Politics / Government

Torries, Visigoths, and the End of Empires

Torries, Visigoths, and the End of Empires

The LTC was sitting in his high-backed leather chair in front of the fire.  As I approached, I could see the side of his face.  His eyes were closed, and his glasses sat further down on his nose than good fashion allowed.  His hands were clasped together in his lap.  An untouched Jameson neat rested...

The Debate and two superem court cases for good measure Blog

The Debate and Two Supreme Court Cases for Good Measure

Wow!     Sac re bleu!     Holy crap!     Normally I write these blogs on Tuesday or Wednesday of the week prior to publishing.  This week I purposely held off sending the rough draft to Angelica (Seraphim) for editing because I knew the “Presidential Debate” was slated for Thursday evening.  Each week I write these things and then hope that nothing...

US v Rahimi....A Case Trapped in Amber

US v Rahimi….A Case Trapped in Amber

On Friday of last week the Supreme Court issued an opinion in US v Rahimi (602 U.S.___ 2024).  This was a case specifically challenging the constitutionality of 18 USC §922(g)(8) that federally prohibits an individual subject to a domestic violence restraining order from being in possession of a firearm.     Mr. Rahimi felt his conviction was unconstitutional...

Guillotines in Times Square

Guillotines in Times Square

I sat in the high-backed leather chair in front of the fire with my eyes closed.  I reveled in the heat on my face as I listened to the crackling of the wood.     My glass of Lagavulin sat on the end table to my left, still clutched in my hand.  There was no reason to be...

The Verdict

The Verdict

Last Thursday was a day that will be long remembered.  The jury spoke, and our Republic died.     That is not hyperbole.  Donald Trump was not on trial… the legal system was.     And it lost.       As many of you know, but it bears repeating again, I am not a fan of President Trump.  I think he is a bore,...

The Better Angels of Our Nature blog - Conversations with Gabriel Michael

The Better Angels of Our Nature

The spies were at it again.     The overweight troll droned on while two Chinese women hung on his every word.  The two were conscientious enough to ensure that one of them was touching him at every moment.  They listened intently and encouraged him with giggles to continue his obnoxious behavior.  Sweat poured from his temples as...

PAGA(Private Attorneys General Act) Blog

PAGA

One of the most infuriating aspects of Constitutional Law is the need to remain philosophically consistent, even when… especially when… outcomes on specific cases seem to produce unjust results.     A number of years ago a plaintiff sued the BATFE.  It had classified him as a prohibited person (erroneously) and he wanted it to correct its records...

Cain Abel & the Vote Blog

Cain, Abel, and the Vote

Why did Cain kill Abel?     Seriously… what was the real motivation?  Jealousy?  That seems like a spectacularly one-dimensional excuse frankly.  I think it was hate, pure unadulterated hate.  Ironically, it was not hate directed at Abel.  (That probably was, in fact, mere jealousy).  No… I think it was hate directed at God.     Cain killed to force God...

Aloha e komo mai... Moron Hawaii

Aloha e komo mai… Moron

So… a bit of a review up to this point…     First, Congress is empowered to make laws. (At the state level, this job is given to state legislatures.) This is painfully obvious to anyone who has even the most basic of education on American Civics.  But there is a point to it that needs to be...

Trump, Part Deux

Iowa and New Hampshire have spoken.     The media have done whatever humanly possible to convince the voters that Donald Trump is a “has been”… a “criminal”… and a “threat to democracy”.     The people have responded to the media with a resounding, “F@#k Off!”     Now, a couple things:     1) I do not like Donald Trump.     2)  I voted for Donald Trump...