Sky Harbor Gate: The Bubba / Loretta Lynch Chat

Well, it looks like Good Ole Bubba’s done stepped in the dirty stuff, once again. To hear it told, the impending Hillary indictment concerned him so greatly that he managed to arrange for an out-in-public meeting at Sky Harbor Airport in Phoenix, plane to plane, with Attorney General Loretta Lynch. Why? Well, duh, to fix the case.

Occam’s razor is a maxim* which holds people should select the hypothesis with the fewest assumptions. William of Ockham, who lived about 700 years ago, gets credit for Occam’s razor. And although the razor works best in the scientific setting,… Continue reading

“Who is he?” Nate Silver

“Who is he?” Nate Silver is the person to whom the Facebook poster referred. I had commented on a Friend / Trump supporter’s post—I do have Trump supporter friends, really—and the poster’s friend responded. On another post someone asked about Nate Silver, I responded, and in the chain this comment appeared: “Every poll is different, and it’s way too early anyhow.”

Nate Silver is a statistician / writer. He runs, and got famous when the blog resided at the New York Times. Mr. Silver also wrote The Signal and the Noise, which carries the subtitle: Why So… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 6/29/2016

Nicolle Wallace served as White House Communications Director during the second W term. Working for the McCain-Palin campaign in 2008 and commenting on dissension in the campaign, she said: “If people want to throw me under the bus, my personal belief is that the most honorable thing to do is to lie there.“ This woman knows from children passing themselves off as adult leaders, so her piece for the New York Times, The G.O.P. Waits, and Waits, for Donald Trump to Grow Up, is worth a quick read. Money line? “Our voters, in decisive numbers, picked a guy… Continue reading

The U.S. Supreme Court; It’s a Wrap!

On Monday, June 27, the U.S. Supreme Court issued decisions in Voisine et al. v. United States, No. 14-10154; Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, No. 15-274; and McDonnell v. United States, No. 15-474. With these decisions, the oddest Term in this writer’s memory is a wrap!

On the odd part, on February 12 or 13 Justice Antonin Scalia died suddenly at a hunting lodge in Texas. Senator Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced within an hour of the confirmation that Justice Scalia’s death that the Senate would not vote on any nominee put forward by the… Continue reading

Nuance, Complexity, and Not Being F*cking Stupid

We focus on nuance and complexity and not being f*cking stupid today. During the 2004 U.S. Presidential election campaign then Senator John Kerry (D-Mass.) used the word nuance to describe his position on the Iraq War. Bad move. No President John Kerry … although it turns out Secretary Kerry got much closer to the right position—blah, blah, blah, flip flop, blah, blah—on Iraq than President George W. Bush. (With a snicker, on several occasions President Bush said “We don’t do nuance in Texas.” Right-O, Mister President.)

NPR reported on Friday that two most asked questions on Google… Continue reading

Guest Blogger Steve Caine: Ms. Clinton v. Mr. Trump


Ms. ClintonMr. Trump

The pundits say: Trump is imploding, Democrats are gleeful, and Republicans are in panic mode. I hate to throw cold water on those rosy / dire predictions but over-confidence can have very negative consequences. If you want a Democrat in the White House next year be wary and focused.

In Part 1 of this two-parter I said this election cycle most brings to mind 1980. I’m not predicting a similar outcome, but I am concerned. (For young people, in 1980 President Jimmy Carter ran against former California governor Ronald Reagan in the general election.) And I’m still focused on… Continue reading

Father’s Day – Loft Cinema – Raiders of the Lost Ark

This past weekend the Loft Cinema and Raiders of the Lost Ark  subbed for my usual Father’s Day ritual: polishing all of my shoes and watching the final round of U.S. Open. I’m no golfer, for sure—the post provides details—but shoe polish and the tournament have been part of my Father’s Day for almost 20 years. (For details, go to Happy Father’s Day 2016.)

A very good friend mentioned a showing of Raiders on Sunday afternoon at the Loft, Tucson’s independent movie house extraordinaire. She couldn’t make it. I went anyway. (Golf? It… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – June 22, 2016

From the Trump desk: Jonathan Mahler and Matt Flegenheimer wrote What Donald Trump Learned from Joseph McCarthy’s Right-Hand Man for the New York Times. The article details the relationship between Donald Trump and attorney Roy Cohn. Mr. Cohn was at the center of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s world in the 1950s. The 13-year relationship with Mr. Trump, which ended just before Mr. Cohn died from AIDS in 1986—and began when Mr. Trump was only 27—was as close as any attorney-client relationship gets. Mr. Cohn was an awful man, with a disbarment and plenty of other bad marks. That he… Continue reading

Law and Lore: Some Confusion Clarified

I was in a meeting recently. Some legal topics came up. The people with whom I was meeting—non-attorneys—knew the subject, but we all knew there might be misunderstandings, as laws, or law and lore, get confused. Here are three examples.

Right-to-Work and At-Will Employment. People—even an attorney or two—confuse these concepts. How? Read on.

Right-to-work laws exist in 25 states, including Arizona. The Arizona law, codified at A.R.S. § 23-1302, states:

No person shall be denied the opportunity to obtain or retain employment because of nonmembership in a labor organization, nor shall the state or any subdivision thereof, or… Continue reading

Happy Father’s Day 2016

[Note: I’ve lightly edited and updated Happy Father’s Day from June 12, 2014. Look down at my shoes if you see me soon after reading this post.]

Well, Father’s Day 2016 is upon us (or here, depending on when you read this post.) This is my 23rd, and I shared a total of 44 with my father.

I like Father’s Day. Lots. I have my two-part ritual, developed over the past 15 years or so and missed only once, when I attended an old friend’s memorial service back East in 2009. (RIP, SH; you’re missed!)

Part one involves… Continue reading

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