Monthly Archives: September 2015

Income Inequality Needs a Government Fix?

A young Frenchman, not yet 30 as we recall, visited America for six months and wrote: “Democracy in America,” a classic today. It was published in 1835, Near its end, he predicted that the American government seemed likely to so … Continue reading

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A Web Invisibility Cloak for Dummies?

Murphy said that what can happen, will happen. None has refuted the wisdom. We note that the internet is a government program in places like North Korea, that it is government controlled and censored in Russia, China and many other … Continue reading

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Figure Skating: Beauty Cannot Outlive Its Time …

Figure skating has long been subject to an argument: Is it an art or a sport? Ice shows entertained, televised figure skating entertained even more, generating a lot of money. A U.S. scandal when Olympic hopeful Nancy Kerrigan was injured … Continue reading

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GLEANINGS FROM THE PASSING SCENE … (Politically Uncorrected)

 Our Saturday collection: In the UK, a Junior doctors’ strike over new contract hours and pay is telling. (Wasn’t medicine once a profession?) Thousands marched in Dublin to demand abortion. (Why is Pope Francis wasting his time in the U.S?) … Continue reading

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Who Will Govern the Governors? Do You Know? (Maybe You’d Better …)

The ancient Roman poet Juvenal is credited for the line: “Quis custodiet ipsos custodes? Various translations exist; the most accepted seems to be: “Who will guard the guardians?” Our preference is rather: “Who will govern the governors?” For the great … Continue reading

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How Many ‘Guests” Does It Require To Become ‘Invaders?’

A high E.U. official is said to worry over the Union’s stability under the influx of of aliens pouring into Europe. That is only sensible; the E.U. like the U.S. is split between those whose agenda is served by welcome … Continue reading

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The Greatest Show of All …

The Pope is in the United States denying that he is a left wing liberal politician while decrying global warming and in that English-speaking place, saying Mass in Spanish. President Obama dutifully invited him to the White House to meet … Continue reading

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Do Any Now Remember America’s “Protestant Work Ethic?”

The ‘Protestant Work Ethic’ arguably built American wealth and power and that excludes Jews and Catholics. Except that Jews and Catholics shared the view: Self-sufficiency, honesty, hard work and ambition were the stuff of success. Acceptance of charity was a … Continue reading

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U.S. Presidential Politics: An Old Script But Ever a New Show …

In America’s good cop/bad cop single party system, the Republicans and Democrats put on a good show before they announce the candidate that they have decided that the voters will select; they are after all, professionals. There are some features … Continue reading

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Europe’s Refugees Match Hoarded Cats (But Politicians Aren’t Dotty Old Ladies)

‘Cat hoarding’ is a symptom occasionally shown by dotty old women, for some reason not obvious to us. The victim collects and houses cats, even into the hundreds, usually indoors and without regard for the quality of her own living … Continue reading

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