While reading “the classics” is never a bad idea, most people read newer books. However, a middle-age book can also give a refreshing perspective. I just finished Lethal Passage: The Story of a Gun, written by Erik Larson and published in 1995. It was recommended to me by a good British friend who struggles to … Continue reading THE MORE THINGS CHANGE . . .
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A Republican neighbor is currently very upset that public schools may start teaching “Critical Race Theory” (CRT), which argues that white supremacy is tightly maintained and supported by America’s legal structure. While I respect her fear, this is not news. It’s been almost twenty years, since I was required to attend a half-day class on … Continue reading Pre-CRT ?
In January, most economists expected GDP to lift-off in the first quarter, spike in the second quarter, before leveling off the rest of the year. First quarter GDP growth was expected to be about 4-5%, spiking to 7-8% in the second quarter, with full year average of 5-6%. Last week, we learned that Q1 GDP … Continue reading Short-term Inflation vs. Long-term Inflation
As the son of a World War II veteran, I was force-fed a steady diet of war stories from birth. I knew which countries were on which side and why. I knew the various campaigns and their outcome. I learned that there was no one war, and there was a lot of ethnic-score-settling masquerading as … Continue reading Right Man at the Right Time
According to Webster’s, a “bad apple” is “a member of a group whose behavior reflects poorly on or negatively affects or influences the remainder of the group.” Of course, the best way to deal with a bad apple is to separate it from the others, before it rots the whole bushel. In the Army years … Continue reading Blanket Parties
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