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

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Movie Review — House of Sand (2005)

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

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Book Review: Search Inside Yourself, by Chade-Meng Tan

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

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The United States’ Financial Conundrum

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

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“Diversity” and the Supreme Court

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

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A Message of Hope

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

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Plus ça change…..

  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

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Tax avoidance — Mitt Romney’s and Yours

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

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Mass Murder, Gun Control, and Media Restraint

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

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Greetings from Steve

    Welcome to my blog. While discussing current events and partisan politics seems tempting, I intend to focus on writing, books, movies, and legal issues that seem, to me at least, non-partisan. Sometimes I may write about, not political issues, … Continue reading

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