Saturday, February 23, 2008
Friday, February 22, 2008
Why not a McCain-Lieberman ticket?
Looking to Lieberman
By Ben J. Wattenberg
It has become quite apparent that Sen. John McCain will be the Republican candidate for President in 2008.
I came to know McCain in 2000 while touring
The sweepstakes for who McCain’s Vice-Presidential running mate is already booting up. It is an important choice.
The days are long gone since John Nance Garner (D.TX), one of President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Vice Presidents, said that “the Vice Presidency wasn’t worth a bucket of warm piss.”
President Jimmy Carter gave V.P. Walter Mondale a vast swath of policy tasks to supervise. And the current incumbent, Dick Cheney, has been caricatured as “George Bush’s brain.” I am admirer of both men; I think each is educated and wise. Even more than Mondale, Cheney has had unprecedented influence on his boss and the U.S. Government, more so in the early years, somewhat less now.
The office of the Vice Presidency has been mocked since the day of its inception, coincident with the establishment of the Republic. But in addition to its new-found influence, it has something else to recommend it to public servants seeking to become President (most of them, not all.) It is a great stepping-stone to the highest office. Just recently, the cases of Lyndon Johnson, Richard Nixon, Gerald Ford, and George H.W. Bush are instructive.
My choice for McCain’s choice is Sen. Joseph Lieberman (I.CT.) Now, surely, the Republican convention would reject out of hand a Democrat as McCain’s choice. We don’t do “unity governments” in
Having been turned down by the Democrats, driven by their peace activists, Lieberman ran as an Independent. He won a solid victory.
I have known Joe since he was a teenager in
It’s not too late.
He is a moderate. That may annoy some rigid conservatives. It should intrigue those who would actually like to capture the Presidency rather than score purity points. Lieberman has “cross-over appeal.” Recall that he and Albert Gore Jr. won a plurality of the popular vote in 2000. The polls indicated that Lieberman ran particularly well among religious voters, Easterners, Jews, moderates and those concerned about national security.
That is help McCain could use. Moreover, Lieberman is not so off the beaten track of GOP ideology --- although I expect he might deny that.
Recall: Ronald Reagan signed a
Further, Lieberman runs particularly well in
Of course, Lieberman has said that he would not accept a Vice-Presidential nomination in a McCain presidency. He will, however, appear at the GOP convention. He is a man of his word. He is also a patriot. I believe that if believes the country is in danger in a time of war --- he will accept the Vice-Presidential nomination if it is offered. If it is not, I would guess that if McCain wins he would ask him to serve as Secretary of State or Secretary of Defense. I think he would decline. Powerful Senators with seniority usually prefer the independence and influence of elected office. My hero, Sen. Henry M. "Scoop" Jackson was offered both --- and refused the offers.
Meanwhile, it seems as if Sens. Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton will be fighting interminable and probably bitter trench warfare for months, which is not a good sign for the Democrats.
I scorn those who make predictions on Presidential elections. So sue me. I think John McCain will be the next President of the
A word about me to let the reader know from whence I come. I have always been a registered Democrat. In the 1960s, I think the far left wing of the Democratic Party went overboard and most centrists refused to denounce that tendency --- which tarred the party as one that is unduly influenced by that left wing. I have lived through and been involved in much of that process. I am trying to understand what happened and what happened to me.
I am writing a book --- my first in a narrative form.
It is called: “Fighting Words --- A Chronicle About How Liberals Created Neo-conservatism.
Friday, September 28, 2007
France Flips While Congress Shifts
September 28, 2007
WASHINGTON -- Ahmadinejad at Columbia provided the entertainment, but Sarkozy at the U.N. provided the substance. On the largest possible stage -- the U.N. General Assembly -- President Nicolas Sarkozy put Iran on notice. His predecessor, Jacques Chirac, had said that France could live with an Iranian nuclear bomb. Sarkozy said that France cannot. He declared Iran's nuclear ambitions "an unacceptable risk to stability in the region and in the world."
His foreign minister, Bernard Kouchner, had earlier said that the world faces two choices -- successful diplomacy to stop Iran's nuclear program or war. And Sarkozy himself has no great hopes for the Security Council, where China and Russia are blocking any effective action against Iran. He does hope to get the European Union to join the U.S. in imposing serious sanctions.
"Weakness and renunciation do not lead to peace," he warned. "They lead to war." This warning about appeasement was intended particularly for Germany, which for commercial reasons has been resisting U.S. pressure to support effective sanctions.
Sarkozy is no American lapdog. Like every Fifth Republic president, he begins with the notion of French exceptionalism. But whereas traditional Gaullism tended to define French grandeur as establishing a counterweight to American power, Sarkozy is not adverse to seeing French assertiveness exercised in conjunction with the United States. As Kouchner put it, "permanent anti-Americanism" is "a tradition we are working to overcome."
This French about-face creates a crucial shift in the balance of forces within Europe. The East Europeans are naturally pro-American for reasons of history (fresh memories of America's role in defeating their Soviet occupiers) and geography (physical proximity to a newly revived and aggressive Russia). Western Europe is intrinsically wary of American power and culturally anti-American by reflex. France's change from Chirac to Sarkozy, from Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin (who actively lobbied Third World countries to oppose America on Iraq) to Kouchner (who supported the U.S. invasion on humanitarian grounds) represents an enormous shift in Old Europe's relationship to the U.S.
Britain is a natural ally. Germany, given its history, is more follower than leader. France can define European policy, and Sarkozy intends to.
