Search and seizure

Last Wednesday, June 25, the U.S. Supreme Court unanimously ruled in Riley v. California that arresting a suspect does not by itself justify a warrantless search of the suspect’s cellphone.

But the Court let stand the 1973 decision in United States v. Robinson allowing a warrantless search of an arrested suspect’s cigarette pack. Continue reading

The Declaration of Interference

Note: In the following, the pronouns “we,” “us” and “our” refer to “The United States of America.”

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness; That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, Continue reading

Blaming the teachers

In almost every industry, when something goes wrong the man (or woman) in charge is held responsible. When a team has a losing season, the coach is fired. When a corporation loses money, the CEO is replaced. Partial exception: when a corporation is found to be violating the law, one or more second level managers are removed. In no case are the workers blamed for poor performance.

Except in education. We could have a much better school system, it seems, if only the bad teachers were removed and replaced. But somebody has to explain something to me that I don’t understand:

How can a system with fully qualified, competent and effective management have so many incompetent employees?

Darwin and Eden can coexist

This is not really about the conflict at Bryan College reported in The New York Times. It’s about whether creationism and evolution can, or should, be taught in the same school.

They can, and should. They’re both important elements of contemporary belief, and we ought to understand them. Continue reading