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September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675620

Imagine that you lived in a place where you had to ask someone else's permission to leave your property. Even if the other person always gave permission, you wouldn't be free. You'd be under conditional house arrest, with the other person your discretionary jailor. The case wouldn't be much better ...

September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675623

What do Lynne Cheney and Cecilia Cannon have in common? I assume everybody knows who Lynne Cheney is, but who’s Cecilia Cannon? She’s an assistant superintendent of the Philadelphia school system, and she was recently quoted in praise of the newly imposed requirement that all high school students in the ...

September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675624

Who knew a little paragraph buried in a bureaucratic document could kick up such a fuss? Page down to F-9 and you'll find this, uncertain syntax and all:

Commissioner Storms led a discussion on the adoption of a policy that Hillsborough County Government abstains from promoting and participating in Gay ...

September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675622

[July 22 addendum. By reader request, I include this SPOILER DISCLAIMER: This post reveals nothing about the plot of Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, but the commentary that follows on L2R Comments does.]

I take a break from summer break to make sure L2R has a seat ...

September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675621

In this series of posts, I've been developing a view of the requirements of a free society. I've introduced two notions of freedom--as opportunity, and as personal independence or non-domination. Last time I argued that freedom-as-opportunity is needed to justify private property, and is an ...

September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675603

On Prawfsblog, Rick Garnett takes the view that: “I certainly share Marty [Lederman]’s (and
Madison's) concern about religious faith being reduced to a convenient means for achieving the government's ‘secular’ ends. That said, I'm not sure why it should be unconstitutional -- or, in any event, why it would be ‘profoundly ...

September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675604

I'm on all these right-wing email lists. No, I didn't sign up. Someone else signed me up, shortly after I started writing for this blog. Hey, if you're reading this and you're the one who did it: thanks! it's been tons of fun.

Some of my more overheated email comes from ...

September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675601

The press is chortling over Tom DeLay's farewell to the House of Representatives. DeLay congratulated himself for standing up for freedom and dignity; he regretted only not fighting harder. But what caught my eye was this comment, courtesy of the Congressional Quarterly:

Liberalism, after all, whatever you may think of its ...

September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675600

I will have no comment on the new policy against allowing comments.

September 19, 2016, 12:18 am, 1675602

Late-breaking news flash, dateline 5 January 1642 (no, that's not a typo), the Journal of the House of Lords:

A Message was brought from the House of Commons, by Mr. Nathaniel Fynes:

Message from the H. C. about the King's coming to their House, to demand some Members.

1. To acquaint their ...