Washington Examiner: No evictions rule extended.
Because, as we all know, landlords don't have expenses or debts.
On Tuesday, the tent complex was holding more than 4,100 migrants, including 3,200 unaccompanied children, according to Oscar Escamilla, a Border Patrol official in the Rio Grande Valley who briefed reporters during the first press tour of a CBP facility under President Biden.
Read the rest of the CBS story here.
One of the most underestimated forces in the world is inertia.
In any particular circumstance, it is wise to determine whether inertia is working for you or against you. Either way, it should be recognized as a silent giant that will boost or hinder your efforts.
Action gets all of the attention but attention does not always reflect power. All leaders need to watch carefully for moments that require silence and events that should be left alone.
Early in the afternoon of December 16, 1850, Herman Melville looked at his timepiece. He was in the midst of composing the novel we now know as Moby-Dick. At that moment he was writing about how for thousands, even millions of years whales have been filling the atmosphere over the waters of the Pacific with the haze of their spouts - "sprinkling and mystifying the gardens of the deep." It was then that he decide to record the exact time at which he was writing these words about whale spouts: "fifteen and a quarter minutes past one o'clock P.M. of this sixteenth day of December, A.D. 1850."
- From Why Read Moby-Dick? by Nathaniel Philbrick
When Robert Bork was nominated for the U.S. Supreme Court, one of his former colleagues at Yale explained why the Senate shouldn't worry about Bork's somewhat intemperate scholarship. Since becoming a judge, the colleague explained, Bork had changed his reasoning style. Then came the zinger: This eminent professor testified that Bork's "abandonment of his slashing and extreme style in favor of a judicious incremental approach to thinking about the law . . . disqualifies him for a reappointment at Yale Law School." Apparently, only extremists make good legal academics. Reason, moderation, and common sense may be positive traits in a judge, but nowadays they are fatal flaws in a legal scholar.
- From Beyond All Reason: The Radical Assault on Truth in American Law by Daniel A. Farber and Suzanna Sherry
Writing in Commentary magazine, Jonathan Marks examines what happens when a scholar is regarded as collaborating with the police.
Wait, remember CompStat?
For a great account of how that came about, read "The Crime Fighter" by Jack Maple.
But if you want to get futuristic:
I knew an executive several years ago who was a skilled dispenser of poison. She would tell you in confidence about what someone had said or done. You might, if you were lucky, eventually discover that her account was completely false but at the time, since it was said in confidence, you would not be inclined to check up on her remarks. She never alleged anything extreme that might require prompt corrective action but the comments were just negative enough that they might, down the road, prevent an assignment or quietly sidetrack a career. In short, she dispensed slow-acting poison.
Her practice was discovered when a few people compared notes on what they'd suspected. By then, she was close to leaving the organization and nothing was done. Those who knew the truth, no doubt, wondered what had been said about them and how it might have affected their reputation. There was no reason to believe that anyone was immune.
Normal, honest, people find it difficult to imagine such conduct. Most of us operate with the assumption that people are usually truthful. We scoff at conspiracy theories and suspected plots. It is hard for us to imagine the mindset of someone who would so casually and needlessly harm others.
All of which reminds me of a historian's explanation of what caused Neville Chamberlain to believe that the Nazis would comply with the Munich agreement:
Neville Chamberlain had never met anyone like Adolf Hitler.
"In 1914 Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria was assassinated at Sarajevo, and little of the Europe he had known survived him. His wife, his titles - even his country - vanished in the red madness of the time. The assassins had unhinged the world, which is the only reason we remember their victim. The blunt truth is that he had been brutal and mulish - a Klotz. Yet every funeral has its pathetic personal details, and among the petty but vexing problems raised by the archduke's unexpected demise was the issue of what his executors were to do with his hunting lodge near Werfen, Austria. For four hundred years the lodge (really an immense villa), had been one of the homes of the archbishops of Salzburg, who had commuted between there, their Renaissance cathedral, their theological seminary east of Munich, and their two archepiscopal palaces on the Salzach River. In the new, enlightened Europe, however, the ecclesiastical hierarchy had yielded to royalty. The dull click of rosary beads had been replaced by the clean, sharp crack of sportsmen's rifles. Franz Ferdinand, whatever his other weaknesses, had been a superb shot. In the teeming forests surrounding his lodge he had broken all slaughtering records. His trophies filled the halls."
- From The Arms of Krupp 1587-1968 by William Manchester
Malcolm Gladwell asked his Twitter following for the names of novels set in some southern states he was planning to visit. It's easy to suggest "All the King's Men" or "A Confederacy of Dunces" for Louisiana, but the request causes me to think about other states. Some are far easier than others; e.g., Texas = "Lonesome Dove."
But how about my home state of Arizona?
And what about other states?
[At Book Riot in 2018, Susie Dumond compiled an interesting list.]
A partial list of people who would have interesting observations on the state of the world today:
The novelist Larry McMurtry has passed away at the age of 84.
His masterpiece, Lonesome Dove, should be a contender for The Great American Novel, but he wrote other memorable books as well and now is a good time for a McMurtry reading binge.
