Big News!

News! Big news, at least for me, and it relates to my work life. The news comes in three parts:

  1. Since August 1, 2015, I have been General Counsel for Pima Medical Institute;
  2. As of August 31, 2015—tomorrow—I will no longer be practicing law at Mesch, Clark & Rothschild, P.C.; and
  3. On September 1, 2015, I will be practicing law at the Law Office of Mark Rubin.

Before I go forward, thanks are in order. I was happy and successful in late 2009. Nervous about being a solo practitioner, after my building flooded and I was sick… Continue reading


Mark Rubin Writes will be on vacation until August 28. I need to refresh! Over the past 78 weeks—I’ve been writing since February 8, 2014—415 pieces have been posted, exclusive of “I’m late” or “nothing today” posts. More than five posts per week, and by my rough estimate I’ve written more than 200,000 words. Lots of output, and I’m concerned about staying fresh and energetic. (BTW, 200,000 words equals about 400 pages.)

I also have lots of stuff going on in my life right now. That limits time which is available for writing. I’ll report in when I return, but… Continue reading

The Debate

I missed last night’s Republican Presidential Debate. I am sans cable right now—and loving it—and was training for tonight’s 4th Annual EEF Celebrity Spelling Bee. (Training? Yes, for reals, albeit with liquid refreshment to make the process bearable.)*

Since I didn’t see the debate I’m not going to comment on it. Instead, I focus on the absence of a serious debate about government.

Let’s start with Grover Norquist. He developed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge—a website he sponsors says those who follow the pledge “solemnly bind themselves to oppose any and all tax increases”—and has said

I don’t want… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 8/5/15

The U.S. Declared War On Veteran Homelessness — And It Actually Could Win by Quil Lawrence for NPR’s Morning Edition on August 4 is an excellent story about how private-public partnerships can work, even in a city as beaten down as New Orleans. (When you read or listen to the story, look for the Katrina element.) Lots of people thrive on governmental failures, so successes deserve notice, especially in those instances where service to our nation plays a big role in creating the problem.

No one wants dirty air, or warmer temperatures, I expect, but plenty of people don’t like… Continue reading

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

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