The news is a little thin this week, possibly the “dog days” or the “silly season” for news — or maybe it’s the lull before the storm. President Obama keeps running around trying to find some new cause to divert attention away from far more pressing problems. A lot of talking, but very little walking, so what else is new?
In any event, here are the news items from this week — I already told you they are few in number:
• Congratulations on Masako Tsuchitani’s 100th birthday party. That’s party. She won’t actually be 100 for a little time yet, but they’re having the party now. This is very astute of her. She gets two parties instead of one. Frankly, she probably deserves 100 parties, if only for putting up with the rest of us for so long.
• J. B. Fry, CESJ’s perennial volunteer, is bouncing back. She’s been having a rocky time of it, and she’s limited right now mostly to moral support, but that’s often more valuable than the other kind, when the other kind is indifferent.
• We have ordered a copy of The Encyclopedia of Politics of the American West, containing upwards of twenty entries by CESJ’s Director of Research, Michael D. Greaney. Much of the research that went into the entries complements the work CESJ has been doing in tracing the roots of the modern (mis)understandings of private property, money, credit, banking, economics, and the natural law. Working on it was especially interesting as Mr. Greaney's great-grandfather and great-grandmother met and married in Leadville, Colorado in 1872 (after being born and raised, but never meeting, not too far from each other in Ireland), and his grandfather was born in Trinidad, Colorado, in 1892, where Sister Blandina Segale had faced down Billy the Kid a generation before. "Family legend" has it that Great-grandmother Mary Ellen was somehow acquainted with Wyatt Earp's mother, but this has never been verified. The Baldwin locomotive engine Mr. Greaney's grandfather drove in the 1920s and 1930s is in the Chicago Museum of Science and Industry.
• Editing of the book by Fulton Sheen we’ve been working on is complete, and the book is now in “pre-press.” If all goes well, we could easily see a release date of September 1, 2013.
• As of this morning, we have had visitors from 50 different countries and 49 states and provinces in the United States and Canada to this blog over the past two months. Most visitors are from the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Italy. The most popular postings this past week were “If You Have a Free Moment,” “News from the Network, Vol. 6, No. 30,” “Some More Questions About Future Savings,” “Free Advice to a Couple of Teenagers,” and “Another Note on Say’s Law of Markets.”
Those are the happenings for this week, at least that we know about. If you have an accomplishment that you think should be listed, send us a note about it at mgreaney [at] cesj [dot] org, and we’ll see that it gets into the next “issue.” If you have a short (250-400 word) comment on a specific posting, please enter your comments in the blog — do not send them to us to post for you. All comments are moderated anyway, so we’ll see it before it goes up.