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Monday Morning Various

The NY Times has a bio of Ron Paul up to the point he entered politics in the 1970s.  It fills in a lot of details (in a way that I think Paul-ites would think fair), including where his views about money originated– his parents were very conservative German immigrants whose family had lost everything in the German hyperinflation.

At the The New York Review of Books, Michael Tomasky reviews two Romney biographies, with a bit more editorializing.

Meanwhile, from West Virginia:  The guy who sued the fraternity wasn’t the drunk brother who tried to shoot a bottle rocket out of his rear end– it exploded at launch, surprising everyone– it was the drunk brother who, startled by the unexpected explosion, fell backwards off the rail-less deck.  And the plaintiff’s lawyer alleges the specific facts in hilarious detail.  h/t Walter Olson.

Andrew Zimmern (of Bizarre Foods) writes about how much he likes John T. Edge and is looking forward to Edge’s upcoming food truck book.

9 comments to Monday Morning Various

  • When I was still in law school I did some research on fraternity liability and whether universities could be vicariously liable. Let’s just say that there are some pretty wild cases out there.

  • Anderson

    his parents were very conservative German immigrants whose family had lost everything in the German hyperinflation

    Ah, that’s why so many of Paul’s policies sound better in the original German. (Cha-CHING!)

  • Terminator

    I don’t think even the dekes shot bottle rockets from their bum.

  • NMC

    According to the complaint, these were the ATOs of Marshall University.

  • Ben

    I’ve participated in more than a few bottle-rocket wars … some more successful than others. But using the buttcrack for a launching pad … none of were smart enough to think of that one. The visual imagery is rich.

  • NMC

    Oh, I’ve done bottle rocket wars. My favorite was on a frozen lake. But nothing like this occurred to anyone I know.

  • scandaljunkie

    RIP Susan Barksdale Howorth wife of Judge Andy Howorth.

  • Anderson

    Sad news! What happened?

  • scandaljunkie

    Pulmonary edema. So very sad. I believe she passed peacefully but I know Judge Howarth, her children, the whole family is devestated. A huge, huge loss for the community. Sad couple of weeks.

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