Sunday mish-mash (plus Books and an Open Thread)

Although my regular stat counter is still refusing to speak to me, another stat counter has indicated that my numbers have plummeted, going from the thousands to the hundreds overnight.  (I feel just like the stock market.)

Since I’m not going to panic and assume that everyone has suddenly abandoned me en masse, I’m wondering if any of you have had any difficulty getting to my blog.  If so, please let me know, and I’ll pass the word on to my wonderful blog master.

I’m still working on the trial, which is kind of interesting.  The last time I headed trial preparation, my client did not have a sophisticated scanning system.  This client, however, does.  Every document is already a pdf in the system (or, if not, it’s easily added).  Because the case relies heavily on photographs, I’ve also set up Picasa, so that we can easily review the hundreds of images and decide which best support our case.  Then, the photos go on a disk, Kinko’s prints them up (which is cheaper than using your own ink), and you’re off to the races.

I’ve also prepared a chart identifying each document (which is necessary anyway for the mandatory exchange of trial exhibit info with the opposing party).  In the chart I have a column that doesn’t go to opposing counsel.  That column has hyperlinks to each document’s location on the server.  Essentially, I’m preparing all the documents for trial without touching a single piece of paper.  It’s time consuming, but kind of fascinating, and it means that we never lose a document.  Woo-hoo!

Still, interesting or not, the whole thing is time-consuming, and that doesn’t even count the trial brief and pre-trial motions, all of which I’m working on today.  Then, off to the symphony.

You can see where this is going, right?  Not a lot of blogging.  It’s another Open Thread day — and a “what are you reading” day.  As for me, when I’m not being a legal eagle, I’m reading 101 Things You Didn’t Know About Irish History: The People, Places, Culture, and Tradition of the Emerald Isle.  It’s not deep, but it’s easy, fun and interesting.

Saturday open thread

I’ve got a trial to prepare for today, so won’t be blogging, at least not now.  Have it at, you guys!

At least I’m getting paid….

Legal work isn’t half as much fun as blogging (and all the interesting stuff I read as part of blogging).  Still, after a year-long drought, I’d be a fool to complain.  As soon as I have time, though, I’ll weigh in here.  Until then, if you’re having a quiet evening at home, feel free to say hello and put something on an Open Thread.

Earthquake Open Thread

I have a busy day today — legal stuff — so blogging will be minimal until much later.  I figure, though, that news about the earthquake (which I’ve been reading between making breakfast and kid lunches), should be more than enough to keep people’s brains busy.

My thoughts are with those in the affected areas.  I’m just grateful that the Japanese have planned for this type of event, and that they didn’t suffer the devastating losses one always sees in Third World/Communist/Totalitarian countries (i.e., Haiti, Iran, China, etc.), when they’re hit by an earthquake.

Middle East Open Thread

You’ve probably noticed my conspicuous silence about events in the Middle East, especially in Libya.  I simply don’t have anything to add.  I’m a spectator here and, until the coin stops spinning and lands on one side or another, I’m not prepared to opine.

All I’ve got now are hopes and fears, but not opinions.  My hope is that, with the pustulant powers removed from the top, the poison will drain out of those Middle Eastern countries.  My pessimistic fear is that radical Islamism will fill the power vacuum, making them even worse than before.   Another hope is that Obama will figure out that now is the time to sign off on lots of drilling and exploration in America.  My fear is that his dream of $8/gallon gasoline is about to come true.

Share your hopes, fears, information, speculations, opinions, etc., here.  I’m interested.

Sunday book group?

Is it too late to open a post for those who are interested in discussing books today?  I couldn’t get to my computer earlier, because of family commitments and those same commitments preclude my posting anything substantive today.

I’m willing to bet, though, that many of you are reading something interesting that you’d like to talk about.  If not, just consider this a late-in-the-day Open Thread.

Bits and pieces

My mind is slowly waking from the stupor that gripped it yesterday, and I actually found bunches of fascinating things in today’s reading.  I may blog on some of them at greater length today, but I didn’t want to sit on them all day without sharing them with you.  So here goes the sharing:

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The Jerusalem Post has a primer on the Muslim Brotherhood (the Obama administration’s newest proposed negotiating partners), which includes this bit of information from the MB’s own “mission statement”:

“The Islamic ummah,” it says, referring to the supranational community of Muslims, “can regain its power and be liberated and assume its rightful position which was intended by Allah, as the most exalted nation among men, as the leaders of humanity.”

