Friday, December 31, 2010

Goatee update
Tom Smith

I'm not sure which way this cuts.  Then there's the whole Idaho angle.

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Something to think about next time you fly
Tom Smith

The risks out there.

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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Fascinating Ngram (or, Comparing sex with Jesus)
Tom Smith

This is just so awesome.  What a toy for insights into our history.

Hmm.  Looks plausible.

God may not be dead, but He may have reached an equilibrium.

What's with rabbits and the 1950s?  Maybe their use in scientific experiments.

Thanks Ron.

Negro v. African American (No, I don't really know if it's searching "African American")

This baffles me.

Seems fair.

A growing threat.  This can't be an accident.

Not funny.

The N-word -- fascinating.  Just eyeballing, but look at the Civil War, the forties, and the sixties.

The F-word.

Freedom, duty, responsibility.



Gay, homosexual.

Computer, television

Marx,Jesus,Kant. Aquinas and others.

Economic history.

Have fun and report back.

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Socialized medicine threatens our manhood
Tom Smith

Really! (via best of the web).

And now a nap can be a way to stand up for Our Way of Life.

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Property rights in parking spots
Tom Smith

When you mix your labor with a parking spot, you own it.  Cities would do well to legally sanction this practice.  I think.  Or maybe it works better for being extra- or quasi-legal?  You would think if it were sanctioned, then more people would be out clearing the streets.

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Necessary fight over necessary and proper clause
Tom Smith

Nothing is easy.

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Blizzard buries Bloomberg I hope
Tom Smith

I just got back from having been snowed in in Connecticut.  It wasn't really an ordeal for us; it just felt that way to me.  Watching local news, it was clear Mayor Bloomberg did not cover himself in glory.  If he can't preside over getting the streets of the City cleared of snow, I don't see any reason to think he's the One in any other respect.  Too bad our president was not first the mayor of a big city where it snowed.  Then we might not be in the pickle we are now in.

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Monday, December 27, 2010

One-Party Media
Maimon Schwarzschild

Hugh Hewitt on last week's Obama press conference:

Wednesday's press conference may have starred President Obama fresh off his alleged big win on START and DADT, his losses on the Dream Act and the Omnibus spending bill, and the tie on the tax deal, but the big story was the eagerness of the White House Press Corp to revert to fawning treatment of their once-and-future leader.

And concluding:

Wednesday's press conference featured the return of the media we saw throughout campaign 2008 - a blocking front for a hard-left president they approve of, and to whose re-election they are resoundingly, and obviously, committed.

Read the whole thing.

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History Office Law
Mike Rappaport

Recently, I linked to this op ed by distinguished historian Pauline Meier.  The piece defended Justice Breyer's comments on the Heller case that criticized the Heller majority and argued that the original intent of the Framers did not favor a right to bear arms for self defense. 

The piece is a perfect example of why originalists are often frustrated by many historians who opine on originalist issues.  They claim to have superior knowledge of the history, and they are certainly well versed in it.  But they can't seem to wrap their minds around the idea that originalism is not simply about history.  In the version that the Supreme Court employed in Heller, and that most originalists today follow, it is the original meaning of the Second Amendment that is the question at issue, not the original intent of the Framers.  Originalism is about a certain type of law, not merely history. 

Meier may or may not be right about the original intent (and I find her arguments not terribly strong), but she does not even address the original meaning.  As a result, a well respected historian comes across as unsophisticated about the legal issue.  And, sadly, Meier is not alone.

I recognize that the training of historians does not incline them towards original meaning analysis. But that is no excuse.  Historians can complain all they want to about "law office history," but at least as big a problem in this area is "history office law."

Cross posted at The Originalism Blog.

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Friday, December 24, 2010

Orwell on Christmas
Maimon Schwarzschild

Here are Christmas thoughts - and good wishes - from George Orwell, in the still-very-grim post-war December of 1945.

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