Unlovely Rita Meter Maid

From First Thoughts

So I discovered this guy Phil J. Gray while looking for a Bob Dylan song on YouTube. I’m actually glad that his version of Dylan’s “ Clothes Line Saga ” was all that I found because I learned of his particular  grievance regarding Parking-Eye in the United Kingdom. This . . . . Continue Reading »

Romney-Ryan

From First Thoughts

In selecting Paul Ryan as his running mate Romney took the bold path today. He also picked knowledge and competence. Ryan’s various budgets and plans will now become the central campaign issue, and in a way Obama gets his election of “choice.” But Ryan will be able to keep the . . . . Continue Reading »

Cruz Defeats Dewhurst in Texas

From First Thoughts

Thought I’d provide an update to an earlier post . Ted Cruz handily defeated David Dewhurst in the Texas Senate Republican runoff. Barring extraordinary circumstance, he is sure to beat Democratic nominee Paul Sadler in November. The national version of this story was that Cruz was a Tea Party . . . . Continue Reading »

Summer Reading

From First Thoughts

So I spent a few days in Newport, R.I. this summer. I have done this for the last nearly forty years because my Mom’s whole side of the family is comprised of Newporters. It is a wonderful and beautiful place, but since I have done the tourist stuff innumerable times, every time I have gone . . . . Continue Reading »

On the Radio

From First Thoughts

With Sirius XM radio you can hear the darndest things on a four hour drive from Dallas to Houston, like the same live Obama speech told both in Ohio and later at Carnegie-Mellon University in Pittsburgh. After telling the same jokes—including a shout out from Bo the First Dog—the . . . . Continue Reading »

Quick Thoughts at JFK

From First Thoughts

1. While sitting at JFK waiting for a plane, I realized that Carl, Peter, and Pete were on to something in their discussion of deferential, minimalist judicial activism. 2. All day I kept thinking of the Art. I provision requiring all bills for the raising of revenue to originate in the House. On . . . . Continue Reading »