Elsewhere, it exhorts Muslims, “Know your status, and believe firmly that you are the masters of the world, even if your enemies desire your degradation.”

In fairness, George Bush had a doctrine that also amounted to spreading his belief system around the world.  The difference, of course, was the nature of the belief system.  The MB wants to spread subjugation to the brutalities of Islam; George Bush wanted to spread individual freedom.

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There was something fitting about the fact that it was Joe Biden who announced the newest government boondoggle:  a high speed railroad.  When will the liberals learn that we are geographically bigger than Europe?  I mean, I’ve been to Europe a few times and even I — and I’m not the most observant person in the world — have noticed that you can traverse Holland in the time it takes to travel from San Francisco to Monterey.  Same for Japan:  itty-bitty country.  All of Europe is geographically small and densely populated compared to the good old US. of A.  My two favorite pieces on this latest bit of socialist insanity come from John Steele Gordon and John Stossel.

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Mr. Bookworm finds it infuriating that I refuse to accept the alarmists when they contend that human activity is leading to imminent climate Armageddon.  Perhaps he’d understand me better if he’d read things like this.  (And perhaps he’d be less worried about our climate future, too.)

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My readers are so ahead of the curve.  Some of them having been telling me for years that Saudi Arabia’s oil reserves are vanishing, with the Saudis pumping water under the sand to float up what little remains.  Now the whole world knows what Bookworm Room readers have already known.

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I had a friend who used to introduce herself to men by announcing that she was a virgin.  The men, rather than being intrigued, would take off in a blind panic.  We used to advise her that, perhaps, just perhaps, she would do better to preserve an air of mystery.  Turns out our advice was good — when it comes to romance, it helps to keep ’em guessing.

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I always enjoy stories that remind us that nature is an overwhelming powerful force.  Humans can do huge amounts of damage, and they can wipe out entire species (e.g., woolly mammoths and dodos), but nature tends to get her revenge.  The current revenge is feral pigs, which are very scary animals indeed.

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Wolf Howling, that incredibly astute observer, is a bit skeptical of the force behind British PM David Cameron’s recent challenge to Islamic extremism.  As WH noted in a comment here, Cameron put in all sorts of weasel words about other types of extremism too, so much so that he ended up saying just about nothing at all.  (Here are more of WH’s thoughts on Cameron’s speech.)  WH is right that these are baby steps, but they are steps all the same.  I think that, faced with increasing Islamic hysteria, Europeans are finally waking up and smelling the rot and decay that surrounds multiculturalism which, as WH notes, has nothing to do with respect and everything to do with Marxist anti-Western thinking.  The editors at National Review see a growing crack in in Europe’s multi-culti wall, as does Douglas Murray.  Sometimes baby steps lead to great strides.

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Jonah Goldberg is in Israel for the first time.  Even for people, like Jonah, who are already pro-Israel, it is an amazing experience.  And because this is Jonah, he has some interesting observations to make.

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In law, there is a doctrine known as proportionate response.  It means, essentially, that if someone grabs a potted plant from your porch and starts to run away, you can’t respond by gunning them down.  Likewise, if a purse snatcher grabs your purse and runs away, no gun shots to the back.  A flying tackle, yes; intentionally mortal injuries, no.  Believe it or not, this little intro relates to honor killings.  Phyllis Chesler has been following the trial of Muzzammil Syed Hassan, who was just found guilty of 2nd degree murder for stabbing his wife 40 times and then decapitating her.  (The 2nd degree confuses me, but I won’t dwell on it.)  What Chesler writes that is so horrible is that Hassan freely testified that this brutal murder was a proportionate response to the psychic injuries his wife inflicted on him when she asked for a divorce after years of abuse.  Although Chesler writes about honor killings, her report about Hassan’s mindset can easily be applied to Muslim culture as a whole.  It is an honor culture, not a morality culture.  If a man perceives himself or his nation has having lost honor, that is tantamount to a mortal blow and a proportionate response involves blood spillage, and lots of it.

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I’ve written before about the hypersexualization of totalitariansim, which I believe is aimed at depersonalizing people’s bodies.  This in turn destroys individualism, and makes it easier for the state to assert its dominance over people.  It’s no surprise, therefore, that a Swedish school should be asking 13 year olds to write about sexual fantasies and experiences.

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In a battle between funding people with disabilities and fancying up death row, I know where my sympathies lie.  As state economies collapse, we’re going to see more and more of these battles — and the activist judges are going to be right in the middle of the fray, a fact I mention here because the death row spending is per a judge’s order.

