CHOOSE YOUR FRIENDS LIKE THERE’S A WAR GOING ON: learning from LBJ

I’m almost ready to say that when it comes to achieving a goal — especially an ambitious one — I believe your outcome isn’t so much determined by what you do, but who you do it with. Outcomes, like math problems, are determined by a factorization of known quantities. Math is never magic. There is an inescapable fatalism in it. Embrace it, because you cannot outwit it or outrun it. Make the absolute most of every piece you’ve got on the board, and remember what every good chess player knows: pawns win games. Spend no time mourning the weakness of your fellow cast. Improve it whenever you can, but if you make an enemy, never let it be by accident. After all, in real life pawns don’t wear pawn costumes and queens wear no crowns.

A sense of aloneness

And for a little while I held onto my weird bond with the dead artist. But – (shockingly) – it turns out leaning on Leonardo DaVinci for reassurance of how totally and completely not-weird I was, was a terrifically bad strategy. And before long the instinctive childlike kinship I initially felt with Leonardo was a source of confusion and something almost approaching self-scolding in and of itself.
Because only DaVinci is DaVinci.

Why I Don’t Want to Draft Bernie – AKA Machiavelli Knew His Shit

I don’t care what jersey he’s wearing, he’s on OUR team. “Divide and conquer” is a cliché for the same reason all clichés are clichés: truth. Divide and conquer or … Continue reading Why I Don’t Want to Draft Bernie – AKA Machiavelli Knew His Shit

Not my Theme Scene but now necessary: Stephen the Irishman

I would prefer just the first scene, truth be told, but I made the decision to include – because of its example of pure perfection in character definition. (Keeping in … Continue reading Not my Theme Scene but now necessary: Stephen the Irishman

Florida appears to actually have gotten something RIGHT

I am admittedly always a bit terrified when I get any legal updates on any law having anything to do with Florida. Especially when the first sentence of that legal update … Continue reading Florida appears to actually have gotten something RIGHT

A rambling, random, free-flowing audio mostly on SCOTUS – Sotomayor, Breyer, Thomas, and David C. Frederick

“You know how you know you’re in trouble with Justice Sotomayor? She says, ‘I’m confused, here.’ And she ain’t – she’s never confused.”  Keep in mind that any audio I record … Continue reading A rambling, random, free-flowing audio mostly on SCOTUS – Sotomayor, Breyer, Thomas, and David C. Frederick

I don’t see any way this doesn’t end up in front of SCOTUS

Case Name Sarsour v. Trump IM-VA-0005 Docket / Court 1:17-cv-00120 ( E.D. Va. ) State/Territory Virginia <!—-> Case Type(s) Immigration Special Collection Civil Rights Challenges to Trump Immigration/Refugee Orders Case … Continue reading I don’t see any way this doesn’t end up in front of SCOTUS

justice

**For those uninterested in my alterations on the game of chess or other random free-flowing thoughts and want only to skip straight to changing the world, scroll down to “Justice … Continue reading justice