Faculty Favorites: Dining and Places – Mike Koempel

We asked our faculty and authors to share with us some of their favorite things about living in our nation’s capital. Their responses are posted in “Faculty Favorites” Mike Koempel (bio), co-author of the Congressional Deskbook, shares his favorites. Places Woodrow Wilson House, web site, 2340 S Street NW, Washington, DC, 202-387-4062 Lincoln Memorial at … Read more

“Communist crimes are less known than fascist ones.”

Communist crimes are less known than fascist ones. While newly released archives from the former Soviet bloc will unquestionably deepen our understanding of the Holocaust, we already have a plethora of photographic documentation, surviving physical evidence, magnificent museums and survivor testimony. By contrast, Soviet atrocities are practically ignored. The reason is certainly not a paucity … Read more

You have two cows. The government….

We have a list of 2 cows at YouHave2Cows.com 2 samples … SIMPSONISM: Don’t have a cow man! SOCRATIC METHODISM: How many cows do I have? Why? Related PostsYou have two cows – Indianism You have two cows – Congress

I, Pencil

Leonard Read’s delightful story, “I, Pencil,” has become a classic, and deservedly so. I know of no other piece of literature that so succinctly, persuasively, and effectively illustrates the meaning of both Adam Smith’s invisible hand–the possibility of cooperation without coercion–and Friedrich Hayek’s emphasis on the importance of dispersed knowledge and the role of the … Read more

“Hollywood is a Washington for the Simpleminded”

The Hill’s 2006 list of the “50 Most Beautiful People on Capitol Hill” has only two journalists on it: – Peggy Chang, congressional reporter, Voice of America – Megyn Kendall, correspondent, Fox News “Washington is a Hollywood for ugly people. Hollywood is a Washington for the simpleminded.” — John McCain (2003) “Washington, D.C. is, indeed, … Read more

Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook – Review

Toby Dorsey’s book, Legislative Drafter’s Deskbook, to be published next month (it’s making its way – finally – next week from the printing plant in Michigan to the bookbinder in Massachusetts), is getting more positive reviews. We thank NCSL’s blog, The Thicket, for the pointer to a recent review in the American Political Science Association’s … Read more

Free the Garden Gnomes!

A long time ago when mankind was still drawing pictures on cave walls there was a great city within which there lived the highest developed species on the planet – GNOMES. Gnome City stretched as far as the Gnome eye could see; its sapphire towers dazzled against the clear blue sky; its golden walls glittered … Read more