Happy Friday Miscellany

It's been a long-ish week. Time to have a warm, flat, lightly hopped bitter to prepare for the weekend.

After the USA v Panama soccer match Tuesday, I thought about writing a post about patriotism. There is something about this NSA debacle that makes me feel patriotic. Huge differences among the citizenry of course, but that feels appropriate rather than dysfunctional, on this issue.

More and more smart business people are turning to accredited crowdfunding, and the laws and regulations seem to be in place to support such efforts. If this becomes a permanent feature or even defining aspect of angel investing, as I think it will, it will be more important than ever that the accredited investor definition not discriminate against prospective angels on the basis of sexual orientation.

DOMA will go down, right? But then the federal accredited investor standard will apply equally only to those same-sex couples in jurisdictions which permit marriage. The standard will still need to be changed, to be fair to those in states that are regressive.

At the soccer game, they handed out scarves that referenced the Star-Spangled Banner. "Oh say does that Star-Spangled Banner yet wave o're the land of the free and the home of the brave?" It is a question without answer, a rhetorical prod to remind us that the rules keep changing, and yet the changes are not keeping up with our ideals.

Happy Friday Miscellany

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