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Arthur Louis

Arthur Louis
Location
Midland, Texas, USA
Birthday
February 28
Title
retired
Company
retired
Bio
I was a writer and editor for more than forty years with four newspaper and magazine publishers. I am the author of two non-fiction books: "The Tycoons" and "Journalism and Other Atrocities," and one novel, "The Little Champ," all available on Amazon.com

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JUNE 26, 2014 10:08PM

Hillary Lays an Egg

Thanks to the Amazon.com Web site, we have an intriguing, ongoing straw poll gauging the prospects of Hillary Clinton for president. Spoiler alert: If the poll is a valid indicator, her prospects look pretty stinky.

A couple of weeks ago, Mrs. Clinton came out with a new book, entitled “Hard Cho… Read full post »

JUNE 4, 2014 7:46PM

Obama Honors a Hero

Speech prepared for delivery by President Obama at the dedication next month of a new national monument in Bunghole, Idaho:

THE PRESIDENT: Ladies and gentlemen, I stand here in Bunghole to dedicate a new national monument to one of the most famous Americans of Colonial times. Yes, I know that promine… Read full post »

A couple of nights ago, as Hillary Clinton started to address a gathering of recycling specialists in Las Vegas, a woman came striding down the aisle toward the stage and threw a shoe at her. Hillary, claiming to be unsure what was thrown, called out “Was that a bat?” I don’t… Read full post »

DECEMBER 3, 2013 8:43PM

Don't buy a used camera on EBay

I grew up in Rochester, NY, the home of Eastman Kodak, so I have always been more interested in photography than most people. But it wasn't until about seven years ago that I made photography my principal hobby.

There has never been a time when I haven't been obsessed with… Read full post »

OCTOBER 7, 2013 1:11PM

Bill Beck Gets it Wrong

"So, with repsect to anti semitism, like I said I don't recall seeing you say something specifically anti-semitic, but from seeing how you handle yourself with just about every other thing, all it would take is the right gentle wind, and you would be on it."
-- Bill Beck to Arthur Louis,… Read full post »
OCTOBER 5, 2013 10:52PM

Goodbye, Open Salon

After about two and one-half years writing for Open Salon, I have decided to quit -- cold turkey.
 
I don't want there to be any ambiguity about my reason for leaving. It is because Bill Beck has made me his special target, attacking me on just about every post where I comment, an… Read full post »

It's too early to say exactly what happened, but evidently a crazy lady, probably egged on by Senator Ted Cruz, tried to ram a barrier near the White House with her car, then sped off, chased by the cops, and was brought to bay near the Capitol. Shots were fired, but possibly just by… Read full post »

Anybody want to hear about my encounter with Adam Clayton Powell Jr.?

It must have been either 1961 or 1962. I was a newspaperman in Philadelphia, and Powell, an ultra-flamboyant congressman and minister at the Abyssinian Baptist Church in Harlem, was in town for a speaking engagement. Beforehand, h… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 7:48PM

Who is banned by Whom on Open Salon?

It seems that a lot of OSers are banned from the blogs of other OSers. I don't  know of every case, of course, but there must be tons of them.

I am banned from KosherBaloney's blog, and he is banned from mine. Safe Bet is banned from KosherBaloney's blog too, although he uses… Read full post »

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Does anyone actually use the word "cad" anymore? It used to be commonly applied to men who mistreated women. But then along came the women's movement, with women demanding to be treated equally, and "cad" fell out of favor. Women could stand up for themselves, thank you, they did not need… Read full post »

Can anyone tell me the true identity of the dirty little OS blogger who calls himself Ben Sen? I happened to discover that his screen name means "I You" in Turkish, but perhaps that is just coincidental. The Turks have a proud history, and someone with Ben Sen's character, contaminating their co… Read full post »
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SEPTEMBER 19, 2013 12:51PM

New Cover Contest for Open Salon Writers

Message from the editors of Open Salon. (You know who I are.):

Many OS contributors have justifiably pointed out that old stories often remain too long on our cover, while hot new stories that deserve cover recognition are ignored. We feel your pain, and intend to do something about it.… Read full post »

If you took a poll of Open Salon’s contributors, you probably would find that most of them do not believe in God. Some will tell you so quite bluntly, and as is the custom with OS-ers, they will add the gratuitous opinion that you are an idiot for even asking. GodRead full post »

When Branch Rickey determined to break the color barrier in Major League Baseball, he wisely recruited Jackie Robinson, a stellar athlete in multiple sports, who soon established himself as one of the greats of the game, black or white, and went on to easily earn a plaque in baseball's Hall of… Read full post »

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Once upon a time a Broadway musical about the career of an ex-stripper became a huge international success. Today, if a retired stripper were to write her memoirs, the response from most people under age sixty would  be "What's a stripper? Yawn."

A stripper's memoirs used to be a sure hit.… Read full post »

A 17-year-old girl, who was attending an Eminem concert the other day on the grounds of Slane castle in Ireland, performed oral sex on two young  men in a public area, and was filmed by one of the amateur photographers who are everywhere these days. The video was then circulated and wi… Read full post »

I know that there would be difficulties in running Vladimir Putin for president of the United States. To begin with, he wasn’t born in the United States. But that was not an insurmountable obstacle for the incumbent. If Putin, who was born in what was then called Leningrad, were to produce… Read full post »

Anybody game for a boycott until Toritto (add other names if you wish) returns? Salon created Open Salon for some reason, a business reason. Does that reason still hold?

The writers here are not the only people who read Open Salon posts. You can detect the presence of the general public… Read full post »

A Swedish professor who has the official credentials to do so has nominated Edward Snowden for the Nobel peace prize. The nomination was made after the cut-off date for the 2013 prize, but the Nobel committee sometimes accepts late nominations, so we'll see.

The professor, Stefan Svallfors, who teach… Read full post »

Rachel Jeantel is the young woman who was on the telephone with Trayvon Martin when he was being pursued by George Zimmerman. Last night she was interviewed by Piers Morgan on CNN. She said that she had feared that Zimmerman was a gay rapist, and when she suggested this to Martin… Read full post »

JULY 8, 2013 3:11PM

Present at the Creation

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JULY 6, 2013 12:58AM

Madison Avenue Co-opts Open Salon

Has anyone else noticed something new on Open Salon? You won't have to look too carefully to find that our blogs have been fitted out by an unseen hand with links to advertising sites throughout the Internet.

I discovered this tonight while re-reading an old post of mine. Suddenly I… Read full post »

JULY 4, 2013 11:48AM

The Death of Literature

I am reading, for the second time in a quarter-century, the complete novels of Eric Ambler. Ambler  was an Englishman who wrote spy novels, and was acclaimed by no less a colleague than Graham Greene as "the greatest spy novelist in the world." He began writing shortly before World War… Read full post »

WRITTEN 16 HOURS AFTER ORIGINAL POST: THIS PIECE ISN'T GETTING MANY VIEWS, PERHAPS BECAUSE THE HEADLINE WAS TOO BLAND: 'DOES ALEC BALDWIN ALWAYS GET A FREE PASS?' SO, AS YOU WILL SEE ABOVE, I HAVE JUICED UP THE HEADLINE. --A.L. 

 

Well, it seems that Alec Baldwin, in one of… Read full post »

JUNE 7, 2013 8:44PM

Don't Worry about Big Brother

Yes, it’s true that the Obama administration has been intruding more and more into the private lives of our citizens, with electronic surveillance and the like, but don’t blame them. They are just picking up where George W. Bush left off. They don’t really want to impinge on the civ… Read full post »