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So Many Words, So Few Ideas (Sept. 21, 2009)

September 21, 2009

Too many books published today are distended essays on steroids.  Too many essays are too wordy and not too woody.  Writers are not paid by the word, yet they write as if they were.  Writers should write less; editors should edit more. Nonetheless, there are far more well-written pieces than one can savor before the […]

The Republican Message In The West (And South) (October 27, 2008)

October 27, 2008

The Republican’s Western strategy is built on the motto:  “Guns, Gays and God.”  The message is simple:  vote for us or you will be castrated, raped, and abandoned alone in the world. The Democrats met in Denver to take back the West.  They may not understand the elemental fears and anxieties of many members of […]

The Power Of Small Thinking (March 12, 2018)

March 12, 2018

. . . K          “Decade in and decade out in every venue from academia to the courts, when big thinking confronts the typical small thinking individual or institution, small thinking almost always emerges.” J          “C’est la life.  If there is no money in big thinking and buckets of money in small thinking, then […]

A “Journalist” Declares War On Journalists . . . And Journalism (November 28, 2016)

November 28, 2016

. . . K          “The article may be the single most outrageous and egregious defamatory screed in the history of American journalism.” J          “And it is irresponsible, inaccurate, unfounded, unfair and wrong.” . . . J          “The corporate media are now at war with independent commentators.  It is all about money and […]

A Decade Of Fun (January 5, 2015)

January 5, 2015

. . . S          “Accuracy, Brevity and Clarity. Guidance from the handbook for ham operators.” J          “Abstruse, Bloviated and Cryptic.  . . .  On occasion?” S          “Hamming it up.  On more than one occasion.” . . . S          “One week a law review, the next an economic journal, followed by a foreign policy tract and […]

Why “e-commentary”, “e-ssay”, and “e-poem”?

January 29, 2011

© 2005-2018 e-commentary.org, e-ssay.org, and e-poem.org.  “Not being heard is no reason for silence.”  Victor Hugo, Les Misérables Venturing answers to questions that have not yet been asked, seeking to elucidate as much Truth on as many issues in as few words as possible, and striving to leave a “commentary of record” for Clio’s review.  Crafted weekly […]

Terrorized By Trumpi’s Tariffs (March 5, 2018)

March 5, 2018

. . . K          “In his latest Twitter tantrum, Trumpi announced that he is going to terrorize the world with tariffs.” J          “He is a twit.  Everyone but Trumpi knows that tariffs are tarrible.” . . . K          “Trumpi may place tariffs on foreign cars.  The BMWs manufactured in the foreign country […]

Boycott Big Banks – Vote Your Dollars (November 21, 2011)

November 21, 2011

. . . X          “The money you withdraw from a Big Bank and deposit in a credit union does not matter to the Big Bank.  The Big Banks get free money from the Federal Reserve.  The Federal Reserve has already given away more than 16 Trillion with no Congressional approval and no prospect of every […]

Readin’, ‘Ritin’ and ‘Rithmetic . . . and Respect . . . and Success (March 14, 2011)

March 14, 2011

. . . P1       “He keeps rantin’ about readin’, ‘ritin’ and ‘rithmetic even if the kids hate learning or learn to hate learning.  He really seems eager to make learning unpleasant.” P2       “Anyone who says that the kids first need to respect themselves and each other is branded a pantywaist.” P1       “Have you also noticed […]

Practical Price Theory in Practice (December 6, 2010)

December 6, 2010

. . . L          “So you want to maximize attendance?” M          “It’s a polemical movie.  We want to get as many eyes and ears in the seats as possible.  We have already committed the funds to rent the theater and the movie.  Student volunteers are running it.” L          “If you offer the movie for free, […]