Blackstone’s Formulation and Scalia

In his work “Commentaries on the Law of England,” Sir William Blackstone proffered that the law should err in favor of the defendant, lest it wrongfully punish the innocent (1765): All presumptive evidence of felony should be admitted cautiously; for the law holds it better that ten guilty persons escape, than that one innocent party… Continue reading Blackstone’s Formulation and Scalia

Legislate on Snake Oil

Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Orrin Hatch (R-UT) form a potent coalition defending the impotent concoctions of the snake oil industry. I understand that the purveyors of so-called alternative medicine (SCAM, for short) have always had a friendly ear in Congress. That is, a friendly pocket. In addition to those individuals, the recent fashion of acting… Continue reading Legislate on Snake Oil

If You Believe

If you believe that: … 9/11 was an inside job … Obama was not born in Hawaii, despite a birth announcement in the Honolulu Star Bulletin … the 2nd Amendment was written to ensure that poorly endowed men could carry assault weapons around children … the 1st Amendment means you can’t get fired for calling… Continue reading If You Believe

Bundy Ranch

Swarthy folks that fail to pay rent – freeloaders. White guys with cowboy hats who fail to pay rent – patriots. The ridiculously low grazing fees for public lands were so fixed in order to suck up to ranchers. Even a pittance is too much for the ever-oppressed rich white asshole whose entire net worth… Continue reading Bundy Ranch