How NOT To Be Hired
Aug31

How NOT To Be Hired

A résumé is supposed to help one get a job. Some job applicants act as if the opposite were true. Ready to LOL? One job applicant decided to literally LOL, as cited in the Forbes article “The Most Outlandish Resume Mistakes of 2012“. Unless you’re applying for a job at a pizzeria, your résumé objective shouldn’t say, “to make dough.” Nor should it be decorated with pink rabbits or include texting slang like “LOL.”...

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Katrina: A 10-Year Review
Aug27

Katrina: A 10-Year Review

This week is the 10th anniversary of the destruction of the southeastern gulf coast by Hurricane Katrina. More than 1,800 people died. There is no estimate for the number of pets and wildlife. Damage was estimated at more than $100 billion. About 80 percent of New Orleans was flooded. In Mississippi, the water surge flooded as much as 10 miles from the beaches. The Category 3 storm should not have caused that much damage, but it...

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Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church
Aug26

Foo Fighters Rickroll Westboro Baptist Church

The Foo Fighters have come up with a fun way to counter the antics of the Westboro protesters by using music. Billboard.com reports, “Westboro Baptist Church targeted a Foo Fighters concert at Kansas City’s Sprint Center on Friday, Aug. 21, and the band fired back — with a Rickroll. The band arrived on the scene via a pickup truck, blasting Rick Astley’s 1987 single Never Gonna Give You Up and holding up signs that...

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Canned Pleasure: The Thrill of the Kill
Aug21

Canned Pleasure: The Thrill of the Kill

Would you like to go to Zimbabwe, kill and behead a lion, just like that dentist from Minnesota or the physician from Pittsburgh recently did? They paid about $50,000 each for that experience. How about a black rhino, an endangered species? A professional hunter from Dallas, Texas, won a $350,000 lottery to stalk and kill that animal in southern Namibia. In the 1950s, there were about 70,000 black rhinos. There are now fewer than...

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Ta-Nehisi Coates and Why #WhiteFragilityMatters
Aug20

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Why #WhiteFragilityMatters

Ta-Nehisi Coates and Why #WhiteFragilityMatters by P.J. Sullivan When I get into a discussion about race or gender or class online — something I try to avoid, often without success — I often preface my remarks with what I call the Great Asterisk, which is this: I am a white male heterosexual, born into a Christian tradition and the middle class to college-educated, happily married parents in a largely crime-free town. None...

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Ghosts that Haunt the Children of Latino Immigrants
Aug18

Ghosts that Haunt the Children of Latino Immigrants

When I was a small boy living in Latin America, I was scared of “duendes y fantasmas” — goblins and ghosts. Fortunately, they appeared mostly in dreams and eventually faded away. Over at the New York Times, Héctor Tobar writes that different monsters and ghosts haunt the dreams of Latino children these days. Some monsters and ghouls are pretty scary. For example, there is “La Llorona” who according to Tobar “is said to moan for...

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Life Imitates The Simpsons
Aug17

Life Imitates The Simpsons

Homer Simpson and company were ahead of their time. Some gags in their show are now reality. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . In 1998, Homer and his family were able to eat airplane food without ever leaving the ground by eating at Up, Up And Buffet!, which was a...

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The Real Terrorist Threat  – Militias
Aug14

The Real Terrorist Threat – Militias

These people are only more dangerous because they are so stupid. Arizona ‘Patriot’ Militia Busted By Feds In Plot To Steal Drugs From Bogus Cartel: Parris Frazier allegedly thought he was going to make $15,000 per kilogram of cocaine he ripped from a drug cartel’s load vehicle last month at an Arizona warehouse. Unfortunately for him, according to court records, the man who helped him set up the drug rip was an undercover...

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Book Review: Thomas Kunkel’s ‘Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker’
Aug14

Book Review: Thomas Kunkel’s ‘Man in Profile: Joseph Mitchell of The New Yorker’

WHEN THE NEW JOURNALISTS CAME ASHORE, JOE MITCHELL WAS THERE TO GREET THEM. ~ JOHN McPHEE Sadly, upon his death in 1996 at age 87, Joseph Quincy Mitchell was less known for his extraordinarily elegant writing in The New Yorker than his decades-long case of writers block. Mitchell, who died in 1996 at age 87 after a 48-year career at The New Yorker, is arguably the patron saint of literary journalism, or long-form journalism, as I...

