Saturday, June 30, 2018



For 30 years, Minnesota has enjoyed a statewide PBS news/talk show called Almanac, that airs on Friday evenings. It's kind of cool mix of stuff-- they have a humorist on in the middle of the show, spend a lot of time on weather, and deal in depth with state politics. I was on yesterday to talk about the latest police shooting here, which was followed by a debate between the Democratic (or, actually, Democrat-Farmer-Laborer) candidates for Attorney General. Before we went on, I got to have a little green room conversation with Keith Ellison, who is leaving Congress to run for that office.


Bob Darden, writer

I loved this piece about Elvis by Bob Darden, which appears in the Dallas Morning News this weekend.  Elvis was never a big part of my life or musical consciousness; he seemed a peripheral figure in the time and places I was plugged into music. That's largely, though, because I am ignorant of influences. I didn't know when I was hearing echoes of his voice.

Bob refers to a Johnny Cash version of Hurt, which is one of my favorites:

Friday, June 29, 2018


Haiku Friday: Pool life

It's pool season.

For most of us, that means some kind of community pool, full of happy kids and lane markers and swathed in the scent of barbecues. It's indelible.

Let's haiku about that today. Here, I will start:

From the water, watch
Heat shimmer off the pavement
Dusk will come, again.

Now it is your turn! Just use the 5/7/5 syllable pattern, and have some fun...

Thursday, June 28, 2018


PMT: The Kennedy Retirement

The last days of the Supreme Court's term have been quite successful for conservative causes. And, in the coup de gras, Justice Anthony Kennedy announced his retirement yesterday.

Kennedy's retirement in the middle of President Trump's term is not as significant as, say, a Ginsburg retirement would have been in terms of an ideological shift on the court. Kennedy, a Reagan appointee, was fairly conservative. Yet, he sometimes played the role as a swing vote and was the key player in cases that maintained the status of Roe v. Wade and expanded LGBT rights.  We can expect a Supreme Court that contains Kennedy's Trump-chosen replacement to significantly tilt to the right on these issues going forward.

Many people are upset. Some are concocting escape fantasies in which President Trump is somehow denied the conservative judge he has promised. 

That's not going to happen. As the New York Times editorial board astutely observed, the remedy is at the ballot box. 

And who will that replacement be? Trump has promised that the new nominee will be from a list he produced last November. That list is set out at the White House website.

One candidate who seems to have a good shot at the job is DC Circuit Judge Brett Kavanaugh, Brett was a law school classmate of mine, and I signed a letter supporting him when he was nominated to the DC Circuit. 

But now, the political circus will begin. What will, and what should, happen?

Wednesday, June 27, 2018


Masterpiece, no cake

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court delivered its opinion on President Trump's travel ban in United States v. Hawaii.  The majority-- Roberts, Alito, Thomas, Gorsuch, and (in concurrence) Kennedy upheld the ban, which affects five majority-Muslim nations plus North Korea.

Two justices, Breyer and Sotomayor, read dissenting opinions from the bench (which is relatively unusual). Sotomayor's was a masterpiece.

It began this way:

"The United States of America is a Nation built upon the promise of religious liberty. Our Founders honored that core promise by embedding the principle of religious neutrality in the First Amendment. The Court’s decision today fails to safeguard that fundamental principle. It leaves undisturbed a policy first advertised openly and unequivocally as a “total and complete shutdown of Muslims entering the United States” because the policy now masquerades behind a façade of national-security concerns. But this repackaging does little to cleanse Presidential Proclamation No. 9645 of the appearance of discrimination that the President’s words have created. Based on the evidence in the record, a reasonable observer would conclude that the Proclamation was motivated by anti-Muslim animus. That alone suffices to show that plaintiffs are likely to succeed on the merits of their Establishment Clause claim. The majority holds otherwise by ignoring the facts, misconstruing our legal precedent, and turning a blind eye to the pain and suffering the Proclamation inflicts upon countless families and individuals, many of whom are United States citizens."

But the remarkable part, the section that made the lawyer in me sit in awe, was this part, which refers to the recent case (Masterpiece Cakeshop) in which the Supreme Court upheld a law that allowed a baker to refuse to serve gay customers:

“Unlike in Masterpiece, where the majority consid­ered the state commissioners’ statements about religion to be persuasive evidence of unconstitutional government, the majority here completely sets aside the President’s charged statements about Muslims as irrelevant,” Sotomayor wote. “That holding erodes the foundational principles of religious tolerance that the Court elsewhere has so emphatically protected, and it tells members of minority religions in our country ‘that they are outsiders, not full members of the political community.’

