Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why Scalia's DOMA Dissent Is Full Of Crap.

If you haven't heard by now, the Supreme Court of the United States has invalidated the Defense of Marriage Act, deeming it unconstitutional, and as can be expected the conservative justices came out in full hypocrisy attacking the decision by the majority. The comments that seem to be getting most of the attention come from conservative justice Antonin Scalia. Here is what he had to say about the DOMA ruling:
We have no power to decide this case. And even if we did, we have no power under the Constitution to invalidate this democratically adopted legislation. The Court’s errors on both points spring forth from the same diseased root: an exalted conception of the role of this institution in America.
Scalia calls for judicial restraint because this law was democratically adopted.  He insists that the DOMA ruling was "an assertion of judicial supremacy over the people’s Representatives in Congress and the Executive."

So because the law was enacted by a majority of our duly elected representatives Scalia believes the court should not have intervened.  He also believed there was no case to begin with, but as he states, even if there was it wasn't for the court to decide and should be left up to the democratically elected legislative and executive branches.

This is funny because Scalia has pretty much made a three-sixty in pretty much every of his other rulings of importance in which a progressive law was either struck down or upheld.

In the case of NFIB vs. Sibelius regarding the Affordable Care Act, Scalia cried for judicial intervention. His criticisms of the law didn't even touch upon the standing question that he had for DOMA despite the fact that the parties suing to overturn "Obamacare" had not been affected by the law yet because the provisions would start to kick in a year after his ruling.

And how about the Voting Rights Act ruling?  Scalia dismissed the overwhelming democratic adoption of the law calling the re-authorization by congress a "perpetuation of racial entitlement."

Earlier this year Scalia argued with Ted Olson about gay marriage demanding when gay marriage specifically became unconstitutional, and since that question could not be answered he could not possibly rule on it.

So basically, Scalia was predetermined to rule in favor of DOMA.  This whole issue of standing is just a mask for his hypocrisy.

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Product Review: Jene Rene Cologne

Are you familiar with Jean Paul Gaultier's Le Male?

Well this Jean Rene is really good deal.  You can find it as low as $3 at local closeout stores which is a fraction of the cost of it's designer counterpart but for good reason.  Even at the online price of less then $10 dollars this product is a steal.

It's initial scent is strong and very much like it's designer counterpart.  The top notes of lavender and bergamot can be immediately sensed but dissipates rather quickly - roughly 30 minutes to 1 1/2 hours.  Cinnamon and citrus heart notes can be can be sensed shortly after that but are almost immediately gone.

The saving grace of this cologne are the vanilla, sandalwood, cedarwood, and tonka bean base notes that last hours.  The scent stays on your skin and clothing for a while.  It is not unusual for this cologne to be present several hours after the initial spray but the sillage is quite weak.

The sillage at first application is rather robust but quickly disappears and can only be smelled at arms length.  After several hours it is nothing more then a skin scent but at times can be rather strong.  It sometimes feels as though it is activated by your sweat but with everyone's body chemistry differing, results may vary.

Personal recommendations for this cologne would be for home use (after-shower spray, all-purpose), intimate gatherings where an overwhelming scent would be discouraged, or at work (even as a mid-day refresher).