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Republicans have their own speech police
Aug12

Republicans have their own speech police

NOTE: This is a substitute column and due to a technical issue must run under another embedded byline. Republicans have their own speech police By Catherine Rampell Washington Post Writers Group WASHINGTON — Quit accusing Democrats of runaway political correctness. Republicans are just as keen on censoring speech — but it’s a different kind of speech they choose to censor. Supposedly the main appeal of an unfiltered...

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Political Chaos
Aug11

Political Chaos

In an Op Ed below Eugene Robinson does a good job of summing up the political chaos we are experiencing today.   At 69 I am familiar with the political chaos that resulted from the Vietnam war and later Watergate.  But this is somehow different.  Even in the late 60 s and early 70 s I don’t think people totally lost faith in their government,  Today on the Republican side we have a rodeo clown reality TV star dominating and on...

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Managing Oneself
Aug10

Managing Oneself

The image above is of me walking my daughter down the aisle at her wedding two months ago. It was one of the best days and nights of my life. No doubt. Click to enlarge. The day before (at a run through) images of she and I show that I had a smile ear to ear. It was real. I love Alex, my son in law. I have known him for near nine years. The image above shows my daughter’s eyes looking at her husband with adoration and mine are more...

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MALIGNANT NARCISSISM- ITS SCREAMING-PIRANHA CHARACTERISTICS
Aug09

MALIGNANT NARCISSISM- ITS SCREAMING-PIRANHA CHARACTERISTICS

FIRST AND FOREMOST: No conscience. Piranhas dont appear to have consciences either. They lash out at anything for any reason. Oddly actually afraid of other fish, they appear to have no control over their appetites nor about attacking whatever is near, friend or foe. A person with the psychopathy of malignant narcissism, knows right from wrong, but treats oneself as some say in the South “extra-extra precious”… and...

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[Red State Convention “Dumped Trump”]… Now: His On-Stage Head Gestures [Satire from HuffPo]
Aug08

[Red State Convention “Dumped Trump”]… Now: His On-Stage Head Gestures [Satire from HuffPo]

YouTube Video from HuffPo… a good-natured satiric use of song lyric suggesting Trump’s seeming underlying motives re his emotional outbursts about various...

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Their Cheatin’ Souls: Short Circuiting Ethics in America
Aug07

Their Cheatin’ Souls: Short Circuiting Ethics in America

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady says he had nothing to do with having air removed from game balls. The NFL, following an investigation, says he did. It gave him a four game suspension, which he is appealing. That four game suspension could cost him somewhere between $2 million and $4 million of his $14 million 2015 salary. If he plays well with others, doesn’t get into any more trouble, and injuries and retirement don’t...

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“And so the unborn are reduced to line items.”
Aug05

“And so the unborn are reduced to line items.”

“I am very troubled by the callous behavior of Planned Parenthood staff in recently released videos …” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The above-quoted statement was made by Democrat U.S. Senator Joe Manchin, as quoted by John Kass in his column...

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The Prison Dilemma and the War On Drugs
Aug05

The Prison Dilemma and the War On Drugs

It appears that Congress is finally about to take some action to reverse the mistakes of the War On Drugs and the burgeoning prison population. A number of conservatives and liberals seem to agree that something needs to be done to reduce the prison population which is the highest per capita of any developed nation. Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa, the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, has announced his intention...

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Lawns
Aug04

Lawns

What most people don’t realize is that lawns were originally a status symbol.  Having a lawn meant you affluent enough that you didn’t have to use every square inch of your real estate to grow food.  Lawns have become a big part of both the urban and suburban landscape.  But few really like the maintenance they require. A recent essay by an Ohio woman who refuses to mow her lawn has struck a nerve. Thirteen hundred people...

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“Women Betrayed” Rally
Aug04

“Women Betrayed” Rally

“I support the rights of women, but I don’t think that means we should be required to secure our liberation from the blood of our children.” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . The above-quoted statement was made by a female participant in the “Women Betrayed” rally that took place in Washington, D.C. on July 28, 2015. It was one of 65 such rallies that took...

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Fashion Industry Brouhaha
Jul31

Fashion Industry Brouhaha

The fashion industry is once again at the center of controversy. All too often it acts as if all women are skinny Caucasians. Now, some members of the industry have turned to using models who may be too young. Here is a screenshot of a page from the ABC News website: The ABC News story says a 14-year-old girl “is sultry, sophisticated and wore a barely-there sheer white gown as she led a parade of models at Christian Dior’s...

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