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Is The Supreme Court Too Small? A Proposal For The Expansion Of The United States Supreme Court

Law professor Jonathan Turley makes good arguments for expanding the size of the Supreme Court. I agree with him, although I’d expand his proposal to include splitting the Supreme Court into two courts of 19-members each. One court would serve as an appellate court, and the other as a constitutional court (like Germany’s) that would review government legislation and activity without needing the impetus of a case that has percolated up through other courts.

Deep thoughts on creativity and life from Trey Ratcliff

I admire Trey Ratcliff’s outlook on photography, creativity, and life in general.

Like most introverts, I also share his need to be alone to nurture and recharge emotional energy.

Realistic fiction, for its part, may expand readers’ circle of empathy by seducing them into thinking and feeling like people very different from themselves.

By Steven Pinker in The Better Angels of Our Nature: Why Violence Has Declined | June 1, 2012

I thought the old theme was getting stale, so I’m implementing a child of another one: PixelPower from ThemeForest. This new theme incorporates HTML 5 into a responsive design that should work well on a variety of screen sizes, which strikes me as more elegant than using one theme for desktop and laptop computers, and another theme for mobile devices. So I’ll disable WPTouch after I’ve configured and customized the new theme to my satisfaction.

PixelPower also allows many different post types out of the box. I’m interested to see how they’ll work. Maybe I could bring in Google+ posts using the “aside” post type, for example.

On a “Living Constitution”

On a “Living Constitution”

The current president, Barack Obama, asserted: "I have to side with Justice Breyer’s view of the Constitution—that it is not a static but rather a living document, and must be read [by the judiciary] in the context of an ever-changing world." But something that can be endlessly reinterpreted can't have definite meaning. And something so vague is contrary to what the Founding generation thought a Constitution was.

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