An argument for the Supreme Court to Review the DC gun ban
The stakes are immense. Very few legal questions stir the passions like gun control. And this round of the courtroom battle will be fought during the heat of the 2008 election. Further, Washington is home to the federal government, making it an appropriate venue to challenge all federal gun laws, no matter where an alleged 2nd Amendment violation might have occurred. Thus, Parker could have an immediate effect not only on D.C. gun regulations but on federal regulations. . . . .
Students sure demand a lot for their right to vote
The probability that a person's vote will effect the outcome of an election is so tiny that the value of a vote (that probability times the value of the difference in outcomes) is probably measured in fractions of a penny. So why do people demand so much in exchange for losing their right to vote? Altruism. They want to show that they are good people. Since I just published an op-ed on this yesterday, I will simply point to it here.
Huckabee concerns me a great deal, part II
New Rules for Learning Names of Concealed Handgun Permit Holders In Ohio
Watkins asked Attorney General Marc Dann for the opinion in September after a new provision was installed in the state’s open records law.
Watkins admitted he doesn’t see anyway to limit a reporter gaining the information and memorizing the material and publishing it. . . . .
Around "50,000 Swedes own handguns"
The National Police Board, which examined the weapons registry, said there are 140,000 licensed handguns in the country, with most owners possessing three guns, The Local reported.
Investigators believe there are 5,000 to 10,000 illegal handguns in the country, the newspaper said.
If there are about 6.5 million adults, that means that a little less than one percent of Swedes legally own handguns. It is interesting that the average Swede with handguns owns three of them.
Ted Nugent on why people should be able to own guns
Week 3 of Roger's Eagle Project
New Op-ed: Why do we care if people tip a waitress?
What if, for the sake of argument, Hillary Clinton decided not to pay the tip? Why would this be so upsetting? . . . .
Jason Lewis Gives Inspired Commentary on Private Property and Smoking Bans
His discussion on the enforcement of smoking bans by relying on neighbors reminded me of a trip to Sweden in 1979. There was a public campaign against people getting drunk and neighbors were asked to turn in neighbors who were getting drunk in their home. I was stunned at the time to see police forceably removing people from their homes based on being informed on by their neighbors, but the Swedes that I was with thought that it was all entirely reasonable because people didn't have the right to harm their own bodies when others had to foot their healthcare bills.
Some not so close fans of Huckabee
More important, Huckabee revealed an enduring weakness as glaring as that other Arkansas governor's fondness for women. Huckabee seems to love loot and has a dismissive attitude toward ethics, campaign finance rules and propriety in general. Since that first, failed campaign, the ethical questions have multiplied. . . . .
No announcement on whether the Supreme Court will Hear the DC gun ban case
The justices discussed the case at their private conference on Friday, but reached no resolution.
Four justices must vote to grant an appeal. The court does not always reach a decision the first time it discusses a case. . . . .
So much for Campaign Finance Regulations
Fred Wertheimer, a campaign finance advocate who has fought for years to end the use of soft money in political campaigns, said he has strong suspicions about what the group plans to do: "This is the organizing vehicle for the Democrats efforts to inject soft money into the 2008 presidential election." . . . .
Radek Sikorski: shaking up the world
Huckabee Not Exactly Tough on Keeping Taxes Low
Relatives running for office a consequence of campaign finance laws?
“It will be ridiculous to have Mr President and Madam President in the White House,” he said. “We’re the United States of America. How can we say to President Mubarak [of Egypt], ‘You can’t hand off the presidency to your son, it’s got to be your wife’ or, ‘Hey Syria and North Korea, you’ve got to knock this stuff off and be like us’.”
Norquist has commissioned lawyers to draw up a constitutional amendment that would ban family members from succeeding one another to elected and appointed office. If passed, it would not apply to the Clintons as a Bush was elected in between them. But Norquist believes that it will alert voters to the perils of dynasty. “Americans don’t like to go back,” he said. . . . .
The notion of relatives holding the same office doesn't bother me by itself, but I think that the problem is related to campaign finance regulations. Just as campaign finance regulations benefit incumbents, they also benefit someone such as Hillary Clinton or George W. Bush because of the publicity that they get from their spouse or father are in office (though this particularly applies to Hillary) as well as the benefits that they have from having the well known name. In my book, Freedomnomics, I discuss how it is that the children of politicians are so likely to follow their parents into politics compared to children in other professions. Here is just a brief part of that discussion:
We could know by Tuesday Whether the Supreme Court will take up the DC Gun Ban Case
The Mafia's Ten Commandments
No one can present himself directly to another of our friends. There must be a third person to do it. (Essentially always having someone vouch for the person being introduced.)
Never look at the wives of friend
Never be seen with cops.
Don't go to pubs or clubs.
Wives must be treated with respect. (I suspect is that they know a lot and you don't want them going to the police.)
You must be available at all times to the Mafia.
The King of Spain puts Hugo Chavez temporarily in his place
UPDATE: Well, "temporary" was certainly the right term here. Spain's Foreign Minister Miguel Angel Moratinos has tried to calm things down by saying:
The 10 highest paid public employees in Iowa work for the Public Universities
They argue that medical professors and other faculty members with six-figure salaries earn a premium because of their skills and experience.
In return, their research often brings in money from the federal government and other sources. . . . .
Well, I would feel more comfortable with this claim if these were private universities. Then I at least would be much more convinced that people had the right incentives deciding how much money to pay these guys. It is also interesting that the Federal government subsidies creates such distortions in professor salaries.