Category: government

  • Injustice Through Ignorance

    Texas Governor Rick “Goodhair” Perry says that Cameron Todd Willingham is a “monster” and a “bad man” who murdered his children (Houston Chronicle). He is convinced that Willingham was guilty of his crime. That’s good enough for me. If the Governor of Texas says someone is a monster, then dadgummit he’s a monster. Why is […]

  • Bravest of All at 451 Degrees

    When I was learning to read, my favorite book was Bravest of All, by Kate Emery Pogue. This was a Little Golden Book about an old firefighter who, when all the young firefighters and shiny new equipment were out putting out a big fire, sprang into action with his old fire truck to save a […]

  • How to Turn Villains Into Victims

    Heath and Deborah Campbell, the asshats who named their kids “Adolf Hitler Campbell”, “JoyceLynn Aryan Nation Campbell”, and “Honszlynn Hinler Jeannie Campbell”, have to go to court to try to get their kids back after the three children were snatched by New Jersey’s Division of Youth and Family Services. The local chief of police “didn’t […]

  • Three Notable Developments Across the Pond

    1. Anti-Social Behavior Orders (ASBOs) From the Home Office’s website: Anti-social behaviour orders (ASBOs) are court orders which [sic] forbid specific threatening or intimidating actions. An ASBO can ban a person from: threatening, intimidating or disruptive actions spending time with a particular group of friends visiting certain areas ASBOs are in effect for a minimum of […]

  • Freedom vs. Safety

    The exaltation of freedom over safety is part of our national DNA. America was founded, invented, and peopled by those who chose freedom over safety. Ben Franklin: They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety. Patrick Henry: Is life so dear, or peace so sweet, […]

  • Wayne Green’s First Rule of Evidence and of Appellate Practice

    You can generally count on the government to rule in favor of the government.

  • The Only Viable Threat

    By a margin of more than 11 to one, Defending People choose freedom over safety as the thing they value most. [poll=2] AHCL, at the Elect Kelly Siegler Blog can be forgiven a bit of snarkiness when she reads: Defending People is about protecting the people, one at a time, from the only viable threat to their liberty: their government. … “They hate us for our freedom,” the President says, justifying our embroilment in a war without end that in turn serves as rationale for the curtailment of our rights — to free expression (“There are reminders to all Americans that they need to watch what they say, watch what they do….”), to be secure in our homes and persons (the malevolently-named USA-PATRIOT act), to habeas corpus, counsel, due process and jury trial (Guantanamo) . . . .

  • Government’s Talents

    The state is bad — wasteful, inefficient, and incompetent — at almost everything it tries to do. There are two exceptions that I can think of: First, making war, which is the application of violence against the citizens of another state. Second, prosecuting crimes, which is the application of violence against its own citizens. If […]

  • Wrong, Wrong, and . . . RIght?

    Young Shawn Matlock, Ft. Worth criminal-defense lawyer, writes here about his “conservative” (in American politics, code for “in favor of big government unless it gores my ox”) political views. Not to pick on Shawn, but here are some highlights of his goodnatured post: Do I think, in general, Bennett’s person convicted of trafficking 400 grams […]

  • Chaos and the “Official Woman”

    Scott Henson (Grits For Breakfast) gives us this post describing Twila Hugley Earle’s speech to the Restorative Justice Conference in Kerrville. Earle spoke of the application (or, maybe more accurately, analogization) of chaos theory (Scott defines it as “the study of how turbulence transforms into order organically”) to criminal justice: The Newtonian worldview sees both […]