Last Words

From First Thoughts

I buy secondhand books.  My collecting habit began in New York, when I was young.  We could go to the remainder floor of certain publishers located in Manhattan and buy hardback books for twenty-five cents or a dollar.  Paperbacks were five or ten cents.  These were books that no . . . . Continue Reading »

On the (Weather) Front

From First Thoughts

 This is word from the frozen North of America.  We are up to 4 degrees below zero this morning.   We are not truly snowed in, but local schools, my college and many other places are closed because of the extreme cold.  I think that Alaskans are probably laughing at what . . . . Continue Reading »

Happy New Year

From First Thoughts

Happy new year and here is why we have had ever happier new years in the lifetimes of anyone alive today.  Regardless of the politics of nations, or the decline of social standards, or anything else we might deplore or fear, the living standards of people all over the world improve.  . . . . Continue Reading »

Reading From Left to Right

From First Thoughts

Part of this morning’s reading is Charles Krauthammer’s ” Moving from Left to Right ” about his political conversion, from his book, Things That Matter.  Therein, he tells the story of how his mind changed from when he was young and part of the Democratic party and . . . . Continue Reading »

Our Debt to the Future Generation

From First Thoughts

Carl Scott writes about the WSJ Weekend Interview with Stanley Druckenmiller, ” in ” Pay No Attention to that Baby-Boomer behind the Curtain !”  I was going to write about that piece in simpler terms.   Redistribution does not really go from rich to poor, but from . . . . Continue Reading »

Serendipity

From First Thoughts

  The color was startling against the autumn shades of Northeast Ohio; there was just this nubbin of lilac on one of several lilac bushes that bloom like mad things every spring.  I had pruned the shrub to control the growth pattern back in June, so maybe that had something to do with . . . . Continue Reading »

What the American People Hate

From First Thoughts

I heard Senator Mark Begich of Alaska on NPR one evening this week saying, “The Republicans are being held hostage by a small group in their party for political advantage and the American people hate it.” This, naturally raised the question, if the latter is true, where is the political . . . . Continue Reading »

Cruzing

From First Thoughts

I have been reading and hearing about Ted Cruz all day.  You don’t have a second act without a first and he certainly has put on a heck of a first act.  Touring about, I’ll mention the unexpectedly positive Chris Clizza at the WaPo , ” What Ted Cruz’s speech . . . . Continue Reading »