“How could a former con law professor be so ignorant?”

Quite a few people have asked me how President Obama, as a “former constitutional law professor,” could prove so ignorant about the Constitution. This former con law professor suggests two reasons: * Obama was not a “professor” in the sense that most people use the term—that is someone who becomes an expert in the subject…


Democrats and Republicans at local level step up to oppose NDAA detention

Sometimes it seems as if Democrats and Republicans disagree just for the sake of disagreement. When a Republican yells “Black,” a Democrat somewhere reflexively declares, “White!”

So when the two parties begin to coalesce in agreement around an issue, you should probably sit up and take notice. And we see that dynamic continuing to evolve in opposition to indefinite detention without due process provisions written into sections 1021 and 1022 of the National Defense Authorization Act.

Currently, bills or resolutions against NDAA detention are under consideration in 11 state legislatures with bipartisan support. Utah and Maine’s general assemblies passed resolutions condemning NDAA kidnapping by wide margins, and the Virginia legislature passed a non-compliance act, which awaits the governor’s signature. In Rhode Island, a Republican representative introduced a resolution with 43 cosponsors in a House chamber made up of just 10 Republicans and 63 Democrats.

On a local level, 15 county or city governments from across the country have passed resolutions against NDAA detention, in diverse bodies dominated by both political parties.

Now, a new path of resistance – county level political party committees, both Democrat and Republican.


General Services Administration: Let the Taxpayers Eat Cake

The head of the General Services Administration, which is the federal government’s procurement and property manager, has resigned in the wake of a report from the agency’s inspector general that uncovered extravagant spending at a GSA “training conference” in Las Vegas. Here’s the Washington Post’s summary of festivities: Among the “excessive, wasteful and in some cases impermissible” spending the…