Friday, April 17, 2009

Nice, Orin

Professor Kerr holds the right to the same standards that he would ordinarily hold the left. And that clearly deserves an attaboy.


I don't really understand what this post is actually about. But in the video at the link, Glenn Beck claims:
"You have a right to carry a gun. You have a right to own a guy. You have a right to be able to afford a gun."
I'm sorry, but that's BS. And that's where the Right drives me nuts.

You do have a right to a gun, and you have a right to carry a gun. (Think "keep and bear arms"). But there is absolutely no guaranteed right to afford a gun. Now, if the government should decide to tax guns to the point where the average person can't afford them, or to otherwise regulate them to where people cannot get their hands on them, then yes, that would be in violation of the 2nd Amendment. But it's not a question of having a right to afford a gun.

He's got me picturing breadlines—here's your soup, here's your gun. Yikes.

Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Leave it to the Americans

What do you want to bet that the crew were exercising their 2nd Amendment rights and the pirates were unprepared for it?

Either way, that's one hell of a shipping crew.

Friday, April 3, 2009

We're All Frakked

And now the robots know how to use physics against us:
In just over a day, a powerful computer program accomplished a feat that took physicists centuries to complete: extrapolating the laws of motion from a pendulum's swings.
And now to go home and watch The Sarah Connor Chronicles, so I can feel better about out odds of defeating said robot conquerors.

Thursday, April 2, 2009

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Meet the New Justice Department

Bush was cherry-picking legal advice all the time, right? Remember that infamous torture memo penned by John Yoo? Even though there's no evidence that he was pressured to present a particular viewpoint, the man is vilified (and now threatened with war crimes charges) for writing what he thought was an honest legal opinion.

But if it were true, that the Bush Administration, sought a legal justification that came out the way they wanted it to, that would be really bad, right?

What if the Obama Administration gets caught doing exactly that? The Attorney General hears a legal opinion he doesn't like, so he just asks someone else? That's definitely not the way things are supposed to work.

Where's the outrage?