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Marbury vs. Madison

The Marbury vs. Madison case in 1803 was a landmark United States Supreme Court case in which they formed the basis for the exercise of judicial review in the United States under Article III of the Constitution. The decision helped define the boundary between the constitutionally separate executive and judicial branches of the American form of government. Judicial review is said to have originated with this case. 

William Marbury was an American businessman and one of the “midnight judges” appointed by United States President John Adams the day before he left office.

James Madison was an American statesman and political theorist, and the fourth president of the United states. He is hailed as the “Father of the Constitution” for being instrumental in the drafting of the constitution and as the key champion and author of the United States Bill of Rights. 

The case resulted from a petition to the Supreme Court by William Marbury, who had been appointed by President John Adams as Justice of the Peace in the District of Columbia but whose commission was not subsequently delivered. Marbury petitioned the Supreme Court to force the new Secretary of State James Madison to deliver the documents. The Court, with John Marshall as Chief Justice, found firstly that Madison’s refusal to deliver the commission was both illegal and remediable. Nonetheless, the Court stopped short of compelling Madison (by writ of mandamus) to hand over Marbury’s commission, instead holding that the provision of the Judiciary Act of 1789 that enabled Marbury to bring his claim to the Supreme Court was itself unconstitutional, since it purported to extend the Court’s original jurisdiction beyond that which Article III established. The petition was therefore denied.

I think this case is a monumental step in the American justice system, but I also think that today, we could use a refresher on what exactly judicial review is supposed to do. In 2009 there was a man that was seemingly arrested for running across the street, after university students researched and found enough evidence to make him an innocent man, if the court had only reviewed it. 

It doesn’t matter how big the monument is. If it starts to fall apart and be forgotten, its influence falls with it.

— 1 year ago
#Marbury vs. Madison  #current events 
Media Review

When conducting a blog with a focal point of news, there are hundreds of points to approach it from. A world lens, including headlines from all over the world. A nationalistic lens, with headlines and articles pertaining to your country. A historical lens, a mix of all of them, a psychological lens, a literary lens, the list goes on and on.

I most enjoy news that catches my eye - I mean, who doesn’t?

But mostly what I mean is, articles that pertain to me personally. That includes a whole bunch of stuff. From funny cartoons, to beautiful photographs, to articles about abortions and gun control, you would probably find it on a blog like this, if I were in charge.

The most recent article I read was entitled Don’t Let Politics Foil Gun Control. When Democrats in 1994 passed an assault-weapons ban, then lost control of both the House and Senate months later, though members of both parties said it was no coincidence. Today, especially so recently after the Sandy Hook shooting, gun control is another hot topic of debate in Washington. 

Joe Biden, especially, has a lot to say. He is sick and tired of people avoiding the topic of gun control because it is too politically damaging to take a strong stance on either spectrum of the idea of control. 

President Barack Obama’s proposals to reduce gun violence face an uncertain fate in Congress, and nowhere more so than in the House, where Democrats are in the minority.

However, in this case, there is a huge emotional advantage that may help the Democrats out with their endeavors. The Sandy Hook shootings were a national tragedy, and many, especially on the east coast, are still dealing with the aftermath of putting their lives back together after losing so many young souls.

Topics like this interest me, because I am torn between the options. On one hand, guns should not be so easily accessible, and neither should elementary schools. On the other hand, the shooter’s mother legally bought the weapon, and was storing it for personal use at her home when her mentally ill son stole it.

There’s another topic of debate - mental illness. That has definitely not received the light it should get. Mental illness really hasn’t been a topic of discussion in America since the 70’s, when all the “crazy” people were de-institutionalized and put back into society. 

I believe both factors play heavily into American society today, but not a lot can be done to change it unless we first alter the mentality of the American population, to not look down on the mentally ill as though they are below us, and also, to not see guns as toys. On a similar note, we should be teaching boys and men that just because you can take advantage of a woman and harass her doesn’t mean you should instead of chastising women for how they dress or act. 

These are the topics that interest me most.

— 1 year ago
#politics  #current events 
sesamestreet:

Radio is a big part of our work in Afghanistan, as many children there do not have access to a television. Children listening to Baghch-e-Simsim, our co-production there, often send in drawings of what they imagine while listening to the show. Here’s one such drawing, and more are here.

sesamestreet:

Radio is a big part of our work in Afghanistan, as many children there do not have access to a television. Children listening to Baghch-e-Simsim, our co-production there, often send in drawings of what they imagine while listening to the show. Here’s one such drawing, and more are here.

