Gary Conkling Life Notes

Mostly whimsical reflections on life

Originalism: Remembered, Not Embalmed

The death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia rekindled discussion of an “originalist” interpretation of the U.S. Constitution. GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump picked up the the theme as a … Continue reading

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Placebo Effects in Medicine – and Politics

Clinical research has proven placebos can work as well or better than actual medicines with fewer side effects. Candidates serve up political placebos, which they hope will appease voters and … Continue reading

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Reflections on Not Being in Congress

I ran for Congress in 1992 and lost, not because the mic was bad or the election rigged. I just lost. I’ve moved on, but on rare occasions I wonder what … Continue reading

September 29, 2016 · Leave a comment

Elections Really Do Generate Toxic Stress

Feeling grumpy? Deflated? Disoriented? Nauseous? You may be suffering from a raging epidemic known as Election Stress Disorder. Sound like a joke? Who’s laughing? As presidential debates near, the epidemic could turn … Continue reading

September 21, 2016 · Leave a comment

Adjective People and the Pale Blue Dot

Black people. Brown people. Red people. White people. Comedian Hari Kondabolu, whose parents immigrated from India, practices a form of humor than makes people uneasy. Kondabolu says white people are … Continue reading

September 17, 2016 · Leave a comment

Taping America by Storm

Once I impetuously slapped duct tape on my talkative daughter. It never occurred to me this could be an award-winning act. Tape Face, the 38-year-old New Zealand mime who has … Continue reading

September 15, 2016 · Leave a comment

The Unadventure Kid and the Most Interesting Man

No use parsing words. I’m ticked that I was overlooked once again in the Dos Equis selection of the Most Interesting Man in the World. The Mexican beer producer picked … Continue reading

September 12, 2016 · Leave a comment