Friday, August 31, 2012

Challenging the Stop and Frisk Standard

 via The Volokh Conspiracy

For his troubles, Embody has done something rare: He has taken a position on the Second and Fourth Amendment that unites the Brady Center to Prevent Gun Violence and the Second Amendment Foundation. Both organizations think that the park ranger permissibly disarmed and detained Leonard Embody that day, notwithstanding his rights to possess the gun. So do we.

Apparently Embody is actively participating in the comment thread. It is quite interesting.

GOP Platform has a Campaign Finance Plank Unlike 2008

The Washington Post has this story.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

The Problem with Politicians

The guys at Outside the Beltway weigh in with aAn Observation about Akin that brings to light an important point.

In a ravcw to get elected, politicians spend more time trying not to offend anyone than actually telling us what they believe. 

If Akin is against abortion, without exception, then he should say so.  He will lose some votes but not as many as he thinks.  There are some single issue abortion voters, but not that many.  Besides, federal law makers don't have thatuch influence on abortion policy. 

That is the problem with ideological litmus teat issues, there is little room for nuance.