My fondest hope on this 4th of July


On the  4th of July let us all  celebrate

The American Revolution.

But instead of the fireworks, I think,  it’d be  great

If we read the Constitution.

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  • I'll second that.

    The fireworks are freaking my granddaughter out. Not the official ones, the firecrackers in the neighborhood.

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    I'm with both of you... no, all three (incl. granddaughter). Writing on the 5th, it's just as well I can't tell who of my neighbors were setting off fireworks last night. A, It's illegal; B, It cost me most of a night's sleep.

  • Somebody thinks that the Fourth is retweeting anti-Semitic claptrap.

    BTW, contrasted to the debate over Scalia, there was a dustup over something Judge Posner (whom I know) wrote about that the constitution doesn't apply (see his explanation in Slate. He has written too much extracurricularly, IMO, but so long as it is not the rationale decidendi of any case, so be it.

  • In reply to jack:

    Ah, yes. The presumptive charlatan-in-chief.

  • In reply to Aquinas wired:

    Ah, I love that description. Saves me the argument about "presumptive" vs. "presumptuous," too.

  • In reply to jack:

    Jack, I get your point, but the term is "ratio decidendi."

  • In reply to jnorto:

    It might be, but I copied it out of a legal dictionary.

  • In reply to jack:

    Not Black's nor any I am aware of. Besides, law dictionaries are secondary authority like law review articles, not court decisions.

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