pandemic

Facing Forward

By Frank Blechman The inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration last week stood out from previous ones in many ways. The pandemic, the threat of violence, and the bitterly ungracious ex-president ensured that whatever happened, like most of 2020, the ceremonies… Read More ›

Water, Water, Everywhere

Our lead-in is a familiar line from Samuel Taylor Coleridge’s The Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1798) that ends with, “Nor any drop to drink,” describing the plight of a beached sailor on an island surrounded by salt water. By… Read More ›

Around the Novahood

GMU STUDENTS IDENTIFY LANGUAGE BOO-BOO A translation error on the Virginia Department of Health’s website apparently has been advising Spanish readers they don’t need the coronavirus vaccine.  The issue arose during a Virginia Vaccination Advisory Workgroup telemeeting when a member… Read More ›

We All Live in a Crowded Submarine

In March 1919 (Schenck v. US), Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes penned the oft-quoted phrase certifying that “falsely shouting fire in a theatre and causing a panic” was speech that Congress could prohibit and prosecute offenders. The defendant Schenck… Read More ›

On Being Governed

There are other dates in history that live in infamy. Exactly 160 years ago yesterday, on December 20, 1860, South Carolina’s legislature voted to withdraw from the Union known as the United States. That Union had been enshrined in a… Read More ›

Briefly Noted

DEFAMED? DEFANGED? FALWELL DROPS DEFAMATION CLAIM Lawyers for Jerry Falwell notified Lynchburg Circuit Court that their client will not pursue his claim the school damaged his reputation by repeating what he labeled as lies about his participation in an extramarital… Read More ›

Religion and the Courts

On, Monday, November 26, 2020, in a 5-4 decision, the US Supreme Court ruled that limitations ordered by New York State upon religious gatherings in places of worship as protective measures against the COVIS-19 virus are unconstitutional. The ruling was… Read More ›