by | Nov 25, 2019

Nearly 20 years ago, in the wake of the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings, the masterful Wendell Berry wrote an impassioned essay. The “only result,” he wrote, of the wrenching confrontation, sponsored by the majority of the Senate’s Judiciary Committee, was…

by | Nov 8, 2019

Consider the clarinet. What an oddball musical instrument! It is not the mighty piano, whose range is from the most sublime romanticism — “Für Elise” — to the most shrewd and brilliant jazz riff, as in Dave Brubeck’s “Blue Rondo…

by | Jul 3, 2019

For trial lawyers, Big Pharma, and assorted other profiteers off American misery, the Supreme Court case Alice Corp. v. CLS Bank is like holy water thrown in the face of a vampire. They cannot abide exposure to it and will shrink…

by | Apr 9, 2019

Friday, at four o’clock in the afternoon. Kay Cole James, the president of the Heritage Foundation, steps to the podium of the Pennsylvania Leadership Conference in suburban Harrisburg and gives the startling update. Ms. James, at a laughing, self-admitted 70…

by | Feb 22, 2019

The law of civil forfeiture allows police and prosecutors to seize and keep cash, cars, homes, businesses and property of all kinds without ever criminally charging or convicting the owners. As originally conceived, it was to be a deterrent by…

by | Oct 10, 2018

1. Me A bit more than a decade ago, I worked at a nightmarish place for nearly three years. Although I had been quite the outspoken type for many decades since my youth, my subsequent quarter-century of maturation included learning for several years…

by | Oct 5, 2018

 Iwrote here on Monday that Christine Blasey Ford’s tearful testimony last week seemed heartfelt and believable, as did Brett Kavanaugh’s denials. Fortunately for Kavanaugh, Ford’s allegations apparently cannot be corroborated by the very alleged witnesses she listed as witnesses. I say…

by | Oct 3, 2018

Washington If you have read enough pro-Kavanaugh articles, give this one a pass. You are not going to like it. Yet if you have not heard enough, you will probably like this one. I have nothing but congratulatory things to…

by | Sep 27, 2018

Enough is enough. But let’s start with another riveting moment in American history. This one. The scene: the 1954 Army-McCarthy hearings, infamous on the Left for Senator Joseph McCarthy’s search for Communists in government, had reached a peak of tension….

by | Sep 7, 2018

The Senate Judiciary Committee’s confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Brett Kavanaugh began with a series of embarrassing spectacles engineered by Leftists in and out of the Senate. Inside, Democratic Senators interrupted the proceedings at least 40 times in…

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