would you sign this letter or would your signature depend on who else signed it

Here’s A Letter on Justice and Open Debate in Harpers July 7, 2020. The usual contingencies apply considering that some of the signatories have serious issues with one or more ideas represented by other signatories. For example one is currently being pilloried for calling gay conversion therapy the equivalent of hormone therapy for gender confirmation and…

Trump tweets his lawyer John Dowd's letter to attack General Mattis

It’s getting weirder, now that Trump tweets a copy of his lawyer, John Dowd, attacking General James Mattis. Trump can still afford a lawyer to do his defaming for him, since Trump made up false tweets so far about Mattis. Unhingery abounds, not exactly Lenin and Trotsky, more like Abbott-Costello. The kayfabe has gotten more stupid…

GOP candidate gets cease-and-desist letter from Mother Teresa's lawyer

Hey, I can relate. I got my knuckles rapped by nuns, too. Not from beyond the grave, of course, but still. Chuck Dietzen, a Republican candidate for Indiana’s 5th Congressional District, recently received a cease-and-desist letter from the late Mother Teresa’s legal counsel after using her likeness is a political ad. Dietzen, a doctor, met Mother…

An Open Letter to Millennials (All the President’s Sins)

During the William J. Clinton Impeachment trial in January of 1999, Republicans were fond of using the phrase, “ a man who would cheat on his wife would cheat on his country.”  Maybe Democrats should revise that derisive phrase; ‘a man who has cheated on his wife and country would kill you.’ I am using…

The impeachment letter Trump could have sent to Nancy Pelosi

December 22, 2019 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Madam Speaker: I wrote you this past Tuesday to protest in the strongest possible terms the partisan impeachment charade you and your Democrat conspirators were about to perpetrate in the House of Representatives. Nevertheless, you persisted. I have…

An open letter to Nikki Haley from the briefly reanimated corpse of Jefferson Davis

Sunday, December 15, 2019 Hollywood Cemetery Richmond, Virginia Dearest Ambassador Haley, I am writing from the distant past to offer some modest thoughts about your exciting future. I understand congratulations are in order as you embark on the journey to seek the presidential nomination of the party of states’ rights, nullification, and secession. (One hundred…

Fact-checking two Tulsi Gabbard claims about the Barr Letter and the Mueller Report

Republished from Apollo Corner Yesterday, U.S. Representative Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), who is seeking the Democratic presidential nomination, claimed that now-former Special Counsel Robert “Bob” Mueller found that no collusion took place between the 2016 campaign of now-President Donald Trump and the Russian government, and that Mueller found Trump not guilty of collusion: x (2/6) …of…

A Lawyer's Reading of the Barr Letter

Amid all the sturm and drang (on all sides and in all directions) over the Barr Letter on the Mueller Report, I came across this WaPo op-ed by Henry Olsen, currently a  senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center. Granted, that is a conservative faith-based outfit, and Olsen has also worked for the…