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October, 2014
23  Heather and the Alfalfa Sprouts
As a reward for those who read my musings faithfully, I am always pleased when I can give them information that may prove to be of financial benefit to them. This week’s offering falls into...
16  Democracy in Action
Recent events cause some to wonder whether the literacy tests that voters in some states were required to pass, before voting, from the early 1890s until the 1960s, are preferable to the methods...
September, 2014
18  Syria and the Ukraine
Today’s question is what is the difference between what the United States may or may not do in Syria and what Russia may or may not have done in the Ukraine. The main difference is that...
12  iPhones, Us and Me
It’s enough to make us all want to quit sending nude photos of ourselves to our closest friends. Of course, the propagation of the nude photo on the Internet by means of the iPhone is simply...
1   Faux War
2014...
August, 2014
21  Missouri-Show Me What?
In order to place things in perspective when looking at Missouri it helps to consider that there are worse things in that fair state than the Ferguson police department. Consider the justices on its...
7   Congress on the Playground
Now that members of Congress have returned to the playground at home to enjoy recess time (a considerably longer time than when the members were physically in grade school) it seems appropriate to...
July, 2014
3   Wayward Drones and Other Tales
It had been an exciting spring for the drones. Notwithstanding ongoing reports of civilians in Pakistan and other countries being accidentally killed by drones, there was some good news. Amazon...
June, 2014
19  Mormons and Apostates
Herewith a recent history of the Mormon Church...
12  Guns and Georgia
The question a number of you have asked is whether the events in Cumming, Georgia that took place on June 6 would have been any different after July 1, 2014. That is the date that the “Safe...
6   Art and Sexism
Because of his appearances with Ted Nugent during the Texas spring primaries in the race for governor, people will, for good reason, assume that this is nothing more than another example of Greg...
May, 2014
29  Life and Death in a Civilized Place
It makes you proud to be an American. I mean a lesser country wouldn’t give any of these things a second thought. During the week of May 18, 2014 we learned of two different decisions, each...
22  Higher Education South Carolina Style
The woolly mammoth has company. It went extinct some time back. Higher education in South Carolina is hot on its tail. The woolly mammoth, it will be recalled, made
16  60s Style Divorce
Acrimonious divorce may be making a comeback thanks to the actions of enlightened state legislatures! This does not refer to the process of splitting a finite number of children and a finite number...
April, 2014
17  Fuzzy Thinking and Wooly Mammoths
The news is out! All it will take for South Carolina to join 47 other states in having an official state fossil is agreement on whether it is important to let people know how old the fossil in...
9   Heeere's Johnny
As usual, I am indebted to readers whose perceptive questions cause me to reflect on matters raised by them. The question this week is why Chief Justice John Roberts did not insert any smiley faces...
2   The United States of the NRA
It is time to consider the possibility of disbanding Congress and turning over governance of the country to the National Rifle Association (NRA). At first blush that may strike some as a bad idea...
2   The United States of the NRA
It is time to consider the possibility of disbanding Congress and turning over governance of the country to the National Rifle Association (NRA). At first blush that may strike some as a bad idea...
March, 2014
27  The Supremest Court
Once again I have been asked to explain a matter legal. The question that has been referred to me is on its face a simple one but in reality has a quirk that makes the answer unexpected. The...
20  The Compassionate Executioner
At last a touch of concern for the beneficiary has entered the death penalty arena and a timely thing too. Heretofore the discussion and court cases have always centered on the plight of the poor...
13  I Spy
Gracious. That’s all one can say. It is simply a question of whose ox is getting gored or, in the real world, who’s spying on whom. Diane Feinstein (D.Calif)
7   Olympic Games and the Poor
Now that the Olympics are over and Sochi proved itself such a triumph (and eagerly awaits the Winter Paralympic Games that begin almost exactly one week after Mr. Putin invaded Crimea,) we can begin...
February, 2014
28  Cops and Muslims
One of the first questions law students are taught to ask is: what does the case stand for? The case of Hassan v. City of New York...
20  Gays and Rights
There are things to be grateful for. Our bigotry is much more civilized than bigotry found in other countries. Just compare...
13  God and The Affordable Care Act
Many readers have asked me to explain matters legal and, in this case, ecclesiastical. I respond to their requests with humility and an awareness that when it comes to matters ecclesiastical I am...
5   Trivial Political Pursuits
Forget substance. It’s all about the trivial. The more significant the issue, the more significant the trivial becomes. It all comes to mind when one considers the issues in which the...
January, 2014
30  Spying Can Be Fun
In the face of the most recent revelations about the relationship of the NSA to many of our smartphone apps that neither we nor the apps knew we had, it was nice to learn that there is a whimsical...
30  Spying Can Be Fun
In the face of the most recent revelations about the relationship of the NSA to many of our smartphone apps that neither we nor the apps knew we had, it was nice to learn that there is a whimsical...
30  Spying Can Be Fun
In the face of the most recent revelations about the relationship of the NSA to many of our smartphone apps that neither we nor the apps knew we had, it was nice to learn that there is a whimsical...
23  Promises, Drugs and Executions
State sponsored executions are back in the news again. By the time this column sees the black of print, two men will have been executed in the space of less than one week-one in Ohio and one in...
16  Chasing MorganChase
As a result of JPMorgan Chase’s reappearance in the news (thanks to its criminal activities,) a number of readers have written asking me to explain how deferred prosecutions work and what...
10  Legal, Transparent Detention
It’s 3 steps forward and 15 steps backwards at Guantánamo.
...
2   Pauley vs Leon
It was easier to write the opinion by ignoring history. And it was only one part of his opinion. Nonetheless, he thought it was so important that it became the first thing he said right out of the...
December, 2013
26  Tom Tancredo and the Lord
He’ll probably be calling on the Lord again. When he needs to change his mind he lets the Lord do it for him. It all came to mind when the Denver Post reported that it had invited Tom Tancredo...
20  JPMorgan Chase and Penance and Fines
One has to feel sorry for JPMorgan Chase. Several months ago it thought it had not only paid a sufficient amount in fines to make up for its bad behavior but it had also engaged in a form of penance...
12  The Invisible Gun
It was exciting-the news about banning invisible guns. Of course they are only invisible when they’re going through machines meant to detect them. They are not invisible if they are used to...
5   Ropes and Dugs
There is a lot to be said for hanging. There is an unlimited supply of rope and its sale poses no moral dilemma problem for the seller. Best of all, the executioner seeking to buy rope for a hanging...
October, 2013
31  Hacking
A number of readers have written asking me to explain why the remedies available to Rupert Murdoch differ from the remedies available to President Obama. They are curious because both men are dealing...
24  The CRUZifixion and the Resurrection
He could not do it by himself. He had to be joined by others as committed as he. He had to be joined by others as mindless as he. And joined by legions of tea partiers he was. Many of them from...
24  The Cruzifixion and the Resurrection
He could not do it by himself. He had to be joined by others as committed as he. He had to be joined by others as mindless as he. And joined by legions of tea partiers he was. Many of them from...
17  The Anonymous Informer
A number of readers have written asking if I would explain how the reader should deal with information the reader has received that the reader wants to share with the outside world but is prohibited...
10  A Trio of Fools: Boehner, al-Maliki and Karzai
There are many unkind things one can say about John Boehner, all of them true, but there must be a limit. It is unfair to compare him to Nouri al-Maliki of Iraq or Hamid Kharzai of Afghanistan. Not...
4   Envision Evolution
Evolution is back! And as in years gone by, it has surfaced in Texas, the state with a governor and many denizens who offer proof that not everyone evolves. In recent years evolution has taken...
September, 2013
27  The Pope, the President and the Wall Street Journal
2013...
20  A Chastened Morgan Chase?
It’s been a really great year for Jamie Dimon. As folks who follow such things know, he’s the chairman of the board of JPMorgan Chase and the chief executive officer of the bank. He...
13  The Pesky Poor
One of the questions the curious voter from time to time wonders, is how a person can distinguish good government handouts from bad government handouts. The answer to that question is not as obvious...
August, 2013
15  Crimes and Punishment
The August 12, 2013 verdict against Whitey Bulger offered some reassurance that the legal system in the United States does not always produce wrong results. That counteracted the impression left by...
1   The Snowden Effect
For those of you who have been away from news reports for the...
July, 2013
25  The Ceiling Fan and the Congresswoman
Albert Einstein once said, insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Republicans in the House would disagree with Mr. Einstein. They do it to make sure...
18  The Quick, the Dead and the Guilty
Here is the news you’ve all been waiting for. As is often the case with news, it consists of two parts-the bad and the good. The bad news is he was found guilty. The good news is he...
11  FISA'S Secrets
Now we know what they so badly wanted to tell us but couldn’t and what a revelation it is. I refer to the exciting and long awaited news reported in the
4   Guns and Consequences
It could be called the rule of surprising consequences. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, accompanied by an assortment of weapons, burst into the Sandy Hook school in Watertown, Connecticut and...
4   Guns and Consequences
It could be called the rule of surprising consequences. On December 14, 2012, Adam Lanza, accompanied by an assortment of weapons, burst into the Sandy Hook school in Watertown, Connecticut and...
June, 2013
27  The Truth Tellers
The question: is the lesser offender (Lesser) or the greater offender (Greater) the greater offender? It depends on one’s perspective. If the listener relies on spokesmen for the Greater (aka...
20  Stung by Stingers
Now that the administration has decided to provide small arms to the rebels in Syria it may be useful to recall what happened back in the 1980’s when we were supplying arms to the mujahideen...
13  Cigarettes and Senators
Money talks. Frequently it finds its voice only when it is given to others. Consider Senators Mitch McConnell (R.KY) and Richard Burr (R.N.C.). Senator Burr, having received $534,000, has the...
6   Perry and The Poor
It’s not that he doesn’t like veterans. In fact in his remarks on Memorial Day when signing...
