Enhanced Pat-Down

My deposition ended in just enough time for me to catch an earlier flight back home than scheduled. But my suit today has all the metal parts: suspenders and tie bar and cuff links so I set off the metal detector. That meant I could either wrestle out of my suspenders or get a pat…

Thoughts From Travelworld

It’s odd, really, how much travel I’ve been doing recently. I went nearly a year without any business travel and now it seems like every other day I’m away from home, in a hotel or on an airplane, I even got some yacht stories traveling around which you can visit this blog to read. As…

The Future of Mankind

Jason and Russell have some Big Thoughts about the future fate of mankind. And Russell beat me to making a call-out to one of the Biggest Thoughts of them all. So instead, I’ll offer this: I have always been more immediately scared and concerned about the final exchange of Colossus: The Forbin Project than issues…

Bitter Hospitality

In his powerful biography of Peter I Romanov, Robert Massie puts words in the mouth of the czar: “I will drag you, kicking and screaming if need be, into the modern world.” Peter could do that to his own people because he was one of them. By our standards, Peter was a hereditary monarch, a…

Pseudonymity And Social Networking

Pseudonymous blogging strikes the right balance, for me, between the ability to project a clear and consistent identity to those interested in exchanging ideas, and buffering my sometimes unpopular ideas from meatworld decisionmakers, some of whom hold power over ways I might want to further my career, and some of whom hold power over my…

Take A Deep Breath, Y’all

Over the past week or so, we seem to have had a rash of misunderstandings, misread intents inferred, misread comments, and just plain misstatements and the unpleasant retractions thus obliged. There’s been a lot of flared tempers and some name-calling. Most ungentlemanly. Not everyone is guilty of it, but I offer my own mea culpa: for…

Contraception, Catholics, Compulsion, and Compelling Interests

There’s been quite a bit of discussion recently about the Obama Administration’s manner of implementing provisions of the Affordable Care Act by requiring that employer-funded healthcare plans include contraception. By now, every Reader here should be familiar with the objection: employers owned or controlled by the Roman Catholic Church and other religious entities object to…

The Panel Decision

When a big case is released, I want to read it right away. But unfortunately, courts release big cases at precisely the time lawyers are working. So it’s taken me a day to digest this latest and possibly penultimate round of litigation in Perry v. Brown, the Brown v. Board of Education of our generation.…

Underripe Thoughts On Inevitable Litigation

The porn industry is quick to raise the First Amendment as its primary argument against governmental intervention of any sort. And not without justification — governments from the Feds down to municipalities are notoriously hostile to pornography. Which is odd, because judging by the way the market behaves, it sure looks like pretty much everyone…

Live Up North?

If you do, be sure to step out tonight, preferably in an area clear of bright city lights or other light pollution. The Earth has been hit with a large coronal mass ejection for most of the day, and chances of seeing an aurora are especially good tonight for those in northern latitudes. I’m in…

A Long Drink From The Well of Theocracy

It’s been over twenty-four hours since I wrote about Newt Gingrich, so I’ll complete my trilogy of observations about his insurgency here. I’d be less interested in Gingrich if it didn’t look for all the world like he’s about to win the South Carolina primary. South Carolina voters, at least, seem to like what he’s…

Newt The Nullifier

Newt Gingrich channels the legend of Andrew Jackson*: [Gingrich] told a forum of anti-abortion activists ahead of South Carolina’s primary election that as president he would ignore supreme court rulings he regards as legally flawed. He implied that would also extend to the 1973 decision, Roe vs Wade, legalising abortion. “If the court makes a…

The Great Cases, No. 3

At my sub-blog, I have completed the third of my “Great Cases” series of posts. This installment introduces us to an eccentric British nobleman, the personal assets of America’s then-leading jurist, the collapse of America’s first political party, a rather swashbuckling piece of litigation, the legal concessions the fledgling United States had to make to…

Oklahoma Anti-Sharia Law Struck Down

Yesterday, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals affirmed an injunction against Oklahoma’s anti-Sharia law. I guest-blogged about this issue more than a year ago on the front page, even before I was anointed a sub-Ordinary Gentleman, and followed up on it later, musing that enjoining the certification of the state constitutional amendment was potentially a…

You Can’t Change Anything

Participating in democracy is futile. Your vote, by itself, doesn’t matter. No, what you need is seven friends. Then, the eight of you can determine the outcome of an all-eyes-on-you election like the 2012 Iowa Republican Caucuses: Mitt Romney 30,015 Rick Santorum 30,007 Ron Paul 26,219 Newt Gingrich 16,251 Rick Perry 12,604 Michelle Bachmann 6,073 Jon…

Leaguefest 2012!

At the sub-blogs, we’ve had some discussion of the idea of a meetup for the League. The current idea being floated around is to arrange a meet-up in Las Vegas some time in May. Presumably accompanied by our spouses or significant others, we’d all meet somewhere for dinner and drinks, and decide what next move…

The Tort of Political Discrimination

I’d like to raise a subject for discussion that is not that walking, talking amalgamation of ambiguity that goes by the name of “Ron Paul” because I think there’s plenty of talk about him going on here already. So I offer for your consideration a very recent case decided by the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals, Wagner v.…

The Great Cases, No. 2

The next installment of my Great Cases series is available at my sub-blog. Today’s offering — Fletcher v. Peck. I offer you political corruption, the origin story of the states of Alabama and Mississippi, and another naked grab for ultimate power by John Marshall on behalf of his Supreme Court.

The Great Cases, No. 1

At my sub-blog, I have begun a series of analyses of significant cases in U.S. Supreme Court history. If you’re interested, please drop by and peruse my gloss on Marbury v. Madison. (I described my ambitions for this project about a week ago and was surprised at the level of interest.) This is likely to…

Perry’s Complaint

Attempting to arrest his meteoric flameout from the GOP’s good graces, Rick Perry is running this ad on TV in Iowa: I’m not ashamed to admit that I’m a Christian, but you don’t need to be in the pew every Sunday to know there’s something wrong in this country when gays can serve openly in…