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Gas prices are skyrocketing and our administration responds by using our money to blow hot air.  Can we say bad, bad administration?  Can we cheer on anyone who believes that we are blessed with a singularly bad president who should get the boot in November 2012?

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And while I’m on the subject of bad, bad Obama, two posts you must read:  (1) Jennifer Rubin on Obama’s singularly incoherent Egypt policy.  Regarding that, I’ll note that, in a fluid situation, it’s very useful to be flexible and adaptable.  The problem is that Obama doesn’t look flexible and adaptable.  He looks befuddled, reactive, and inept.  (2)  Dan Miller on the Obama administration’s disregard for the rule of law.  I haven’t been blogging on this one, but I have been paying attention.  While Obama is very fund of empathetic, activist judges, he’s less inclined to pay attention to judges who actually pay attention to the law, and who demand that his administration act when it’s flouted that law.  Given that the Constitution is very clear about the balance of powers, the administration’s willful decision to ignore two explicit court orders is deeply disturbing, and creates a constitutional crisis that will require action.

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More later….  And feel free to add your own interesting stuff (which is why I’ll categorize this as an Open Thread).

Superbowl Open Thread

Post game comments, anyone?

Ronald Reagan Open Thread

You asked for it, you got it.

My only regret regarding Reagan is that, as he was president during my liberal days, I didn’t appreciate him at the time.  I’ve made up for that now, but I wish I could have enjoyed him when he was in office.

Here’s his totally amazing 1964 “Time for Choosing” speech:

Still working Open Thread

I’m putting the finishing touches on the first drafts of a demurrer and motion to strike, so I’m in lawyer mode.  My writing has become appropriately boring, obfuscatory and pompous, so you should all be very grateful that I’m not visiting it on you this morning.  I’ll get back here as soon as I can — with, one hopes, my usual literary sparkle intact.

Paying work open thread

I have actual paying work this morning, and that trumps even the delights of blogging.

Please consider this an open thread until (a) my work is done and (b) I actually have something worthwhile to say.

In the meantime, since you know my deep and abiding respect for Rush, you may enjoy reading this.

Post SOTU open thread *UPDATED*

I didn’t watch the SOTU speech last night.  Both my kids had lots of homework, and needed lots of help, and that trumped anything Obama might have said.  Later . . . well, the moment was gone.  I didn’t want to sit in my office late at night, staring at a long, long, long speech.  And today, nope, it’s not going to happen.  Life goes on.

I have, however, been reading reviews about the speech.  My facebook friends, almost all liberals, think it was brilliant.  The views on the conservative blogosphere are mixed, ranging from claims that it was meaningless and mediocre, to surprise that he actually made noises as if he liked this country.  All agree, however, that Obama’s vision revolves around more and more, and still more, government.

It struck me reading about the speech (as opposed to actually hearing or reading the speech, so please keep that distinction in mind) that everyone, in one way or another, made the same point:  Beyond a few throwaway lines, Obama didn’t talk about America, her people, resources, goals and purpose.  Instead, he talked about government.  Obama is a bureaucrat.  To him, at the end of the day, the only true American resource is its government.  The people and natural riches in this nation are widgets that exist to fuel government’s efforts.

This is a very different view from that held by many Americans, which is that government should be subordinate to the people.  It should be a tool that exists to power us.  Certainly that was the vision the Founders signed off on in the Declaration of Independence:

We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed….

The Founder’s viewed government as subordinate to men; Obama views men as subordinate to government.  This doesn’t mean he envisions men as slaves or vermin.  It simply means that he has what I consider an inverted hierarchy when it comes to the relative importance of citizens and their government.

What do you think?

Oh!  One more thing:  The headlines in the Chron is “Obama’s call for ‘our generation’s Sputnik moment.'”  That’s just a disastrous sound byte.  Obama calls for America to be like the Soviet Union in the 1950s.  Regardless of what he actually said, that phrase is going to be the message that sticks.  That isn’t soaring rhetoric; that’s an embarrassing dream of totalitarian statism.

UPDATE:  James Taranto also thinks the “sputnik moment” was a rhetorical failure, although it turns out to have quite a long history in Thomas Friedman’s little corner of the flat earth.

