Saturday, January 22, 2011

Dropping in on the Tango by way of a blogpost on Althouse. And the pessimist has an interesting take on Bach in the Top Ten composers discussion at Volokh.

Monday, January 17, 2011

Trileptal or oxcarbazepine during pregnancy appears relatively safe but drug monitoring because of lowering of its concentration may be useful.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

The Rabbi and blood libel. He will soon have a new book out on the Jewishness of Jesus.

For reasons that Instapundit has gone into, I agree with the Second Amendment, however the Atlantic Wire had a recent article indicating that states with greater gun control had fewer homicides. Generally, by iteration and refinement, we can make things better. The current gun restriction in relation to mental illness seems archaic to me and, were itimproved, perhaps lead to greater sensible liberality in 2nd Amendment rights. When McNaughton shot an ambassador, thinking that his country was plotting against him, there was no realistic hope that McNaughton could have become nonpsychotic. Today the situation is more like that of a domestic dispute, where hypothetical dangerousness might be temporary. What I would propose, in cases like that seen in the premurderous phase of the Virginia Tech killer or Loughner, would be perhaps a five year restriction on gun ownership or control.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

The Sig Sauer P226 was recommended over the Glock. The first comment on this article reports that Sheriff Dupnik seems to have done a poor job of controlling crime in his county. It would be nice if it were possible to get a restraining order, restraining the purchase or possession of firearms when someone is mentally ill and dangerous but not to the point of being committable. I'm not a supporter of S. Palin for national elective office, but I think she has been deft with the phrase 'blood libel.'