Category Archives: Blogosphere

Why Trump’s travel ban is unconstitutional

You can find out some wonderful things at the Volokh Conspiracy. For instance I always thought that foreign terrorists didn’t deserve due process or any other provision of the Constitution because they weren’t, you know, citizens. That the pols clamoring for same were merely obstructionists.

Turns out I was wrong. “The Founding generation routinely applied the Bill of Rights as a constraint on U.S. government actions abroad, including those directed at non-citizens. For example, it was taken for granted that suspected pirates captured at sea, whether U.S. citizens or not, were entitled to the ‘due process of law’ guaranteed by the Fifth Amendment.”

Which makes Trump’s travel ban on certain Muslim countries unconstitutional. Even though Bronco Bama got away with it.

Via Volokh Conspiracy

The Deep State is real—and dangerous

“In Washington a picture is emerging of an eerie and lack-of-candor railroading of Donald Trump conducted by the likes of James Comey and Andrew McCabe. The abuse of power by government officials who refuse to acknowledge the authority of the duly-elected chief executive is not limited to the FBI.”

By no means. It also includes national security bureaucrats “who use secretly collected information to shape or curb the actions of elected officials…”

They are trying to overturn the legitimate choice of 63 million Americans.

Via WSJ’s Best of The Web & Power Line

Volokh has a new roost

The Volokh Conspiracy, an interesting blog about legal cases and decisions, has moved from its four-year piggyback on the WaPo to a new roost at Reason magazine. The reasons are several but the PC police seem to have been factored into them:

“More importantly, we want the decision whether or not to redact to be ours, not the Post’s. This is so for the familiar vulgarities, but also as to similar decisions about what to do with quoting incidents that involve offensive epithets, allegedly offensive team names and band names, allegedly improper use of pronouns to refer to various people, and much more. Once we acknowledge that it’s proper to constrain our accurate reporting about one kind of offensive word, how would we effectively be able to defend our right to judge how to report on incidents involving other words?”

Goodbye Mediacrats. Hello to the new roost here.

Via Reason

Why weren’t the Davidians spared?

“Four ATF agents and five Davidians died in the initial gunfight [outside Waco] and another Davidian was killed later that day [25 years ago]. After a 51-day siege, 76 Davidians [including women and children] died when the compound went up in flames on April 19.”

They weren’t spared because of those four dead ATF agents. I was a reporter on the picket line at the time and so I know that it was widely understood (if rarely spoken) by the news media as well as most everyone else that if you killed a cop you paid with your life. Today it’s pretty much open season on cops.

Via Instapundit

That self-immolating “environmentalist”

“Factually, [gay attorney and loony tunes enviro activist David] Buckel did nothing to lower his own carbon footprint, and actually chose the most carbon-producing (and gruesome) way to bring attention to his cause. Add to that the fact that this man felt his own death was required in service of his beliefs, and it’s apparent that he needed help (which he did not get).”

Which certainly could be said for other members of the Loony Left as well.

Via The Resurgent

The equal justice farce

“Too bad we could not pro[se]cute the DoJ, the FBI and much of the legal system in this country for commit[t]ing a fraud called ‘equal justice under the law.’ If there is anything that this [the Cohen raid] should of made readily apparent is that there is a multiple tied legal system that is growing more corrupt by the day.”

—commented Dennis Turner at Power Line Blog

Why is the Zuck smiling?

Because he’s about to be grilled by senators his company gave campaign cash to. As Instapundit puts it, “It’s like the whole thing is just a show for the rubes.” Ain’t it the truth.

UPDATE:  He wasn’t so happy when pro-life Representative Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, got through with him. He’d not only not given her money but he’d censored her Facebook page. Way to go Cuck!