Author: Mark of New Jersey

Mark is a Founding Editor of The League of Ordinary Gentlemen, the predecessor of Ordinary Times.

Getting Through The Wall

If there’s a better way out of this, I’m sure Nancy Pelosi will go with it. She is nothing if not very good at her job. But here’s what I’ve got.


Bibi’s Final Destruction of the Peace Process Saved Likud

In an election dominated by local economic issues, Benjamin Netanyahu won by cannibalizing his own coalition with a last-minute address about the Palestinian issue that may have permanently ended any hopes of a two-state solution.

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Comment Rescue – King v. Burwell Edition

The most interesting question from today’s oral argument in King v. Burwell is why Justice Kennedy suggested that a strict reading of the ACA in favor of the petitioners – and against the government – would create federalism concerns. Here’s a theory why.


Hobby Lobby and Substantial Burdens

Whatever its flaws, the Hobby Lobby decision was not as radical as some would have us believe. By Mark Thompson


What Happened To Michael Brown Is Not Much In Dispute

The conventional wisdom at the moment about the shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown by a police officer in Ferguson, Missouri two weeks ago is that no one really knows what happened, and that the narratives conflict greatly depending on who you ask.

The conventional wisdom is bull.


A Self-Contradictory Argument on Global Inequality

Rising inequality in the United States is a real problem, but that doesn’t mean we should find ways to disregard the reduction of global inequality nor that we should treat all increases in inequality in other countries as first order problems.


Monday Trivia #138 – Burt Likko Wins!

Ray Charles, Norah Jones, Ringo Starr, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow, Tom Petty, Everlast, Toots Hibbert.  This is a partial list only.


The Crackup of the GOP Coalition

John Judis’ article at The New Republic arguing that the GOP coalition is disintegrating is outstanding, and not least because it emphasizes precisely the same point as I’ve been making: the most powerful wings...


How $55.7 Million Doesn’t Equal $634 Million

There is no denying that the rollout of the Obamacare exchange website has thus far been a complete and utter disaster.  I tend to agree with the assessment that if these problems aren’t fixed...


Jersey Guy in Cairo

Grant Wahl’s feature piece in Sports Illustrated on Bob Bradley, former head coach of the United States Men’s National Soccer Team, is a must read, no matter how much or how little you care...



As with any right-thinking person, I hate and despise the Yankees with the heat of a thousand suns.  While I nonetheless have a healthy respect for Mariano Rivera, I think this whole retirement tour...