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COVID-19: Another R&B Update We’re still here! When I updated you all on March 22, I never expected for us to be “at home” 131 days later. Home we are, though, and way behind on our communications. Leigh and I remain in our homes, almost exclusively. Privilege abounds, as we manage to live our lives […] The post COVID-19: Another Update appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
On Facebook the other day, I engaged in a conversation about masks. I know, I know, I seem bright enough. But, sometimes I’m not! Anyway, after a discussion with some moderately reasonable But Freedom types, one said: Well, what would you do? Stay tuned, I wrote, thinking I could never express myself adequately in a FB post. I suspect my inquisitor wanted something simple, which he could knock down quickly. (A few days ago, intemperately, I called out a new business group for kvelling about a kickoff event sans masks or distancing. “You are pathetic,” said one fellow. Blocked.) So,…
The Supreme Court: This Week (6/14 – 6/21/2020) A doozy, this week, with plenty to observe! The week began on Monday with the decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, etc. and two related cases (Nos. 17-1618 and 23, and 18-107) aka the Title VII same sex / transgender cases. On Thursday, the Court issued its […] The post The Supreme Court: This Week (6/14 – 6/21/2020) appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
More Random Thoughts Random thoughts. The Internet says random thoughts mean something, and that science agrees. Who knew? My first random thought involves recycling. I keep two old-fashioned galvanized steel trash cans outside, near my kitchen door. The city picks up recycling every other Monday, so I carried that bin out to the alley. Lo, […] The post More Random Thoughts appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
The U.S. Supreme Court heard three cases during two oral arguments today. Here’s the C-Span link. Two cases involved subpoenas directed to Mazars (an accounting firm which provided services to Donald Trump and his entities) and Deutche Bank (purportedly, the only money center bank which still deals with the Trumps and their entities). The other case involves state law claims which a New York County (Manhattan) grand jury intends to investigate. I have thoughts. Really, you say? A top 40% law student – TBT, 57th percentile, ranked just behind my law school roommate, with a practice which mostly involves…
Flynn: The Dismissal and What Might Happen   Today, the Justice Department announced its intent to dismiss its case against Michael Flynn. Recall that the United States of America charged Mr. Flynn with a violation of 18 U.S.C. § 1001 (False Statements). Mr. Flynn’s sin: lying to the FBI about contacts with Russian governmental officials […] The post Michael Flynn: The Dismissal and What Might Happen     appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
Elmore Leonard and Sam Sifton Elmore Leonard was a great writer, with an extraordinary way with dialogue. Sam Sifton writes very well, too. Presently, he’s the Food Editor for the New York Times, where he has worked for almost 20 years. (He’s also Reinhold Neibuhr’s grandson. Mr. Neibuhr wrote the Serenity Prayer, which comes to […] The post Elmore Leonard and Sam Sifton appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
More Thoughts from the Self-Isolation Front I’m here! Apologies – as always – for not blogging often enough. Candidly, spare time involves more activities than “stuck” might suggest, and I’m spending writing time working on my personal memoir. I expect to be around for a long time, but I’d be a G.D. Fool if I […] The post More Thoughts from the Self-Isolation Front appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
Numbers Illiteracy John Allen Paulos teaches math at Temple University. He writes books, too. Good books. Books for lay people about math. One of which he titled Innumeracy … which is why this post got titled Numbers Illiteracy, as opposed to … Innumeracy. Stupid numbers drive me nutso. They abound now, in an era when […] The post Numbers Illiteracy appeared first on Mark Rubin.…
Rubin & Bernstein PLLC – An Update Mark Rubin I’m embarrassed! Rubin & Bernstein PLLC celebrates – can we celebrate anything, other than a youngster’s birthday, in these times? – our second anniversary on May 1, six weeks from now. Still, we don’t have a working website for the firm we treasure. So, here at my Leftie site aka the place where I provide The Word, I’m providing an update. In theory, I sent myself home more than a week ago. I heard what seemed like a directive to be home if you’re 60+. I was an early adapter, but…