Daren Bakst

Posts by Daren Bakst (page 7)

  • Yes, They Were Evil

    A recent AP article about the NC’s forced sterilization program quotes Georgia State law professor, Paul Lombardo, as saying in regards to those who were part of the process to sterilize innocent people, “This wasn’t just a bunch of evil people running around.  Many of them really wanted to…
    Daren Bakst, June 20, 2011
  • Victory for Federalism

    There was a victory for federalism yesterday.  Private parties can challenge federal statutes that violate states’ rights. The United States Supreme Court in Bond v. United States held “Bond [plaintiff] has standing to challenge the federal statute on grounds that the measure interferes with the powers reserved to…
    Daren Bakst, June 17, 2011
  • Margaret Sanger and Eugenics

    By chance I was doing some additional research on eugenics and found this “defense” of Margaret Sanger (founder of Planned Parenthood) and her association with eugenics.  The following is from Planned Parenthood Affiliates of New Jersey: Although Sanger uniformly repudiated the racist exploitation of eugenics principles, she agreed with…
    Daren Bakst, June 8, 2011
  • Overcriminalizing Actions: The Plaxico Burress Example

    As I wrote a couple of years ago, it was absurd that New York Giants wide receiver Plaxico Burress went to jail for illegally carrying a gun in a Manhattan nightclub.  He has just been released from federal prison. He did have a license for the gun in…
    Daren Bakst, June 7, 2011
  • Ridge Law Exemption Proposed: Good for Bigger Government

    North Carolina has a law, known as the Ridge Law, that generally bans construction of most structures over 40 feet along the ridgelines. As I wrote nearly two years ago, wind power advocates are trying to create a special exemption for massive wind turbines. There shouldn’t be a Ridge…
    Daren Bakst, June 6, 2011
  • Sugar in Coffee Lawsuit

    Don’t think we need tort reform? Check out this case from Pennsylvania.  A woman is suing Dunkin Donuts for putting sugar in her coffee when she asked for artificial sweetener.  The lady went into a diabetic shock as a result (allegedly). 1) If sugar is such a big issue…
    Daren Bakst, June 3, 2011
  • Lessons for Lefties: The Legislature

    I have decided to start a new public education campaign for far-left extremists to teach them the basics of government and anything else they may be having problems understanding.  I’d include pictures, but I only have so much time. Today’s lesson: The state legislature.  Click here for today’s reading.
    Daren Bakst, June 3, 2011
  • Agencies Shouldn’t Exceed Federal Standards

    As I have written about extensively, state agencies shouldn’t be allowed to adopt rules that exceed federal standards. The Charlotte Observer reports on provisions in the Senate budget that would prohibit select agencies, including the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), from exceeding federal standards. Lost in…
    Daren Bakst, May 31, 2011