A New Birth of Freedom


Somewhere on the way to the sea, South Carolina, United States of America
December 31
Major General
Military Division of the Mississippi (Army of the Ohio, Army of the Cumberland, Army of the Tennessee)
I root out and destroy secession, wherever it is found.


SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 10:23AM

The Judge

So, I'm trying to get jury trial experience, but in a manageable way.

For the past 20 years, jury trials are becoming more and more rare. Hell, even bench trials are becoming increasingly rare. There's a strong systemic incentive to have legal disputes resolve themselves through arbitration, mediati… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 4, 2014 11:48AM

Are all forms of Fundamentalism the Same?

I've been thinking about the different forms of religious fundamentalism lately. 

Are they all merely different sides of the same coin?

Are all forms of religious fundamentalism essentially the same? 

For example, Fundamentalist Baptists and Catholics in Opus Dei are vastly unlike the Anaba… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 1, 2014 3:03PM

Juror Psychology 101

I am preparing for an upcoming jury trial and am reading some books on juror psychology for purposes of preparation.

One interesting form of psychological phenomenon I have discovered is something called attribution. There are different types.

But basically, most jurors do not blame civil defendant… Read full post »

 Many people today claim that ISIS is a tool of the USA and Israel. They are wrong.

Many people today believe that Islamic Fundamentalism was spawned in a vacuum, that the USA, Europe and Israel are innocent victims in all of this and that we had no role in creating… Read full post »

AUGUST 26, 2014 9:26AM

Trauma at the Beach

Last week, I spent a few days with friends at Robert Moses State Park, which is out on Long Island. I swam, fished, hiked and had much fun. However, the trip was full of additional excitement/trauma.

First, we didn't know Robert Moses had a nude beach at one end. We… Read full post »

AUGUST 24, 2014 3:55PM


The Beatles once mocked left-wing extremists. I wonder how true their critique is, when applied to modern times?

Here's their song. 



"Revolution" (by the Beatles)

You say you want a revolution
Well, you know
We all want to change the wor… Read full post »
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AUGUST 22, 2014 11:41AM

Allah hu Akbar!

An Egyptian Islamic cleric has just ruled that it is religiously proper for a man to spy on a naked woman in the shower, provided that he is "interested" in possibly marrying her. If he has no interest in possibly marrying her, he cannot spy on her naked while showering.… Read full post »

AUGUST 16, 2014 11:54AM

Relativism Run Amok?

When is relativism taken too far?

Can people truly define themselves and their work however they wish, without regard to commonly accepted understandings regarding such definitions?

Are there or should there be standards or commonly accepted categories?

Or are standards and categories meaningless?

M… Read full post »

I was thinking about the French Revolution the other day and how it was primarily driven by the Middle Classe. The French Middle Class was one portion of a class of people called the "Third Estate." The Third Estate comprised merchants, doctors, lawyers, craftsmen, peasants, urban laborers and the li… Read full post »

AUGUST 7, 2014 9:02AM

Off to the Poconos!

My mom has had a rough year. Nothing ever seems to go her way. She's been really sick for the past year, due to a diverticulitis that went nutso. Apparently, her intestines were ruptured, due to said issue, and she had to have emergency surgery about a year ago. Since then,… Read full post »

Many people have different opinions about what's going on in Gaza. I am divided and conflicted on the issue. I support Israel's right to a vigorous self-defense, provided they are in compliance with international law. I have often lambasted U.S. military actions when they have not been in compliance… Read full post »

AUGUST 3, 2014 6:22PM

Sometimes I'm Sad

I started my day by taking the train to Washington, D.C. from Philadelphia's 30th Street Station. The day was bracketed by poverty. 

I purchased a coffee from Dunkin Donuts. There was a really ragged-looking homeless Black guy sitting there, at one of the tables. He had grey hair and a grey… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2014 9:14AM

Imagining Happiness

When I was really small, somewhere around the age of three or four years old, my mom and dad were still together. Although I'm now in my mid 30s, I still regard those days as some of the happiest of my life.

I remember, however vaguely, various family vacations during… Read full post »

Lately, I've been thinking about the environment and why we preserve it.

In the spirit of Kant, I believe that some things are "goods in of themselves," rather than "means to an end," and that as such, they must be preserved and protected. 

On the other hand, this sort of… Read full post »

JULY 9, 2014 2:00PM

Der Führer mit Kinder

These photos were intended to soften Hitler's image, so as to make his dictatorship more palatable to the naive. 

Now that we know what we know, do these pictures seem disturbing? They seem slightly bizarre to me, at the very least.

These photos are also interesting. Politicians have always… Read full post »

JULY 1, 2014 9:20AM

The Rebel Yell

I love reading about Civil War battles. I even have some old lithographs of Civil War battles hanging in my law office. I visit Civil War battlefields whenever I can.

As we all know, whenever Confederate troops were close to Union lines, either because the Confederates were on the attack,… Read full post »

JUNE 28, 2014 11:22AM


Its very hard to find competent people, professionals and businesses in this day and age.

I have an excellent tailor. His name is Joe. He can do anything to a pair of slacks or a suit--you name it. He's an old Italian gentleman. He's missing half of his finger. He's… Read full post »

JUNE 19, 2014 8:29AM

My Hillary Clinton Story

Shortly after college, I began my second stint on Capitol Hill, this time as an intern for a top-ranking Democratic Senator from a western state. (I will keep the specifics of this job confidential, as there's juicy material here). It was one of the most interesting and exhilerating jobs I ever… Read full post »



Why do you think this is? Read full post »

JUNE 13, 2014 9:09AM

Family and Recession

As I study my family history, I realize that many branches were well-able to weather the storm of prior recessions, due to the fact that they had a large and supportive family.

My family, from the 1850s up through the 1910s, lived in the Williamsburg area of Brooklyn. They lived… Read full post »

Recently, I started reading a book called "Dirty Little Secrets of World War II," written by James F. Dunnigan and Albert A. Nofi. Aside from interesting analytical essays about the war and how it was fought, the book contains many nuggets of fascinating military anecdotes. One of my favorite is the… Read full post »

Facebook and Twitter have been, for the past few hours, on fire with news that Obama is going to, through Executive Order, forgive all Federal Student Loan debt interest.

This will be done through the government purchasing all high-interest loans, and allowing you to pay them back with minimal intere… Read full post »

I'm a bit of a centrist when it comes to illegal immigration.

The liberal side of me adamantly supports mandatory minimum wages, workers' rights protection, workers compensation, unemployment insurance, legal rights to sue their employers (and others), their right to an attorney, and their right to… Read full post »

The deafeat of Nazi Germany was just as much the result of the Soviet efforts, as it was of Western Allied efforts, if not moreso.

That said, aside from politics, there's a fundamental reason why we celebrate D-Day and the Allied liberation of France, Italy, the Low Countries, Western Germany… Read full post »

 I am often deeply perturbed by the "popular history" of the WW2 period, peddled by Hollywood (even Steven Spielberg), high school and college textbooks, the History/Discovery/National Geographic Channel.

PBS and the BBC are much better, but they, too, inevitably fall into silly jingoism. … Read full post »