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

Gov. Wolf picked an odd fight

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“Mister, you may conquer the air, but the birds will lose their wonder and the clouds will smell of gasoline,” said lawyer Henry Drummond in “Inherit the Wind,” the 1955 play based loosely on the 1925 Scopes Monkey Trial. Drummond ...

The Senate’s bag lady: Joni Ernst

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
According to freshman Republican Sen. Joni Ernst, she wore plastic bread bags over her shoes when she was a child to protect her feet from rainy Iowa weather. She told that folksy story in her party’s official rebuttal to President ...

When speech is not free: The pen of war

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When President Obama skipped the march of world leaders in Paris after the recent terror attacks, even mainstream observers took him to task, calling the absence “stunning,” “ham-handed” and worse. The message was not lost on the administration. “It’s fair ...

The Mister Rogers model of governance

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When the Fred Rogers Company was named Pittsburgh Magazine’s 2014 “Pittsburgher of the Year,” you had to search the press reports for the name of Bill Isler, the iconic company’s CEO since 1987. And Isler would not have had it ...

Words alone

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When North Korea experienced an Internet blackout after the Sony hacking, spokesmen for the hermit kingdom blamed the United States and used a racial slur to describe President Obama. It was meant to offend. But the irony was obvious and ...

Things that have never been

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Once you reach a certain age, life sometimes seems to be more about endings than beginnings. It can be as simple as the series finale of your favorite show, the closing of your favorite restaurant or even Darlene Love’s final ...

Lessons from the Christmas Truce of 1914

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
The Christmas Truce of 1914 brought British and German troops together, for at least a day or so, along the Western Front in the early months of the Great War. Some say it started on Christmas Eve, as German troops ...

March of the Penguins

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
When President John F. Kennedy said, “For of those to whom much is given, much is required,” he could have been referring to the Pittsburgh Penguins organization. So far, he would have been left wanting. The Penguins have been ladled ...

A not-so-grand jury

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
What most folks know about grand juries comes from the news photos of public figures arriving to testify before them. Pennsylvania Attorney General Kathleen Kane recently was snapped doing just that on a rainy day near Norristown. Under a bright ...

The old Pittsburgh way

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
Amidst the near-constant chatter about the “next” Pittsburgh and the “new” Pittsburgh, the “old” Pittsburgh came through for us again last week. U.S. Steel’s decision to build its new world headquarters on the old Civic Arena site is a bit ...

The politics of immigration

By Joseph Sabino Mistick
“Go ahead. Impeach him. Make our day.” That spin on Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry is the response of some Democrats, expressed hopefully and in private, when Republicans vow to impeach President Obama for taking steps to protect undocumented immigrants now ...

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