The Lochner Era

Bakery

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. […]

The Switch in Time that Saved Nine

OwenRoberts

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. […]

Indigestible Blocs

Obama_in_Brisbane

“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.” […]

Iran for Help

Iran_US_deal

The US, specifically the Obama administration, is indeed helping Iran in many ways: […]

Rocket Science

Antares_OS02

(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.) It was not, exactly, a NASA rocket. And it was indeed new technology. This was a launch contracted from NASA by Orbital Sciences, who have been having some trouble with their systems. Enough trouble to cause them to change the name of the rocket (from Taurus to Antares, kind of “anti-Taurus”) to avoid bad vibes/publicity/luck. SpaceX is doing rather better, so far. […]

Term Limits

VoteForMe

I’ve been thinking about the term limits issue, and came to the conclusion that the phrase “term limits” needs to be a nonstarter. Federal office is one term, period. And a limited time for bureaucrats in their positions as well. No one should be in Federal office long enough to “retire” from it. […]

Christianity and Progressivism

comrade-obama

In a discussion at Citizen Tom’s excellent blog, he laments the loss of Christianity (along with politics) as even a topic of popular discussion. In the middle of a long and thoughtful post, with which I largely agree, he notes: […]

Paul Ryan’s Budgets

Paul Ryan, Republican representative from Wisconsin and the 2012 Republican candidate for vice president, is considering a run for president in 2016. Perhaps I should be happier about this, but I have some problems with Congressman Ryan… […]

Obama the Competent

Some commenters have wondered: Since Obama has done so much damage, how can I call him incompetent? I’d written: “We have, it seems to me, an incompetent, inconstant, insensitive, insidious ingrate for a president — and we are left at this point feeling thankful for the incompetence, without which he’d be even worse.” But the question was fair. It seems a thought experiment may help: […]

What is Barack Obama?

Many people accuse President Obama if being a Muslim, even a radical Muslim. I do not agree. Obama is a radical of sorts, but not a “radical Muslim” in my opinion. First, he is technically a Muslim by dint of his education (for a few years) in Indonesia; though he was young, it is enough for them to lay claim upon him. But I do not think this is true in Obama’s own mind. He is a non-strategic amateuristic pragmatist, in that he is all to willing to lie for even the shallowest purposes of the moment, giving little thought to what new lies he might have to tell in an hour or a day to cover for this lie. It clearly applies to so much of his daily activity, and I believe it applies to his religion as well. […]