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Annette Bosworth

First, Do No Harm

I wish Annette Bosworth were my doctor. Since she lives and practices medicine more than1300 miles away, in South Dakota, that’s not to be. Sadly, the question to be answered, officially, is whether Dr. Bosworth will be permitted to provide medical care to anyone in her state. Following convictions on






Pain Medicine Police

Pain Economies

Looking for a new doctor, a colleague of mine called his friend’s primary care clinic, and was told, “We are taking all patients except pain management cases.” He was thankful his health issues were not pain-related. After reading Leslie Kendall Dye’s Salon piece, “But what if I actually need my






Police State Apologist

Robert Reich Makes Common Cause With Police State

Common Cause says its job is “Holding Power Accountable.” Robert Reich is the pre-eminent “people’s progressive” propagandist of our time, promoting himself as on the side of underdogs and against corporate power structures. After the Wisconsin John Doe probe was judicially squelched, last week, Reich promoted Common Causes’s official reaction,






Law Corrupted

Why Police-State Tactics?

What do the War on Drugs, the War on Terror, and campaign finance law have in common? Police-state tactics. Most folks now understand how the War on Drugs and the War on Terror can erode civil liberties — but how does campaign finance law fit in with the other two?






Dr. Annette Bosworth

Bosworth Sentenced

Last week, Judge John Brown sentenced Dr. Annette Bosworth, a neophyte candidate for U.S. Senate from South Dakota, to twelve concurrent two-year prison terms . . . to be suspended provided she successfully completes three years of probation, pays the cost of her prosecution, and performs 500 hours of community






Impeach him

Impeach IRS Boss Now

Last week National Review reported that Republicans in the U.S. House have long been pondering impeachment of IRS Commissioner John Koskinen for stonewalling about whether Lois Lerner’s emails were lost and irretrievable. Lerner is the former IRS official who oversaw the obstructing of applications for non-profit status by right-leaning and






Terror Warnings

Armed Americans

Scared? “July 4 terrorist attack on U.S. soil a legitimate threat, officials warn” — headlines the Washington Times. Scared now? Last weekend on Fox News Sunday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Tx.) expressed his extreme concern that “Syrian and ISIS recruiters can use the Internet at lightning speeds






Out of control cops

Marauding Cops

Policemen who perpetrate acts like those I am about to describe should be imprisoned. That’s not an anti-police statement, it’s a pro-law-and-order one. Anybody who vandalizes the property of innocent people and pointlessly terrorizes them, whether flashing a badge as prelude or not, should be arrested, prosecuted, convicted and punished.






Police Crooks

Cops as Robbers

If there’s anything that cops should not be, it’s robbers. By “cops” I mean anyone, including prosecutors, charged with protecting us against criminals. The guardians should not become predators themselves. Thankfully, these two presumptively opposite categories of men have not become wholly indistinguishable — yet. But every day brings more






Ross Ulbricht

Life in Prison [x 2]?

As I worried, this weekend, about Dr. Annette Bosworth, and her future sentencing for the “felonies” (minor infractions) she committed in South Dakota, others were similarly anguished about Ross Ulbricht. A judge just gave him two life sentences in prison for setting up the “Dark Web” anonymous trading service “The






Dr. Bosworth

No Part Justice

Dr. Annette Bosworth was convicted last week on twelve felony counts. She now faces as many as 24 years in prison, $48,000 in fines . . . and the likely loss of her medical license. Her crime? She circulated six nominating petitions to get on the South Dakota ballot in






Free Range Kids

Under Their Thumb

What if police grabbed your children off the street and held them for five hours? Alexander and Danielle Meitiv of Silver Spring, Maryland, have been investigated three times. First, when their children were discovered playing by themselves in a park a block from their home. The second time when police






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