Judicial Senility

Say what you like about Maryland’s judicial system, but it gets one thing correct. On the last day of the month of a Maryland judge’s 70th birthday, he reaches “judicial senility” and must retire. Retired judges may be recalled to hear cases when active judges aren’t available (vacations, illness, a surge in case load, etc.), but most trials and most appeals are heard by active, younger jurists.

Retired Justice Steven’s embarrassing recent op-ed in the New York Times is an example of why Maryland’s policy has some merit. DaTechGuy has a post over at his blog fisking that op-ed.

In 2008, the Supreme Court overturned Chief Justice Burger’s and others’ long-settled understanding of the Second Amendment’s limited reach by ruling, in District of Columbia v. Heller, that there was an individual right to bear arms.  And Brown vs Board of Education overturned long-settled understandings on race?  Did that make it illegitimate?  I was among the four dissenters.  You lost an argument, it happens.

And …

You know what’s really scary about this piece, the fact the realization that a person this out of touch was deciding the laws of this nation for decades.

Read the whole thing.

Killer Statistics

My blogging co-host Stacy McCain has a post up called Who is Murdering Whom? which deals with where in America homicides are really occurring. (The Gentle Reader will notice that Stacy gets the cases of his pronouns correct.) The short answer to that question is: generally in cities which have been run by the same party for decades.

The top five killing zones, along with their rates of murders per 100,000, are:

St. Louis 55.5 (about the same as Venezuela)
Detroit 45.0 (about the same as Jamaica)
New Orleans 44.4 (about the same as Jamaica)
Chicago 28.3 (a bit worse than Brazil)
Washington 19.9 (notably worse than Namibia and Mexico)

The U.S. national rate for murders is 5.3 per 100,000—which is below the world average of 6.2.

It’s worth noting that essentially all of the countries with murder rates worse that ours have very strict gun control laws. The countries with lower murder rates are a mixed bag, but two stand out. Switzerland, where there is a militia weapon in almost every household, has a murder rate of 0.69. Israel, which is awash in military weapons, has to include murders committed by Palestinian terrorists to get its rate up to 1.4.


Team Kimberlin Post of the Day

It was around this time last year that The Dread Deadbeat Publisher Kimberlin was in the national news. He’d connived with a former Democratic National Committee staffer to spend $9,000 buying “information” concerning former Secretary of State Tillerson from a shady foreign source. The TKPOTD from a year ago today took notice.

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Talk about value for money …

A New Angle

I’m beginning to see a new talking point from the gun control crowd—suicide prevention. The possibility of preventing someone from rashly shooting himself has always been one of allegedly good reasons for waiting periods for firearms purchases, but there’s a new twist. It seems to underlie a piece I read this morning over at Scientific American.

You see, it’s white men who are stockpiling guns, and we’re using them to kill ourselves.

Unfortunately, the people most likely to be killed by the guns of white men aren’t the “bad guys,” presumably criminals or terrorists. It’s themselves—and their families.

Read the whole thing. When you do, you’ll see the new twist at the end.

“Ridicule of working-class white people is not helpful,” says Angela Stroud. “We need to push the ‘good guys’ to have a deeper connection to other people. We need to reimagine who we are in relation to each other.”

They’ve noticed who comments about bitter clingers and deplorables helped elect.