Tuesday, June 26, 2018


You go, New York City Conflict of Interests Board!

Municipal websites and twitter feeds tend to be kind of dull.

Not this one!

Monday, June 25, 2018



Jill Scoggins gave us a great story last Friday-- in haiku:

Russian Jews, newly
arrived, put their heads down in 
the cereal aisle.

“eh – bish – leesh – come,”* they
say through confused tears. “It is
too much, much too much.”

We take for granted 
what U.S. stores have. It’s more
than they can take in.

*это слишком in Cyrilic

Of course, for those of us Calvin fans, it was hard not to love Megan Willome's too:

Calvin's breakfast was
Chocolate Frosted Sugar Bombs
stayed juiced all morning

Sunday, June 24, 2018


Sunday Reflection: The Rejection of Sarah Sanders

This week, White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders and her family were refused service at the Red Hen Restaurant in Lexington, Virginia. (Many reports said it was a "DC-area restaurant," but the last time I was in Lexington it was at least a few hours down the Blue Ridge from DC).  

According to Politico, "Stephanie Wilkinson, the co-owner of the Red Hen, told the Washington Post that the decision to ask Sanders to leave came after conversations with her staff. Wilkinson said some of her staff members are openly gay and were aghast at the Trump's administration's push to ban transgender service members along with the fact that she believes Sanders works for a 'inhumane and unethical' administration."

Is this justifiable? I don't think so.

Well, let's imagine that the owner had decided to stand on now-established legal ground and said that her religion forbid her from serving Sanders. 

While that would be kind of a sweet turn-around, it also reveals the problem with refusing Sanders her locally-sourced meal. 

LGBT people should be able to eat  (and buy cakes) where they want.  "Religious belief" shouldn't cause us to to reject or turn away those who are different than us. Rather we are called to embrace and engage the fullness and breadth of this world, even if it makes us uncomfortable.  

I do realize that being an administration functionary is not an immutable characteristic, but a choice. Those who agree with the Sanders rejection are right when they say that it is more justified to exclude those based on what they do rather than who they are.

My point, though, is about the larger question of hospitality by those who choose the Christian faith. [And note that I am moving to generalities now-- I don't know anything about the faith or principles of the Red Hen owner other than her admirable respect for her LGBT employees]  Christian inclusion should encompass LGBT people, regardless of what the law says. It should also encompass those we disagree with politically.

I am saddened by the ascendance of "Jackass Christianity," where people define their faith more by who they reject rather than by who they love. It is the opposite of Christ's example. These are sub-groups of those who oppose LGBT rights or vilify the administration, of course, but it does seem to define the religious identity of some Americans in this troubled moment.

Within and without spheres of faith, there is too much pushing away right now. I cannot celebrate more of it. 

Saturday, June 23, 2018


RIP, Koko!

So... Koko the Gorilla died this week.

I thought she did some amazing things, but always felt a little sad about her life in captivity.

Friday, June 22, 2018


Haiku Friday: Cereal

Maybe you never ate cereal. It's possible. But I bet that you did, and maybe do still.

Let's haiku about that this week. Here, I will go first:

I blame you, Quispy!
I wanted Earthquake Power
But you killed Quake.

That relates to kind of a long and convoluted story (which you can review here). IPLawGuy, I'm told, was always kind of a "Quisp" guy.

Now it is your turn! And it can really be about any cereal, or breakfast food, for that matter... just use the 5/7/5 syllable formula and have some fun!

Thursday, June 21, 2018


Political Mayhem Thursday: Belief and Politics

I was doing some research for an upcoming presentation when I came across the slide above, which was produced as part of the Pew Foundation's Religious Landscape Study (you can see the whole thing here).

Let's just reflect on something here: About half the people in West Virginia don't believe in evolution.

How did our country get to the point where this is possible? How have we let public education become hostage to religious interests?

And here something interesting, if you are thinking that only Evangelicals would deny evolution: Evangelicals only make up about 39% of West Virginia's population.

And it's not just West Virginia; Mississippi is even worse:

This is not just a political problem (in that we aren't educating our children), but it is the problem with our politics. Truths are not winning out, and this is rooted in a broader, deeper, systemic failure.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018


World Cup update!

