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Hobby Lobby asks Supremes to burn the rule of law on corporate altar

 

There’s an old rule about taking any kind of pledge. Once taken, that pledge is immediately broken, thanks to circumstances too overwhelming to ignore. To wit, Hobby Lobby and my promise to never tread on the topic of religion in these oddly overlooked pages again. Hobby Lobby has made a liar of me and I will own that. As I write, the Roberts Court is considering the idea of giving corporations the right Continue reading

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And no religion too…

 

I have always believed that the topic of religion is best avoided. There is no subject more unwelcome, potentially explosive and unsatisfying to discuss than dogma. Having teed up this post with that disclaimer, I will make a one time exception here and then things religious will never be broached again in this space. The late, great Christopher Hitchens once described religion as, ” … a totalitarian belief. It is the wish to be a slave.” The Hitchens quote Continue reading

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So over Sochi

As I write this, the Putin Games are entering their second week. Between the regular reports of orange water coming out of the taps, unfinished hotel rooms and displaced locals made homeless in favor of still unfinished Olympic venues, my sporting spirit has taken a proper beating.  Putin has spent 50 billion on this misplaced attempt to depict Continue reading

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Lesson learned.

In a much earlier post, (Dear John…, May 13, 2012) I formalized my break up with the Boston Red Sox. The incomprehensible World Series title just delivered by the Olde Towne Team would not have brought me back into the fold by itself but back I am. Ever since the bombing at the finish line of the Boston Marathon rendered professional sports irrelevant, they were made relevant again by a band of Red Sox who Continue reading

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A beautiful funeral

On this somber occasion, allow me to say a few brief words over the body of The Bill of Rights. Is this overly dramatic? Just gaze on this beautiful corpse and pose the question once again. Glance at those orderly Amendments, the clear and stately language extending a staying hand against a current government now charting Continue reading

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We are all hostages

 

As the 112th Congress skulks out of town after their Fiscal Cliff zombie walk on New Year’s Eve, the unvarnished obstruction of the GOP can be seen without makeup, good lighting and artfully placed mirrors. President Obama predictably failed to hold his ground on tax increases for those making Continue reading

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The Flat Earth Party bites its wounds

 

With the presidential election safely behind us, Senator Mitch McConnell is already tapping donors for the unnamed automaton that Continue reading

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Zeroes and ones

 

So Frankenstorm is winding down with all of the once in a generation mayhem and destruction unfolding as predicted. Manhattan is underwater, the Continue reading

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The Man Who Wasn’t There

If half of life is just showing up, President Barack Obama may well have shown up for only half of his projected two four year terms Continue reading

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Free Fallin’

He’s in free fall now. It’s terminal velocity time for Mitt Romney and the only question is if a well placed wagon of hay is going save him from Continue reading