Tag Archives: Law

A Question about Legislating

Yesterday, Sen. Marco Rubio was trending on Twitter. He was complaining that he only had an hour to read an 80-page bill before having to vote on it. I don’t like Rubio, nor do I usually comment on trending topics on Twitter, but something struck me about this, and I tweeted: Strangely, two people pushed […]

Philosophy Phridays – John Austin

Philosophy Phridays is a series where each Friday, I go to the Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, click on “random entry,” and then write about whatever comes up. This week’s random entry is John Austin. John Austin was a British thinker who lived from 1790-1859. He is famous for creating the school of analytical jurisprudence. He […]

An Election Question

I want to pose an honest question, one for which I have no answer.  Where is the line at which wrong doing should invalidate an election result?  Of course we should strive for perfection, but realistically, there has never been a major election without some level of impropriety.  We know that, but we accept the […]

Montesquieu – The Spirit of the Laws – Part 2

[For a brief explanation of this project go here.  And for bibliographical information go here.] BOOK 1 – On laws in general.  Chapter I – On laws in their relation with various beings. Here is my second entry in my public reading series.  I must apologize for the delay.  My life has been challenging lately.  […]

Knife Control

In the news surrounding Freddie Gray’s murder and the ensuing outcry in Baltimore, one thing has shocked me.  It’s really sad that only one thing has shocked me.  It ought to shock me that the police would arrest someone without cause and then kill that person while transporting him to jail.  It ought to shock […]

Government In Action (Seriously)

A while back, I wrote a post about an incident involving former Major League Baseball player and current ESPN analyst Doug Glanville and the West Hartford Police Department.  It was kind of the perfect storm to set me off.  I liked Glanville as a player and like him as an analyst.  I find West Hartford to […]

The Death Penalty

The death penalty has been in the news a lot lately.  I read recently that Oklahoma has approved nitrogen gas as a way to kill people.  The Boston Marathon bombing trial is in its sentencing phase.  There have also been several high profile executions gone wrong.  And, of course, The Supreme Court just heard oral […]