11/30/16…Bad tidings…

1.Now it gets nasty. Some see this as a dire recurrence of McCarthyism and “Red baiting.” My own inclination is to know a bit more, but not up to the “They came for…” point. Doubtless all sorts of bad people are operating under the cover, licensed or not, of the Trump candidacy and (shortly) administration. But as I have argued before, our polarized politics has become positively Newtonian: for every action there seems to be an equal and opposite reaction. By now, Internet bullying and dissimulation is old hat. And I really do doubt that many Trump constituencies do a lot of reading.  http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/11/were-under-attack.html

Tom Frank says it well: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/decrypting-the-massive-trump-cabinet-civil-war?mbid=nl_TH_583e0858364154776b0baead&CNDID=42793573&spMailingID=9960632&spUserID=MTQzOTExNDk1OTIxS0&spJobID=1042348116&spReportId=MTA0MjM0ODExNgS2

2. The Bloomberg mayoralty transformed NYC by essentially running the city for people who don’t really live here or care very much about its quotidian livability: tourists, real estate developers and plutocrats desiring pied a terre residences. This ultimately has its costs: http://nypost.com/2016/11/27/why-new-yorks-beloved-stores-are-dying/

11/29/16…Il pleut sur la ville…

1. As it rains in my heart (Verlaine, verses reversed). No better start to a grim day than a good solid debunk: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/11/wall-street-journal-puts-foot-in-mouth-and-chews-via-false-claim-that-tax-law-change-would-lead-us-companies-to-move-cash-to-us.html

2.Add this to the Christmas stocking (a tree-seller, incidentally, has already set up on 1st Ave.) into which you stuff post-mortems: https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/clinton-election-polls-white-workers-firewall/?utm_campaign=shareaholic&utm_medium=facebook&utm_source=socialnetwork. Can’t resist this winnow:

“In the end, Clinton had no trouble convincing Ezra Klein that she was running a populist campaign, but a hell of a hard time convincing people in East New York and North St Louis, never mind western Pennsylvania.” I always cheer when someone puts the boot into that pompous little self-serving turd.

3. A matter of stated fact. I admire Bacevich to the point of worship: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/11/trump-loves-to-win-but-american-generals-have-forgotten-how.html

4. Another writer I always salute, Bill Cohan: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/the-big-problem-with-trumps-billionaire-filled-cabinet?mbid=nl_TH_583cb36d0fd158c6587ec254&CNDID=42793573&spMailingID=9952184&spUserID=MTQzOTExNDk1OTIxS0&spJobID=1042223204&spReportId=MTA0MjIyMzIwNAS2

5. Interesting article in NYT Arts about the controversial Leonardo “Salvator Mundi” and the disputes and litigation its sale and resale have engendered. The painting’s authenticity itself is problematic. Leonardo’s in there somewhere. The hand and orb are probably by him, but the balance of the painting has been obscured (some might irremediably disfigured) by centuries of restoration. As regards the lawsuits filed among Sotheby’s, a Swiss dealer who seen his opportunity and took it,  and the picture’s present owner, a Russian billionaire residing (and suing) in Monaco, once again one thinks of Oscar Wilde’s famous description of fox-hunting: “The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable.”

Good summary: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/culture/art/leonardo-da-vinci/8875031/Did-Leonardo-da-Vinci-paint-the-Salvator-Mundi.html



11/28/16…Back to reality…

1. Last night, on Acorn TV, we watched a new, big-scale and costly British thriller called “Close to the Enemy.” It is that rarest of entertainment: a complete and perfect zero. Perfectly dreadful on every count. A stupid, confusing ultimately pointless story badly written; improbability heaped upon improbability; totally mystifying roles and characterizations badly enacted by a sorry cast. Still, we kept watching, asking each other, “What in God’s name is this about?” Coming on top of the incredible shark-jumping exhibition that is Netflix’s new “Gilmore Girls,” it rounded off a weekend of memorable TV.

2.I was curious to see how long Trump’s post-electoral moment would last before his essential ego-driven lunacy would push through. Took a bit longer than I expected, but now I think that his “rigged elections” twitterwaul (digital caterwauling) indicates that the imp is well out of the bottle. In a way, Trump is the flip side of Chance, the taciturn gardener played by Peter Sellers in “Being There.” (1979) Chance achieves political clout by having his silences interpreted as profundity; Trump by having his blithering tweets received as meaningful.

