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    Archive for April, 2009

    He Turns 16

    Thursday, April 30th, 2009

    My eldest, Alex, turns 16 today. I resolved to stop sending extensive birthday greetings to loved ones through my blog because it was getting too much of a hassle, plus I forgot once or twice, which made things uncomfortable when I came to bed at night (heh heh). But I’ll make a small exception for [...]

    Mini-Book Reviews

    Thursday, April 30th, 2009

    Some new, some old. Some in progress, some finished. Some repeats, some originals. Greatest Essayist Alive If you haven’t read a collection of Joseph Epstein essays, you’re unenlightened or you’ve been deprived or you have a life outside of literary pursuits. Hopefully, the latter, but if you fear it’s because you fall into either of [...]

    Entertainment Wednesday

    Wednesday, April 29th, 2009

    Dalrymple to Pandemics

    Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

    Dalrymple Sighting Aye, at times my ignorance surprises even me. Dalrymple has written a great little book review/essay about an author whose name doesn’t even ring a bell: Paul Hollander, a man who “is not one of those sociologists who disdains to make his meaning clear to the average man, or at least to the [...]

    Risk Taking

    Monday, April 27th, 2009

    Rage in the Manhattan Cage I saw a piece from New York Magazine making cyberwaves last week, but I decided not to post about it until I had a chance to read it. I read it during my nephew’s baseball game on Saturday: The Wail of the 1%. The gist: The over-paid fund managers and [...]

    Something for Sunday Morning

    Sunday, April 26th, 2009

    “Pride is utter poverty of soul disguised as riches, imaginary light where in fact there is darkness.” John Climacus

    Econ Saturday

    Saturday, April 25th, 2009

    Auction Off That Sweaty Thing I’ve always considered myself a curmudgeon for not appreciating Brandi Chastain’s (oh so) spontaneous removal of her shirt after making the penalty kick that won the 1999 Women’s World Cup. Other people gushed about it, but it struck me as specious (I wouldn’t celebrate by whipping my pants down . [...]

    Brews You Can Use

    Friday, April 24th, 2009

    Bar Hopping with the Left My Dad used to subscribe to Esquire, but he said it simply turned too leftist for him (gentlemanly living for Communists?). Nonetheless, they have a good drinking page, which I stumbled across earlier this week: Esquire Drinks Database. It’s one of the best drinking pages in cyberspace. I just wish [...]

    Taxes and Hitler

    Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

    10% Marginal Rate; More Bennies Than UAW While trolling to update my law firm’s blawg, I ran across this story: National Taxpayer Advocate Nina E. Olson announced today (IR-2009-43) that the IRS has awarded $9.5 million in matching grants to Low Income Taxpayer Clinics (LITCs) for the 2009 grant cycle (Jan. 1, 2009, through Dec. [...]

    Traitors and Dead Horses

    Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

    Lead Story FBI’s newest ‘Most Wanted’ terrorist is American. Great headline, that. But when you actually read the story, you quickly discern that the headline is misleading: A fugitive animal rights activist believed to be hiding outside the United States has become the first domestic terror suspect named to the FBI’s list of “Most Wanted” [...]

    Twitter Me . . . but Briefly

    Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

    The evil of Twitter: “Twitter can make you immoral, claim scientists.” So reported the U.K.‘s Daily Mail on April 14. Hardcore Register readers will see this merely as scientific vindication of Melinda Selmys. Continues the mail: “A study suggests rapid-fire news updates and instant social interaction are too fast for the ‘moral compass’ of the [...]

    The Return Eudemon

    Monday, April 20th, 2009

    Whew, whatta trip last week. We had a great time and I’m thrilled that I finally got to see some of California, but I’m glad to be back. We left at 4:30 a.m. Tuesday and flew into San Francisco in the morning. We drove back into my driveway at 4:15 a.m. Saturday. I suspect I’ll [...]

     


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