Thursday, October 02, 2008

Supreme Court Cheat Sheet: Holy Nina Totenberg!

Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! Haven't you been waking up to Nina Totenberg's terrific analysis of legal affairs since 1975 and in particular, Supreme Court decisions on NPR's Morning Edition? Where have you been? I mean come on!? I thought all us brainy girls loved listening to Nina!

What beats a crisp fall October morning in Boston, traffic rattling by out on Mass Ave., hiding under the covers with one ear to the cool autumnal air as Nina explains something like .. well, how about the details on how the Court has agreed to hear the Pledge of Allegiance case back in 2003. It was all about that "under God" part.

Or the lovely June morning, Nina told us how the Court had struck down the Texas Sodomy Law -- you would have found that one pretty damned interesting, Sarah.

But here you go, try memorizing these five before you get out there on stage tonight. I picked ones you'll like a lot -- they feature beer, blacks, guns, gays, all your favorite things.

Ever heard of:

1. Bush v. Gore -- that's one you'd really dig; do I need to tell you what this was about?

2. Brown v. Board of Education -- school desegregation; Wikipedia: Handed down on May 17, 1954, the Warren Court's unanimous (9-0) decision stated that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal."

3. Dred Scott v. Sandford -- you must know this one?!

4. Craig v. Boren, -- your pal, Joe-Six-Pack's favorite case;

5. United States v. Lopez, -- since you're so keen on states' rights and guns, you'll like this one.