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Monday, April 27. 2015
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From the Internet to the press to the public square, Brits' speech is being policed and punished
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BD it's been awhile since I have thanked you folks for this little internet oasis. The article today by Paul Caron was chilling and I think accurate. It is breathtaking how fast a society can shift it's allegiances. In my lifetime......
TY again for the fine work at this site that I get for free.
Yes, Brian, MF is a must read every day as soon as I get to it.
I also agree, "In my lifetime..." I've said similar words before. I never thought I would see in the US the things I've seen.
re Raisin takings case oral argument goes badly for the government
From the article:
"The lower court decision by the Ninth Circuit held that this doesn’t qualify as a taking because personal property (including raisins) is not protected by the Takings Clause, "
How in the world did the 9th Circus read that into the Takings Clause?
The article goes on to say that, "both the text of the Fifth Amendment, the original understanding, and longstanding precedent all indicate that the Takings Clause protects all private property rights equally (which is why the text uses the general term “private property” without differentiating between real and personal property)."
It is a good example of The Constitution meaning whatever the justices want it to.
The Ninth Circuit is the looniest circuit and the most overturned. Nothing coming from them, except for common sense or opinions based on plain reading of the Constitution, would surprise me.
It reminds me of something Harry Browne said when he was running for President. He explained his method of selecting Supreme Court Justices. His first question would be, "Can you read?" Then, "What does 'shall not be infringed" or 'Congress shall make no law' mean?"
I guess reading is now a lost art.
"How in the world did the 9th Circus read that into the Takings Clause?"
The Court of Appeals read three separate lines of USSC analysis on this issue very narrowly. you can (but won't) read their opinion here.
Why is this important? because if you don't understand how the other side thinks (and you don't), you'll always be at a major disadvantage in disputing their arguments (and you always will be). except here, this is your Safe Place.
"It is a good example of The Constitution meaning whatever the justices want it to."
The conservative movement has become snowflakes doomed itself.
I'm not the problem here. Before you ask a question like "how could they do that", why don't you make the least effort to find out how they did it? Not even the article's summary of the 9th Circuit is correct.
At stake is the future of this country and what I'm seeing is the conservative movement retreating into platitudes and poor-me victimization.
I waded through about 3/4ths of the decision at the end of your link because I was only able to slog through so much legalese.
It seemed to me that in the end, they based their decision on the assumption (or agreement) that the government appropriately passed a law that requires it to "manage" the market in raisins, on the theory that the government should be able to take something to make the market work and if the person who was ripped off might get a benefit (that is undefined), then it's ok.
At the bottom of it is that basically, the government can do anything (as long as it's for a "good reason"). That words, like 'taking', can be defined pretty much anyway they want (which gets easier as the mish mash of precidents over many different cases and many decades muddies the actual definition) in order to provide cover for the government.
As I said, I couldn't make it through the entire decision, but if I didn't understand the issue, maybe you can enlighten me/us.
The Clintons will be irrelevant when they hit their 80s. They will be that doddering old couple who are reported in the news b/c of hospital stays and surgeries...but who will be left to hire them for speeches? Most of their supporters will also be seen as old fools trying to hold onto the past.
I've watched a few instances of Chelsea speaking. She does not have the charisma of her father. She will end up as a rich socialite in New York City living off of her parents' money.
Hopefully, like the Duke and Duchess of Windsor, they will go live somewhere in France and leave us alone.
re From the Internet to the press to the public square, Brits' speech is being policed and punished
re The Left discovers the value of fake hate crimes.
re The Plight Of A Christian Professor At An Elite Law School
All are examples of the assault on free speech and thought that seem to be occurring with increasing frequency and intensity.
One wonders where it will all end? I would not bet on free speech and thought prevailing.
The Plight of a Christian Professor At an Elite Law School was a very interesting read. If MF readers only had time to read one of the above articles today, this should be it.
It looks like thing will get much worse ..... I hope I am wrong.
CDC, FDA on e-cigs, wonder how much of the animosity is motivated by they can't get regulatory authority over them, the impact of OTC sales of e-cgs vs $$ prescription only FDA approved nicotine inhalers and finally the very human urge to find a scapegoat for their failure to stomp out tobacco use.
Will have to add My Father the Spy to stack of books to be read.
Re: climate whatever, where's the folks telling us it is responsible for the influx of migrants? It is one of the IPCC's predicted effects.
My Father, The Spy: The fate of a man and people imposed by someone (or someones) who KNOWS he knows better than them.
Fake Hate rimes: The Left learned that value years ago. Not new.
RE: Why Multiple Generations of Families Choose to Live Together
I keep dangerous animals and play the drums. I spent years getting away from family and then getting family away from me. This is a terrible idea.
Name the Despot
"Here was ??????? selling himself to his country's chief enemy, betraying an ally, seeking to evade [legislative body], and doing the whole thing furtively."
Hint, he promised leader of his country's chief enemy to make a public profession to that leader's religion at the first opportunistic moment.