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    Covid-19--Exposes our Health Care System’s Weaknesses.

    Fair enough, but I think you may have been drawing an unfair inference. The post's criticism was leveled at states generally noting that his own state specifically dropped the ball even though one party had complete power. But yes, perhaps it was a partisan shot. With respect to handling...
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    Covid-19--Exposes our Health Care System’s Weaknesses.

    The fact that states had inadequate PPE, beds, respirators, etc. is 100% on them. Inexcusable. The federal government did a Herculean job of filling that breach IMO. The fact that states looked to the federal government for guidance on what to do during a pandemic is also inexcusable...
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    Covid-19--Exposes our Health Care System’s Weaknesses.

    medhat -- Nobody said there was no federal role. You are arguing against a straw man of your own creation.
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    Covid-19--Exposes our Health Care System’s Weaknesses.

    medhat -- I'm sure our inimitable Tiger can provide more scholarly sources, but ..... From CDC https://www.cdc.gov/publichealthgateway/docs/usph101.pdf (slide 22) From ABA...
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    Covid-19--Exposes our Health Care System’s Weaknesses.

    Not sure what you mean. That (i) under our legal system states bear the primary responsibility for public health and (ii) virtually all (red and blue) were grossly inadequately prepared for a serious respiratory virus epidemic are pretty much unassailable observations, are they not?
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    Does anyone still use a leather hard briefcase?

    I agree with Eagle that a backpack is more practical, but I agree with you that it looks ridiculous with a suit or sport coat. Sometimes aesthetics must give way to pragmatics, and each person must decide for himself.
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    Does anyone still use a leather hard briefcase?

    Nope. Cordovan-colored leather. Lasted many years but finally abuse took its toll. Replaced it with a soft one similar to that posted by the Great Garbanzo above. Never gave a moment's thought to office-acceptability. Now retired but still use it occasionally for board meetings. I don't...
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    Does anyone still use a leather hard briefcase?

    Back in the day men wore the expected tailored business suit in my white shoe law firm, but there was always a couple guys who wore their neck ties with hush puppies and orange short sleeve shirts. They were viewed as eccentric but tolerated in good humor. Now in this alleged era of...
  9. M

    Ben Silver G9 Leather Jacket

    Stockton is a terrific option. They are first rate.
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    End of an era: Sean Connery has passed away

    He actually had more than a bit part, but it is easy to overlook given that the film had more memorable stars than any other film I can recall.
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    End of an era: Sean Connery has passed away

    I also enjoyed Connery as Private Flanagan in The Longest Day.
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    the Sports Coat and Turtleneck Thread

    Me too. Often when I wish to check the time I prefer to do it discreetly, which is difficult via a cell phone.
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    Do These Jacket & Pants Match?

    100% agree with this.
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    Help me pair a pocket square with my tie

    And in the unlikely event some lady is in urgent need of a hankie you can gallantly pull it out and rescue her, as cotton is IMO more serviceable for this purpose than linen. Yes, I know this is hardly likely, but I raise it because it actually did happen to me.
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    Help me pair a pocket square with my tie

    I agree with this 100%, but suspect we might agree that "dignified" would be a better word in this context than "somber."
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    Brooks Brothers and Duende: Lost Forever?

    You are welcome.
  17. M

    Brooks Brothers and Duende: Lost Forever?

    Yes; and yes though not in the way you mean. But we should all thank you for honoring richard warren's psuedo-intellectual theme.
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    Brooks Brothers and Duende: Lost Forever?

    Well bless your heart, Peak. Your precious arrogance aside, a more literate person would have comprehended that the term duende was Frasier's, not the author's. Perhaps you can add some egotistical snark to Frazier's wiki page. Here you go: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/George_Frazier
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    Brooks Brothers and Duende: Lost Forever?

    A pseudo-intellectual assertion to be sure. Dewey, Arendt, Bell, Rorty, Chomsky, Walzer, Niebuhr, Fish, Neuhaus, Rawls, Fukuyama, du Bois, Wallerstein, Nozick, Friedman, Fish, Parsons, Veblen, Strauss, Skinner, Dewey, Maslow, Paglia, Buckely, Holmes, Santayana, Sontag, Dworkin, Emerson...
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    Brooks Brothers and Duende: Lost Forever?

    I wasn't sure whether to post this rather contemplative essay in the trad or timeless style section but here goes: https://www.firstthings.com/article/2020/10/lamb-to-the-slaughter