Fooled me once…

Today likely presidential candidate Jeb Bush tried to shift attention from his flubbing the “what would you have done” question about invading Iraq by blaming President Obama for the presence of and gains made by ISIS/ISIL in Iraq. Bush not only conveniently ignores that it was the 2003 invasion and its aftermath that totally destabilized Iraq, but […]

Article in Print, But Not Quite Right

While I am always pleased to have an article in print, I need to point out that my latest one, “Like Mark Twain: The Death of Academic Law Libraries Is An Exaggeration,” 106 Law Libr. J. 521 (2014) is not the correct version. Somewhere in the production process the edits I had submitted were lost, and a […]

More Thoughts on the Indiana RFRA Controversy

This post is adapted from a Facebook note I published today, which was in response to a discussion on a friend’s timeline. A Facebook timeline is not well suited to the back-and-forth of serious issues, and it is not my goal to fill up someone else’s timeline with my views, so instead I wrote a […]

All Praise Religious Bigotry!

“All” is, of course, an intentional use of hyperbole. But in the case of Indiana’s enactment of SB 101, its version of a “Religious Freedom Restoration Act,” a large majority of state assembly members voted to pass the act. Governor Mike Pence, though saying in several public appearances in the past few days that signing […]

When White Privilege and Senatorial Privilege Combine

To quote Charlie Pierce of Esquire, “It’s never about race.” Senator Mitch McConnell has announced that the Senate will not vote on the confirmation of Loretta Lynch as Attorney General until the Democratic senators stop filibustering the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act of 2015 (S. 178). The Democratic senators are opposing the bill because the […]

End the Semi-Annual Tyranny That Is Daylight Saving Time!

Like millions of others, I dread Monday morning. With the loss of an hour on the clock early Sunday, getting up on Monday will feel akin to a mild torture. For reasons that no longer may sense, if they ever did, Congress adopted a uniform Daylight Saving Time effective in 1967, and has tinkered with […]

Turn the Page

Six months are too long to let a blog lie fallow. The options here are plain: start writing with some frequency, or give it up. I’m going to make an earnest try at the first one. Tonight Lorne Michaels and NBC celebrate the 40th anniversary of Saturday Night Live. Much has already been written in the […]

“Biggest Bar Exam Disaster Ever?” was More a Fender Bender

Last week’s headline in Above The Law turned out to have somewhat exaggerated the lasting effects of an as-of-yet not fully explained technical glitch in software used in several states to adminster the bar exam. The software, a product called SoftTest, created and marketed by ExamSoft, is designed to let students type exam answers on […]

Why Sen. Rubio (and Those Who Share His Views on Same-Sex Marriage) Are SO Wrong.

In a well-publicized speech a couple days ago delivered at Catholic University, Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) said this: “I promise you even before this speech is over I’ll be attacked as a hater or a bigot or someone who is anti-gay,” Rubio said. “This intolerance in the name of tolerance is hypocrisy. Support for the […]

Fathers and Sons

It is stating the obvious to observe that no man becomes a father without first being a son. I became a father for the first time nearly thirty-three years ago, just more than fifteen years after the last day I spent with my own father. Our Dad died of a heart attack when I was […]