The Wednesday Curator – 5/4/2016

Democracies End When They Are Too Democratic. So says Andrew Sullivan, writing for New York on May 1, 2016. Plenty provocative, which is just what anyone who has read Andrew Sullivan expects. Deep, deep stuff, but well worth the time!

From the campaigns, Amy Davidson has Ready or Not for the New Yorker. The sub-header tells the story: “Paul Ryan’s Donald Trump Problem.” For The Atlantic Ron Fournier has written Ted Cruz Deserves Some Credit. Mr. Fournier’s thesis? “What if more politicians wander away from their sympathetic crowds to engage directly with people of opposing views?” (Still and a*shole,… Continue reading

Die on a Mountain

Several years ago I was sitting in an interminable board meeting. (I used to do that. Often!) An agenda item involved significant religious issues. An “aye” vote would have revved up many local Rabbis. I found myself in the thick of the discussion, taking an unexpected position. Then, a very wise man* who I’ve known since I was a young teenager piped up: “My dear, suffering wife,” he said, “will ask me on something like this, David, are you going to die on a mountain over this?” The topic was tabled within about 60 seconds, and never raised again.

I… Continue reading

Stupid and Science

The Curator offered up Steve Benen’s piece for The MaddowBlog, Paul Ryan’s Curious Case against Expertise on April 27. And MRW posted It’s the Stupid, Stupid! on April 24, focusing on Donald Trump’s stupid statements. (He keeps promising he’ll get “presidential” soon, whatever that means, then not, then, etc.)

Stupid among national Republicans did not begin in 2015-16. In 2012 former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum want on a rant about college and elites. Here’s Rick Santorum’s Anti-College Rant, Charles Blow’s January 2012 take-down for the New York Times. Then there is Senator James Inhofe (R-Okla.), offering up a snowball… Continue reading

We Didn’t Start the Fire (annotated)

“Here at MRW we don’t routinely cite to ourselves, and I’m pretty sure we’ve never re-posted. No rule is absolute, however, and when reason dictates that we deviate, we’ll do the right thing.”

Those were our words on April 5, 2015, when we reposted We Didn’t Start the Fire (annotated). We Didn’t Start the Fire was first posted on July 13, 2014. It’s a long piece—5000 plus words—and lots of effort went into putting it together. Billy Joel, a very intelligent, serious songwriter/singer, wrote the song and chose the people and events which mattered over forty years.… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 4/27/2016

The Ideological-Operational Divide in the G.O.P. by Jeffrey Frank for the New Yorker offers some interesting thoughts about the Republican Party, as it has developed between the late 1960s and now. Best line: “Voters tend to favor candidates who offer the hope of better times, and who manage to convey an ability to govern the country (all of it).” We’ll see, soon enough!

The Curator saw a poll yesterday which showed a 46 (Clinton) – 43 (Trump) race, which ought to make everyone take Donald Trump seriously. So here’s Trump’s Putin Fantasy by Timothy Snyder for the New… Continue reading

Extra: More on Trump!

I have a good friend, Robert Fleming. He’s a modest, humble, B-F-D elder law attorney—with serious national credentials—who still tolerates my wandering into his office without advance notice—he works next door to me—to share work and this and that. (We are reaching our limits with Max, who semi-hangs with Robert’s Corgi, Odin, and latches onto lots and lots of chew toys. GF LB did observe, at the Seder on the 15th of Nisan aka April 23, that if I bought some toys for the boy, maybe he’d stop latching onto toys belong to Odin, as well as Doug, the… Continue reading

It’s the Stupid, Stupid!

It’s the stupid, stupid! Way back when, when a scandalous campaign involved things like whether a candidate had had an affair or not, along about 1992, “It’s the economy, stupid!” became the watchword for a presidential campaign. (For younger readers—and forgetful older ones—James Carville coined the phrase, working for then Governor Bill Clinton (D-Ark.) in his successful campaign to unseat President George H.W. Bush. And yes, the affair stuff also involved that Clinton fellow.)

I thought about Mr. Carville’s phrase when I saw the Trump: Can We Ask Kasich To Change ‘Ridiculous’ Spelling Of His Name? at… Continue reading

The Wednesday Curator – 4/20/2016

Here’s some very thoughtful—and very, very smart—R-side analysis from Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson, in It may be too late for the GOP to stop Trump. Best line?

Polls show that a majority of Republicans agree with the helmet-haired billionaire. It turns out that once you tell people they get to choose their standard-bearer, they don’t take kindly to being patted on the head and told to go sit in the corner.

And from the other side? Here’s Bernie Sanders’s Forty-Year-Old Idea, by Russell Shorto for the New Yorker. This election is one effed-up mess—that’s an observation from… Continue reading

Thoughts About United States v. Texas

The U.S. Supreme Court heard oral argument earlier today in United States v. Texas, No. 15-674. Texas and 25 other states sued the federal government to prevent the implementation of deferred-action regarding certain undocumented immigrants.

Lyle Denniston has an excellent overview of the case and the oral argument in Oral Argument: Search for a Fifth Vote on Immigration at SCOTUSblog. And, of course, Nina Totenberg is always worth reading and listening to; her piece, with a byline shared with Eyder Peralta for NPR, is On Obama’s Immigration Actions, Supreme Court Seems Sharply Divided.

The suit was filed in… Continue reading

Dis the Constitution

I’m about to dis the U.S. Constitution. It’s a Constitution I swore to support on October 17, 1981 and implicitly, on each and every one of the following 12,602 days. To be clear, given that I live in Arizona, a state which seems hell bent on challenging Kansas for Most Effed Up State trophy, I support the U. S. Constitution so long as it remains in place.

Many years ago I got involved in a case in which my client took over a business in bankruptcy. The operator spent too much time explaining the company’s very advanced totally inadequate accounting… Continue reading

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