SharksWithLasers -- Seth Cooper

A CUTTING-EDGE BLOG FOR THE WORLD OF THE 21st CENTURY, Currently operated by Seth L. Cooper, a 27 year-old attorney in Seattle (sethlcooper at comcast dot net)

Friday, May 21, 2004

NORTHWEST LAWYER RELEASED. Extremely curious is the recent release of Portland attorney Brandon Mayfield from federal custody, after he was detained as a material witness in connection with the Madrid bombing. (Reported here.) There's still a gag order in place, and I suspect it will be some time before we know just what happened.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)

Wednesday, May 19, 2004

HODGE BLOG Seeing as I've been AWOL on this blog as of late, I thought a quick catch-up on some events was in order...


It’s defies conventional wisdom to expect a United States’ Senator to compare the work of our armed forces and government to the work a cruel and evil mass-murder and dictator. Yet, Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts did precisely that in his floor speech. Saddam’s torture chambers had re-opened under new management? That statement is about as coherent and deliberative as one made by Sen. Patty Murray about Osama Bin Laden being a hero to the people because he built schools and daycares. With Sen. Kerry being Kennedy’s boy and all, I can only imagine the reaction at Kerry campaign HQ once they heard that one.


During my car trip down to Oregon, I was able to tune in to Michael Medved’s show for the first time in months. His program opened with an insightful hour, focusing upon the prisoner abuse scandal and how sex was so deeply tied into it all. I had not previously considered this point (which is probably not surprising, since I haven’t exactly spent all my time gazing at the airbrushed photos they’ve been displaying on network and cable television news).

However awful and wrongful the treatment of those prisoners was, the abuse paled in comparison to the Al Qaeda terrorist decapitation of Nicholas Berg.

The prisoner scandal has been upsetting because it was so wrong. But it was also upsetting because as Americans we know that the actions of those few soldiers were an aberration. We know the heart and the spirit of our fighting forces—we know that they are soldiers of courage and conviction.

Yet, some silly and sinister elites and anti-war activists tried to take advantage of this and use the prisoner abuse as a pretense for removing Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld. Their call for his resignation was a joke to everybody but the ones making that call. The President, Secretary Rumsfeld and the American people saw through that charade. Secretary Rumsfeld was damaged by this, but he carries on continue with the excellent work he has done.


Hadley Arkes has an excellent piece in the National Review Online, discussing constitutional principles and the situation in Massachusetts.

The calls for an amendment to the Constitution constitute a defense of marriage. This is no mere ban on homosexual unions. An amendment would simply ensure the protection of an institution that has been recognized as the bedrock of society throughout the history of our civilization. The usurpers are the homosexualists who want to suddenly undermine the institution of marriage. And if the courts suddenly have the power to redefine marriage, then they will have the power to make it into whatever they want—homosexual, polygamist, incestuous, etc. The bottom line is this: if the people do not amend the Constitution, the courts probably will. For those of us who still recognize that our government derives its just powers from the consent of the governed, the need to support the amendment as a stance for the republican form of government is clear.


I can remember Randy Johnson’s no-hitter against the Tigers back when he was a Seattle Mariner, in the old Kingdome. But you just don’t get any more perfect than a perfect game!!!


Byron York has reported, over at NRO, that the President has agreed NOT to make any more recess appointments to the federal bench, with Sen. Daschle agreeing to let 25 nominees through. York presents some of the contending views about this bargain. As I now see it, the deal was probably a reasonable one by the President. True, Sen. Daschle, Sen. Leahy, et. al. have been completely unfair in their treatment of Miguel Estrada, Priscilla Owens, Janice Rogers Brown and Carolyn Kuhl. But it would probably have been unwise to make many more recess appointments, and now other nominees will get through with the underhanded (Memogate anyone?) and obstructionist tactics of the Democratic Senators on the Judiciary Committee remaining a clear issue for the President to campaign on.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)
SORRY FOR NOT BLOGGING... My sincerest nonapology, but even though there have been countless interesting news items in the news as of late, I have been too busy with life and work to discuss them with the amount of care and attention they properly and rightly deserve.

This recent column by John Leo--about apologies, no less--is a fun read, by the way.

(Downtown Seattle, WA)