Political Party Time: Ezra Klein Is Wrong About A Thing

a pseudonymous observer of Things That Need Fixin'

It’s not really surprising that I’d think that, mind; I see Klein as kind of a squishy centrist’s idea of what a liberal firebrand looks like so I often think he’s wrong about things. This time he’s wrong about something…

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No One Thinks You’re Objective: Just Answer The Damn Questions

a pseudonymous observer of Things That Need Fixin'

No one is a completely objective conduit of a judicial philosophy and the law. Not least because judicial philosophies are subjective positions. Declaring a judicial philosophy, “originalism” for example, is declaring a subjective position. And there’s no value to espousing…

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Hate: Not Good, Not Fun, But Legal

a pseudonymous observer of Things That Need Fixin'

Having Freedom of Conscience means the State cannot outlaw Hate Crimes, because it cannot make law based on motivations. Otherwise, the State gets into the business of determining what motivations are acceptible. And frankly no State can be trusted with…

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Executive Oversight: Gonna Keep Bangin’ That Drum

a pseudonymous observer of Things That Need Fixin'

I’ve been on about this since one of the first posts on this blog (Failed Constitution Check: Executive Oversight): The United States has no effective oversight of the Executive branch. None. Zip. Zilch. Nada. Witness the ongoing festival of Hatch…

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Re-opening Your Business: There’s An App For That

a pseudonymous observer of Things That Need Fixin'

So, my local county has decided to require a cell phone app for employees of “non-essential” businesses. Ugh. Just, ugh. First, this is exactly what I was saying is the wrong approach a few weeks ago in Don’t Get Comfortable:…

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Big Data: Meet Big Government

a pseudonymous observer of Things That Need Fixin'

So, you think we can go back to gathering in crowds again, huh? Yeah, but no. First, most of the country very much does not have this pandemic under enough control to do that. But even if we did, our…

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Just Go Home: What To Do When The Autocrat Is Correct

a pseudonymous observer of Things That Need Fixin'

We’re gonna keep doing this, huh? Once more, in list-format this time, for the young ‘uns out there … no, they do not have the legitimate authority to order you to stay home yes: they do have the power to…

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Again: Not Wrong, Still Stupid

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Apparently, we’re gonna deal with this again now. What the hell; it’s been two weeks. Two weeks ago, I posted Still Idiots: Not Totally Wrong. It’s mostly about how, while I do agree with these crackpots that no reasonable reading…

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Don’t Get Comfortable: Privacy, Movement And Isolation

a pseudonymous observer of Things That Need Fixin'

So, as the new West Coast Pact starts talking about how to get everything moving again we need to talk about control; control of the virus and control of the government. ‘Cause this isn’t over yet. The virus is still…

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Weird Times: The Rise Of Ad-Hoc Federalism

a pseudonymous observer of Things That Need Fixin'

Well, that was not what I expected to happen yesterday. It seems that there are some new Interstate Compacts forming. With the dystopian-fiction names of “The West Coast Pact” and the “6-States Council”, though that second one keeps getting updated;…

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