Monthly Archives: January 2016


Getting ‘Medieval’ on the Top 400 Taxpayers

Taxesby Jon N. Hall    1/31/16
On Dec. 29, the New York Times ran “For the Wealthiest, a Private Tax System That Saves Them Billions” by Noam Scheiber and Patricia Cohen. The article’s blurb was: “The very richest are able to quietly shape tax policy that will allow them to shield billions in income.” More » • (803 views)

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Fixing the Hole in the Boat

HoleInBoatA StubbornThings Symposium1/26/16
Latest: Patching the Leaks by Timothy Lane  •  Introduction  •  This symposium (open to one and all…just send in your thoughtful contributions) is about what it will take to fix what the Left has broken. And that’s making the very large assumption that fixing is still possible. More » • (1527 views)

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2016 Republican Presidential Race Update

PresidentialSealby N. A. Halkides   1/29/16
As the first actual primaries and caucuses are almost upon us, I’d like to present a quick analysis of where things stand, but first I’d like to review two of the drop-outs as I think their failures are instructive. More » • (745 views)

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Of Angels and Snakes

Dragonsby Deana Chadwell1/29/16
They’re really the same; at least that’s what the progressive mindset would have you think: it’s all in the eye of the beholder; maybe you have a bias against snakes, but most are good and needed in the natural balance of things. Right? And angels – those aren’t even real. More » • (1066 views)

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On Breaking Resolutions and Awaiting Earthquakes

Earthquakeby Anniel1/27/16
My New Year’s Resolutions had to do with being happy – NO MATTER WHAT WAS HAPPENING. The lesson I thought I learned is that one should never tempt fate. The very end of 2015 and the first three weeks of 2016 have seen our household lurching from one crises to another More » • (754 views)

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Is Trump the First “European-conservative” American Presidential Candidate?

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke1/27/16
Ever since Donald Trump’s rise to 2016-contender prominence, the rap on him, and perhaps part of his broad appeal, has been that he’s not a conservative. And he’s not — he’s a nationalistic populist. Yet there’s another way to understand The Donald’s professed politics More » • (597 views)

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Let It Snow! Let It Snow! Let It Snow!

Snowflakeby Rosalys1/26/16
Some years ago, we here in Rhode Island we were experiencing a summer of plentiful rainfall. During one such rainfall, I was waiting in line at a store behind a man, and we began to talk about, what else? The weather. Like most people he was complaining. More » • (597 views)

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Trump and the State of the GOP

Trump4by Patricia L. Dickson1/26/16
One of the often repeated memes from the Republican Party establishment against a Trump presidency is that he will somehow tarnish the party’s image.  This assertion has caused me to question More » • (859 views)

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Man’s Ego and Michael Bloomberg

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke1/25/16
The presidency had LBJ — now meet LBG. That’s another presidential aspirant, known to this writer as Little Big Gulp. You probably know him as ex-mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg. More » • (647 views)

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The Trump Love Affair Explained in Terms Even Beltway Pundits Can Understand

SellwynThumbby Selwyn Duke1/25/16
Donald Trump’s rise this election season has been historic, amounting to something heretofore unseen in the annals of American politics. Given this, it’s perhaps not surprising that many are still befuddled by the phenomenon. More » • (701 views)

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There Are Some Who Call Him Tim

InterviewA StubbornThings Interview by The Editor1/22/16
Your trusted Editor interviews StubbornThing‘s unofficial official librarian and statistician. Timothy (some call him “Tim”) has an encyclopedic memory of books. If the Library of Congress ever burns down, he could be another Thomas Jefferson and lend his collection to get a Federal one started. More » • (593 views)

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Mr. Kung Interview

InterviewA StubbornThings Interview by The Editor1/22/16
We take a moment out of our daily Trumpmania to ask a few questions of one of StubbornThing‘s more erudite members. Mr. Kung has traveled widely outside the United States, particularly in Asia, and has not only a respect for many aspects of Asian cultures but such experience has given him insights into our own. More » • (1638 views)

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