Seven-month-old Kathy in her mother's arms at the Pulau Bidong refugee camp in Malaysia

Department of Tea Leaves: Read ‘Em and Weep


Sure it’s early. There’s lots of time for things to go wrong for the Democrats. But it’s looking like 2018 could be everything we could possibly hope for. Consider the following interim and special election results: In New Hampshire. Edith DesMarais, running for House District 6, became the first Democrat to hold the seat in…

The New Colossus Plaque, Statue of Liberty, New York

It’s Official: We’re No Longer a Nation of Immigrants


L. Francis Cissna, the Trump appointee who heads the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services, has revised that agency’s mission statement: Old Mission Statement New Mission Statement U.S.C.I.S. secures America’s promise as a nation of immigrants by providing accurate and useful information to our customers, granting immigration and citizenship benefits, promoting an awareness and understanding…

Judge Boeckmann's mug shot

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?


Who watches the watchmen themselves? The question comes to mind because two trial court judges in two different states have been accused of exploitation of the criminal defendants who have come before them. We  trust our trial court judges with immense amounts of authority. The costs of litigation make all but the wealthiest pretty much…

Ruger SR556, a semi-automatic AR-15 style rifle

Can We Ban This Killing Device?


According to CNBC, the same kind of weapon has been used in all of these mass shootings. March 19, 2015: Justin Fowler, 24, used an AR-15 to kill one and injure two on a street in Little Water, N.M., before he was killed. May 31, 2015: Jeffrey Scott Pitts, 36, used an AR-15 and .45-caliber handgun…