Friday, September 30, 2005

Bush was Right

I express no judgment about the merits of this song. Listen to the preview here. It sounds almost comical, but nonetheless, the song received rave reviews at a support the troops rally in DC last weekend.

Whatever happened to . . .

Rodney King? Here you are.

Monday, September 26, 2005

Second Amendment Hotbed

The fact that the appalling confiscation of weapons in New Orleans has gotten little press coverage is of little surprise given media views of the right to bear arms. I commend this brief for the case, which is excellent. That fact is underscored by the recent Consent Decree entered by the guilty New Orleans parrishes (the equivalent of an "oops, my bad").

The brief is particularly excellent for its use of Equal Protection and Substantive Due Process as bases for the right to bear arms. I am especially pleased to see the 14th Amendment arguments expounded to test the analytical sincerity of modern interpretation of the Equal Protection and Due Process Clauses. The Second Amendment is an explicit pronouncement found in the Bill of Rights and belongs squarely within the ambit of rights that the 14th Amendment guards (unlike sodomy, privacy, abortion, and gay marital /benefits/adoption rights, to name a few).

In order to repeal the right to bear arms, it is not enough for the Superintendent of Police to say-so. Three-fourths of the states and two-thirds of the Congress (*notwithstanding the state-initiated convention, which has never been used*) have to say-so.

The N.O. case is further chronicled here by David Kopel, a VC contributor.

Some real news from the sporting world.

Summation would not do this story justice.

Thursday, September 15, 2005

Dubya hates. . .

Update: Please view the Kanye West for Pres link in the post below. Not surprising somebody put together that website!

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Ready to be Offended?

Then click here.

Economist of the Day

One economist whose writings I have much enjoyed recently and whom I think is quite an important figure in furthering the only kind of policies that can lift Africa out of poverty is James Shikwati. Do a search on him and read some of his works - you won't be disappointed.

Monday, September 12, 2005

Dubya hates black people--Winds of change rustle (I can hear them, can you?)

Apparently this photograph was proliferated by the Kanye West for President, 2008 caucus. Rumored to be considering running with Christopher Walken, ttp:// , the upstart musician no doubt would be a fine choice for VP, along with Alec Baldwin, the Dixie Chicks, Green Day, and other invaluable contributors to the political debate in this country.

Saturday, September 10, 2005

The Right Response to Katrina from Bush:

Should have been this:
"I find no warrant for such an appropriation in the Constitution, and I do not believe that the power and the duty of the General Government ought to be extended to the relief of individual suffering which is in no manner properly related to the public service or benefit. A prevailing tendency to disregard the limited mission of this power and duty should, I think, be steadfastly resisted, to the end that the lesson should be constantly enforced that though the people support the Government the Government should not support the people.
The friendliness and charity of our countrymen can always be relied upon to relieve their fellow-citizens in misfortune. This has been repeatedly and quite lately demonstrated. Federal aid in such cases encourages the expectation of paternal care on the part of the Government and weakens the sturdiness of our national character, while it prevents the indulgence among our people of that kindly sentiment and conduct which strengthens the bonds of a common brotherhood."
-- President Grover Cleveland, upon vetoing a bill appropriating money to aid drought-stricken farmers in Texas [February 16, 1887]

Charlie Weiss Era

Espn's Kirk Herbstreit has the following take on Charlie Weiss and his impact at Notre Dame:
"Offensive skill-position players will take a hard look at going to South Bend if that is the kind of offense Weis is going to play on the collegiate level. You will see a lot of recruits want to play for him for one reason: Not only are you going to win, but you have a great shot at getting to the NFL."

I believe three superbowls with the Patriots in four years validate this statement. They showed the talent last week against Pitt. There are going to be a couple superstars emerge this season alone (watch Quinn and Darius Walker go). Finally Notre Dame is Notre Dame again.

Thursday, September 08, 2005

Judicial Nominee Poll

Confirm Them has a judicial nominee poll here.

Monday, September 05, 2005

Tough Job, But Someone's Gotta Do It

I came across the following tidbit while looking up information about US Open third round winner Nicolas Kiefer on the ATP Tour site:
His father, Wolfgang, is a teacher while mother, Nicole, is French…