Governing by Resentment

“Among the seven deadly sins resentment does not figure, and yet it is the gravest of all: worse than anger, worse than pride,” according to the great Spanish philosopher Miguel de Unamuno, who died on the eve of the Spanish Civil War after publicly, and with great dignity, denouncing the Spanish fascists.

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Don’t Overcook

Why would you intentionally overcook a goose? This is not an idle question. Well, OK, it is an idle question but it sounds better if you say it isn’t. I bring this up to demonstrate that you sometimes you have to go deep – all the way to a concurring opinion – to find entertainment and interesting questions in appellate rulings.

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Good News / Bad News

Before I get into this week’s topic, let me make one thing perfectly clear: You’re never going to see me wearing a “Make Journalism Great Again” hat. Journalism has never been all that great. It’s had its moments, sure, but I’ve been in this news business for, I think, thousands of years now and I know it wasn’t better in the past.

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The Real WMDs

For the second time in as many calendar years, I awoke Monday to the words “worst mass shooting in modern U.S. history” and wondered how long the new record will stand in a nation that, inexplicably, lets this happen again and again because we won’t give up our guns or, in the alternative, put reasonable restrictions on who can own them and what kinds are allowed.

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