- Review of Orphan X, by Gregg Hurwitz, Minotaur Books 2016
- Review of Enrique’s Journey: The Story of a Boy’s Dangerous Odyssey to Reunite with His Mother, by Sonia Navario, Random House 2006.
- Book List — Recently Read and To Read
- The United States Supreme Court and the Oligarchs
- Are Traffic Cameras Dead?
Monthly Archives: August 2012
Book Review — Mary’s Mosaic: The CIA Conspiracy to Murder John F. Kennedy, Mary Pinchot Meyer, and Their Vision for World Peace, by Peter Janney (Skyhorse Publishing 2012)
Journalist Peter Janney grew up in a family within the insular community of the United States intelligence service. His father, Wistar Janney, a career CIA officer, was descended from the co-founder of the still-extant investment firm Janney Montgomery Scott. Wistar … Continue reading
Two generations ago when I played a very average trombone in high school and college, the school orchestra would from time to time offer to an audience of mostly parents, siblings, and friends a symphonic piece generically styled as a … Continue reading
Search Inside Yourself, the Unexpected Path to Achieving Success, Happiness (and World Peace), by Chade-Meng Tan (Harper One, $26.99), belongs to the genre of self-help books on meditation that I assign to the category of “Buddhism-light” (or -lite as the … Continue reading
The current fiscal and monetary predicament in the United States is sui generis. Solutions once available are not presently viable. Keynesian fiscal responses to slow economies can be successful only when government debt and unfunded obligations remain within reasonable boundaries. … Continue reading
Reuters reported yesterday, in an exclusive interview with United States Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, that Justice Ginsburg fell and broke two ribs just before the exhausting final month of the Court’s 2012 term. http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/08/09/us-usa-court-ginsburg-idUSBRE87801920120809 Justice Ginsburg told Reuters … Continue reading
News of another mass murder, this one in Wisconsin, sends me to this message from the Dalai Lama: I find hope in the darkest of days, and focus in the brightest. I do not judge the universe. –His Highness the … Continue reading
A reminder here that “[p]lus ça change, plus c’est la même chose” — Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Karr (1908 – 1990): “The budget should be balanced, the Treasury should be refilled, public debt should be reduced, the arrogance of officialdom should … Continue reading
Let he or she who is without a 401(k), Roth IRA, Traditional IRA, SEP-IRA, 403(b), IRC 457(b) Deferred Compensation Plan, Defined Benefit Plan, Defined Contribution Plan, unrealized capital gain, capital gain taxed at 15%, dividend taxed at 15%, deductible capital … Continue reading
Gales of outrage blew threw the mainstream media in the wake of the recent Aurora, Colorado movie theatre shooting. Leftists, noting that the Aurora shooter’s weapons included one “assault rifle,” immediately turned to promoting a revival of the expired “assault … Continue reading