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In the economic doldrums of the late 1970s, the State of Michigan hit on an idea to take over some land it liked and build a car plant which would create jobs and economic benefit. The people who owned the land weren’t all that thrilled about the idea, nevertheless, the state persisted. Eventually, the Michigan Supreme Court decided that the taking was a legitimate use of eminent domain for economic benefit. Thirty-seven years later, it didn’t turn out to be such a  great idea.

The State of Indiana argued yesterday that seizing a person’s car for doing 5mph over the speed limit was not an “excessive fine.” Seriously. That’s not a joke. They really argued that. The Supreme Court didn’t think that it was funny.

Indiana Argues that Seizing Cars for Speeding Is Fine


The Death Penalty


The great Social Media Expulsion of Political Conservatives is in full swing ahead of the mid-terms. Frankly, it’s why I do things the way that I do them now. Is it a pain in the butt and extra work? Yep. But it also shows that the whole system of algorithms and keywords that Social Media uses to determine things is little more than Harry Potter-esqe gibberish.

The Washington State Supreme Court has struck down the State’s Death Penalty law. Now… there has not been an execution in Washington since 2010. Unlike California, there are only eight people on Death row in Washington instead of hundreds. That makes sense given the population difference (CA-37.2 Million, WA- 7.4 Million). On the other hand, it also demonstrates that where a given crime is committed might be a bigger factor in the sentence being applied than simply what the crime was in the first place. 

NASA and the entire space fandom had a scare yesterday when the latest Russian rocket carrying an American Astronaut and a Russian Cosmonaut, failed in flight, leaving the craft unable to make orbit and in a ballistic arc. As the nation turns its eye to the new film “First Man” and celebrates the first flight of Apollo 7, it is a reminder that there is nothing – NOTHING – safe about going into space. In fact, all these people who think that going to Mars would be great have no clue how much being in space actually sucks…

The Feres Doctrine has prevented Military service members from suing the Government for damages since 1950. It’s time to overturn that doctrine…

Proverbs 18:17

Like most things, let’s take a step back and actually THINK rather than simply reacting to news stories from the Echo Chamber.

I was actually going to come back and do a show about this on Thursday, but a very great friend reminded me that (a) I am on vacation and (b) Ben is growing up really, really fast. So I decided to dictate some notes about it and I will leave with those being posted. Read the rest of this entry

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