Author Archives: James J Heaney

Reminder: The FCC has regulated ISPs for most of the Internet’s life.

There’s a lot of net neutrality stuff going on right now, and since that’s an issue I’m rather interested in, there might be two or three posts about it over the next few days. For now, just a quick li’l … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Politics | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Reminder: The FCC has regulated ISPs for most of the Internet’s life.

Star Trek: Discovery Is Just Somebody’s R-Rated Simm

WARNING: This post contains spoilers for Star Trek: Discovery, and some of the links contain spoilers to some of the best bits of Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. I don’t talk much on De Civ about my personal life, but I am an … Continue reading

Posted in Cinema | Tagged , | Comments Off on Star Trek: Discovery Is Just Somebody’s R-Rated Simm

Fly the Unfriendly Skies!

In response to the United fiasco of this weekend (read up here if you’ve been living under a rock, or are an Internet archaeologist reading this post from the 23rd century), I’ve seen more than one person call for the … Continue reading

Posted in Law | Tagged , , , , , , , | Comments Off on Fly the Unfriendly Skies!

Re-Up: Just War Theory Tested in Syria

Four years ago, I wrote a piece for this blog analyzing proposed military strikes against Syria. Back in 2013, ISIS didn’t really exist in Syria yet; the major rebel group was the al-Nusra Front, affiliated with al-Qaeda. The President was still … Continue reading

Posted in Mere Opinion | Tagged , , , , , | 5 Comments

How Anyone Could Do Such a Thing

A lotta people think that there are certain crimes that are really hard to commit. Even if you manage to commit one of these extra-terrible crimes, they are (supposedly) even harder to live with. Guilt, people think, eventually consumes the … Continue reading

Posted in Abolitionism, Culture | Tagged , , , , | 1 Comment

Justice Gorsuch and Net Neutrality

Nobody seems to have pointed this out yet, so I guess I might as well put something up quick. President Trump is not a big fan of net neutrality, and his new FCC commissioner, Ajit Pai, is, uh… really not … Continue reading

Posted in Law, Politics | Tagged , , , , , | 2 Comments

The Bishop’s Lament: Apb. Chaput’s New Book

My review of Archbishop Charles Chaput’s new book, Strangers in a Strange Land: Living the Faith in a Post-Christian World, is up at The Federalist today.  Here is the link, and here is an excerpt: Chaput repeatedly refers to the Supreme Court’s lawless … Continue reading

Posted in Culture | Tagged , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Betsy DeVos is Not the Schoolpocalypse

The past few weeks, I’ve been forced to spend a lot of time playing the game “Not That Bad.” The rules of this game are simple: President Trump implements a bad policy, makes a bad decision, or says a bad thing, which is … Continue reading

Posted in Mere Opinion | Tagged , , , , | 7 Comments

Is Trump’s Immigration Order Legal?

I am not a fan of President Trump’s controversial Executive Order on immigration. I think it contains good provisions, such as prioritizing the resettlement of religious-minority refugees who are at the greatest risk of being killed in their homelands, and … Continue reading

Posted in Analysis | Tagged , , , , , , | 7 Comments