On Editors

“Napoleon once shot and killed a publisher. But he was aiming at an editor. His intentions were good.”
— Mark Twain
I got into editing for the money. Shows how smart I am. Editing pays a pittance more than reporting. The Brownsville Herald hired me as a copy editor for $6 an hour in 1988, three days after I’d been fired from my first newspaper staff job, in San Bernardino County, after a glorious inglorious tenure of three months.

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Real Voter Fraud

Massive voter fraud in the U.S. may or may not exist. It probably doesn’t, but if it does, it’s a pretty successful hidden operation. What indubitably does exist, however, is petition fraud. And why not? It’s a lot easier to fake random signatures than it is to sabotage official polling places.

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Politics in Court

I know that courts are political these days, but does it really matter in a misdemeanor, small claims or traffic court? And how exactly do you define improper political statements in court? Shouldn’t the entire U.S. Supreme Court be disqualified from hearing anything controversial because all the justices seem pretty political?

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Uncharted Waters

Typos or omissions can be so entertaining — especially if it takes a while to realize they’re mistakes. Consider this from an article last week on the Oxford Political Review website: “Invented by Professor Christopher Columbus at Harvard Law School, the case method is based on the idea that law can be understood by reading cases.”

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Marching Morons

Socialism — whatever it may be — is in the news these days, as a horrible thing. Yet if we — or they — manage to eradicate socialism from American life, millions of people will be unhappy — above all, sports fans. After all, the annual NBA and NFL drafts are prime examples of socialism.

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Presidential Conduct

Punishment should fit the crime. This is especially true if the crime is simply doing something modern-day presidential. I submit for your consideration the case of a Kentucky lawyer named Carroll Hubbard Jr. who has been hit with a 60-day suspension from the practice of law for doing the sort of thing we’ve come to expect from our leaders.

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The Hippest Place in Town

nk of all the cool things you can do with a stick if you’re a dog. You can chase it. You can chew it. You can carry it around in your mouth and show it to everyone. You can throw it up in the air and pick it up again. You can pretend to drop it and pounce on it. You can pretend someone else wants it and keep it away from him. You can play tug of war. You can drop it in the creek and chase it downstream. You can dig a hole and bury it. You can go back later and dig it up. And bring it in the house and chew on it again. There’s probably other things you can do with a stick, but I don’t know them because I’m not a dog.

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