May, 2013
30  Florida's Juvenile Justice System
“We have to be darn careful not to put any children into the juvenile-justice system who don’t need intensive rehabilitation.” Those were the words
23  Gays and Corpses
It was humanity at its best. Showing compassion for the quick and the dead. The quick made news in Tbilisi, Georgia. The dead made news in Worcester, Massachusetts...
16  Bangladesh and Texas-A Study in Contrasts
The difference in the devastation was enormous-so was the difference in the response...
9   Corporations, Humans and Taxes
2013...
2   McCain et al vs The U.S. Constitution
Readers should not take this to be a primer on what God those contemplating terrible crimes should believe in prior to committing those crimes. Nonetheless, and notwithstanding Constitutional...
April, 2013
26  Legislative Amusements
It doesn’t seem fair. The Italians have a lot more fun doing nothing than do we. And, in addition, they have the Pope and former Prime Minister, Silvio Berlusconi. We have no one like the...
18  Russian vs U.S. Human Rights
The magic number is 18. That is the number each country has selected to express its disapproval of the actions of the other. Vladimir Putin said of the United States’ action: “This...
11  Title of column
2013...
11  The Republic of NR.A.
April 2, 2013 was a great day for those in favor of the U.N. Arms Trade Treaty...
4   US. vs. North Korea
Now that North Korea has declared war on the United States it is time for an historical analysis of how we have arrived at this state of affairs. To do that we must go back at least one month and...
March, 2013
28  Dimon is Forever
JP Morgan Chase did a good thing and everyone should applaud. Its good thing was noted at the same time its bad things were making news. A good thing too. The good thing came within days of Senate...
21  Tokes and the UN.
Now that most of the world’s problems are close to being resolved (except for the treaty regulating global trade in conventional arms) the United Nations can begin to focus on non-violent...
14  Who Owns the Drones?
It is wonderful how a new weapon can rejuvenate a word that has long been something of a dullard. The reinvigorated word is “drone.”...
7   Roberts, Scalia and Voters
There were two moments that purported to be moments of enlightenment in the case argued in late February 2013 in the United States Supreme Court. One was an iteration of a clever legal theory and...
February, 2013
28  Sequestration's Sire
It’s come to this. From the moment some years ago when the Senate’s minority leader, Mitch McConnell, said that his party’s goal during the remainder of President Obama’s...
15  Gods, Gays and Scouts
It was a teachable moment-the young children holding up signs in Irving Texas outside the meeting place of the National Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. It was also a surprise moment...
8   Men and Women
2013...
January, 2013
23  Motorcycles and Cremations
A recent ad in the local newspaper by a Denver mortuary and cemetery called Olinger Highland together with another company’s offer of a freebie that arrived in the mail, makes the whole post...
17  The Criminal and the Gun
Although the NRA seems to be fairly capable of looking out for its own interests, from time to time it seems to overlook a stone in the legislative landscape (filled with constitutionally protected...
10  Lechery and the Law
2013...
3   Philosophy and Football
November and December were exciting months in the world of college football and the events causing the excitement not only involved money but highlighted the differences between, let us say for...
December, 2012
27  Slaughters' Solutions
Holy text of pike and gun...
20  Banks and Persons
It was just an unfortunate coincidence that the reports were almost juxtaposed-the reports of the punishment given Stephanie George and that given HSBC and UBS. Stephanie, of course, was not the...
13  Crimes and Convents
The Lord works in mysterious ways. So does the Catholic Church and it is probably as confusing for the nuns as it is for the casual observer. On the one hand nuns are in bad odor in the Vatican and...
November, 2012
22  2016
Herewith an update on the presidential election of 2016. Although it may seem to some a bit early to focus on such things given the fact that it is less than one month since the last election, news...
15  Soldiers, Sex and E-mails
It is good it all came to light just after the elections were over. The media would really not have had the time to simultaneously give the election and sex the extensive coverage they richly...
8   Soothsayers, Science and Skeptics
2012 has been a tough year for science. It took a direct hit in Italy, escaped, temporarily, in North Carolina and had a minor set back in Virginia. It was an especially tough time for scientific...
1   Romney's Exegetist
It is probably too late to help the undecided voter, but thanks to Rachel Martin’s interview with Barbara Comstock, an advisor to Mitt Romney’s campaign, on National Public Radio’s...
October, 2012
24  Voters and Debaters
A number of people have asked how it is that three weeks before the election debate organizers were able to find an uncommitted group of people to question the candidates in the second debate. Since...
11  Abortions and Contradictions
2012...
4   Fraud Found!!!
The Republicans have finally uncovered evidence of fraud they can prevent. For a time it seemed as thought they’d never find it and their relentless search created the illusion of...
September, 2012
28  The Blame Game
The endless question in America is whom to blame when bad things happen and the question is asked beginning at an early age. Any present or past proprietor of a small child knows that when any thing...
August, 2012
30  The Secretary of State vs the Voter
The fault lies with us and not Scott Gessler. If we’d left him alone he’d not have focused on mischief. And if the pay were better, a brighter lawyer would have sought the office...
22  Rape Defined
The campaign season thus far has convinced many of us that we have no idea whether social security cuts
16  Tales of High Finance
It’s time for an update on activities occurring in the world of high finance. Several newsworthy events have occurred...
9   Christians, Primaries and the Constitution
It is sort of a second coming. Not the kind you may have thought of at first. It’s a second coming of state Supreme Court Justices. I refer to the recent primary election in Texas, the home...
2   With Liberty and Health Care for All
It is becoming increasingly apparent that it’s important for the poor to stay healthy. There is no way the seventh richest country in the world is going to be able to care for the poor if they...
July, 2012
25  Religious and Sexual Orientation in the BSA
It’s not 1991 in the Boy Scouts of America. That was the year that the Girl Scouts issued a
19  Bankers and Madoff-Peas in a Pod
There was something refreshing about Bernie Madoff. He robbed Peters to pay Pauls and it worked well until there were more Pauls than Peters. It was straightforward and simple. And that is the...
12  The Changeable Mr Romney
It is a mark of the truly great man or woman who admits that he or she was wrong, irrespective of how often called upon to make such an admission and when a person is in the public eye for many years...
5   The Healthy, The Wealthy, The Poor
Not all of the states’ reactions to the recent health care decision by the U.S. Supreme Court are an embarrassment. Only a select few. Some States, like Oregon, welcomed it...
June, 2012
29  The V Word and the Legislator
The beauty of it is the symmetry. Politicians and clerics here and abroad spend so much of their time trying to regulate what women they’ve never met can do with their bodies and what...
21  Mitch McConnell's Meanderings
The mark of a great politician is the ability to change his/her mind. Mitch McConnell is a great politician. (So is George Romney but that is a subject for another day.) Mitch McConnell’s...
14  Marijuana and the Law
Two events took place in June that suggested a primer on how medical marijuana laws are working in Colorado might be appropriate. The first was an appellate court decision that the state Supreme...
7   The Nuns, the Butler and the Pope
become one...
May, 2012
30  The Rumble in the Rada
Robbers...
25  Immigrants and Birth Certificates
2012...
16  Mitt the Barber and the Church
I hope he remembers them. The explanations that is. They could be handy if anyone ever asks him about his days as a missionary. Of course it’s possible that no one will since everyone is...
9   Murder As Amusement For Children
Since not all my readers get to movies on a regular basis and many of them will have avoided this one thinking it’s for children, herewith a brief description of the movie that will inform the...
April, 2012
24  Stripping and Searching
Except for Clarence Thomas, things are not nearly as bleak as commentators would have had us believe after the U.S. Supreme Court announced its
18  Heart Transplants
New hearts are not always what they are cracked up to be. Compare the Tin Woodman from the Land of Oz with Dick Cheney from Wyoming...
11  Alabama Revisits Immigration and Resurrects Roy Moore
It’s hard to keep Alabama out of the news. Two of its recent newsworthy events deserve attention. The first is its attempt to improve on the Beason-Hammon Alabama Taxpayer and Citizen...
3   Broccoli as Humor
It is always refreshing when folks who are charged with dealing with really serious subject matter bring a note of levity into the proceedings so people don’t get too depressed. Of course...
3   Broccoli as Humor
It is always refreshing when folks who are charged with dealing with really serious subject matter bring a note of levity into the proceedings so people don’t get too depressed. Of course...
March, 2012
28  Education Meets Evolution(again)
It’s time for an update on the progress of evolution. Oklahoma and Tennessee are in a closely matched race to put a new law addressing this contentious issue on the books but who will win...
20  Goldman's Lust for Gold
It was just an unfortunate coincidence that the two events came within a couple of weeks of each other. The first was a legal opinion by Chancellor Leo Strine of the Court of Chancery in Delaware in...
15  Science and Santorum
Now that it appears that Rick Santorum is more than a flash in the hot (albeit not globally warmed) evolutionary pan, I confess to an oversight that occurred in this
7   The Mormons and the Dead
The good new is they’ve been told to stop. The bad news is that may prove to be impossible. Mitt Romney has no opinion. He’ll let the church speak for him. The issue goes back to 1995...
1   The Death Penalty's Effect on Decedent's Reputation
It is not often that one is inclined to look to other countries to see if there are procedures that could be usefully introduced into our own system of jurisprudence. Indeed, there is considerable...
February, 2012
24  E-mails and the Earth
It’s a sad time for the climate. It’s enough to make an iceberg melt. That’s because everyone is stealing e-mails from everyone else...
16  Higher Tuition and Higher Education
The increasing cost of obtaining an education was highlighted when President Obama revealed his latest budget on February 13, 2012. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in recent years...
7   My Mistress-My Daughter
I have received a number of inquiries from people who are interested in exotic estate planning techniques. Their inquiries were prompted by a relatively new estate planning technique explained and...
