Daily Archives: June 26, 2013

Supreme Court opens way for same-sex marriage in Calif.

Supreme Court opens way for same-sex marriage in Calif.


Same Sex Marriage[trib_ndn vid=24909093]WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court Wednesday opened the door for same-sex marriages to resume in California by turning away the defenders of Proposition 8.

The court dismissed the closely-watched appeal over the state’s same-sex marriage ban on jurisdictional grounds, ruling Wednesday private parties do not have “standing” to defend the voter-approved ballot measure barring gay and lesbians couples from state-sanctioned wedlock.

“We have never before upheld the standing of a private party to defend the constitutionality of a state statute when state officials have chosen not to,” according to the court’s ruling, penned by Chief Justice John Roberts. “We decline to do so for the first time here.”

Roberts was joined in the majority by Justices Stephen Breyer, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Elena Kagan and Antonin Scalia.

Since Proposition 8 supporters had no standing, the court did not issue a ruling on the merits of same-sex marriage or Prop. 8…

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Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast … We tackle the difficult topic of surviving torture in San Diego

Listen above or go to the Bowler’s Desk iTuns page and get it there.

This Bowler’s Desk Political Podcast is in honor of the United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture.

Often torture is ignored and oversimplified in main stream media

It’s hard to talk about torture and sell ads

It’s hard to talk about torture without diminishing to topic

It’s hard to talk about torture

But we’re going to try and do the hard thing …

According to Cornell Law School’s web site torture is defined as

(1) “torture” means an act committed by a person acting under the color of law specifically intended to inflict severe physical or mental pain or suffering (other than pain or suffering incidental to lawful sanctions) upon another person within his custody or physical control;

(2) “severe mental pain or suffering” means the prolonged mental harm caused by or resulting from—

(3) “United States” means the several States of the United States, the District of Columbia, and the commonwealths, territories, and possessions of the United States.

I sat down with two experts in the field of torture.

First Arturo Jimenez Bicardi a PhD candidate at University of California at Irvine and he’s doing his dissertation on US torture and targeted killings programs since World War II.

Also joining me was Suzanne Bacon the Community Relations Manager for Survivors of Torture, International. They are a San Diego based group that helps people that have survived torture heal.

Did you know that there are over 11,000 survivors of politically motivated torture living in San Diego?

That’s whom Survivors of Torture, International helps. They also give twice monthly tours of their facility, showing anyone interested the good work they do.

Go to the web site www.notorture.org. Give money. Give time. Take the tour.



Thank you.


AM Briefing from Bowlersdesk.com for June 26, 2013


After years of legal fighting the U. S. Supreme Court is expected to rule on California’s Proposition 8 today. Prop 8 is a voter-approved measure that defines marriage as only between a man and a woman. However just because the voters approve something doesn’t mean it can become law. It still must be consistent with the U. S. Constitution. If the court says prop 8 is unconstitutional then this decision could have national impact. San Diego’s L G B T community is rallying tonight in Hillcrest at 5:00 in support of marriage equality.

We’re all over the county for court today.

In El Cajon’s courthouse this morning at 8:30 Gary Allen Thomas will be sentenced for beating his 94-year-old neighbor to death with a hammer. 64-year-old Thomas bludgeoned the woman while she slept. Originally he pleaded not guilty by reason of insanity but later changed his plea to guilty. He will be sentenced to 26-years to life in prison.

In Chula Vista’s courthouse this afternoon Mandel A. Watson will learn his sentence. Watson pleaded guilty to trying to kidnap two girls just before he was stopped when he was hit by a car.

Also this afternoon at 1:30 in San Diego’s Superior Court Nelson Drake will be arraigned. Drake, a Canadian citizen, is accused of sexually assaulting a woman while he was in San Diego for a convention.

San Diego’s political machine is running at full throttle today.

First thing this morning at 9:00 the San Diego City Council’s Budget Committee is meeting and expected to approve a five-year banking contract with Bank of America and Citibank.

Then this afternoon at 2:00 the Council’s Public Safety committee is meeting about a report on firefighter attrition and retention.

At 9:00 AM the San Diego County Board of Supervisors is talking about reducing microbrewery and cheese-making regulations.

This afternoon at 1:00 the Civic San Diego Board of Directors is going to look at changing the parking meter hour’s downtown. Now parking meters are enforced from 8:00 am to 6:00 pm every day except for Sundays and holidays. The proposal is to shift the hours to 10:00 am until 8:00 PM every day except for Sundays and holidays.

And finally tonight at 7:30 Republican Carl DeMaio is kicking off his congressional campaign at a fundraiser. DeMaio hopes to be the republican nominee to go up against Democrat Scott Peters in about 2 years’ time.

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