Archive for May 25th, 2006

Words Fail Me.

Uncle Smokes posted a link to this, and I tried to resist, but… I am not strong.

Um, something about Otto The Stephen Hawking Kitty and the Perfect Strangers theme…

4 comments May 25th, 2006 at 11:05pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Favorites,Monday Media Blogging

Konstitutional Karma


Two senior Republicans want to set up an independent watchdog over the federal judiciary to police judges’ acceptance of free trips or their possible financial interests with groups that could appear before them in court.


Dick Carelli, a spokesman for the federal courts, said Friday that the judiciary already is subject to congressional oversight and has internal mechanisms for policing itself.

Establishing an inspector general responsible to any entity outside the judicial branch, such as Congress, “would be a serious incursion into judicial independence,” Carelli said.

The policy-making Judicial Conference of the United States, a 27-judge body whose presiding officer is the chief justice, went on the record in 1996 as “strongly opposing the creation of an IG in the judicial branch.”


An unusual FBI raid of a Democratic congressman’s office over the weekend prompted complaints yesterday from leaders in both parties, who said the tactic was unduly aggressive and may have breached the constitutional separation of powers between the executive and legislative branches of government.


House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert (R-Ill.) expressed alarm at the raid. “The actions of the Justice Department in seeking and executing this warrant raise important Constitutional issues that go well beyond the specifics of this case,” he said in a lengthy statement released last night.

“Insofar as I am aware, since the founding of our Republic 219 years ago, the Justice Department has never found it necessary to do what it did Saturday night, crossing this Separation of Powers line, in order to successfully prosecute corruption by Members of Congress,” he said. “Nothing I have learned in the last 48 hours leads me to believe that there was any necessity to change the precedent established over those 219 years.”

Sucks, don’t it.

1 comment May 25th, 2006 at 07:27pm Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Politics,Wankers

Wednesday Softball Blogging

Tonight was the first week (for me) of Wednesday Night Softball. The game had just started when I showed up, and it was somehow my turn at bat, with the bases loaded. So pretty much right off the street, I hit a two-run single back up the middle. Next at-bat, bases loaded again, two-run double. Five subsequent at-bats, mostly with the bases empty… 1-for-5 with a run and no RBI. Net result, an unusually productive 3-7, with a double, a run, and 4 RBI.

Fielding was… erratic. Not sure if it’s something about the field or the lateness of the hour, or if I just can’t get a good read if I’m too far towards centerfield. I caught a few and lost a few, but I did make some strong throws which my arm is now paying for.

Wednesday players don’t keep score, so I can’t tell you who won…

Current Stats: 6 games, .517 BA (15-29), 3 2B, 2 HR, 9 runs, 12 RBI.

Career Stats: 33 games, .567 BA (127-224), 21 2B, 1 3B, 3 HR, 70 runs, 52 RBI.

From the knees! I can’t remember if he got the out or not…

Attempting to salvage a bobble and drop.

Something tells me she’s gonna be taking another base… Posted by Picasa

May 25th, 2006 at 01:01am Posted by Eli

Entry Filed under: Photoblogging,Softball

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