2   The Undercover Drone
It’s all because of the little noticed annual report...
January, 2012
26  The Condom's Cousins
Health care coverage is one horse that the Church has chosen to ride in order to protect its belief in the sanctity of its beliefs. Sex, rather than God, is its focus. If God’s perceived...
18  Monkeys and Solons
Those who hated to see the primary come to an end in New Hampshire and, with it, the extensive coverage that small state received, can take heart in another development that will for at least some...
11  The Senate's Holiday
The Republicans’ newest way of countering criticism that Congress spends more time on recess than it does working occurred when it went home for the Christmas holidays. The criticism occurs...
5   Arms and the World
than dictatorships can with cynicism...
December, 2011
21  Te Drone, the Secretary and the Seven Dwarfs
I hope Secretary of State Clinton is not too disappointed. If she’d asked me I could have told her how it was going to come out. Indeed, had someone reminded her of Qatar, she wouldn’t...
15  Corzine Meets Madoff
A number of people have begun wondering what the difference is between Jon Corzine and Bernie Madoff. The answer is that Mr. Madoff knew exactly where his clients’ missing billions of dollars...
9   The Politician and the Mistress
Recent events create an awareness that too little guidance has been given politicians on the proper way to deal with problems that arise when the non-politically ambitious partner in an illicit...
1   The Newest Newt
The endorsement of Newt Gingrich in the Republican primary fight by the New Hampshire Union Leader was enlightening for reasons other than the endorsement. It was the explanation the paper gave that...
November, 2011
24  Arms and Bahrain
The question is why the United States was even thinking of selling arms to Bahrain. The answer can be found in the fact that the United States is the number one arms supplier in the world and to...
17  The Coach and the Pope
Penn State and the Vatican have some things in common (although there’s been no talk of shutting down the Vatican whereas a few curmudgeons suggested Penn State shut down its football program...
9   Immigrants, Visas and Congress
They are not only stunningly simple. They solve a vexing problem that has divided the country in an ugly way. They are humane and the only surprising thing is that no one thought of them before...
2   Texas Censors Science
Just when you think that science may have a fighting chance in Texas, its governor’s protestations to the contrary notwithstanding, something comes along to suggest, once again, that science...
October, 2011
26  The Land of Cotton
Alabama is back in the news. Not that it ever left. It’s just there are times when it seems it would be better if it did. The federal courts have once again stepped in to save it from...
16  Congress Creates a Crime
Congress is not as idle as it may seem. Whereas much of the publicity it is getting suggests it is not getting anything done, that is because the things it has not accomplished tend to be more...
5   The 8th Amendment meets the 5th Amendment
It happened because of prison overcrowding. Prison overcrowding creates unconstitutional conditions for inmates. Anything that can be done to relieve those unconstitutional conditions is welcome...
September, 2011
28  The Congressional Playground
The worst part of it, of course, is that they can’t go out on recess. They have to stay in the room until they have finished their assigned tasks. Children in grade school know that that is a...
23  Legislative Gifts to Guns
It was not a good year for Gabriella Gifford. It was not a good year for the six people who were killed at the same time she was shot and wounded. That could have boded ill for the gun. It...
August, 2011
18  Elections and Evolution
The upcoming presidential campaign will almost certainly prove enlightening and singular. The United States will be the only country in the world where two candidates for its highest office will...
4   Papal Critics
Lots of people think they know how the Pope should be running the show. That explains the abundance of suggestions he’s received in the last couple years. First it’s a bunch of women...
July, 2011
27  Principle Justifies Penury
A Politician’s Dictionary:
...
21  The Tax Burden of the Very Rich
The purpose of this piece is to identify for readers how an unjust tax system treats the very wealthy. Once that is understood it is easy to understand Senator Orin Hatch’s recent comments...
13  Syria, the United States and the Vienna Convention
It was a good few days for the “Vienna Convention on Consular Relations.” It spends much of its time in relative obscurity but in the first two weeks of July it found itself in the news...
7   The Advertiser and the Adjustable Rate Mortgage
Juxtaposition. Avoid it. It makes things seem ridiculous if not incomprehensible. Consider the banking industry. At almost the same time that Bank of America agreed to an $8.5 billion settlement...
June, 2011
30  San Francisco, Sub-Saharan Africa and Circumcision
Two men have been in the news this week for identical reasons. The two men are Matthew Hess who lives in San Diego, California and King Goodwill Zwelithini kaBhekuzulu who lives in the eastern South...
23  Alabama and Illegal Aliens
Now that Alabama has passed what some describe as the harshest anti-immigration law in the country, it is interesting to see how Alabama has improved on the harsh anti-immigration ordinances passed...
16  Gadhafi and Goldman
Good news for investors whose investments have gone south comes from unlikely sources. Libya is one of them and Goldman Sachs another. The news is certain to convince many that there is no better...
2   Proprieties and Ponzies
One of the questions being asked with increasing regularity is what is the polite thing to do when you have benefitted from the actions of someone running a Ponzi scheme. In one case it may be that...
April, 2011
26  Abortions and Fiscal Irresponsibility
At first blush one might assume that the raft of anti-abortion activity from the national to the state level has to do solely with moral opposition to the procedure and the willingness of many to...
13  The Tax Collector and the Republican
Congressional Republicans constantly remind us that principle is more important than principal. They are willing to shrink government at all costs. The latest example comes from the new budget...
7   The Budgets and the Unemployed
The unemployed in many states have been given what they, at least, hope is a once in a lifetime opportunity to help the states and federal government solve their budgetary problems, an opportunity...
March, 2011
31  In God (and Congress) We Trust
2011...
24  The New Newt
Wilkes: “That must depend, my Lord, upon whether I first embrace your Lordship’s principles, or your Lordship’s mistresses.”
...
17  Judicial Ethics and Justice Thomas
The trouble with being a Justice on the United States Supreme Court is people expect you to be above reproach. And as Justice Clarence Thomas would be the first to tell you, that’s not easy...
9   Overrating Education
It shows perspicacity-the ongoing attacks on children, teachers and, collectively, education, by national and state leaders alike. What is being made increasingly apparent by people around the world...
3   Cigarettes and Sinners
I’d rather be a Catholic than a cigarette company. Confessions are done in private, and priests (and God) are more forgiving of past transgressions than the Justice Department (and judges...
February, 2011
25  The Gratitude in Baghdad
One bit news coming out of Iraq suggests that in at least one respect Iraq has modeled itself after its invaders. It comes as a welcome antidote to the bad news coming out of other places in that...
17  Bash the Bank
For the last quarter of 2010, JPMorgan Chase (JPMC) had a 47% jump in profits and since 2010 was such a good year it
9   The Tax Man Cometh
Talk about stifling entrepreneurship. And it’s not like they’re being paid a lot of money and certainly not enough to provide a nest egg if and when they emerge into the outside world...
3   Representative Smith Redefines Rape
It’s important to get going on legislation early in a session of Congress since there’s so little time for people to work. January has 21 days in which Congress could work if it chose...
January, 2011
28  Children and Deficits-Cause and Effect
Republicans have begun describing how the United States of America at the state and national level can become a better place by spending a lot less money and not raising taxes. Congress took the...
20  The Executioner and the FDA
It is easy to lose sight of one’s mission and we should be sympathetic and not critical. After all, its employees are busy people and that probably helps explain why the Food and Drug...
13  The Annoying Constitution and the Immigrants' Babies
Rep. Steve King (R-IA) has shown that even though he is from mid-America and far removed from foreign countries, he is inspired by, and hopes to model his proposal after, the legal actions of the...
6   The Budget and the Republicans
Five hundred million dollars seems like a lot until one realizes that it’s only a small part of an approximately $3.6 trillion dollar budget and viewed in that light it’s hardly worth...
December, 2010
30  The Congressman King-Reincarnated as Senator Joe McCarthy
Peter King is the envy of (a) former Senator Joseph McCarthy and (b) the folks in Salem MA who were looking for, respectively, communists and witches. It was a hard task that they each attacked...
23  Christmas Cheer the Corporate Way
During the holiday season it is always good to be reminded of one’s many blessings. In the case of UBS employees they can be thankful that they work for UBS and not Sanofi-Aventis. The news...
16  Wikileaks and Congress-A Comparison
The question that has come to mind watching members of Congress during the past few weeks is “What are the similarities and differences between the United States Congress and Wikileaks?”...
8   Executions Should be Painless
At first blush it seems selfish of Texas. It has more than it can reasonably expect to use between now and next March when its current supply is set to expire. On the other hand, Texas thinks...
November, 2010
24  Flying Unfriendly Skies
Herewith an explanation of what might appear to the casual traveler to be nothing more than the kind of corporate greed to which we have become accustomed. It is an explanation for the reason for...
17  Can Cannabis Cure Budget Woes?
This week’s musings pertain to a leafy plant with the Latin name of Cannabis. It is a magical plant. When properly ingested or smoked, it can produce pleasurable physical affects on its user...
11  Sharia Returns to Oklahoma
Oklahomans now have a reason to really be mad. Before the recent election they were mad because of something they thought might happen some day even though it had never happened anywhere in the...
4   Sharia Leaves Oklahoma
Now that the election is over it’s time to look at one state that was able to take a very important step, a step for which is has received precious little publicity notwithstanding the...
October, 2010
28  Muslims and Intolerance
It’s the Muslims’ fault. They’re spoiling everything for the rest of us. That’s because they are bringing out the worst in us and it turns out there is a lot of worst for...
20  Arms and the World
It is time for an update on arms sales and the economy and happily, the news in 2010 could not be better. Not about the economy but about arms sales of which the economy is an incidental...
6   A New Newt?
It brought to mind days of old and the Newt Gingrich of old. It’s because of its name: Pledge to America. That sounds almost like Newt Gingrich’s 1994 Contract With America...
