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ugly partisanship: the cause of, and solution to, all life’s problems!

“They fuck you up, your mum and dad. They may not mean to, but they do.” — Philip Larkin, “This Be The Verse” This blog is dead as a doornail.*  But because, over a year ago, I made a case … Continue reading

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a brief Thanksgiving meditation

One night in the week following the attacks on Paris, Los Angeles had a small windstorm.  It wasn’t an emergency, by any means, but at one point the winds got fast and violent enough to shake the thin, loose windows of … Continue reading

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brief follow-up on the previous post

One thing I didn’t mention in my post about calls to lift the gun carry ban on military bases is the little-discussed link between guns and suicide. This is important, because the military has, since the start of our recent … Continue reading

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Congress eyes interesting experiment re gun violence

Following a series of mass shootings at military facilities, some members of Congress have proposed allowing soldiers to carry weapons on base: Congressional leaders said Friday they will direct the Pentagon to allow troops to carry guns on base for … Continue reading

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facial challenges and the Fourth Amendment

My friend Matt Price (a filmmaker here in L.A. — check out trailers for his latest horror-comedy) sent me this interesting Volokh Conspiracy post-mortem on Los Angeles v. Patel, a case involving an L.A. ordinance requiring hotel operators to keep … Continue reading

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the prayers of both could not be answered

In the runup to Independence Day, Sam Goldman argues at Crooked Timber that the Declaration of Independence loses its force if you leave out God: [T]here is no good reason to treat “Nature’s God” as the key to the Declaration’s … Continue reading

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thoughts on the threat to American democracy

The Supreme Court’s decision in Obergefell v. Hodges is being praised both for its practical outcome — making same-sex marriage, like opposite-sex marriage, a constitutionally-protected “fundamental right” — and for Justice Kennedy’s warm language celebrating and defending marriage: No union … Continue reading

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