Monday Open Thread

Pardon my lack of posts, but I have kids home today (one of those teacher meeting days), and I’m getting interrupted every minute or two with questions about baking.  There’s lots of baking going on.  That’s not a bad thing.  Concentrated baking activity is the opposite of idle hands being the Devil’s playground, but the kids are calling for my advice constantly.  (Which is ironic, considering how minimalist my baking skills are, but that’s another story.)

I also continue to put together old posts with the idea of assembling them into an e-book.  Do you think people would pay money to read the best of my old posts? It would be nice if I could generate a little nest egg, especially considering the time I lavish on my beloved blog.

I now have 300,000 words worth of old posts.  I need to winnow out the mediocre ones, get rid of the ones with too many block quotations (’cause I don’t want copyright issues), and do some heavy proof-reading and editing.  Mistakes that are almost tolerable on a free blog that gets churned out daily are intolerable in a coherent book form that costs money.

Post-insomnia Open Thread

I shut down my computer around 2:00 yesterday, and never had the chance to turn it on again.  I thought I’d get off to a roaring start this morning but, after an impressive bout of insomnia, my brain is is cycling between sluggish and torporous.  Until I get a second wind (or do I mean a first?), this Thread’s for you.

Sunday evening open thread

Here in the real world, everyone wants a piece of me.  I am running out of pieces.

I’d like to blog, but those pieces of time and brain are already taken.  Perhaps you can do better than I.

Going through my inbox

I’ve been home several hours now and still haven’t read a lick of news.  Instead, I’ve been diligently working my way through my email backlog.  Some of them, although a bit outdated by now, are still sufficiently interesting that I want to share them with you.  Here, in the order in which they appeared in my inbox, are some fun or interesting links:

Good genes or good butter?  You decide.

Bruce Kesler, a former Marine, has some concerns about national security and the repeal of DADT.

Do you need to warm the cockles of your heart?  This will do it.  (H/t The New Editor)

Not one, not two, not three, but four of my friends sent me a link to this article about confronting “Progressives” with logic.  Having read the article, I can understand why.

I missed the moment it happened, and only now learned that Doug Ross was again kind enough to give our own Watcher’s Council the nod as one of the 50 best blogs of the year.  Yay!

Speaking of the Watchers of Weasels, one Council member made a difference.

The new journalism:  It’s not about reporting facts; it’s about protecting delicate sensibilities.

Zombie tackles “Progressive” disdain for Oklahoma’s resistance to sharia law.  Please read this one, and have it ready in your mind when some so-called liberal starts talking about religious pluralism and open-mindedness.

Rick, who blogs so wonderfully at Brutally Honest, looks ahead to this new year.

The Anchoress, too, tries out her hand at some predictions, and they’re worth thinking about.

Back in the 1980s, you may remember the witch hunt that occurred when day care centers suddenly became associated with Satanism and sexual abuse.  Over-zealous prosecutors and sex crazed “therapists” destroyed many, many lives.  That is, while there were indeed real incidences of sex abuse, so much of what was claimed was prosecutorial and therapeutic abuse.  I was therefore leery of the sex abuse claims against the Catholic Church — and it turns out I was right to be so.

Just thought you’d like to know that Flopping Aces has a lean, clean new look for the new year.  I love it!

I was talking to a liberal Jewish woman about Britain and antisemitism.  She was shocked.  I wasn’t.  That’s because I read Melanie Phillips.  (This same liberal Jewish woman, by the way, voted for Obama but, as a true friend of Israel, is deeply disappointed by his approach to the Middle East.  Maybe she’ll think twice about voting for him in 2012.)

Open Thread

My brain is an arid desert, devoid of ideas or inspiration.  At least for the next few hours, until my synapses start firing, you’re on your own!

Back. Not yet in the groove, but back.

We just returned home after an eight hour journey up I-5.  Whew!  It wasn’t too terrible, though, despite the long drive.  We didn’t get stuck on the Grapevine, where a storm was brewing; the car performed perfectly; no one got sick; we had no scary traffic moments; and the kids watched the old Dick Van Dyke show, which is fun to hear, even if you can’t see what’s going on.

Barring a few glances here and there, I pretty much stayed away from the news for the whole five day weekend.  It seemed important to me to focus on family and take a break from my news obsession.  I returned as obsessed as ever but definitely feeling mentally refreshed.

I’m getting the house ready now for re-entry into normal life, and I’m assiduously avoiding the news now too.  Tomorrow morning is soon enough to break away from the Thanksgiving spirit and become acquainted again with all the ickies out there (including the Wikileaks garbage).

