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2014-01-13 :: madlibertarianguy // Constitution + Dumbassery + Government + POTUS + SCOTUS
Hypocrites

Fucking hypocrites all. Canning highlights the willingness with which many on either side change principles based on their preferred outcome. The whole practice of gaveling the Senate to order to prevent recess appointments was a Democratic innovation used expressly to screw over George W. Bush. Back then, Senate Republicans trotted out what came to be […]

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Progressive Statist: The Citizen’s United decision is the beginning of the end of our democracy! It allows corporations and stuff to say things about my fellow progressives. That is except when my side does it.

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2010-10-29 :: madlibertarianguy // Constitution + Dumbassery + election + SCOTUS
No Agenda Here

Oh, fuck. Clearly WaPo isn’t trying to push across its own political agenda here or anything. Since John G. Roberts Jr became chief justice five years ago, focus has been on the Supreme Court’s changing makeup and shifting ideology. In the coming months, the Washington Post will examine the real-world consequences of the court’s rulings […]

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One of the prominent and infinitely fucking annoying libertarded memes of the last few weeks is the idea that the elections are being hijacked by “outside groups” that are able to anonymously fund political speech because of a nefarious SCOTUS decision (Citizens United v Federal Election Commission (PDF)) which enables these groups to spend unlimited […]

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2010-10-02 :: madlibertarianguy // Government + SCOTUS
The Inevitable Destination

Because of the recent report showing that the US government purposefully infected hundreds of people with syphilis while testing penicillin, I’m reminded that statist policy has but one goal: to put the needs of “society” above those of its individuals; that the needs of the many are greater than the few. To those who would […]

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2010-07-27 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Economy + Legislation + SCOTUS + Stimulus
Evidence Cast Aside

N. Gregory Mankiw, a Harvard economist, in a piece titled “Crisis Economics” at National Affairs concerning the reliance on Keneysian economic theories by the Obama administration while administering economic stimulus (and its current insistence on yet more stimulus cash being thrown in to the economy): The administration’s second assumption, meanwhile, is a matter of academic […]

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2010-06-29 :: madlibertarianguy // Firearms + SCOTUS
Justice Stevens in Dissent in McDonald

Justice Stevens in a laboriously tortured dissent in McDonald v City of Chicago: In District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. ___, ___ (2008) (slip op., at 1), the Court answered the question whether a federal enclave’s “prohibition on the possession of usable handguns in the home violates the Second Amendment to the Constitution.” […]

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2010-06-28 :: madlibertarianguy // Firearms + SCOTUS
Justice Thomas in Concurrence in McDonald

Justice Thomas, perhaps the only justice on the court who routinely gives deference to the Constitution rather than ideology, or, even worse, Congress, in concurrence in McDonald v City of Chicago: I agree with the Court that the Fourteenth Amendment makes the right to keep and bear arms set forth in the Second Amendment “fully […]

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2010-06-28 :: madlibertarianguy // Firearms + SCOTUS
Justice Scalia in Concurrence in McDonald

Justice Scalia, despite being the author of Heller which essentially spells out exactly what the right to bear arms means, remains silent except only to dispute one point made by Justice Stevens in his dissent: that the 2a doesn’t fit the mold of substantive rights to be incorporated because “I know so.” I can find […]

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2010-06-28 :: madlibertarianguy // Firearms + SCOTUS
McDonald Quotes by Justice Alito

More quotes from McDonald v City of Chicago: Self-defense is a basic right, recognized by many legal systems from ancient times to the present day, and in Heller, we held that individual self-defense is “the central component” of the Second Amendment right. (footnote removed) [. . .] In sum, it is clear that the Framers […]

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2010-06-28 :: madlibertarianguy // Firearms + SCOTUS
V-I-C-T-O-R-Y

Justice Alito via his majority opinion in todays McDonald v City of Chicago decision incorporating the 2nd Amendment as a fundamental right not to be trampled [PDF] by states and localities: Two years ago, in District of Columbia v. Heller, 554 U. S. ___ (2008), we held that the Second Amendment protects the right to […]

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2010-06-02 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + SCOTUS
Does Not Compute

Joan Biskupic via USA Today: By a 5-4 vote, the justices said that once rights have been read and questioning begun, a suspect must clearly declare that he wants to remain silent and cannot simply be silent. If I have to speak up in order to be silent, what’s the fucking point of having a […]

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2010-05-26 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + Legislation + SCOTUS
The Hypocrisy of it All

Julian Sanchez via Newsweek: we now take for granted that the interstate-commerce power constitutes a blank check, not just when Congress seeks to rectify gross historical iniquity, but for such purposes as overriding state decisions to permit local cultivation of medical marijuana. I wonder how quickly the classic Libertard argument that states rights is a […]

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2010-05-24 :: madlibertarianguy // SCOTUS
SCOTUS Bitch Slaps NFL

SCOTUS unanimously ruled that the NFL cannot sign league-wide exclusivity contracts with vendors which affect an individual team’s ability to negotiate contracts for itself, essentially stating that the NFL is not one company, but a collective made up of 32 separately owned and operated companies. Good for SCOTUS. I wonder if this means an end […]

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2010-05-22 :: madlibertarianguy // SCOTUS
I agree. And I Vehemently Disagree

Nathan Koppel via The Wall Street Journal: Kagan articulates the basic proposition that judicial review is a necessary and desirable bulwark against majority will. But, she writes, review should be exercised with caution. Though I absolutely agree with Kagan that judicial review is a necessary role in protecting Americans from the tyranny of the majority, […]

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2010-05-17 :: madlibertarianguy // Legislation + SCOTUS
A Slippery Slope

Justice Clarence Thomas via his scathing dissenting opinion of today’s United States v Comstock decision: The Constitution does not vest in Congress the authority to protect society from every bad act that might befall it.1 Well said. Too bad even those Justices who clearly see where this decision leads, a place where Congress has the […]

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2010-05-15 :: madlibertarianguy // SCOTUS
Even More Diverse Than I Thought

The other day I wrote a short one-liner about the new idea of diversity on the Supreme Court if Kagan is to be confirmed.  And today I find that it will be even more diverse than I thought.  According to Robert Frank of the Wall Street Journal, “If she is confirmed, the nation’s nine most […]

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2010-05-12 :: madlibertarianguy // Dumbassery + Government + SCOTUS
SCOTUS Diversity

I’m proud that we pay such close attention to diversity on our Supreme Court.

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