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"A math professor has discovered a new, 17 million-digit prime number. His other discovery? He’s very lonely."
STEPHEN COLBERT, The Colbert Report (via inothernews)
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todaysdocument:

Rosa Parks, the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” would have turned 100 today (February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005):

Fingerprint Card of Rosa Parks 
Aurelia S. Browder et al. v. W. A. Gayle et al., No. 1147, from the Civil Cases series of the Records of District Courts of the United States

On December 1, 1955, during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama, a 42 year-old woman took a seat near the front of the bus on her way home from the Montgomery Fair department store where she worked as a seamstress. Before she reached her destination, she quietly set off a social revolution when the bus driver instructed her to move, and she refused. The bus driver called the police and they arrested Rosa Parks, an African American woman of unchallenged character. The African-American community of Montgomery organized a boycott of the buses in protest of the discriminating treatment they had endured for years. The boycott, under the leadership of 26-year-old minister Martin Luther King, Jr., was a peaceful, coordinated protest that lasted 381 days and captured world attention.
Rosa Parks’ legacy  is being honored with a special document display and programs at the National Archives during the month of February.

todaysdocument:

Rosa Parks, the “Mother of the Civil Rights Movement,” would have turned 100 today (February 4, 1913 - October 24, 2005):

Fingerprint Card of Rosa Parks

Aurelia S. Browder et al. v. W. A. Gayle et al., No. 1147, from the Civil Cases series of the Records of District Courts of the United States

On December 1, 1955, during a typical evening rush hour in Montgomery, Alabama, a 42 year-old woman took a seat near the front of the bus on her way home from the Montgomery Fair department store where she worked as a seamstress. Before she reached her destination, she quietly set off a social revolution when the bus driver instructed her to move, and she refused. The bus driver called the police and they arrested Rosa Parks, an African American woman of unchallenged character

The African-American community of Montgomery organized a boycott of the buses in protest of the discriminating treatment they had endured for years. The boycott, under the leadership of 26-year-old minister Martin Luther King, Jr., was a peaceful, coordinated protest that lasted 381 days and captured world attention.

Rosa Parks’ legacy  is being honored with a special document display and programs at the National Archives during the month of February.

— 1 year ago with 796 notes
barackobama:


“By remaining vigilant against those who seek to perpetrate violence and murder, we honor those we lost during one of the darkest periods in human history. And we keep their memory alive for generations to come.” —President Obama on International Holocaust Remembrance Day

barackobama:

“By remaining vigilant against those who seek to perpetrate violence and murder, we honor those we lost during one of the darkest periods in human history. And we keep their memory alive for generations to come.” —President Obama on International Holocaust Remembrance Day
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therugnettanews:

While many may see this as simply more violence in the Syria, it also serves as an example of the complicated role of outside forces on middle eastern politics. Instability in one country causes the complex web of alliances and interests to shift.
Last day of January 2013.

therugnettanews:

While many may see this as simply more violence in the Syria, it also serves as an example of the complicated role of outside forces on middle eastern politics. Instability in one country causes the complex web of alliances and interests to shift.

Last day of January 2013.

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breakingnews:

US Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery
JUST IN: The U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce later today that it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week, The Associated Press reports.The plan is aimed at saving about $2 billion. Photo: U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Anthony Ow places letters in a mailbox as he walks his delivery route on July 30, 2009, in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images North America)

breakingnews:

US Postal Service to cut Saturday mail delivery

JUST IN: The U.S. Postal Service is expected to announce later today that it will stop delivering mail on Saturdays but continue to deliver packages six days a week, The Associated Press reports.

The plan is aimed at saving about $2 billion.

Photo: U.S. Postal Service letter carrier Anthony Ow places letters in a mailbox as he walks his delivery route on July 30, 2009, in San Francisco, California. (Getty Images North America)

— 1 year ago with 355 notes
theatlantic:

Imagining a Drone-Proof City

Kohn’s envisioned drone-proof community, which he calls “Shura City,” is a thought experiment, a provocation (shura, Arabic for consultation, is a word associated with group decision-making in the Islamic world). It’s a self-contained environment with elaborate architectural devices designed to thwart robotic predators overhead. Minarets, along with the wind-catching cooling towers called badgirs, would obstruct the flight path of the drones. A latticed roof, extending over the entire community, would create shade patterns to make visual target identification difficult. A fully climate-controlled environment would confuse heat-seeking detection systems. He has not included any anti-aircraft weapons in this scenario.
Read more. [Image: Asher J. Kohn]

theatlantic:

Imagining a Drone-Proof City

Kohn’s envisioned drone-proof community, which he calls “Shura City,” is a thought experiment, a provocation (shura, Arabic for consultation, is a word associated with group decision-making in the Islamic world). It’s a self-contained environment with elaborate architectural devices designed to thwart robotic predators overhead. Minarets, along with the wind-catching cooling towers called badgirs, would obstruct the flight path of the drones. A latticed roof, extending over the entire community, would create shade patterns to make visual target identification difficult. A fully climate-controlled environment would confuse heat-seeking detection systems. He has not included any anti-aircraft weapons in this scenario.

Read more. [Image: Asher J. Kohn]

— 1 year ago with 162 notes
tribunegraphics:

Chart: The number of female military personnel, in September of each year. 

tribunegraphics:

Chart: The number of female military personnel, in September of each year. 

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