It has been a tournament of unexpected outcomes so far. Here are some of the stranger results in the first round thus far:

Mexico 1-Germany 0
Brazil 1-Switzerland 1
Argentina 1-Iceland 1

Out of these, the most shocking might be tiny Iceland, the smallest nation ever to play in the World Cup (with a population about the same as Omaha's), tying with might Argentina.

Other than that, one of the stranger games so far occurred yesterday. Japan (which had never won a World Cup game in Europe) and Columbia played in a match that most people assumed Columbia would win easily. But, of course, it got weird.

In just the third minute, a defender from Columbia blocked a shot with his hand. That meant two things: first, Japan got a penalty kick, and second, Columbia would be a man down the rest of the match.

You can see the highlights of that game here (in what appears to be four different languages):

Tuesday, June 19, 2018


The video Donald Trump made for Kim Jong-Un

I dug up the video that President Trump made for Kim Jong-Un. What do you make of this?

Monday, June 18, 2018


Sweet Haiku, Prof. Gordon!

Surprises? Mitchell Gordon showing up on haiku Friday was one! And check out his entry:

Got home, opened food ...
What is *this*? A *burrito*?
I ordered a mouse!

Sunday, June 17, 2018


Sunday Reflection: Disentangling the SBC from the GOP

Something interesting is happening in the Southern Baptist Convention.

This fascinating report from Jonathan Merritt describes some significant changes in the huge denomination, which has lost a million members since 2003:

The Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission, which is the denomination’s public-policy arm, hosted a packed #metoo panel discussion. And several leaders publicly suggested that women must be included in top levels of leadership. Multiple prominent leaders even insinuated that it may be time to elect a woman as SBC president, a notion that would have been considered unthinkable, if not heretical, even a decade ago.

In addition to the elevation of women, the second Southern Baptist revolution is committed to fostering greater diversity throughout the denomination.

It's not that the SBC is revising some of its most conservative views, such as barring women from pastoring churches. But it does seem that there is a conscious attempt to de-link the SBC from the Republican Party:

Though most Southern Baptists remain politically conservative, it seems that some are now less willing to have their denomination serve as a handmaiden to the GOP, especially in the current political moment. They appear to recognize that tethering themselves to Donald Trump—a thrice-married man who has bragged about committing adultery, lies with impunity, allegedly paid hush money to a porn star with whom he had an affair, and says he has never asked God for forgiveness—places the moral credibility of the Southern Baptist Convention at risk.

I know so many people who have been hurt and cast out by the SBC, and the denomination's marriage to a political party has been repulsive. But, if that is being re-thought, it is all to the good. Change will come slowly-- but at least it might come.

Saturday, June 16, 2018


Fooled me!

This fake movie trailer is totally convincing...

Friday, June 15, 2018


Haiku Friday: Surprise!

Sometimes, life deals us surprises. Little ones, big ones, national, local, personal... good or bad. Predictability is not always achieved (or even desired).

Let's haiku about surprises this week. Here, I will start:

The flight's been cancelled
Because... no one really knows.
Stuff, it just happens.

Now it is your turn! Just use the 5/7/5 syllable formula, and have some fun!

Thursday, June 14, 2018


Political Mayhem Thursday: Trump in North Korea

This week's meeting in Singapore between President Trump and North Korean strongman Kim Jong Un is being roundly criticized. In a nutshell, most commentators are focusing on these points, all of which seem based on facts:

-- It is wholly hypocritical for Trump to approach Kim the way he has-- and rely on vague promises-- when he rejected the Iran deal as not strict enough. 

--Though it may have been discussed, the focus was not on human rights abuses in North Korea.

-- And, most commonly, pundits are noting that Trump seemed to give something up (war exercises in and around Korea) without getting anything.

I get all that. Yet, I am hesitant to criticize Trump on this one (there is a lot else where I don't have that problem). Here's why:

During the Obama presidency, I hoped that President Obama would do two things. First, stop the military exercises in and around Korea. To me, they always seemed needlessly provocative. Second, begin a dialogue without preconditions, just to establish a relationship. Without that, we have no real way to inveigh on human rights and other issues.

Now Trump has done exactly that.  It's confusing, and certainly contrary to other things he has said and done, but in this one area, what he did is what I hoped for.  

In the end, if someone switches over to my way of thinking, the last thing I want to do is accuse him of being a hypocrite! Rather, it's better I think that they have begun being reasonable...

Wednesday, June 13, 2018


The World Cup!

