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3rd Amendment: why people in other countries hate us.

Posted by Mark Small on April 6, 2020 at 6:51am 0 Comments

The 3rd Amendment (“No Soldier shall, in time of peace be quartered in any house, without the consent of the Owner, nor in time of war, but in a manner to be prescribed by law.”) is “almost never-used.” Silvera v. Lockyer, 312 F.3d 1052, 1076 (9th Cir. 2002).

We should learn history, especially the history of our Constitution and case law and amendments that followed ratification in 1789 up to today.

England enacted Quartering Act of 1765 required American colonists to bear the…


Abernathy's debate challenge & St Francis University: STFU

Posted by Mark Small on April 2, 2020 at 8:49pm 0 Comments

Gosh golly - when candidate A in a party’s primary challenges to debate any of the other candidates in that primary, and one of those other candidates (me) accepts the challenge, one should (reasonably) infer A will reply to my acceptance.

Kent Abernathy - one of my opponents in the June 2 GOP primary for U.S. House in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5) - issued such a challenge. I accepted. I have received no reply. There are several possible reasons: his stands on…


I accept Kent Abernathy's challenge to debate!

Posted by Mark Small on March 31, 2020 at 8:02am 0 Comments

One of my opponents in the June 2 GOP primary for U.S. House in Indiana’s 5th Congressional District (INCD5), is Kent Abernathy, who apparently issued a challenge to any candidate who wants to debate him.

I accept that challenge - and we can debate via Skype or Zoom or one of those devices. If any other candidate accepts the challenge, I don’t believe it would be much of a “debate.” Implicit in the notion of a debate is a clash on issues.

The other candidates for the GOP nomination…


"Cease & desist letter" from trump = negation of free speech

Posted by Mark Small on March 26, 2020 at 3:29pm 0 Comments

The re-election campaign for trump has issued a cease and desist letter to stop a TV ad that uses trump’s own words to illustrate how trump has bungled the COVID-19 pandemic by downplaying its seriousness.

Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes wrote: “The best test of truth is the power of the thought to get itself accepted in the competition of the market...” 250 U.S. at 630. trump speaks of, yet mocks, “truth” and is ignorant of the marketplace.

The First Amendment’s protection of free…


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