The Buck Stops Where?

July 21, 2014

At Fiscal Times David Patrick calls for letting Europe “do the heavy political lift” on dealing with Russia on the Ukraine: “Days after the plane went down,” Liow said over the weekend, “the remains of 298 people lie uncovered. Citizens of 11 nations, none of whom are involved in the conflict in eastern Ukraine, cannot […]

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Searching for an Answer

July 20, 2014

There’s an interesting article at Fiscal Times on the alternatives for punitive measures against Russia. Here are David Francis’s proposals: Arm the Ukrainian military. Strangle the Russian economy. Extend NATO membership to Ukraine. I think that each of those proposals is problematic in its own way and all fail by the standards I suggested yesterday. […]

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James Garner, 1928-2014

July 20, 2014

Many years ago when television and I were much younger and television was testing its legs to see what genres were best-suited to the still-new medium, the Warner Brothers studio had a sort of repertory of westerns that played on ABC. Each was headed by a tall, good-looking, second- or third-tier contract player. Of these […]

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Spent Force

July 19, 2014

Gunmen of the “Islamic State” née ISIS (or ISIL) have defeated the Iraqi military and its Shi’ite militia allies at Tikrit: RBIL, Iraq — Islamic State gunmen overran a former U.S. military base early Friday and killed or captured hundreds of Iraqi government troops who’d been trying to retake Saddam Hussein’s hometown of Tikrit, the […]

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Buying New Cookware

July 19, 2014

We finally broke down and bought new cookware. When my wife and I were married, I had a set of Le Creuset enamel-coated cast iron cookware which I loved. My wife pronounced it too heavy to use (something she only does rarely anyway) and, shortly after we married, we purchased a set of Calphalon anodized […]

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But What Is the Right Response?

July 19, 2014

Judging by the many news articles, op-eds,and editorials, most urging action, the news of the day continues to be the Malaysian passenger jet shot down over the eastern Ukraine. The most likely explanation seems to be that it was shot down by trigger-happy pro-Russian separatists. As usual the opinionators are getting pretty far out in […]

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Where You Sit Is Where You Stand

July 19, 2014

For sheer schadenfreude it’s hard to beat this pick-up by Kimberley Strassel: About the only thing Ms. Slaughter didn’t do in five hours was offer House Speaker John Boehner her litigation notes. For it seems to have slipped Ms. Slaughter’s mind—and the press’s attention—that a mere eight years ago she was a plaintiff in a […]

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What Kind of Jobs Do They Want?

July 18, 2014

Miles White, CEO of Chicago-based Abbott Laboratories, explains corporate inversion, companies’ changing of national jurisdictions, frequently seeking tax relief: First, inversion is legal. Period. It’s allowed in the tax code. The tax code even specifies the terms and conditions under which it may be done. Reference 26 U.S. Code Section 7874. Inversion doesn’t change a […]

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About That Malaysian Jet

July 18, 2014

I don’t really have a great deal to say about the Malaysian passenger jet that was shot down over the eastern Ukraine: A surface-to-air missile struck a Malaysia Airlines plane carrying 298 people that went down Thursday in Ukraine near the Russian border, a U.S. official told ABC News. The official said U.S. intelligence and […]

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Quick Observation on Immigration Reform

July 17, 2014

You know, it seems to me that the hunt for the Great White Whale comprehensive immigration reform is actually impeding immigration reform. There’s a limited group of measures that have broadbased public support and I’ll bet a shiny new dime could actually get bipartisan support in Congress including reforming the law that requires Central American […]

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