Gordon Osmond

Gordon Osmond
Location
Sao Paulo, Brasil
Birthday
November 09
Company
those with whom I choose to keep
Bio
Retired lawyer, playwright, Author of So You Think You Know English: A Guide to English for Those Who Think They Don't Need One. ISBN: 978-1-61546-414-2 and Wet Firecrackers http://www.publishamerica.net/product3892Slipping on Stardust was released on 1/11/13. Check it out at http://i-m.co/GordonOsmond/SlippingonStardust Osmond's latest novel, Turner's Point, is available on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and others.

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APRIL 10, 2014 10:58AM

CNN's Freudian Slip

Because of low viewer ratings, Piers Morgan, the rather prissy British import, was recently fired from his prime time TV show on CNN. But before he left, he pompously sought to achieve martyrdom by claiming gun control advocacy as his signature contribution to the civilized world much in the same way… Read full post »

APRIL 10, 2014 10:58AM

CNN's Freudian Slip

Because of low viewer ratings, Piers Morgan, the rather prissy British import, was recently fired from his prime time TV show on CNN. But before he left, he pompously sought to achieve martyrdom by claiming gun control advocacy as his signature contribution to the civilized world much in the same way… Read full post »

APRIL 7, 2014 5:29PM

Obama and Pistorius

Oscar and Mike—Competing Scenarios

The issue in the Pistorius murder trial is whether the bathroom in the South African residence of Pistorious was a scene of murder or mistaken self defense against a burglar.

The issue in the Benghazi investigation is whether the bloodbath in the U.S. Consul… Read full post »

MARCH 31, 2014 4:31PM

Grieving Gracefully

Grieving Gracefully

Clearly many family members of victims of the lost Malaysian flight don’t have a clue about how to do it.

I comment on this only because the media is effectively gagged on the issue. Next to blacks, Muslims, and other protected species, FAMILIES are particularly protected… Read full post »

MARCH 7, 2014 10:28AM

Midler and Minnelli

Midler and Minnelli

The surnames are eerily alliterative. And, as luck would have it, both appeared on the 2014 Oscar ceremonies, Midler as performer, Minnelli as audience member.

This is, perhaps, as good an occasion as any to contrast the careers of these legends. (In my unauthorized autobiograph… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 23, 2014 11:58AM

Why Actors Retire or Don't

Why Actors Decide To or Not To Retire

As the OS Front Page seems frozen in some sort of E-Ice Age, I thought I'd add to Nick Leshi's valuable post on the above subject. 

 It’s all speculation, of course. Some retiring actors give reasons; other go mysterious on us. In both… Read full post »

Democracy v. Rule of Law—Process v. Product

Recent political events underscore the difference between the process by which leaders come to power and what they do once they get there. This confusion reached a boil when one Robert C took the astonishingly dimwitted position that as Obama had bee… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 19, 2014 2:16PM

Censorship Silliness a la Robert C

Robert C (I believe he used to be someone else but don't hold me to it) posted an article about Obama's illegitimacy, suggesting that people were claiming that he hadn't been properly elected. If you have a high tolerance for nonsense, you can look it up.

 I posted the following which… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2014 12:58PM

An Author's Pet Peeves about Writing

My shrink (who doesn’t exist, by the way) informs me that a step toward attaining inner peace, the external version having been a lost cause for some time, would be to reduce to writing writing attributes that annoy me. As a lifetime advocate of reduced fat-free writing, the concept of reducing… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 5, 2014 10:08AM

Obama's Deformed Political Progeny

Obama’s Deformed Political Progeny

The morning news can always be counted upon to offer fresh evidence of how the lofty slogans of the left, from Obama to other “progressive” Democrats, can stimulate social conduct which, though obviously ridiculous, can, if not analyzed, morph int… Read full post »

JANUARY 26, 2014 10:28AM

Rouhani--So Right, So Wrong

President Rouhani—So Right, So Wrong

Iran’s President was recently interviewed by CNN’s Fareed Zakarig, and I found it fascinating, a quality that is in short supply when journalists interview hyper-prepped world leaders.

Zakarig is an oasis of intelligence and balance in the CNN… Read full post »

JANUARY 23, 2014 11:52AM

Hill v. Liz--What a Choice!

