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Quote Du Jour: Usage Which is Reasonable Generates Usage Which is Unreasonable

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The usages which a particular community is found to have adopted in its infancy and in its primitive seats are generally those which are on the whole best suited to promote its physical and moral well-being; and, if … Continue reading

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Primer on Refugee Law

Fenster writes: No, Fenster is not doing a primer on refugee law.  He can only comment as a rank amateur on what looks like a good primer (thanks to the highly credible Volokh Conspiracy for the link). The primer, written … Continue reading

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The Law West of the Pecos

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Click on the image to enlarge. Judge Roy Bean, known as the “Law West of the Pecos,” holding court in the town of Langtry, Texas in 1900. Pictured is the trial of a horse thief. The courthouse doubled … Continue reading

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Sovereign Citizens & Paper Terrorism

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Time for a little hatethink, you guys! Did you hear the story about the dude in Ohio going around trying to steal peoples’ homes? He claimed the owners, some of whom were on vacation, had abandoned them and … Continue reading

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Blowhard, Esq. writes: A photo gallery of airships. Which country do you really belong in? Take this 31-question yes/no quiz to find out. I got Croatia. Christine Franck recommends a book or two on architecture and urbanism. It would be … Continue reading

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Medieval Scholasticism and Legal Reasoning

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Common-law legal reasoning, or the method by which lawyers and judges analyze a problem, has roots that stretch back almost 1,000 years to the educational method known as Scholasticism. Before we get to exactly what Scholasticism is, … Continue reading

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Hey SSM Proponents, The Christian Wacko Paranoiacs Have A Point

Blowhard, Esq. writes: The Facebook page Gaytheist described this as “The Christian Right’s paranoia complex in a single tweet:” I’ll admit this guy is indeed just a wee bit paranoid because pedophilia and bestiality are easily distinguishable from same-sex marriage … Continue reading

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The Law Rock

Blowhard, Esq. writes: From 930 until 1262, medieval Icelanders lived in a society with no national government — no king, no army, no taxes. Hell, there wasn’t much local government either. The basic unit of organization was the family farmstead. There … Continue reading

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The Constitution is SO 200 Years Ago, You Guys

Blowhard, Esq. writes: Georgetown University law professor Louis Michael Seidman, author of the forthcoming book On Constitutional Disobedience, recently had an op-ed in the NYT titled “Let’s Give Up the Constitution” that’s so egregiously stupid and poorly argued that I feel a … Continue reading

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A Short Note on the Formation of the Western Legal Tradition

Blowhard, Esq. writes: It’s quite easy to graduate from law school without learning much legal history. (It’s quite easy to graduate law school without learning how to be a lawyer, too, but that’s a rant for a different time.) OK, you … Continue reading

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