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Bloviating Zeppelin: Courts Want To Stop US Defense?

Bloviating Zeppelin

(in-ep-toc'-ra-cy) - a system of government where the least capable to lead are elected by the least capable of producing, and where the members of society least likely to sustain themselves or succeed, are rewarded with goods and services paid for by the confiscated wealth of a diminishing number of producers.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Courts Want To Stop US Defense?

The United States 9th Circuit Court of Appeals (historically, the most overturned court in American history, thankfully) recently ruled that the US Navy could not operate its sonar during training exercises in southern California waters due to alleged "harmful affects" on sea creatures and mammals such as whales, dolphins, etc.

This 9th Circuit ruling was appealed to the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS).

On Wednesday, November 12th, the SCOTUS overturned the 9th Circuit (WINTER, SECRETARY OF THE NAVY, ET AL. v NATU-RAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL, INC., ET AL), to allow the United States Navy to use its sonar.

Chief Justice John Roberts wrote the opinion for the majority and cited "public interest" in crafting the opinion, saying the Navy's need to conduct realistic training with active sonar to respond to the threat posed by enemy submarines outweighed the interests proffered by the environmentalists.

The injunction leveled upon the US Navy by the 9th Circuit required that it stop using sonar when marine mammals were spotted within 2,200 yards of submarines and vessels utilizing sonar, and to reduce sonar decibel levels under certain ocean conditions.

This time, common sense prevailed and the ability of the United States to continue training to actually defend itself won the day. Still and all, it was a 5-to-4 decision.

Come the time for one, two or even perhaps three potential SCOTUS appointments during the Obama presidency? Obama could nominate, oh, William Ayers or Angela Davis and, with sufficient support, install one of them into SCOTUS.

Here is a typical reactive comment to this ruling, from the LA Times blog:

This ruling makes me sick. We just can't seem to get it: everything, our entire eco-system, is interconnected. All man does is poison and disrupt the natural harmony of the planet. And the planet will swat us off its face like a irritating gnat one day in return. Wake up! I say dismantle the Navy and honor the whales.

Dismantle the navy. Dismantle the economy. Dismantle our entire defense system. Dismantle our Constitution. Dismantle our society and our entire nation.

We won this one. Today.

Tomorrow? I see illogical and unnecessary catastrophe looming on the immediate horizon, my dear readers.



Blogger shoprat said...

We must do all we can to prevent any retirements on the Supreme Court until sanity returns to the White House.

Thu Nov 13, 05:13:00 PM PST  
Blogger Average American said...

The 9th circuit court should be abolished. America would be better without it. Either that or FIRE every judge on it!

Thu Nov 13, 05:19:00 PM PST  
Blogger TexasFred said...

The 9th Circus Court of Jesters...

Now that's funny, I don't care who you are...

Thu Nov 13, 05:36:00 PM PST  
Blogger Pasadena Closet Conservative said...

Prop those ol' judges up and keep 'em going! This is all too close for comfort.

Thu Nov 13, 09:30:00 PM PST  
Blogger The Unseen One said...

Wow. It is amazing that this case was even taken up by a court. What's next? The military can't use bullets because bullets hurt people?

Fri Nov 14, 04:03:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

When we get attacked because our defences have been neutered I wonder if the attacker will be held to the same high stantards? Oh wait my bad if they overrun us they will do away with all those pesky rights and privileges.

Fri Nov 14, 06:21:00 AM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

But the WORST part? It was decided by a squeek: 5 to 4!


What are these assholes thinking??


Fri Nov 14, 10:41:00 AM PST  
Blogger Gayle said...

They aren't thinking, BZ. That's the problem.

One measly vote, but thank God for that vote! *sigh* It's going to be a long four years!

Fri Nov 14, 11:48:00 AM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The 9th Circuit Court is a joke. Nothing more than a collective child acting up so they'll get some attention.

I'm surprised the Supremes have yet to just come out and call them on their stupidity.

Fri Nov 14, 12:49:00 PM PST  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Love it or leave it, honey; try the latter.

Honduras is nice; that's where the Bushes will flee to.

Fri Nov 14, 02:27:00 PM PST  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

Anonymous: thanks for the comic relief!


Fri Nov 14, 03:06:00 PM PST  
Blogger Rivka said...

I agree with your summation. Great post.

Fri Nov 14, 04:39:00 PM PST  
Blogger Z said...

protecting SEA URCHINS instead of AMERICANS?

Have we Completely LOST OUR MINDS!?

not much else to day..because all we're doing is typing about it...and watching America fade into the past.


Fri Nov 14, 04:40:00 PM PST  

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