Shot and Chaser

11 08 2016


SHOT:  NYT notes with some sense of editorial anguish that actual jury trials are becoming more and more rare.

CHASER:  Wondering what the NYT’s editorial position is on the Fully Informed Jury Association, and the movement it represents, I did the Google search string Fully Informed Jury Association and found only this.  And, if you read closely enough, the author’s and paper’s editorial bias is visible, that bias being the group and the movement are a bunch of crackpots.


Close, But No Cigar

17 05 2016


Bill as running mate?

Sure, there’s no 22nd Amendment problem with it.  But there are two different 12th Amendment problems with it.


The Electors shall meet in their respective states, and vote by ballot for President and Vice-President, one of whom, at least, shall not be an inhabitant of the same state with themselves…

While this does not technically preclude Hillary Clinton from being President and Bill Clinton from being Vice-President at the same time, it does mean that New York State’s electors, if the state’s voters choose a Hillary Clinton voting slate, (“Clinton carries New York”), can either vote for Hillary to be President or Bill to be Vice-President, but not both.  As both are New York State residents.  It so needlessly complicates things that this is why the top and bottom of the ticket are from different states; note that before George W. Bush chose Dick Cheney back in 2000, Cheney, who lived in Dallas during the Clinton years for business, changed his residency back to Wyoming, so that he would be a resident of a state not Bush’s and not Texas before election day.


But no person constitutionally ineligible to the office of President shall be eligible to that of Vice-President of the United States.

That is more clear cut and absolute.  This was hard wired into the Constitution long before the 22nd Amendment, but the 22nd Amendment being piled on top of that means that once you’ve had all your time as President per the 22nd, you can’t be Vice-President.  Because of the one heartbeat away thing.  And if Bill was one heartbeat away, you’d know he’d find a way to stop Hillary’s heart; get rid of his wife once and for all, and be President again; for him, that would be a win-win.

Remember, though, I’m talking about two people that really don’t care for the Constitution; the man was a pen-and-phoner before being a pen-and-phoner was cool, and the woman is promising to be even more of one than Baraq Obama currently is.


Marty Peretz Is Spinning In His Grave

14 04 2015


His publication is now firmly planted in the clickbait era.

“Barack Obama should be Hillary Clinton’s running mate” is good and oft-repeated advice.

In 2005.

(Though back then, I had other ideas.)

The reason it can’t happen today is because if you’ve already run out the Constitutional clock in terms of being POTUS, you legally can’t be VPOTUS, because VPOTUS becomes POTUS if something happens to POTUS.  It’s also why Bill Clinton can’t be Hillary Clinton’s running mate.

Then again, what does the Constitution matter to any of these people?  A lot of reasonable people think that Baraq Obama being President (and the concept of Ted Cruz and Marco Rubio being President) violates the “natural born citizen” clause.  But it’s all moot:  HRC won’t ever pick Bill or Baraq, even if she could.

She hates ’em both.

Abhorring the Vacuum

10 09 2014

Washington, D.C.

It’s finally dawning on the left wing Obama brown nosing cultists:

The good news is that Obama has a pen and a phone.

The bad news is that he won’t have a pen and a phone forever, eventually someone else will.

I think this essay is missing a few things.  Some of the crucial ways in which power has been accumulated around the Presidency in the Era of Hope and Change also include the fact that President Obama is just flat out ignoring the Federal courts in some cases, his executive branch regulatory agencies are on a regulation-issuing rampage, and that his official opposition is mostly hapless and ineffective and given to slap-happy dead end attempts to oppose him (the lawsuit that this essay mentions at the beginning will amount to nothing), and in the case of immigration, deliberately so because it mostly agrees with what he’s doing, the few immigration patriots in Congress notwithstanding.  When you get right down to it, I think the Republican establishment is perfectly happy with ObamaDontCare, because its prime beneficiary, the insurance industry, dumps a lot of money on Republican politicians and Republican-allied think tanks and PACs.

Otherwise, the historical trend is undeniable:  Power abhors a vacuum, and when it can, it almost always accumulates around some central singular force.  That axiom has been aided in recent American history by both the increasing trend of presumed Federal supremacy in most public policy, and an original flaw of the Constitution that invests all military and Federal law enforcement power in the executive branch.  That’s what Obama really means about this “pen and phone” business; it means that he has control of the world’s most powerful military and of Federal law enforcement, the chances of either being defeated for the foreseeable future are slim, so therefore he can do whatever the hell he wants.

Except I think the author of this essay doth protest too much when he worries about future “conservative” Presidents’ use of the pen and phone.  Sure, we might have Republican Presidents, in theory, but the Republican establishment is working day and night to make sure that no genuine conservative (quote-unquote) can win the Republican nomination for President.  That and as I write this, “genuine conservatives” are still worshiping at the altar of the Cult of the Constitution and the cult of one form or another of libertarian ideology, so all you’ll hear them talk about in their quixotic Presidential campaigns is how they want to “restore the Constitution,” as if it’s any more possible to restore a dead document than it is to bring a dead man back to live, notwithstanding that one example two thousand years ago.  The writers at Vox would have a lot of reason to worry if someone like your ever-lovin’ too snarky for his own good blogmeister was running for President in 2016, who would promise to use the pen and phone to benefit white people.  But nobody like me seems to want to do that.

Because Pen and Phone

25 06 2014


I think Obama will lose this lawsuit.

Won’t matter, though.  He’ll ignore the courts.

Because, pen and phone.

I don’t even know if impeaching and removing him would do any good.  He’d just use the pen and phone to order the Federal men with guns not to remove him.

Turns out separating the executive and legislative powers and giving the executive branch all the law enforcement and military power was the big mistake of the 1787 Constitution.

If the pen and phone is here to stay, then political campaigns going forward should be entirely about Who-Whom, who gets to use the pen and phone on whose behalf.  No more right wing Ron Paul style abstract wonkery about saving a dying document.  Since the 1787 Constitution is dying, we better make sure we have a Vladimir Putin style figure, a patriotic populist nationalist white man, with his butt in that chair behind the Resolute Desk and his hands on the pen and phone on the day it officially dies.

And now that I said “Putin,” I know that lauraagudelo272, whose WordPress avatar has a head picture of Putin, will like this post.

Brick House

15 01 2014


Ted Cruz has a long piece in the HLR about the threat to the Tenth Amendment from international treaties.

It’s not just the Tenth, and it’s not new.  Way back in the 1950s, John Bricker picked up on that sort of thing, and tried to do something about it.

Right On Time

31 10 2013

Washington, D.C.


Pay close attention to what this advertisement is trying to tell you if you happen to be a juror on the Mark Witaschek case.

“But blogmeister, what about the ooks?”

That ship sailed long ago.