Wednesday, August 06, 2008

Judicial philosophy etc.

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia on the question of how cases should be decided: “Look, it’s not my view: It’s what is permissible and impermissible under the Constitution. If you want this or that, by all means pass a law — and if the Constitution permits it, I’ll okay it. Even if it’s a law I deplore. But if the Constitution does not, I won’t.”



If you’re not familiar with the international teams, here’s a great preview from a friend of Kurt at Forum Blue & Gold.


Why has “global warming” been replaced by “climate change?”

Because we’re a few years into what is expected to be a three decade cycle of global cooling, meaning those who want control of every aspect of your life needed more versatile terminology.

Odd that those who are most critical of pre-emptive war for the national interest and based on irrefutable evidence are most eager to go all-in on a pre-emptive war based on the flimsy predictions of theoretical computer models.


How is it that Obama is considered the (or a) candidate of change? He seems to me to be almost wholly reactionary, with a mixture of positions pulled straight from the playbooks of the 1970’s, 1960’s and 1930’s. To label an old-fashioned Chicago machine politician espousing extreme welfare statism at home and reflexive appeasement abroad as being a reformer or an advocate of change is as silly as it is dishonest.


Government 101: George Mason U economist Donald Boudreaux, blogging at Café Hayek (great name!), on the necessity of airline regulation:

"Suppose that all government regulation of airlines were abolished today. Does ... Congressman [Oberstar] suppose that airline executives would tomorrow fire all inspectors and maintenance crews, indifferent to the prospect of losing multimillion-dollar assets in fiery crashes? Does he not see that airlines with poor safety records would have difficulty attracting customers? Is he unaware that airlines' insurers have ample incentives to work closely with airlines at keeping air-travel safety at optimal levels? In short, is Mr. Oberstar really so dimwitted to think that airlines will be safe only if they are regulated by government?"


The absurd lengths to which Obama supporters will go to play the race card deserves as much ridicule as possible. Peter Kirsanow weighs in with "25 Reasons You May be a Racist"


My Senator And Me: A Dog's Eye View Of Washington, D.C. is a children’s book written by Ted Kennedy. What caught my eye was this note from a cited review: “Kennedy's introduction to the political process is clear, informative, and loaded with child appeal, in part due to the choice of narrator: his Portuguese Water Dog, Splash.”

Yes, the man who killed Mary Jo Kopechne has a dog named Splash. Disgusting chutzpah from a disgusting man.

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