Monthly Archives: May 2011

Photo Ops

  I read the paper daily yet never watch the nightly news on television. I find the blink-of-an-eye coverage offered by the electronic media to be infuriating; I get, at most, a vague and frustrating retinal image of history, a … Continue reading

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The Peter Principle Revisited

It’s an overcast Virginia afternoon under a sky that promises rain but reneges. We are having lunch, a dozen or so work friends and their spouses, most of us former employees of a UN organization that in decades past made … Continue reading

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A Private Moment With Newt and Callista

I wonder if on occasion Callista Gingrich turns to her husband and asks, “Newt, honey, don’t you sometimes feel like, well, a slime ball?” Newt, lost in thoughts of media conspiracies to rob him of the presidency, looks up, “Whatever do … Continue reading

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Buffoonery

One buffoon down, one to go. Yesterday, Donald Trump announced he would not seek the presidency, not because he felt he might lose (Trump does not lose) but because he basically had other, more interesting and profitable things to do. … Continue reading

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Newt! Newt! Newt!

Let us, as a friend of mine is fond of saying, nip this notion right in the butt. Newt Gingrich will not become the next—or any—President of the United States. If he did, I would have to leave the area, … Continue reading

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Rumors

I wish I could say I am the writer of this but I’m not.  A friend sent it to me and it’s simply too good to pass up. Enjoy. This is the BBC Home Service. Here is the news for … Continue reading

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Aging, Part I

Back in the day when I still enjoyed alcohol and other things that altered my inefficient consciousness, I honestly liked getting sick.  A three- or four-day flu was my specialty—the sore throat, achy chest and runny nose enabled me to … Continue reading

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