Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Marijuana: The Latest Constitutional Train Wreck

 

I presume others have seen the WSJ editorial regarding the recent suit by Nebraska and Oklahoma against Colorado’s legalization of marijuana. This led me to read a copy of the states’ brief seeking leave to file the case in the Supreme Court. (The Supreme Court has original jurisdiction over disputes between states, but the complaining states have to establish that they’re entitled to jump over the lower courts). To summarize the states’ argument:

  1. The Controlled Substances Act (the CSA), a federal law, makes it a criminal offense to manufacture, distribute, or possess a schedule I controlled substance, which includes marijuana and tetrahydrocannabinols;
  2. Colorado’s constitution and laws have established a regulated industry for the manufacture and distribution of pot;
  3. The Obama Administration has elected not to enforce the CSA in Colorado or other states that have legalized pot;
  4. Nebraska and Oklahoma still prohibit pot, and the availability of pot in Colorado has made it more difficult and expensive for them to enforce their bans.
  5. The Supremacy Clause of the Constitution provides that “the Laws of the United States … shall be the supreme Law of the Land …, any Thing in the Constitution or Laws of any State to the Contrary notwithstanding.”
  6. Under the Supremacy Clause, Colorado should be enjoined from implementing the provisions of its constitution that would legalize and regulate the manufacture and sale of pot.

The editorial concludes:

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It is appropriate that next month’s theme is “Failure” because, although my post is about an unmitigated success, I have often felt like something of a failure for a number of years. I entered graduate school in physics in 2005. Over nine years of my life has been spent somewhere I initially believed I would […]

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ClipMy son, a Marine, is home.

The school he is attending shut down for the holidays. But since he has so little time in, he didn’t have enough liberty accrued to stay for the entire time between Christmas and New Year’s. To pull it off, he got a temporary duty assignment to the local recruiting office.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Capitalist Heath Care For Everyone

 

shutterstock_155901572For thousands of years, the question of healthcare has been basically irrelevant. If you got seriously ill, your death or survival — usually the former — had little to do with how much care you received, and it didn’t matter if you were the King of England or an American slave. People may have thought healthcare was important, but it didn’t really matter; environmental factors such as general health and diet, shelter, and workload mattered much more. To put it in perspective, most of us can count how many times we would have already died had we lived 150 years ago. For me, the score is two: I’ve had appendicitis and bacterial pneumonia so bad I was coughing blood. Neither was tremendously problematic or fearsome.

Because we’ve made such remarkable progress, healthcare matters. That progress is broadly the result of two things. The first is evidence-based medicine. In the late 1800s, somebody did a study and realized that outcomes were no better if you went to a doctor for treatment. That didn’t speak well for doctors. More recent studies have shown the same thing for Medicaid: outcomes are better for people who are totally uninsured rather than for those on Medicaid.

Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Cohabitation, Cultural Data Points, and The Line of Best Fit

 

shutterstock_154243622Peter Maurin and Dorothy Day said that a good culture is one that makes it easy to be good and a bad culture is one that makes it easy to be bad. As conservatives, we know that culture does not come from above. Rather, the culture — good or bad — is a composite of all of our little decisions. No one action makes the culture bad or good, but they still move the culture, imperceptibly, in one direction or the other.

An anecdote: Mrs. SoDak and I will have been married 25 years this spring. When we were engaged, I went to rent our first apartment. When I mentioned that we would be getting married at the end of the month but beginning the lease at the start of the month, the landlady straightened up, looked squarely at me, and asked if we would be living together before the wedding day. When I replied that Mrs. SoDak would be living with her parents until the wedding night, she relented, though she still required that I bring in a wedding license to prove that we would in fact be married before she moved in.

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During the week of Thanksgiving Day Prevail: The Inspiring Story of Ethiopia’s Victory over Mussolini’s Invasion, 1935-1941 hit the bookstores. I finally slogged my way through this 500+ page tome and finished it on Christmas night. It was both captivating and enlightening and I’d recommend it to all of you. Preview Open

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As I contemplate the end of yet another year of the Obama presidency, I can only think about just how unhappy and pessimistic America has become. There is nothing I hate worse than a pessimist. Pessimists deal in the certainty of failure, which we all know as the sin of despair however cleverly it may be […]

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Whenever I have to explain the secret of the success of Vladimir Putin’s success to people who do not understand the situation in Russia, I begin with a question: what was the world price of oil in 1999? (In 1999, Putin became the Prime Minister of Russia. On Dec 31 of that year, he became […]

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Contributor Post Created with Sketch. The Top 10 Best “Top 10 Best Lists of 2014” of 2014

 

The oldest trick in writing for the web is padding late December with plenty of “Best of the Year” lists. But with so many options, how do you decide which lists are worthy of your time? To help, I’ve compiled the Top 10 Best “Top 10 Best Lists of 2014” of 2014. Yeah, it’s kind of meta, but roll with it.

Pitchfork’s Best Albums and Tracks of 2014: The music site for smug hipsters has published a sea of Top 10 lists from their creatively pierced contributors. Get to know these bands before they sell out by moving to a major label.

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As with most of my thoughts, this one is not very well…thought out. So I’m going to start writing and you people can try and make sense of it. My wife has a Facebook friend that is always posting nasty things about Republicans. She told me that it irritates her because the friend simply has […]

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http://www.theguardian.com/world/2014/dec/27/pope-francis-edict-climate-change-us-rightwing It’ll be interesting to see what the Pope actually has to say on this, but I have a feeling that it won’t change my mind that he is a Marxist/socialist/communist. We’ll see. I hope that I’m pleasantly surprised. Preview Open

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The Torah tells us about national slavery, where an entire nation of people is enslaved by another. These cases tell us a lot about capitalism and humanity, as well as giving us something to consider with the modern welfare state. (Note that I am restating the argument found here.)

Here is the first case: Joseph, as the de facto government of Egypt, holds all the grain that was stored during the years of plenty. His agreed task is to use it to feed the nation.

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Thomas the Rhymer, or True Thomas, is a figure of English legend since at least the Middle Ages. Many modern writers in the 19th, 20th and 21st centuries have used him in their stories from Sir Walter Scott to Mercedes Lackey. It is interesting to see what Kipling does with the legend. The Last Rhyme […]

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Promoted from the Ricochet Member Feed by Editors Created with Sketch. Are 5K Walks a Sign of Our Growing Narcissism?

 

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The first problem I have with 5K walks and races is that I have no idea how far I am going. Who decided that we should utilize the metric system for measuring the length of fun runs? As has been well documented on Ricochet in the past, the metric system is wrong. To further prove the point, just think of some people who have used the metric system (Hitler and Stalin) and some who did not (St. Paul and da Vinci). I mean, honestly, enough said, right?