September, 2010
23  Sex and Wisconsin DAs
This week’s news pertains to two Wisconsin district attorneys who have very different views on sex. Both of them are Republicans (which says nothing more than that the Republican party has a...
21  Sex and Wisconsin DAs
This week’s news pertains to two Wisconsin district attorneys who have very different views on sex. Both of them are Republicans (which says nothing more than that the Republican party has a...
8   Theological Nonsense
The Mormons are back in the news again. While their most prominent spokesman is demonstrating theological wisdom, the folks in Salt Lake City have reached yet another agreement with holocaust...
1   Poverty's Penalty
Opinions from Federal Circuit Courts of Appeal are of interest to a variety of people. Lawyers read them in order to learn what the law is with respect to issues that have been ruled on by the...
August, 2010
26  The Prince and the Punishment
It’s hard to understand why he’s mad. The settlement sounded like such a good deal for him and his company. And furthermore, he’s trying to sell the company and the settlement...
18  Juvenile Justice Military Style
It’s a valuable lesson we’re being taught by the administration. We are learning that 15-year olds may be treated as adults when they misbehave if those pretending to be adults believe...
12  The Computer-Man's Best Friend
Back in 1997 we learned that the IRS had spent more than $4 billion on what was described as a modern computer system. Arthur Goss, then an assistant Commissioner of Internal Revenue was...
6   Republicans and Political Madness
2010...
July, 2010
28  Tales of Tommy
Tom Tancredo is back in the news. Tom is a man whose ego is so much larger than his intellect, that if he were a touch brighter he would be embarrassed to put either on public display...
21  Crime and Children's Punishment
If you’re going to be six years old at some point in your life (and most of my readers have probably moved beyond that point) it is important to (a) carefully select where you choose to live...
14  The Homeless are like Bears
Once again the homeless are in the news and, as always, the question is what to do with them. The solutions are not always obvious but the attempts can be described as nothing, if not creative and...
9   Errata
2010...
9   Blackwater Strikes Again
2010...
June, 2010
30  Indians and Immigrants
It is too late for Native Americans (or Indians as they were then called) to enact anti-immigration laws although they have probably wished many times over the last four hundred years that they had...
23  Russia and Texas and Evolution
Texans are probably feeling a touch despondent, not that it affects them directly. It would have been nice, however, if they could have pointed to Nebraskans instead of Russians as another example...
17  The Maligning of BP
The British anger is really over the fact that Americans lack the stiff upper lip for which the British are so famous. Instead of just sucking it up and putting on a brave face we seem to be engaged...
10  Money vs Judicial Merit Selection
It is yet another example of democracy in action and plaudits to the Wall Street Journal for coming to the defense of the millions of dollars that helps some states choose judges...
3   Words and the Politician
The problem lies with the language and not the protagonist. It is virtually impossible for the politician to keep control of pen and tongue and not infrequently the politician is betrayed by one or...
May, 2010
19  Transocean's Home Run
Every now and again lawyers and insurance companies team up to demonstrate that no matter what is going on in the world around them, they can keep their eyes on the ball. And the ball on which they...
12  Lieberman Strikes Again
Joe Lieberman can probably find something in the latest proposal from Russia that he’ll be wanting to incorporate in the legislation he is about to introduce. In the week before Joe proposed...
6   Evolution Revisited
It is with as much embarrassment as pundits are able to muster that I am forced to acknowledge that the Texas Board of Education may now consider itself vindicated by none other than some school...
April, 2010
14  The South, Slaves and Subversives
2010...
8   Papal Public Relations
The problem lies with the Public Relations Office. He was doing fine until the buck, as it were, landed in his collection plate...
March, 2010
31  Health Care and Etymology
Any analysis of a problem, whether extant or solved, requires an understanding of the terms employed. Thus, it is helpful in the very week in which health care reform became the law of the land that...
24  The FBI in Déjà Vue
“It’s just a simple waste of taxpayer money.” Few would disagree with Senator Charles Grassley when he uttered those words a few days ago although reading them conjures up dozens...
17  Reading and Writing and 'Rithmetic
He lost the election but probably not the war. Thanks to his enlightened efforts and the efforts of his like-minded colleagues (if the use of the word “mind” in the same sentence as a...
9   The Poor, the Pre-Schoolers and the Pope
They figured out how to do it compassionately and that comes as a great relief to the poor being served by Catholic Charities of Washington D.C...
3   Senators, Terrorists and Trials
The first thought, of course, is that Senator Graham and his colleagues who have signed on to his bill are secretly terrorist sympathizers. That would explain the inexplicable. They have let it be...
February, 2010
25  Pat, the Pope and the Devil
2010...
18  Republicans-Good Government's Friends
It’s crazy to call it dysfunctional and Washington is certainly not the seat of a failed state even though you might think so if you listen to some commentators. It’s just that people...
10  Cremation Solicitation
It was only fortuitous but clearly felicitous-the story in the Wall Street Journal about the increasing popularity of cremation and my printed invitation to get one for free. The
3   Heeere's Johnny
It seemed rude, but Sammy was just coming to the defense of a colleague. It happened during the State of the Union address when Sammy mouthed the words “Not true” in response to the...
January, 2010
27  Handshakes, Cricket and Sexual Intercourse
In a competition with Pat Robertson for proving how stupid one can be, it’s hard to win, but Dubai, Iran and Pakistan gave it a good try. Pat’s entry into the “Can you believe how...
21  A Tale of a Non-Diplomatic Diplomat
Diplomacy is not always as its name suggests. For this week’s lesson in its niceties (or lack thereof) we are indebted to Daniel Ayalon, Israel’s deputy foreign minister. He essentially...
14  Who are the Recidivists?
This week’s surprise is not one you might have expected. It pertains to recidivism. If you listened to Senators and Congresspersons talk about the perils of releasing prisoners from Guantanamo...
5   Filibusters Could Be Fun
According to the Congressional Quarterly...
December, 2009
24  Bank Presidents and US. President
I hope the President didn’t take it personally. I’m sure no offense was intended. Even though bank presidents have shown they can single handedly almost sink the economy, they...
17  Catholic Charities Meet the DC. Council
It was a pretty easy call for Pope Benedict XVI. He expressed outrage over the tales of abuse of children in Ireland. It turns out that when Jesus said, “suffer little children to come unto...
10  The Blackness of Blackwater
2009...
2   The Death Penalty Revisited-Again
Some innocent dead men walking can now take hope. Two cases have been decided in the last four months that suggest that in the United States, at last, it may actually make a difference whether or...
November, 2009
26  The Passenger and the Airline Ticket
Today we deal with a fascinating tax question, insofar as tax questions can ever be described as fascinating to the average reader. The question we consider is when does an airline’s invention...
12  Banks and Vaccines
It is typical of the petty that they are inflamed by the news of what they perceive to be the inequitable distribution of the H1N1 swine flu vaccine. The inflammation occurred when it was learned...
5   The Bible-New and Improved
The Pope is not the only person keeping religion in the news. His efforts to do so by inviting Anglicans to join his congregation, are almost overshadowed by a less well-known but more ambitious...
October, 2009
28  The Pope and the Anglicans
If it had happened a few centuries ago it would have been part of the Counter-Reformation. Occurring now, it was still pretty significant. It was the news that Pope Benedict XVI had invited members...
21  The Prolonging of Palin
It’s not the same as learning that just in time for the holiday season, a heretofore-unpublished novel of Dostoyevsky will hit the stores to great excitement and acclaim, but it’s not...
15  Banks and Borrowers
The consumer doesn’t understand how hard it is to be a Big Bank and, therefore, expects the Big Bank to be just as concerned about its customers as was the little bank Big Bank swallowed. I...
7   Lethal Injection Revisited
It is so easy to view the death penalty as nothing more than a means to an end that we sometimes overlook the fact that it should not be an unpleasant experience for the person involved. Thanks to...
September, 2009
23  Life Insurance-Bankers' New Best Friend
The fun has not gone out of banking after all. Following the disastrous fall of 2008, conventional wisdom had it that many of the things that made banking fun, like amazing bonuses and fascinating...
16  The Internet and the Ignorant
The Internet and talk radio are like magic. They can turn nothing into something. Not all who use it are magicians, however. Some are simply hucksters hoping to beguile the gullible into parting...
9   Guarding the Classroom
Vigilance. Without it who knows what sorts of insidious messages would slip into the curriculum of public schools throughout the country...
2   Archbishop Chaput- Catholicism Kaput
It could have been a teaching experience for Chuck, or Archbishop Charles Chaput, as he prefers to be called. It probably wasn’t. His teachers would have been Cardinal Seán O’Malley...
August, 2009
19  "Wheaties Fuel"-Successor to Champions
That one it got right. And in a big way. And the ameliorating news broke just as the bad news hit the papers. I’m referring to General Mills. Two weeks ago I described the problems it was...
12  Crime Without Punishment
KBR will long remember August 7, 2009. Cheryl Harris will long remember August 7, 2009. Each will remember it for the same reason. That was the day they learned that a team of investigators from...
6   Three Strikes and You're In
It is always refreshing when awareness and consequences catch up with the absurd. For more than 40 years, some thought that the way to reduce criminal activity was to limit the number of crimes a...
July, 2009
29  Cereal Boxes and Consumers
They’ve taken all the fun out of cereal boxes. That’s not all. They’ve imposed big fines on the one who tried to make them fun and threatened another. Of course the cereal...
2   The Art of Adultery
It is time to review the rules for confessions of infidelity by public figures. They do not address toilet stall tap dancing since that, being a solo performance, raises different issues from the...
June, 2009
24  White House Visitors-A Secret
At first one seeks comfort in the fact that in the Obama administration it’s good people who are visiting the White House and in the Bush administration it was the other kind. The comfort is...
