The Jury Talks Back


Open Thread Musings

Filed under: Uncategorized — Patterico @ 6:43 am

Yeah, I don’t have anything. After a week of vacation my “blog about whatever is going on even if it seems stupid” muscles are atrophied.

Looks like we killed some allies in Syria. Trump just learned that North Korea is not a simple issue from a ten-minute talk with the leader of China. I hope you weren’t too wedded to his positions on China as a currency manipulator, or replacing Janet Yellin, or the Ex-Im bank, or the importance of NATO, because he just flip-flopped on all that in one day (yesterday).

None of this really inspires me. There’s an erratic clown in the Oval Office, but you either already knew that or already refused to accept it, and in either case there’s nothing I can do about it.

What else? I had a nice trip last week. My parents’ second date was seeing “La Traviata” at the Metropolitan Opera. (I used to think it was their first date but then learned that after they had agreed to go as their first date, they went to dinner once beforehand.) Last week my family saw the same opera with my mom in New York, so that was neat. We looked at schools for our daughter, who says she wants to move away from California for school.

We visited Cornell, and while touring the music building we ran into the man who, when I sang in the Sage Chapel Choir, had been the associate conductor. He told me that the choir disbanded 12 years ago. Nobody was coming to services any more. I denounced the godless campus to my family.

Colleges renovate everything — with all the money they are swimming in, from robbing hardworking parents of their savings (don’t talk to me about paying for college; it makes me angry) — meaning nothing looks like it did when you attended.

Also it was cold.

Anyway, talk about whatever. If anyone was on spring break last week with kids or whatever, tell us what you did. Tell us a lawyer joke, or any joke. You can talk about politics of course, but today it bores me.


  1. As my alma mater’s AD once said, “If there isn’t a crane on campus, you’re dying.”

    As a college professor I can honestly say that the education bubble is by far the biggest threat to the country’s stability, yes, even more so than Global Warming Climate Change.

    Comment by Sean — 4/13/2017 @ 8:21 am

  2. Ah college. The lovely place we throw our money at and toss our children into to be buried in political correctness…. Hillsdale College would be my suggestion.

    At one point we had three children in college. Killer years. They are long gone and now we are into spoiling the jewels of our crown (grandchildren). We added #13 just yesterday. As long as nobody expects us to contribute to college we are good.

    Comment by Marci — 4/13/2017 @ 6:32 pm

  3. Charlie Martin of PJ Media explains why Trump is a successful politician: Trump is successful because he is a dealmaker. The hypocrisy in not doing what you promise is the art of the deal, while lying and the big con are tools of the trade.

    Martin seems to think this is grand.

    It’s not often that one article tells us why modern politicians and modern journalists are failures.

    Comment by DRJ — 4/17/2017 @ 8:34 am

  4. Look at places that give scholarships, especially state schools. (National merit scholars get free rides at several colleges.) Graduate schools don’t care about where you went for college, only whether you made good grades. Spending a lot on college is a waste. Spend it on grad school.

    Comment by DRJ — 4/17/2017 @ 8:38 am

  5. Ah, Charlie Martin is not actually a journalist. For better or worse… Software by trade.

    Comment by SPQR — 4/17/2017 @ 9:54 am

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