Do Traffic Police Have Authority to Ban Burgers for Drivers?

Traffic police obviously have immense authority since they can always find a reason to pull you over… but a hamburger? People can be distracted while they drive for all sorts of reason. Children in the back seat are one example. Mobile smartphones are another. Looking at something interesting as you drive by is yet another. Obviously, if someone is driving dangerously, a traffic cop is within his duties to stop the person. It seems to me that a warning would usually be more than adequate in Read more […]

The People’s Choice

While Democracy exalts the people’s choice, a Republic exalts the rule of law but depends on the people’s participation. The latest polls indicate that 70% of Americans believe that our country is headed in the wrong direction. Those that claim to understand the polls would have us believe there will be a major change of political party control as a result.  But that doesn’t mean a major change in the direction of the country.  If recent history is any indicator, the political party in Read more […]

New York Times on Drone “Report Card”

Kudos to the NY Times for having the courage to print this. They’ve covered a few stories, of late, that are quite critical of bad White House policies. Perhaps the journalists are slowing waking up, and fulfilling their duty to the nation. The group found that more than a decade into the era of armed drones, the American government has yet to carry out a thorough analysis of whether the costs of routine secret killing operations outweigh the benefits. The report urges the administration to conduct Read more […]

Interventionism Will Lead to Breakdown—in Iraq or at Home

Spiked has published a powerful indictment of the West’s contributions to the current slaughter in Iraq. Watching Iraq descend into mayhem, liberals blame Bush and Blair’s ‘hubris’ in 2003 and their refusal to wait for a UN mandate for toppling Saddam, while right-wingers blame President Barack Obama, claiming his early withdrawal of US troops was an act of ‘criminal negligence’ that allowed Islamist militants to return. Both of these responses suggest that the lethal instability in Iraq Read more […]

Obama, Snowden, and the “Rule of Law”

Vladimir Putin, that guy who reminds our generation what Russian leaders were like before the dismantling of the Berlin wall, has done it again. I honestly admire him in some ways. Fool-hardy and brash maybe, but the man at least has guts … unlike some people in this hemisphere whose names need not be mentioned. The latest confrontation is still brewing between Washington and Putin over the extradition of Edward Snowden. Apparently Snowden is still in Russia and is being treated like an international Read more […]

Suspect Suspects and the Exploitation of a Crisis

Have you heard? The Boston bombing suspects had guns, but they didn’t have valid licenses to carry in Cambridge, Massachussetts. I’m sure the gun control lobby is already licking its chops over that little tidbit. There are so many things at stake in this crisis. For one, the bombing suspects, whether guilty or not, both had American citizenship. Yet they are being viewed by the civil government as active enemy combatants. The decision to hold the still living suspect, Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, without Read more […]