“An unmitigated disaster for the progressive constitutional project”

That’s Slate’s opinion of Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch. On Monday, Justice Neil Gorsuch revealed himself to be everything that liberals had most feared: pro-gun, pro–travel ban, anti-gay, anti–church/state separation. He is certainly more conservative than Justice Samuel Alito and possibly to the right of Justice Clarence Thomas. He is an uncompromising reactionary and an unmitigated disaster for the progressive constitutional project. And he will likely serve on the court for at least three more decades. . . . When Trump first nominated Gorsuch, I was relieved he hadn’t picked an outright lunatic, and I felt cautiously optimistic that Gorsuch

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Antifa protests at Gettysburg this weekend?

I note with displeasure that Antifa is at it again. Officials in Gettysburg are bracing for protests this weekend coinciding with the 154th anniversary of the Civil War battle. . . . Reports that the anti-fascist group Antifa plans to burn Confederate flags and desecrate graves have prompted calls on social media for other groups to gather in Gettysburg to counter those protesters. The anniversary of the battle, which raged from July 1 to July 3, 1863, comes at a time when there is a growing movement to remove Confederate symbols from public spaces. “There just seems to be a

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Shows just how fast fires can get out of control

A number of people sent me the link to this video clip.  (Thanks, all of you.)  It shows a camp fire (perhaps a portable barbecue grill) that got out of hand.  It happened last weekend in Poland, or so I’m told. Yep.  Take strong wind, add even a small fire, and a single blown coal or burning twig can cause disaster, particularly if nearby trees and/or brush are dry, or burn easily.  That took no more than 30 seconds from small campfire to major conflagration. Folks, if you build camp fires outdoors, please, please be careful.  I’ve been in or

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Translating from Californian to Texan

The Federalist Papers has a wonderful guide to translate Californian terms to what they mean in Texas.  For example: CALIFORNIA:  “Arsenal of weapons” TEXAS:  “Gun collection” CALIFORNIA:  “Assault and battery” TEXAS:  “Attitude adjustment” CALIFORNIA:  “Multicultural community” TEXAS:  “High crime area” CALIFORNIA:  “Investment for the future” TEXAS:  “Higher taxes” CALIFORNIA:  “Exploiters or ‘The Rich’ “ TEXAS:  “Employed or Land Owner” There are more at the link.  Good for a laugh, if you’re a Texan (as Miss D. and I now are, by voting with our feet).  Liable to cause the political equivalent of PMS if you’re a liberal Californian! Peter

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Back in Tennessee – for a few days, anyway

We’re back in Tennessee once more, seventeen months after leaving it for our new home in Texas, and a year since our previous visit (for LibertyCon in 2016).  It feels familiar, but also a bit stifling, in that one can’t see the horizon from much of the interstate highway network.  Trees and brush block the view.  I’ve rapidly grown accustomed to Texas, so like parts of Africa, where one can see for miles in any direction much of the time. We had a pleasant drive today, through the eastern half of Arkansas and the western part of Tennessee.  Rather than

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“Indoctrinate the kids. To hell with their parents!”

I was very angry to read of the latest intrusion into the lives of our children and families. Some K-8 students are being subjected to blanket screening by untrained, unlicensed personnel, with serious questions about use or protection of the resulting records. And parents not only haven’t consented to this process, they haven’t even been told it’s happening. . . . This psychological assessment is administered not by licensed mental-health professionals but rather by teachers … every month the teacher must answer 72 questions about each of the perhaps dozens of students in her class. She must assess whether the

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I think I’ll apply for the vacancy

From ‘Pearls Before Swine’ yesterday: Working as a prison chaplain will demonstrate, every single day, that there is, indeed, “room for a punching saint”.  I daresay most law enforcement officers of my acquaintance would claim that their profession is even more like that, and I wouldn’t argue with them! Peter

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LibertyCon, here we come!

Miss D. and I are heading for LibertyCon, to be held in Chattanooga, Tennessee, over the coming weekend.  We’re both scheduled as speakers, and there’ll be other activities to keep us busy.  It’s the one convention we really make an effort to attend every year.  It’s small enough to be manageable, and there’s usually a great bunch of people in attendance. We’ll be driving there over the next few days, and heading home when the convention is over.  Blogging will, of course, be light while we’re on the road, and probably while we’re at the convention as well.  I’ll post as

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Sounds like medical miracle goo to me!

I’m happy to read that an experimental treatment for victims of landmine blasts, that was still under development, has produced its first ‘save’. Vets and scientists successfully repaired the leg of a two-year-old Munsterlander named Eva who suffered a serious leg fracture of her right foreleg after being hit by a car last year. Despite efforts of specialists the difficult 0.7 inch (2cm) wide break would not heal and Eva was left facing the prospect of life on three legs. But fortunately for Eva she had been taken to the University of Glasgow’s Small Animal Hospital where vet William Marshal

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