March 14 roundup


  • On the rental property case, cities have already tilted the table in favor of tenants. It can be almost impossible to evict someone for illegal activity but then the landlord can be held liable and even get their property taken away (e.g., for dealing drugs). If they fail to pay rent, again it can be impossible to get rid of them. I am amazed anyone rents properties. You can often tell a lot about someone (they look crazy or dangerous) by meeting them.

  • The CPSC (in the Zen Magnets case above) could significantly increase public safety first by declaring all its regulatory actions null and void, then disbanding.

    CPSC is fighting to the bitter end to enforce its asinine finding: if a product is not safe for 3 year old children then it is unsafe for adults. Any unexplained buzzing sounds you may hear are likely America’s founders turning in their graves.

  • Shouldn’t that be “baby tenths”? The 9th Amendment says that any topic not mentioned in the list of Congress’s enumerated powers is either a matter for state legislation or an individual right — not a federal power. It is the 10th which asserts the existence of unenumerated rights.

    I long for justices who will read these two together as the explicit requirement of strict construction that they were obviously intended to be.

    • “I read the original blog post differently from you. Specifically, this part:”

      Seriously? Have you read the text of the 9th amendment?

      The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

  • But commerce somewhere near a road is soooo obviously a federal power… Standing army anyone? If a judge actually read the constitution to mean what it actually says as opposed to what politicians want it to mean we would have a different country.