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The Walmart experience

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 20:00:36 +0000

There are certain things I buy at Walmart. One of them is plain old T-shirts, of which Walmart carries an astounding variety of shapes and types for prices that range from about $2.50 to barely $6.00. The other day I braved the Walmart aisles in order to lay in a supply to supplement my decimated […]


Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:24:55 +0000

I just published a post about sanctuary cities mayors’ defiance of Trump’s order regarding reporting the arrest of illegal aliens. But now I want to emphasize the power of the word “sanctuary,” which was originally chosen by the activists behind the movement, I believe, to take advantage of the aura around it. “Sanctuary” implies something […]

Sanctuary mayors defy Trump

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 19:10:13 +0000

Of course they do. When a president tries to go against many years of local policies that have successfully defied the federal government—with some of those years involving the cooperation of the federal government in that defiance—it’s not going to go down easy. It’s one thing for Trump to say he’ll end sanctuary cities. But […]

So, what’s going on with Gorsuch?

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:46:34 +0000

Remember him? One of these days the Senate is going to vote on his nomination, and it’s pretty much a foregone conclusion that they’ll approve him. But not just yet. And the mechanism by which it will happen—in particular, whether the nuclear option must be invoked to accomplish it—remains to be seen: The Senate Judiciary […]

And the winner is…

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 20:16:00 +0000

Hey, wait a minute. What’s the contest? you ask. As well you might. It’s a competition I’ve never heard of before: European Tree of the Year. And the winner this year is a glorious oak with a history: A Polish tree that two Jewish brothers used as a shelter for hiding from the Nazis during […]

Here comes your 19th nervous breakdown

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 19:16:13 +0000

I found the following at Buzzfeed. Now, Buzzfeed isn’t a site I usually visit and certainly not a site I often (or ever?) quote. But this description of the current news coverage struck somewhat of a resonant chord in me nevertheless: There’s so much discordant noise that just making out each individual thing and tracking […]

Trump and the timing of the Obamacare reform attempt

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 18:07:35 +0000

Commenter “Brian E” writes that Obamacare repeal “was not part of [Trump’s] campaign platform,” and offers a series of ways in which Trump suggested that Obamacare be tweaked. He certainly made such suggestions. But not only did he never say “don’t repeal it,” he explicitly promised many many times not only to repeal it, but […]

“Oliver Twist”: on depicting violence

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:19:48 +0000

As far as I’m concerned, the 1948 David Lean black-and-white version of “Oliver Twist” is the masterpiece of the many movie versions of the story. I first saw the film as a child and it scared me horribly at times, but I recognized its artistry and chiaroscuro brilliance. Here’s a clip depicting the death of […]

Have you noticed…

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 15:12:44 +0000

…that it’s not just the Democrats who are crowing over the GOP failure to pass the replacement for Obamacare? Have you noticed the over-the-top hype the MSM is currently making of that failure? This is the worst debacle ever, etc. etc. etc… I wonder if the ordinary voter feels that way. I wonder if he/she […]

Did Obamacare succeed in creating the expectation of universal health care?

Sat, 25 Mar 2017 14:55:13 +0000

Charles Krauthammer thinks it did: On Friday’s edition of ‘Special Report’ on Fox News Channel, syndicated columnist Charles Krauthammer made the case that President Obama’s strategy for Obamacare was not to create a perfect health care system, but to create the expectation that health care is something the government is responsible for. He said Obama […]