18  The Rise and Fall of the Cigarette
It was a tough week for the cigarette and all but the most heartless would fail to feel the pain that has now been inflicted upon it. And in feeling their pain they’d be joined by Majority...
18  The Rise and
2009...
10  The Judge and the Urinator
Two federal employees have been in the news recently. One is a federal Judge-the other is an IRS employee. The conduct of both was inspired by the same anatomical device. The judge was convicted of...
10  The Judge and the Urinator
Two federal employees have been in the news recently. One is a federal Judge-the other is an IRS employee. The conduct of both was inspired by the same anatomical device. The judge was convicted of...
2   The Nominee and the Attack Dogs
The worst thing about disclosure of the name of the new Supreme Court nominee was not that the weeks of speculation had come to an end. It was that the public would no longer be treated to the...
May, 2009
27  The Credit Card and the NRA
The most surprising thing during the week of May 17th was not Dick Cheney slithering out of his Jackson Hole in order to affix blame for the next terrorist attack (whose advent he breathlessly awaits...
12  Baptism, Bees and Salvation
2009...
6   US. Credit Cards and Spanish Debt Collectors-A Contrast
April brought the prospect of changes to the lives of two different kinds of creditors in two different countries. The changes were radically different from one another. In the United States it was...
April, 2009
30  Silence, Prayer and Other Activities
It is time for an update on silence. It’s back. A quiet subject, it nonetheless leads to raucous debate and seems reluctant to be what its name suggests. Silence, it turns out, is sinister...
16  Beauty and the Vegetable
It is refreshing to have a bit of silliness introduced into a world consumed by weighty problems seeking resolution. For our examples we turn to West Virginia and the European Union. West Virginia...
8   Cigarettes and Reporters and a US. Senator
If they don’t get a Pulitzer it won’t be for want of trying. Raymond Hernandez and David Kocieniewski (RADA)of the New York Times did a brilliant job of letting the public see the
8   Cigarettes and Reporters and a US. Senator
If they don’t get a Pulitzer it won’t be for want of trying. Raymond Hernandez and David Kocieniewski (RADA)of the New York Times did a brilliant job of letting the public see the
1   Witches, Condoms and the Pope
He’s batting 50-50 which isn’t bad for most people. If you’re infallible, however, it’s not the sort of thing you’d brag about the next time you talk to your Father...
March, 2009
26  Cheney and Spitzer- Commentators
It was a study in contrasts. One fallen politician returned to the headlines reminding us that it was a shame his personal peccadilloes had led to his downfall and another, a disgrace to the...
18  Taxes and Didactics
Prominent people have, over the past few months, taught us things about taxes for which we should be grateful. Our teachers have gone from the very lowly (see Joe the Plumber) to the very...
11  The Taxpayer and the Tax Collector
When President Obama says he wants to increase employment in this country he is instead doing something that will cause many people to lose their jobs. As Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the top...
5   Rush and Joe Assume Command
The leader whose career has generated the most interest is, of course, Joe the Plumber. Many people thought Joe would complete whatever training he needed to become a licensed plumber. That was not...
February, 2009
26  Texas Meets a Death Penalty it Dislikes
It’s hard to believe it’s Texas. There is no state in the United States that has proved itself a better friend to the death penalty. It has executed 431 people since the death penalty...
17  The Pope and The Prelate
The trouble with being Pope is one must spend so much time contemplating things celestial that things terrestrial get overlooked. That helps explain the occasional papal activities that cause the...
12  The Resurrection of KBR
Mea culpa...
4   A Requiem for KBR and Blackwater
KBR’s Heather Browne just got some news. It wasn’t good. Blackwater just got some news. It wasn’t good. Both probably rue the day George Bush walked out of the White House and...
January, 2009
28  Local Pride and Supermax
Some violent criminals are more desirable than others. Colorado residents take pride in the fact that although home to Supermax, its residents are, by and large, the kinds of prisoners any state...
22  Bank of America Meets Due Diligence
This is a column about due diligence. Presidents of large banks, such as Bank of America’s (BOA) Kenneth D. Lewis may read this column but it is not applicable to BOA since the Present...
15  Citigroup and The Credit Card
It has to be put in perspective. If the employees are called upon to sacrifice, the customers should sacrifice as well. And to get a feeling of what Citigroup employees have sacrificed, one has...
7   The Critics and the Credit Card
It’s tough to be a credit card. Everyone worries about the consumer whereas no one seems to worry about the credit card even though it is subject to unending criticism. The cards’ acts...
December, 2008
24  The Traveller, The Suitcase and the Airline
The announcement came just in time to brighten the holiday season for United Airline travelers. It had to do with baggage...
19  The Formerly Wealthy Meet the Newly Unemployed
Put in a positive light, so as not to cast a pall over the joys of the Christmas season, Bernard L. Madoff should be viewed as someone who has expanded the consequences of one of the great new...
10  Births-Places and Mothers
The Internet is rapidly proving itself the best friend of those who seek to be truly informed-not limited by the sorts of things reported in the Wall Street Journal or The New York Times...
4   Lies and Deception George Bush Style
It is with a sense of loss that the columnist begins cleaning out files filled with examples of a corrupt administration that beg to be exposed to the light of day. After all, there will be little...
November, 2008
26  Two Crooks Don't Make a Right
No one has ever accused them of being quick learners but when it comes to reaching into the taxpayers’ pockets you’d have thought they’d have tumbled to it more quickly than they...
20  NOAA(H) and The Whales
Pity the poor whale. All it wants is to peacefully swim in the ocean. Instead it finds itself caught up in a net of litigation and rule making processes...
12  Another Disappointment in Iraq
I got it partly right. I also got it partly wrong. That’s the plight of the pundit who is forced to rely on information he obtains from such unreliable sources as newspapers and the internet...
7   Bush and Industry vs The Rest Of Us
There was at least one bit of good news recently with respect to George Bush’s unending (but soon to be ended) efforts to protect industry from the bad effects of science, workers and the...
October, 2008
30  The Fertilized Egg and the Decapitated Flower
Switzerland and Colorado have at least two things in common. Both have lots of mountains and some of the citizens of both countries have great concern about life that some would not consider life...
21  John the Candidate Meets Joe the Plumber
John McCain has clearly learned from experience and anyone doubting it had only to watch the third debate. With all the thousands, if not millions, of things that have been written about Mr...
15  Lucky Sarah Palin
Sarah Palin is one lucky dude. Under any other set of circumstances her chances of becoming vice-president of the United States would have been adversely affected by two recent events. As it is, the...
9   I Spy
The surprising thing was that it was a surprise. It just goes to show that it’s hard to predict who will be embarrassed by what disclosures when governments operate outside the law...
September, 2008
19  Two Bids For Independence-A Study In Contrasts
It was quite a contrast. And that’s not to say that what Russia did was right. It’s just interesting for the outsider to contrast George Bush’s response to events in Kosovo with...
11  Sarah and The Polar Bear
Now that we’ve all gotten over our giddiness at the excitement of a former almost-beauty queen, mayor and short-term governor as John McCain’s running mate we should put to rest any...
1   The Wife and The Veep
It was a wonderful week for women and it more than made up for the fact that Hillary Clinton is neither the Democrats’ presidential nor vice-presidential candidate. Both events took place on...
August, 2008
28  The Wandering Anti-Terrorist Funds
One of the purposes of anti-terrorism funds is to fight terrorism. There is, of course, a lot of money available for that purpose, and sometimes it is so tempting to use it for purposes other than...
20  The Citizen and the Passport
2008...
13  Bush, Babes and Human Rights
It was a dreadful coincidence and no one felt sorrier for George Bush than I. He made a perfectly wonderful speech in Thailand and was done in by the timing. It made him sound the perfect fool. That...
7   The Games and The Promises
Now that the Olympic games have begun, it is time to compare promise with performance...
July, 2008
30  A Fairy Tale From South Dakota
Herewith a suggestion on how to improve the South Dakota Fairy Tale that the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 8th Circuit has approved for reading to women before they undergo abortions. The case was...
23  KBR Revisited-Again
At first it seemed outrageous. Then the reader put it in perspective. It wasn’t that big a deal. This is a war that has cost millions of Iraqi lives and more than 4000 American lives. This...
23  Fleeting Fame
2008...
17  The Plagiarist and The Judgeship
Talk about a bunch of whiners. We live in a country run by a consummate liar whose most egregious lies have resulted in (a) the deaths of more than 4000 American servicemen and women, (b) the...
10  The Census and the Battery
Rewards. That’s the newest game in Washington D.C. Almost simultaneously John McCain and the Census Bureau came up with clever ideas to make the U.S.A. a better place. The Census Bureau...
4   George Bush Meets the Environment-Part II
2008...
June, 2008
25  George Bush Meets the Environment
If there were only one agency (and there’s probably not) that has consistently enjoyed the benefits lavished on it by an ignorant president who continuously diminishes its standing in the world...
19  Private Sector Perks
A clarification. In a couple of recent columns I poked a bit of fun at people like John Ashcroft, former Attorney General of the United States who was hired to monitor the conduct of a corporation...
12  Rewards for the Bush Faithful
It was a longer hill to climb than the one climbed by John Ashcroft, but Tommy Thompson has reason to be happy with the rewards he received upon arriving at the summit. So do the 9/11 responders who...
4   George Bush-Than Shwe-A Study in Style
It would be unfair to compare the response of Myanmar Junta leader, Than Shwe, to Cyclone Nargis to George Bush’s response to Hurricane Katrina. For one thing, the two disasters were separated...
May, 2008
30  Missing Money in Iraq
It puts it in a whole new light. And a better light it is. I refer to the recent news about spending in Iraq...
21  The Chancellor and The Academy-Conservative Thought
There is more than one way for a university to receive national recognition. One is to employ a faculty member who receives a Nobel Prize for his discovery. The other is to be governed by a...
