4th Annual EEF Celebrity Spelling Bee

Special Update! The 4th Annual Education Enrichment Fund Celebrity Spelling Bee starts at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7, 2015. That’s this Friday, which brings to mind m-e-r-d-e, for I haven’t studied at all.

The Bee is tons of fun, and the cause—supporting needy children in the Tucson Unified School District—is a great one. Go to 4th Annual Celebrity Spelling Bee for information and giving instructions. Note that I’m way behind on my goal. Help will be much appreciated, and please attend, for it really is lots of fun.

Yours truly, on the way to a 3rd place finish.

Yours truly, on the way to a 3rd place finish.… Continue reading

Happy Birthday, Boss!

Lowell Rothschild is 88 today. (He’s claimed 88 as his age since very soon after August 2, 2014, so I expect he’ll be 89 before lunch on Monday.)

Lowell shares his 8/2/1927 birthday with no one more famous than he is, but James Baldwin and Carroll O’Connor left the “terrible twos” behind the day he was born, while Shimon Peres turned four on the same day. On his birth date the Internet tells me only one thing worthy of note, other then Lowell’s birth, happened: President Calvin Coolidge issued a written statement. It read: “I do not choose… Continue reading

Food and Pleasure

About the Blog at Mark Rubin Writes asserts that we share information about Food and Pleasure, in the midst of Law and Affairs of the Day aka Trotskyite views. Anyone wondered when there might be a post—other than a Curator burger pic—which features food. We checked. June 7 was the last post—Nuts and Cookies—and that’s just shy of eight weeks. Too long!

Today’s post features Chocolate Chip-Cocoa Nib Cookies, Meat Loaf Bolognese, Mushroom Pizza, and Shrimp Fried Rice. I’m working in reverse alpha order, though, as I think the feature picture on Facebook is the one which appears… Continue reading

The Rut of History and Leon Wieseltier

An old friend whose devotion to Israel is very, very strong shared The Iran Deal and the Rut of History on Facebook a couple of days ago. The piece is from The Atlantic and was written by Leon Wieseltier. Mr. Wieseltier was the literary critic for The New Republic forever—well, only from 1983 until 2014—and writes now for The Atlantic. His writing has focused often on Jewish and Middle East subjects, and his parents survived the Holocaust.

The piece opens with these words: “The president said many times he’s willing to step out of the rut of history.” Mr.… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 7/29/15

The Curator leads off this week with Here’s How Donald Trump Counts to “TEN BILLION”, written by Josh Voorhees for Slate and posted on July 22. In my work world I have dealt with at least one billionaire—through me, my client sued him, and I attended the deposition—and may know two or three others. The defendant? Famous, with lots of oil money. And the others? No one, including some of them, really knows how much money they have. And my point? People with lots of money don’t talk about the issue, generally. It’s tacky, to say the least! Mr.… Continue reading

Lay Witnesses and Expert Witnesses

Witnesses come in two varieties: Lay witnesses and expert witnesses. Lay witnesses testify only when they have personal knowledge about the matter about which they have been offered as a witness. And, generally, they testify about facts, i.e., what they have seen, heard, or read. Lay witnesses can only offer opinions only when they are “rationally based on their perceptions” or “helpful to clearly understand the witness’s testimony or determine a fact in issue.” Lay witness testimony cannot rely on scientific, technical, or other specialized knowledge.

Expert witnesses, on the other hand, rarely have first-hand knowledge about the facts… Continue reading

End of Life Issues

Theresa Brown wrote Choosing How We Die for the New York Times on July 24, 2015. It’s an excellent overview of the challenges we face as a nation with an aging population and not very adequate mechanisms for providing options about end-of-life issues.

On July 8, 2015—yes, only as recently as slightly more than two weeks ago—the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule which addresses, in part, advance care planning. As the CMS fact sheet reflects, advance care planning—as a service for which Medicare will pay a doctor—has only been available as a part of “Welcome… Continue reading

Core Issues about Public Discourse

Core issues have been on my mind lately. They gelled when I saw No, It’s Not Your Opinion. You’re Just Wrong, written by Jef Rouner and shared on FB by Friend RL. More on opinions in a moment.

Public discourse is a disaster right now. Maybe we should blame the media, our leaders, or, just maybe, we should recall Pogo, channeling Walt Kelly, who told us “we have met the enemy, and he is us.” Argue the premise if you want to; I’m here not to debate that issue. Instead, I’m focused on two aspects of poor… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 7/22/15

Big news, lost among lots of chatter about a rich jerk who’s running for something. Adam Chandler for The Atlantic has A Cuban Flag Rises in the District of Columbia, from Monday, July 20.

For Slate Jamelle Bouie offers up Trump’s Not Done Yet, moderately conventional, post-McCain criticism thinking about the Donald and the campaign. For smarter thinking the Associated Press has Trump’s Self-Paid Presidential Run Means He’s Not Going Away by Julie Bykowicz. Ms. Bykowicz quotes GOP pollster and smart guy Frank Luntz, who says:

Nobody leaves a race because they get tired, or because they… Continue reading

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