The Dord of Darien

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August 20th, 2009 Posted by | Shock and awe | no comments

The Right of the People

I’m sorry, but it’s been a whole week now, and I still can’t stop grinning about the Heller decision (Cato, Cato, Wiki, SCOTUSblog!). I love that they got this one done in time for tomorrow. Independence Day, motherfuckers.

In related news, does anyone know where I can get a big poster of Justice Scalia to hang on my bedroom wall? Dude’s my new hero.

Undoubtedly some think that the Second Amendment is outmoded in a society where our standing army is the pride of our Nation, where well-trained police forces provide personal security, and where gun violence is a serious problem. That is perhaps debatable, but what is not debatable is that it is not the role of this Court to pronounce the Second Amendment extinct.

We affirm the judgment of the Court of Appeals.

It is so ordered.


July 3rd, 2008 Posted by | Shock and awe | one comment

Titan: big, windy, and not at all solid

Let’s not beat around the bush here: Cassini just discovered that Titan — one of the moons of Saturn — is very likely to have an underground ocean. This is a major find, since one of the things we already know about Titan is that it’s littered with organic compounds. I think we all know what happens when you have organic compounds and liquid water in proximity to one another.

Though, as Phil Plait wisely cautions us, it’s too early to say anything with certainty. It’s always possible that it’s actually an ocean of mercury or some terrible thing like fluorine, or any number of equally non-life-supporting options. But it sure looks promising right now.


March 21st, 2008 Posted by | Shock and awe | 2 comments