The World Cup, without the United States (who did not make the field), begins tomorrow in Russia. If you missed it, here are the teams that are in the competition, by group:
Group A: Russia, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Uruguay
Group B: Portugal, Spain, Morocco, Iran

Group C: France, Australia, Peru, Denmark
Group D: Argentina, Iceland, Croatia, Nigeria
Group E: Brazil, Switzerland, Costa Rica, Serbia
Group F: Germany, Mexico, Sweden, South Korea
Group G: Belgium, Panama, Tunisia, England
Group H: Poland, Senegal, Colombia, Japan

Tuesday, June 12, 2018


My dad on editing

Over at my dad's blog, this week he explores the idea of editing. Here is part of what he said (though you should follow this link and read the whole thing):

One of the hardest tasks a musician, writer or artist has is to edit their ideas, feelings and discoveries. Sometimes this means you have to throw out some beautiful stuff in order to simplify and make your message more easily understood. We can be arrogant souls who believe all our experiences and ideas are important. We go on and on trying to prove  just how interesting we can be. Unfortunately this approach sometimes only shows just how boring we can be. We  can also have an idea that  is strong enough to stand on its own, but gets in the way of telling the story.

Shedding some stuff  will ask your listener or reader to fill in the blanks and will get them more involved. The longer an artist works at his/her craft the better they are at editing.

I have been thinking a lot about editing myself, lately. I tend to be more of a build-outer rather than an editor; that is, I start with a small thing and build out from that when I write, rather than sculpting out from something bigger than what I need. So what is my process if it is not editing? I'm not really sure, but I'm going to put some thought into that.

Monday, June 11, 2018


Because it's all about the Caps...

I loved Desiree's very timely haiku this week, which is the very rare piece of poetry that is focused on the Stanley Cup:

Smiles on the metro
and no politics -- what's up?
Our team took The Cup!

Sunday, June 10, 2018


Sunday Reflection: Divisiveness and progress

On this weekend's On The Media from NPR, I talked with Bob Garfield about clemency (you can listen to it here). Because I was open to the Trump administration actually accomplishing something with clemency, I've gotten some blow-back from progressives, similar to what some of my friends (and people like Van Jones) have encountered after they came out in support of the First Step Act, which improves prison conditions and re-entry with small, practical steps like ensuring that those leaving prison have an ID.

It's disappointing that anyone wants a good thing to fail simply because they don't like the President-- and it seems clear that for some folks that is what it comes down to.

In 2010, there was a political development that really bothered me. Before winning the House and gaining in the Senate in the mid-term elections, the Republicans declared that their top goal was to basically not get anything done-- to deny President Obama any achievements. Here is how Politico described it in an article titled "The GOP's No-Compromise Pledge":

Here’s John Boehner, the likely speaker if Republicans take the House, offering his plans for Obama’s agenda: “We're going to do everything — and I mean everything we can do — to kill it, stop it, slow it down, whatever we can.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell summed up his plan to National Journal: “The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president.”

Why did that bug me? Because it's the worst kind of governance--acting so that someone else loses, rather than in the best interests of the country on any one decision. And, of course, they fulfilled that goal pretty well.

Now I am hearing the same thing coming the other way, and it bugs me just as much. For some politicians (and a lot of citizens), the most important thing right now is to stop President Trump from achieving anything-- and especially anything that might be popular. 

If you are against divisiveness-- and everyone claims to be-- then there is an imperative to look for common ground and move forward where that exists.  

That's what I am going to try to do. I hope others can see the point of doing that, especially when the lives of those unjustly serving harsh sentences are at stake.

Saturday, June 09, 2018


Wait... did baseball season start?

I must have missed it! Seriously, other than noticing some bad weather back in March, the baseball season has slipped right past me. And, somehow, that hasn't affected my life much.

Not so with IPLawGuy. He is a season-ticket holder for the Washington New Senators, and is often seen at the games wearing his favorite Walgreen's hat (which I finally gave back to him).

I'm not proud that I have abandoned my home team... is there time to catch up?

Friday, June 08, 2018


Haiku Friday: On the subway (or the bus or the train or the plane, or in the car...)

When you pack a bunch of people into a very small space that moves-- a bus or train or car or plane or subway-- stuff happens.  Interesting stuff. 

So, let's haiku about all that today. Here, I'll start:

A stranger, two feet
Away. One tear rolls down, slow.
Then the doors open.

