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Author Archives: Jack L.B. Gohn

Jack L.B. Gohn: Time to talk, Mr. Pistole

Software engineer John Tyner’s encounter with airport passenger screening agents at San Diego Airport, in which he warned screeners not to “touch my junk,” captured by Tyner’s cell phone, has gone viral. The ACLU has announced a national program of ...

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Wash your mouth out! Bite your tongue!

I wrote a couple of months back about my bemusement at the continued flourishing of Confederate commemoration in the South, which struck me as glorifying treason and tacitly rehabilitating slavery. By way of follow-up, a reader forwarded me a link ...

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Commentary: In praise of foreign moods

Justice Thomas has said, while ignoring the views of other countries about some aspect of criminal punishment, that courts should not “impose foreign moods, fads, or fashions on Americans.” Justice Scalia quoted the phrase to resist decriminalization of homosexuality. How ...

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The Big Picture: The case of the missing monuments

Recently my travels took me through several Southern states on U.S. Route 1, which runs up the Eastern seaboard from Key West. As with most of the highways that had been locally named “trails” but changed to the standard US ...

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The Good Ship Jurisdiction: sunk to a Foggy Bottom

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before. How is the Pope like a Peruvian steamship? Give up? You’ll love this: the State Department stopped both of them from getting sued! What’s that you say? It’s not funny? Come to ...

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Nothing personal: The parable of the Advocate and the Advisor

The Advocate and the Advisor were both good guys. For years they had run in the same professional circles, and they got along well. But the Advocate wanted the world to change. The Advisor thought the world was pretty good ...

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The Big Picture: ‘Combatants’: Detained but untried

“We are at war against al Qaeda,” President Obama said last month, giving lip service, and not for the first time, to a notion the Framers would have found absurd: that an undeclared conflict with a stateless group boasting no ...

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