Intentionalism vs. Textualism

Civility – it is the new black. In a representative republic, there will always be passionate opposition. When liberals are out of power, it is called “patriotic dissent” or “speaking truth to power”. When they are in power, opposition becomes “uncivil”, “hate speech” or “creating a climate of fear”. We argue over the role and…

Our WTF Moment…

Fascism and communism are not two opposites, but two rival gangs fighting over the same territory . . . both are variants of statism, based on the collectivist principle that man is the rightless slave of the state. –          Ayn Rand In The Road to Serfdom , written by the Austrian-born economist and philosopher Friedrich von Hayek…

Unsafe at any speed…

This is something that I wrote in November of 2010, prior to the elections but Glenn Reynolds mentioned today that a reader said that the SOTU reminded him of the Dunning-Kruger Effect after reading this… Emanuel’s ad-hocracy, meanwhile, didn’t faze Obama. The president’s friend and adviser Valerie Jarrett sometimes pointed out that not only had…

An Affirmative Action President?

Promoted from the old blog from September 8, 2010 but relevant to last night’s SOTU address. In any honest debate, both sides of a proposition are presented and examined and independent minds then judge which side presented the most compelling argument. The two sides are called by many names, for/against, positive/negative or thesis/antithesis. This is…

Hubble telescope captures 2 runaway stars…

Both are decaying rapidly and are seen moving to the right at incredible speed. The first… The blue star near the center of this image is Zeta Ophiuchi. When seen in visible light it appears as a relatively dim red star surrounded by other dim stars and (see image below right). Ahead of Zeta Ophiuchi,…

Rule 5 Tuesday – Sarah Shahi

Tuesday. The saddest day of the week. We all know that Monday brings the promise of a new week…Tuesday crushes that promise. It isn’t Wednesday, Wednesday is Hump Day, the pivotal day of the week. It isn’t Thursday, Thursday is Friday Eve with the elation and anticipation of the end of the week. It isn’t…