Road Trip

August 28, 2018

Road Trip

road trip

Mark Rubin

A road trip awaits me, soon. A few things must line up, and I’m ever hopeful that they will.

Alignments bring to mind the Age of Aquarius and Hair. (Younger readers: You had to be there, truly, but people took their clothes off on stage.) Unfortunately, I don’t know when the Moon will be in the Seventh House. (Seventh House?) And Jupiter and Mars? This man waits for no planetary alignments. Alignment for me means a week or so with no court appearances, no other obligations, and an available sitter for Max.

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Max and My Shoe

And the trip? I’m headed due east, to the Deep South. I want to understand, as well as

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We Have Met the Enemy … [Not Trump]

February 27, 2016

My friend S.G. noted Members of Golf Resort Say Trump Didn’t Honor the Deal by Joe Nocera in Sports Business for the New York Times. Mr. Nocera—a great business writer who moved to sports recently—nails a terrific story about Donald Trump, businessman extraordinaire. How does he do it? Looks like he cheats.

The golf story is about rich people who put up a refundable $200K to belong to a Ritz Carlton golf club. The deal failed. Trump bought the club and agreed to assume responsibility for about 150 deposits. (That’s $30M.) And what did he do when he took over? Within days, he changed the rules to avoid paying the refundable deposits. (The story is more nuanced, and for

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President Barack Obama: Not a Blowhard

January 3, 2015

I heard—and then I read—the Steve Inskeep National Public Radio interview with President Barack Obama a few days ago. Here’s the sound and the transcript, and it’s worth your time.

The portion of the interview that caught my particular attention is here, offered with slight editing—and highlighting—for reading ease:

Is there a responsibility by the United States to do more in Libya, having been involved in overthrowing the Gadhafi regime?

I think that the challenge that we’re going to have is a recognition that we are hugely influential; we’re the one indispensable nation. But when it comes to nation-building, when it comes to what is going to be a generational project in a place like Libya or a place

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December 18, 2014

Cuba! It’s certainly a touchy topic, but it’s no longer ignorable, or a topic which can wait. So, I’m all in here.

Formal relations with Cuba do not exist. The signal feature of the relationship, however, is the embargo on trade. The embargo had as its purpose forcing Fidel Castro and his Communist regime from power. It began on October 19, 1960, under President Dwight Eisenhower. It has lasted for more than 54 years, albeit with many exceptions. (Several MRW readers have been to Cuba in the recent past, traveling from Miami on cultural exchanges.) Ten successors to President Eisenhower—Kennedy, Johnson, Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush, Clinton, Bush, and Obama—have come and, excepting President Obama, gone. And the Castro brothers,

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