Category Archives: Constitutional Authority

The Disputed Revealed Truth

“I bet you’ve seen the fundamentalist bumper sticker that says, ‘God said it! I believe it! That settles it!’ That must be a typo because what the driver really means is, ‘I said it! God believes it! That settles it!’” … Continue reading

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Fatally Flawed

There are some problems that cannot be solved. No one is ever going to come up with that perpetual-motion machine – the laws of physics, which every scientist from Newton to Einstein has carefully observed and documented, preclude that. It’s … Continue reading

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Getting a Bit of Democracy Back

Big news that changes everything isn’t supposed to break in the early afternoon of the Saturday of Labor Day weekend. College football begins that day. There are important baseball games – the Dodgers setting records, the woeful Pittsburgh Pirates somehow … Continue reading

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Gideon’s Trumpet Again

Anthony Lewis recently passed away – the man who made America actually pay attention to the Supreme Court. Someone had to explain what was going on after the 1954 Brown decision that declared state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white … Continue reading

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In The Zone

Out here in Southern California it’s that time of year again. They’re back. It’s the Zoners – those would be the folks who drive in from Arizona. Those of us who live here know what to do about this special … Continue reading

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Imagining and Avoiding Actual Armageddon

The problem is that in spite of Hollywood’s best efforts it really is impossible to imagine Armageddon. But that may be putting it backwards. It may be that because of Hollywood’s fine job at imagining Armageddon we assume that end-of-the-world … Continue reading

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The Rules of the Road

It was startling – a day down on Melrose Avenue photographing this week’s new street art and at one point standing on the corner by the Village Idiot (it’s a pretentious fake pub) waiting for the Walk sign. And then … Continue reading

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