The “Russia! Russia!” court case is getting entertaining

The mainstream media appear to be ignoring this, but if you read the latest developments in the US District Court in Washington D.C., I’d say Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his legal team are trying to fight their way out of a box while the walls are closing in on them . . . and it’s all their fault. First, some background. On February 16, 2018, Special Counsel Robert Mueller obtained a federal indictment of 13 Russian nationals and 3 Russian companies for conspiring to wage “information warfare” by “impairing, obstructing, and defeating the lawful functions of the United States

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The Masterpiece Bakery decision: anti-religious hostility on trial

Many commenters on this week’s Supreme Court decision concerning Masterpiece Bakery in Colorado have missed one of the more important aspects of the ruling.  SCOTUSblog highlights it.  Bold, underlined text is my emphasis. The ground of decision was narrow, but not as narrow as many commentators will claim. It is based exclusively on the free exercise clause; the Supreme Court did not rule on the free speech claim. Exclusive reliance on free exercise narrows the opinion to sincere religious objectors, excluding simple bigots. And it helps narrow the decision to religious contexts, with weddings as the overwhelmingly dominant example. The

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The Tommy Robinson affair: a tangled web of politics, culture, religion, race and law

It seems that many so-called “alt-right” individuals, groups and sources are trying to paint the arrest of Tommy Robinson in England last week as an attack on the right of free speech in formerly Great Britain.  I’m not convinced. The bare facts of the matter are well-known.  Mr. Robinson (who has a not inconsiderable prior arrest and conviction record) last year tried to film, and publicly challenge, Muslim defendants in a rape trial. Tommy Robinson, who appeared under his real name Stephen Yaxley-Lennon, had arrived at Canterbury Crown Court as evidence was still being given. Claiming to work for the

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Why no prosecutions?

I’ve been angered to read two recent news reports. Woman who falsely accused 49ers player of domestic violence likely to avoid charges “We don’t charge domestic violence victims who falsely recant. We empathize with them, we support them, and we advocate for them,” the Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement to the news outlet. Woman’s bogus rape claim against Texas trooper wasn’t a crime, DA says Prosecutors have decided not to file criminal charges against a Grapevine woman who falsely claimed that she was sexually assaulted by a state trooper last weekend. . . . The

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An e-mail conversation with Intuit concerning their customers in the firearms industry

Following my two posts (linked below) about the Intuit imbroglio, I thought the following e-mail exchange between myself and Mr. Brad Smith, Chief Executive Officer of Intuit, might be of interest to my readers.  It began a couple of days ago, when I e-mailed him concerning the situation at Gunsite. Dear Mr. Smith, I understand that your company has chosen to discriminate against Gunsite Academy in Arizona by denying them the use of your financial services.  I might point out that Gunsite Academy is involved in training some of America’s finest military personnel and first responders.  I speak as a

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Is the cat among the FBI’s pigeons?

If an article in today’s Wall Street Journal is correct, the FBI may have been spying on the Trump campaign – illegally – for months before the 2016 presidential election.  It may even have been manipulated by the Obama administration into doing so. The Department of Justice lost its latest battle with Congress Thursday when it allowed House Intelligence Committee members to view classified documents about a top-secret intelligence source that was part of the FBI’s investigation of the Trump campaign. Even without official confirmation of that source’s name, the news so far holds some stunning implications. Among them is

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Yes, our civilization can fall, too

Borepatch embedded a very short, but very interesting analysis by Kenneth Clark on why Rome fell.  It’s only two and a half minutes long, and well worth that much of your time to watch it. Our modern civilization can fall, too, and in a surprisingly short time.  It’s happened right before our eyes multiple times over the past half-century.  Think of the Soviet Union in the late 1980’s, or Venezuela over the past five years.  It could happen even to the USA or Western Europe, if enough of the storm clouds gathering over either economy were to let loose.  (Think

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Woman helps cop, kills bad guy – then gets sued

Last year a woman in Indiana courageously assisted a police officer who was being beaten down by a criminal, who was trying to grab his gun.  She shot the perpetrator, who subsequently died of his injuries.  She was cleared of any wrongdoing by the authorities – but now she’s being sued by the family of the deceased criminal.  An original news report about the incident may be found here.  A PoliceOne report about the impending lawsuit may be found here. A fundraiser has been started to help this courageous woman pay the legal expenses incurred in defending herself.  From its

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Our genes: gateway to health – and to marketers?

A friend has recently had a chilling experience concerning the commercial genetic testing that’s widely available now (more about her below).  Here’s an excerpt from a 2013 Scientific American article analyzing what’s going on in that field.  It appears that some, perhaps all, companies offering “free” or low-cost genetic testing may, in reality, be engaging in massive data gathering about their customers – and, by extension, those customers’ relatives. Since late 2007, 23andMe has been known for offering cut-rate genetic testing. Spit in a vial, send it in, and the company will look at thousands of regions in your DNA that

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Justice Gorsuch sides with the law, not the politicians. Good for him!

I’m getting very annoyed with idiots sounding off about Supreme Court Justice Gorsuch for voting against what they see as Trump administration priorities concerning immigration.  I’ve seen blog posts and other ideologically-blinkered ramblings denouncing him as a “traitor”, or something similar.  For those not familiar with the news report, here’s one version.  I’ve underlined the key sentence. The Supreme Court said Tuesday that part of a federal law that makes it easier to deport immigrants who have been convicted of crimes is too vague to be enforced. The court’s 5-4 decision — an unusual alignment in which new Justice Neil

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