TED’s New Twist: Technology, Evasion, Depravity

Just so you know, TED is a “nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment, and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages.

By | 2018-05-26T19:26:06+00:00 May 28th, 2018|

Madison v. Marshall

In 1824, a retired James Madison was corresponding with the writer Henry Lee IV, half-brother of Robert E. Lee and son of the Revolutionary War hero “Light Horse Harry” Lee. The former president is known to history as “the Father of the Constitution” and the man who helped shepherd the Bill of Rights through

By | 2018-05-29T12:03:42+00:00 May 28th, 2018|

Thoughts on ‘Unfettered Power’

Where to start? The phrase “unfettered power,” to which I will return, may put you in mind of Lord Acton’s famous observation that “power corrupts, and absolute power corrupts absolutely.” But the context of Acton’s mot was grand politics. “Great men,” he went on to say, “are almost always bad men.” What we

By | 2018-05-09T00:17:57+00:00 May 8th, 2018|

American Greatness at the Movies

Reviewing the movie “Little Pink House” for the New York Times, Jeannette Catsoulis wrote the film “succeeds neither narratively nor visually.” So, there you have it. The Times has spoken: you don’t want to see it. Then again, maybe you do. After all, the Times is ground zero for political correctness. A positive

By | 2018-05-07T10:30:59+00:00 May 7th, 2018|

Judge’s Warning in Manafort Case Could Spell Doom for Mueller

One week after a Senate committee approved a bill to protect the special counsel from being fired by the president, both of Robert Mueller’s high-profile cases appear to be in legal jeopardy. On Friday morning, a federal judge accused Mueller’s team of weaponizing its prosecutorial authority in an effort to take down Donald

By | 2018-05-04T16:06:17+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

Mr. President: Talk to Mueller Now, or Plead the Fifth Later

The long negotiations between Donald Trump's legal team and the gaggle of professional witch-hunters employed by Special Counsel Robert Mueller may yet produce a formula by which the president could sit down for a voluntary interview. Increasingly, however, this seems doubtful, as the hostility between the two camps grows, and as Trump's poll

By | 2018-05-04T13:27:35+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

Crimes of Violence and Vagueness

What’s an immigrant got to do these days to get deported?  How about commit first-degree burglary? Twice! Nah! It’s not like first-degree burglary is a “crime of violence” or anything like that. At least, not according to the Supreme Court. The recent Sessions v. Dimaya court decision was eye-opening. And not just because

By | 2018-05-04T10:59:13+00:00 May 4th, 2018|

DACA Delay Exposes Hypocritical Republican Congress

Donald Trump as a candidate vowed, “We will immediately terminate President Obama’s two illegal executive amnesties.” In particular, he promised to roll back the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gave legal status to illegal immigrants whose parents brought them to the United States as children. In March, the president made

By | 2018-04-30T12:44:53+00:00 April 29th, 2018|