iN8sWoRLd Sat, 04 Dec 2021 10:26:41 +0000 Sat, 04 Dec 2021 10:26:41 +0000 Pico A Supreme Court straying farther from mainstream <p><img align="right" src="" alt="Supreme Court" />An interesting examination of the concept of "minority justice" and the ramifications of the fact that Neil Gorsuch is the first Supreme Court justice in the history of the US to be seated by a president who did not win the popular vote and also by a majority of senators who were collectively elected by a fewer number of votes than the senators in opposition. Far fewer votes actually, 20 million fewer. The paper discusses the concept of democratic legitimacy and puts it in historical context. </p> <p>Three of the most recent and most conservative members of the court were all seated similarly - while they don't have the distinction of having both a minority vote president and senate like Gorsuch, they were all seated with a minority Senate of varying degrees. This development seems to run counter to the old thinking that the high court "seldom strays far from the mainstream" because the more recently seated justices seem to be advocates of concepts of law that an ever increasing majority of citizens disagree with.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Thu, 23 Aug 2018 00:00:00 +0000 court law Russians are still meddling <p><img class="pull-right" src="">Here's an NPR story on what the Russian controlled social media army was doing right after the FL school shooting. This is exactly how a couple of my Libertarian friends get all riled up. Every time there is a mass shooting, they start posting about the 2nd amendment or pass around conspiracy theories about how the shooting was faked or that the victims didn't really exist - turns out they are likely just passing around Russian propaganda. How ironic that these warriors for personal liberty may be indirectly working for the Russians.</p> <p>We need to do something about this asap. Russian meddling didn't start and stop with the election - its ongoing and persistent and private social media companies are enabling the subversion of our democracy. I don't know the best solution - but clearly the current system isn't working (for the good of our country at least).</p> <p>As An American Tragedy Unfolds, Russian Agents Sow Discord Online</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Fri, 16 Feb 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Lying like we've never seen before <p>A social Psychologist with a PhD from Harvard, 1979, now a professor at Univ. Cali. Santa Barbara, formerly of Univ. Virginia on Trump's lying as compared with lying norms in the general population:</p> <blockquote> <p>"By telling so many lies, and so many that are mean-spirited, Trump is violating some of the most fundamental norms of human social interaction and human decency. Many of the rest of us, in turn, have abandoned a norm of our own — we no longer give Trump the benefit of the doubt that we usually give so readily."</p> </blockquote> <p><strong>Commentary: I study liars. I've never seen one like Donald Trump.</strong></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Fri, 26 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Who was going to pay for that wall again? <p>New tactic: get the Republican base really pissed off that the Democrats don't want to make them pay for the wall that Mexico was supposed to pay for.</p> <p>Trump fires back at Schumer: 'If there is no Wall, there is no DACA'</p> <p><strong>by Alex Pappas, Fox News</strong></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Tue, 23 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Trump wants stricter libel laws <p><img class="pull-right" src="">The <a href="">Alien and Sedition Acts</a> (which suddenly sound really familiar) were <em>very</em> unpopular. The author of the First Amendment believed them to be unconstitutional and their repeal was the primary goal of the administration which swept the next election. Trump seems to be setting the Republicans up for a big loss.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> <p><strong>Trump says administration will take ‘very strong look’ at stricter libel laws</strong></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Disrespecting the flag <p><img class="pull-right" src="">After months of pretending to be a super nationalist and railing against players taking a knee as "disrespecting the flag", I am struck by the irony of a politician who claims to be a genius and who KNOWS that he's being filmed so obviously mouthing the words incorrectly to the star spangled banner.</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Wed, 10 Jan 2018 00:00:00 +0000 Russian Ads on Facebook in 2016 <p><img class="pull-right" src="">I don't believe any of the social media platforms have yet published a tool for their users to check which foreign ads they may have viewed, liked, or shared during the last election as Congress requested they do. This shouldn't be very difficult. The New York Times did release a bunch of them you can review below. I know I saw some of these come across my various feeds. Nice to know my "friends" were sharing Russian propaganda.</p> <p><strong>These Are the Ads Russia Bought on Facebook in 2016</strong></p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Mon, 18 Dec 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Senator Sanders discusses tax reform <p><img class="pull-right" src="">Tax reform without addressing offshore shell companies and other sleazy tax evasion schemes is just a give away to the already very rich at our expense.</p> <iframe width="560" height="315" src="" frameborder="0" allow="autoplay; encrypted-media" allowfullscreen></iframe> Wed, 08 Nov 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Can the President pardon himself? <p>Given President Trump's recent claim that he has the "...complete power to pardon" as discussed in <a href="">this New York Times article</a>, here are some relevant quotes:</p> <blockquote> <p>"...the view that the president has the power to pardon himself contradicts a central tenet of American democracy: "No man is above the law." In a democracy based on the rule of law, no one may engage in criminal conduct with impunity, including the president of the United States. - Jimmy Gurulé, law professor, University of Notre Dame</p> </blockquote> <blockquote> <p>“Under the fundamental rule that no one may be a judge in his own case, the President cannot pardon himself,” Assistant Attorney General Mary Lawton wrote, just days before Nixon’s resignation in August 1974.</p> </blockquote> Sat, 22 Jul 2017 00:00:00 +0000 Delaying Obama's supreme court nominee is without precedent <p><img class="pull-right" src="">The Republican's tactic to delay voting on President Obama's supreme court nominee was without historical precedent. Past presidents made 22 nominations to fill supreme court vacancies in an election year, and another 13 were made in a lame duck session after the election but before the new president was inaugurated! Their excuse was that they wanted to "let the people decide" (in the upcoming election) but the right to pick a supreme court nominee is the president's alone and we only have one president at a time.</p> <p>This playing politics with the Constitution is likely to become the new normal, and I would like to see charges brought against all the Republicans in the Senate for failing in their duties under the Constitution. I would like to see a Constitutional amendment to mandate that the Senate do their job in a timely manner and vote on nominees. Leaving a vacancy on the supreme court for political purposes seems un-American and even treasonous to me. ...and no, I don't support stone-walling Gorsuch even if I don't agree with him on certain things.</p> <p><strong>A Brief History of Supreme Court Nominations During a Presidential Election Year</strong> by Neil J. Kinkopf, Professor of Law, Georgia State University College of Law; Professor Kinkopf is the faculty adviser for the ACS Student Chapter at GSU College of Law, February 15, 2016 (ACS is the American Constitution Society for Law and Policy)</p> <p><a href=""></a></p> Sun, 02 Apr 2017 00:00:00 +0000