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  • Taking Responsibility

    The last question of the second presidential debate was this (asked by Linda Grabel): GRABEL: President Bush, during the last four years, you have made thousands of decisions that have affected millions of lives. Please give three instances in which you came to realize you had made a wrong decision, and what you did to […]

  • The Emperor’s Clothes

    At the Newark airport yesterday, I was discussing the election with a lady from Arkansas and a guy with a Hornets cap on. I told them that more Americans had been killed by international terrorists (excluding 9-11 and combatants) in the first three years of Bush’s administration than in the last three years of Clinton’s. […]

  • "Make No Mistake"

    For some reason the use of the phrase “make no mistake” by Bush and his cohort has always rubbed me the wrong way. (I have wondered how a jury might respond to my telling them in closing argument, “Make no mistake. . .”) I suspected that what bothered me was the arrogance of a person […]

  • To my Republican Friends

    Even if you take 9/11 out of the picture, 50% more Americans were killed by terrorists in the first three years of Bush's presidency than in the last three years of Clinton's: (The 2001 figure includes eight U.S. citizens killed that year in acts of terrorism other than the 9/11 attacks, according to the U.S. […]

  • Who’s a Rat?

    In the federal criminal system, snitches are rewarded with freedom, money, and sometimes even drugs and sex. I’ve felt for years that there was something wrong with a system that rewarded people for providing evidence against other people. (See my “snitches” page on But what can we do about it? Sean Bucci of Massachusetts […]

  • While We’re on the Topic of the Bill of Rights . . .

    The current sorry state of the First, Fourth, Fifth, Sixth, and Eighth Amendments has brought the Second Amendment into a clearer light for me. I used to think the Second Amendment was ill-written to the point of obscurity: A well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the […]

  • Free Speech?

    While poking around the web looking for information on “free-speech zones” (trying to figure out how on earth they pass muster under the First Amendment), I happened upon numerous references to this: In May of 2003, the Department of Homeland Security issued a terrorist advisory to local police departments warning them to be on the […]

  • Keyesian Voting

    If Alan Keyes can move to Illinois from Maryland just to run for senate, can I move to Illinois from Texas just to vote against him?

  • More on Blakely

    The two questions the U.S. Government has asked the Supreme Court to answer in Fanfan and Booker are: (1) Whether the Sixth Amendment is violated by the imposition of an enhanced sentence under the UnitedStates Sentencing Guidelines based on the sentencing judge’s determination of a fact (other than a prior conviction) that was not found […]

  • The Criminal "Justice" System

    The criminal “justice” system can provide only the vaguest approximation of real Justice. Think of who makes the laws, and who enforces them. The system is designed to make the people with power feel like they’re being protected from those who scare them — those who are different than them. When true Justice is the […]