16  Drugs, The Patient, and The Insurance Company
Health insurance companies are constantly looking for new ways to make money. Two of the major impediments to their quest are sick people and the drugs they need. Clever, as a good corporation...
7   The Private Tax Collector Came and Went
It was impossible to know how it would turn out. Of course, there were a few hints. But they were so subtle that only someone with a bit of brain would have picked up on the clues. And it seemed...
April, 2008
30  Hiding Truth
The wonderful thing about having George Bush as president is that a commentator can write about the same subject repeatedly and it will always be timely and
24  The Prostitute and The Moderators-A Suggestion
2008...
16  Funerals and Abortions
What does George Bush have in common with prostitutes? For the answer see the end of the next paragraph...
10  Savoir Faire
Why can’t Americans be more like the French? The slightly altered line from My Fair Lady is inspired by the fascination with which we in the United States have viewed the sexual peccadilloes...
3   The Quick and the Dead and McCain
John McCain has two advantages over Barrack Obama. Whereas Barrack has only one spiritual advisor, John has three, two of whom say nuttier things than Jeremiah Wright, Barrack Obama’s pastor...
March, 2008
26  Preachers and Politicians
As John McCain and his presumptive vice-presidential running mate, Joe Lieberman, toured the middle East together (Joe to remind John of who is on first in Iraq so as to correct gaffs born of...
20  The Clout of George Bush
There are advantages to be gained from taking possession of a country rather than simply befriending its leader. Consider Iraq and Pakistan...
13  A Modest Proposal
Herewith a modest proposal-so modest in fact that none of those charged with resolving the issue has thought of it. The issue wanting resolution is how to enfranchise the voters in Michigan and...
5   Iraq and Sleepovers
Iraq is a sovereign and free country. That means it gets to decide whom to invite for dinner and sleepovers. It was made free by George W. Bush. That means he gets to decide who can invade Iraq...
February, 2008
28  Corrupt Dictators and Their Friends
Herewith an introduction to Nursultan A. Nazarbayev, president of Kazakhstan...
14  The Forgotten Promises of George Bush
The man can’t keep his word even though the words are always the same. Having mouthed them so often you’d think he could remember them. What’s surprising now is that the forgotten...
7   The Cigarette
It is not often I feel compelled to offer an apology to a corporation but one is required this week. Last week, in poking fun at Merck and Schering-Plough for having failed to disclose the results of...
January, 2008
30  Cigarettes, Drugs and Corporations
Plus ça change, plus c’est la même chose -the news about the newest cholesterol lowering drugs and disclosure of the fact that there had been non-disclosure. It was reminiscent of...
24  Arms and The President
a necessary inheritance...
16  The FBI and The Telephone
It’s only money. And when most of your effort is devoted to making sure that the country is safe from terrorists it’s easy to see how keeping track of money can just be the straw that...
10  Humane Executions?
The question everyone is asking is whether anything is happening in the United States of America other than a two year long marathon to decide who will be the next president of the United States...
10  Humane Executions?
The question everyone is asking is whether anything is happening in the United States of America other than a two year long marathon to decide who will be the next president of the United States...
10  Humane Executions?
The question everyone is asking is whether anything is happening in the United States of America other than a two year long marathon to decide who will be the next president of the United States...
3   A Veto in a Pocket
Things are not as they as they seem. Especially not when George Bush is the explainer. Consider the proffered reasons for the pocket veto of the military authorization bill...
December, 2007
27  Air and Bush
Boy. With all the Environmental Protection Agency has been doing in the last few weeks it’s hard to believe its employees had time to enjoy Christmas or make plans for the new year-there was...
20  Paper vs Toxins
The administration has done something that on the surface appears to be anti-environmental when in reality all it is doing is implementing the Paperwork Reduction Act...
13  Some Evolve And Some Don't
Pesky. There’s no other description for evolution. It just keeps evolving. The most recent flap comes from Texas, the state that demonstrated that evolution is not as far along as we’d...
6   Bad Presidents
If craziness loves company, U.S. citizens should take comfort from some of the other world leaders. Evidence was offered by a teddy bear and a South American leader...
November, 2007
29  Strange Bedfellows
Mr. Bush is not disappointed in them. Quite the contrary. He’s envious. Although sharing their goals, he is far less successful than they. They have shown how democracy works in an ideal...
21  An Unopened Embassy for Christmas
I was half right. In late May I wrote that September was going to be an exciting month in Iraq. I observed that that was the month in which funding for the war would end and the debate about the...
19  The disgracing of The Boulder Daily Camera
2007...
19  The Boulder Daily Camera's Disgrace
2007...
15  A Tip Gone Missing
Most United States voters spend hours each day contemplating things like taxes, the war in Iraq and Afghanistan, the trade deficit, and other weighty matters. Fascinated by the complexity of these...
6   Cremation for Free?
Although this writer enjoys reasonably good health and has no expectation of dying in the near future, the envelope that came from an organization called the Neptune Society, hinted at exciting news...
October, 2007
31  The Tongue and The Bigot
The fault lies not with its proprietor, but with his tongue. It keeps saying things that surprise both speaker and hearer and in two recent cases its utterances were completely unexpected and...
25  The Blackguards of Blackwater
It is easy to take pot shots (as a drunken Blackwater USA employee would tell you) but occasionally they misfire (as a drunken Blackwater USA employee would tell you.) And on this occasion, a news...
18  Creationists Strike Abroad
It seems only fair. From Europe we have received Bach, Mozart and Beethoven, to name but a few and to Europe we are now exporting the learning of the illustrious members of today’s equivalent...
11  Rudy and Propriety
Dear Miss Manners...
4   What a Perfect Friendship
2007...
September, 2007
26  Toys and Almonds
2007...
20  The Cinema and the Airplane
Who’d have thought it? The airlines have now become reflections of society’s ever changing mores and in the case of Continental Airlines, its spokesman has become an instructor in the...
12  New-Improved Baptisms
2007...
5   The Toilet and the Senator
The party may simply be suffering from PCSS (post coital stress syndrome). Enough, it may be thinking, is enough, which given several of its members’ recent moral lapses, it clearly is. On...
August, 2007
29  Imprecatory Prayer
For those who are skeptical about the power of prayer to say nothing about the existence of God, it was an encouraging development. Indeed, it may well have turned a number of atheists into devout...
23  Specially Designated Terrorist Organization and Us
It’s not like they did it on purpose. It was just a mistake and then a bunch of soreheads go and make a big deal out of it. The soreheads are Al-Haramain Islamic Foundation, Inc., Wendell...
16  Bush vs Science
George Bush is busy inventing the wheel. And what a fine group he has assembled to help him accomplish the task. It is safe to say that all the designers he is employing have some notion of what a...
9   The Tax Collector Cometh
It is just as everyone feared. No sooner do the Democrats take over Congress than they begin to undo some of the legislation so carefully crafted by the Republicans when they were in control. A...
2   Totalitarianism Revisited
It is time I set the record straight. I applaud all George Bush has done as president during the past 6 ½ years and if any one reads anything I have written during the past five years as...
July, 2007
26  Bush vs Children
So you were surprised? Blame it on your short memory. If it were longer, life would have fewer surprises. Consider George Bush and health insurance for children. He likes children, he loves money...
18  Defective Religions
At first it seems like incredible intolerance. Reflection reveals it’s nothing more than a space problem. I refer to Pope Benedict’s latest pronouncement...
11  Scooter vs Karla Faye
I’m almost turning into a Republican what with defending the administration at every turn. Being an impartial sort, however, it seems only right that I do so when the opportunity presents...
5   King George
It was not enough to elect him president. Now they’ve gone and crowned him king. Of course he’s been acting like a king for some time now. The Supreme Court simply formalized it. It...
June, 2007
28  Dick Cheney Explains the Constitution
Although I am not normally one to spring to the defense of Dick Cheney I have to say that people are being really petty about the latest kafuffle over his conduct. Mr. Cheney is not, after all, just...
21  Albanian Visitors
They were greeted somewhat differently. Fortunately the first to arrive did not witness the treatment accorded the second to arrive and so their disparate treatment did not add to their depression...
14  Bush Warming to Global Warming
It was a confusing few days for the climate and those affected by it. On May 22, 2007, Robert Sullivan, the former associate director in charge of exhibitions at the National Museum of Natural...
6   James Dobson as Cotton Mather
The Puritans are back and who more worthy to lead them than Cotton Mather and John Hathorne (now known as James Dobson and Bill O’Reilly) successful witch hunters of the 17th century whose...
May, 2007
30  The Eighth Wonder of the World
September promises to be an exciting month in Iraq. That is the month in which funding for the war in Iraq runs out and the debate about the future of the war will resume. But that is only the...
24  Strange Bedfellows
The stars are aligned. Guantanamo detainees and their prosecutors wish for the same thing-fewer lawyers. Alberto Gonzales has gone to court to see if the judges will grant their wishes...
17  Compassion of the Conservatives
While Cowboy Dick is traveling around the Middle East telling the world of plans he has for blowing up some more bad people, others were figuring out how to deal with the consequences of some of the...
10  In Limbo No Longer
From time to time events ecclesiastical eclipse things political. It’s happened before and will happen again...
2   Iraq and Darfur-A Comparison
In his April 21 radio address to the nation (inspired by the violence at Virginia Tech earlier in the week) George Bush announced that he has directed federal officials to conduct a national inquiry...
April, 2007
26  Choices
When it comes to choosing people to serve the country, occasionally Mr. Bush gets lucky. Although repeatedly letting everyone know how much he likes Messrs. Gonzales and Wolfowitz, secretly Mr. Bush...
19  Apologies
It is a web site that many people in the Bush administration should refer to. It is called Writing Express and it comprises samples of letters that one can use in day-to-day intercourse. The ones I...
