The Shawshank Redemption

Imagine being convicted for a double murder that you did not commit and then spending twenty years in prison. You would be forced to endure unimaginable horrors, not because you killed two people, but because, as the hero of the The Shawshank Redemption puts it, you were a bad husband and drove your wife into […]

A Clash of Cultures

Much is being made of the Texas legislature’s attempts to reign in local governments. From “bathroom ordinances” to ride-sharing regulations, from plastic bag bans to tree regulations, local governments are increasingly infringing on property rights. The state government is properly putting an end to many of these regulations.

But the state’s local governments aren’t happy […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture, Part 2

Asset forfeiture is wrong on numerous fronts:

The property of an individual is necessary to sustain his life and if acquired lawfully is his by right to use to support his life and his happiness. To take someone’s lawfully acquired property is in fact taking away his life and his happiness. It is a violation […]

Civil Asset Forfeiture, Part 1

Attorney General Sessions recently announced reinstatement of provisions of civil asset forfeiture rolled back by the Obama administration. He praised forfeiture as a powerful tool to help police and cited support from law enforcement throughout the country. This is part of the Trump administration’s increased focus on fighting crime.

A criminal has no right to […]

Cronyism to the Left, Cronyism to the Right

In recent years, individuals from across the political spectrum have condemned cronyism. Former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, once remarked that she felt sad “for the American people, who have had their lives affected by the culture of cronyism and corruption that exists in Washington.” Current Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, similarly denounced […]

MacKie and Kamrath: Texas Medical Center, Part 2

Today we look at two more Mackie & Kamrath works in the Texas Medical Center, one of which is slated for demolition as in the case of the earlier-seen UT School of Public Health. This structure, the University of Houston School of Pharmacy building, went up in the early 1970’s and although not revolutionary […]

Protecting Fairy Tales

A recent piece in the Chronicle raised the question: What is a sincerely held religious belief? The question was raised in the context of the Legislature’s ongoing efforts to protect religious freedom. The article offers no answer, but instead illustrates the problems that arise when one attempts to protect fairy tales.

For example, the article […]

MacKie and Kamrath: Texas Medical Center, Part 1

My continuing look at the work of Houston architecture firm MacKie and Kamrath (Karl Kamrath, chief designer) turns now and for the next several installments to the work just south of the “midtown” area in Houston’s hospital district. Paradoxically, the success of the firm in this zone contributed to its later relative obscurity, since structures […]

The Fallacy of “Cultural Appropriation”

Last week, Leftists in Portland, Oregon found a new cause: “cultural appropriation.” Apparently, while vacationing in Mexico, two women decided to open a taco truck upon returning to Portland. While in Mexico, they spent some time picking the brains of the locals, who were hesitant to share all of their secrets. But the women learned […]

“Lunch Shaming”

One of the newer causes of Leftists is “lunch shaming,” which is, as one website puts it, “what happens when a child can’t pay a school lunch bill.” School districts treat the issue differently, but many require the child to pay for his meal by working or simply take the meal away from him.

To […]