sent her up there to be.”
Jun 12, 2008 8:54 AM

The Audacity Of Hope Gardens

Amy Griffith reports that the mostly white "urban pioneeers" of Nashville's downtown will likely not be successful in getting their neighborhoods exempt from a school rezoning plan which would have their children attending a majority black school:
No decisions were made, but conversation at a Metro school rezoning task force meeting Wednesday indicated that several booming downtown neighborhoods — including Germantown, Hope Gardens, Salemtown and the Gulch — will remain part of the Pearl-Cohn cluster in the task force’s final proposal to the Board of Education.
SEE ALSO: Enclave
Jun 12, 2008 8:37 AM

Jobs Americans Won't Do

Greg Siskind reports:
The Los Angeles Times is reporting something I suspected was true, but it is nice to see documentation. The paper analyzed the backgrounds of the 500 Californians who have died in the Iraq and Afghanistan wars and found that 59 were immigrants. Dozens more were first generation children of immigrants. Does anyone see any irony here?
Jun 12, 2008 8:33 AM