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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...

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...

'Tis a Far, Far Better Thing

‘Tis a Far, Far Better Thing

I could hear him from across the bar.     He was overweight, obnoxious, and should have known better.  Curly hair, or what was left of his curly hair, hung precariously off the back of his head and covered the back of his grey blazer.  Under that fabric drape a Hawaiian shirt exploded in yellow color.  His partially...

Aloha e komo mai... Moron Hawaii

Aloha e komo mai… Moron

So… a bit of a review up to this point…     First, Congress is empowered to make laws. (At the state level, this job is given to state legislatures.) This is painfully obvious to anyone who has even the most basic of education on American Civics.  But there is a point to it that needs to be...

I'm Not A Lawyer... But I Did Stay At A Holiday Inn Express

I’m Not A Lawyer… But I Did Stay At A Holiday Inn Express

The consequences of training…     A couple of weeks ago I had a conversation with a fellow attorney.  He was telling me about an event that had occurred recently with another weapons trainer.     It was disturbing.     Evidently, they were running a simulation using sim rounds and had recreated a shooting I was actually involved in.     Many of you know the...

Pathologically Law Abiding Blog

Pathologically Law Abiding

The light from the window blinds cast stark shadows across my desk.  I glanced up at the top of my filing cabinets and briefly studied the bottles of whiskies, debating if it was late enough in the afternoon to pour a shot.     No, too early still.  I refocused and went back to studying the 74-page opinion...

SHOT Show, 2024….”The Great Reset”

SHOT Show, 2024….”The Great Reset”

Each year at this time like swallows heading back to Capistrano, the gun industry flocks to that equally idyllic icon: Las Vegas.     The National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) hosts the infamous SHOT Show (Shooting Hunting and Outdoor Trade).   This is a show for industry personnel only.     Well….that can be loosely interpreted truth to tell.     Friends, colleagues, spouses, (and...

Trump, Part Deux

Iowa and New Hampshire have spoken.     The media have done whatever humanly possible to convince the voters that Donald Trump is a “has been”… a “criminal”… and a “threat to democracy”.     The people have responded to the media with a resounding, “F@#k Off!”     Now, a couple things:     1) I do not like Donald Trump.     2)  I voted for Donald Trump...