Law

Time Passes

2016? Really? That was the last post? Wow!

I missed so much, not blogging politics and such here in that time. I’m only here today because the places got swamped with comment spam all of a sudden. I meant to blog the entire runup to the 2016 election, which of course was quite a ride. I didn’t start out supporting Trump. I wasn’t a rabid Never like some who completely lost their moral compass over what they perceived as an icky demeanor. I didn’t start out supporting or in favor of him, however, going more with people who did seem more presidential while also being likely to pursue decent policies. Never Hillary? Absolutely! He year was 2008 and we, especially the spouse, perceived her then as having reasonable potential as president. Her corruption and crazy was no doubt there, but hadn’t been unleashed, and might have stayed in check had black not trumped female in a runoff of superficial factors. One might say we are where we are now because Obama got selected instead of her at that time. Stable Evil beat Crazy Neutral, or something along those lines.

I never expected Trump to be arguably the best president since Van Buren. Coolidge? Reagan? Take your pick if you don’t know enough to understand mine. Ironic that Van Buren had been the brains behind Jackson’s election, and Jackson was the Trump of the day. I believe an honest history decades hence would rank Trump in the best handful of presidents. Not one of those bizarre rankings by “historians” with agendas.

Then the crazy 2020 election, which was a wonderful culmination of years of preparation on the part of progressives. We are currently living in the relative end game of things that started in the 1800s with the aim of a takeover by progressives/socialists/communists/lovers of pure power at any price. This would have been happening anyway, regardless of any meddling or influence that may or may not have come from the CCP. Ditto for whether or not our tech overlords had existed on schedule. I could go on at length. Maybe in five years…

The Killer Was A Lunatic

These people are pathetic. I can’t imagine anything worse than losing a child that way, but pursuing the suit was willfully stupid. Sales of weapons and ammunition are constitutionally protected, legal businesses. The sellers don’t kill people. The users of the products kill people. And rarely, at that. Better to go after the theater for obstructing the right of people to protect themselves.

They do have one good point. The dollar amount of damages for attorney fees is as absurd as their nuisance suit was in the first place. If the company actually paid that much – or owes that much – in attorney fees and associated court costs, then they should not be able to afford, or justify, turning around and donating that amount to groups like the NRA. Legal costs and legal costs are legal costs. If that’s not what the legal costs were, get real and only charge the silly plaintiffs the true amount. If those were the legal costs, perhaps that’s a law firm that ought to be ashamed of themselves for giving the industry a bad name.

This Is Bad

I have become a fan of Carly, but Fiorina supported an individual mandate in 2013. Not the same mandate. A more sensible mandate. However, it is wrong either way. No matter what the NSA has and allowed Obama to use on Justice Roberts to get a decision that says otherwise, the mandate is unconstitutional.

I’m not convinced this destroys her chances utterly, and it’s going to be hard to do more than modify ObamaCare no matter who wins, but it certainly looks bad. You cannot, by definition, support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America if you support and pursue unconstitutional policies.

The problem may be a corporate background informing her views. The trouble with Republicans is that it’s OK if a corporation does it, the way a Democrat considers it good if the government does it, but then that extends to it being OK if the government does something of benefit to corporation(s). If you see an individual mandate as somehow benefiting business, especially big business, you are more likely to support it as a Republican. No principles need apply.

Perhaps it’s already time to bring back Rick Perry. He has the problem of invoking Jesus, but not to the extent of being a Christian theocrat as some Republicans might be.

Yes Means Yes

When I started seeing “yes means yes” laws mentioned, it seemed funny to me. Why? Because my interpretation of a law of that name was “if someone says yes to sex, it means yes and you can’t go changing your mind later and accusing them of rape.” Because that would be false, whether you are a mattress dragging stunt hound or merely misguided.

Thus I was greatly surprised that it is affirmative consent. That is, absolutely unambiguous yes required each step of the way or it doesn’t count.

None of which changes the problem of his word versus hers, and his word doesn’t really count unless there is concrete evidence. So it really means you need to get consent on paper and/or tape, or to avoid the whole thing entirely, or to stick to partners who are rational humans.

Which would be the case without a law, these days. Especially on college campuses, where the Constitution need not apply.

RICO!? WTF…

So you’ve got this manmade global warming thing that not only hasn’t remotely been proven, but arguably the opposite. At minimum, the “evidence” has been subject to fraud or error. It’s more a money game than anything, for “scientists” pursuing it, and a power game for politicians and organizations pursuing it. Powerful motivators, those. Not like truth and accuracy for their own sake, and the sake of a clear conscience.

Now we have someone proposing to use RICO to bludgeon scientists who disagree! Seriously? Are you sure we aren’t living in a Randian dystopia, complete with a State Science Institute run amok?

Debtor’s Prison?

I had no idea that debtor’s prison still existed! It always struck me as counter-productive. A strategic pound of flesh, as it were, appropriate when a creditor has crossed over from caring about collecting to caring mainly about punishing in retaliation for what may never be collected. Can you imagine if we still had that in all states and for debts of all kinds? It might be worse than the ridiculous overstuffing of prisons via the drug war.

That aside, the big issue here is the lack of representation, which is so blatently wrong it’s amazing it’s taken this long to show up before the Supremes.

On the plus side, each year the deadbeat spends in prison is a year of supporting himself he doesn’t have to do, so in that sense he benefits…

(I really need to add some categories if I am going to post regularly.)