Massachusetts can pick 'em

Matthew Hoy
By Matthew Hoy on June 26, 2006

If having elected senators Kerry and Kennedy weren't evidence enought that the majority of Massachusettsans aren't all there (though I don't have much room to talk with my own Sen. Dumbasaboxer), then Congressman Ed Markey should cinch it.

After last week's disclosure by the New York Times of the Terrorist Financing Tracking Program, only one congressman was brave enough to come forward and put his idiocy in the limelight, and that was Markey. Curiously enough, Markey is a graduate of the Boston College Law School. I'm sure other graduates of that august institution would like Markey to stop making their J.D. degrees look like fancy toilet paper.

Anyway, Markey has a couple of misconceptions about the way the world works. In an interview on Fox News' "The O'Reilly Factor," his dimness claimed that the 4th Amendment prohibition against unreasonable searches and seizures applied to individuals' financial records. Whew! I'm glad that my employer isn't sending off information on how much I really earn to the government! Apparently Markey has never heard of the IRS.

Second, Markey complains that judges aren't approving these subpoenas as they're issued. Said Ma(la)rkey: "There were no subpoenas that were issued pursuant to a federal court order. The Bush administration put out their own subpoenas, never told the courts about it at all. That is a very serious Fourth Amendment violation."

And this guy passed the bar?

Over at Patterico's Pontifications, Patrick Frey -- who happens to actually practice law -- shot down that ludicrous claim last week.

Maybe it does say something about the overall intelligence of those in Congress that Ma(la)rkey is the only one going on television to attack this program. I mentioned in the last post that F students could still get elected to Congress -- that may only be true in Massachusetts.

0 comments on “Massachusetts can pick 'em”

  1. You're just discovering now that Markey is a certifiable dunce? B.C. Law School is a fine place, but you only get out of it what you put into it, and Markey didn't have any intellectual capital to spare, for sure.

    Still, Markey fits in with the crowd we send to Washington, with the possible exception of Barney Frank, doesn't he.


To be clear, it's still a 1A violation even as they supposedly intended it. But their rush to pass it made it encompass all sorts of stuff.

The judge should not take them at their word that they will "fix" it. The judge should issue the preliminary injunction we requested.

16-year-old Lola Fitzgerald has been racking up skeet shooting championships in and out of her home state. Now a new California law has shut her out of the sport and is threatening her Olympic hopes.

In a just world, SB 918 and its New York counterpart would make the Supreme Court* say: "well, we tried to let you keep shall issue, but you morons just couldn't help yourselves, so now constitutional carry is the law of the land".

*Hopefully it doesn't need to go to SCOTUS.

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