Tuesday, January 17, 2006
A few thoughts on several rulings by SCOTUS and one other topic
The U.S. Supreme Court refused to hear the case of Fayetteville citizens fighting against the annexation of their neighborhoods. Though I fully agree that the annexation should never have happened and is government run amock, I do believe that it is NOT a federal issue. I really get annoyed that cases constantly go to the U.S. Supreme Court when they are state issues and should never even be allowed to go to the federal level. That is beyond the scope of the Supreme Court's authority/jurisdiction. The new residents of Fayetteville got screwed, but at least the Supreme Court did the right thing.
The Supreme Court also upheld Oregon's assisted suicide law. I thought that the first rule of the doctors' oath was to do no harm. If people want to die badly enough, they can do it themselves instead of attempting to absolve themselves of the responsibility for their death by having a doctor or two perform the dirty work for them. If you are going to take the cowardly way out, put the barrel in your mouth and do it yourself.
The Court ruled that families of firefighters that died on 9/11 can not sue the city of New York over "faulty radios". They claim that the radio system was not sufficient to give communicate the evacuation order from the towers. First, there is no such thing as a foolproof radio system...especially in high rise buildings. Motorola was also in the suit. They can't be blamed for the purchase of their equipment. The equipment works fine, just not in high rise buildings. Makes sense to me. Second, there is no way of knowing that a timely evacuation could have happened in time for them. Next, these families, though grieving, already took monetary compensation for the loss of their family members. Now they want more? Hello??? Look, I was in the fire service for almost ten years. It is a dangerous occupation. The firfighters are running IN to a building when most have or are running OUT. Think about it. All this is about is greed on the part of blood sucking lawyers and families who want more money. Sorry, but I don't have so much sympathy for the families that we should just hand them over a wad of cash in addition to all the death benefits, charitable giving that came their way, and the fact that they took payments. I hate that sort of greed.
One other story that pisses me off is that yet another hostage is being threatened in Iraq. This time, a female reporter for "The Christian Science Monitor" is being threatened with death female prisoners in Iraq are released within 72 hours. If Al-Jezeera can find these animals, why can't our own intelligence agencies and contacts? Somebody please track and whack these pieces of debris.