• This Question Is Key To The Upcoming Masterpiece Cakeshop Decision

    The Supreme Court’s decision on Jack Phillips and his Masterpiece Cakeshop is expected in the next two to three weeks. While the outcome could surprise us all, the result both sides of the political spectrum predict is a substantial win for the Left packaged as a favorable verdict for the Right. That is, the court will rule “for” Phillips but against his cause.

    The reason is pretty simple: Justice Anthony Kennedy is the swing vote, and in the oral arguments last December, his mind seemed made up. Kennedy knows that if Phillips’ speech as a cake artist is protected, then the speech of creative designers of every kind in the wedding industry must also be protected. READ MORE...

  • What Life In China Taught Me About Bernie Sanders’ Guaranteed Jobs

    What Life In China Taught Me About Bernie Sanders’ Guaranteed Jobs

    When I was about 14 I overheard a close family friend comment on another woman’s hair. “Such long hair! Quite expensive in terms of shampoo.” The involuntary exclamation illustrates a part of the world I grew up in. Some women really did view their hair from the standpoint of incurred expenses in shampoo, and kept it short as a result.

    My family was better off than that, but we still lived along the U.S. poverty line. We didn’t own a house, car, or TV. My parents rented a three-bedroom apartment in a ramshackle compound, made us kids a big bookshelf out of plywood, and taught us how to type on a used Mac with a 1995 facing-smile logo that spent a lot of time looking at me above progress bars on the screen. READ MORE...

  • Cake Cases Really About Courts Deciding What Americans Can Believe

    Cake Cases Really About Courts Deciding What Americans Can Believe

    On a sunny day in July 2012, Charlie Craig and David Mullins walked into a Colorado cake shop, looking to buy a wedding cake. A few minutes later, the two men were fleeing the building through separate doors, flipping the middle finger and cussing so hard they hadn’t time to wait for Mullins’ mother to leave with them.

    “F–k you and your f-ck-ng homophobic cake shop!” one screamed.

    The whole interaction prior to this moment lasted only 20 or 30 seconds, but it would end up writing Masterpiece Cakeshops and its owner, Jack Phillips, into Supreme Court history. READ MORE...