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- I've worked for a big multi-national, lived abroad for several years, travelled a lot, now in politics. Married once but separated; no kids. Generally utilitarian except for minority rights.
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January 05, 2015 01:10AM
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September 11, 2014 02:04AM
- Woodstock Vicariously
August 16, 2014 01:40AM
- Johnny Was Good - Some
July 17, 2014 10:46PM
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posting about your Ali moment.
a fair amount of
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minutes so just caught the end
January 24, 2015 04:09PM
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Well, now time
passed and now it
January 24, 2015 04:06PM
- “Great tribute to a fine
player and by all accounts a
January 24, 2015 11:30AM
- “I don't plan on seeing
the movie but I've read a few
about it. By
January 24, 2015 11:28AM
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He died yesterday from complications during an undisclosed but apparently non-serious surgery. He was 68.
I was far from his biggest fan, owning no albums and never having seen him liv… Read full post »
Well this is one topic I never expected to write on. Perhaps that’s a good thing?
My own history features a few discomforting over-indulgences during my college years. Eac… Read full post »
I saw it recently and while it was quite engrossing, I found that the scene-to-scene continuity was at times choppy and the inclusion of some episodes seemed arbitrary and tangential to the main story line. For example, there’s a bit… Read full post »
Some of you may have seen this already.
Open Salon is a community that uses the OS website to stay in touch with a core group of people who enjoy writing and discussing all kinds of topics. We, the writers, are the community;… Read full post »
Something frivolous for Sunday, inspired by Margaret Feike’s recent post here.
It didn’t take us long to come up with that name. It was the mid-70s, school term was e… Read full post »
This is inspired by Tom Cordle’s post on why progressives should vote for Obama, Koshersalaami’s challenging third party voters to justify their choices and skypixie’s on the logic of voting. It’s also a… Read full post »
Some light Sunday stuff here. I’ve seen a few comments about about Paul Ryan’s over-sized suit at the RNC. Here’s a pic:
&nbs… Read full post »
Well life on the kib-butz
is kinda laid back
Ain’t nothing that a city boy like me can’t hack
Excepting a P.L.O. mortar attack,
Thank God I’m a kibbutz boy
There were a few more verses but that’s all that’s left in the memory banks. On/… Read full post »
I was going to write about my time on a kibbutz but the getting there was taking too long so I’ve broken it up. It also seemed prudent to get this into print while my memory is somewha… Read full post »
I stumbled on this one a few days ago. It asks a bunch of multiple choice questions covering most major policy issues. Well, that’s what you’d expect, no?… Read full post »
I like advice columns but seldom like the advisors. Growing up I was a fan of Ann Landers. A decade or two later it was Miss Manners. Then there was a long gap until I foun… Read full post »
I had a road trip that lasted nearly a decade and this was the first of my posts about it.
A bunch of the boys was whooping it up at the Malamute Saloon. Well, not quite, excep… Read full post »
Just because I didn’t buy into the view that the mysterious origin of the universe and all existence, like our own, could be explained by positing some creative being whose own existence just had to be accepted with no questions asked, does… Read full post »
This covers some ground I blogged about a couple of years ago here. When I was younger I felt a near-compulsion to list things – favorite movies, 10 best actresses etc. So of course I would have come up with something for a favo… Read full post »
I got the idea for this post from a recent one by Saturn Smith on Game Change – the story of Sarah Palin’s misadventures as VP candidate. I’ll see it soon enough but it reminded me of three excellent miniseries, all of the… Read full post »
Some hacker pals were able to come up with Santorum’s list.
main trait: Righteous
quality you like best in a man: Heterosexuality
quality you like best in a woman: Heterosexuality.
And a strong affinity for housewifery.
… Read full post »
I’d read a few recent posts on a police state under Obama. The case in favor rests on examples like the killing of al-Awlaki, the continuation of Guantanamo, drone attacks, the harsh incarceration of Bradley Manning, an increase in es… Read full post »
I still have to give my head a shake in realizing my blogiversary
coincides with Valentine’s Day. And
that’s about as deeply as I want to delve into that
I lo… Read full post »
At least that’s what I thought they’d be
called. But they were nowhere to be seen on the
It was the 80s and I was in Amsterdam. Of course I was no stranger to… Read full post »
I’d blogged before about my 70s hair style. With straight blond hair it wound up like Rick Wakeman’s.
%I… Read full post »
A few days ago Nikki Stern had an amusing post
about gratuitous noise. This paragraph caught my
“What if we could mute the know-it-all at the party who’s mouthing off about Europe’s economic mess? How about the i… Read full post »
My favorite Brasilian singer. She died a few years before I
heard of her, a year or two before I first travelled to
Brasil. Even then it took a while to pick her
My assignm… Read full post »
Just when you think that the Republican nomination race can’t
get any more surreal, it does. For months now
it’s resembled a Spinal Tapish mockumentary.
Bachman lauds the… Read full post »
I’m not the biggest Winwood fan, owning only a couple of Spencer Davis 45s where he was a guitarist and lead singer. He was always renowned for his talents on a wide range of stringed instruments and keyboards but through his long and… Read full post »
There’s a general tendency to ascribe to one’s own lifetime a degree of exception unrivalled by any other generation. As a boomer that means The Beatles achieved a musical epitome unmatched since Mozart, or maybe it/… Read full post »