Sometime in the 1850s, historians say, Abraham Lincoln wrote "Notes for a Lecture on Law," addressed to young attorneys just starting in the profession. It's a fine read if you have the time. Otherwise . . .
"THREE BOOMER presidencies are enough," writes William Kristol. He is referring, of course, to Presidents Clinton, Bush, and Obama.
Last week, Bloomberg's Mark Halperin convened a focus group of Iowa Democrats to discuss Hillary Rodham Clinton. They were Ready for Hillary. Indeed, they were enthusiastic about the prospect. But when Halperin asked them to name an accomplishment of Hillary as secretary of state . . .
THIS IS THE GREAT DIVIDE in the U.S. [read United States] today. It is not between blacks and whites -- or rich and poor; it is between the elites in California or New York and ordinary people . . . . The pundits who cannot imagine how . . .
ON MAY 3, we witnessed two soldiers from the Czech Army placing a red-white-and-blue wreath on a memorial to the 16th Armored Division. This event of May 3 was part of the city of Pilsen's Liberation Festival, celebrating the 70th anniversary of the liberation of that city from German occupation by American soldiers.
Take note also that the Houston Chronicle ran a Memorial Day editorial today -- not without its faults, but respectable. The newspaper's editorial board is mostly wrong about most things, but at least it has largely quit withholding its approval from standard American holidays, celebrations, and remembrances, usually by ignoring them. That's progress.
UNCA D ATTENDED a social event last night. A considerable number of guests were high-net-worth individuals. The thing for the well-off to do these days, it seems, is to be the first in their circle to travel to Cuba.
Notes were being shared by those who had been with those who are soon to go. Considerable comment was made on the lovely old 19th-century buildings in Havana, and -- unavoidably -- on their visible ruin. The decaying premises had a deep aesthetic appeal to the travelers. The consensus is that if one is to visit Cuba, one should visit quickly, before modernity or prosperity arrive and sweep away such beauty.
FOR STARTERS, the Clinton Foundation is not and never has been a charity. Bill and Hillary created it in 2001 as a vehicle to assist their continuing political ambitions, in particular Mrs. Clinton's run for the White House. Any good the foundation does is coincidental to its bigger role as a fund-raising network and a jobs program for Clinton political operatives.
A CHINESE SCHOLAR writing under a pseudonym ("Youwei") argues that modern Chinese prosperity rests on easy reforms that have already been made. Continued reform is unlikely, Youwei says, because "there is not much potential for further evolution within China's present authoritarian framework."
HERE IS MY first video, shot Sunday, May 3, at Maranatha United Methodist Church in Pilsen, Czech Republic. It was a special service of remembrance for the liberation of western Czechoslovakia by Patton's Third Army on May 6, 1945.