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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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MARCH 7, 2013 8:27AM

R.I.P. - Alvin Lee Is Going Home

          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 livRead 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.  EacRead full post »

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JANUARY 22, 2013 8:31AM

Zero Dark Thirty – How Important Is Accuracy?

          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 bitRead 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 »

OCTOBER 28, 2012 11:47AM

Summer in Club Cockroach

          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 eRead full post »

OCTOBER 22, 2012 8:37AM

Voting Green – Is This Why?

            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 aRead full post »

SEPTEMBER 2, 2012 1:36PM

Ryan to Obama: Stop Making Sense



            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:




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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 »

AUGUST 28, 2012 8:26AM

The Road To the Kibbutz


         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 somewhaRead 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 founRead 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, excepRead 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, doesRead full post »

MARCH 31, 2012 8:57PM

Favorite Song? Too Hard to Chose!

          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 favoRead 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 theRead full post »

Some hacker pals were able to come up with Santorum’s list.


1. Your main trait:  Righteous indignation.

2. The quality you like best in a man:  Heterosexuality

3. The quality you like best in a woman:  Heterosexuality.  And a strong affinity for housewifery.
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MARCH 1, 2012 8:40AM

Police State Latin America Style

          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 esRead 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 coincidence.

          I loRead full post »

          At least that’s what I thought they’d be called.  But they were nowhere to be seen on the menu.

          It was the 80s and I was in Amsterdam.  Of course I was no stranger toRead full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2012 6:31PM

The 80s – My Hair, My Music

          I’d blogged before about my 70s hair style.  With straight blond hair it wound up like Rick Wakeman’s.


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JANUARY 29, 2012 12:01PM

Nikki Stern Has a List, Now So Do I

          A few days ago Nikki Stern had an amusing post about gratuitous noise.  This paragraph caught my eye:

“What if we could mute the know-it-all at the party who’s mouthing off about Europe’s economic mess? How about the iRead 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 out.

          My assignmRead full post »

JANUARY 18, 2012 8:30AM

Pardon My French, Monsieur Gingrich

          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 theRead 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 andRead 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 »