The Constitution

One of the dailyKos writers, Kagro X, has written a series exploring impeachment. This particular installment explores the constitutionality of the “imperial presidency” discoveries of the last year. These separate discoveries include theNSA screening of telephone calls, the issuing of signing statements wherein the President can fail to observe any law he deems to be contrary to national interest, and the monthly subpoenas of SWIFT international banking data ostensibly to screen for terrorism. His article is a thoughtful and extensive exploration of the legal standing of impeachable offenses. You will find it here.

Kagro X has evidently studied law–by the internal evidence of the post to which I’m pointing. A search at the daily Kos web site shows that he is a frequent writer, one of the diarists.

7/1/06 Edited to clarify the original non-specific “banking data.”


Thinking Afresh, Thinking Clearly

Mary Catherine Bateson is the daughter of Gregory Bateson, author of Steps to an Ecology of Mind. An author in her own right, she is professor emerita of English and anthropology at Georgy Mason University. She is also the daughter of Margaret Mead; both Gregory Bateson and Margaret Mead were noted anthropologists.

Mary Catherine Bateson contributes her own thinking to social conceptualization. In this recent interview she expresses a new and interesting way to frame experience: Continue reading

Undoing Affirmation


Earlier this week, I surfed into the following article, after Today's Papers (see the Blogroll) had directed me to something else at the Washington Post, "Mommy Rage: Unleashing the Wrath of Stay-at-Home Moms."

I found myself nodding in support of Linda R. Hirshman's portrayal of herself as a feminist who deplores the abdication of the world of work by well-educated women, in favor of full-time parenthood. But I also found myself thinking about her "survey," on which her article that sparked the Mommy Rage had been based.

The article can be found here.

She found an astonishing percentage of women with degrees from prestigious colleges and universities, who announced their weddings in the New York Times on three successive Sundays, had withdrawn from the workforce.

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