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Joseph Sabino Mistick is a lawyer, law professor and political analyst. He lives in Squirrel Hill.

The Kent State sweatshirt: Man’s inhumanity

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
For a graphic turn on what Scottish poet Robert Burns called “man’s inhumanity to man,” look no further than the Kent State sweatshirt that Urban Outfitters marketed online last week. Faded, tattered and splattered with what appears to be blood, …

Nixon’s pardon: The 3rd man in the ring

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Forty years ago last week, President Gerald Ford pardoned Richard M. Nixon. Nixon resigned the presidency a month earlier, clearing the way for Ford to take office. News of the pardon rocked the nation one last time in the wake …

UPMC’s road to China

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Abandon Braddock, embrace China. That appears to be the latest business plan of UPMC, once a respected community-spirited health care provider and force for good in the Pittsburgh region. As recently reported by the Trib’s Alex Nixon, UPMC has entered …

The lessons of Labor Day

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
For anyone new to Pittsburgh, whether drawn here by jobs in technology, health care or education, Labor Day provides a glimpse into the soul of the city. More than just the last big weekend of the summer, as in the …

Sophie Masloff’s life of kindness

By Joseph Sabino Mistick 9:00 p.m.
Young Sophie Friedman grew up in Pittsburgh’s Hill District in a time of jazz clubs, speakeasies and streets teeming with life. It was a rich soup of ethnic groups, races and religions, the melting pot of Pittsburgh, a small town …

The currency of ideas

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Imagine the surprise if the great whale Moby-Dick showed up at a memorial service to eulogize Capt. Ahab of the whaler Pequod. And imagine that …

Vacationing with Nixon

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Forty years ago, you could have spent your vacation at the Jersey Shore and barely seen the beach, returning home without a tan. It seemed that the whole country was indoors in the shank of summer, watching the televised death …

Political judo

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Democrats have much to gain by embracing the fundamentals of judo, the modern Japanese martial art. Jigoro Kano, who developed judo in the late 19th century, stressed maximum efficiency with minimal effort, explaining that softness controls hardness. Kano counseled against …

Rick Perry’s pandering peril

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced that he was deploying 1,000 National Guard troops to the Mexican border, it was reminiscent of the false bravado of another Southern governor. Just over 50 years ago, George Wallace tried to use Guard …

Land of opportunity

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
We honor them now, decades after their selfless acts, the Schindlers, Wallenbergs and Wintons of this world. They were heroes in a dangerous time, risking all to save the lives of others. Oskar Schindler, a member of the Nazi party, …

Unconventional Cleveland

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The Republican National Committee must be betting that the people of Cleveland have amnesia. That is what it would take for Republicans to change their presidential luck by holding their 2016 national convention in Cleveland. At stake are 18 electoral …

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