Dr. John Cheng

I have the wind knocked out of me right now.   I am saddened, sickened, and unbelievably proud simultaneously. The maelstrom of emotions that I am experiencing is having a physical effect on me.   The trees are duller, the grass less vibrant, the birds sing lowered songs and they offer no respite to our sadness.   On Sunday of...

Vous Êtes Macron

Fear and Loathing is subsiding in Paris.   For that matter, a collective sigh of relief is being heard across most of Europe.   Russia winces in disgust, but is not particularly surprised.   Most Americans are completely oblivious.   A week ago Sunday, the French had an election… well, to be fair, a “second election”. The French system has a general...

Ukrainian Zulus

“Congratulations on your promotion, Colonel!”   The newly minted Lieutenant Colonel looked up from a brief he was reading. With some degree of difficulty, he shifted his weight in the leather wing-backed chair and forced himself to rise. In his left hand he clutched the brief he was reviewing, while a smoldering cigar delicately was held...

Necessary Skills

Barmaids can be interesting people. Typically they have deep histories and disturbing tattoos. Their presence can be both intoxicating and disquieting, depending on one’s sense of vulnerability at the time. When they don’t speak… or choose not to speak… English things become even a bit more mysterious.   A few years ago I found myself on...

Exhaustion, Victory, and JB & The Oligarch

This has been “a week”. A good “week”... but a “week” nonetheless. Actually, more appropriately, I should say it’s been a “two and a half years”... and technically we are not done yet, but the Sword of Damocles has been removed. (Thank God.)   For those of you who are not aware, the Law Offices of...

Enemy of The State

Last week I received a call from a distressed client. He had just been subjected to a federal search warrant, and he was… and continues to be… terrified.   Anyone would.   His bucolic life was instantly turned upside down. He will never be the same. What portends of his future remains in question, and the trauma of...