By John Ruberry Every year Freedom House ranks nations on their levels of freedom and countries are classified into three categories. "Free, Partially Free, and Not Free." The first category includes the United States, most of Europe, and Israel, among others. Not Free includes the usual suspects, Venezuela, Russia, Saudi Arabia, China, and North Korea. … Continue reading Illinois is only a Partially Free state
By John Ruberry For the second time in less than a month, left-wing protesters illegally blocked a major Chicago expressway, with the goal of bringing attention to gun violence in America's third-largest city. You know what? People in Chicago and its suburbs already know about the homicide epidemic. As do most people nationwide. Last year … Continue reading Chicago needs to crack down on illegal expressway-blocking protests
There is a very simple way to show that the entire "living constitution" business for what it is, basically the use of the judiciary to impose laws that the left could never pass and that's to apply that same principle to other contracts. Ask yourself: How you would react if your landlord suddenly decided you … Continue reading The silliness of a “Living Constitution”
Two weeks ago I went to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston to see one of the four surviving copies of the Magna Carta which is the basis for many of the rights we take for granted. A few days ago I was tweeting out some of the rights guaranteed as listed: + (40) … Continue reading The Radical Rights of our Cultural Ancestors
In Colorado apparently the after school tutoring program for kids is for children of color only: A school principal said no white children were allowed at an after-school tutoring program, and now some parents call it discrimination. The principal at Mission Viejo Elementary in Aurora sent a letter telling parents the program is only for … Continue reading Separate but equal lives in Colorado
To Boost the British Economy I'd tax all foreigners living abroad Monty Python's Flying Circus The Spanish Inquisition 1970 Pirates are hanged Lord Hornblower 1946 I have come to kill Indians and believe it is right and honorable to use any means under God's heaven to kill Indians Col. John M. Chivington Via Glenn I … Continue reading Pirates, Terrorists, Gunowners they’re all the same.
Cross-posted at Haemet. 10 AM EDT: deadline set by the Congress for production of Fast and Furious documents from Eric Holder. Failure to produce said documents could result in Holder being cited for contempt. 10:15 AM EDT: Barack Obama exerted "executive privilege" over those documents. Okay, Constitutional Law Professor, let's get down and do some … Continue reading Most. Corrupt. Administration. Ever.
Okay, okay, that was not exactly the holding of Dorothy Ann Finch v. Commonwealth Health Insurance, but that may happen. The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court ruled, in a 3-2 decision, that a lower court must use strict scrutiny in determining whether or not the state can reduce state-sponsored health care benefits to immigrants. The lower … Continue reading Massachusetts SJC tries to sink Romney campaign
Earlier today, Glenn Reynolds gave the "Keynote from the Right" speech; Larry Lessig will be providing the same, from the Left. The gentleman making the introductions is speaking about how consultants provide a buffer between big-money corporate interests and the general public, such that it can appear to be more grassroots or otherwise not affiliated … Continue reading Live-Blogging ConConCon: Larry Lessig, from the Left
...and they were right! An attorney in her mid-thirties has resorted to topless dancing to make ends meet while she goes back to grad school and gets a degree. The legal job market is a mess and will not recover for a long time; the profession is also rather overcrowded, so many JDs never even … Continue reading They told me that if I voted for John McCain, young women would be forced to sell their bodies to pay the rent….
Way back in the early days of the Blog I talked about Gay Marriage and Richard Cohen's self=righteous hit piece: Personally on a religious level I can’t support gay marriage but this is not a valid argument for a non-religious person. On a non-religious level it seems to me you can not rationally say that … Continue reading Professor Volokh takes on the “ick factor”
it looks like that old "rape by deception" involved more than meets the eye. A lot of people are jumping on this story saying people jumped the gun on the other one, I have some questions. In the base story of the guardian they quote of of the judges: Tzvi Segal, one of three judges … Continue reading Well this certainly changes the story or does it?
The fine blogger Roxeanne de Luca takes exception with me and Stacy for our defense of the Arab man in this story, to wit: What really appalls me, though, is the idea that since every man out there lies to get sex, it’s okay and cannot possibly be criminal. Humans could not have long survived, … Continue reading Just don’t call it Cabbage
You might have noticed quite a debate in comments between me and my arch enemy friend Chris concerning an attempt to define "Medical Office" under the city ordinance. The thing that got Chris in such an uproar was the following statement to start: but I think the thing needed frankly are different counselors if we … Continue reading Does it depend on what “is” is?
"Settled Law" is settled only until the Supreme Court decides it isn't. Never forget Plessy v Ferguson stood for 58 years before the Brown Decision came along. You don't get much more settled than 54 years do you?