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Heavy-handed much, ABC news? “Metastasizing”? Effective imagery there, but mind-closing. There are no more questions to be asked and nothing to debate. Who supports metastatic cancer? It’s all “baseless”: Numerous top Democrats, party supporters, Hollywood stars and other Trump critics have been dragged into QAnon’s web and slandered with false and heinous allegations. Last week, Trump fanned these flames when he retweeted a video clip of Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden that falsely suggested…
We’re going to dissent from the party line, as we so often do. What, exactly, is RBG’s great contribution to the law or her country? What great opinion did she write as a Justice of the SCOTUS? Take your time, it won’t matter: it’s a null set. She was a place holder on the SCOTUS for almost thirty years. A predictable vote for liberal this or liberal that. Many people have fawningly noted, and will…
We keep sentencing a criminal defendant to more time in prison. Double jeopardy arguments are made, and although obviously correct they are rejected. This one might get corrected because it’s a celebrity and it’s in the news. But it, or something just like it, happens to more obscure people all the time. Reason is the sine qua non of the judicial branch of government. Without reason it is not functioning at all. Ugh.…
As we write this morning our city – Rochester, New York – is experiencing what is called “civil unrest”. It has now taken a somewhat worrisome turn where protesters, having “occupied” City Hall, are squaring off with police. The City probably cannot allow the occupation of City Hall for any extended period of time. On the other hand, one wonders what kind of “command and control” is in effect since in the last couple of…
It’s basically on track to own a lot of American real estate. Residential real estate. Peoples’ homes. As has been the case for more than a decade now, we are in uncharted monetary territory. We’ve been musing about it all along, such as here (from six years ago). Interest rates continue to languish in the lower bound range long after they should have risen, long after everyone predicted they would except, possibly – as…
Apparently he died yesterday in Venice at the age of 59. We and Dr. Graeber shared unorthodox views on debt, and ran into each other during the “Occupy Wall Street” phenomenon of the early 2010’s. Graeber, of course, was a highly credentialed academic; we are merely a lawyer. So, whereas Dr. Graeber’s thoughts were very influential in the halls of officialdom ours have never received so much as a polite mention, even when we…
We must be tres scrupulous to publicly censure a town justice for: a) giving a ride home to a defendant he had just arraigned; and b) barring a man wearing a sleeveless shirt from his court room. Looking at (b) first – because easier – we don’t understand why people show up to court so ill-dressed and we have no idea why the judicial conduct commission would censure a judge over this. We recall one…
The alliteration is irresistible. Sorry. This media narrative has been circulating for years. It has always seemed quite implausible to us, but what do we know? We are no longer privy to intelligence briefings on foreign adversaries as we once were. In any event, this morning there is a report that an opposition leader in Russia, Alexei Navalny, is hospitalized after having been poisoned in Russia, and of course this would be quite the confirmation…
We don’t know why it has become such a Thing in DC that pandemics have to be a matter of national security. But that it has, in fact, become a Thing is undeniable, the spin machine is working overtime to convince us: Swamp dweller grills swamp dweller wannabe about pandemics being a matter of “national security” The point of posting the vid is not to embarrass Mr. Ratcliffe – although it could certainly be said…