2016-04-27T19:12:41.889-04:00Written in a style eerily similar to TigerHawk, the Austin blog Blueberry Town might well appeal to my long lost readers. (The reference, for those of you who are not students of Texas politics, is to Texas Governor Rick Perry's observation that Austin is "the blueberry in the tomato soup of Texas".) The Editor of Blueberry Town tells me he'd love to see you over there!
2014-05-03T08:05:47.896-04:00I am now blogging from time to time in the old style at The Conservative Wahoo. Here is the introductory post. Please consider stopping by.
2012-11-17T10:03:37.029-05:00As most regular readers know, this blog, which is just shy of its ninth birthday, is fundamentally retired. There are many reasons for this, including that my interests have changed, blogging has changed, our political discourse has changed, my family has changed, and even my job has changed. These considerations all militate against a general interest blog. Your loyal readership and, in
2012-10-07T10:41:00.663-04:00The American left frames the current election in terms of debt -- what one group of people owes to another. In their formulation, the wealthy owe more to everybody else, their "fair share," in the politically correct expression of the idea. About a year ago, the now Democratic candidate for the United States Senate, Elizabeth Warren, won the hearts of lefties everywhere with a speech that
2012-09-17T18:28:47.889-04:00I used to get a chuckle out of letters from disgruntled older alumni published in the Princeton Alumni Weekly several decades ago, whether it was over the advent of co-education, lack of mandatory chapel, or some other change in a university tradition. Now that I am approaching my mid-50s, I find that I have at least a nit to pick with President Tilghman, and part of her speech during Opening
2012-09-09T17:43:10.460-04:00Mort Zuckerman describes the incredibly dismal job situation, which is far worse than the headline unemployment rate number. The alarming numbers proliferate the deeper you look: 40.7% of the people counted as unemployed have been out of work for 27 weeks or more—that's 5.2 million "long-term" unemployed. Fewer Americans are at work today than in April 2000, even though the population since then
2012-08-29T23:35:24.220-04:00American liberals, particularly of the academic left variety that walk unsupervised on the streets of our college towns, seem to my ear not to understand American business people. Not the often caretaker executives of big multinationals, but the owners and other decision-makers of the hundreds of thousands of still significant American companies that often compete against the behemoths and
2012-07-26T05:31:44.702-04:00The other day I had a conversation with a former member of the House of Representatives, a thoughtful moderate Republican from a northeastern state. We were talking about the severe partisanship in Congress these days, and how the dearth of personal relationships across party lines makes it almost impossible for them to trust each other, much less work together, in developing legislation.
2012-07-09T20:23:59.378-04:00I've accumulated a few new pictures along the way, all on my Blackberry (yeah, I know). Yesterday, on my flight to Austin, I had one of them there near-miss thingies... The Blackberry has a very wide angle, so that plane is a lot closer than it looks in the picture.... A buddy of mine spent a couple of weeks in China, and brought me back this t-shirt. I call it "Obamao." Anyway, my friend
2012-06-28T11:05:08.751-04:00For those of you who have time for a deep dive, here's the link to the Supreme Court's opinions regarding the Affordable Care Act, which was upheld today in a decision that saw Chief Justice Roberts "switch" to the liberal wing to sustain the individual mandate as a tax. I have not read the opinions, but that does not mean that I do not have opinions. The short version is that there were not
2012-06-24T05:06:25.329-04:00I am in the middle of week-long swing through our European operations, which will by my return have taken me to London, Dublin, southern France, and Lyon, with stopovers in Frankfurt and Brussels. We did, however, rather brilliantly contrive to spend most of this weekend in Nice, and got in a beautiful and relaxing day on Saturday. And then, this morning I caught the swim and the first
2012-06-17T09:52:50.387-04:00I have accumulated a huge number of open tabs, and thought I would disgorge them upon you while I listen to Continuing Legal Education modules. Yes, those are the depths to which I have fallen. There many be other thoughts along the way. And, of course, apologies in advance for the old news. Some of this stuff is several days old. American mountain lions may be staging a comeback. From a
2012-06-12T22:13:20.906-04:00Oil prices fell again yesterday (not today), settling on an 8-month low. The post hoc reason for yesterday's decline was at least a little curious: June 12 (Bloomberg) -- Oil fell a fourth day after Saudi Arabian Oil Minister Ali al-Naimi said OPEC may need a higher output limit and the U.S. issued more exemptions from sanctions on buying Iran's crude, cutting the risk of supply disruption....
