Archive for the 'Government' Category


No Surprise in Hobby Lobby

Posted on June 30th, 2014 · Posted in Government, Laws

As this blog is at least partly about the law, here’s my brief take on today’s Hobby Lobby case: although it seems strange and petty to me that it’s 2014 and.. read more

Cantor’s Loss Shows Why We Don’t Need Campaign Finance Regulation

Posted on June 10th, 2014 · Posted in Government, Laws

Eric Cantor, the House Majority Leader, just suffered a humiliating loss in the Virginia primary. Overnight, he goes from being one of the most powerful people in Washington to just.. read more

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Seattle Bike Share Nears

Posted on April 8th, 2014 · Posted in Dumbness, Government, Laws

With Seattle (finally) getting a bike share system later this year, the Puget Sound Bike Share program has put together an interactive site showing proposed bike share station locations.  You.. read more

Hold Fast

Posted on October 14th, 2013 · Posted in Government

Like many, I want to see Obama and the rest of the democrats resist the urge to negotiate with the GOP over the debt ceiling and shutdown.  Not because I.. read more

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Negotiating with Crazy People

Posted on October 3rd, 2013 · Posted in Business, Government

On my first blog, I wrote extensively about negotiating – things I’d found effective and ineffective in a career spent negotiating business deals.  One of last posts on Corporate Tool.. read more

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A Nation of Compliance Officers

Posted on June 11th, 2013 · Posted in Government, Laws

I have conflicting feelings about Edward Snowden, the shrinking-violet-of-a-spy who leaked the info on the PRISM program being run by the NSA. – He violated every term of his employment.. read more

The Choices of Miranda

Posted on April 20th, 2013 · Posted in Government, Laws, Lawyers

There’s been a fair bit of legal chatter about the decision of law enforcement to not read Boston bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev his Miranda rights. What’s lost in most of.. read more


What’s Right & What’s Legal

Posted on April 5th, 2013 · Posted in Government, Laws

While I’m a big advocate of personal freedoms, I could never embrace libertarianism.  There’s too little recognition of what brings us together as social beings, not enough pragmatism.  Then there.. read more

Rep. Orcutt Still at it

Posted on March 4th, 2013 · Posted in Dumbness, Government, Laws

I had thought perhaps Rep. Ed Orcutt was concerned with environmental or economic justice. But via Bikehugger, we learn that Orcutt has walked back his silly comments about the environmental.. read more


Rep. Orcutt on Those Freeloading, Polluting Bicycles

Posted on March 2nd, 2013 · Posted in Government, Laws

Ed Orcutt is the ranking minority member on the Transportation Committee in the Washington House of Representatives.  In an email to a constituent, Orcutt riffed on the transportation tax bill introduced last.. read more