Archive for June, 2017

Rare Free Speech Victory in the Supreme Court

Even rarer, the Court unanimously agreed with a federal appellate court that free speech is “…a bedrock First Amendment principle: Speech may not be banned on the ground that it expresses ideas that offend.” The case, Matal v. Tam (No. 15-1293, 2017), centered on a musical band, The Slants, whose band name trademark application was […]

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Democrats Lose in Georgia’s Special Election

Noteworthy in this case, in what is being reported as the most expensive House election in American history. As I have discussed here before, losing has become a common theme for Democrats over the last few years.  Maybe this latest defeat is due to the Russians.  Maybe something more practically logical can explain this electoral […]

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Statism and Pacifism are Antithetical Principles

By definition, this is fact: Pacifism (ˈpæsɪˌfɪzəm) N  1. (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the belief that violence of any kind is unjustifiable and that one should not participate in war (emphasis added) Statism (ˈsteɪtɪzəm) N  (Government, Politics & Diplomacy) the theory or practice of concentrating economic and political power in the state, resulting in a […]

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General Thoughts on the Comey, Sessions Congressional Testimonies

My overall thoughts on the recent congressional testimonies of former Federal Bureau of Investigation Director James Comey and sitting Attorney General Jeff Sessions can be summed up thusly: pure Kabuki Theater.  Or, to quote something funny and apropos I saw on Twitter: they are “a big fat nothingburger.” Honestly, I should care a lot more […]

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