Random thoughts through April 12, 2015

Apr 12, 2015 Random thoughts through April 12, 2015

On Sundays, I sometimes veer well beyond the law in my blog entries, including the following post that collects my random thoughts on the law, government, and beyond from my Twitter postings at and elsewhere.


’I Wasn’t Interested In Justice’: Prosecutor Writes Apology To Innocent Man That He Sent To Prison.” From Jonathan Turley.

– Through his murder conviction, Rahul Gupta learned the Pandora’s box for any suspect to talk with police.

– Allowing courts to fine, enjoin and otherwise sanction businesses refusing to assist gay weddings is a dangerous precedent against First Amendment guarantees of free exercise of religion, and against freedom of conscience. Sure I disagree with such denials of service, but such laws are not justified, for the foregoing reasons. Today, the fines are against those refusing to assist with gay weddings. Where will the line be drawn?

Va. Ct. App. affirms conviction for false information on a handgun purchase application.

4th Circuit on the jurisdiction of the U.S. courts for prosecuting pirates for crimes in international waters.

– A lawyer helps his or her clients while bows and arrows are flying. A surgeon cuts in calmer settings, unless in wartime.

– “Mississippi Judge Bars Public Defenders from Representing Clients.


– The senseless shot-in-the-back killing of Walter Scott underlines how unjust the criminal justice system remains. The shooting police officer deserves as strong a defense as anyone in criminal court. I will wait to see whether he will claim that the video shows a justifiable use of force, or will rely on additional information not shown in the video. The shooting is here. The police dashcam video is here.

– Thanks, MA Sen. Warren, for opposing the death penalty, including for Tsarnaev.


– Storytelling and psychodrama transport us into the now, which is the most powerful place from which to perceive and argue.

– Why was Michael Jackson so successful in popularity and income at a time when so many of his peers were facing declining profits? He must have had a true belief in himself, one that was not unrealistic, and a great ability to motivate those on his team.

– Success rarely comes overnight. Nor does it come from debilitating ourselves from overly dwelling on the risks. People are attracted to those who vibrate highly and with optimism even when fighting a tough battle. That is why few people want to eat at a restaurant that shows desperation for customers, lest that restaurant have moldy food from lack.

– Everything in life must be balanced. Do not walk on a tightrope one mile above the ground before practicing just 2 feet off the ground. On the other hand, stop crawling when it is time to soar.

– I wasn’t a fan of Ronald Reagan, not his overly simplistic-sounding optimism. His internal optimism was essential to the success he had with earning so many votes.


"We are all connected. When you touch one thing, you are touching everything." — Thich Nhat Hanh.

– Money in and of itself is not evil, bad, nor the result of greed; it is a means of exchange for goods and services.

As with everything else, the pursuit, use, and investment of money needs to be well balanced and ethical.


Here are links to online retailers of vegan neckties, shoes, briefcases, wallets and belts.

– Online retailer KJ Beckett has many non-leather business card holders. I carry this great black imitation leather holder.

— Here are ideas for vegan-friendly business suits, because wearing wool inflicts misery on sheep, and wearing silk inflicts boiled-alive silkworm death.

Brave Gentleman has a very limited list of vegan men’s suit separates.

— The Professional Vegan has many options, particularly for women.

Brooks Brothers, J. Crew, and other companies sell cotton suits for the warmer weather.

Linen suits can also be vegan.

— You can get a custom-made suit, including from companies that periodically visit major cities.

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