The dedication to Lonesome Dove borrowed a line from the song, Streets of Laredo. Its original version seems appropriate here:
"Once in the saddle I used to go dashing . . ."
May he rest in peace.
The Study has "5 Elegant Fountain Pens Under $30."
I own a Kaweco Sport pen, which is smaller than the Kaweco pen that is featured. An excellent pen, the Kaweco puts me in a good mood whenever I use it.
I also have, and recommend, the Lamy Safari pen. If choosing between the two, I'd pick the Kaweco although the Lamy has the more distinctive design.
Elie Mystal, writing in The Nation, on "I Am Not Ready to Reenter White Society."
On Twitter, Thomas Chatterton Williams - no fan of the article - asked: Who is going to be the first mover to just come out and unambiguously write “The Case for Segregation?” It will win awards in this climate.
Read all of Joel Kotkin's essay in UnHerd.
Political Calculations looks at the actions of Governor Cuomo at a key point during the pandemic.
Writing in Unherd, Douglas Murray analyzes the European Union's handling of the vaccination roll-out. An excerpt:Evidence from around the world suggests that countries which are limber and independent — such as Israel, Singapore and Britain — have been able to act swiftly during the pandemic, particularly with regard to vaccinations. Indeed, there is no logical reason why EU countries could not have been allowed to pursue independent vaccine development, procurement and roll-out. Except for the fact that any such conclusion runs counter to the heart of the EU’s fundamental principle: that its members must act in concert.
In March of 2013 Oberlin College canceled classes after a student reported seeing someone on campus wearing Ku Klux Klan regalia. Our initial thoughts were that there was unlikely to be a KKK chapter at Oberlin College, a private liberal arts school with a reputation for progressive activism. Indeed, the apparent Klansman later turned out to be a woman wrapped in a blanket (Dicken 2013). The sighting occurred after racist, anti-Semitic, and otherwise offensive messages had been posted on campus during the previous few weeks. These were also not what they seemed, as the culprits were not racists, but two progressive students attempting to get a reaction from the community (Ross 2013).
- From The Rise of Victimhood Culture: Microaggressions, Safe Spaces, and the New Culture Wars by Bradley Campbell and Jason Manning
A Hasidic parable tells of a king who quarreled with his son. In a fit of rage, the king exiled his son from the kingdom. Years passed. The son wandered alone in the world. In time, the king’s heart softened, so he sent his ministers to find his son and ask him to return. When they located the young man, he said that he could not return; he had been too hurt, and his heart still harbored bitterness. The ministers brought the sad news back to the king. He told them to return to his son with the message: “Return as far as you can, and I will come the rest of the way to meet you.”
Read the rest of David Wolpe's Commentary magazine review of Richard Balkin's new book, Practicing Forgiveness.
Michael Tracey: Helen Andrews on Boomers: How they ruined everything.
"When people choose not to work somewhere, the somewhere isn't a company, it's a team. If we put you in a good team at a bad company, you'll tend to hang around, but if we put you in a bad team at a good company, you won't be there for long. The team is the sun, the moon, and the stars of your experience at work."
- From Nine Lies about Work: A Freethinking Leader's Guide to the Real World by Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall
[Photo by Smartworks Coworking at Unsplash]
The New Republic: The Rise of "Bias Response Teams" on Campus.
Permitting anonymous complaints is particularly troublesome.
[I once worked with an international firm on their ethics policy. When one manager surfaced the idea of permitting anonymous complaints, the Eastern European managers at the conference table almost rose out of their chairs to protest.]
Peter Hitchens provides a dissent to the lockdown strategy in Britain. What I find interesting is how the newspaper - the Daily Mail - almost wrings its hands while introducing the "highly controversial" opinion piece.
If a big chunk of your economy is about to be shut down, it might be wise to hear some dissent.
And not just businesses are at stake. John Tierney's recent essay in City Journal on "Death and Lockdowns" goes into more detail.
[Photo by Manuel Peris Tirado at Unsplash]
"That statement is flat-out incorrect, but it may be due to ignorance and not duplicity. More information is needed."
"Are any key items of information omitted? Hmm, yes. Several times."
"Did that reply directly answer the question? No, but it was nicely crafted to appear to answer the question."
"How many vague statements are there? At least twelve. That may be due to sloppiness, deception, or both."
"What the hell does that mean? Perhaps the author went to graduate school."
"Love the jargon. Ask for definitions."
"That was unnecessarily argumentative. Bad form."
"There is so much detail in that area. Was it meant to distract?'
"The chart compares the current status to last year's numbers. How would it look if the comparison was with the numbers five or ten years ago?"
"Does the author really believe this will convince anyone?"
I have thoughts in the back of my mind which I call "stuff" but which eventually are quite helpful. I've learned to listen for them and occasionally check their status, all the while knowing that when they are ready to emerge to assist in some endeavor, I will hear a knock and there they will be.
Political Calculations on "A Timeline of Governor Cuomo's Nursing Home Scandal."
Eight and a half million Germans had belonged to the Nazi Party, and their full membership records had survived the war thanks to a paper mill manager in Munich who had deliberately ignored instructions to pulp them.
- From The Nazi Hunters by Andrew Nagorski