Archive for the ‘News Network’ Category

The Dust Settles

In my somewhat long hiatus from blogging (I even took two weeks off from FDL…), I have been anything but idle.  Three weeks ago yesterday, I set upon this condo, ripping out the shag carpets, knocking out the wall and closet between the kitchen and living room, getting rid of the dozen-odd louvered doors, removing [...]

The Stage Is Set For The Duration

Recent items in the news: The commandant of the marine corps said a few days ago U.S. forces will likely be at the “war on terror,” or whatever it’s called now, for a bit longer, maybe another decade.  Or more. The marine leader’s remarks echo those by an obscure defense official overseeing undercover doo doo.  [...]

Four-Door Beige Ones

  The main reason I have been so distracted from blogging, aside from the imminent move to CHNN’s new World headquarters, is that I was busy painting the 1905 bungalow equivalent of a stripped 1972 Chevrolet Impala.  I often attempt to recreate in my mind how a house came into being, and this time, I [...]

“NO MORE BUSHES,” said Barbara Bush

Brings to mind a lyric by B.B. King: “Nobody loves me but my mother; and she could be jivin’ too.” ~ ~ ~ More blues from W, the imaginary blues man: “If you see my mama Tell her good-bye for me If you see my mama Tell her good-bye for me I’m tired of livin’ [...]

Boston Boys

Hag and I were communing off to the side about posting something on Boston.  He’s moving, and working on an FDL piece I presume.  I’m a tad busy, but also in shock about the atrocity in my hometown, which is, truly, our great historical mecca.  Yet, dumbstruck or not, scribblers must scribble. History is real [...]

NO DEATH PENALTY IN MAINE MADAM CASE; HYPOCRISY ALIVE AND WELL

Prostitution in the old Massachusetts Bay Colony (1628-92), which then ran north into southern Maine and included the seaside town of Kennebunk (“So Close, Yet Worlds Away”), was a hanging offense. Times have changed however.  And so on Friday a state judge in Portland accepted a plea deal from alleged Zumba dance madam Alexis Wright [...]

Those Who Would Nazi

Back in 2004, a blog commenter at Daily Kos made a video that compared Bush to Hitler, and there was a immediate run on smelling salts that lasted for weeks.  At the time I was working for a couple who were regular Fox News watchers, and they were naturally horrified.  “Really?” I responded.  “Aggressive wars, [...]

Rest in Peace, Hugo

Like most politicians, Hugo Chavez certainly had his flaws. Cowardice, however, was not among them. When he delivered that speech, it was acknowledging something that throughout the world, only the American public didn’t grasp, so it made waves for the right reasons. I hope the anti-Imperialist movement he helped start continues after his death; let [...]

TOP ITALIAN COMEDIANS TO FORM COALITION GOVERNMENT (DARIO FO IS NOT ONE OF THEM)

“Gentlemen, we have run out of money.  It’s time to start thinking.” – Ernest Rutherford, British explorer – quoted sometime after 1910   Political analysts unaffiliated with The Onion suggested Monday that Silvio Berlusconi and upstart challenger Beppe Grillo may have enough votes between them to form a new, coalition government in Italy.  If this [...]

Sadder But Wiser

One nice thing about having a blog this long is that this is the second time I’ve “covered,” as it were, a Presidential inauguration for CHNN, and thus could look back at what I might have written about the first one for guidance.  Turns out that although I was, back then, then putting out posts [...]