Now it is your turn! Just use the 5/7/5 syllable formula, and show us what you've got!

Thursday, June 07, 2018


PMT: Three things Donald Trump should do to restructure clemency

The United States actually has an official with the title "Pardon Attorney." The current Acting Pardon Attorney is Larry Kupers, pictured here. Kupers is actually a great pick for the job; from my encounters with him and his hard-working staff, he is doing things right. I admire him and his two predecessors, who dedicated themselves to a thankless job that should matter a lot.

However, it doesn't seem to matter much right now. Kupers's work isn't going anyplace, from what anyone on the outside can tell. His office makes recommendations upstream to a number of other decision-makers (more on that in a second), and there the pipeline is clogged.  Over 10,000 cases remain pending. Meanwhile, none of Trump's grants of clemency appear to have come up through that process (though it can be hard to tell from the outside of this opaque process).

The formal clemency process is supposed to work like this:

1) A citizen completes a clemency petition and sends it to the Pardon Attorney's office.
2) A staff member at the Pardon Attorney's office reviews the case and prepares it for the Pardon Attorney.
3)  The Pardon Attorney decides whether to recommend granting or denying the requested relief.
4)  Next, the case goes to a staff member at the Deputy Attorney General's office, who reviews the case.
5)  Then the Deputy Attorney General decides whether or not to recommend clemency.
6)  After that, a staff person at the White House Counsel's office looks over the case.
7)  Then the White House Counsel decides what to recommend.
8)  Then it goes to the President.

Think of it a pipe with seven valves, each operated by a different person. Those people are usually inclined to keep the valves closed (you only get in trouble, after all, if someone gets out and commits a crime), and some of them have a lot of other jobs to do. Sometimes one of the seven is just gone altogether when a position is vacant.

As you might expect, that system does not function very well, except in the very rare circumstance where a President forces each portion to work in league to keep the valves open (i.e., the last months of the Obama administration). Too much bureaucracy, sequential review, negative decision bias-- it's a disaster. The current Deputy Attorney General and White House Counsel have way too much on their plate to care much about clemency. My guess (and it is only a guess) is that the review pipeline is completely obstructed, or nearly so, at those chokepoints.

And now, Donald Trump has decided pretty much to ignore that whole formal process (and the people who have trusted it and submitted a petition). Instead, he meets with celebrities (Alan Dershowitz, Sylvester Stallone, Ted Cruz, Kim Kardashian) about individual cases or sees an appeal on Fox News and takes action.  

That means that right now we have two parallel clemency processes: A formal one (which does not work) and an informal one (which does work). That is not sustainable. 

In the end, I hope that President Trump gets rid of the non-functioning formal system and frames up a new one that incorporates three aspects of his informal process. To play out a little more of what I pitched to the BBC yesterday:

1) The new process should be outside of the DOJ, which has irresolvable conflicts on clemency questions (and some other functions, as Rachel Barkow and I have argued).
2) He should be advised by someone he knows and trusts.
3) He should meet with that person in person and regularly.

Of course, this is only worthwhile if this better process is open to all-- and not just to celebrities and those who know them. But... that's possible, right?

And, that new person would have to be given the money and resources to clear the huge backlog of cases. 

It could happen. And if it does, it would be better for this administration and all that follow.

Wednesday, June 06, 2018


Keith Ellison-- what?

Since moving to Minnesota, I have been represented in Congress by Keith Ellison, who has a fairly prominent profile nationally. For me, it's a wonderful thing, since he supports nearly every issue I care deeply about (plus, we were both born in Detroit in the same year).  The times I've met him, too, we have gotten along pretty well

Yesterday he announced that he is going to give up his seat in Congress and run for Minnesota Attorney General

I'm a little baffled by this, but here are some guesses as to why it might make sense:

1) Being in Congress seems like a lousy gig these days, and maybe it's the right time to come home to continue his public service.

2) If you want to staunch the bad policy coming out of Washington (from either party), it might be easier to do it as a state AG than a member of Congress. 

3) If he wins, he gets to be on the Pardon Board (along with the Governor and the Chief Justice)-- which is one of the weirdest and most interesting deliberative bodies I have ever observed!

