In Florence v. Board of Freeholders, the Supreme Court will decide whether people arrested for minor offenses--in that case, a supposed non-payment of a traffic fine--can be stripped and searched during booking into jail. The Obama administration has intervened to support allowing such humiliating “visual body cavity” searches for all prisoners regardless of the criminal charge or whether there is any reason to believe the person might be smuggling something.
The Obama administration is siding with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department in Messerschmidt v. Millender. The lawsuit arises from an abusive 5:00 a.m. SWAT raid on a family home carried out because an adult foster-child who no longer lived there and was not present during the raid had been involved in a violent crime. When granting review, the Supreme Court suggested that it might overrule two high court precedents which allow civil suits against police based on illegal search warrants.
In yet another attack on the Bill of Rights, Obama administration lawyers in Minneci v. Pollard are asking the Supreme Court to reverse a Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals decision protecting the right of more than 25,000 federal prisoners incarcerated in “privately run secure facilities” under contract with the United States Bureau of Prisons to sue prison employees who violate their constitutional rights.Forever on the wrong side of grace, that's Barack Obama.
I'm not in the mood for blogging tonight. One of those days that just rips you apart. (Work so I can't talk about it.) All I want to do is watch a movie and forget the day but I've been too tired to put one in the DVD. I'm now 'watching' (listening mainly) RocknRolla because Mike's downloaded it on practically every computer in the house. He loves the movie.
Thandie Newton, Gerard Butler and Tom Hardy make the film for me. I'd say it's a stylish piece of escapism. I mean that as a high compliment. There's nothing wrong with a filmatic escape from time to time.
I'd rank it up there with the original Thomas Crowne Affair.
At one point, there was talk of making a sequel. I wish that would happen. I would absolutely pay to see the sequel. (Oh, and Rebecca was the one who fell in love with the film first, she fell in love with the movie poster, saw the film when it came out and told us all we had to see it.)
"Iraq snapshot" (The Common Ills):