politics

by Jay Marshall Wolman From time to time, I read the blog "A Public Defender" by the pseudonymous Gideon.  Today, in the wake of Justice Scalia's death, he decided to post a dyslogy highlighting the concurrence in Herrera v. Collins.  Gideon summarizes it as follows: In other words, in Scalia’s opinion, our...

by Jay Marshall Wolman Despair thy charm, And let the angel whom thou still hast served Tell thee, Macduff was from his mother’s womb Untimely ripped. -Macbeth, Act V, Scene 8 There's been a lot of talk lately over whether Senator Cruz is eligible to the office of President.  The Constitution requires that the President be...

"If you protest, you're just inciting the police to shoot you, so what do you expect?" Pretty stupid, huh? How about, "if you don't want people to protest, then don't treat them in a way that they feel like they need to protest." Same shit with drawing Mohammed. If you don't...

During his 1944 campaign for President, N.Y. Governor Thomas Dewey argued that permitting Pres. Roosevelt to have a fourth term was a dangerous threat to freedom. Gov. Dewey lost in 1944 and, more famously, in 1948 against Pres. Truman. However, Gov. Dewey, with a Republican Congress,...

This is a pretty familiar story line. A businessman wants to open a strip club. Some members of the local community decide that they do not want that kind of thing in their town. The resistance is usually faith-based (which is where the wheels really come off)....

By Tatiana von Tauber What do you think of this Amanda Knox story? I watched her interview here . It's moving. I've been following the case for years and I empathize as sometimes facts lead to conclusions which create illusion, not truth and it is here we discover the depth of trust...

This is not a Star Trek order.  There are no pithy jokes here.  There is, however, a shocking exposé of just how insidious the government can be in coercing silence when you speak out against outdated, incorrect, and even dangerous "conventional wisdom." Cooksey v. Futrell, et al., Case No. 12-2084, 2013...

[caption id="attachment_18317" align="alignleft" width="175"] Nevada's Anti-SLAPP law, freshly signed. [/caption]You may have noticed that the writing has been a bit slow as of late. Well, one of the things that has been taking our attention away has been an all-hands effort up in Carson City, working on getting...