3.The commodity in shortest supply in today’s America, common sense (thanks – Naked Capitalism): http://www.richmond.com/opinion/our-opinion/bart-hinkle/article_9035dbef-a567-5438-9600-6a01fa510654.html

4. The enemy of my enemy is my enemy. No – I’m not thinking of the outcomes of U.S. policy in the Middle East, but of the long, fascinating profile of Steve Bannon, the president-elect’s Geppetto. Bannon harbors many of the strong antipathies I do – let’s start with Wall Street, the Davos set, the chatterati – but makes exceptions for his friends, and yet, when wearing his ideological topper, seems a perfectly dreadful fellow.

11/26-27/16…Weekend Pleasures…

1.Saturday: Reading Avid Reader: A Life by Robert Gottlieb, formerly top gun at Simon & Schuster, Knopf and The New Yorker. It had been strongly recommended to me by Rick MacArthur. It’s a delight, one of those rare works of autobiography that gives name-dropping a good name. This PM, one of our infrequent outings to the theater, to see “Plenty” at the Public. Just into the second act, I found myself thinking of Frost’s “Fire and Ice.” I saw the first Broadway production (1982) starring Kate Nelligan, whom I remember as an icy figure – an iceberg in human form – against whom the individuals in her life crash and sink, whereas Rachel Weisz, the current Susan, is a consuming, crackling flame that devours. Either way, it’s a strong play. Then, at home, watched the final, self-parodying, essentially pointless episode of the new “Gilmore Girls,” a show I enjoyed in its original iteration because it was so feel-good, summoning up memories of the Norman Rockwell America people my age thought we were growing up in (looking back and reflecting on my boyhood, I suspect we were deceived and self-deceiving). But then all was made good by a delightful, good-hearted Australian comedy, “The Castle” (Amazon Prime), which I had read about somewhere. We loved it.

In the course of the day, several sights caused me to ponder the ways of man. For instance, there was a long line on Lafayette St. waiting to get into the La Colombe coffee place. The propensity of young Americans to seek out and join lines, queues and crowds amazes me; in my day, these were to be avoided. Which is not to say that La Colombe isn’t excellent coffee. It is. It’s the house brew at my favorite DUMBO food haunts, Arthur Hassani’s Archway Cafe on Pearl St. and Herve Poussot’s Almondine just across Water St. It’s one of the two beans of choice (Corsica blend) that I grind and brew for Madame in the morning. But to stand in line…

Finished Avid Reader.  I enjoyed it – but it does get a bit wearying in the end, when the names dropped become less interesting or culturally consequential.

2. Sunday. Up betimes. It’s our habit to play church music on Sundays. Today it’s a mass by John Tavener (1490-1545), performed by the Tallis Singers – and really wonderful. More anon. The NYT, as usual, has an article that should not be missed, in this case a long piece on Lock 52 on the Ohio River. Go find it.  Maureen Dowd’s space is entertaining.

3. I think everyone ought to read this. I especially like the calm, balanced voice: https://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/nov/18/none-of-the-old-rules-apply-dave-eggers-travels-through-post-election-america

4. One of my favorite essayists: http://takimag.com/article/dissatisfaction_guaranteed_theodore_dalrymple#axzz4REWeaEKZ

5. May I respectfully…AGREE! http://ritholtz.com/2016/11/the-news/  The only reason we buy NYT on paper ( I also pay for it online) so my wife can do Ken-Ken.


11/25/16…Home from the Holiday….

1.Why media matters – when it wants to. https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/the-fix/wp/2016/11/21/a-running-list-of-how-donald-trumps-new-position-is-helping-his-business-interests/

2. This is exactly why I could never vote for Trump. The quickest way to undermine our system is to turn the White House into a hive of dubious self-dealing. I feared a bit of the same about Clinton. but they’re penny-ante compared to Trump. http://www.wsj.com/articles/no-more-business-as-usual-mr-trump-1480025826


11/24/16…Happy Thanksgiving…

1.What am I especially thankful for?

My family most of all: my children, their children, my stepchildren and step-granddaughter, my nieces and nephews and their children and, as much or more than any, my darling wife. My two brothers and my sister are no longer with us, and I’m trying to make up a bit of their end. With family like ours, it’s easy. To watch the cousins interact is a perpetual joy.

