Archive for November, 2014

Different Location: Typical Result

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

The Browns, Hemans, Morices, Rogers and Rineharts took Turkey Day to a new location this year: my aunt and uncle’s lake house in St. Charles.  Still had the Turkey, still had the stuffing, and most importantly, still had the annual Taboo Championship competition.  This year, there was no controversial counting of points by nuns.  And the men rightfully reclaimed their Taboo Title.


The women, however, were in good spirits…and served pie with dignity.


Worst Year Ever

Thursday, November 20th, 2014

In putting together lectures for my Congress class next semester, I try to incorporate political cartoons. Right now, I am working on everyone’s favorite Amendment. Good ‘ol Seventeen. For example there are classic cartoons, such as:

In my perusal of Google Image Searches, I discovered there is a little subculture regarding hatred of the year 1913.

You can read more about about hatred of the federal reserve, income tax, and Woodrow Wilson here. They even have buttons!

Do you know who your state legislator is?

Monday, November 3rd, 2014

Last night, John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” did a piece on state legislatures. If I could embed YouTube clips into my research papers, I would, but for now I will use

Last Week Tonight actually emailed me asking for some statistics. None were directly used in the piece, however the facts that no one runs against incumbent legislators; no one knows who their legislator is; and legislatures pass considerably more bills than Congress make appearances in Chapters 2, 3, and 4 of the dissertation. Unfortunately, my email exchanges with Last week Tonight trailed off. If they would have continued, I would have suggested this clip

On a short note, I will try to update more frequently now that life has settled. As many readers likely know, it has been an interesting two years for Steve – who is finally a Billiken.