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◆ Black Friday: I don’t know if the nickname is a parody of White Christmas, but what a dreadful name for the day–and what a dreadful day to shop. Far better to get together with friends, eat leftovers, and avoid any more turkey.
◆ One-quarter of homeowners have less than $1,000 in the bank. (CBC) The report is from Canada, but it undoubtedly applies to the US, as well. What could possibly go wrong.
◆ The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is a new bureaucracy, but it has grown like kudzu. It was created by the Dodd-Frank Act and strongly backed by Elizabeth Warren. Now, CFPB employees’ donations to presidential campaigns have been reported and, as luck would have it, 100% went to Democrats. (Fox News) Employees said the number would have been higher, but it was mathematically impossible.
◆ Florence Henderson, mom on the Brady Bunch, dies at 82, surrounded by family. (Los Angeles Times)
◆ Lawrence Lessig, a law prof at Harvard, then Stanford, and now back at Harvard, has an idea: “The Constitution lets the electoral college choose the winner. They should choose Clinton.” The Washington Post, which hasn’t exactly embraced the election results, printed this tripe.
Comment: (1) If Larry paused for a moment and thought about it, he would realize that his proposal might lead to some grumpy voters. Really, really grumpy.
(2) If you ever wanted to know the contempt in which coastal elites hold ordinary people, just read this article. That, as it turns out, is one reason Trump won; he articulated many voters’ disgust with this treatment.
Prof. Lessig himself ran for president in the Democratic primary. He received the votes of most family members.
All of which shows us the wisdom of Bill Buckley’s famous quote: “I would rather be governed by the first 2,000 people in the Boston telephone directory than by the 2,000 people on the faculty of Harvard University.”
◆ Boo Ferriss pitched for the Red Sox for six seasons, including the 1946 World Series. But Mississippians remember him for something else. For 26 seasons, he coached Delta State and won over 600 games. He represented something good, something stable. Now, at 94, he’s gone. The Jackson Clarion-Ledger has Mississippians’ memories.
♥ Hat Tip for helpful suggestions:
◆ Michael Lipson for the homeowners story
◆ Vernon Shelton for letting me know about Boo Ferriss’ death. Vernon’s Facebook page has a wonderful photo of his Dad and Boo on a semi-pro team in the mid-1940s.
◆ William Jacobson and his valuable blog, Legal Insurrection for the Buckley video