Yielding our freedoms: World War I edition

When assailed or even criticized by others, we Americans proudly trumpet the rights granted us by the Constitution. One of the most explicit examples in recent history was George W. Bush’s speech to Congress following the attacks of September 11, 2001. Speaking of terrorist groups, Bush said, “They hate our freedoms: our freedom of religion, […]

No good reasons offered to stop Adam and Steve

I anticipated some uproar following this week’s decision saying South Dakota’s ban on gay marriage is unconstitutional. Either I’m not familiar with the places it’s showing up (which may be a good thing) or the response to date has been quite muted.

What struck me about the decision wasn’t the result or the legal framework […]

What does Sprint do more than 20,000 times a day?

You know those annoying Alltel “My Circle” ads? Today I’m wondering why the chubby guy who represents Sprint in the ads hasn’t lost a ton of weight. The question arises because evidently he and his friends at Sprint have been pretty busy. “Sprint Nextel provided law enforcement agencies with its customers’ (GPS) location information over […]

Book Review: The Challenge by Jonathan Mahler

Writing a book about a case that works its way to the U.S. Supreme Court poses inherent problems for an author. Perhaps the most difficult is putting the story in terms the average reader can understand while not bungling or giving too short shrift to legal complexities. This is especially so when the author is […]

How’s it feel to live in the “freest” state?

Do you feel it? We South Dakotans have the most personal freedom in the country, at least according to a new study by the Mercatus Center at George Mason University.

Technically, we are third but the two political science professors who authored the study say South Dakota is in “a virtual tie” with New Hampshire […]