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350 Year Old Oak Tree. Source: Reddit
I Saw in Louisiana A Live-Oak Growing by Walt Whitman
I saw in Louisiana a live-oak growing,
All alone stood it and the moss hung down from the branches,
Without any companion it grew there uttering joyous leaves of dark green,
And its look, rude, unbending, lusty, made me think of myself,
But I wonder’d how it could utter joyous leaves standing alone there without its friend near, for I knew I could not,
And I broke off a twig with a certain number of leaves upon it, and twined around it a little moss,
And brought it away, and I have placed it in sight in my room,
It is not needed to remind me as of my own dear friends,
(For I believe lately I think of little else than of them,)
Yet it remains to me a curious token, it makes me think of manly love;
For all that, and though the live-oak glistens there in Louisiana solitary in a wide flat space,
Uttering joyous leaves all its life without a friend a lover near,
I know very well I could not.


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"Barbara Jordan of Texas sat on the House Judiciary Committee as a freshman during the Watergate hearings" by the U.S. House of Representatives Photography Office, 1974. Source: Wikimedia

On May 17, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a Special Prosecutor for the Department of Justice in the investigation of Russia’s attempts to influence the 2016 U.S. Presidential elections.

In a press release issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Public Affairs, Rosenstein wrote “What I have determined is that based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”

Mr. Mueller’s greatest prosecuting authority will be derived under U.S. Code § 515, which allows Mueller to conduct civil or criminal proceedings on behalf of the Department of Justice, including conducting grand jury proceedings.

The Department of Justice’s order directs Mr. Mueller to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump”, and to investigate related matters “that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

Mr. Mueller has been vested with additional jurisdiction to investigate and prosecute federal crimes related to any interference in the Special Prosecutor’s Russian investigation, including perjury, obstruction of justice, intimidation of witnesses, and the destruction of evidence.


On Governments

Passage: Concerning Dangers from Dissensions Between the States by Alexander Hamilton
“The causes of hostility among nations are innumerable. There are some which have a general
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“Notes on Nationalism” by George Orwell (Full Text)
Obsession. As nearly as possible, no nationalist ever thinks, talks, or writes about anything except
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On Societies and Traditions

An Excerpt: The Tennessee Circus by H. L. Mencken
The Evolutionists will go on demonstrating, believing in and teaching the mutability of living forms,
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Constitutional Liberty and Arbitrary Power by Joseph Warren
…When we turn over the historic page, and trace the rise and fall of states
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