Despondency Defined

Foreign Affairs – To Form a Government – Lloyd N. Culter The media has been flooding the zone with coverage of Reagan and it can get tiresome, even for an admirer of Reagan’s. However, we haven’t had a full blown state funeral for a President since Johnson in 1973 and we aren’t accustomed to it. Nixon opted for a more modest funeral ten years ago and it was probably a wise choice...
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In The Mean Time

Darmon has a couple of good posts that are certainly worth your time (see here and here). Also, the WaPo has an editorial that suggests that we defer to the Iraqis on our troop movements once the handover is complete. Not a good idea. Better to allow the troops to disengage, create bases out of the major population centers for their own protection and then allow the new Iraqi government to veto proposed...
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14th Amendment Jurisprudence

damnum absque injuria: Courts as Champions of Civil Rights I’m not all that interested in getting into the gay marriage dust-up, but Jeff has a great post on how the courts basically gutted the 14th amendment on school segregation and didn’t repair the damage until Brown v. Board of Education. To call Brown v. Board of Education a “contribution” to the desegregation effort is...
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The Bellesiles Controversy

OpinionJournal: Bellesiles Misfires: An antigun ‘scholar’ as today’s Galileo? Oh please, just shoot me. I’m surprised The Professor hasn’t been all over this, but he’s been stuck on dial-up and might have missed it. Bellesiles is apparently trying to resurrect his reputation after being caught publishing a book full of lies regarding guns and early America. I didn’t...
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The Best Solution To The D.C. Situation I’ve Seen

WSJ.com – A Senator from D.C.? The amendment proposed in this article is the best solution I’ve seen to the D.C. “taxation without representation” issue. It’s consistent with history — Virginia got the land back that it ceded to create D.C. in the first place — meaning that the existing land is from Maryland. If Maryland went along with it they would pick up...
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Needed: A Real Filibuster

Spoons and Curmudgeonly & Skeptical have it exactly right: the Senate Republicans need to quit being spineless turds and hold a real filibuster, like in Mr. Smith Goes To Washington. Instead, as one commenter put, no-one is even willing to make “Ted Kennedy miss happy hour at the Drunken Clam”. One other alternative is to simply use recess appointments. The Senate is out of town right...
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Representative Jesse Jackson Looking To Rewrite The Constitution

This excerpt is from The Chicago Tribune and found via Daily Pundit. I won’t register with The Trib because they require you to receive email in exchange so you’ll have to go to Bill’s pad to get the link. Thankfully, none of Rep. Jackson’s amendments will even make it out of Congress, much less past 38 state legislatures. These amendments, however, draw a clear distinction...
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Say No To A Constitutional Amendment Banning Gay Marriage

Mr. Cheney’s Wisdom (washingtonpost.com) We can amend our Constitution to say whatever we please, but not all amendments are good ideas. Even more, not all amendments further individual liberty and some even detract from it. An amendment banning gay marriages is one such amendment. As this Post editorial points out, current federal law already allows states to ignore gay marriages in other states...
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If Firefighters Fight Fire And Crime Fighters Fight Crime

1000 arrests in US peace protest Just because people are not living under bombing raids and fire fights among soldiers doesn’t mean they are living in peace. The Iraqi people are definitely not living in peace, given their treatment detailed below, which really makes me question if the protesters are protesting for peace at all. It’s well established that people have a right to peacefully...
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An Opposing View, Sort Of

The Real Agenda @ OliverWillis.Com Without exception, all Americans are entitled to the protections of the Constitution. They are entitled to the equal protection of the law and all the other rights protected therein, including others not mentioned. Oliver Willis, a cantankerous blogger of the center-Left who is all-too-quick to blame President Bush for everything, as I see it, has posted on the reaction...
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