September 19, 2018


February 2, 2018 TheGlitteringEye 0

I’m not going to fisk this entire article at the New York Times, especially since I may agree with its conclusion. However, as my old business partner used to say, I may agree with what you say but I will deny to the death your right to say it. Consider, [Read More]


Separating the Wheat from the Chaff

December 7, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

An enormous amount has been written about President Trump’s announcement about the U. S.’s moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Almost all of it has been completely predictable and I haven’t learned a great deal from it other than that Tom Friedman is a terrible negotiator. The one [Read More]


Which Women Were Given Hope?

September 27, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 1

Yesterday I read an op-ed in the New York Times that was so unhinged and disgraceful that I won’t even link to it. I’m sure you can find it if you care to. The thesis of the op-ed was that China’s communist revolution, now roughly 70 years old, had given [Read More]


Do We Have a Labor Shortage?

September 2, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

To the editors of the Wall Street Journal’s list of reasons that employers find it hard to find workers: The biggest labor story this Labor Day is the trouble that employers are having finding workers across the country. Friday’s report of a modest gain of only 156,000 new jobs in [Read More]

Confederate monument, Oak Woods Cemetery

The Confederate Monument in Oak Woods Cemetery, Chicago

August 18, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

In Chicago’s Oak Woods Cemetery, covering the mass grave of 4,000 Confederate soldiers, captured and held prisoner at Camp Douglas, there is a large monument, pictured above. Here is the National Parks Service’s description of it: Confederate Mound is an elliptical plot, approximately 475 feet by 275 feet, located between [Read More]


Looking at the New York Times Opinion Page

July 21, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 3

This post is in response to a recent comment at The Glittering Eye. I’ve sampled and edited a recent and typical New York Times online Opinion Page, breaking the layout down and characterizing the way the columns are divided by content. As you can see below, there are three repeated [Read More]


I Can’t Come Back! I Don’t Know How It Works!

July 17, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 3

I have refrained from commenting on the complaints of Jamie Dimon, CEO of Goldman-Sachs, about the U. S. economy and political system. Here’s Jen Wieczner at Fortune: Jamie Dimon is sick of America’s “stupid shit,” said the J.P. Morgan CEO during the bank’s earnings call Friday. And it’s up to [Read More]

Weasel Watching

A Bridge Too Far

July 13, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 1

I’m going to pass this story on without further comment. From CWB Chicago: A woman accused of throwing her newborn baby from an 8th-floor apartment window in Uptown has been sentenced to four years probation. Mubashra Uddin had been charged with four counts of murder for allegedly killing the baby [Read More]


The Rule of Law

July 12, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 4

Do you remember that presidential election commission organized by President Trump and its request to the states for voter registration information? So far 14 states have refused, as catalogued in this piece at NPR, California among them. The response from California Secretary of State Alex Padilla to the request by [Read More]



July 9, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 3

You used to read about “Eurosclerosis”, slow economic growth in Europe, quite a bit. At Bloomberg View Noah Smith points out that the United States has contracted it, too: …the implication is clear — the U.S. needs to put the Great Recession behind it. During the downturn, it made a [Read More]

Weasel Watching

Was It Terrorism?

June 20, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

There is no generally accepted definition of terrorism but the factors typically mentioned in definitions usually include: Unlawful Use of violence or intimidation Against civilians With political objectives Webster’s definition is “the systematic use of terror especially as a means of coercion”. Hence my question. Was the guy driving his [Read More]



May 29, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

Today is Memorial Day. In our headlong rush towards long weekends many Americans have forgotten that today is the day on which we recall those who have died in war, particularly those who died in the American Civil War and among those particularly the Union dead. The holiday has its [Read More]


The U. S. Interest in Ukraine

April 15, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

Speaking of Wonderland, I have grave difficult in seeing anything through the mists of Anne Applebaum’s most recent Washington Post column lecturing Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on his duties other than more mist. Here’s her account of the last seventy years of European history, culminating with Russia’s occupation of [Read More]

Middle East

Putting Humpty Together

April 10, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

What should our policy with respect to Syria be? What do we want to happen? Although it’s nine months old, in the light of recent developments I found this analysis by Thanassis Cambanis at The Century Foundation useful in considering those questions. First, what has our policy been? In effect [Read More]


Is There a Future for NATO?

April 3, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

Not the North Atlantic Treaty Organization although there’s some doubt about whether there’s a future for that, either. The other NATO. The National Association of Theater Owners. Movie theaters are having a bad time. Here’s what happened at their most recent convention as reported at The Verge: Studio after studio [Read More]

Social Issues

What’s the Secret of Our Success?

March 21, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

There’s a lot of stewing about the World Happiness Report and that the people of the United States, apparently, aren’t as happy as they used to be. At Bloomberg View Leonid Bershidsky remarks: Wealth is easy to quantify, so many governments concentrate on fixing this variable. That appears to be [Read More]


The People Have Spoken

March 18, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

The Dutch people have spoken but what the heck have they said? Parliamentary elections in the Netherlands took place on Wednesday. The euroskeptic anti-immigrant anti-Muslim candidate Geert Wilders’s party came in second with 13% of the vote (compared with the 21% showing of the center-right party that garnered the largest [Read More]


Dying Is Easy; Comedy Is Hard

February 28, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

For comedy writing it’s hard to beat Jaap de Hoop Scheffer and Hans Binnendijk’s advice to the European members of NATO at the RAND Blog: Europe can deliver its portion of this bargain in three ways. First, it needs to demonstrate the value of its existing military contribution to the [Read More]

Social Issues


February 22, 2017 TheGlitteringEye 0

Regardless of where you place yourself on the political spectrum, I urge you to read Nicholas Eberstadt’s recent essay on the state of the United States in the 21st century at Commentary, “Our Miserable 21st Century”: On the morning of November 9, 2016, America’s elite—its talking and deciding classes—woke up [Read More]

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