Certain old friends, of tried and true acquaintance, who’ve kept the faith and vice-versa even as circumstances have changed and I’ve spoken out against what I see as the wealth-driven vulgarity and dishonesty of our time

Certain newer friends. In the examined life, there must always be room for quality, no matter how late in life it’s encountered.

Our two new rescue cats, Charlotte and Shasta, who’ve made demands on our patience and kindness that have added a definite glow to life

Le Veau d’Or, its amazing proprietor Cathy Treboux, her son Robert Summerlin and her dedicated staff. The main if not the entire incentive to cross the East River.


2. Despite all there is to be thankful for, let’s not forget that there are millions out there who have nothing to be thankful for, and that the world remains with us late and soon, as Wordsworth reminds us. Gorging ourselves on turkey with all the fixins’ will hardly stop the frantic getting and spending that has laid waste to so much of our substance.

3. Why has no one made the point that SEC prosecutions etc could be/should be the civilian equivalent of military courts-martial? After embarrassing  discoveries of dereliction of duty, heedless sacrifice etc. it’s the generals who are cashiered, not the enlisted men. The chain of command runs downward, from the Joint Chiefs to the company commanders. http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/11/news-flash-mary-jo-white-claims-sec-produces-bold-and-unrelenting-results.html

4. When I saw the photo of Trump with his nominee for Education Secretary, voucher proponent Betsy de Vos, my mind immediately went back to photos of Michael Bloomberg with Cathy Black, his unfortunate education pick. The perfect hair and makeup and teeth-whitening, the tailoring, the pocketbook. Who can disagree with Hegel’s assertion that when history comes round again, it does so as farce?

5. Here’s my anti-Trump plan (for persons whose objections are truly thoughtful and not simply the consequence of one or another form of pique.) A) Put together a list of bullet points on which Trump seems vulnerable: transactions, grafts and grifts, amour-propre, bad companions. Specific stuff. Then, whenever Trump introduces something really vile or dubious, roll out ONE of these points with a mighty fanfare provided by the pissed-off media (give them something useful to do rather than just sitting around wringing their hands in “how did this happen?” mode). Create confusion, static, mingle truth with falsehood. But ONE issue at a time. Diffuseness is the enemy.


11/23/16…A good way to start this morning….

is with my friend Melik Kaylan’s brilliant analysis of the foreign policy challenges facing Trump and all who sail in him (that’s us, I fear): http://www.forbes.com/sites/melikkaylan/2016/11/22/trumps-chaotic-foreign-policy-indicators-and-the-challenges-ahead/#22521c53709a

Almost as tangled, contradiction-riddled and possibly insoluble as our president-elect’s conflicts of interest.

2. And – as always: Kunstler: http://kunstler.com/clusterfuck-nation/boo-hoo/

3. You do wonder whether someone working at a general aviation fixed base, the term for airport facilities used by private jets, is using knowledge of flight plans and passenger manifests to set these robberies up. Thriller writers – to your keyboards! http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/22/world/europe/paris-highway-robbers-target-qatari-sisters-in-5-3-million-heist.html?emc=edit_ee_20161123&nl=todaysheadlines-europe&nlid=2476992&_r=0

4.Want to be sure no one missed (Jennifer Senior in NYT 11/21/16):

“Three days after the presidential election, an astute law professor tweeted a picture of three paragraphs, very slightly condensed, from Richard Rorty’s “Achieving Our Country,” published in 1998. It was retweeted thousands of times, generating a run on the book — its ranking soared on Amazon and by day’s end it was no longer available. (Harvard University Press is reprinting the book for the first time since 2010, a spokeswoman for the publisher said.)

It’s worth rereading those tweeted paragraphs:

[M]embers of labor unions, and unorganized unskilled workers, will sooner or later realize that their government is not even trying to prevent wages from sinking or to prevent jobs from being exported. Around the same time, they will realize that suburban white-collar workers — themselves desperately afraid of being downsized — are not going to let themselves be taxed to provide social benefits for anyone else.

At that point, something will crack. The nonsuburban electorate will decide that the system has failed and start looking around for a strongman to vote for — someone willing to assure them that, once he is elected, the smug bureaucrats, tricky lawyers, overpaid bond salesmen, and postmodernist professors will no longer be calling the shots. …

One thing that is very likely to happen is that the gains made in the past 40 years by black and brown Americans, and by homosexuals, will be wiped out. Jocular contempt for women will come back into fashion. … All the resentment which badly educated Americans feel about having their manners dictated to them by college graduates will find an outlet.

