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Inside mind of Oscar Pistorius

Inside mind of Oscar Pistorius

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NBC thinks Tonya still news

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Some Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Some Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Here are some speaking engagements I will be doing in the next two weeks: Thursday, January 22: I will be delivering the annual Brennan Lecture at Oklahoma City University . My topic (picked because it interested the organizers) is “ NFIB v. Sebelius and the Constitutional Debate Over Federalism.” Perhaps Justice William Brennan would turn over in his grave if he knew that I was giving this lecture. There are important areas of agreement between us, but probably not on this issue. On the other hand, he might already have turned over when co-blogger Randy Barnett delivered a previous lecture in the series in 2004 (the list …

Immigration and Political Freedom

Immigration and Political Freedom

I recently wrote a guest post for the Open Borders blog on migration and political freedom. The connection between the two is often ignored in debates over immigration policy. Here’s an excerpt: There is widespread agreement that political freedom is a fundamental human right – that everyone is entitled to substantial freedom of choice in deciding what type of government policies they will live under. This is one of the main justifications for democracy. Voting enables the people to exercise political choice. But the principle of political freedom also has implications for international…

Was a Scientific Journal Canned for Disagreeing with the IPCC?

Was a Scientific Journal Canned for Disagreeing with the IPCC?

Copernicus Publications , “the innovative open access publisher,” recently announced it was terminating one of its journals,? Pattern Recognition in Physics ? due to concerns about the journal’s editorial practices. ? PRP? was not even one-year old. ? It seems the problems began when the journal’s editors agreed to a special issue on “Pattern in solar variability, their planetary origin and terrestrial impacts,” in which the issue’s editors had the temerity to “doubt the continued, even accelerated, warming as claimed by the IPCC project.” According…

The Pot Bowl

The Pot Bowl

It is perhaps worth mentioning that the two teams that made it to the Super Bowl on Sunday represent Colorado and Washington – the two states that recently legalized marijuana. If this somehow helps accelerate the recent decline in public support for the War on Drugs , it will almost be enough to offset my disappointment over the Patriots and Tom Brady losing to

Prison for Blasphemy

Prison for Blasphemy

The Guardian (UK) reports: A man who created a Facebook page poking fun at a revered Greek Orthodox monk has been sentenced to 10 months in prison in Greece after being found guilty of blasphemy…. Filippos Loizos, 28, … used a play on words to portray Father Paisios as a traditional pasta-based dish [pastitsio -EV] …. Father Paisios, who was revered for his spiritual teachings and was said by some believers to have powers of prophecy, died in 1994. Loizos had appealed against the ruling and would not be jailed before his case was heard by a higher court, Kleftodimos said. Here’s what seems to be a copy of the Facebook page: A reminder that blasphemy…

Thanks And Farewell For Now

Thanks And Farewell For Now

My thanks again to the VC for lending me the podium this week to talk about The Conscience of The Constitution . I hope you’ll join me—in person or online—on January 30, when I speak about the book at the Cato Institute’s book forum . Then I’ll be participating in February’s Cato Unbound to discuss the debate over “judicial activism” (which takes up chapter…

Ninth Circuit to Hear Challenge to Obamacare’s “Platonic Guardians” January 28

Ninth Circuit to Hear Challenge to Obamacare’s “Platonic Guardians” January 28

I mentioned in a previous post that Progressivism has a curious definition of “democracy” that largely takes the form of unaccountable administrative agencies wielding enormous power to regulate people’s behavior. Perhaps the most extreme example of administrative power—the Independent Payment Advisory Board , or IPAB—is the subject of the latest constitutional challenge to Obamacare to be heard by a federal court of appeals. The Ninth Circuit will hear the case in a special session in Las Vegas…

Conservatives Adopt Progressive Priorities

Conservatives Adopt Progressive Priorities

Progressive constitutional doctrine underwent some interesting changes in the middle of the twentieth century. One was the return of liberty-based concerns in jurisprudence, and the repudiation of some of the more extreme Progressive democracy-based legal decisions. This is most notable in West Virginia Bd. of Ed. v. Barnette , which held that school children could not be compelled to salute the flag, and overruled Minersville School District v. Gobitis only three years after the earlier decision had allowed schools to require this. Then in cases like Griswold , the Court recognized a right to privacy which ultimately…

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