Tuesday, June 05, 2018


From Shamokin

I talked about our trip to Shamokin last week on this blog; this week, my dad wrote about it on his own blog. Here is part of what he said:

Today 7200 still fill the single family homes tucked into a valley that is now surrounded by forests. The coal fields have almost completely given way to nature. The town’s white houses are mostly grey and and show the signs of low cost repair. The front porches are  often used as storage space for neglected couches and tattered red, grey and blue American flags. The average selling price for the good housing stock in this high unemployment town is $38,000.  If you just pass through this community, only viewing the town from inside your car, you will  be left with a sense of hopelessness. A brief glance will leave you with a sense that there couldn’t possibly be much of a  future hanging Shamokin. Yet the place continues to be  occupied by folks pretty happy to be there and some genuinely nice people.

It would be easy to zip past a lot of good stories if you didn’t take the time to stop and spend some time talking to the good people of Shamokin. We had a recommendation to visit a small neighborhood restaurant for breakfast. We spent some time talking and grinning with customers and our waitress, non of whom reflected the grayness of the weather nor the grimness of the town. There was a lot of good nature banter and heaps of comfort food.  I sensed that these were people who knew how to handle hardship and I left with an image that they were going to be all right. That is what I observed, and maybe that is the reason so many residents are still around.

Monday, June 04, 2018


Three winners, and one... person who doesn't get it

There were three great haikus last week, from Amy, Jill, and the Waco Friend. And then there was this, from "Brizilaya Ashila":

It's extremely frustrating because an increasing number of cases of statutory rape are getting to be rampant in the modern society. You can find more details on Criminal Offences Lawyers » The Criminal Law Team Toronto on the site

Let's face it-- there is a whole lot of weird going on there. Is her problem that there is too much statutory rape or too many statutory rape cases?

Also, she just is not respecting the format for haiku. This could have worked:

Modern Society
You have a problem with rape
I have more details.

And it be great if Mr./Ms. Ashila actually could do something to address sexual violence and the sexual abuse of children.  Sadly, I don't think that is the probably outcome.

Sunday, June 03, 2018


Sunday Reflection: Hope and politics

If you are a clemency scholar, these are very odd times.

When Donald Trump was elected, I imagined that I would have to turn my focus to either state processes or the next presidential election. Little did I think that the Pardon Power would be in the news even more than it was at the end of the Obama term, and for stranger reasons. My assumption that Trump would just ignore clemency was wildly misguided; to the contrary, he seems to love using it.

I suppose that this should not surprise me. It's a potent tool, one that always captures the attention of the press, and he is all about getting their attention. When he ran "The Apprentice," the simple ability to fire someone was the whole premise of the show, and firing someone has a lot in common (in a somewhat polar-negative way) with clemency: even though one is welcome by the recipient (clemency) and the other is not (being fired), the rush for the person taking the action is kind of the same, I suppose. Now clemency is its own kind of reality show.

Yet... I have in my soul this bit of hope.

There are two things I hope for.

One is that eventually he will turn to people who are not celebrities or paraded on Fox News. People scoff at this, but it is possible, especially if celebrities urge him to do it. And, of course, they are.

The other hope is that he will ditch the lengthy DOJ-based review system that he has been wholeheartedly ignoring as he makes these grants of clemency. It's a terrible system, as Rachel Barkow and I set out at length in a law review piece this year. If he gets rid of it, something shorter, simpler, and more prone to grants will likely emerge for this president and (importantly) the next.

Hope is not a bad thing, and even thin reeds sometimes hold up the world.

Saturday, June 02, 2018


The Gargoyle

Gargoyles are supposed to represent evil spirits being driven out of a building, and I love them. I want to have some built into my house someday.

Long ago, I worked at a big law firm in Chicago with offices on the 50-something floor in the Loop. From up there you could see the gargoyles in the older buildings clearly, and I found them fascinating. 

My favorites, though, are on the side of Yale Law School. Above, you can see a crooked cop; there is also a corrupt judge and an armed robber. I loved that these were the evil spirits we were driving out! And some days, I think it might be true.

Friday, June 01, 2018


Haiku Friday: Going Old School

Yesterday, I kinda went old school (2009 style) after Donald Trump pardoned Dinesh D'Souza. I talked to Politico and then to Audie Cornish on All Things Considered, whipped up a piece for CNN, and then taped a talk for CBS This Morning that should air at 7-ish today. The NY Times linked to my CNN piece in their staff editorial today, and John Legend tweeted it out.

That last thing made me thing about good things that are old school. Let's haiku about that today-- do what you will with it.

A blast of good horns
Gets them out on the dance floor
Ya, bring it old school.

Now it is your turn! Just use the 5/7/5 syllable formula and have some fun!

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