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For my column on American and world history, read Bruce’s History Lessons.  For my mostly conservative take on current politics and public policy read Thinking Out Loud.  For historic quotes read Quote of the Week.

Flynt Versus Falwell

As the Supreme Court has reaffirmed over the years, the “freedom of speech” protection in the First Amendment applies to all kinds of speech, including what might be called “pornographic speech,” the right to which was upheld this week (Feb. 24) in 1988.  In Hustler Magazine v Falwell, the court...Read More »


Thinking Out Loud: Trump, Obama and DACA

In his State of The Union address in 1995, President Bill Clinton said, “All Americans, not only in the states most affected, but everywhere, are rightly disturbed by the large numbers of illegal aliens in our country.”  In an address to the Senate in 2009, Senator Chuck Schumer declared “Illegal...Read More »


Robert H. Jackson, a Life in the Law

Robert H. Jackson, born this week (Feb. 13) in 1889, is the only American in history to have served as U.S. Solicitor General, U.S. Attorney General, and Associate Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.  Not bad for a guy who never graduated from law school, and today he is considered...Read More »


Quote of the Week

“Love, friendship, respect, do not unite people as much as a common hatred for something.”  – Anton Chekhov 

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Thinking Out Loud: #YouToo

I agree that men — the Harvey Weinsteins, Matt Lauers and Charlie Roses of the world — are by far mostly responsible for the sexual harassment tragedy that has long festered and was long overdue in being exposed.

Of course, one reason its exposure was long overdue is because many of...Read More »