• I believe you are a lawyer. You do realize that this opinion is far narrower than you make it out to be and depends on a retrospective/prospective application of the law analysis. It is not about “good faith” exception outside of those constraints. That doesn’t make the opinion correct of course because of course constitutional protections ought to be retrospective and without exception.

  • hvdub commented on the blog post The Indirect Victims of the Drug War

    2014-10-02 12:15:27View | Delete

    Of course that won’t happen unless we not only keep the Senate, but take back the White House this November as well.

  • hvdub commented on the blog post “But I Believe in Me!”

    2014-10-01 04:31:29View | Delete

    In my experience, Republicans politicians named Cory cannot be trusted.

  • With respect to the last paragraph – surely you jest.

  • Man, you are just too funny.

  • hvdub commented on the diary post Over Easy: Chemical Weapons in the War on Protest by msmolly.

    2014-08-22 11:49:36View | Delete

    I don’t disagree with you but this type of “war” is not covered by the Convention. It is covered by our own assault statutes and should be prosecuted thereunder.

    Of course it won’t be prosecuted under anything because of our profound corruption.

  • He is wrong about the subjective part as well. In my experience pot parties are anything but drab compared to cocktail parties. It is, in fact, the very rare cocktail party that I have attended that is anything other than incredibly boring. Pot parties not so much. It usually depends on who is in attendance. What about mixed use parties involving both cocktails and pot. They are usually pretty good? And what about all the supposed loosening of sexual inhibitions that opponents have been decrying all these years? Does that make for a drab social gathering? (this last very tongue in cheek.

  • hvdub commented on the diary post Over Easy: Chemical Weapons in the War on Protest by msmolly.

    2014-08-22 11:17:31View | Delete

    Although our police like to use “war” terminology this is not a war covered by the Conventions and so it cannot be a war crime.

    It is a crime against decency and all too often an unnecessary use of force that should be prosecutable under our own assault laws.

  • hvdub commented on the diary post Over Easy: Chemical Weapons in the War on Protest by msmolly.

    2014-08-22 11:13:47View | Delete

    You miss the point of the exception. Tear gas is banned in war because the treaty takes no position with regard to right to use force by either side either offensively or defensively. Tear gas makes it virtually impossible to defend – it disarms its victim. In domestic riot control, however, the use of force [...]

  • The embedded video does not show a beating. Only, apparently, the aftermath. So despite the fact that I find the post believable, the video doesn’t tell us anything about either the beating or the police response/nonresponse.

  • If it was not due to catastrophic failure of the plane then take your pick between the Ukrainian government and Russia. It is almost certainly not the “rebels”. Both governments have reasons to shoot it down and blame the other. Both probably have the same equipment so that will not tell us who. Certainly it will be difficult if not impossible to trust our media as they are deeply invested in the sort of absurdities that spocko suggested. Neither can we trust our government which is plainly deeply invested in its own lies with regard to the Russians. But, of course, there’s no particular reason to trust them. So mostly we will all be blathering and guessing but no one will actually be able to pin it on anyone else.

    Of course, it could be a tragic mistake committed by one government or the other at some level that doesn’t or shouldn’t involve “blame.”

  • As to 2. Who isn’t?

  • hvdub commented on the blog post Late Night: Pop Sociology, Indeed

    2014-06-13 04:59:32View | Delete

    Or maybe what the neocons want is an excuse to finally go after Iran when Iranian troops come to the aid of their Shia allies. Something like the attempt to sucker Russia into a war with the Ukraine.

  • Try 6-3 with Breyer joining conservatives.

  • hvdub commented on the blog post Bank Of America To Pay $800 Million For Duping Customers

    2014-04-10 09:03:03View | Delete

    You may have noticed that the fine itself was relatively small $20 million, most of what happened was reimbursement.

  • hvdub commented on the blog post Federal Grand Jury Now Looking Into Bridgegate

    2014-04-07 09:25:46View | Delete

    The politics here aren’t clear. This does make the legislative probe much more difficult, but again it is not clear what the politics here would dictate in either case, eCahn’s statement notwithstanding.

  • All that means is that they are taking more of that out as executive compensation and perks.

  • hvdub commented on the blog post He gave “Our American Cousin” three thumbs up!

    2013-10-17 05:47:16View | Delete

    This is not even considering that the budget in place looks more like Paul Ryan’s than a Progressive budget. And this is now the starting point for additional cuts.

  • hvdub commented on the blog post Democrats’ No Negotiation Stance Under Pressure

    2013-10-08 11:48:01View | Delete

    Actually a no negotiation stance is foolish. Obama should negotiate but in the following way:

    Rand Paul gives it all away when he makes the clearly true statement that the government needn’t default in that we take in 250 billion in taxes a month while the debt payments only amount to 20 billion of that. All the President has to do is not authorize that amount in payments on already authorized programs.

    In effect, he is offering this President a line item veto. If Obama were actually a Democrat he would say fine – what I’m going to do is first stop Federal expenditures in states that are takers (their contribution to federal tax revenues are less than federal spending in those states – by the way the most overwhelmingly Republican states) until the amount is equalized and then, if necessary cut them further until they match the short fall from the giver states(overwhelmingly Democratic). No rush guys. Don’t bother lifting the debt limit but I guess that Kentucky and Mississippi and Alabama etc. etc. will just have to stand behind their representatives and share the pain with the rest of the country. If additional cuts are necessary he can start in on the oil industry and move on to some of the worst cost overrun defense contractors etc.

    But Obama isn’t really one of us and the deal is already in and Rand Paul can offer Obama this cudgel without ever worrying that he might actually use it.

  • hvdub commented on the diary post Medical Report: Dzhokhar Tsarnaev Was Shot Inside His Mouth by E. F. Beall.

    2013-08-21 11:40:29View | Delete

    First, I was responding to your hula hoop discussion. Second, the most likely scenario for a long distance shot to his mouth is in the fusillade from police while he was hiding in boat not from a sniper. Your hula hoop discussion does not make it any less likely that he obtained the wound in [...]

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