I don’t see anyone to vote for among the nominees for President this year (even among the minor parties). Of course, being in Maryland, my vote doesn’t really count. The state is so heavily Democrat that if the election were close enough for my vote against Hillary to matter, the national election will be a 48- or 49-state blowout. In that case, Maryland’s electoral votes wouldn’t matter, so pushing the state one way or the other won’t really swing the election.
Those of you living in the swing states will have to do the choosing this year. One of the likely differences between the candidates is how they will handle Supreme Court appointments. Reason has collected a series of comments worth reading. FWIW, I tend to agree with Glenn Reynolds’ analysis.
The future of the Supreme Court under Hillary is clearly dreadful: appointees would be to the left of Ruth Bader Ginsburg and probably corrupt to boot. Under Trump it’s unclear: His list of potential appointees actually looked pretty good, but with Trump you never know what he’ll actually do. So I’d say it’s a choice between certainly awful, and possibly awful.
Read the whole thing.
The Gentle Reader who has been following The Saga of The Dread
Pirate Performer Pro-Se Kimberlin for several years should remember that TDPK lost the first LOLsuti he filed against me. That was the Kimberlin v. Walker, et al. nuisance LOLsuit. I was one of the et al. First, he lost five of his claims at summary judgment. Those were claims about which there were no disagreement concerning the facts, and we won as a matter of law. Then, he lost on his defamation and false light invasion of privacy claims at trial. He could not show that anything Aaron Walker, Stacy McCain, Ali Akbar, or I had said or written about him were false.
Believe it or not, the case isn’t fully dead yet.
TDPK appealed his loss to the Maryland Court of Special Appeals, and a three-judge panel of that court affirmed the Circuit Court’s findings. He asked for an rehearing by the entire court, and that was denied. He petitioned the Maryland Court of Appeals (the State’s highest court) for a writ of certiorari, and that was denied. He has now announced in a filing he made with the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals that he will file a certiorari petition with the Supreme Court.
Everything is proceeding as I have foreseen.
Brett Kimberlin is suing Senators McConnell and Grassley because … oh, you have to read this to believe it—
And for bonus LULZ, the case has been assigned to Judge Hazel.
UPDATE—Note that Kimberlin is using the same address in this lawsuit that he has always used but where he could not be served with a summons in Hoge v. Kimberlin, et al.
Over at Think Progress they have the vapors because they suspect that any Supreme Court nominee submitted by President Obama might get borked. IIRC, it was a Democrat, specifically Teddy Kennedy, who invented borking was now practiced.
The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a case from Texas that would seek to allow legislative and congressional districts apportioned based on equal numbers of registered voters instead of equal population. As tempting as that might be to some politicians, it doesn’t seem to comply with the Constitution. Ken Jost explains why.
To be true to the Framers, however, the court perhaps should settle the issue by insisting that states must count all people, not just those eligible to vote under rules subject to political manipulation. “One person, one vote” means just that.
Read the whole thing.
BTW, Ken and I are friends from high school. Our class just celebrated its 50th reunion.
While I was researching cases to cite as authorities in a motion to dismiss that I’ve been writing this weekend, I found a useful case that lists Eric Holder as one of the parties. It turns out be a case where he came out ahead.
The Attorney General has taken a real drubbing in the Supreme Court. In a piece in the NY Post John Fund and Hans A. von Spakovsky point out that if Holder were a baseball player, he’d have been benched or cut from the team a long time ago. Holder not only loses cases in the Supreme Court, but he’s lost many 9-0.
Holder and Obama have argued that we as Americans don’t have the right to free speech, the right to privacy, the right to due process or the freedom of religion.
Thankfully, the Supreme Court has become the last defense for those who still believe in those rights.
Read the whole thing.
Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that recess appointments made by the President when Congress is not actually in recess are unconstitutional. That seems obvious enough, so one wonders where the President was getting his legal advice.