The Lochner Era

The Lochner Era is a period of time in the history of the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) from 1905 to 1937. This period is described as horrible judicial conservative activism by progressives, and some nominally conservative folks too. Others describe it as a valiant defense of the Constitution and free  enterprise from the rise of virulent progressive regulatory schemes.

I’m in the latter category. Continue reading The Lochner Era

The Switch in Time that Saved Nine

The relationship between the new Republican majority in Congress to Obamacare has been much discussed. Folks following the history of US Supreme Court decisions will perhaps remember when Justice Roberts changed his mind on a crucial decision under pressure from the White House, and rendered the crucial swing vote that had the country in an uproar. Continue reading The Switch in Time that Saved Nine

Happy Thanksgiving

It has been a difficult year for me, with no hint of what was to come when it began. From the loss of my lifemate, to the recent discovery that my inability to walk is perhaps not fixable after all, and financial impacts from all of this, it could be a time of great depression. But I don’t feel that way.

Thankfully, for instance, the nerve disease focuses on the peripheral nerves and not the central nervous system as so many do. So, I still have my brain intact and functioning, and that’s the part that is really me. And my remaining eye works well, and my hands (at least for now) can still type, if slowly, so I can interact with the world much more readily than would be the case had I lost vision and typing ability. The pain is not severe, and is sporadic — and I know many, including friends on this forum, who deal with constant, debilitating pain. So there is yet another aspect for me to be thankful for.

Because my mind remains intact, I was able to research and determine what I was actually suffering from, and a treatment plan and regimen is finally being devised. Had I been forced to leave this to the current medical system in the US, I would have lost much more functionality before treatments were even started, if ever. (They thought I had Guillain-Barré syndrome, which usually recovers without treatment.)

But beyond all of this physical business, I am thankful for three decades with my Lady Anne, an extraordinary person who made my life so much richer and more fulfilling than I had any reason to think possible. That time has ended, but the benefits, and the memory of it, cannot be taken from me.

And there are family members and friends, including friends on this forum, that enrich my life daily and in some cases provide material support that I am unable to do for myself now. Thank you all! Your kind thoughts bolster me through the occasional difficult moments.

Just last week, my son installed the hand controls I’d gotten for the car — and they work! I can drive again! This is a freedom and flexibility that I took too much for granted, and it is one more part of my life to be thankful for. And I am able to contribute, providing support of Doc Rat and Endtown and other webcomics, as well as my work writing research and other grant requests.

All in all, I am optimistic and determined to make the best of things. I have had an extraordinarily fortunate life so far, gaining the friendship of many including my friends here.

Happy Thanksgiving to you all!

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

Kagan and Arms

It seems that US Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan might become a Second Amendment supporter. In a recent interview in People Magazine, she describes a surprising relationship with conservative Antonin Scalia: Continue reading Kagan and Arms

Indigestible Blocs

I believe that this nation is the last hope of Western civilization and if this oasis of the world shall be overrun, perverted, contaminated or destroyed, then the last flickering light of humanity will be extinguished.

I take no issue with those who would praise the contributions which have been made to our society by people of many races, of varied creeds and colors. America is indeed a joining together of many streams which go to form a mighty river which we call the American way. However, we have in the United States today hard-core, indigestible blocs which have not become integrated into the American way of life, but which, on the contrary are its deadly enemies.

Today, as never before, untold millions are storming our gates for admission and those gates are cracking under the strain. The solution of the problems of Europe and Asia and Latin America will not come through a transplanting of those problems en masse to the United States.

I do not intend to become prophetic, but if the enemies of this legislation succeed in riddling it to pieces, or in amending it beyond recognition, they will have contributed more to promote this nation’s downfall than any other group since we achieved our independence as a nation.

Continue reading Indigestible Blocs

Iran for Help

The US, specifically the Obama administration, is helping Iran’s drive for nuclear weapons in many ways: Continue reading Iran for Help

Thank You, Veterans

I’m proud of two young men who served as sergeants in Iraq
We’re fortunate; they went in ’91, and both came back
And one yet wears the uniform and serves his country still
The other’s done his job, and both have gained a lot of skill
But larger than my family, I raise a proud salute
To all you vets who trained and served that needful high pursuit
We’re here, and we are free, and we’re a nation worth applause
And it has been at your expense — it IS a noble cause
A small percentage of us puts their bodies in harm’s way
Some don’t survive. You’ve bought the liberty we have today
And not alone for us, a hundred million souls and more
Were freed by US troops. You know just what you’re fighting for
And so do we — and so today I thank you one and all
For answering your country and responding to the call
Our job lies yet before us, to preserve the prize you’ve won
We proudly undertake the job that you’ve so well begun

===|==============/ Keith DeHavelle

More Engine Trouble

Just hours after I wrote of Orbital Sciences’ Antares rocket explosion, Virgin Galactica has suffered a similar fate. But this one has claimed at least one human life so far — the pilot — and the co-pilot is in bad shape.

SpaceShipTwo apparently suffered an engine explosion moments after ignition, and after it was dropped from the WhiteKnightTwo mothership. This was the first in-flight explosion for the system, but there is a history here. Continue reading More Engine Trouble

Rocket Science

(In a conversation elsewhere, I responded to complaints about the “NASA rocket” exploding — and to suggestions that this stuff was not new technology and should be easy by now.) Continue reading Rocket Science

The Arctic Joule, One Year Ago

Hmm. This was scheduled to post in August, and never did.

A bit over a year ago, the Arctic Joule full of four tense young rowers was crossing the strait from the Lady Franklin Point — and was bailing out, at the not-quite-halfway mark. By the 28th of August, they were out of the water and done. Continue reading The Arctic Joule, One Year Ago