I got two of the five red numbers and NAILED the white one. The odds of this, I calculate: one in 5000. (One in 35 for the white number; one in 12 for each red number; so, rounding slightly, 1 in 35 x 12 x 12 = 5,000.) So how come my $2 ticket paid […]
Opened off-Broadway last night upstairs from Old Jews Telling Jokes On Stage. I remember liking the book in high school — vaguely — but the play is extraordinary. Powerful, brilliant, and brilliantly acted. Lincoln is also powerful, brilliant, and brilliantly acted — and just twelve […]
Sam B.: “Re: ‘How We Won‘ — please remove me from email list. Not interested in this political crap.”
Kathryn Lance: “GREAT piece about ‘How We Won.’ I am sharing widely. Inspirational is an understatement.”
Fred C.: “OK, we won. I’m glad. Can we please get back to finance occasionally? Such as, why did […]
My friend Bill can’t give money because neither the Obama Campaign nor the DNC accept contributions from federal lobbyists (even the good ones, like Bill). But I loved reading about how he did help. It’s so inspirational, I might actually get on the bus next time.
Today, I hand […]
Did you have a great long weekend? I spent part of mine with a Republican you’d likely recognize from TV — a sensible, moderate, deeply civil Republican (which narrows the field more than it should, sadly, but no, I will not confirm or deny who it was) — and, as always happens in a situation […]
Let’s start with this: We have hot water! As much as we want! Any time we want it!
The list of blessings most of us have to be thankful for dazzles me nonstop. I’ll spare you that rant this year, as I’ve made this case so many times before. We live better than any czar […]
Equal pay for equal work? Even monkeys want that. Do not miss this quick video.
It gets more complicated when you get to the tax code. What’s the “fair” tax a billionaire’s estate should pay? Today’s Republicans say: zero. Today’s Democrats (and yesterday’s Republicans): half. There’s no “right” answer, though it […]
Which I know is not a nice thing to say, and I suppose we should blame Fox News for hiring her — but really: how can you be given national exposure as a personal finance expert when you argue, as Gerri Willis does here, that the average family will be paying 50% of its […]
The first time I flew KLM it was from Idlewild Airport in New York (Kennedy was still President so they hadn’t begun renaming airports after him) to Amsterdam on a DC7. It was the start of a three-month student trip behind the Iron Curtain . . . (in Amsterdam, we would rent VW buses […]
TWENTIETH CENTURY AMERICAN SOCIALISM
Carl Granados: “I can’t understand the alternate reality my Republican friends and some of your critics must live in, saying Obama is a socialist or that he is engaging in class welfare because he wants to return to Clinton era rates. Do these people think America was a socialist nation before […]
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If you think it's messy there, said Albert Einstein of his paper-strewn office, you should see it up here, he smiled, pointing to his head.~.
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