Tuesday, June 28, 2011

SCOTUS gets another one right

The US Supreme Court just struck down the matching funds provision of the so-called "Clean Elections" law in Arizona. It's a good first start. The whole thing is blatantly unconstitutional as it forces people to fund the campaigns of those they disagree with.

Standard 5-4 split. I don't need to lay out who voted which way, because everyone knows how the court breaks on these issues.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011


Fascinating discussion over on Volokh over the use of unalienable vs. inaliable in the Declaration.

As far as I'm concerned it's "inalienable." It's a Latin root and therefore should have a Latin and not Grmanic prefix.

Besides, while the printer may have used unalienable, every copy in Jefferson's own handwriting uses the proper Latin form.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


From Eric over on TheGunCounter:

Evil and highly intelligent means showing some form of rational behavior and predictability. Evil and stupid means they can come up with anything at any time no matter how weird, crazy and destructive it is. It's the leftist version of "hold my beer and watch this!"

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Rolling Thunder

Currently reading Rolling Thunder by John Varley.

Quite possibly the best Heinlein novel not written by Bob Heinlein. The main character is named Podkyne. Yes that's right.

I like Varley's sense of humor as well, from page 197:
I finally read the book my parents stole my name from, Podkayne of Mars.
What a Horrible book! What a mean old man! He spends the whole book getting you to like this sweet little airhead, and then he does terrible things to her. Don't you hate it when an author does that? I'm not reading any more of his books I promise you.

HA. Foreshadow much ?