The legal system and you

There’s really only one rule: get a lawyer.
If you’re a witness, get a lawyer.
If you’re a criminal, get a lawyer.
If someone tells you you can talk to a lawyer, get a lawyer.
If someone tells you you can’t talk to a lawyer, definitely get a lawyer.
To the extent that you are not detained as a terrorist, you can get a lawyer, and otherwise, it won’t matter anyway. So, get a lawyer.


Rolling Stone & UVA: Who Was Wrong?

According to Columbia J-School’s overdue report:

Wrong Not Wrong
Taresa Sullivan
Sabrina Rubin Erdley
Rolling Stone
Phi Kappa Psi

Republicans Should Refuse to Pass Obama’s Use-of-Force Request

Obama doesn’t care about the law. He’s made this abundantly clear in his serial unilateralisms. There is no reason that Republicans should now pass a legal fiction designed to provide Obama with a stage on which to flaunt his respect for the rule of law.

The notion that Obama doesn’t want excessive authority is a shot across the bow of reason. He wants a law that authorizes him to only to act as he would anyway, irrespective of any law. He wants such a law to be passed because it will allow him to blame Republicans for the failures that result from his refusal to undertake such strategies as are seriously calculated to counter ISIS.

Instead, Republicans should authorize our effete president to wage unrestricted warfare against ISIS and any state that harbors ISIS.

Obviously, Democrats will make every effort to leverage this nakedly political slovenization of the war powers. But this is an ideal opportunity for Republicans not only to escape the frothing taint of complicity in Obama’s abdication-usurpation but also to enact real, positive public policy.

If ISIS is worth fighting, it’s worth fighting right. Obama’s America aspires to be some sneak-thief in the night, fighting our enemies in squalid alleyways. That’s the fight his proposal authorizes.

This is not a Great Power strategy. Great Powers don’t fight in the alley–they bomb the alley. They don’t answer the enemy’s ultimatum–they eradicate the world to which that ultimatum refers.

When a pygmy bites a giant, the question is not what the giants may do in response. The question is what is necessary to prevent pygmies biting giants. And this is a question that always has a rational answer. But that answer cannot be expressed in terms of how many troops the giants are permitted to deploy against the pygmies. That’s just an invitation.

Carthago delenda est.

Obama: Most Threatened President Ever?

Former RNC chair Michael Steele ends up agreeing with Ben Affleck on Maher that this is a result of racism (like Obama, Steele is black). Stuff like this (political professional has avoidable political debate with actor, loses badly) cost Steele his position with the RNC. His general incompetence also played a role.

Anyway, the topic question? The answer surely is yes, but not for racism.

Obama gets more threats than any previous president did because it’s never been easier to (1) anonymously threaten the president, and (2) identify and catalog threats made against the president.

Alternative Death Penalties

Wyoming has a bill pending which authorizes the firing squad in the event that the state cannot obtain chemicals required for lethal injection.

This is very much the right idea because anti-capital punishment advocates have lately focused their efforts on the lethal injection supply chain, and lethal injection is presently the only authorized method of capital punishment in most of the states retaining the penalty. And aside, lethal injection is an idiotic method in the first place.

But Wyoming errs in selecting the firing squad.

This is a practice best reserved for honorable deaths, which as far as I know, isn’t a thing outside of the UCMJ today (and whether or not they still have it I assume but couldn’t really say).

Honorable soldiers got the firing squad because they deserved “a soldier’s death.”

Criminals, always joined by dishonorable soldiers, got the noose or its equivalent, and they deserve no more today.

You can always tell by the method of execution whether the condemned was deemed honorable: honorable men were killed by other men; dishonorable men were killed by the State, which in practice usually meant gravity. And even where it provided the assist, you will see a difference, as with decapitation by sword instead of axe.

Wyoming absolutely should move past lethal injection — a shortsighted attempt to appease people who will stop at nothing to abolish capital punishment — but the obviously correct substitute is hanging, not the firing squad.

Let the condemned fall under his own weight.

WTF, Japan: Kuro Burger

In today’s edition: the “Black Burger.”


Because the Tentacle Burger isn’t ready yet.

Preliminary Thoughts: Perfidia

James Ellroy has, I believe, written an autobiography called My Dark Places.

I really don’t read autobiographies because, aside from they’re apparently all fake, reflective insight is often unreliable. That said, I sort of think I have read Ellroy’s because what else could you call any of his other books?

They’re all about serious men disabled by creeping obsession as necessary to reconcile Ellroy’s byzantine plots with history. That is, they’re character-driven at the beginning but not at the ending, which is also a way of describing obsession.

Perfidia wastes very little time introducing this dynamic, which I would not call promising.