The Real Threat from ISIS

As could be expected, the reactionary backlash over the Paris attacks has begun. To date, there is no credible evidence that any of the terrorists were Syrian refugees. A Syrian passport found in the rubble simply does not a case make. MANY, if not most, of the Syrian refugees are traveling without passports, and it is altogether possible that the passport did NOT belong to a bomber. Hard to believe that a terrorist would cary ID...you know...to make it easier on investigators. So far, the evidence shows that all of the attackers were from Europe. So let's start there. ...

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HOW TO GET REAL CHANGE OUT OF ANOTHER SENSELESS POLICE KILLING: PART 2

Obviously, there isn’t one single measure or step that will altogether stop the senseless killing of civilians by law enforcement officers.  There can be no doubt that body cameras are critically needed in every police department and precinct.  Here are a few other suggestions that could produce real change: TRAIN DIFFERENTLY:  As one police chief aptly pointed out, police officers spend 90% of training time on what they do 10% of the time.  WAY too much emphasis is placed on shooting in police academies and in recurring police training.  NOT NEARLY ENOUGH time ...

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HOW TO GET REAL CHANGE OUT OF ANOTHER SENSELESS POLICE KILLING: PART 1

As yet another community mourns the loss of a young black man killed by a police officer, we are left once again with more questions than answers.  Corey Jones was a church-going, gentle soul, known for his calm demeanor, and wicked skills on the drums.  He was stopped on the side of the road due to car trouble.  In the early hours of the night he was approached by a plain-clothes police officer in an unmarked white van.  Shortly thereafter Corey was dead, shot three times by the officer.  The community knows little of the details of what happened.  But one thing is ...

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The Lesson of 9/11

In 2001, I was living and working in Washington DC as an Associate at a large law firm.  My routine at the time was to workout in the gym across the street from my office in the morning, and then walk over to the office to start my often-grueling work days.  I had left the Navy the year prior, and was still very close to many of my Navy colleagues.  On that particular September day, I finished my workout and was stretching on some mats when the TV’s in the gym started showing images of a plane flying into one of the Twin Towers in New York.  At first, I assumed it ...

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ON THE LEGACY OF PERCEIVED MENACE

On April 19th Freddie Gray, a 25-year old Black man in Baltimore Maryland, died from an injury he suffered while in police custody that severed 80% of his spinal cord. We have no idea what happened to cause the injury, but common sense tells us that such injuries do not occur by themselves. In the legal profession, we call it “res ipsa loquitur,” or “the thing speaks for itself.” Freddie’s death was inherently suspicious and in all likelihood the result of reckless behavior. But the real problem is that it was not an isolated incident. It came on the heels ...

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On “Religious Freedom” in the American Marketplace

The American marketplace is governed by certain "rules of the road" that ensure that businesses are all held to the same standards and that consumers have full and equal access to goods and services.  These rules are universally applicable and deeply woven into our culture.  Americans fully comprehend that in the business sphere, the only color that is important is green.  And while businesses are free to determine how they comport their business, they are not free to do so in a way that patently disadvantages the marketplace generally or any segment of consumers ...

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Investing in the American Dream

America is not a thing. It is an idea. It is a belief in the marriage of opportunity and freedom, that a person can reach her maximum potential by applying her drive to her natural gifts. The American dream, indeed America itself, is imperiled when the accidents of birth form a barrier to that dream. Education, more than anything else, is the great social equalizer and the mechanism by which people identify, develop and leverage their talents. When America invests in education, it invests in its social and economic future, and in making manifest that dream that is so ...

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Guiding the Cuban People to Social and Economic Freedom

There can be no doubt that the despotic and violent Castro Regime wreaked havoc on the lives of generations of Cubans. And while it is true that the United States has diplomatic relations with governments that have wreaked havoc on their own citizens, many of the people who suffered at the hands of Fidel Castro live here, in Florida and in the Untied States. They are our friends, neighbors and co-workers. Their desire to see a free and prosperous Cuba is shared by all Americans. The question is not “what do we want?” The question is, “how do we get it?” ...

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Tallahassee

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ON SEX TRAFFICKING AND EXPLOITATION

Last night, I attended a panel discussion on the rampant human trafficking and sex exploitation that is taking place in Florida.  Indeed, our fair state leads the nation in sex trafficking, due largely to the high demand from tourists and visitors.  While the panel discussed at great length the resources available to the trafficked humans, and also discussed the resources expended to catch and prosecute the traffickers, little, if anything, was said about the buyers.  A woman stood up and gave a testimony about how she was trafficked and exploited, and recounted the ...

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