On This Day...
Joe (I’m really a Republican) Lieberman was born. So was Chester Nimitz, Paula Zahn and Zell Miller (jerk-off).
In 1803, The Supreme Court in Marbury v. Madison ruled itself the final interpreter of constitutional issues. This opened the door for all those liberal judges that legislate from the bench! Maybe if Congress actually wrote clear and direct laws this wouldn’t be an issue.
In 1863, Arizona became a territory of the United States, just another trophy of “Manifest Destiny.” That phrase “Manifest Destiny” died out around the end of the 20th century (6 years ago) but seems to be alive and well in Iraq. Arizona is home to one of many Japanese internment camps set up during WWII. These camps were later condemned by Congress on this day back in 1983. Not bad, it only took 40 years to apologize for being racists and locking up 120,00 people, 60% of whom were Japanese-American legalized citizens!
In 1868, Andrew Johnson receives the dubious honors of being the first President in history to ever be impeached. Johnson was impeached for violating the Tenure of Office Act. He was later acquitted in the Senate by 1 vote. It should be noted that the same Act Johnson was accused of violating in 1868 was ruled unconstitutional in 1926 by the United States Supreme Court in the case of Myers v. United States, which affirmed the ability of the President to remove a Postmaster without Congressional approval. So we have had only two Presidents in history that have been impeached, one for removing a person from their position on his own cabinet and another for receiving a blow job and subsequently lying about it, but, we currently have a President that has broken the law and violated our civil rights and the Democrats can’t seem to muster enough muscle to impeach the fucker! Simply amazing!
In 1942, propaganda gets a new voice with the birth of Voice of America. The Smith-Mundit Act forbids VOA from broadcasting directly to American citizens. The intent of this legislation was to keep the federal government from having a direct outlet to their domestic public. But, hell, the federal government doesn’t need VOA–it’s got FOX.
In 1970, the people get a voice, National Public Radio is founded. There is a God!
In 1988, the radical right attack freedom of speech and are repealed. Jerry Falwell loses to Larry Flynt when SCOTUS rules against Falwell in, Hustler Magazine, Inc. v. Falwell. You see, in Jerry’s world it is OK to blame 9/11 on homosexuals, accuse a Teletubby of being gay, say that AIDS is God’s response to people that accept alternative life styles, call Muhammad a terrorist and you can produce a fake documentary about a president that is loaded with 80 minutes of pure lies but don’t you dare try to print a satirical piece about him that implies he slept with his mother in an outhouse while he was drunk because that would be just wrong!
In 1997, the Food and Drug Administration named six brands of birth control as safe and effective ‘’morning-after'’ pills for preventing pregnancy. In December 2003, the FDA recommended the pill be made available over the counter. The committee voted 23 to 4 that the drug should be sold over the counter and 27 to 0 that the drug could be safely sold as an over-the-counter medication. However, in May 2004 the FDA refused this strong recommendation and prohibited over-the-counter sale. A new application was submitted to the FDA one year later and the FDA was supposed to have handed down a decision on the application by January 2005, this deadline came and went without a decision. The FDA then promised to rule on the application by September 2005, but this deadline was extended by 60 days. On November 3, 2005, HR 4229 was introduced in the US House of Representatives, which would require the FDA to make a decision on Plan B. Currently this bill is tied up in committee. Let’s look at some interesting facts shall we? More than 300,000 women are sexually assaulted each year in the United States. Of these an estimated 25,000 will become pregnant as a result. About 22,000 of these pregnancies could be prevented if all women who were raped had easy access to emergency contraception. Nearly one half of America’s 6.3 million annual pregnancies are accidental. Question, if a woman takes the morning-after pill in North Dakota and then drives into South Dakota for breakfast, would she be breaking South Dakota’s new anti-abortion law?
In 2004, our dear leader called for a constitutional amendment protecting marriage. Protect marriage from what, I have no idea.