Author Archives: Blowhard, Esq.

About Blowhard, Esq.

Amateur, dilettante, wannabe.

Democracy & Politics

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Say the word democracy.  Notice how good it sounds.  Everything democratic is good.  A democratic meeting, a democratic policy, a democratic giraffe… if the adjective fits the noun at all, anything you paint with it comes out shiny and bright. Now say the word politics.  Notice how bad … Continue reading

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The Emperor Has White Paint

Blowhard, Esq. writes: A few months ago, when I was at the Whitney museum, I was confronted by this masterpiece: But maybe there’s something really deep going on in this work that I just don’t understand. Do you find this … Continue reading

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Quote Du Jour

Blowhard, Esq. writes: People of experience maintain that it is very sensible to start from a principle. I grant them that and start with the principle that all men are boring. — Kierkegaard, Either/Or

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Jefferson on Judicial Review

Blowhard, Esq. writes: You seem … to consider the judges as the ultimate arbiters of all constitutional questions; a very dangerous doctrine indeed, and one which would place us under the despotism of an oligarchy. Our judges are as honest … Continue reading

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What I’ve Been Watching

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Minimalist movie notes on the last 10 that I’ve seen: 47 METRES DOWN: Liked it. LA NOTTE: Didn’t like it. THE LADIES MAN: Liked it. THE HISTORY BOYS: Liked it. MISSISSIPPI GRIND: Really liked it. LADY BIRD: … Continue reading

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The Law is a “Propaganda Weapon,” Says Former Supreme Court Justice

Blowhard, Esq. writes: In today’s New York Times editorial page, former Supreme Court Justice John Paul Stevens calls for the repeal of the Second Amendment. In doing so, he attacks the majority decision in DC v. Heller written by Scalia: … Continue reading

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Movie Update

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Having seen most of the major movies of 2017, my current top 10 is: 1. FRANTZ 2. MARJORIE PRIME 3. INGRID GOES WEST 4. GOOD TIME 5. I LOVE YOU, DADDY 6. “Finding Frances” episode of NATHAN … Continue reading

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