About the Common Constitutionalist

Brent, aka The Common Constitutionalist, is a Constitutional Conservative, and advocates for first principles, founders original intent and enemy of progressives. He is former Navy, Martial Arts expert. As well as publisher of the Common Constitutionalist blog, he also is a contributing writer for Political Outcast, Godfather Politics, Minute Men News (Liberty Alliance), Freedom Outpost, the Daily Caller, Vision To America and Free Republic. He also writes an exclusive weekly column for World Net Daily (WND).

Calculate Your Dog’s Age with a Epigenetic Clock

Scientists have developed a new formula for calculating the physical age of dogs
Scientists have developed a new formula for calculating the physical age of dogs

For a rough idea of a dog’s physiological age, a popular approach is to simply multiply its actual age by seven, but new research upends this piece of conventional wisdom. Scientists have developed a new molecular tool described as an “epigenetic clock,” which they say offers a more precise picture of a dog’s age in human years by drilling into the rate of molecular changes in their DNA. read more

Cancel Culture is Shutting Down Research, Science and Facts of Any Kind

from Daniel Horowitz of Conservative Review:

Asian-American researcher fired from Michigan State administration for advancing facts about police shootings

Research in the dictionary

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The entire purpose of academic research is to discover the truth about vexing scientific and societal questions through the use of research and data. However, if the truth refutes a sacred political agenda, you can no longer publish such research or even cite it. The latest victim of this reverse Jim Crow witch hunt against truth in data and academic research is Stephen Hsu, vice president for research at Michigan State University.

On June 2, I cited a study from researchers at the Michigan State and the University of Maryland that concludes, “We did not find evidence for anti-Black or anti-Hispanic disparity in police use of force across all shootings, and, if anything, found anti-White disparities when controlling for race-specific crime.” This study analyzed 917 officer-involved fatal shootings and found that that “per capita racial disparity in fatal shootings is explained by non-White people’s greater exposure to the police through crime.” The study was published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences last year.

Tucker Carlson mentioned this study on his show later that evening, and it has since gained more notoriety. Naturally, one would expect those who believe in the “systemic racism in policing” blood libel to cite evidence why this study is wrong and to provide counter-evidence that supports their position. But debate is not their strong suit, just censorship.

The College Fix reports that Stephen Hsu was fired from Michigan State University for citing this study and posting an interview of one of its authors, Michigan State colleague Joe Cesario, on his blog. He posted the interview with Cesario on June 2, the same day I cited the study.

On June 25, the Wall Street Journal reported that the Graduate Employees Union was calling for Hsu’s head on twitter. The Journal pointed out that among other things, “The union also faulted him for having ‘directed funding to research downplaying racism in bias in police shootings.’”

As Professor Hsu told the WSJ: “The MSU professor who conducted that work, psychologist Joe Cesario, tells me that ‘we had no idea what the data was going to be, what the outcome was going to be, before we did this study.’ Mr. Cesario has collected evidence from a simulator and from real-world interactions between police and citizens. He concluded that ‘the nature of the interaction really matters the most, and officers were not more likely to be ready to shoot upon encountering a black versus white citizen.’

Commenting on the Wall Street Journal article in his blog, Professor Hsu noted, “Several years ago Cesario was granted a rare opportunity to study police shootings and officer behavior in simulators in a large city. My office provided him with a small amount of funding to create realistic simulator video of police stops and other situations. This is an important topic to study if we want to understand and improve policing.”

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Weapon Wednesday – WWII Coal Bombs

world war ii derailment caused by the french resi

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  • During World War II, spies needed a compact, disguised explosive to issue to resistance forces in occupied Europe.
  • One solution was “explosive coal,” which could be infiltrated into enemy coal supplies.
  • A similar program in Vietnam introduced defective, exploding bullets into enemy ammunition. read more

Close Everything because of the Virus – Except our Southern Border?

from Conservative Review:

The worst Texas coronavirus increase? On the BORDER

Map of US/Mexico border

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When New York and New Jersey were the epicenter of the serious coronavirus cases in March and April, nearly every state posted signs on highways requiring residents of those states to quarantine for 14 days. Yet no such order was given to those coming into Texas’ border counties, even as Tamaulipas, Mexico, became a hot zone in late May and early June. In fact, to this day, even as Texas has placed severe restrictions on its own citizens, there is still no closure of the international border. Why is cross-border travel more sacred than cross-state travel? read more

Shooting Victim’s Grandfather says We Need Police

from the Blaze:

Grandfather of 11-year-old shooting victim says defunding police isn’t the answer: ‘We need the police’

‘Who’s going to come when there is a need for police services?’

Davon McNeal was an 11-year-old boy killed by a stray bullet in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, and his grandfather told Fox News that defunding the police is not the answer to gun violence problems in major cities.

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The Qool Box Cooler is a Step Ahead

Qool's system is designed to keep contents at a given temperature range no matter the ambient temp, whether tropical heat or polar cold
Qool’s system is designed to keep contents at a given temperature range no matter the ambient temp, whether tropical heat or polar cold
Qool

Unlike the typical cooler – even those expensive, heavy-duty rotomolded blocks – the Qool Box relies on vacuum insulation, much like a thermos or hot/cold tumbler. Its upgraded cooling tech doesn’t stop there, as Qool ditches bagged ice for frozen inserts containing special phase change material (PCM) formulated to keep contents cold (or even frozen) for days, without the melting or mess. Long story short, this passive but intelligent cooler doesn’t just threaten to knock off other coolers on its way to the top, it could even replace powered fridge/freezers for shorter trips and events. read more

Now They’re Tearing Down Statues of Black Men

from Sara Carter:

Statue of Frederick Douglass — Former Slave and Abolitionist — Torn Down and Damaged in New York

First the confederate flag was taken down across the nation, then statues of confederate soldiers, then statues of anyone with an association to slavery, now…statues of slaves who fought for freedom?

That’s right. The statue of Frederick Douglass, a former slave who fought for abolition and education, was ripped down in Rochester, New York on Sunday. It was removed from its pedestal by unknown vandals and found by authorities nearly 50 feet from its base leaning against a fence next to the Genesee River. The despicable act was carried out on the 168th anniversary of Douglass’s famous “What to the Slave Is the Fourth of July?” speech given in the same town in 1852. read more