Monthly Archives: April 2009

>Legal Analysis Should Not be a Partisan Plaything

>First published on BlogCritics on 27 April 2009 There is an old legal maxim, When the facts are on your side, pound on the facts.When the law is on your side, pound on the law.When neither is on your side, … Continue reading

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>Pirates of Somalia, Part II

>First published on BlogCritics, 12 April 2009 In November of last year, I wrote an article about the pirates of Somalia. Since then, things had not got noticeably better, until today, 12 April.  Indeed, from the standpoint of the United … Continue reading

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The Happy Enders’ Club

When William saw the guy who looked like Ed MacMahon get out of the big white limo parked in front of his house, he imagined that maybe he had been selected as a Big Prize Winner. But he knew that … Continue reading

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The Cat in the Banana Tree

Bananas don’t really grow on trees. They grow on stalks, which get to be fifteen feet tall. When they stop having bananas, they’re cut down. Then new stalks appear, which have more bananas and so on. The old cat didn’t … Continue reading

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>The Audacity of Sensitive Silence

> First published on BlogCritics on 16 March 2009 A recent Blogcritics article contended that, “Today’s abject blanket of silence placed on anyone of a conservative or Republican voice is something new, and rather terrifying.” I think that statement is … Continue reading

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Channeling Some Dead White Males

First published on BlogCritics 5 April 2006 I have long been a great fan of Bertrand Russell (1872 – 1970) and (albeit not for quite so long) of Douglas N. Adams (1952 – 2001). By today’s standards, neither could reasonably … Continue reading

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