Letter to Martha McSally

Submitted today via her House site: Representative McSally, Congratulations on being seated with the 114th Congress. I look forward to your representing me, but as a constituent I would be remiss if I were less than frank regarding my expectations of performance on my behalf and as a fellow veteran, I am certain that you […]

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Sheriffs and the Constitution

As United States marshals recently attempted to forcibly evict the occupants of a Carlsbad home and subsequently confiscate that property for punitive auction, Eddy County Sheriff Scott London directly intervened on the owner’s/occupant’s behalf. The issue at hand appears to be an alleged failure to pay federal taxes but court documents reportedly indicate that “the […]

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We Are Banning Clothing Now?

This kind of, well, stupidity does not endear me to more Big Government – quite the opposite. This is the analogous “conservative” equivalent of a so-called “assault” weapons ban: totally irrelevant, ineffective, and unethical behavior on the part of the state with respect to its stated goals. Forcibly dictating to people what they cannot wear […]

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More on Law Enforcement Accountability

Here is a recent example of police misconduct that hits quite a bit closer to home, literally. In this case, a Sierra Vista police officer buried his patrol car into two other vehicles at around 7 AM Friday morning (19 December), as he was driving drunk while on-duty. This is the same intersection that I […]

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Congress Legislates Collection of Virtually All Americans’ Communications Under Guise of “Regulation”

The Congress last week passed HR 4681, also known as the Intelligence Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2015, and has now sent this bill to the president for signature into law. Section 309 contains the following highlights: Sec. 309, (b), (3), (A): The procedures required by paragraph (1) shall apply to any intelligence collection activity […]

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Is Privacy Overrated?

According to Seventh Circuit federal appellate Judge Richard Posner, it is. He writes that privacy in the 21st century, at least in the specific context of public spaces and constantly recording surveillance cameras, is essentially an archaic and indeed dangerous notion. He even broadens this concept by agreeing with former New York City Mayor Michael […]

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Same Tactics, Different Party?

Some Republicans in the so-called “lame duck” Congress are voicing complaints that present party leadership is attempting to “squeeze” through an omnibus spending bill, to the inexcusably ridiculous tune of $1+ trillion (!), by revealing it mere days before current funding resolutions expire. The reported intent is to limit reading (and criticism/amending) of the bill […]

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