In “The Tempest,” William Shakespeare tells us that “what is past is prologue.” Before embracing the promises and panaceas of another generation of well-intentioned reformers, American voters would do well to study their past and heed the warning of philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” … [Read more...] about A must-read book for this seminal election recalls the ‘Great Society’
During his confirmation hearings, Kavanaugh was grilled relentlessly on his attitude toward stare decisis, the power of Supreme Court precedents, particularly those like Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey that protected reproductive rights. At one point he said the two decisions represented “precedent on precedent.” But it has never been entirely clear that he believes the deference he was required to give Supreme Court decisions as a circuit court judge is appropriate for the Supreme Court itself, particularly given the general feeling of his fellow constitutional originalists that Roe v. Wade and the Griswold v. Connecticut decision it relied upon are abominations. … [Read more...] about Is Justice Brett Kavanaugh As Bad As Democrats Feared?
Of the hundreds of animals who’ve graduated from our program, many stand out in my memory. A severely undersocialized Jack Russell Terrier named Coconut remains one of my favorite cases. Coco was rescued from a puppy mill, where she lived in isolation for years. When she first arrived at the Rehab Center, she’d shrink away when we entered her kennel. She found even gentle handling highly aversive, thrashing violently to get away from us if we attempted to pet her. If she couldn’t escape, she’d sometimes resort to snapping at us. It was clear to all of us that Coco needed our help to become suitable for adoption. To our delight and surprise, after six weeks of patience and intensive rehabilitation, Coco was able to not only leave her kennel with confidence, but leave her fear — and her past — behind. She learned to wear a leash and trot beside us on walks, explore new places, meet new friends and enjoy a good scratch. Today, she’s living with a … [Read more...] about ‘Second Chance Dogs’: Offering Traumatized Dogs a Life-Saving Second Chance
Our present political impasse is the legacy of that clash of systems. Much of what we today call polarization” or “incivility” is something more grave. It is the disagreement over which of the two constitutions shall prevail: the pre-1964 constitution, with all the traditional forms of jurisprudential legitimacy and centuries of American culture behind it; or the de facto constitution of 1964, which lacks this traditional kind of legitimacy but commands the near-unanimous endorsement of judicial elites and civic educators, and the passionate allegiance of those who received it as a liberation. … [Read more...] about Christopher Caldwell: America’s two constitutions — since the ’60s, competing visions of a more perfect union
A: I grew up in the '70s, so I watched Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman on TV. I got the Wonder Woman Underoos for Christmas and wore them around the house as a costume! Lynda Carter was so great, and though I didn't know at the time, the show was empowering. All I knew is I felt great watching it. There were so few women characters on TV who were powerful in their own right. So the idea of writing a story about young Diana was really appealing - getting to know her at a young age and the setting of her childhood is fascinating. … [Read more...] about Book World: How Shannon Hale draws strength from Wonder Woman, the star of her new book, even amid boos