House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wisc. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

Punishing the Blue States


U.S. House Speaker Paul Ryan (R, Opportunism) has announced the G.O.P. tax bill is “great” because it gets the federal government out of the business of subsidizing high tax states. Ryan said the rest of the country is “propping up profligate, big-government states.” He said, “States that got their act together are paying for states that didn’t.”…

Hammond Ranch at Malheur National Wildlife Refuge

The Hammond Back Story


The Bundy boys seized Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, they said, to protest the U.S. government’s mistreatment of two ranchers, father and son Dwight Lincoln Hammond, Jr. and Steven Dwight Hammond. The Federal government, the Bundys claimed, had treated the Hammonds unfairly. Really? The Hammonds went to trial on two sets of charges.1 One involved a 2001…

Sessions' Swiss Cheese Memory

Laugh at Your Peril


Desiree Fairooz laughed out loud at Sen. Richard Shelby’s (R, Alabama) assertion that Senator Jeff Sessions had a “clear and well-documented” record of “treating all Americans equally under the law.” That was during Sessions’ confirmation hearing to be Attorney General. The Justice Department has announced it will retry Fairooz, who was arrested for her laughter during…

Retired Associated Justice John Paul Stevens (via WikiCommons)

Citizens United and Redflex: More Evidence SCOTUS Screwed Up


Justice John Paul Stevens’ dissent in Citizens United challenged the unspoken majority premise that campaign contributions from businesses wouldn’t corrupt the political process. The majority rejected the argument but the evidence continues to mount that the line between campaign contributions and bribes is too fuzzy to be safe. WC has written before about the Redflex Scandal. Redflex…

Software Patent Troll (Not to Scale)

Another Patent Troll Gets Slapped


WC has been railing against software patent trolls pretty much since this blog began, back in 2008.1 Especially software patent trolls. It’s a self-inflicted wound; noting in U.S. patent law requires computer software to receive a patent. It’s a result of case law, culminating in Diamond v. Diehr, where a software algorithm implementing the Arrhenius Equation…