James Foley, The President, The Washington Post and the WSJ

When reading The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) and Washington Post’s editorials on President Obama’s speech yesterday about James Foley’s beheading, I was struck by how similar they were. As any regular reader of the two papers will know, while it’s not unheard of for their editorial pages to be in agreement, it’s also not typical. […]

Washington Ferries and crazy policy solutions

(Originally posted at Sound Politics) A report on KUOW this evening entitled “Why Washington Ferries Are Such A Headache To Replace” provided an excellent service in highlighting some, but not all, of the absurd rules and regulations surrounding this government monopoly. As Carolyn Adolph reported: By law, ferries must be built in the state. The purpose […]

Where is the Palestinian Gandhi?


The latest conflict between the Palestinians and the Israelis is once again resulting in terrible suffering, horrific injuries and casualties on both sides. In previous conflicts, opinion has reflexively and, in my view, unjustifiably tended to favor the Palestinians. This time around, in spite of the usual mob protests in Europe and some of the […]

Slow cooking for the family

As our first child has gotten older and stopped napping, we’ve gradually moved dinner time earlier and earlier in the evening. And with a newborn in the house, we have our hands full, so I try and find things I can do to help out. I enjoy cooking, but with us eating so early and […]

Always there family shopping lists with OneNote


While I’ve had OneNote as part of my Microsoft Office suite for years, I was a bit of a late adopter. Until recently I used it almost exclusively at work for taking meeting notes and keeping track of my To Do lists. Six months ago, however, I hit upon a great non-work application for it that has […]