Author: D.A. Ridgely

D.A. Ridgely holds degrees in philosophy and law. (He doesn't really hold them, they just hang there on the wall or peek out as initials after his name. (Actually, that isn't true, either. Those are mere symbols giving evidence of his possession of those degrees. (“Possession,” strictly speaking, being a metaphor of sorts.))) (He is overly fond of parenthetical expressions.)

Waits? Waits? Don’t Tell Me!

My kids are starting to notice I’m a little different from the other dads. — Tom Waits I don’t keep up with such things, so if you’d told me Tom Waits wasn’t already in...


Seasonal Words of Wisdom

Now is the accepted time to make your regular annual good resolutions. Next week you can begin paving hell with them as usual. — Mark Twain (Entirely cromulent Christmas present:  Autobiography of Mark Twain,...


Science On The March!

This just in: Lee Harvey Oswald’s Grassy Knoll accomplice in JFK assassination was probably an Amazonian native.


A Modest Proposal

The New York Times yesterday reported: “The same people driving the lawsuits that seek to dismantle the Obama administration’s health care overhaul have set their sights on an even bigger target: a constitutional amendment...


Some Noise About Signals, Education & Other Likely Stories

I. We’re going to have the best educated American people in the world. – Dan Quayle Recent discussions here have addressed the purpose and the value of an undergraduate liberal arts education. Purpose and...


On Expectations of Privacy and Internet Anonymity

In a recent post by Mr. Thompson entitled “Wikileaks on The Wire,” one commenter said he thought Deadwood would have been a better source to compare.  More recently, there has been some controversy over...


Pretentious Popcorn

There’s only one thing that can kill the movies, and that’s education. — Will Rogers . Constant Viewer — who, let’s face it, hasn’t been all that constant in his viewing lately — gave...


The Decade In Review

2000 (UN International Year for Declaring Peace Is Better Than War) – Stunned by the near collapse of civilization caused by the Y2K disaster, the bubble bursts, as millions of investors lose billions...


Happy D.B. Cooper Day!

It’s the 39th anniversary of the semi-legendary D.B. Cooper’s hijacking of a Boeing 727 for $200,00 ransom. Receiving the money, Cooper then made his escape by parachuting out of the airplane. The case remains...


On Politics and Pigeonholes

Those are my principles. If you don’t like them, I have others. — Groucho Marx When I was young, politics was easier to understand. Liberals let you live as you please in return for...


Are We All “Trust Fund” Babies?

At Crooked Timber, John Holbo considers whether the Social Security Trust Fund (legally, the Federal Old-Age and Survivors Insurance Trust Fund) exists or not. And like Yglesias, whose response to a Planet Money podcast...


TSA Stays Abreast of the Problem

“Cancer surviving flight attendant forced to remove prosthetic breast during pat-down.” UPDATE (credit Oleg Volk):


Defining Moments

“Can you play chess without the Queen?” – Ludwig Wittgenstein Moving from one blog to another and thus one audience to another, a writer will invariably experience a certain amount of deja vu. Clearly,...


The 10 Principles of Economics, Translated

I am not an economist, nor do I play one on the internet. In fact, I’ve never taken a formal course in economics in my life. (A fact which my several economist friends occasionally...


Don’t Set The Doomsday Clock Ahead Quite Yet

As a general rule, congressional bipartisanship is the political equivalent of the Crips and the Bloods banding together to rob the rest of the neighborhood. (If only we had antitrust laws applicable to our...