Friday, April 29, 2005

The Volokh Conspiracy - House Passes Abortion Bill:

Orin Kerr wants to know whether the House bill prohibiting transport of a minor across state lines to avoid parental consent and notification laws is constitutional. He may delete my comment, which follows, as not germane since it does not reflect current Supreme Court jurisprudence.
I am not a lawyer, but I have been reading Restoring the Lost Constitution, so maybe I qualify. Here is my attempt to divine original meaning. This bill does not pass Commerce Clause muster, since abortions are not a trading (original meaning of commercial) activity, they are a medical service, and the Commerce Clause only allows Congress to regulate (original meaning is make regular) activity, not prohibit it. But this bill is justified under the Ninth and Fourteenth Amendments, and since it is designed to protect our rights, it is both necessary and proper. The right to raise one's child as one sees fit is clearly covered under the Ninth Amendment, and the Ninth Amendment, as written, applies to both Federal and State governments. The Fourteenth Amendment authorizes Congress to write laws protecting the rights protected by the Ninth Amendment. I would say the Constitution authorizes States have a parental notification and consent law as well, to protect their Ninth Amendment rights.

I will specify that this is not Supreme Court jurisprudence, it is Randy Barnett inspired analysis. The undue burden and health and privacy issues could doom this law, even under such inspired analysis, since the rights to health and privacy must be balanced against parental rights as well as the residual right of the baby. If I understand the commentary I've read, the Court does recognize the rights of the baby, but does not consider them significant enough to protect.
I hope he does not delete it. My dream is that Randy will comment, and perhaps even agree. Ah, the eternal quest for ego gratification.

Friday, April 22, 2005

I Used To Like Jimmy Carter As A President

I still like him as a man. But, in hindsight, his response to the hostage crisis was completely feckless, and must be considered a root cause of the 9/11 attacks. Full Disclosure Time: A group of college friends and I got together and sent Khomeini a pocket Koran with a can't we all be friends letter. What a yutz I was!

Via Mary Madigan, at Dean's World.

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Thursday, April 14, 2005

Get Gmail

This service allows you to get a Gmail invite, and it works.

Loving Your (Political) Enemies

David Frum shows his love for Andrea Dworkin. He's a better man than I, and he makes some very good points.

At Least One Inupiat Eskimo Wants ANWR Developed

Tara Sweeney Don't take my word for it. Read Tara Sweeney's speech. She says 75% of Native Alaskans want the land they own to be developed. Does this mean those who want to keep ANWR from being developed are racists?

Wednesday, April 13, 2005

John Kerry Is Still Dishonoring The Troops

John Kerry is fishing for soldier as victim stories. Sorry, Senator. You honor our troops by telling stories of them as heroes, not by painting them as victims. Considering your past and your unwillingness to repudiate your consistent anti-military stance, perhaps you should give up on National Security issues.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005

The Real Cuba

Go visit The Real Cuba. BTW, their health care system looks horrible.

Via Kim du Toit.

Monday, April 11, 2005

Hydrogen From My Roof?

Tim Worstall says that we'll all be getting power from our roofs in less than twenty years. He says sun shine plus water and titanium oxide equals hydrogen and oxygen, and hydrogen and oxygen plus a scandium oxide fuel cell equals electricity.

Sounds good to me.

Via Deinonychus antirrhopus.

Sunday, April 10, 2005

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Don't Fight A Democracy!

R. J. Rummel has some fascinating stats on war. the 19th Century democracies won 76 percent of the wars they fought, while monarchies won 43 and dictators 42 percent. In the 20th Century, the percentages are respectively, 54, 37, and 33.
Via Dean.