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  • Jeffrey Epstein’s Forlorn Hope

    Here’s the Southern District of Florida’s Nonprosecution Agreement with Jeffrey Epstein: [pdf-embedder url=”” title=”Epstein NPA OCR”] Being off Twitter for the moment, I might not have known of Epstein’s arrest on charges out of the Southern District of New York but for Scott Greenfield’s blog post. Scott’s take was that the fact that the NPA […]

  • 2018 Word of the Year

    A reader was kind enough to remind me, six months ago, that I hadn’t written about 2018’s Word of the Year yet. To remind you: every year (since 2017) I’ve chosen a Word of the Year instead of making a resolution. I got the idea from my hypnosis teacher, Mike Mandel. 2017’s WOTY was attention. […]

  • What’s Wrong with Moral Clarity

    I did not run for Congress to be silent. I did not run for Congress to sit on the sidelines. I ran because I believed it was time to restore moral clarity and courage to Congress. To fight and to defend our democracy. — Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) April 13, 2019 I’m sure the Representative is […]

  • The Keystone of American Freedom

    The keystone of American freedom is something that is hinted at in our Constitution: Congress shall make no law … …shall not be infringed. No Soldier shall … It’s more directly referred to in the Declaration of Independence: whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People […]

  • Respect Your Betters, Peon!

    Chris McNutt, executive director of the nonprofit group Texas Gun Rights, blames Texas House Speaker Dennis Bonnen for a Constitutional Carry bill not being heard in the House. So he went to visit Bonnen’s home. (Bonnen claims that McNutt knew Bonnen wasn’t at home, and calls the visit “gutless.”) As a result, Poncho Nevárez, chairman […]

  • Why

    American Lawyer Media’s Angela Morris, interviewing me for this article, asked me why I am fighting Texas’s revenge-porn statute. Since I’m fighting these cases without getting paid nearly as much money as my time is worth (a roundabout way of saying pr* b*n* without using those words), it’s a fair question for a lay audience […]

  • Another Model of Charisma

    I’ve talked about the power + presence + warmth model of charisma, and about Tshkay and colleagues’ affability + influence model, in which they pick six self-observable traits to describe charisma: Makes people feel comfortable. Smiles at people often. Can get along with anyone. Has a presence in a room. Has the ability to influence […]

  • The Brief of a Lifetime

    Back in May the Tyler Court of Appeals held Texas’s revenge-porn statute, section 21.16(b) of the Texas Penal Code, unconstitutional. I’d shared the briefs here, and I’d written about the argument here, but I don’t see that I wrote about winning the case. Here’s the Tyler Court’s opinion: The State Prosecuting Attorney filed a petition […]

  • Things to Make Congruent

    This is a note, extracted from the preceding post for special attention later. For charismatic leadership, all of these should be congruent with the emotion that you are seeking to elicit: The values you appeal to; The metaphors you use; The emotion you display; and The language you use. The emotion you elicit, in turn, […]

  • A Charismatic Leadership Loop

    Thomas Sy and Calen Horton of University of California, Riverside; and Ronald Riggio of Claremont McKenna College, propose this model of charismatic leadership: The article, Charismatic Leadership: Eliciting and channeling follower emotions, is published in Leadership Quarterly. The charismatic leader elicits an emotion in the followers, who have an emotional response. The leader channels this […]