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Monthly Archives: December 2008

Happy New Year

I have a tradition of spending the week between Christmas and New Years away from my office. I still put in at least half a day of work each day, but I do it here at home, which makes it more bearable. Still, it means I have lots of free time on my hand, and […]


On this, the penultimate day of the year, it is only fitting that we look back and savor what we won’t be dealing with next year.

Blago makes a nomination

Indicted Governor Rod Blagojevich has picked someone to replace Barack Obama, and Harry Reid has vowed to make sure he is never seated. It seems that Harry is at his best when he’s riding herd on fellow Democrats. You might recall that the only filibuster he quashed in 2008 was one led by Chris Dodd. […]

Taking the pledge

Put this in the “Nobody Could Have Predicted” File: Teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are just as likely to have premarital sex as those who do not promise abstinence and are significantly less likely to use condoms and other forms of birth control when they do, according to a study released today. […]

Comments and Spam

I get only a few legitimate comments a week, but I’m fairly inundated with spam. Most of it gets caught by a fairly efficient spam catching plug in, but the rest filters through for me to “moderate”, meaning I have to pre-approve it before it actually gets published. In fact, I have to approve every […]

A More than Twice Told Tale

Further proof, if any were needed, that something has to be done about the compensation system in corporate America. From a Times article about the collapse of Washington Mutual, we read that Washington’s aggressive foray into the world of sub-prime mortgages was spearheaded by a go-getter chief executive, Kerry Killinger, who created a corporate culture […]

Silver Linings

Even Depressions do some good: Hundreds of churches across the country have received foreclosure notices in recent months, and even more are behind on mortgage payments. An economic downturn tends to increase church attendance, but the amount each churchgoer donates tends to decrease. And newer members usually donate less than older ones. Churches can trim […]

A little Holiday Excursion

My family has established yet another Holiday tradition-a trip to New York City between Christmas and New Years. In years past we have taken in a Broadway play, but times are tough and belt tightening is in order, so this year we decided to go to the Guggenheim. Herewith a few pictures of the Big […]

Everyone wants a job with Obama

Friday Night Music-The White Stripes

Both of my sons are here for the Holidays, and I asked the younger, a former college radio music director, to recommend a music video for tonight. My thinking was that he could recommend something of which I was unaware, and which might broaden my horizons and those of the folks who read this blog. […]