Mr. Rorty, an American pragmatist philosopher, died in 2007. Were he still alive, he’d likely be deluged with phone calls from strangers, begging him to pick their stocks.”

5. This is an interesting review. I generally don’t agree with Ms. Shlaes, especially when she goes all doctrinaire (she’s an avid, unrelenting person of the far, Darwinian right), but she can write (no pun intended), and I think the last sentence of this review perfectly captures my sense of Obama: http://www.wsj.com/articles/herbert-hoover-was-wrong-1479508055

6. In my opinion, Paul Krugman with every column shrinks in relevance and utility. Here’s another good Bill Black takedown (wordier than need be – but no one beats Black when it comes to eviscerating received wisdom): http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/11/bill-black-krugmans-failure-to-speak-truth-to-power-about-austerity.html

And while they’re about it, the powers at the NYT, assuming they grasp the desperate necessity of cleaning up their Op-Ed page, can start by getting rid of Frank Bruni. I cannot recall a single column of his that struck me as the least bit useful.  His cliche-speckled work epitomizes what is meant by “lightweight.”

7. In case anyone’s in any doubt that we have become a nation of “boo hoo” (apologies to Kunstler) crybabies, just check out the following, one of the earliest responses to Bill Black’s piece cited above. I would say this comment was written by a retard (sic): It’s a shame that this piece is marred by the use of disablist slurs. About a quarter or a third of my facebook friends are active in the disability rights movement or the neurodiversity movement or both. If I do go ahead and share it, I know that a lot of people will be offended by the prominent use of words like “insane” and “idiocy,” and will probably be provoked to feelings of antipathy towards the post and its author. I hope that Bill Black will consider discontinuing the use of such words in such a fashion in his writing.

8. Literally have now heard everything: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1DUBii/:SU1QTiwT:2mNE+_2e/www.inc.com/melanie-curtin/neuroscience-says-listening-to-this-one-song-reduces-anxiety-by-up-to-65-percent.html

9. Tom Frank is one of the best, clearest-eyed commentators (Center-Left Division) going. Too bad no one with real power appears to listen to him: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/trump-presidency-fears-explained?mbid=nl_TH_5835019cca6f7ee00ec290e0&CNDID=42793573&spMailingID=9924645&spUserID=MTQzOTExNDk1OTIxS0&spJobID=1041800219&spReportId=MTA0MTgwMDIxOQS2

10. The latest from the combination sandbox and jungle gym that the Ivy League appears to have become. There’s an irony here that I pointed up in a comment on FB. Those who are really thankful for HRC would be Trump supporters, as she was very likely the only  candidate he could have beaten. This appears to have been lost on the student editors, as I doubt it was their intended meaning. http://www.browndailyherald.com/2016/11/21/editorial-thankful-2-2/

11. What would we do without these people? That’s something else to be thankful for: the comedy created by man’s greed and folly. https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-22/redstone-sues-ex-girlfriend-over-new-york-city-apartment

12. It’s starting to seem as if The New Yorker, Remnick leading, as lost its mind in the wake of the election. http://www.newyorker.com/news/john-cassidy/two-theories-about-donald-trumps-meeting-with-the-new-york-times?mbid=nl_112316%20Cassidy%20Post%20Newsletter%20(1)&CNDID=42793573&spMailingID=9930489&spUserID=MTM5NDI5NzAwMDY4S0&spJobID=1041849545&spReportId=MTA0MTg0OTU0NQS2


11/22/16…Not much cause for rejoicing…but

it is our friend Stephen Silverman’s birthday. Huzzah!

  1. And now this…http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/11/donald-trump-my-100-day-action-plan.html

2. It seems to me that the more/longer Trump is allowed to keep his business interests, the better for the nation it might be. Trump has always been highly leveraged. It’s fair to assume that a good percentage of these however-so-many partnership interests etc. remain so. Creditors can always make trouble, especially with someone like Trump, who certainly seems to feel himself above the fine print. This can work for good and bad, for the interest of the country or against it (say a particular creditor wants something from the White House, and puts the squeeze on to get it), but if you couple the situation to a whistle-blowing culture located in states that harbor powerful interests (Silicon Valley and Wall Street) that are likely to want something from 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., at least there’s some hope.

