And now for something completely different . . .

My blog focuses on issues related to estate and business planning, which includes posts on water and real estate law and on other issues affecting farms and ranches. But you might also occasionally encounter posts on other legal subjects that interest me. This is one of those posts.

I find the intersection of federalism and religious liberty fascinating and thus thought you might enjoy this debate on the subject held recently at the 2016 Annual Western Chapters Conference of the Federalist Society. I post it without comment. Enjoy.

Looking for a Financial Advisor? Here’s Some Good Advice

As a freelance financial writer, I worked with the people in Northern Trust’s wealth management arm. They are bright and very good at what they do. So when they talk, consider listening. For example, in the audio at this link, you’ll find a good discussion of what to look for when you’re searching for a financial advisor. Enjoy.

Annie Hide Your Guns? Justice Scalia Has Died.

Betty Hutton, as Annie, couldn’t get a man with a gun. Some are worried that they won’t be able to even use their guns if President Obama gets to appoint a new justice to the Supreme Court now that Justice Antonin Scalia has died. AScalia2I don’t know if that’s a worry worth worrying about, even if  President Obama makes that appointment. Members of the court–left and right–are loathe to overrule themselves. Sure it can happen, and guns may be the issue that causes them to do so. But first, any Obama appointment has to get through the Senate and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell already says that ain’t gonna happen. 

And so, I’ll just say that I’m going to miss Scalia. A lot. His humor. His writing. His intellect. No, he was not perfect as a man or as a justice, but he was good, very good on both counts. I was amazed at how the initial reports of his death stunned me.

So today, I choose not to get political. Instead, I want to praise the man. To that end and for your enjoyment and edification, I share this interview of him by Brian Lamb of C-SPAN:

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