12  What a Good Friend We Have In Pakistan
If you thought all the Pakistanis got for their friendship with George W. Bush was a lawsuit and eventually a bunch of F-16s think again...
4   Italian Justice
Italy is not the United States. Here is how you can tell.
...
March, 2007
29  Oaths and Lies
The one thing we’ve learned but Mr. Bush has not, is that depending on whom you do it to, lying can be a crime even if you are not under oath. Mr. Bush knows that if his in-house liars, of...
22  New Orleans Envies Iraq
If people in New Orleans and environs are feeling depressed at the pace of reconstruction they should take heart from Iraq. Unlike New Orleans, Iraq has not dropped off George Bush’s radar...
15  Compassion for the Newborn
If you didn’t like the results of the most recent UNICEF report on children you’ll like the future ones even less...
1   Missile Madness
It has an appealing symmetry. George Bush is deploying a missile defense system that may or may not work to defend against nuclear weapons that might be fired from Iranian secret weapons sites that...
February, 2007
22  Racing and Doping
Bicycle racing and NASCAR have more in common than the fact that both depend on the wheel for their success. Both are infected by the doping bug. Everyone knows that the sport that some might...
15  The Mysterious Ways of the Lord
2007...
8   Charitable Giving and Jail Time
What recent events tell us is that what something is called has substantive repercussions far greater than one might think. Consider “foreign terrorist organization”. It has been in the...
1   Arms and The President
It was an interesting week. China got Mr. Bush bent out of shape and Mr. Bush got Russia bent out of shape...
January, 2007
25  Arms Sales-An Alternative To Dialogue
There’s one thing George Bush knows. You don’t get to be the biggest arms merchant in the world by only selling arms to friends. If that were the case the only countries to which...
18  Mr Stimson Plays The Fool
It is perfectly obvious that the barrage of criticism accompanying the statements made by Charles D. Stimson arises from a misunderstanding as to what people think Mr. Stimson thought he was talking...
11  The Tax Man Cometh
It’s time for one of our periodic looks at the Internal Revenue Service. In July it announced it was eliminating one-half of the IRS personnel who were responsible for auditing the tax...
3   The Decider And The Regulators
Mr. Bush is nothing, if not a man of his word. When Mr. Bush was running for president he promised he would relax rules that assorted groups believed were onerous. And once elected he courageously...
December, 2006
27  Science Meets Ignorance
Science is not as intimidating as it first appears. Anyone can do it. It is important, however, that when done by scientists it be properly vetted by amateurs. And it is important that ordinary...
22  Terrorist as Ally
It’s a tremendous responsibility that has been thrust on those who are imprisoned by George Bush. They have, albeit it unwittingly, become our allies in the war on terror. They remain...
14  The Computer And The FBI
Iraq is not the only thing that’s broken that the administration can’t get fixed in a timely fashion. The FBI’s computers are another. But first some background...
6   Travel Tips
By the time this column sees the light of day much will already have been written about George Bush’s newest program to protect us from ourselves if not from him. It is, however, such a clever...
November, 2006
30  The Bishops Are Coming
It may have been a way of saving money. That would make sense given the amount of money the Catholic Church has had to pay in settling lawsuits arising out of the sexual abuse of children by...
22  A Kinder Gentler Bush?
It was a short honeymoon. Barely a week. If you’re in bed with George Bush it’s long enough...
16  Cleaning Up After Bush and Cheney
It was nothing more than a coincidence. During the days after the election there were stories about how Halliburton was hoping to fix problems created by Dick Cheney when he worked there and George...
7   What Constitution?
The populace was alerted to the perniciousness of The Military Commissions Act when the media reported that the agency with the quaint name of “U.S. Justice Department” furnished the...
1   Political Pharmaceuticals
The drug companies are our friends. Making drugs that make us well is not all they do. They use part of their profits to make sure that the very best people are elected to the House of...
October, 2006
26  Fashionistas
Timing is important. So, it seems, are clothes...
19  More Corrupt Construction Tales
Here’s a surprise. Congressional hearings can be enlightening, the caliber of the participants notwithstanding...
10  Mendacity Repeats Itself
The pig is back at the trough and the farmer is happy to slop it. Its first visit to the trough was early in the Iraq war when Farmer Bush hired the pig known formally as the “Lincoln...
4   Mealtime At The White House
Once again we are reminded of the importance of invitations. Who among us has not breathlessly awaited the advent of the sought after invitation, the arrival of which signifies that the recipient...
September, 2006
27  Busharraf-A Tale of Two Kings
2006...
20  Imelda and Ferdinand
From time to time this column strives to provide historical perspective to current events. And what could be more current than the welcome news that Ferdinand Marcos has, at long last, found a...
15  The Fruits of Education
They were very good students. That is why they remembered the techniques that we taught them back in the 1980s...
15  Eduation's Many Benefits
They were very good students. That is why they remembered the techniques that we taught them back in the 1980s...
14  More Ethics?
It’s time for an update and an apology. The update is on the consequences of having one’s criminal conduct discovered. The apology is for someone who, though not a crook, could be...
6   I've got a secret
There are so many choices it’s like being in a candy shop. What public information about the government can George Bush now turn into secret information so that an uninformed citizen will be...
August, 2006
23  Freedom?
2006...
17  Class Warfare
The poor are such a nuisance. Just when Congress tries to bring sense to its self-created chaos, the poor get in the way. The most recent example is the collision between the very poor who are...
July, 2006
31  The Ones Who Were Caught
It’s time for a brief update on the unfortunate encounters with the justice system that three of Mr. Bush’s appointees have enjoyed. My favorite (and each reader will have his or her own...
26  No Bids-No Quality-Just Friends
2006...
18  I'm always true to you darling in my fashion, I'm always true to you darling in my way
2006...
13  The Pope and The Bush
Neither of them believes in science. They both believe in God. They both have a weapon available to them to enforce their beliefs. George Bush can veto. Pope Benedict can excommunicate...
5   Long May It Wave
Two hundred eighty six members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 67 U.S. senators would have loudly applauded loudly the decision by the Hong Kong Court of Final Appeals...
June, 2006
29  In Search of a Pleasant Execution
June 24 was a big day in the Philippines. President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo signed a bill abolishing the death penalty. According to Amnesty International, the signing brought to 25 the number of...
22  Mr Hu and Mr. Bush-a Fable?
Once again Mr. Bush is in a gazing mode. Who can forget when he first met Mr. Putin in June 2001 and following the meeting said: “I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very...
15  Terrorists Tremble
Every so often Mr. Bush and his friends offer up little surprises that are amusing when not alarming. That’s what makes it so much fun to have George Bush in the White House. The week of May...
14  More Benefits For Bush Friends?
It’s all becoming clear-not that Mr. Bush has any responsibility for starting Hurricane Katrina. His responsibility began where the hurricane left off. And it proved as much of a windfall for...
2   BS No Longer Outsourced
It keeps coming up roses. Now the roses are being fertilized by manure manufactured by Bush & Co. instead of fertilizer purchased from outside sources...
2   Ethics?
It was so easy it’s odd that that the administration waited until now to bring it to an end...
3   BS No Longer Outsourced
It keeps coming up roses. Now the roses are being fertilized by manure manufactured by Bush & Co. instead of fertilizer purchased from outside sources...
May, 2006
17  The Death Penalty-How and If
It’s a sad thing when the jury gives the answer the Court is seeking. But it shows how civilized our country is when we struggle with something the rest of the world no longer needs to...
11  A Petty Criminal in Jordan or the the White House?
It’s all in the eyes of the beholder and the beholder could not help but be struck by what was seen when two videos and two people were juxtaposed. One of the people was described in a BBC...
3   A Free Tank of Gas
Only a politician would have thought of it and having thought of it, only another politician would have abandoned it. And who better to have thought of it than the majority leader of the United...
April, 2006
26  Georgie has a secret
George Bush, in what is surely a holdover from his childhood, loves secrets. The ones he loves the best are the ones he knows and no one else knows...
22  The Joys of Wealth
Once again the tidings of the season and the news from the news reminded one and all that it is better to be rich than to be poor. The week ended with news of the Cheneys’ tax refund and began...
12  Opus (Dei?)
There is some good news (in the non-Gospel sense) and some bad news from the Roman Catholic Church. The good news is found in the audit report prepared by the Gavin Group, Inc. for the United States...
4   Democracy?
It’s becoming a bit clearer. Mr. Bush’s support for democracy has its limits and a solution to his concerns is not immediately apparent. That there are limits to his support came as...
March, 2006
9   Random House's tutor
It makes great good sense and will teach Random House a thing or two. One of the things it will teach it is to be more careful. I’m not sure what the second one is but perhaps we’ll...
2   Bolivia's not Palestine
Watch out Bolivia. George Bush has you in his sights...
February, 2006
23  Brown or Deutsch — Your Choice
The more one learns about the sophomores in charge of the country’s affairs the more one marvels. In addition to ineptitude, at least two of them share one other quality-lying to enhance their...
17  Boehner's Girl Friend's Sallie Mae
The great news is that we’re rid of Tom DeLay. The coffin of the Hammer, as he was known when majority leader, has been nailed shut. And the man who cultivated the field of lobbyists has...
8   Muzzled by Bush-A Distinction or Disgrace?
Some are fired. Some are simply muzzled. When considering whether those events are a distinction or a disgrace the question that must be asked is “Who did it?” If it’s George W...
1   One Man's Crime is Another Man's Folly
It’s no good comparing one criminal sentence with another criminal sentence. After all, there are different facts and circumstances involved in each case and what may appear to be quite a...
January, 2006
27  Would you prefer a wire tap or your house blown up?
The critics don’t know when they’re well off. Instead of ranting against George Bush they should be grateful they live in this free country with telephones instead of some other place in...
19  The IRS and the Pauper
The poor are still with us and once again it’s George Bush’s IRS that is insuring they do not take unfair advantage of those of us who have, through our own diligence or felicitous...
