Just Dig a Little Deeper

27 04 2017

Birmingham, Alabama

While the new school district would be majority white, it wouldn’t be universally white.  My guess is that it will be in the 20-30% black range, in terms of students.

And that’s the key not only to understanding this story, but why the Federal judge ruled the way she did, in spite of her political snark.

The 20-30% blacks would be middle class or higher, from black parents of middle class or higher income and social status, who want to make sure their kids’ school district is one where it is guaranteed that they’ll go to school with mostly white kids, and no chance of being bused to slum with the black undertow.  They’re the real straw stirring this drink, and they provided political cover for the white parents of the newly formed Gardendale district (“See?  No racism!”), who want the same thing, and also the aforementioned pretext for the judge.

Club of Seven

25 04 2017

Jefferson City

SCOMO’s newest fish.

And he looks like an easy mark for rookie hazing.

Oh yeah, Pat Breckenridge is going to have good time making him swab the floor of the women’s restrooms in the SCOMO building to a spit polish shine.

Marching to the Beat of My Own Drummer

20 04 2017


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


Beats me.

He’s Opposed to Maslow’s Triangle

1 02 2017

Washington, D.C.; Denver


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: