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On Limiting the Jurisdiction of an Oath

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“Security subsists, too, in fidelity to freedom’s first principles. Chief among these are freedom from arbitrary and unlawful restraint and the personal liberty that is secured by adherence to the separation of powers.”

“The laws and Constitution are designed to survive, and remain in force, in extraordinary times. Liberty and security can be reconciled; and in our system they are reconciled within the framework of the law.”

Boumediene v. Bush

Carefully considering the history and fundamental principles, from the Magna Carta itself to the fight of freedom against tyranny and terrorism both from without and within, the Supreme Court reasserts our most basic freedom, which we can not claim for our own selves while denying to those whom we have arbitrarily imprisoned without justification.

“The United States Supreme Court yesterday rendered a decision which I think is one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”

John McCain, presumptive GOP presidential nominee

One wonders, has he taken any time out of his busy candidacy to actually read the Supreme Court’s decision? I sincerely doubt it — he even seems unaware of our ruler’s own principal position in this particular case (a position W himself no doubt would abandon if Cuba were to ever take seriously enough to enforce).

Eh, well at least we know how casually he intends to take that oath he holds dim hopes to be reciting next January. The Constitution can not be protected and defended by shrugging it off by means of capricious designations that pretend to being above and outside freedom and the law.

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14 June 2008 at 11:25 pm

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Pancake Kit

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14 June 2008 at 4:24 pm

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Cleaning the Zoo

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cleaning the zooListening to In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida on its 40th birthday while steam cleaning the foyer carpet the hard way (my noodlenoggin iron butterflied head not having noticed that the cleaning fluid reservoir has drained dry). With three dogs and two cats, steam cleaning the “zoo” is a constant task. Little do I know, the zoo is about to gain a newcomer.

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14 June 2008 at 11:50 am

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Sticky Guinea Piggies

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One of the things Nat will be making for her father tomorrow morning will be sticky buns, and she’s been practicing on us.

I think she needs more practice.

Lots and lots of practice.

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14 June 2008 at 9:34 am

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Zen Tracks [20] Iron Butterfly: In – A – Gadda – Da – Vida

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Zen Vision MIn-A-Gadda-Da-VidaIron ButterflyIn-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
[17:02] * * * *

I know I’ll never completely harvest the territory cultivated on my Zen Vision:M in these notes, already collecting enough to stretch out for over nine years even if I were to speed up to doing one a day instead of the one-a-week pace I’ve kept so far this year. But if these notes will then at best serve up a representative sample, let’s make sure we include one that too many “classic” rock stations ban. There may be portions of my Zen that sometimes get so badly neglected that I forget they’re even there and eventually wind up synching over one or more duplicates; but 40 years after its album release, In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida gets aired here several times a year.

Growing up in a household that would just as soon trash the likes of We Shall Overcome, much less allow anything resembling rock be aired anywhere within earshot, my first exposure to In-A-Gadda came the autumn after the classic’s release, when one of our high school marching band’s drummers jokingly played the song’s drum solo during a prep march over to the practice field during band camp, whereupon our semi-enlightened band leader approved of the spirit it gave to our step, so designated the segment as our official interim marching cadence, even for formal presentations. As rockingly “non-Sousa” as I think that solo to be – “tribal,” one description characterizes it – to this day I’ve still never heard a better cadence for any marching band.

That same strict household environment meant that the only dances I ever made it to during my high school years were the few encountered on band exchanges, such as the one where our southeast Pennsylvania high school’s band visited with a northern Virginia band. Which was where I finally heard the music that went with that drum solo: every local band that played every local dance for every high school of 1968-1969 was pretty much required to cover Iron Butterfly. With sufficient warning so that one could be dancing with one’s favorite partner when that organ run kicked off the next quater hour or more. Not that I myself ever danced when I had the occasion: wasn’t interested.

But no, I don’t currently have the songs on the flip side of the album on my Zen. Sorry, Iron Butterfly, but does anyone?

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14 June 2008 at 6:12 am

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back in houghton for a conference. making an appointment to settle up an old allegation, checking to be sure that th mid-afternoon departure time i had scheduled was in fact a day later than the mid-afternoon close of th conference, so i would have a day for th appointment i’d just made

walking down th side street after making arrangements, i decided to stop into th bank to pay off at least some of th debt assigned to th allegation. digging in my pockets for th 20s i’d been given, keeping th lesser bills hoping that would be enough to see me through th rest of th week, th 20s came to about half what i owed th bank. came across th g-note a close friend had received as an award, been given to me in appreciation, i’d forgotten i had it, this would fully take care of my debt with plenty left over

into th bank about a minute before closing, th three women who ran th bank had already turned out th lights and were leaving, but re-opened to take care of my business. i objected, said i could come back some other day during th week during th conference, but th bank manager said they only kept their customers by doing business with them, so we proceeded. i was right about th g-note: i settled my debt completely with $321 and change. th bank manager asked why i’d let th debt go neglected for so long, i shrugged with an excuse about my father not forwarding my mail

from what i had left over of th g-note after paying off th bank, i gave $500 to our neighbors as a gift. they were going to buy a new tv with th money. after i left, i had to knock on th door again, to return their old tv’s remote, which i’d absent-mindedly walked out with

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14 June 2008 at 4:04 am

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