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Happy New Year?

January 3rd, 20162 comments

Well, the media told us who died.  Told us about the idiots and angels.  2015 is behind us. 2016 lies ahead.  Never made a New Year’s resolution and don’t see this one as a time to start Read more…

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Seasonal Retrospective

December 23rd, 20143 comments

Being retrospective comes with age.  I first noticed I was “out of it” because of Jeopardy.  Blowing my horn a bit, I was pretty decent watching/playing/finding the right question.  Then, I lost it.  I became mediocre and figured out that the trivia in my mind no longer matched the trivia of the time.   I was living to far in the past. Read more…

Dystopic Times Ahead?

August 22nd, 20142 comments

A dystopia (from the Greek ???- and ?????, alternatively, cacotopia,[1] kakotopia, cackotopia, or anti-utopia) is a community or society that is in some important way undesirable or frightening. It is the opposite of a utopia. — Wikipedia

I got a note from an old friend, Barb.  Sweet lady and sister of my best childhood friend.   It was a link to a video that looks pretty daunting — even dystopic. Read more…

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Picture this

March 27th, 2012No comments

Numbers are just that.  They often miss or are ignored in our frame of reference.   That was really pointed out to me recently.  Take a look. Read more…

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A Man for all Seasons

January 23rd, 20121 comment

That was Thomas More in the first incarnation.  The movie, play and life described him as a man of conscience.  He was consumed — well beheaded actually — in going against the good political comprise of the day.   He was lucky in that the original sentence was hang, drawn and quartered.  Not that the outcome would have changed. Read more…

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Beware of Greeks

November 1st, 20112 comments

They aren’t bearing them but getting them.  And they can’t even do that with a modicum of grace.  Politicians of various stripe have their horse in this race to insolvency.  The EU is exhibiting paranoia harking back to The Hundred Year War.  From it inception it has sought consensus between national interest which have never shown past trust.  It has mixed strong economies with weak.  That’s taking steel and mixing in tin to come up with a bastard pot metal. Read more…

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The Eternal Optimist

September 28th, 20113 comments

OK, that won’t go on my tombstone.  But, I feel I’ve been upbeat about things.  These are difficult times. It is hard to be an optimist but I think I’ve at least tried.  Certainly I’ve come closer than the host of reporters that populate the local news. Read more…

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Beyond the Rhetoric

September 3rd, 20113 comments

This was inspired by friend Wolfie and I tip my hat.  Our view differ and still he stops by.  Gotta respect that.  Rhetoric comes at us from all sides these days.  Wolfie putting up with mine is the act of a gentlemen.   Read more…

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Journalism

August 15th, 2011No comments

It was even awarded estate status.  That seems antiquated.  It a knock that journalist embrace along with high-minded views of the profession that avoid the human nature of the estate.   But, it can also do just what is says it can. Read more…

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Dear Dan

August 3rd, 20113 comments

My senator is Dan Coates.  Dan is a retread that took his war chest and ran to a Washington lobbying firm when competition showed up last time.  This time he won in a very fragmented primary.  WTG Dan.   I emailed him about poker and politics.  He wrote back using snail mail — nicely frank instead of stamped.  Another WTG for Dan.  Clueless as ever. Read more…

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