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In the last three weeks, the U.S. stock market has lost almost 5% of its value though there was a recovery on Friday. This coincides with presidential sabre rattling over trade with China and presidential bad mouthing of Federal Reserve Board interest rate policies. Cue Chicken Little. Is the sky really falling and, if so, […]

I have long been curious about the concept of “jobs Americans won’t do” and this curiosity has centered on the question of how there could be any jobs so wretched that a person would not do them if in extremis. Well, so much for my hopes of gaining tenure at an Ivy League college.  Worse, […]

The founder of a firm for which I once worked was a human resources department nightmare. He smoked cigars when it was illegal. He demeaned nearly everyone. He died before the “me too” movement began (almost certainly a good thing) and his favorite word was stupid especially when shouted at someone else. He would extend […]

Today, July 20, 2019, is the fiftieth anniversary of Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landing on the moon. Everyone knows that (or they will after they read the paper or go online today) but few will recall it as the 75thanniversary of Operation Valkyrie, the attempted assassination of Adolph Hitler by Claus von Stauffenberg and […]

Much presidential campaign coverage is devoted to telling us what is going to happen in an upcoming election yet our reactions rarely get beyond a level of belief that can be characterized as “okay, well, maybe.” Getting to even that pretty much useless standard depends on the prediction telling us what we already want to […]

The timing of this story is both perfect and terrible. It is perfect in that today is the 45thanniversary of both the day and date of the event it self. It is terrible in that it would be a better story on the soon-to-appear, all-purpose website,, rather than the historically mostly political libertyPell. Watch […]

How would you like to make a sales call premised on,  “I can tell you how to increase your audience by 100 times — not 100% — 100 times”? Do you think the prospective customer would meet with you if you dangled that bait? The customer is the Democratic Party but it could as well […]

If you happen to prefer an open mind, it was tough to find President Trump’s much-maligned Salute to America speech on television last night. True, I live in Washington and I could have solved the problem by getting up from my chair and going to the Lincoln Memorial. Rain, a dislike of crowds and sloth […]

More or less every morning, I receive the Askblog email from Arnold Kling, a person I began following early this year. Some of the emails soar over my head tracing majestic arcs across the sky to remind me that I am not now and might never be smart enough to understand them. I am okay […]