John Roberts and the Commerce Clause

The Commerce Clause, it is widely acknowledged, “was the Framers’ response to the central problem that gave rise to the Constitution itself.” Continue reading

Countdown to SCOTUS Apocalypse

And, now that the “Alter Boys” have formed a stable, if vicious, majority in 5-4 decisions for the past several years, I think we can all see how completely unjustified my alarm was. A religious creed is a very powerful epistem0logical engine, as important to the working of the brain as UNIX, Linux or Windows is to the operation of your computer. Continue reading

A Streetcar Named Reform

The Supreme Court has (predictably) expanded police powers broadly, ruling broadly in a case involving strip searches and jail visits, to expand all police’s rights to strip searches (including cavity searches) of anyone for just about any violation — including, as Justice Breyer notes in his dissent, a traffic offense:… Continue reading

Athena and the Jurists

They’re already screaming about how their last shreds of freedom are being stripped from them (which is, frankly, immoderate and frightening language virtually guaranteed to overamp some poor lost soul who treasures his Second Amendment rights.) Continue reading

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

It’s smells like a pep rally burning out of control, in my front yard.  Today’s Ten Post Round-Up might singe your eyebrows: 1: What a relief! The Cheney sunglasses mystery is solved!… Image In Cheney’s Glasses Actually Bush’s Eternal Soul—CAP News 2: Ahem–Attention American Taxpayers: You are supposed to squander … Continue reading

States File Lawsuit Against EPA to Move on Global Warming

A coalition of “18 states, two cities and 11 environmental groups” has fikled a lawsuit against the Bush administration “to force it to comply with a Supreme Court ruling that rebuked what justices called inaction on global warming.” In April 2007, the Supreme Court said “that carbon dioxide from burning fossil fuels is … Continue reading

Dizzy’s Ten Post Round-Up

We got snow for Easter, in my neck of the woods.  As the snow began to melt, today, I could see the first signs of Spring, sprouting up out of the brown ground; the first sprigs of green grass.  I think we are going to need another decent snowstorm, to … Continue reading