Trump

TRUMP

Well… here we are.     Human history is an interesting, if somewhat maddening, subject.  Rarely are there definitive inflection points that change the trajectory of global politics.  Usually there is a certain predictability.  We can see, or at least reasonably infer, how things will be in the future based on how things are now.  When a large...

Torries, Visigoths, and the End of Empires

Torries, Visigoths, and the End of Empires

The LTC was sitting in his high-backed leather chair in front of the fire.  As I approached, I could see the side of his face.  His eyes were closed, and his glasses sat further down on his nose than good fashion allowed.  His hands were clasped together in his lap.  An untouched Jameson neat rested...

The Debate and two superem court cases for good measure Blog

The Debate and Two Supreme Court Cases for Good Measure

Wow!     Sac re bleu!     Holy crap!     Normally I write these blogs on Tuesday or Wednesday of the week prior to publishing.  This week I purposely held off sending the rough draft to Angelica (Seraphim) for editing because I knew the “Presidential Debate” was slated for Thursday evening.  Each week I write these things and then hope that nothing...

US v Rahimi....A Case Trapped in Amber

US v Rahimi….A Case Trapped in Amber

On Friday of last week the Supreme Court issued an opinion in US v Rahimi (602 U.S.___ 2024).  This was a case specifically challenging the constitutionality of 18 USC §922(g)(8) that federally prohibits an individual subject to a domestic violence restraining order from being in possession of a firearm.     Mr. Rahimi felt his conviction was unconstitutional...

Guillotines in Times Square

Guillotines in Times Square

I sat in the high-backed leather chair in front of the fire with my eyes closed.  I reveled in the heat on my face as I listened to the crackling of the wood.     My glass of Lagavulin sat on the end table to my left, still clutched in my hand.  There was no reason to be...

The Apache

Six years ago Sandy, Chaney, and I traveled to Sydney, Australia.       Chaney had just graduated from the Orange County School for Performing Arts, and had roughly a month before she needed to report to West Point for “R” Day.  (No… I have no idea why it is called “R” Day.)  It takes place every year on...

The Verdict

The Verdict

Last Thursday was a day that will be long remembered.  The jury spoke, and our Republic died.     That is not hyperbole.  Donald Trump was not on trial… the legal system was.     And it lost.       As many of you know, but it bears repeating again, I am not a fan of President Trump.  I think he is a bore,...

Learning From Others Blog

Learning From Others

This morning I received an email from the Orange County Safari Club International Chapter.  I get these emails regularly trying to cajole me to actually attend a meeting, but I rarely, if ever, go.     This is by no means a negative reflection on the club.  Sadly, the meetings usually tend to coincide with a program we...

You Have the Right to Babble Like an Idiot Blog - Miranda

You Have the Right to Babble Like an Idiot

“If they don’t Mirandize you at the time they arrest you, then the District Attorney can’t file a case.  You win!  Keep the Officer distracted and ask him questions.  They may forget to read you the Miranda warning!”     Oh, for the love of God.     This little gem came off one of those YouTube shorts I saw this...