Archive for August 2015

About time this was done!

Denver’s city attorney has directed the police and sheriff’s department to stop arresting people passing out jury nullification literature in front of the courthouse. I’ve written about jury nullification: Jury nullification: a traditional doctrine in the law that lawyers are not supposed to talk about Also: If ever there was a case for jury nullification,…

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Bright Lights Big City

LED bulbs are causing light pollution in cities, or so it seems. The bulbs last longer, make that a lot longer than incandescent bulbs, and use less electricity so lower electric bills. So what’s not to like? Turns out that when cities replace all their high pressure sodium lights with LEDs, there are unintended consequences:…

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California, Land of Poverty

David Grusky, a sociology professor who serves as the director of Stanford’s Center on Poverty and Inequality, commenting on a 2013 research paper put out by Stanford in 2013: The research helps to establish that California, often thought of as the land of plenty, is “in fact the land of poverty,” The cause, in a…

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More understand the Trump happening

Is it time to take Trump seriously? Voters have been drawn to Trump, I think, for a few reasons. To some extent, it’s as simple as this: People are angry, Trump knows it, and he’s conducting a master class in Madison Avenue-style persuasion, as Dilbert creator Scott Adams recently detailed on his blog. (Who else but…

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Stephen Limbaugh (Young cousin of Rush) on the Constitution

In the video below Stephen Limbaugh gives a whimsical takedown of how liberals read the Constitution. Griswold v. Connecticut was a 1965 case finding Connecticut’s laws against contraception unconstitutional under a right of privacy found by Justice William O. Douglas to be in the “penumbras” and “emanations” of other rights protected by the Constitution. A…

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Five Serious Truths About Illegal Immigration

Los Angeles trial lawyer Kurt Schlichter says there are five truths about illegal immigration that GOP candidates have to accept.  Donald Trump has done that, but Schichter isn’t sure he’s serious. Schlichter writes at Independent Journal Review: Hey, GOP primary losers, you better get out there fast with a real immigration plan, because right now you…

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Bears and motorcycles don’t mix

I have encountered a grizzly bear while on a motorcycle at or near the summit of Togwotee Pass in Teton County, Wyoming on two occasions, and riding up the Alaska highway on motorcycle in 2005 I saw black bears on the side of the road, and couple of times I saw them running across the…

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Misunderstanding Trump Supporters

That is the title of a piece today at a popular website called The Federalist. Here is how it begins: Meet the ‘Disaffecteds’ Proceeding in reverse order, the basic profile of a Trump supporter is now fairly well-known: skewing male, spanning ideological self-identification, independent, less schooled, and probably less likely to vote in a Republican primary. It…

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Was slavery the cause of the Civil War?

Or was it about states’ rights? No, it was about slavery, and nothing else. I thought everyone knew this, but I guess it’s an old debate that still has a feeble existence. This video shows you why the Civil War was fought by the North to end slavery and by the South to keep it. During the years…

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R.I.P. Peter Schramm

Peter Schramm died yesterday of cancer at age 69. I only knew him through listening to his “You Americans” podcasts from the Ashbrook Center for Public Affairs at Ashland University. The podcast began in 2006 and ended in 2012. All are still available at the Ashbrook Center. Peter Schramm emigrated to America from Hungary with…

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As (you’re doing your) time goes by

Sorry der Schlickmeister, she’s not going to jail, but you won’t let that stop you. Leftists might take each other down but they don’t put each other in jail. That’s just to real for me.

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