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Scrooge Lives

Mention the name Scrooge and most people will immediately picture the character from the famed Charles Dickens’ novel. For some, the character is the image created in their mind as they read the timeless classic. For others, the image of Scrooge is based on one of the many screen adaptations. My personal favorite (if that’s the correct term) is Alastair Sim. Others may recall George C.

From Ohio to Wisconsin Labor Leads The Way

The Recall Scott Walker efforts are into their second week and initial signs point to a great turnout for signature gathering and sustained enthusiasm needed to get this drive across the finish line by early January.

America's Cultural Wars Heats up

America’s Cultural War heats up as Christmas nears

48th Anniversary of the Kennedy Assasination

Today is the 48th anniversary of the Kennedy assassination. I began this painting at the age of 11 as a 5th grader in Dallas. Texas. The yellowed notebook page in the bottom corner contains notes and sketches scribbled by my hand as the principal of our school announced the president's death over the intercom on Nov. 23rd, 1963.

Professor Hartmann, please update your podcasts.

I can't go a day without hearing 3 hours of your show.

They Shoot Journalists, Don't They?

This report appears in today's Ahram Online, the internet version of the venerable Al Ahram, Egypt's English language newspaper for over a century.

"Around 200 journalists marched from the Journalists’ Syndicate to the Supreme Court in Downtown Cairo today in protests at attacks on 15 journalists covering the ongoing anti-SCAF protests.

Pepper Spray

I was a cop for 18 years. In 1975 we carried mace and were subjected to it in a small closed area during the police academy so we knew what the experience was like. It was miserable and even frightening. In the 90's, I believe, we were switched to carrying pepper spray. By way of demonstration our largest police officer, about 6'6", volunteered to be sprayed in the chest area (which is standard training, by the way, and we're directed to NEVER intentionally spray in the face) from about 6 to 8 feet away. Our volunteer hit the grou

What Are We; Gobumouche?

"All of us will be in danger for the rest of our lives". So said Newt Gingrich at the beginning of tonight's Republican Debate.

One of the solutions to that state from the candidates is to privatise the Transportation Security Administration. Don't they remember that before 9-11-2001, airport security was private. The security guards that manned the checkpoints often worked for wages just above the minimum. Before the attack, there were concerns broadcast about how committed the guards were.

The Politics of Glowball Warming

You know what you get when you mix science and politics? You get politics, period.

Hockey Stick Charlatan Michael Mann gets the worst of it from this batch of emails (higlighted in bold, but a lot more are coming).

HELP WANTED: TOWN CRYER

HELP WANTED: TOWN CRYER

SEX: (DON'T CARE TO KNOW.)

PHYSICAL REQUIREMENTS:

Must have a loud voice ... (or other means of communication)

A voice that can be heard by many others.

Crooks and Liars Reports that Law Firm that Mocked Homelessness is Shutting Down

Crooks and Liars, Nov. 22:

#OWS: Foreclosure Mill That Mocked Homelessness Shuts Down, by Diane Sweet

The Steven J. Baum law firm, the New York foreclosure mill whose employees threw that appaling homeless-themed Halloween party, is shutting down just a month after pictures of the party were published by the New York Times.

"The firm has been under fire from federal agencies and the public, including members of the local 'Occupy' movement, for its alleged business practices," reports BusinessFirst.

Ride the WE are ONE WAVE (down)

Made to Love

November 22

Made to Love

Tomorrow is Zunliang (Eunice) and my tenth anniversary. Sadly, Eunice is in Taiwan, has been there since we went to Taiwan together in early August, and will be there until around Christmastime. She asked me to write something for our anniversary, but I was going to do that anyway. I could write a silly love poem, but not this time. Rather, I will let my mind meander a bit about love and Eunice.

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Secretary John Kerry Makes History At The UN

While much of the mainstream media was focused on 2016 election cycle, Secretary of State John Kerry was making history with his granddaughter at the United Nations. Last week, Secretary Kerry joined a gathering of the majority of the world's nations and signed on to the historic Paris Climate Accord.