In a dizzying display of judicial schizophrenia, the increasingly ideologically driven and nonsensical Supreme Court issued two separate rulings that expanded the government's law enforcement powers — except when it comes to keeping guns out of the hands of convicted felons.

One opinion rules that the U.S. can prosecute crimes in other countries, whether or not the suspect has even been charged.

The case centered on whether the U.S. could charge Canadians accused of avoiding steep alcohol taxes by smuggling liquor borth of the border. Canada had not pursued charges against the men.

Justice Clarence Thomas, advertising his automaton style of judicial interpretation that stands independent of thought, writes:

"It may seem an odd use of the federal government's resources to prosecute a U.S. citizen for smuggling cheap liquor into Canada. But the broad language of the wire fraud statute says so."

Then in a sweeping victory for the National Rifle Association and its idea of a gun in every hand, the court ruled that U.S. law didn't disallow foreign felons from toting their weapon of choice stateside — even after due process in a legitimate court process on foreign soil.

It almost makes you long for the days when Thomas was himself a punchline for his penchant for pubic-hair-on-his-can-of-Coke humor.


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