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The Times They Are A-Changin’

10357792_1015078218535034_3516988904543572733_oJustice Scalia once asked the question, “What is a “moderate interpretation” of a Constitutional text? Halfway between what it says and what we’d like it to say?”

Over the weekend Dave got peripherally involved in a debate over this quote, which included the comment by someone that Originalists, like Justice Scalia (and Dave) believe that the Constitution “should be read as a late 18th century document, expressing only what was considered at the time.”

Since that is obviously untrue to anyone who has actually taken the time to read the Federalist Papers, it raises the question, what do Originalists believe? Furthermore, what is Constitutional interpretation anyway?

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Politics Through Polarized Sunglasses

maxresdefaultThere was a time when “polarization” meant whether or not you wanted to pay extra money to have it on your sunglasses or not.

Now it applies to the politics of the day and the so-called” extreme positions taken by either side. So why are we so “polarized” today, and is this really “the worst it’s ever been?”

Of course not, but there is something different about it today. And you can see that difference in the discussion over the “murder” of Justice Scalia and the “apples to oranges” comments of Senator Chuck Schumer.

And it all comes down to how we see “news” reported and consumed. We aren’t looking for information from which we can make an informed and well considered opinion. We’re looking for confirmation of what we already believe. And we accept the manipulation of our opinions and emotions to achieve that goal, without ever considering whether or not this is the real problem with America today?

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To the Shores of Vietnam



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UC-Irvine’s Student Government rescued the College from embarrassment, ridicule and backlash by vetoing the proposed Flag ban. But there is still a question about what they said in the Veto message.

The Hillary eMails and the Menedez charges are less about somebody doing wrong than they are about  President Obama’s Iran deal.

Fifty years ago US Marines landed on the beaches outside of Danang, beginning the use of American ground troops in direct conflict in the Vietnam War.

Let the hearings begin. Congress and the State Senate are asking questions about the recent refinery explosion and why gasoline prices are exploding as well.

Justice Scalia hinted that the Supreme Court might just go ahead and overturn the Federal Exchanges in Obamacare, thus stopping the Affordable Care Act in its tracks, right? Not so fast, the Republicans in Congress are prepared for just such a ruling…

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