The contempt of the ruling class for the ruled

If you’ve read the proposed “impeachment inquiry resolution” offered in Congress, you’ll understand just how profound is the contempt of the current majority there for the Constitution and laws of the United States.  They’re using those laws as levers to undermine the Constitution on which they’re based, and they have no problem with treating Congress as a partisan political fulcrum with which to try to lever a legitimately elected President out of office.  They’re not interested in whether it’s right or wrong to do something – only if they can twist words to call it legal.  “Legal” has supplanted “right or wrong” in US

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A blast from the (fashionable) past

Australian reader Snoggeramus, who’s contributed many candidates for our Doofus Of The Day award, drew my attention to this 1997 report. George Alexander of the Jet Propulsion Laboratory reports that attorneys for Oleg Cassini phoned, saying how dare JPL put the fashion designer’s name on its Saturn probe without permission. JPL’s lawyers replied that the Cassini spacecraft was named for Jean Dominique Cassini, an 18th century astronomer. “There was a long silence on the other end of the phone,” Alexander said, “followed by an ‘Oh.’ ” Talk about an argument lost in space. Yes, that would have left egg on the lawyers’ collective faces.  I wonder

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Crime, reform, and partisan politics

It looks like the administration in Seattle is doing a terrible job of controlling crime in that city.  Two reports by local business associations highlight the problems they’re facing as a result. I’m obliged to the good people at Bearing Arms for putting together this summary of the situation. I’ll quote it at length, because it deserves attention – and it’s symptomatic of the situation in so many of our larger cities at present. In fact, in Seattle, crimes like rape, homicide, and aggravated assaults are the highest recorded in over a decade … A new report commissioned by business associations in Seattle reveals that

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Conspiracy? YES. Coup attempt? YES.

I have to take my hat off to the good people at The Federalist and The Last Refuge.  Their investigative journalism over the Ukraine affair has been absolutely first-class, rivaling anything one can imagine from mainstream media outlets in the past.  It’s thanks to them that the conspiracy behind the current brouhaha has been uncovered as far as it has;  and I’ve no doubt that they’ll keep ferreting out more facts to piece together. For a start, the Congressional Research Service is now implicated in the plot, for providing false and misleading interpretations of US law. Compelling new evidence now shows that the purportedly

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Ukraine: ain’t we got fun?

Well, here’s a development I didn’t expect! DOH! Did You Know There’s a Treaty Between the USA & Ukraine Regarding Cooperation For Prosecuting Crimes? My goodness. It was passed when Joe Biden was a member of the U.S. Senate and then signed by then-President Bill Clinton. A comprehensive treaty agreement that allows cooperation between both the United States and Ukraine in the investigation and prosecution of crimes. It appears President Trump was following the law to the letter when it comes to unearthing the long-standing corruption that has swirled in Ukraine and allegedly involves powerful Democrats like Joe Biden and others.

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Two questions

I’ve been researching the impeachment allegations against President Trump for a couple of hours, to try to get a handle on why the Democratic Party thinks it can impeach him over his conversation with the President of Ukraine. I have two questions.  The way I see it, if neither can be affirmatively answered, then the President has no case to answer.  Instead, as Kimberley Strassel noted this morning, “This is another internal attempt to take out a president, on the basis of another non-smoking-gun.” 1.  The Intelligence Community Whistleblower Protection Act of 1998, and subsequent legislation, specifically reference intelligence operations.  Slate – hardly a

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Voter fraud? What voter fraud? – THIS voter fraud!

It’s becoming clearer and clearer that massive voter fraud is a real and serious problem in these United States.  Some states are worse than others (cough*California*cough), but all states appear to be affected to at least some extent.  Fortunately, Texas, where I live, appears to be tackling the problem with real energy, as this report demonstrates. There’s more in this written report. There seems to be a pattern of manipulation, too, depending on the party in power.  This problem isn’t just Democrat or Republican – it’s pervasive across our democracy.  Based on what I’ve been reading and researching, it appears that

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Good news – follow-ups from two previous posts

I thought readers might appreciate follow-up news concerning two previous blog posts. First, Oleg Volk’s beloved cat Gremlin didn’t make it after being injured some months ago.  His death left Oleg bereft – they were like two halves of the same coin, they were so close.  (I knew Gremlin very well, having met him almost as soon as he’d adopted Oleg, and taught him [not that he needed much teaching] to chase toes under bedclothes – something for which Oleg graciously forgave me!)  His death left a gaping hole in Oleg’s life.  I had a suspicion that those of his friends

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H. L. Mencken’s recipe for dealing with activist judges

Both sides of the political spectrum in the USA have from time to time expressed “reservations” (euphemism!) at the decisions of judges that affect causes, laws and activities which they support.  Ninety-five years ago, H. L. Mencken had a suggestion on how to deal with them. To punish a judge taken in judicial crim. con. by fining him or sending him to jail is a bit too facile and obvious. What is needed is a system (a) that does not depend for its execution upon the good-will of fellow jobholders, and (b) that provides swift, certain and unpedantic punishments, each fitted neatly to its crime.

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“Red Flag” laws: between a rock and a hard place

I think the growing outcry to pass a national “Red Flag Law“, allowing authorities to temporarily confiscate the firearms of those suspected of intending to use them illegally, is fraught with peril.  It’s a “damned if you do, damned if you don’t” situation. Those who are Constitutional strict constructionists (including yours truly) argue that such laws ignore due process, and frequently convict someone of being a risk to society before they have an opportunity to respond.  Others, who regard the Constitution as more of a “living document” (and therefore malleable), maintain that the safety of society is more important than strict legal niceties, and therefore

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