Clinton, H. and Warren, E.--Scylla and Charybdis

Democrats, and, more generally, collectivists tend to be slow learners, so it’s more than possible that they may once again put romance over reason in coming up with a presidential candidate for 2016. Given this mental framework, who better to f… Read full post »

JANUARY 17, 2014 11:32AM

Income Inequality -- The New Sin

Let’s Attack Income Inequality Right

My mother-in-law, whose economic status was the essence of middle class, once said, quite simply, “I don’t resent those that have more than I, and I don’t expect to be resented by those who have less.” She was, of course, speaking of… Read full post »

JANUARY 13, 2014 2:49PM

Golden Globes -- 2014

A Few Random Reactions to Golden Globe Awards Ceremonies—2014

 I don’t know if eating was involved, but all food was removed prior to the broadcast making for a clean and uncluttered promo for Moet champagne, which is very good. Somehow, however, Cate Blanchet, whose complexion suggRead full post »

JANUARY 13, 2014 9:43AM

An Author's Pet Peeves about Writing

My shrink (who doesn’t exist, by the way) informs me that a step toward attaining inner peace, the external version having been a lost cause for some time, would be to reduce to writing writing attributes that annoy me. As a lifetime advocate of reduced fat-free writing, the concept of reducing… Read full post »

DECEMBER 29, 2013 12:05PM

Blue Jasmine--Treasure or Travesty?

Until recently, I was prepared to chalk up Blue Jasmine as another late-in-career miss by Woody Allen, along with his earlier Match Point. But the year-end buzz about the film being not only worthwhile but also prize-winning material impels me to file a minority report.

It may be that theRead full post »

Obama’s Unbeatable Defense Team—The Needy and the Nerdy

The incandescently brilliant Charles Krauthammer, whose latest book made it to the top of, of all things, The New York Times Best Seller List, has predicted a Republican victory across the board in 2014 and 2016. I think Mr. Krautha… Read full post »

As Obama casts his lot in favor of Iranian terrorists and against its ancient ally, Israel, he marks a new low point in American foreign relations. 

Nothing is so low that it can't go lower. I'm speaking of Obama's dismal and totally deserved popularity ratings.

When are adults going to take… Read full post »

NOVEMBER 12, 2013 8:15AM

Obama's Allergy to Intelligence

Why This Allergy to Intelligence?

The latest developments in Obamacare underscore an increasing trend in the sensitivities of those who seek to mold public opinion on the subject of politics—an allergy to intelligence.

While demagogues and pundits of both political persuasion strut their palt… Read full post »

OCTOBER 2, 2013 11:44AM

Republicans Turn Tables on Obama

Republicans Turn Tables on Obama

By introducing legislation that would fund particular federal operations, e.g., national parks and monuments, all without reference to Obamacare, House Republicans have deftly taken the wind out of the sails of the Obama slogan that the Republicans are using amendment… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 30, 2013 1:34PM

Obama: Respondeat Inferior

Obama:  Respondeat Inferior

That’s lawyer Latin for The Buck Stops Here.

Lots of responsibility allocation is going on now. Democrats are using the most lurid imagery while the Republicans are accusing Obama et al. of being childlike in their insistence on having things their way and no ot… Read full post »

Hillary: Another Minority Mediocrity in 2016?

Americans are notoriously romantic. So why not give a half-black graduate of Harvard a go? Forget about the absence of qualifications and a grievous lack of wholesome philosophical principles. Miracles happen, uniquely in America.

Now comes Hillary Clinto… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 12, 2013 8:44AM

Obama Turns CNN into FOX

Listening to CNN lately, particularly Piers Morgan's show last night, I had the feeling I was listening to FOX. It seems that Obama's obvious incompetence is causing even his staunchest defenders to admit that he's way over his head when it comes to international relations.

Is it conceivable that Put… Read full post »

By "best" I mean the egotism and clumsiness of the Obama Administration.

When Russia made a proposal that a smart U.S. president should have considered long before it adopted its Nothing v. Bomb binary, the Ketchup Consort stated baldly that Syria surrendering its chemical stockpiles would  neve… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 6, 2013 4:47PM

Obama's Waterloo

Will Russia be Obama’s Las Vegas?

O.J. Simpson got away with murder, but only for a while. He’s now cooling his heels in a Las Vegas prison, not for murder but for some lesser charge. Many, however, feel that it’s Karma at work.

Obama hasn’t murdered anyone unless you humanize… Read full post »