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Month: October 2014

Number 359

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 359 26 October 2014 The underlying problem for the West is not Islamic fundamentalism. It is Islam, a different civilization whose people are convinced of the superiority of their culture. Book Review Is Administrative Law Unlawful?, by Philip Hamburger, ISBN 978-0-226-11659-4. This large (over six hundred pages) and expensive (USD 50) book is a prodigious scholarly achievement. Its author, Philip Hamburger, a professor of law at Columbia Law School, presents voluminous evidence that the US constitution was specifically crafted to prevent the emergence and exercise of rule by counterfeit fiat — which is to say that James Madison and his colleagues intended to prevent the circumvention of representative governance. …Madison wrote in The Federalist: “The accumulation of all powers, legislative, executive, and judiciary, in the same hands, whether of one, a few, or many, and whether hereditary, self-appointed, or elective, may only be pronounced the very definition of tyranny”. In support of his thesis, Hamburger examines the protracted British struggle to make it impossible for political authority to fracture, ignore, or rise above and beyond the law. He then argues that the American effort to draft an enlightened constitution benefited from and refined the principles that inspired that struggle. The focus of Hamburger’s attention is the bizarre mutation called administrative law. Two terms are central to the topic, and they must be unambiguous to...

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Number 358

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 358 18 October 2014 “In my ten years in law enforcement on the street, I can’t remember one case where a police officer shot a dog,” says Russ Jones, the former narcotics cop with the San Jose Police Department and the DEA. “I don’t understand it at all. I guess somewhere along the line a cop shot a dog under questionable circumstances and got away with it. Word got out, and now it seems like some cops are just looking for reasons to take a shot at a dog. Maybe it just comes to that — we can get away with it, therefore we do it.” Consequences Deterioration A decline in the US president’s popularity has led many prominent Democrats to try to distance themselves from Obamoid policy. As anxiety over Ebola increases, there is a vague but growing perception that the federal government has been slow and stupid. Some observers — not including this newsletter — believe the changing political climate means the Republican party might gain control of the Senate. Once, maybe; but twice? An examination of current circumstances cannot provide a comprehensive explanation for developments. The partially obscured truth is that the nation chose the wrong candidate twice, and is now coping with the consequences. Consider the man’s qualifications: First: on assuming office, Obama had no executive or military experience whatsoever....

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Number 357

The New Terrapin Gazette Number 357 10 October 2014 Even when government means well, it tends to impose one-size-fits-all solutions to problems that are better addressed through individual initiative, creativity, and compassion. Regrettably, government does not always mean well, and it is not always candid about its true ends or the means used to achieve them. Holder He’s leaving, but the stink will linger. If that’s insufficient commentary for you, read this. The Tramp Abroad Provides Links To Interesting Items On The Internet Radicalization on both sides…maybe on three sides. The radical Islamists are also radicalizing those who are neither Muslim nor Yesidi nor Kurdish; rather just German. The lunchtime conversations are getting more radical. The people are careful not to blame the “silent majority” of Muslims living in Germany, but they are getting fed up with the radicals. Something is going to happen, sooner or later. Miniskirts in the Middle East…of yesteryear. Common Core bullshit in the USA. I am sure glad that I did not have to learn my three Rs under this regime. Here’s a good op-ed on the rise of ISIL/IS. How many English words do you know? Germany and sharia: an uneasy beginning. More. Sometimes there is a genius mind locked up inside of a so-called handicapped body. At least Paul found a way to get out. This short film just came out; it’s...

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