she's not actually in Hamas; but why is Little Obnoxious Annie "joking" about assassinating a Supreme Court justice like John Paul Stevens? Was this supposed to be funny?
I would expect something like this from a Hamas suicide bomber or something, but not from anyone pretending to respectability. (As she seems to pretend at times, e.g., only talking--down--to liberals if she must...)
Now what does this have to do with Samuel Alito? Surely he's not as bad as Assassination Annie? Well, his vile judicial opinions in general, aside: what about his decision that Congress couldn't regulate machine guns?
See, e.g., San Fran Chronicle,
"...The machine gun case was decided by the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia a year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned as unconstitutional a federal law banning gun possession near schools.
(more machine gun madness below fold)
"The Supreme Court said congressional power over interstate commerce does not extend to guns that might have been obtained within the state and were not being used for any commercial purpose -- the first ruling to overturn a law on interstate commerce grounds since the 1930s.
Pennsylvania gun dealer Raymond Rybar Jr., sentenced to 18 months in prison for possessing and selling two machine guns, argued in his appeal that a 1986 federal law banning the possession or transfer of machine guns was unconstitutional because it applied to weapons that had never crossed state lines or affected interstate commerce. A 2-1 majority of the appeals court disagreed.
Unlike the law on guns near schools, the court majority said, the machine-gun ban was supported by findings in federal gun laws since the 1930s that there was widespread interstate traffic in guns, including surplus military weapons from other countries, and that state regulation was inadequate. Another distinction, the court said, is that the 1986 law applied to all areas of the nation and not just to possession of guns in certain local areas.
Alito began his dissenting opinion by suggesting that the majority was treating the Supreme Court's 1995 ruling as "a constitutional freak'' rather than a recognition that the Constitution "still imposes some meaningful limits on congressional power.''
Congressional findings about gun trafficking in older laws were irrelevant, he argued, to the question of whether possessing a machine gun has any effect on interstate commerce. Whatever role machine guns play in nationwide crime, Alito said, the mere act of possessing one within a state is no more of an interstate, or economic, activity than possessing a gun near a school.
He said the law might be valid if it was limited to machine guns that crossed state lines, or if Congress had included findings about the impact of those weapons on interstate commerce. That suggestion was derided by the court majority, which said Congress was not required to "play Show and Tell with the federal courts'' to validate a law.
The same legal issue arose during Roberts' confirmation as chief justice in September, based on a dissenting opinion he wrote as an appeals court judge in 2003. The opinion questioned federal authority to protect a "hapless toad'' ....Roberts, at his confirmation hearing, said he had never meant to suggest that the government lacked power to protect endangered species.
...Critics of Alito's 1996 opinion point out that the machine-gun law has been upheld by every federal court that has considered it. Rybar, the Pennsylvania gun dealer, appealed his case to the Supreme Court, which denied review. ..."
THERE we go. Ann Crazy is not actually in Hamas, and neither is Samuel "Colt" Alito: but there is in both of them a very, very disturbing tendency to coddle violence. (Never mind violence to the Constitution...)
Some pundit should, without tying Hamas to Alito in any way (which would be suicidal--no pun intended), at least be able to mention both Ann Coulter (assassination of Justice Stephens) and the Hamas victory (violence, terrorism) as things to be associated with each other. If someone then mentions Alito's thing for machine guns later on, and Coulter's support of Machine Gun Sam, people can draw what conclusion they want.
Mentioning that Alito would be a funny Supreme Court justice to have during a democracy's War on Terror, seeing his a. contempt of democratic restraint on the executive power, and b. coddling purveyors of violence like the machine-gun salesman, would not hurt...
Again, this should be used with care: no one wants Kerry to scream "ALITO YOU ARE NO BETTER THAN HAMAS"!!! I just find it interesting that Assassination Ann is, even jokingly, publicly promulgating terrorism against a Supreme Court justice, and applauding Alito at the same time. With the shocking backdrop of the surprise Hamas victory. Someone should be able to do something creative and meaningful with this.