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Gulp

I just saw this statement from the Federal Reserve’s FOMC committee (h/t CR) on the economic outlook for next year. Of course, local economic impacts will vary , perhaps dramatically, but it’s important to get the context of the broader economy to drive policy locally....

Anonymity of Fame

Scene from Princess Bride (h/t CR): INIGO: Who are you?! MAN IN BLACK: No one of consequence. INIGO: I must know. MAN IN BLACK: Get used to disappointment.

Kabuki Theatre

I’d never consider zoning law and policy as Kabuki but I can find no other way to analyze or describe the evolving drama on the zoning issue. The Gazette article is here. I’ll post more shortly but the key question to me remains why the...

Happy Old Year

I again made the mistake of listening to local radio and caught a Q&A with Alderman Isabel. Let me challenge a few talking points from what I heard: 1) Taxes are too high — while this is hardly revelatory if you live in our fair...

Bubbly

A link if you need help finding a champagne recommendation (here). Best place to find these is probably at All-Star Wine & Liquor (here). Happy New Year.

Donde estan los blogs?

I just noticed that the Recorder’s much heralded blogs rolled out as part of the new direction of the paper and the Recorder’s ‘exciting’ online business model and presence no longer exist. Que pasa? Sadly the blogs contained one or two posts at most and...

Scrooge

My favorite screen version of the classic tale is ‘A Christmas Carol’ with Alistair Sim who plays a splendid Ebenezer. Here is a short clip with Marley’s ghost: [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YGGohTPuOeQ] Merry Christmas.

Holly Jolly

I should trust my better instincts and not listen to local radio during this season. So in the spirit of the season, I’d like to pass along the following links so you do not endure the unendurable and I’ll leave it at that. Wikipedia —...

Tis the Season

Let me explain why I’ve not posted over the past several days: simply put, I’ve been waging a war on Christmas. My liberal colleagues and I have been working in elfin haste to banish the spoken or written form of the phrase “Merry Christmas”. Farewell...

Zoning Out

Mayor Thane posts on her decision (here) concerning zoning ordinances and the hire of consultants to execute the project. Here is the salient part: I must express my discomfort with awarding this critically important task to two of the chief advocates for locating the overwhelmingly...