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The Amateur in Trouble

The History Channel has put its 2012 docudrama The Men Who Built America back in its broadcast rotation. So, once again, “Cornelius Vanderbilt grows from a steamboat entrepreneur to the head of a railroad empire, and gets into a heated … Continue reading

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Fighting Boredom

“Boredom is rage spread thin.” ~ Paul Tillich “I like boring things.” ~ Andy Warhol “All man’s troubles come from not knowing how to sit still in one room.” ~ Blaise Pascal But who can sit still in one room? … Continue reading

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The Word from Switzerland

President Trump has been impeached by the House of Representatives, by the Democratic majority, and is now on trial, but it’s not quite a trial. It’s a trial in the Senate, where the majority in the Senate, the Republicans, gets … Continue reading

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Well-Armed and Unreasonable

Details matter. There’s Castle Doctrine – “castle law” or “defense of habitation” law. In English common law the term is derived from the aphorism that “an Englishman’s home is his castle” – a concept established as English law by the 17th century … Continue reading

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Governing by Ridicule

“I’m right and you’re wrong, I’m big and you’re small, and there’s nothing you can do about it.” Matilda’s father keeps saying that in the Roald Dahl book – and Danny DeVito keeps saying that to the poor little girl … Continue reading

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Sweating the Small Stuff

It’s Friday night. The impeachment stuff will take care of itself, next week. Only one thing was now settled: With his Senate trial to begin in earnest next week, President Trump has added some high-profile lawyers to his legal team, … Continue reading

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Assess the Reverberations

The big news in Washington on Thursday, January 16, 2020, was that the big news in Washington would start the next week, on Tuesday afternoon, or maybe Wednesday afternoon – the impeachment trial of the president, this president, of Donald … Continue reading

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