What I hope my children learn from Robert Griffin III

Some reflections after seeing Robert Griffin III play through a knee injury and obvious pain in yesterday’s playoff game between his team the Washington Redskins and the Seattle Seahawks… I grew up in Texas, where football is by far the most popular sport, and like most boys in my neighborhood, I played football from an… Continue reading What I hope my children learn from Robert Griffin III

The U.S. Constitution was itself an act of secession

Article XIII of the Articles of Confederation provided as follows: Every State shall abide by the determination of the United States in Congress assembled, on all questions which by this confederation are submitted to them. And the Articles of this Confederation shall be inviolably observed by every State, and the Union shall be perpetual; nor… Continue reading The U.S. Constitution was itself an act of secession

“Dad, those were the worst two hours of my life”

Thus announced my nine-year-old son as I took him to the restroom two hours into our family’s viewing of Les Misérables, the brilliant, new film from director Tom Hooper. His thirteen-year-old brother agreed with him: “Definitely the worst movie I have ever seen.” Apparently, art is wasted on the young. At least, it is wasted… Continue reading “Dad, those were the worst two hours of my life”

NY Times comes clean on “fiscal cliff” deal

After lying about the tax consequences of the Senate’s New Year’s Eve legislation to avert the manipulatively-named “fiscal cliff,” The New York Times finally admits the deal means “A Bigger Tax Bite for Most.” Predictably, the Times waited until after the House voted its assent to the tax increase to tell the truth to its… Continue reading NY Times comes clean on “fiscal cliff” deal

National press deceives readers of “fiscal cliff” coverage

As its readers on the east coast awoke on New Year’s Day, The New York Times greeted them with news of overnight action by the U.S. Senate to avert the so-called fiscal cliff: “Senate Passes Legislation to Allow Taxes on Affluent to Rise.” Under Jonathan Weisman’s byline, the Times explained in its lead paragraph that… Continue reading National press deceives readers of “fiscal cliff” coverage

Where is Europe’s contribution to AIG rescue?

Reuters reports an AIG failure would still be disastrous for global markets and provides a litany of excuses for the latest bailout of the firm imposed on U.S. taxpayers. According to the Reuters report: “The government really does not have the option of letting AIG totally blow up,” said Robert Haines, senior insurance analyst at… Continue reading Where is Europe’s contribution to AIG rescue?