Today's forecast: 100% chance that today's top stories will involve a Supreme Court

Obama announces his SCOTUS pick at 10:15am (est) .
California Supreme Court announces ruling on Prop 8 appeal at 1:00pm (est).
CNN and USA Today is reporting that Obama will nominate Sonia Sotomayor. If true and if confirmed, she will be the first Hispanic justice. She was nominated to the federal bench by George Bush I. Her wikipedia entry already has the news.
Got any other news you want to drop today? I wouldn’t advise it. I think these two stories may push North Korea to #3.
UPDATE: 5/26/09 – Prop 8 is upheld and but 18,000 current same-sex marriages will continue to be recognized. The ruling in .pdf is here.

26 thoughts on “Today's forecast: 100% chance that today's top stories will involve a Supreme Court”

  1. If the North Korean’s nuked a major American city it would collapse our entire economy. However in a few years time we’d come back. The North Koreans would only exist in history books.

    It would do more than just collapse our economy – it would destroy millions of lives and effect the health of millions more – we MIGHT come back, there’s no guarantee. I’d hope we did, but yikes.

  2. David Blakeslee
    Japan and South Korea are close allies. I believe that if either of them are nuked we would respond as if we were nuked.
    One thing is for sure. If North Korea starts lobbing Atomic bombs around Japan is going to change it’s constitution, rearm and start building a nuclear/biological arsenal. This would start an arms race between Japan and China and neither country wants this.
    China is going to have to step in and get the North Korean’s back in line.

  3. A pretty esoteric conversation…
    What are the numbers if an American city is bombed?
    What are the numbers if a S. Korean city is bombed? This is a more likely scenario, challenging the will of the UN, testing the civilization we call China.
    What are the numbers if a Japanese city is bombed?

  4. Mary

    I doubt it would collapse us.

    The value of most business assets would plummet after a nuke strike. For example it would be impossible to sell or refinance a skyscraper anywhere in the country. Lots of business activity would instantly stop and tens of millions of jobs would disappear.
    Fortunately we would come back. By the end of WW2 Germany was bombed to rubble. 20 years later they were the richest nation in Europe.
    North Korea and Iran wouldn’t get off so easy. If they nuked us we would have to assume they have other nuclear or biological weapons and they might use them at any minute. We would be forced to incinerate their entire countries.
    Let’s hope they are smarter than they are crazy!

  5. I doubt it would collapse us. There would be new industry with greater impetus to strengthen us.

  6. Jayhuck
    If the North Korean’s nuked a major American city it would collapse our entire economy. However in a few years time we’d come back. The North Koreans would only exist in history books.

  7. Drowssap,
    Even if N. Korea gets one nuke to the U.S. it will cause widespread devastation and destruction – surely you know this – regardless of whether they are “incinerated” or not. I don’t think we even want to go down that road.
    I saw Team America – I laughed, then I cried 🙂

  8. If North Korea launches a nuke at South Korea or the USA they will be incinerated within minutes.
    But the country that needs to be scared is Iran. If North Korea starts a nuclear war it will give Israel enough justification and cover to take out Iran once and for all.

  9. David Blakeslee
    Well… I thought it was funny.
    Then again I saw the South Park movie. 😎

  10. What’s worse is that I felt horrible every time I laughed.
    South Park seeks to offend…you cannot indulge your narcissism long enough to make it stick, because, sooner or later your pet view is laid to waste.

  11. @ Don,
    Good catch…
    In 1932, President Herbert Hoover appointed Cardozo to the Supreme Court of the United States to succeed Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. The New York Times said of Cardozo’s appointment that “seldom, if ever, in the history of the Court has an appointment been so universally commended.”[5] Democratic Cardozo’s appointment by a Republican president has been referred to as one of the few Supreme Court appointments in history not motivated by partisanship or politics, but strictly based on the nominee’s contribution to law.[6]

  12. What about Justice Benjamin Nathan Cardozo? Is a Portuguese Jew not considered to be Hispanic? I’m just askin’.

  13. @ Mary,
    It is not about people…it is mocking a fiendish dictator…that may not be clear from the lyrics, but it is from the video.
    He is self-pitying and narcissistic and meglomaniacal…he thinks, “Maybe if I have more power, people will like me.”
    Completely politically incorrect, no doubt…but funny as heck!

  14. Hey David,
    Next time you choose to make fun of a person’s accent, be sure that’s what you really want to say about people.

  15. North Korea is not evil….KIm Jong Il is just Ronrey.
    I’m So Ronery
    I’m so ronery
    So ronery
    So ronery and sadry arone
    There’s no one
    Just me onry
    Sitting on my rittle throne
    I work very hard and make up great prans
    But nobody ristens, no one understands
    Seems that no one takes me serirousry
    And so I’m ronery
    A little ronery
    Poor rittre me
    There’s nobody
    I can rerate to
    Feer rike a bird in a cage
    It’s kinda sihry
    But not rearry
    Because it’s fihring my body with rage
    I work rearry hard and I’m physicarry fit
    But nobody here seems to rearize that
    When I rure the world maybe they’rr notice me
    But untir then I’rr just be ronery
    Rittre ronery, poor rittre me
    I’m so ronery
    I’m so ronery

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