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By: Conor Friedersdorf at The Atlantic

“What I tell my law clerks is that we write these so that they are accessible to regular people. That doesn’t mean that there’s no law in it. But there are simple ways to put important things in language that’s accessible. As I say to them, the beauty, the genius is not to write a 5 cent idea in a ten dollar sentence. It’s to put a ten dollar idea in a 5 cent sentence.

That’s beauty. That’s editing. That’s writing.”

Truth, Metaphor and Race in the Marriage Debate” by Robert Oscar Lopez rings true to me, a straight father of two adult children, and I offer it here as an apt follow-up to my “Thoughts on marriage, before SCOTUS occupies the field.”

Weapons Ban of 2013

January 27, 2013 — Leave a comment

Senator Dianne Feinstein
United States Senate
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Senator Barbara Boxer
United States Senate
112 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

Re:  Weapons Ban of 2013

Dear Senators Feinstein and Boxer:

I am writing as a concerned California voter to object to your co-sponsorship of legislation described by you as:

A bill to regulate assault weapons, to ensure that the right to keep and bear arms is not unlimited, and for other purposes.” (pdf)

This bill seeks to, among other things:

  • Ban the sale, transfer, manufacture or importation of 157 named firearms;
  • Ban all semi-automatic rifles that can accept a detachable magazine;
  • Ban all detachable-magazine semi-auto pistols that have any of the following: a threaded barrel, second pistol grip, or magazine that mounts anywhere other than the grip;
  • Ban any handgun that is a semi-automatic version of a fully automatic handgun; and,
  • Ban all semi-automatic rifles and handguns that have fixed magazines that accept more than 10 rounds.

Our Constitution limits your powers, Senators, and the Second Amendment to our Constitution means what it says when it tells the Congress that:

“ . . . the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.”

Your proposed legislation is a brazen violation of our Second Amendment and, as such, is unwise, unenforceable, and unconstitutional. I respectfully call upon you to acknowledge the severe limitation placed by our Constitution on your power to control the people’s right to bear arms. Please withdraw this unfortunate bill immediately.

Sincerely yours,

/s/ Kevin Forrester

Kevin K. Forrester


NRA-ILA | Write Your Representatives


Thanks to James Strock of “Serve to Lead” for pointing us to this essential speech on religion, politics and natural rights in America: an eloquent history lesson and tutorial from George Will in 90 minutes.

Same-sex marriages are neither better nor worse than opposite-sex marriages, just different.

Marriage is the union of a man and a woman; same-sex marriage is a different kind of iStock_000017570304_ExtraSmall(1)marriage. Why doesn’t that settle everything?

Referring to the union of one man and one man, or the union of one woman and one woman, as a “same-sex” marriage does not mean it is not a marriage.

It is not bigotry to believe that “marriage” refers to the union of one man and one woman, and “same-sex marriage” refers to something else of equal dignity.

Pretending that same-sex marriage is identical to opposite-sex marriage is not helping.

Same-sex and opposite-sex marriages are the same, except for the ways in which they are different, which makes all the difference.

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Thomas Jefferson penned the immortal words “all men are created equal” in our Declaration of Independence, and he also owned slaves. To some, this second historical fact is the “it” of David Post’s Why Don’t People Get It About Jefferson and Slavery? The fact that Jefferson owned slaves makes him a liar, a hypocrite, and a fraud. To others, the fact of Jefferson’s slave ownership is only a part of the context within which the actions of Jefferson’s lifetime are judged. In the words of our 16th President:

All honor to Jefferson—to the man who, in the concrete pressure of a struggle for national independence by a single people, had the coolness, forecast, and capacity to introduce into a merely revolutionary document, an abstract truth, applicable to all men and all times, and so to embalm it there, that to-day, and in all coming days, it shall be a rebuke and a stumbling-block to the very harbingers of re-appearing tyranny and oppression. A. Lincoln

Have we yet come to terms with the truth of the words “all men are created equal”? You know that we have not. Does the fact that for more than 220 years we have failed to fully live up to the promise of our founding documents and the sacrifices of our founding fathers excuse our deriding them both? No. it does not excuse our actions, but perhaps it explains them. See: Why Don’t People Get It About Jefferson and Slavery? In particular, see: “Words Fitly Spoken”: Thomas Jefferson, Slavery, and Sally Hemings (PDF), by David G. Post.

Institute for Justice:

By: Darrell Issa

On June 11, 2012, I went all in on open. That day, I traveled to the Personal Democracy iStock_000010118847_ExtraSmallForum (PDF) in New York City to launch the OpenGov Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to developing and deploying technology solutions to help people participate in their governments. But a tool is only as good as the problem it solves, and we face a massive problem. The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) is only a symptom. Government doesn’t understand the Internet, how it works and the awesome power its networked users wield to disrupt almost anything – especially politics itself.

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This month marks the 25th anniversary of Judge Robert Bork’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings.


Also see Did Bork Win? by Ammon Simon.

 Thank you, Jack and Suzy Welch.

Of course corporations are people. What else would they be? Buildings don’t hire people. Buildings don’t design cars that run on electricity or discover DNA-based drug therapies that target cancer cells in ways our parents could never imagine.