Until I get up and running, please feel free to treat this as an Open Thread.  Or better yet, if you haven’t already done so, enjoy reading the wonderful posts that DQ and Danny did.  I can’t thank them enough for taking the time and energy to make such thoughtful, erudite and enjoyable contributions to this blog while I was away, dining decadently on delicious turkey and other beautifully prepared Thanksgiving viands.

Open Thread

I’m working on a slightly long, medium complex post, which should go up in about an hour.  ‘Til then, here’s an open thread.

Regrouping Open Thread

As you may have guess from my blog silence yesterday, it was a very long weekend, which left no time for blogging.  Even if I’d had the opportunity to write, I didn’t have the time to ruminate, which is a predicate to any writing I do.  (Yes, I know that’s not always obvious.)

This morning, too, has been busy, although not in any very productive way.  I’m heading off to lunch with DQ, though, which is always revitalizing.  In the meantime, there are a few things I was saving for your attention:

Mr. Bookworm, who is an ardent Jon Stewart fan, got very agitated when he watched Jon Stewart’s attacks on Glenn Beck’s attacks against George Soros.  As far as Mr. Bookworm is concerned, Glenn Beck is a Nazi who, by showing Soros as a Jewish puppet master, is engineering another Holocaust.  I agree that, as a Jew, it’s disturbing to me that Soros is Jewish — but that’s in large part because there is no one more dangerous than a self-hating Jew.  It is Soros who funds some of the worst antisemitism in America, and backs some of the most anti-Israel groups (including the now discredited J-Street).  It was a fruitless conversation for me to point out that Beck, a Mormon, has shown himself to be a friend of Israel and a friend of Jews, while Soros has consistently been a heavy-duty enemy.

Anyway, I thought of this foolish go-round when I read Barry Rubin’s amazing essay about Friedrich Nietzsche.  I had no idea that Nietzsche was an ardent philosemite.  Because he got co-opted by the Nazis, I blithely assumed that he was as antisemitic as the Nazis.  What a surprise to learn that it was Nietzsche’s hostility to Christianity that gave him cachet with the Nazis and led to him being forever conflated with the Holocaust.

On a totally different subject, unless we’re talking in generalities about the Leftist police state, if you want your liver curled, read about the excesses of Child Protective Services in England.  I thought it was bad here, but the neuroses that characterizes local parents when they think of that heavy-handed organization is nothing compared to the real fear parents in England feel.

Sadie sent me a link to a scathing indictment of the new TSA tactics.  I think you’ll find it as interesting as I did.  I continue to hold my position that I don’t mind enhanced security, as long as it’s meaningful enhanced security.  This demeaning charade, however, doesn’t make me feel safer about flying, but it leaves me increasingly scared of my own government.

Bruce Kesler is right — state bankruptcy is the way to go.  Bankruptcy is an orderly way to deal with crushing debt.  It will allow states to get rid of destructive pension plans and the other economic poison.  Of course, what’s going to happen instead is costly bailouts that merely reward utterly irresponsible behavior.  Both bailouts and bankruptcies are painful, but bailouts will ultimately lead to economic death, while bankruptcies are a pruning process that will allow new, green shoots to grow.

After all this, do you need a laugh?  Tom Elia has one, courtesy of Dave Barry and his blurred . . . well, you’ll see.

Friday morning open thread

Dealing with household tasks for the next couple of hours.  Open Thread until I can sit down and think.

Open Thread *UPDATED*

I’m seeking inspiration.  I know there’s a lot of interesting stuff out there, but it’s just not triggering my writing reflex.  Perhaps it’s the knowledge that, in the room next to my office, there’s a lot of stuff that needs to be sorted out and sent to Goodwill.

Until inspiration strikes — Open Thread!

UPDATE:  Still no inspiration (although I have managed to move to the curb a mountain of the kind of useless garbage that seems to gravitate to my closets), but I do have some interesting stuff from others.  Here goes:

As I did, you may have seen the trumpeted headline that that top British commander says that we cannot win against Islamism. Barry Rubin explains that what he says is much more subtle, with some clear-headed intelligence and some dangerous short-sightedness all rolled into one interview.

It’s the one year anniversary, give or take a few days, of Climategate.  The MSM successfully managed to keep Climategate from becoming their Armageddon, but that doesn’t mean the damage it has wrought for the AGW movement is going away any time soon.  Here are two articles that explain what the Left did and why it still has a pr0blem.

