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Dozens of nations to sign UN ocean treaty but implementation still awaits

Judge Denies Request, Orders Hunter Biden to Appear in Court

The train is leaving the station

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Ukraine War Realities of Conscription and Death

Dr. McCullough's Speech at the European Parliament

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Department of Defense Run By Incompetent Boobs

Boldly Into the Chaos

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The BRICS Commodity Powerhouse: Can It Force a New Economic ‘Order’?

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Joe Biden: An ‘End of History’ Cheerleader Living in a Future That Could Never Exist

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States Are Dying From Corruption and the Exponential

Treasury releases principles for net-zero carbon emissions targets for finance firms

From the mission field: Partners in the Lord’s song

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Biden is Using Executive Power to Create New Deal-style American Climate Corps

The Peculiar Power of Denial

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The Curious Case of How Mike and Michael Saved America from the Globalists
Post Date: 2023-09-20 23:20:10 by Charles_Byrd
The current twist in the plan to put globalists in charge of America, under the pretext of saving society from infectious disease, has two tracks—a treaty track and a track to modify international health regulations. Boiled down to their essence, both tracks aim to hand the WHO control over most aspects of Americans’ lives, to be triggered by the WHO allegedly determining that a new pandemic is underway. Dr. Meryl Nass has taken the lead in warning about the current iteration of the plan, and, on September 1, 2023, she was interviewed by Del Bigtree about it. Nass is the founder of Door to Freedom, and its website has information about the looming threat of WHO control. James ...

‘Muzzling Speech’: Federal Appeals Court Shoots Down California Gun Ad Law
Post Date: 2023-09-16 20:51:43 by Charles_Byrd
A federal appeals court Wednesday ruled against a California law banning certain gun advertisements. The California law prohibits firearm advertisements that could be construed as “designed, intended or reasonably appears attractive to minors.” But since minors can’t purchase firearms, and California already takes steps to prevent youth gun violence, the laws serves the purpose of banning “truthful” gun advertisements in a sweeping and “extensive” manner, according to the ruling by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Click for Full Text!

Those Entrusted With Constitution Subvert It
Post Date: 2023-09-05 22:30:06 by Charles_Byrd
Benjamin Franklin's famous one-liner about the relationship between liberty and safety has intrigued me since I first read it in high school. Why would anyone sacrifice personal liberty? And how does that sacrifice equate to temporary safety? Click for Full Text!

Don’t Give Up on the Constitution
Post Date: 2023-09-01 01:27:11 by Charles_Byrd
I am enormously grateful to Law & Liberty for recruiting such heavy hitters to respond to my lead essay. What a joy to get such humbling and instructive comments, each brimming with its author’s characteristic intellectual virtues. I thank all four responders and only regret that the imperative for brevity in this summary reply means I can only scratch the surface of what they had to offer. They should know that I have more to say, especially by way of gratitude and admiration. James Stoner brilliantly deepens and sharpens the case for the Constitution’s unifying potential in several important respects, and he rightly ends up worrying that the problem we face now is a ...

Does Common Law Survive the “Age of Statutes”?
Post Date: 2023-09-01 01:07:10 by Charles_Byrd
Is forty years too far along for a book review? Another look at A Common Law for the Age of Statutes by eminent Second Circuit Judge and Yale Law professor Guido Calabresi suggests no. Published in 1982, the book originated in his 1977 delivery of the Oliver Wendell Holmes Lectures at Harvard Law School. If not the cure for what ails the Anglo-American legal tradition, it at least proposes one road out of the precarious place at which our system has arrived over the last century or so. Through Calabresi, more about him here, perhaps this reviewer can invite more discussion of both the common law’s problems and the need for solutions. Click for Full Text!

The Incorporation Doctrine Waters Down the Second Amendment
Post Date: 2023-08-31 23:38:02 by Charles_Byrd
Many people want the federal government to protect the right to keep and bear arms by applying the Second Amendment to the states and using it to limit state gun control. The problem with this strategy is that we almost always end up with a lower standard for the right to keep and bear arms that then gets applied nationwide. Furthermore, putting the feds in charge of protecting the right to keep and bear arms gives states the cover they need to implement more gun control instead of limiting it. That’s because even though states can technically impose limits on their government that go beyond what the Supreme Court dictate, they rarely do. Any federal court decision usually becomes the ...

How to Lose Sight of the Constitution
Post Date: 2023-08-25 21:40:01 by Charles_Byrd
The Harvard law professor Cass Sunstein is a prolific author with very wide-ranging interests. He has written (and in some cases co-authored) books on behavioral economics; on lies, rumors, and conspiracy theories; on republican theory and political conflict; on feminism; on free speech and dissent; on animal rights; even on Star Wars—and I’m leaving some out. In many of the fields in which Sunstein has written, I would hardly be qualified to judge his work. (Aren’t the Ewoks just really small Wookiees?) But his latest effort, How to Interpret the Constitution, is one that I can confidently say is very disappointing. This brief book has three primary characteristics: ...