2012-06-11T22:35:09.410-04:00Bloomberg has an interesting story about how Delaware became the jurisdiction of choice for corporate America. Basically, New Jersey blew its early lead by -- thank you, Woodrow Wilson -- regulating too heavily, a lesson that the Garden State has never really absorbed. That said, there are at least three reasons why Delaware has retained its market share, none of which made it in to the linked
2012-06-09T09:23:53.045-04:00Here is a rather, er, arresting story from the Internet age: Talk about an unlucky draw. An Orlando, Fla., man says his life has been turned upside down since May 7, when T-Mobile reportedly assigned him the cellphone number formerly used by accused Florida murderer George Zimmerman. It's the same mobile number Zimmerman gave police dispatchers during the notorious 911 call moments before he
2012-06-09T08:39:16.476-04:00The view from my backyard in Austin, last night. One reason, I suppose, why I am not spending much time writing blog posts and such is that I am spending more time quietly watching sunsets.
2012-06-08T23:17:13.596-04:00Reflecting my much reduced commitment to blogging and such, I have only this evening downloaded the last big wad of pictures from the Big Camera. Among them, my exclusive shot of Brooke Shields, Princeton Class of '87, marching with the 25th reunion class in last Saturday's P-Rade. Tiger! Tiger! Tiger!
2012-05-27T20:34:01.451-04:00The Son and I had a great day exploring the city, visiting numerous museums, centers of erstwhile ecclesiastical importance, and drinking the grape, fortified and otherwise. We also took in Fado, and rode an elevator. Along the way, we took a few pictures. The Elevador de Santa Justa, more than 100 years old, from one part of the town to another. Your blogger on top of the Elevador... Your
2012-05-26T19:52:26.594-04:00I am to be in Amsterdam for business next week, but determined that I could cut the air fare by more than half if I went through Lisbon, where I had never been. Bonus savings in hand, I brought along my son and occasional co-blogger for a long weekend in a great city. A few pictures of the day follow. One must not leave America too quickly, especially after a long flight over night... We
2012-05-22T21:38:59.266-04:00Cleaning out my phone camera this evening after six weeks of heavy travel, there were a few pictures perhaps worth passing along, in something like reverse chronological order. Lake Carnegie, Princeton, this afternoon, during a very labored run. The Delaware and Raritan Canal, also this afternoon. Poseidon, the University of Texas at Austin, Sunday morning last. Ernesto, who watches over our
2012-05-21T09:41:59.022-04:00The Washington Post has an interesting story about the extensive activity of lobbyists at the White House, and is fairly up front in noticing the discontinuity with Barack Obama's campaign promises: More than any president before him, Obama pledged to change the political culture that has fueled the influence of lobbyists. He barred recent lobbyists from joining his administration and banned
2012-05-15T22:29:09.422-04:00I am very busy and fairly tired, and no longer have the time to blog properly. On the small chance that you have not already noticed. That said, I will still pop in reasonably often with small thoughts and news from the front, so check in occasionally. One day, I'll have more time and I will be less tired, and I will return with the force of this blog's glory days, now a couple of years back.
2012-05-14T22:51:59.608-04:00I went to school with an Afghani girl named Noorjahan Akbar who leads a group called Young Women for Change. Their goal is essentially to educate men to have respect for women, allow women to dress the way they want to, and to end street harassment. Recently she got a huge spot on an Al Jazeera program that talked about Sahar Gul, a 15 year-old girl who was forced into a marriage and tortured.
2012-05-06T09:02:24.544-04:00Over on Facebook my friends and I have been proposing the appropriate term for a medical condition or psychological disorder that leads my 12 year-old to have violent bathroom urges at the moment he is asked to wash the dishes. I used to be accused of this myself, and later in life I found the Sterling library stacks had the same effect on me. Here are some of the proposals: First, the
2012-05-05T23:32:38.373-04:00Here's a weird and interesting story for those of you who enjoy evolutionary biology. Or mysteries.