Marching to the Beat of My Own Drummer

20 04 2017

Columbia

A case that started in Columbia, Missouri is now an object of interest in the District of Columbia.

I march to the beat of my own drummer when it comes to the jurisprudence of non-establishment.  I don’t think a nativity scene in a court house constitutes the establishment of religion, while I think the fact that religious institutions can be (and usually are) 501(c) non-profits does constitute the establishment of religion.  Meaning if I was on SCOTUS, I’d rule “not unconstitutional” on the former but “unconstitutional” on the latter.  Just from that, you lawyers can probably easily make my razor on these matters:  Social and cultural entanglement is not establishment, while institutional and financial entanglement is establishment.  To put it another way, my establishment cause jurisprudence is such that it’s not a prohibition against religiosity in public society, but does ordain that as institutions, the state and religious institutions should have separate lanes.

Whence this case out of Columbia?

My hot inclination would have been to rule for DNR, just based off my personal jurisprudence.

However, after giving it some thought, I’d rule for Trinity.

It is no more an actual establishment of religion nor begging for undue state suasion over church affairs for DNR to give shredded old tires to Trinity to make its kiddie playground safer than it is for the Columbia Fire Department to respond there to put out a fire in one of its buildings.

Full disclosure:  Trinity Lutheran of Columbia is LCMS, and your blogmeister is LCMS.





Why Am I Thinking About Andrew Jackson Right Now?

9 02 2017

San Francisco

trump-20

Beats me.





He’s Opposed to Maslow’s Triangle

1 02 2017

Washington, D.C.; Denver

maslow

I wonder if he’s also opposed to self-actualization.





Youth Served

31 01 2017

Washington, D.C.; Denver

In Supreme Court terms, 49 is practically a teenager.

If I have to gripe about anything — Harvard Law.

At some point, we have to break this Harvard/Yale duopoly.

As an aside, my civic pride was making me pull for Raymond Gruender.





Six Words to Edify

16 01 2017

Boston; San Francisco

Key takeaway:

…the bachelor’s degree is becoming the new high school diploma. Rather than a ticket to a high-paying, managerial job, the four-year degree is now the minimum ticket to get in the door to any job.

Which we all knew.

These thirty-five words need six more to be made all the more understandable:

Affirmative
Action
Griggs
Versus
Duke
Power





As the Twenty Second Toast Burns

15 12 2016

Downtown

In that which they state what everyone knows.

Their tack is a little bit different — They’re using it to lobby for more state legislative-based tort reform.

Don’t be so sure that Eric Greitens would sign it.  If he gets the notion that outside monied interests are working their magic in what is now a dying line of work in Jefferson City, if such a bill gets to his desk, he just might veto it.

If I was advising these forces, I’d have them instead push for a city-county merger but do it in such a way that their fingerprints stay off the gun.  It’s like I said, we’ll know if the merger possibility gets serious or is perceived to be serious when the other side of this coin, the trial lawyer lobby, starts in in the stuck pig squealing.  The merger would end the 22nd circuit, and the trial lawyer lobby wants it to remain for the same reason why the insurance lobby is going to pressure state government to crack down on it.





For the Luck

29 11 2016

Jefferson City

Three weeks ago today, the state’s electorate voted to retain Supreme Court Justice Richard Teitelman.

This morning, he was found dead.

If the process to find his replacement can work fast enough, and by “fast enough,” I mean spitting out a recommendation before January 9, then Nixon just might be able to appoint the replacement before the final bell tolls on his time as Governor.