The Preamble is the Least Important Part of the Constitution
Post Date: 2023-08-18 02:22:48 by Charles_Byrd
Most people are familiar with the Constitution’s preamble. A lot of people were required to memorize it in school. But while the preamble is arguably the best-known part of the Constitution, it is the least important. Like so many other parts of the constitution, many people today believe that the preamble authorizes all kinds of federal power it never authorized in the first place. Click for Full Text!

Despite Deep Diversity
Post Date: 2023-08-10 01:39:50 by Charles_Byrd
In forty years of teaching, the most difficult or at least the most disconcerting question I have been asked came during a summer seminar when I was lecturing on the Constitution and on Lincoln’s attitude towards it. I had been reviewing the various compromises made at the Philadelphia Convention concerning slavery when a student asked, point blank, whether, if I had been there, would I have voted for them. I paused. It was easy enough to explain what the compromises were, why those who made them thought them necessary for the document’s completion and ratification, how the Constitution contributed to the growth and success of the United States, and even how the Constitution ...

KOSA Still Poses a Grave Threat to First Amendment Rights
Post Date: 2023-08-08 00:09:16 by Charles_Byrd
Today, TechFreedom sent a letter to the U.S. Senate Commerce Committee reiterating our concerns about the Kids Online Safety Act (KOSA). Last year, joined by leading Internet law and First Amendment scholars, we explained that KOSA would force platforms to age-verify their users and impose an undefinable and unmeetable duty of care—violating users’ First Amendment rights to anonymous expression and ensuring that minors will be cut off from information they are constitutionally entitled to receive. This year’s iteration of KOSA poses those same problems, only with slightly different words. “Platforms will still have to age-verify users, violating their First Amendment ...

Kagan Says Congress Can Impose Supreme Court Ethics Reforms
Post Date: 2023-08-06 01:37:31 by Charles_Byrd
Congress has the authority to impose ethics reforms on Supreme Court justices, Justice Elena Kagan said Thursday, wading into a contentious debate that’s overshadowed the high court in the wake of a series of major transgressions. Click for Full Text!

The Problem With 'Civil Rights'
Post Date: 2023-07-22 01:30:53 by Charles_Byrd
Not long ago I spoke to the fearless Heather Mac Donald, author of When Race Trumps Merit, about how the toxic doctrine of “disparate impact” has undermined standards of all kinds, all across society. Symphony orchestras, for example, are known for holding their auditions behind a screen, to make absolutely certain that individual musicians’ characteristics do not interfere with the dispassionate analysis of their musical abilities. But because this impartial process yields orchestras that are too white and Asian (and therefore has a “disparate impact” on blacks), there is buzz about taking the screens down for the precise purpose of allowing orchestras to ...

Does First Amendment Protect Opinions of Professors at State Universities?
Post Date: 2023-07-21 18:44:25 by Charles_Byrd
Should professors at state universities be allowed to write about controversial subjects outside of class? Should those professors be allowed to publish articles in their private lives that might offend some people at the university where they teach? Believe it or not, these are the questions being considered by a federal court in the United States of America. There are people who believe that the answer to those questions is “no,” and they are prosecuting a professor for presenting the results of a scientific study in his lecture. Click for Full Text!

A free society protects your right to burn a holy book
Post Date: 2023-07-20 18:54:51 by Charles_Byrd
AHMAD ALUSH obtained permission from Swedish authorities last week to hold a protest outside the Israeli embassy in Stockholm on Saturday. He intended, he said, to publicly burn a Torah and a Christian Bible in retaliation for the burning of a Quran in front of Stockholm's largest mosque last month. The burning of the Quran on June 28 — for which Swedish police had also granted permission — set off a deluge of outrage. The governments of numerous Islamic countries condemned the action. So did the US State Department and the president of Israel. With tensions running high, Alush's plan to set fire to copies of the Jewish and Christian scriptures was guaranteed to make an ...

The First Amendment’s Protection of ‘Hate Speech’ Is Not ‘Despicable’
Post Date: 2023-07-20 18:31:34 by Charles_Byrd
“Despicable”? But it’s . . . true. That “hate speech is free speech” is not an “opinion”; it’s a fact. That’s how the First Amendment works. There is, in American law, no such thing as “hate speech.” Subjectively, one might consider some of that speech to be “hateful.” Sometimes, it is. It’s also free speech. Click for Full Text!

Governments hate and fear the exercise of natural rights
Post Date: 2023-07-14 01:02:02 by Charles_Byrd
The world is filled with self-evident truths — truisms — that philosophers, lawyers and judges know need not be proved. The sun rises in the east and sets in the west. Two plus two equals four. A cup of hot coffee sitting on a table in a room, the temperature of which is 70 degrees Fahrenheit, will eventually cool down. Click for Full Text!

