Chris Arnade, US is better than Europe!. Some food for thought for a Europhile like me.

If you are an American with an Economist subscription, don’t miss this.

I guess I’m weird: I was not so transfixed by OJ’s Ford Bronco ride or his trial that I can remember exactly where I was when … [whatever]. Nowhere close to that.

Purdue seems to have brought its A-game

The unexpected totality phenomenon: buzzards making a beeline for their nests.

Looks like clear skies for the totality. Fingers crossed. #EclipseMania

Reading A Canticle for Liebowitz. It has been a few decades since I read it, and it may feel timelier now. 📚

Finished reading A Fever in the Heartland 📚about the 1920s KKK in Indiana. Plus ça change ….

Purdue 63, NC State 50. Purdue plays for the national championship Monday, for the first time in 55 years. Great tradition, great winning record, but too few deep drives in the NCAA Tournament..

Questions (USA context) I hadn’t thought to ask: With the Lemon Test Dead, Can The Establishment Clause Be Unincorporated?

Yeah, it’s pretty geeky, but I’ll bet @lukemperez can grasp the significance.

This is a bit polemical, but it seems to me to be a fair and understanding-promoting presentation: Julian or Gregorian? On the dating of Easter. - by Michael Warren Davis

Today’s Poem: Brancusi’s Golden Bird. Mina Loy’s poem with Sally Thomas’ commentary is a very enticing entryway to the newish Poems Ancient and Modern Substack.

Touted as the largest economic development project in Indiana’s history, South Korean semiconductor giant SK hynix confirmed plans Wednesday to build a $3.87 billion chip packaging and research facility in West Lafayette.

Dave Bangert

In the shadow of a land grant university with effective “Economic Development” chops — a good place to “make a living.”

They’re working, slowly, on making it a better place to live, building dedicated bike trails and converting some downtown streets back to two-way traffic from one-way racetracks.


Formerly friendly, I’m now a little leery of Leonard Leo.

We need to take responsibility for our mistakes, but we can’t take responsibility for the war. This is Hamas’s war.

Historian and former Israeli ambassador to Washington Michael Oren, via the Free Press

It is emphatically the province and duty of the judiciary to say what the law is, not what it should be.

The North Star of the Federalist Society

Currently reading Timothy Egan, A Fever in the Heartland: The Ku Klux Klan’s Plot to Take Over America, and the Woman Who Stopped Them. 📚

In the 20th Century, my fair state was the epicenter of Klandom. I’ve known too little about it.

Wife’s out of town so I had a chance to watch a movie of my choosing. I watched Amistad (never saw it before; not much of a movie person), and almost turned it off in the gore at the beginning.

Glad I didn’t. I can’t give high points to the courtroom details, but otherwise very powerful.

One does not hate one’s way into the kingdom of God. If our hearts are so cold that we fail to exhibit those virtues, it does one no good to respond, “But Lord, I posted ‘Christ is king’ to troll my enemies.”

David French

Purdue is in the final four! They “won ugly,” shooting only 3-for-15 3-pointers (that’s been a strength normally). Zach Edey got 40 points, a personal best, and stuffed one shot down Dalton Knecht’s throat. And they finally celebrated! They’ve been so stoic even when they won.

I’m really gonna miss James Carville if he dies before I do.

(Save this for later if it’s your Holy Saturday.)

From the Writer’s Almanac, something that gave me a giggle:

It’s the birthday of the Irish playwright Sean O’Casey, born John Casey in Dublin (1880).

Ah! Authenticity! Where would we be without it?

Being in politics is like being a football coach. You have to be smart enough to understand the game, and dumb enough to think it’s important.

Eugene McCarthy, via the Economist’s World in Brief

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