3. An interesting quandary: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/can-jared-kushner-be-loyal-to-his-father-in-law-and-his-faith?mbid=nl_TH_5833804a7d9aa14f739fa624&CNDID=42793573&spMailingID=9915433&spUserID=MTQzOTExNDk1OTIxS0&spJobID=1041695950&spReportId=MTA0MTY5NTk1MAS2

4. Unfortunately, Bill Black never uses five words when he can use ten. Nevertheless, he remains as about an astute an observer/commentator as there is when it comes to the idiotic policies of the Austerity Crowd: http://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2016/11/bill-black-hillarys-threat-to-wage-continuous-war-on-the-working-class-via-austerity-proved-fatal.html LET’S MAKE THIS A MUST READ

5. Posting this pretty much solely because it pisses all over Ezra Klein, who I consider one of the all-time minor-league media twerps, and living, breathing, partisan-blahblah-spouting justification of my notion that pundits should be licensed like drivers, and have that license suspended if they get stuff egregiously wrong. http://thebaffler.com/blog/rip-my-shillaries-johnson


Yesterday I had a bit of a dispute on FB regarding HRC’s margin of victory (sic). The numbers I’ve seen indicate that HRC won the popular vote by just a bit under 2 million. Yet she carried NY and CA by roughly 4 million. Those are two states whose larger population centers epitomize what many people consider elitist and uncomprehending of the common weal: NYC and Silicon Valley (along with Los Angeles/Hollywood). Thus we have a no-win situation. Coastal elitists can’t accept that their votes didn’t carry the day for HRC. So once again comes the lament that we need to change the Electoral College setup. To do that would require – I believe – a constitutional amendment – and that’s just not going to happen as long a majority of other states wanted DJT and presumably will contain to fight the coastal powers. Do we really want to sort of people who have rendered large swathes of Brooklyn, Manhattan and the Bay Area expensive and unlivable to determine who governs? That strikes me as a good question.  And don’t tell me that this applies to Trump. His days of developer glory are waning.So we are where we are. And that is where we must start from, whether one fears a fascist takeover starting tomorrow, or whether one is less worried about DJT’s in the White House. Chances are that both views are wrong, but we need time to tell.

2. I am an admirer of Michael Goodwin’s work: http://nypost.com/2016/11/20/dear-liberals-start-practicing-the-empathy-you-preach/

3. And of Michael Kinsley: http://www.mikekinsley.com/articles/#/the-tragedy-of-foreign-policy-elites/

4. Speaking of bicoastal elites: http://pagesix.com/2016/11/20/the-obamas-are-going-bicoastal/

5. Tom Frank is the most rational voice of postmodern liberalism – and therefore its most penetrating critic. Naturally, none of the bigshot Dems who make the calls pay him any attention: http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/how-the-democrats-can-fight-back-against-white-nationalist-america?mbid=nl_TH_5832375f364154776b0baccf&CNDID=42793573&spMailingID=9908068&spUserID=MTQzOTExNDk1OTIxS0&spJobID=1041617664&spReportId=MTA0MTYxNzY2NAS2

6. This is what I mean. Prejudice combined with lack of memory always overlooks inconvenient precedents.  Persons connected to the White House have frequently sought to exploit the relationship for gain. Starting with Grant, the list might include at least one of FDR’s sons and HRC’s brother. In our developing oligarchy, connections are the soundest coin of the realm. If you got ’em, use ’em! http://www.vanityfair.com/news/2016/11/donald-trump-business-white-house-conflict-interests?mbid=nl_TH_5832375f364154776b0baccf&CNDID=42793573&spMailingID=9908068&spUserID=MTQzOTExNDk1OTIxS0&spJobID=1041617664&spReportId=MTA0MTYxNzY2NAS2

7. This really is disgusting. If you’re looking for anti-Trump ammunition, here it is: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-21/paulson-s-big-long-a-bet-on-trump-yields-power-and-profit

8. Some nice news: https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/books/notable-fiction-books-in-2016/2016/11/17/ed0b0580-9ddd-11e6-9980-50913d68eacb_story.html

9. Important: http://ritholtz.com/2016/11/fact-free-america/

10. There are few people I hold in greater contempt than Kissinger – but one of them is Fareed Zakaria, who gives “aspiration” the worst resonance it has perhaps ever had. My feelings about Kinssinger are moral, whereas for Zakaria they are multidimensional: moral, intellectual, social, you name it. Hence (from Alan Murray in Fortune):

Good morning.

