The Perils of Wealth and Glamour
Aug27

The Perils of Wealth and Glamour

Nicole John was the 17-year-old daughter of the U.S. ambassador to Thailand. She died this morning after falling from the 25th floor of a Manhattan high-rise, apparently because she climbed up on the ledge of a balcony at a very late-night party to take a photograph (a camera was found next to her body), and was too drunk to remember that when you do that you are liable to lose your balance and fall, and when you fall from 25 stories...

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Bogart, Sinatra and What’s His Name
Aug27

Bogart, Sinatra and What’s His Name

Approaching 86 next month, Lauren Bacall is making news again, telling all about her life in an updated memoir and doing interviews to promote it. Well, not quite all. In an hour on TCM, there is, of course, the story of her classic coupling with Humphrey Bogart and even a few words about an affair after Bogart’s death with Frank Sinatra. But not a word about Jason Robards, to whom she was married for eight years in the 1960s...

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Here’s a Candidate With Class
Aug27
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Putting A Face On Those Nasty Entitlement Benefits
Aug27

Putting A Face On Those Nasty Entitlement Benefits

In case you are wondering where your tax dollars go, you are talking to one. I just mailed my forms for re-certification on MediCal. It is a perfunctory duty of limited consequences. The Medicaid version in California considers me, a single senior whose sole income is $1,165 net from Social Security, a fat cat in the world of the impoverished. By fat, I mean I earn $8 a month more than the lowest threshold for complete services...

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Glenn Beck Meets Honest Abe
Aug27

Glenn Beck Meets Honest Abe

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Guess What Big Political News Story Fox News Ignored
Aug27

Guess What Big Political News Story Fox News Ignored

Guess what big political news story the Fox News Channel (not the website) totally ignored? Can you guess? It’s this. I’ve often disputed charges that Fox News was really nothing more than a propaganda network since it does have some good news gathering professionals working for it. But this omission most assuredly lays credence to the belief that far from being fair and balanced it is biased and slanted. If the same exact...

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Mississippi School Segregates Class Elections
Aug27

Mississippi School Segregates Class Elections

After you’ve cleared your mind of various what the comments, you can read this article about a school in Mississippi that has decided to segregate class elections, only allowing whites to run for some offices and only allowing blacks to run for others. I suppose the theory was this insures that there will be class officers of both races but how dumb can you...

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The Parent Model
Aug27

The Parent Model

One of our loyal readers brought this article to my attention and it is well worth reading and considering. The article compares the US and German economies and the fact that while our economy is still struggling the German economy is moving along and a steady clip. Since the growth (or lack thereof) is only reflected by a short period of time the author does not suggest that it proves our model wrong or the German model right, but it...

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Moderates in ‘Radical Headlock’ Over ‘Ground Zero Mosque’: News, Switzerland
Aug27

Moderates in ‘Radical Headlock’ Over ‘Ground Zero Mosque’: News, Switzerland

Does the divisive controversy over the Muslim community center near Ground Zero demonstrate how radical Christians and Muslims have taken over the public debate to such an extent, that they threaten the freedoms millions have fought and died for? Columnist Patrick Etschmayer writes for The News of Switzerland, that those opposing the Cordoba House are helping the terrorists obtain one of their most cherished objectives: stifling...

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Gay Bush Aide No Bombshell
Aug27

Gay Bush Aide No Bombshell

In its story noting the relative lack of controversy around Ken Mehlman saying that he is gay, the NYTimes concludes that the GOP cares now about fiscal issues: The center of gravity of the conservative movement in this election season is with fiscal conservatives. The Tea Party is infusing the Republican Party with new energy, and Tea Party leaders and supporters say they do not want to talk about social issues: even if they do not...

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Tea Party ‘Rocks Primaries.’ Will It Still Rock Come November?
Aug27

Tea Party ‘Rocks Primaries.’ Will It Still Rock Come November?

Even to me, a Democrat, Rolling Stone, the publication that “outed” General McChrystal, sometimes goes overboard in how it portrays the opposition and in the “colorful” language it uses to do so—“expletives deleted” certainly called for here. In his “Tea Party Rocks Primaries,” Matt Taibbi doesn’t break the mold in his analysis of Tea Party successes in the recent primaries. First, Taibbi is forced to admit: Some shocking...

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USA Today: Big Layoffs, Emphasis on Non-Print in “Radical” Overhaul
Aug27

USA Today: Big Layoffs, Emphasis on Non-Print in “Radical” Overhaul

To those of us here in San Diego there’s a been there/done that ring to this: USA Today, the USA’s second largest newspaper, is going to lay off some 130 staffers, dramatically reorganize its existing traditional newsroom structure, start to de-emphasize print and put the big push on multi-platform info venues — in effect, taking a deep breath and trying to focus on being a learner news organization operating within...

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Heck Of A Job
Aug27

Heck Of A Job

Former FEMA administrator turned talk radio host, Michael Brown, in New Orleans to host his show for the fifth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina: “Put yourself in my shoes…you’ve just come out of a meeting where you’ve just told your boss that nothing’s working, I can’t make stuff happen, state and local government aren’t doing what they need to do, the federal government isn’t doing what it needs to do, things are bad. And he...

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China And India or China Vs India?
Aug27

China And India or China Vs India?

A must-read post by Steve Hynd.

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Four Months In The Earth
Aug26

Four Months In The Earth

Obviously we all hope and pray for the rescue to succeed, but what mental control does it take to accept four months before rescue..

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“Terrorist!” Shouting Drunk Urinates on NYC Mosque Rugs
Aug26

“Terrorist!” Shouting Drunk Urinates on NYC Mosque Rugs

Uh, oh, Joe, get ready to be accused of being PC: but isn’t it time to really say it? Something truly ugly is now being unleashed on our land in the name of gaining votes, creating wedge issues and getting big ratings — and although some will definitely see big political and financial payoffs there are also now signs that there could be serious consequences. First, we had the case of a New York City taxi driver who was...

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One Million Free GMail Calls Made in First 24 Hours
Aug26

One Million Free GMail Calls Made in First 24 Hours

Google announced yesterday free voice phone calls via GMail to the U.S. and Canada and calls to other countries billed for as little as $0.02 per minute. (Here’s their price comparison table.) The feature was rolled out to everyone in the U.S. today. (If you don’t see the feature yet, try logging out of Gmail and signing back in.) It looks like GMail users like it: This afternoon Google tweeted that there were 1 million...

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When A Game Is More Than A Game
Aug26

When A Game Is More Than A Game

Sometimes we are reminded why some things are more important than others For many young men making it in Major League Baseball is the dream of a lifetime. But for one man, having his father watch him play is far more special. Logan Morrison plays for the Florida Marlins, and certainly that is a major accomplishment in his life. But his father has terminal lung cancer (despite never smoking) and has not been able to see him play live....

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God Bless America
Aug26

God Bless America

Prepare for those goosebumps people.

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A Look At Nate Silvers Odds If The Republicans Win Back Congress
Aug26

A Look At Nate Silvers Odds If The Republicans Win Back Congress

I am trying to wrap my brain around the possibility the Republicans regain control of both houses of Congress now that Nate Silver, the best prognosticator in the business, puts it at attainable odds. To embrace such an event, I think it only honest to divorce oneself with preconceived hysteria based on claptrap always heard on the campaign trails and imagine how this new Republican majority actually would govern. We may get a glimpse...

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