Equal Under the Law, Regardless of Race

Filed under:Bill of Rights — posted by 3wire on 6/29/2009 @ 11:15 pm

The fact that 4 Justices on the current Supreme Court can put the issue of “historical context” over the lives and livelihood of actual living citizens, is something I simply can not get my mind around. Racism is wrong no mater which way the tide is flowing.


In the blockbuster decision we’d been awaiting all term, the Court reached the correct result: The government can’t make employment decisions based on race. While the city’s desire to get more blacks into leadership positions at the fire department is commendable, it cannot pursue this goal by denying promotions simply because those who earned them happen to have an inconvenient skin color.

Iran: Congress, not Obama Shows Leadership

Filed under:Culture War,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 6/24/2009 @ 10:42 am

From: Human Events

While President Obama equivocated about the protests in Iran last week, Congress showed real leadership.

By an overwhelming bipartisan vote, both the House and the Senate passed resolutions expressing clear support for “all Iranian citizens who embrace the values of freedom, human rights, civil liberties, and rule of law.”

Republicans and Democrats alike condemned the Iranian government’s violence in the streets and suppression of independent communication through cutting off internet and cell phone access.

Congratulations to Democrats and Republicans in Congress for standing up for American values and standing up for the Iranian people.

Hacking Threat to National Security Overblown?

Filed under:Bill of Rights,Technology,War on Terror — posted by 3wire on 6/4/2009 @ 10:50 pm

From: Threat Level

Is hacking a real threat to the United States or is it just the latest overblown threat to national security, whose magnitude is being exaggerated to expand government budgets and power?

That’s the question asked by Threat Level editor Kevin Poulsen at a panel in Computers, Freedom and Privacy in Washington, D.C., Wednesday. And it’s important because the government is spending billions of dollars on computer security, and President Obama is elevating cybersecurity to a national priority, using language that makes even security experts wince.

image: detail of installation by Bronwyn Lace