The Wall Street Journal has an interesting look at conflicting views among Trump’s economic advisers. Some of them are traditional GOP economists, eager to cut taxes and regulation in order to increase incentives for private growth. But those free-market folk aren’t keen to slap tariffs on Chinese or Mexican imports, as Trump has threatened, nor are they on board for big government infrastructure spending. “It’s the supply-siders versus the zero-sum crowd,” says investment strategist Andy Laperriere. Unclear how that will sort out.

But the smartest take of the weekend came from 93-year-old Henry Kissinger, who met with Trump on Thursday and appeared on Fareed Zakaria’s CNN show yesterday.

“This President-elect is the most unique that I have experienced in one respect,” Kissinger said. “No baggage. He has no obligation to any particular group because he has become president on the basis of his own strategy and a program he put before the American public that his competitors did not present.”

Zakaria responded that Mr. Trump does indeed arrive with baggage – referring to various inflammatory comments during the election. But Kissinger’s point was that Trump has no policy baggage. His views on economic policy, like his views on foreign policy, are very much his own, and haven’t been put through the hardening that comes with actual implementation. Moreover, they don’t fit within the traditional dogma of either party. (The Washington Post‘s Dan Balz this weekend labeled him “America’s first independent president.”) That gives him immense flexibility in the days and months ahead.

Mr. Kissinger’s advice: give Trump plenty of room to find the right path. “One should not insist on nailing him into positions that he had taken in the campaign on which he doesn’t insist,” Kissinger said. “I think we should give him an opportunity to develop the positive objectives that he may have…We’ve gone through too many decades of tearing incumbent administrations apart, and it may happen again, but we shouldn’t begin that way.”

ADDENDUM: Tonight “PBS News Hour” presented one Jeffrey Goldberg of the Atlantic reciting his conversations with “a” Henry Kissinger. I say “a” because it would appear that, based on the way HK’s view of Trump was presented, the interviews were conducted with two different Kissingers.

11. Absolutely fascinating. Not that I understand 10% of it! https://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-21/how-renaissance-s-medallion-fund-became-finance-s-blackest-box?cmpid=BBD112116_BIZ

12. Reading all these yowls about Ivanka by her father’s side during high-level meetings stirred a memory, so I went Wiki-ing to check, and Lo and Behold!

In April 1936, Presidential Secretary Louis Howe died. James Roosevelt unofficially assumed Howe’s duties.[3] Soon after the 1936 re-election of FDR, James Roosevelt was given a direct commission as a lieutenant colonel in the Marine Corps, which caused public controversy for its obvious political implications. He accompanied his father to the Inter-American Conference at Buenos Aires in December as a military aide. On January 6, 1937, he was officially appointed “administrative assistant to the President”; on July 1, 1937, he was appointed Secretary to the President.[2] He became White House coordinator for eighteen federal agencies in October 1937.

James Roosevelt was considered among his father’s most important counselors. Time magazine suggested he might be considered “Assistant President of the United States”.[3]

In July 1938, there were allegations that James Roosevelt had used his political position to steer lucrative business to his insurance firm. He had to publish his income tax returns and denied these allegations in an NBC broadcast and an interview in Collier’s magazine. This became known as the Jimmy’s Got It affair after Alva Johnston‘s reportage in the Saturday Evening Post. Roosevelt resigned from his White House position in November 1938.[2][6]

13. Found this posted on FB. Generally agree. And yes, I have seen “Hamilton.” Unfortunately, I have also seen “Oklahoma,” “Kiss Me Kate”, “South Pacific”, “Guys and Dolls” and “My Fair Lady”:  https://www.currentaffairs.org/2016/07/you-should-be-terrified-that-people-who-like-hamilton-run-our-country

14. Well, that was quick: http://news.yale.edu/2016/11/21/yale-college-dean-jonathan-holloway-appointed-provost-northwestern-university?utm_source=YNemail&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=ynalumni-11-21-16

15. Uh-huh. Provided you don’t become a policeman or foreman or EMT worker (see NYT today, page A1): https://www.bloomberg.com/view/articles/2016-11-21/dallas-is-where-the-jobs-are