Archive for November, 2003

The Great Depression and Wall Street

November 27, 2003

For a glance at how the Great Depression affected the popular view of Wall Street, see how the title of this book changed:

The 1930 title: Hetty Green, a woman who loved money.

The 1936 title: The witch of Wall Street, Hetty Green.

Same book: The 1936 edition was a reprint of the 1930 edition. Only the title changed.


Saturday night at Robertson Stadium

November 10, 2003

I am the kiss of death for the teams I root for.

Here are the college football games I have been at this season, with the team I was rooting for listed in ALL CAPS:

Houston 48, RICE 14
Rice 28, SAN JOSE STATE 24
Navy 38, RICE 6
Memphis 45, HOUSTON 14
Texas Christian 62, HOUSTON 55
Southern Miss 31, HOUSTON 10

Fortunately, I don’t remember much of that last game. Steve Blanke brought three pitchers of top-notch margaritas to the pre-game tailgate Saturday, and everything between my fifth glass and halftime is a blur.

The Cougars got jobbed by the refs at the beginning of the second half, when the black-and-whites forgot that the ground can’t cause a fumble, and USM returned the “fumble” for an easy six. And UH quarterback Kevin Kolb spent the second half escaping death at the hands of the Golden Eagles’ big, fast D-line, which didn’t leave him much time to run an offense.

I want to see UH win at home this year. My duty is clear. By November 29, I need to find something green and gold to wear.

An e-mail to Norman Ornstein

November 10, 2003

Date: Mon, 10 Nov 2003 17:56:16 -0600 (CST)
From: Steve Casburn
Subject: Continuity of Government Commission

Dear Mr. Ornstein,

Thank you for your work on the Continuity of Government Commission, which I read about in the June 2003 issue of The Atlantic. Your effort and foresight on this public-spirited project is a credit to you and to the American Enterprise Institute.


/s/ Steve Casburn