Supreme Court invalidates some of Obama’s recess appointments (likely invalidating all decisions that have been made by any body that had such appointees):

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/supreme-court-rebukes-obama-on-recess-appointments/2014/06/26/e5e4fefa-e831-11e3-a86b-362fd5443d19_story.html

Interesting 5-4 split.  As I understand it, the five most liberal justices ruled against Obama.  The four most conservative justices differed in wanting to curtail recess appointments even further than the other five did.

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Felipe VI is king…

 

All effing day helicopters buzzing overhead.

 

Get on with the kabuki

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congress, the world, foreign policy (ours and anyone elses)…

Our collective IQ is going down. Read a book. I honestly believe that the internet is making us dumber.

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Sock in the jolly sacks. Spain loses 5-1 to Holland in the World Cup openner.

 

After winning 3 international titles in a row (2 European and 1 World Cups), Spain gets smashed by the team they beat in the last WC Final.

 

Generation change time!

 

I fear Spain won’t pass the 1st round. But they had a good round.

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Track Your Cell Phone Without a Warrant

The government and police regularly use location data pulled off of cell phone towers to put criminals at the scenes of crimes—often without a warrant. Well, an appeals court ruled today that the practice is unconstitutional, in one of the strongest judicial defenses of technology privacy rights we’ve seen in a while.

The United States Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit ruled that the government illegally obtained and used Quartavious Davis’s cell phone location data to help convict him in a string of armed robberies in Miami and unequivocally stated that cell phone location information is protected by the Fourth Amendment.

“In short, we hold that cell site location information is within the subscriber’s reasonable expectation of privacy,” the court ruled in an opinion written by Judge David Sentelle. “The obtaining of that data without a warrant is a Fourth Amendment violation.”

Sentelle is a Reagan appointee to the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, generally considered to be the second most important court after the Supremes, so the decision will likely be considered to be precedential.

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The antics of Rome are to blame for this:

 

http://www.cnn.com/2014/06/09/world/europe/ireland-bodies-tuam/

Reports of possible mass grave ‘sickening,’ Ireland’s top Catholic clergyman says

By Delia Gallagher and Susannah Cullinane, CNN
updated 10:59 AM EDT, Wed June 11, 2014

https://www.google.com/search?q=mass+graves+of+children+in+Ireland&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb

 

https://www.google.com/search?q=Arch+Bishop+didn%27t+know+having+sex+with+children+is+illegal.&ie=utf-8&oe=utf-8&aq=t&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&client=firefox-a&channel=sb

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A trillion dollars and over 100,000 lives later, and jihadists (you know, the ones we support in Syria and used to support in Lybia, Egypt and Tunisia) are 50 miles from Baghdad.

 

Schadenfreud moment, though it hurts me to admit it.

 

Will we learn the lesson? I fear not.

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Some vistas from Piano di Sorrento…

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