Let's meet Daniel Conkle.

Daniel Conkle is the Robert H. McKinney Professor of Law Emeritus at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he specializes in constitutional law and religious liberty.

He's also a 'contributor' to the Federalist Society.

So, he's a wingnut judge. And he has a plan!

A Grand Compromise on Abortion
A national abortion compromise, to be effective, would require bold congressional action. It would recognize a right to abortion, nationwide, but it also would impose new and significant restrictions on this right, also applicable in every state.


To be potentially viable [hah, I see what you did there. very clever, Daniel], a national compromise would include four elements. First, it would permit abortion during a specified period of gestation, without restriction, during the few first months of pregnancy. Second, it would prohibit abortion later in pregnancy. Third, even after this point in pregnancy, there would be exceptions to the abortion prohibition. And fourth, the congressional compromise would be national in scope, with federal law controlling the issue of abortion and preempting state law to the contrary.

This is, of course, Roe v Wade.

The Supreme Court’s Faux ‘Originalism’

There is ample reason to disagree with originalism as a legal philosophy. Should a 21st century society really interpret its Constitution by the standards of 1787 — an era before the introduction of semi-automatic weaponry, steam power, penicillin, automobiles, trains, electric lights and indoor plumbing? In some ways, though, that’s a pointless debate at the moment. With originalists holding six of the Supreme Court’s nine seats, we’re all living in an originalist world.

The functional problem with originalism is that it requires a very, very firm grasp of history — a grasp that none of the nine justices, and certainly few of their 20-something law clerks, freshly minted from J.D. programs, possess.

It’s difficult to become an expert in American political, legal or social history. It’s quite easy, though, to cherry-pick historical examples that prop up an end in search of a rationale — which is precisely what the Supreme Court majority did this week, twice.


Secret Service is specifically denying that an "assault" or "attack" on their agents took place.

Nobody in yesterday's hearing used those words in regards to the incident in question. Hutchinson was very careful in her description. She didn't say 'attack' or 'assault'. Cheney twice used the word "altercation", and she never pushed beyond that characterization. And an altercation can be as trivial as what happened to Rudy. It's entirely possible (and likely) that Trump lunged at the agent in the driver's seat but that the actual contact was so slight that nobody there considered it to be an assault. But the fact that it happened at all made for a good story to tell the pretty girl down the hall.

People in the media
are describing it as an assault and an attack. And that's what SS is pushing back against.

Big Little Bugs

Clinging to sunken debris in shallow, marine mangrove forests in the French Caribbean, tiny thread-like organisms—perfectly visible to the naked eye—have earned the title of the largest bacteria ever known.

Measuring around a centimeter long, they are roughly the size and shape of a human eyelash, batting away the competition at 5,000 times the size of garden-variety bacteria and 50 times the size of bacteria previously considered giant. In human terms, this is akin to coming across a person as tall as Mount Everest.

Lying For The Lord


"Petitioner Joseph Kennedy lost his job as a high school football coach in the Bremerton School District after he knelt at midfield after games to offer a quiet personal prayer.

Held: The Free Exercise and Free Speech Clauses of the First Amendment protect an individual engaging in a personal religious observance from government reprisal; the Constitution neither mandates nor permits the government to suppress such religious expression"

Sotomayor, here's your "quiet personal prayer":

If one dime of my tax dollars ends up funding some jackhole's religiosity at a public school, there's gonna be some noise.

See, also, Vox