Paying work Open Thread

Once again, I find myself in the fortunate position of having paying work.  I’d rather blog — but money’s money and, more importantly, DQ needs my help.

It’s Open Thread time until I wrap up my work (or need a break).

I’m thinking! Open Thread

I’m messing around with the germ of an idea and, as is often the case, it’s occupying so much of my brain space, I’m having a hard time focusing on other things.  Don Quixote things it’s a good idea, but all I’ve got right now is two sentences.  Now, sometimes, two sentences might be enough to change the world (“Mr. Gorbachev, tear down these walls” — and that was just one sentence), but my two sentences haven’t hit those heights.

Until I have something to say, either sublime or ridiculous, enjoy yourself with this open thread.

Just Because Music — The Bangles’ Manic Monday

Day two of the sick child saga.  It’s a manic Monday:

Please feel free to use this as an open thread.  As my child gets better (yay!), I’ll have more time to focus on the news on this, the second to last day before the Democrat lame duck session in the House begins.

Sunday morning open thread

Life in my house is never boring.

I crave boredom.

Have fun with this open thread until a boring window of time opens up in the chaos swirling around me, giving me a chance to read and write a bit.

Monday morning Open Thread

I’m working on a post right now, but have to head out for about an hour before I can sit down and complete the post.  Until then, happy Monday!

Gathering my thoughts Open Thread

I had a lovely time last night at the Fleet Week reception on the USS Makin Island, and will write about it at greater length later today.  Until then, though, I have some documents to assemble, and that gets priority even over the blog.  (Sigh.)

Have fun with this Open Thread.  You know that all of you are the greatest resource this blog has, and I value your contributions very much.

Meanwhile, here’s an excellent ad attacking Chris Coons, the Marxist in Delaware:

Elizabeth Warren Open Thread

I’m wrapping up a project right now, so can’t blog.  So, here’s an Open Thread, with a little Elizabeth Warren thrown in for good measure:

Now we know why President Obama sought to avoid a messy confirmation hearing for Elizabeth Warren to head the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. She might have had to respond to reports that she’s a money-grubbing tool of trial lawyers. According to Bloomberg News, even as she was serving as head of the congressional panel overseeing the $700 billion bank bailout this year, Warren took $90,000 to testify in a class-action lawsuit by retailers against several of the major banks whose bailout she was overseeing. She told Bloomberg that she saw no conflict of interest, which speaks volumes about her judgment.

Read the rest here.

Open Thread re Obama’s newest book

Obama’s getting ready to publish another book, this one purporting to be a letter to his daughters.  Its content?

“Of Thee I Sing,” which President Obama finished writing in 2008, describes thirteen “groundbreaking Americans and the ideals that have shaped our nation—from the artistry of Georgia O’Keeffe, to the courage of Jackie Robinson, to the patriotism of George Washington,” the publisher said in a statement. It is illustrated by Loren Long.

In terms of eyeballs rolling into the back of my head with shock, Obama had me at “Georgia O’Keeffe” as an American symbol.

What say you?

Crazy insane work load open thread *UPDATED*

After a year of professional drought, I’m having a week of deluge.  Blogging will continue light at least through tomorrow.  I’m grateful for the money this will generate, but I could wish for a steadier, less hysterical work load.  Of course, next week, when this ends, I’ll be again bemoaning the lack of paying work.  Really, you just can’t please me.

In any event, I always look forward to all the interesting stuff you guys post at these Open Threads, so I hope you’ll avail yourself of this opportunity while I go and drown what’s left of my brain cells in a loathsome stew of securities law and fraud claims.

UPDATE:  Just FYI, Steven Gilbert, at Sweetness & Light, needs your help.  This could be any one of us bloggers in the hot seat.  Blackfive has more if you’re confused about what’s happening here — and it’s not pretty.  And Glenn Reynolds gives information how bloggers can protect themselves.

UPDATE II:  Random factoid — at this precise moment in time (10:00 p.m. in California), I’m getting readers from Kabul, Afghanistan and from Singapore.  I think that is beyond cool.  Me!  With global reach!

Paying the bills Open Thread

The recession substantially diminished my work load.  It’s a good thing, therefore, when a project comes through my door, even if it takes away from blogging.   I have such a project now, so today starts with an open thread.

I’ll get the thread going by leading you to Maggie’s Farm, where Bruce Kesler describes the powerful effect of his earlier post explaining why he disinherited his alma mater.

Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor open thread

If any of you were at the Restoring Honor rally today, please feel free to share your experiences here.