Govt as Trough Brings Pols Who Are Faithless to Constitution
Post Date: 2023-07-08 01:09:40 by Charles_Byrd
Does it really matter if the instrument curtailing liberty is a monarch or a popularly elected legislature? This conundrum, along with the witty version of it put to a Boston crowd in 1775 by the little-known colonial- era preacher with the famous uncle — Cotton Mather — addresses the age-old question of whether liberty can long survive in a democracy. Byles was a loyalist, who, along with about one-third of the American adult white male population in 1776, opposed the American Revolution and favored continued governance by Great Britain. Click for Full Text!

Legal analyst says 'incriminating evidence' of Biden's censorship was 'compelling'
Post Date: 2023-07-07 02:12:46 by Charles_Byrd
Fox News legal analyst Gregg Jarrett said Wednesday that the “incriminating evidence” that the Biden administration was colluding with social media companies to censor viewpoints was “compelling.” United States District Judge Terry A. Doughty of the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Louisiana issued an injunction Tuesday prohibiting Biden administration officials with multiple agencies, including the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Health and Human Services, from contacting social media companies to push for “the removal, deletion, suppression, or reduction of content containing protected free speech.” “This injunction ...

Government Agents Routinely Entering Private Land Without Warrants
Post Date: 2023-07-04 00:16:37 by Charles_Byrd
For many people, a central attraction of owning and living on a multi-acre expanse of land is the opportunity for complete privacy — to include freedom from the prying eyes of government. While most Americans might understandably believe the Fourth Amendment’s protection against warrantless searches covers all their property, a little-known 1924 Supreme Court decision — Hester v United States — says otherwise. The case struck a major blow against privacy rights, and government agents of all stripes have been exploiting the ruling ever since. Click for Full Text!

Court rules Oregon anti-recording law unconstitutional following James O’Keefe and Project Veritas lawsuit
Post Date: 2023-07-03 19:40:08 by Charles_Byrd
The Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled on Monday that a law banning the recording of persons who do not explicitly consent to their voices being captured is unconstitutional, as it violates the First Amendment. James O’Keefe of O’Keefe Media Group (OMG) announced the decision online, noting that this follows his filing of a lawsuit in Portland, Oregon about three years ago. In PVA v. Schmidt, O’Keefe’s former journalistic organization argued that Oregon law violates the US Constitution, especially in regard to the rights of those engaging in undercover investigative journalism. Click for Full Text!

What Will 303 Creative Mean for Social Media Regulation?
Post Date: 2023-07-03 17:53:16 by Charles_Byrd
When the conservative majority in the Supreme Court ruled Friday in 303 Creative v. Elenis that a Colorado website designer cannot be forced to create webpages to celebrate gay marriages, most if not all coverage by the mainstream press centered on what the ruling meant for LGBT folks. A CNN headline says the ruling "limits LGBTQ protections," which is an extremely narrow way of evaluating the ruling. Early after the ruling, the LGBT magazine Out tweeted that the ruling allowed businesses to refuse to serve LGBT people, which is absolutely wrong. It deleted that tweet and replaced it with a new one with the slightly more accurate explanation that the ruling restricts "the ...

Supreme Court rules in favor of Christian designer in gay wedding website case
Post Date: 2023-06-30 20:51:44 by Charles_Byrd
The Supreme Court ruled Friday that Colorado cannot require an evangelical Christian web designer to provide same-sex wedding websites. The court found that the state’s anti-discrimination law violates Lorie Smith’s free speech rights under the First Amendment by demanding she creates same-sex wedding websites if she wants to do so for opposite-sex unions. Smith argued the requirement violated her religious beliefs. Click for Full Text!

Supreme Court Confirms That State Legislatures Can't Ignore the Constitution When Writing Election Rules
Post Date: 2023-06-28 18:07:36 by Charles_Byrd
When it comes to setting the rules for elections, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday, state legislatures are not allowed to ignore the Constitution or evade judicial review. It may not have been the most politically divisive issue in this year's Supreme Court docket—that honor probably goes to the still-yet-to-be- announced review of President Joe Biden's student loan forgiveness scheme— but Moore v. Harper was the Court's most potentially seismic case. It raised a fundamental question about the balance of power in election law: do state courts possess the authority to review and overturn state legislatures' decisions about the rules for federal elections? Click ...

No warrant? No problem
Post Date: 2023-06-23 01:25:30 by Charles_Byrd
In 1928, Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis characterized the values underlying the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution as embracing the uniquely American right, and the right most valued by civilized people, that he called the right to be let alone. Today, we call it the right to privacy. He also warned that the greatest dangers to privacy lurk in the slow and insidious encroachments upon it by zealots in the government. Click for Full Text!

State secrets undermine due process: First, Fifth and Sixth amendments violated
Post Date: 2023-06-12 16:44:18 by Charles_Byrd
In a public courtroom in the United States in which a high-level criminal case is being tried, the prosecutors are permitted to press a buzzer on their table in the midst of an argument to the court by defense counsel. The buzzer cuts off the courtroom’s public address system, and then the judge silences the defendant’s lawyer. This happens whenever the prosecutor thinks the defense counsel is about to reveal a state secret. Click for Full Text!

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