12  Pat's no Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
The comparison is superficial. Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was expressing a wish. Pat Robertson was offering a rational explanation of the event. Those two things are quite different...
6   Credit Card Issuers-Friend of the Poor
It is popular but unfair to criticize credit card companies for their recent successful efforts to persuade congress to change the bankruptcy laws. Rather than criticize we should acknowledge all...
December, 2005
29  Putin and Bush- Two Peas in a Pod
2005...
22  Presidential and Journalistic Prerogatives
It was another great week on the national scene. First it was George Bush showing his lack of scruples and then it was the New York Times belying its motto: “All the news that’s fit to...
15  Jose Padilla's New Year's News
Jose Padilla may be about to get a New Year’s present to add to his Christmas present...
9   Facts and Bush
Facts need friends. With the right kind of friends facts can alter their appearance. The Bush administration has gone out of its way to create friends for facts and the altered facts in turn have...
1   Take That You Enemy Combatant
His indictment by the federal government at first seemed like a welcome start for his holiday season. Indictments are not always so. Jose Padilla’s case seemed to be the exception until...
November, 2005
25  Thankful for George W Bush and FEMA
Again we have been treated to the workings of a truly compassionate administration. In one case it took two tries, in the other it was doing what comes naturally and got it right the first time...
17  Don't Lose Sight of the Cost of a Terrorist Attack
It is probably nothing more than an unfortunate coincidence that Homeland Security released its report on what to do in the event a terrorist explodes a dirty bomb on our shores while the...
10  Lenin on the Move
It is an opportunity foregone and it is likely that no one regrets it more than Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov Lenin. Especially when he considers the more likely alternative...
5   Tax Benefits for Hurricane Victims
Who’d have thought it? The first proposal that Congress came up with to help the victims of Hurricane Katrina was a proposal to permit people who died in the hurricane avoid estate tax. Of...
October, 2005
27  Humane Execution
Herewith a primer on the death penalty. It is the device society has chosen to teach murderers that the taking of human life is wrong. It is also a way of insuring that were they to prove themselves...
19  Congress Gives Thanks to Veterans
Once again we are reminded that when a president decides he would like to be a war president, we go to war, to paraphrase Mr. Rumsfeld, not with the accounting system you would like to have but with...
13  Better a Star in the CIA Than a Private In The Army
She’s unsophisticated and certainly doesn’t read the newspapers so she’ll not have noticed. Were it otherwise she’d be as puzzled as her limited intellect would permit. And...
6   The Real Tom DeLay
He’s clearly not as bad as the press makes him out to be. But it’s easy to overlook that fact if one focuses on his conduct instead of his defenders...
September, 2005
28  An Abundance of Incompetence
September was a remarkable month for the Bush administration. We had grown so accustomed to the sight of competent people being set free from their jobs for telling the truth that it was refreshing...
22  Republicans-Good Samaritans
Even absolutely terrible events have silver linings. Hurricane Katrina is an example. It demonstrated, to the surprise of at least this writer, that George W. Bush and Republicans in Congress not...
14  Another Hurricane Victim
Golly. All people are thinking about are the hurricane victims. No one is thinking about Michael Brown who is now unemployed. Stephen Jones, the lawyer who defended Timothy McVeigh, hired Mr. Brown...
7   George Bush, a drowsy man
No one likes to admit to being dull, so occasionally the task of making the observation falls to others. George Bush is a case in point. All his friends tell us his is a keen mind that cuts right...
1   Pat Robertson again?
Pat Robertson is the man whose website commends to the reader his booklets that describe Age-Defying Antioxidants, Age Defying Protein Pancakes and Age-Defying Protein Shakes, the latter two having...
August, 2005
23  Ed Meese revisited
Mea culpa. All during the years in which John Ashcroft embarrassed the country by serving as attorney general, I told anyone who would listen that I waxed nostalgic for the halcyon days when...
17  Secrets and the Anonymous Informer
A secret’s not a secret anymore. In days of yore, a secret was treated with the greatest respect. A person to whom a secret was imparted treated the secret as inviolate, refusing to disclose...
10  Justice Sunday II - you won't want to miss it.
Sunday, August 14 promises to be a great day for the Lord. Not that it’s the only exciting day. George Bush gave Him another in early August. But I get ahead of myself...
4   Munificence From A Hard Working Congress
So marvelous are the benefits that it almost makes a human being giddy. Congress passed an energy bill before its members hurried home to their well-earned rest. (By September 3, when they return...
July, 2005
27  Long may it wave.
It is time for an update, albeit belatedly, on things in China that though trivial in the eyes of some, are central to the concerns of others in the governments of those two countries. I refer, of...
21  How quickly expectations are lowered.
Friends change over time. Consider Albert Gonzales and the FBI. Prior to Judge Roberts’s nomination, liberals were hoping Albert Gonzales would be Mr. Bush’s nominee for the vacant...
15  The Africans and the Olympians
It was the juxtaposition that caught the eye. It was the fact that the G8 meeting began on the same day as the site of the next Olympic games was announced. Each occasion was important. Each...
6   The soldiers and the Congress
Republicans in Congress have done wonderful things for people in the military all of which goes to show that while helping the rich get richer through bountiful tax cuts, they have not overlooked...
June, 2005
29  Texas is not like the rest of the world.
It’s just not the same as living in Texas. In Texas everyone was his friend. They liked him, his parents, his siblings, and Laura. They gave him nice presents like the 10 % interest in the...
21  Federal Court rules were meant to be broken
One of the first things Thomas B. Griffith will want to do is convince his colleagues of the importance of changing their Rule 49. It shouldn’t be that hard since he’s now a member of...
18  Onward Christian Soldiers
Life is full of surprises. Just ask Johnny. Johnny is Johnny Weida, the Brig. General in the air force who became the commandant of cadets at the Air Force Academy in April 2003 just as the sex...
16  Who says Africa needs more aid?
One of Mr. Bush’s great skills is the ability to turn a small amount of money into a large amount of money with virtually no effort. Another is to give the impression that small amounts of...
11  No Child Left Behind What?
The by-product would come as a big, but welcome, surprise to Mr. Bush, although the law itself is one of the things that he considers to be one of the signal achievements of his presidency. Among its...
1   Sinclair Broadcast Group discovers it has a heart after all.
The good news is that the Sinclair Broadcast Group is just as concerned with the deaths of U.S. service people in Iraq as the rest of us. That wasn’t obvious a year ago. It is now. It was...
May, 2005
25  Onward Christian Soldiers
Life is full of surprises. Just ask Johnny. Johnny is Johnny Weida, the Brig. General in the air force who became the commandant of cadets at the Air Force Academy in April 2003 just as the sex...
18  A Visit to the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act
Whereas one of the consequences of 9/11 was the curtailing of the freedom of the people in the United States by the imposition of new laws and sanctions, that same event freed Congress to do all...
10  Human rights can be important-some times.
It’s probably just because we have a shortage of good jails. Otherwise being a country concerned with human rights we’d not consider it...
April, 2005
12  The lawless Cardinal Law
He just goes from glory to glory. The only question is why...
7   War Crimes and the International Court of Criminal Justice
The risk, of course, is that the International Court of Criminal Justice might agree with United States Military investigators and decide to prosecute. That would be most unwelcome. It was all...
1   Evolution Revisited
When you do something dumb it’s nice to have attention drawn from you by someone doing something even dumber. Just ask Cobb County...
March, 2005
23  Pakistan and the F-16-A Tale
A sucker is born every minute. It may not always be obvious who the sucker is. Pakistan is negotiating with the United States to buy some airplanes. Apparently there is no one left in Pakistan who...
16  A vocabulary lesson
Instead of beginning today’s column with a discussion of world events, we begin with a vocabulary lesson. The lesson is inspired by the confluence of two words that seem to have nothing in...
9   Let them eat cake
It is easy for the poor to become so excited over the proposals in the new bankruptcy law that they lose sight of the exciting changes that may soon be coming in the Medicaid field...
2   Why a Stinger Missile is like Al Jazeera
It’s easy to get crosswise with the United States. Just ask Qatar. In 1988 it was Stinger missiles-today it’s Al Jazeera...
February, 2005
21  Do as we say — not as we do
The week that included Valentine’s day seemed as good a week as any to put the world on notice. Not the entire world-only parts and, for that matter, one part was even given a reprieve...
19  Cobb County Georgia and Evolution
For this week’s musings we return again to Cobb County Georgia...
12  Rwanda and The Joy of Killing
It must have been the juxtaposition. Without it I might not have noticed or been surprised. Paul and Roméo would have noticed but would not have been surprised. Their memories would have...
6   Columnist As Shill
The quick and the dead. Those are the ones the administration finds useful in promoting its policies. It was the quick who started off the storm of criticism...
January, 2005
30  Another Trial Up In Flames?
Everyone who is rooting for Us instead of Them is hoping that it wasn’t a metaphor. The FBI has had enough bad news since 9/11 including, of course, the event itself. The metaphor to which I...
23  Computer skills evade FBI Detection
Only the most callous would refuse to sympathize with the United States government. It makes it seem more human. That’s because few of my readers have not at one time or another found...
15  Gonzales and the Death Penalty
Even I, biased as I am, am constrained to come to the defense of the oppressed majority now and again. Although I would be the first to contradict the commonly accepted notion (by Republicans and an...
8   Privatizing the IRS
Again we are reminded. There is nothing government does that the private sector can’t do better. What “Plastics” was to Dustin Hoffman’s “Graduate”...
1   Childhood Under Threat
He sure knew what he was talking about. He should. He is president of the World Bank...
December, 2004
24  A Merck Merry Christmas
For all three groups Christmas came early. For the first group it came in September. For the second group it came in mid-December and for the third group, which got the best present, it came at the...