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Free Speech Battles

RT'd an essay on PC censorship by @MarkSteynOnline. Now getting accused of agreeing w/Steyn on EVERYTHING, which proves Steyn's point.

— Patton Oswalt (@pattonoswalt) April 16, 2014

I know Patton Oswalt is not well-liked around these parts… Heck, apart from his role as Remy in Ratatouille and his epic Star Wars rant on Parks [...]

In Class With Floyd — Judicial Appointments

Tonight in my Judicial Process course we will be discussing, among other things… the politics of judicial appointments… A little of this: And this:

And this:

And this for judicial elections…

European Kleptocracy

Everyone’s favorite British Member of European Parliament, Daniel Hannan is at it again… tilting against his favorite windmill. From the Daily Mail UK:

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses crisis looks Lilliputian. Call that a scandal? Bath plugs and massage chairs, patio heaters and lightbulbs? How paltry. How quaint.

Viewed from Brussels, the Westminster expenses [...]

Still Hypocritical

Vote Dry… cuz your Congressman was going to wet his whistle anyway… serf. From The Atlantic:

In a yet-to-be-gentrified area of Northeast D.C., a nondescript warehouse was unusually lively last Saturday afternoon. Inside? A spirited bottling party.

The Ivy City warehouse is home to New Columbia Distillers. Started in 2012 by Michael Lowe, New [...]

HHS Secretary Sebelius Resigning

This is what passes for accountability these days. A good, if long overdue, start. From ABCNews: The president will nominate Budget Director Sylvia Burwell to replace her.

Sebelius approached President Obama about a month ago and asked to step down after the health care sign-up numbers were released, two senior administration officials and a confidante [...]

If We Can Keep It

Richard Epstein has an interesting take on the Supreme Court’s recent decision in McCutcheon (the campaign finance decision) at Defining Ideas (a Journal of the Hoover Institution) :

Property and Liberty in Tandem

The basic principles of American constitutional law link closely the protection of property and liberty. That point is made powerfully by the [...]

Sunday Open Thread

20 years ago today the Rwandan genoicide was triggered by the assassination of President JuvĂ©nal Habyarimana. Romeo Dallaire’s (the Canadian general in charge of the U.N. mission) memoir is a stinging indictment — a must read just as the accompanying documentary is a must see.

Saturday Open Thread

On this date in 1242 the troops of the Orthodox Novgorod Republic led by Alexander Nevsky defeated the Teutonic Knights in the “Battle of the Ice” on the frozen lake of Lake Peipus. The battle was a victory for the Russians in the Northern Crusade. The clip above is from Sergei Eisenstein’s epic film [...]

Counsel Bluffs

Who does Obama think he’s kidding? From Reuters: China should not doubt the U.S. commitment to defend its Asian allies and the prospect of economic retaliation should also discourage Beijing from using force to pursue territorial claims in Asia in the way Russia has in Crimea, a senior U.S. official said on Thursday. Daniel Russel, [...]

Friday Open Thread

Lincoln in Richmond by Lambert Hollis

On this date in 1865 President Abraham Lincoln toured the just-captured Confederate capital of Richmond, Virginia.