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In July, I had the pleasure of attending a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game. When the “kiss cam” portion of the Jumbotron entertainment was announced, I watched as all of the couples in my section sat up and prepared to have the camera on them. This included the rather hearty couple with four children and […]

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DC banjo-ist Shannon Carey, sister to Bon Iver drummer S. Carey, is making a splash in the DC music scene with her local performances of music from her latest album “The Wilder.”  The video shown above is a single-take live performance, recorded in Maryland.  I came across her via her ‘Title Ground” track, but was […]

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Is it anti-family?  Probably not by design, but its outcomes certainly can be.  Some examples: Social Security/Medicare taxing.  This aspect of our Federal tax law strikes me as the most perniciously anti-family in its effects.  From every paycheck a man receives, he is required to pay to the Federal government 7.45% of it (to a […]

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Ronald Coase: One of a Kind

 

The news of Ronald Coase’s passing will doubtless bring forth well-deserved tributes for his massive contributions to the field of economics. I shall touch on them briefly here, but write primarily to tell something about the Ronald Coase whom I knew reasonably well for the past 41 years, since I first set foot in Chicago as a visiting associate professor in the fall of 1972.

Today, it might seem odd that I went through four years of legal education — at both Oxford and Yale, between the years 1964 and 1968 — and never once heard mention of the name Ronald Coase. The point, in retrospect, seems doubly odd because three of Coase’s greatest articles, The Nature of the Firm (1937), The Federal Communications Commission, and The Problem of Social Cost (1960) had been published before I entered law school, yet they were not part of the mainstream body of work to which the legal profession turned.

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I am not computer savvy.  My philosophy is the same as for my car – put gas in it , drive it until it won’t go any further, then call a mechanic.  I’m good at driving from here to there and pretty good at preparing spreadsheets. But not this time!  For some reason the topic […]

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I used the phrase “Best & Brightest” on tonight’s AMU.  Not for the first time, an assumption was made that I was speaking of engineers or doctors.  I do not use that phrase in that restrictive manner. The Best are not always the Brightest.  If all you have to offer is a willingness to be […]

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Can someone explain to me why we should bomb Syria.  I am not really interested in answers like “we shouldn’t” because that’s where I am and I would like a sober explanation.  My current position is surround it, contain it and offer to help pick up the pieces when they are done killing each other. […]

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I received a letter from the Sheriff’s office today informing a Tier 1 sex offender just moved into a house 0.3 miles from ours. He is over 200 pounds and almost 6 feet tall. His house is right on my walking and my young children’s bicycling route.  This neighbourhood has been expanding rapidly in the […]

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I participated in Red Feline’s post on why the GOP leaders weren’t at the 50th anniversary of MLK’s “I have a dream” speech and when I came across these two videos just this afternoon I thought it might be a good idea to invite you all to watch them and then comment. (Were these on […]

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Ratchet gears are interesting for engineers. They tend to be relatively easy to push forward yet all but impossible to place in reverse. Many things in life are like that, our new era of complete freedom for lust and libidos among them. The Washington Post has now decided to publish a column endorsing pedophilia… and […]

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I saw Mollie’s tweet yesterday about a bakery closing in Oregon.   An owner of the bakery refused to sell a cake to be used for a same-sex ceremony, and the bakery is now under state investigation. And you probably heard that New Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled that a photographer was guilty of discrimination for […]

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On Friday, September 6th, 202 properties are scheduled to be sold at sheriff’s sale in Northampton County, Pennsylvania. If you peruse the list of properties, you’ll see the hard, cold reality of the mortgage meltdown and the economic downturn.  As you peruse the list, you might notice that Wells, Fargo & Company is one of […]

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Egyptian Military Hits Jihadists in Sinai

 

Israeli Army Radio is reporting that two Egyptian attack helicopters have conducted a surprise airstrike against armed jihadists just south of Sheikh Zuweyid, close to the Egyptian border with Israel. This area is believed to be part of the wider Islamist network currently operating in the Sinai Peninsula. 

Deaths are being reported in local media, although official figures — alleged to be in the dozens — are as yet unavailable.

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I ran across this, courtesy Haaretz, and liked it – which made me worry.  (What about this is likeable?  Shouldn’t I be saddened?)  Have a look, Ricochetoisie and tell me if the guy has a point (it feels like he does, going by my impression of conversations here) or is he completely out to lunch? […]

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The thugs of the world have known from almost the very beginning. The GOP is still populated with timid political “professionals” who have not yet gotten a clue. It has certainly run two candidates lately who didn’t know it. What the rest of the world has known now for quite a while is that our […]

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