Wednesday, September 23, 2009

A Few Political Notes

  • Regarding the Hofstra University fake rape case, in which the woman has admitted to falsely accusing five men of raping her, I have a modest proposal: should a person be convicted of perjury or filing a false police report regarding a rape accusation, that person should be required to register as a sex offender.

  • What is going on in Honduras? Much of the Right end of the blogosphere thinks that the ouster of President Zelaya this summer was an act fully acceptable under the Honduran constitution in response to Zelaya's efforts to remain in power indefinitely. The Obama Administration clearly thinks otherwise and is pushing hard for Zelaya's return to power. Why? I'd like to hear from the Obama Administration why it regards the arguments against Zelaya as incorrect.

  • Steven Den Beste has an interesting list entitled "If I Could Amend the Constitution." Interesting ideas. I particularly like #4, #9, and #10. What would you put on such a list? (H/T)

UPDATE: Something is seriously screwy with Blogger. It keeps on malforming my links. So you may have to edit them in your URL bar if you click on them.


Jeff the Baptist said...

The second part of 9 doesn't work. The feds can't take priority in enforcement only to have the state take priority in prosecution. More importantly, the feds must have primary enforcement of equal protection under the 14th amendment upon the States. The second sentence could be used to completely undermine any attempts from the feds to do that.

I think that 5 is a great amendment. Wouldn't change a word.

Not sure about the wording of 1. Lots of stuff you don't think about is actually interstate commerce. Especially if it has anything to do with modern telecommunications. You need a clear definition of interstate commerce, but you don't want a narrow definition to create a regulatory noman's land that neither the feds nor the states can touch.

susan banks said...

just let's work towards freedom in this county so that their people can stay there or go back to their homeland...this would make them happy.

Oloryn said...

John -

Several of the links in this article (the "fake rape case", "fully", "the", and "Steven Den Beste" links) are missing the : after the http (they have "http//" instead of "http://"). I've noticed this before, but thought it was just a rare typo. This causes the links to not work, of course. I've noticed it occasionally before (the link on the Intergalactic Kung Fu Zombies post), but didn't think it was happening that often. You might want check on what's causing this to happen often lately.

John said...

Thanks, Oloryn. I have no idea what's going on. I've repeatedly tried to fix the links, but when the post publishes, they're still messed up. I think that there's a problem with Blogger itself.

John said...

Jeff, I agree that the second sentence needs work. Maybe it should give the feds priority.

I wonder if the current double jeopardy clause would be sufficient if original intent was enforced. I'm not familiar with the Constitutional history of that provision.

bob said...

The beauty of the constitutional amendment process is that the time it takes to billed support allows the wording to be corrected.

BruceA said...

I like the idea that anyone convicted of perjury or filing a false report of a rape should be required to register as a sex offender.