Category Archives: The Rule of Law

Why Regulation Matters: A Tragic Fire

There’s no way to know for certain, but two regulatory failures might have contributed to the tragic death of two firefighters in Back Bay. The first remedy should be mandating sprinkler systems (boldface mine): With two major fires in the … Continue reading

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A Good Question About ‘Democracy Promotion’

I’m all for it (not agin it!), but this is a very good question (boldface mine): Even if we put to one side the reservations about the composition of the new Ukrainian government, there was much to condemn in manner … Continue reading

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The Super Bowl Ad You Probably Didn’t See

Unless you live in Savannah, Georgia, where a personal injury lawyer bought a two-minute local air block of Super Bowl commercial ad time. I have no idea if he knows the law, but, damn, he’s metal:

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The Death of Contracts: the Florida Gator Edition

A while ago, I argued that many people are forced to sign nonnegotiable contracts for services they can’t do without: When you sign the terms of agreement for an internet provider, credit card company, or many other businesses, you are … Continue reading

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The U.S. Is Now a Banana Republic: The Breakdown of Property Law Edition

I’m so stunned by this, I can’t even find the appropriate snark (boldface mine): An Ohio bank is refusing to reimburse a Vinton County woman whose house they unjustly repossessed while she was out of town. Katie Barnett recently returned … Continue reading

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Gun Rights: Veering Into Terrorist Territory

Why stop at threatening non-violent citizens groups like Moms Demand Action, when you can go after the real threat? The professoriate: This past week, Kutztown students, faculty and staff were first learning of the university’s new weapons policy which opens … Continue reading

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Playing At Delegitimization and Insurrection: How the GOP Is Turning Into a Political Wing of a Paramilitary

So it appears that the new president of the National Rifle Association is actually more radical than Wayne LaPierre (boldface mine): Porter has called President Barack Obama a “fake president,” Attorney General Eric Holder “rabidly un-American” and the U.S. Civil … Continue reading

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White Supremacists Assault the U.S. Judicial System…

…and no one seems to give a damn: A mere two months after another TX prosecutor from the same jurisdiction had been shot dead, a district attorney for Kaufman County, TX (and area outside of Dallas) and his wife were … Continue reading

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So Remind Me Again Why We Spend All That Money on ‘Homeland’ Security

Oh yeah, getting rid of civil liberties too. After eleven years, you would think the Orwellian-named Department of Homeland Security would be able to keep people banned from entering the country from entering the country. You would be wrong (boldface … Continue reading

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Calling Hate Crimes What They Really Are

This happened in Oklahoma City: Jon Ferguson is lucky to be alive. Early Saturday morning, the Edmond, Oklahoma (in the Oklahoma City metro area), man man woke up to his car alarm going off. He rushed outside to find a … Continue reading

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