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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...

The Better Angels of Our Nature blog - Conversations with Gabriel Michael

The Better Angels of Our Nature

The spies were at it again.     The overweight troll droned on while two Chinese women hung on his every word.  The two were conscientious enough to ensure that one of them was touching him at every moment.  They listened intently and encouraged him with giggles to continue his obnoxious behavior.  Sweat poured from his temples as...

How to Win Friends and Influence Students

How to Win Friends and Influence Students

  “Unilateralism breeds the arrogance of ignorance… and ignorance breeds bad policy.”     Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. penned that phrase in an article in Foreign Affairs back in the late 1980s and it always struck me as having a universal truth attached to it.  He was speaking about a single country engaging in military adventurism without strong allied...

Fear and Loathing in a Bar Blog

Fear and Loathing in a Bar

The other week the LTC texted me in distress.     Washington State has made the decision to eschew the Bar exam as a method of minting and licensing lawyers.     He was apoplectic.     I was considerably more prosaic.     We have had this debate before.     So.  Let me begin with my underlying philosophy, as well as his.  Then we will discuss the “state”...

Nuances of Professionalism Blog

Nuances of Professionalism

I stood in the library contemplating the golden framed image of Napoleon standing pensively in Cairo.  Painted two centuries ago, his visage was frozen in contemplation, looking past me and ruminating on secret thoughts and insecurities that have been lost to the ages.     I felt a familiar hand rest on my shoulder.     “If you want to practice...

PAGA(Private Attorneys General Act) Blog

PAGA

One of the most infuriating aspects of Constitutional Law is the need to remain philosophically consistent, even when… especially when… outcomes on specific cases seem to produce unjust results.     A number of years ago a plaintiff sued the BATFE.  It had classified him as a prohibited person (erroneously) and he wanted it to correct its records...

A Quixotic Endeavor Blog CCW

A Quixotic Endeavor

Hear me now, oh, thou bleak and unbearable world   Thou art base and debauched as can be   And a knight with his banners all bravely unfurled   Now hurls down his gauntlet to thee!   I am I, Don Quixote   The Lord of La Mancha   My destiny calls and I go   And the wild winds of fortune   Shall carry me onward   Oh, whithersoever they blow   Whithersoever they...

Cain Abel & the Vote Blog

Cain, Abel, and the Vote

Why did Cain kill Abel?     Seriously… what was the real motivation?  Jealousy?  That seems like a spectacularly one-dimensional excuse frankly.  I think it was hate, pure unadulterated hate.  Ironically, it was not hate directed at Abel.  (That probably was, in fact, mere jealousy).  No… I think it was hate directed at God.     Cain killed to force God...