The French flip is only one part of the changing landscape that has given new life to Bush's Iran and Iraq policies in the waning months of his administration. The mood in Congress also has significantly shifted.
Just this week, the House overwhelmingly passed a resolution calling for very strong sanctions on Iran and urging the administration to designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards a terrorist entity. A similar measure passed the Senate Wednesday by 76-22, declaring that it is "a critical national interest of the United States" to prevent Iran from using Shiite militias inside Iraq to subvert the U.S.-backed government in Baghdad.
A few months ago, the question was: Will the Democratic Congress force a withdrawal from Iraq? Today the question in Congress is: What can be done to achieve success in Iraq -- most specifically, by countering Iran, which is intent on seeing us fail?
This change in mood and subject is entirely the result of changes on the ground. It takes time for reality to seep into a Washington debate. But after the Petraeus-Crocker testimony, the reality of the relative success of our new counterinsurgency strategy -- and the renewed possibility of ultimate success in Iraq -- became no longer deniable.
And that reality is reflected even in the rhetoric of Hillary Clinton, the most politically sophisticated of the Democratic presidential candidates. She does vote against war funding in order to alter the president's policy (and to appease the left), but that is as a senator. When asked what she would do as president, she carefully hedges. She says that it would depend on the situation on the ground at the time. For example, whether our alliance with the Sunni tribes will have succeeded in defeating al-Qaeda in Iraq. But when asked by ABC News if she would bring U.S. troops home by January 2013, she refused to "get into hypotheticals and make pledges."
Bush's presidency -- and foreign policy -- were pronounced dead on the morning after the 2006 election. Not so. France is going to join us in a last-ditch effort to find a nonmilitary solution to the Iranian issue. And on Iraq, the relative success of the surge has won President Bush the leeway to continue the Petraeus counterinsurgency strategy to the end of his term. Congress, and realistic Democrats, are finally beginning to think seriously about making that strategy succeed and planning for what comes after.
Sunday, September 23, 2007
To All The Girls We've Loved Before ......... Or Just Shoot Me
Time flies by too fast ! ! !
IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE TO ALL THE GIRLS? WE'VE LOVED BEFORE 2007
Ursula Andress is now 70
Julie Andrews is now 71
Ann-Margret is now 65
Carroll Baker is now 75
Brigette Bardot is now 72
Leslie Caron is now 75
Julie Christie is now 65
Joan Collins is now 73
Doris Day is now 82
Barbara Eden is now 72
Annette Funicello is now 64
Kathryn Grayson is now 84
Lena Horne is now 89
Deborah Kerr is now 95
Gina Lollobrigida is now 79
Sophia Loren is now 72
Rita Moreno is now 75
Julie Newmar is now 73
Kim Novak is now 73
Debra Padget is now 73
Patti Page is now 79
Jane Powell is now 77
Debbie Reynolds is now 74
Jane Russell is now 85
Jean Simmons is now 77
Elke Sommer is now 66
Kay Starr is now 84
Stella Stevens is now 69
Gale Storm is now 84
Jill St. John is now 66
Shirley Temple is now 78
Mamie Van Doren is now 75
Rachel Welch is now 67
Esther Williams is now 83
UNBELIEVEABLE, HOW IN THE WORLD DID WE ALL GET THIS OLD???
Tuesday, September 11, 2007
That's why we have Vice Presidents, succession laws, checks & balances. (My answer to below)
September 09, 2007
Is McCain Too Old To Be President?By Steve Chapman
Some of our young Presidents have been jerks; some of our older Presidents have done very well.
Yes, Steve, it is true that (most likely) all of us die.
I surely would not want to disqualify American war heroes from the Presidency.
I personally favor a McCain-Lieberman ticket.
Third parties have done better than most pundits realize.
Abraham Lincoln was one such.
See previous post.
Saturday, September 08, 2007
Watch for a 2008 Third Party Candidate
They are not. In fact, one third (or fourth) party candidate actually won the Presidency. Who?
An acquisitive, upwardly-mobile corporate attorney from Illinois. His name? Abraham Lincoln.
He did well.
In 1992 a Texas billionaire named H. Ross Perot ran as an independent candidate. In the Spring of that year public opinion polls showed him leading incumbent President George Herbert Walker Bush and Governor William J. ("Bill") Clinton by about five points. Perot then went la-la; he claimed that conspirators planned to disrupt his daughter's wedding.
He quit the race.
Then he entered it again. Notwithstanding his nuttiness he still ended up with 19% of the popular vote (!!!)
I think an independent party candidacacy in 2008 --- could win.
Mayor Mike could put half a billion bucks on the table --- not chump change.
Perot's efforts made ballot access easy.
My own personal independent party ticket would pair John McCain and Joe Lieberman.
Americans are fed up with both political parties --- with good reason.
BTW:Newsweek ran a cover story on Mayor Mike and Governor Ah-nold S (please spell name) (R. CA.).
A super- billionaire, Warren Buffet, noted that the U.S. Constitution only says that a "natural born" citizen must be President --- but makes no mention of the Vice President.
The first order of business of a B-S ticket would be to propose a Constitutional amendment to change that. How could the Congress or the States defy the will of the people?
Sen. Joseph Lieberman --- already an independent
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger --- just about an independent
Mayor Mike Bloomberg --- Does he have a party affiliation?
All Hail Moliere
The promo material for the French movie Moliere compares it to Shakespeare in Love.
It is better by far.
It has sub-titles which I normally abhor --- but this time it hardly matters.
Moliere, the great French playwright (and actor), learns the hard way that tragedy is not necessarily greater than comedy. In fact, sometimes comedy can express tragic sentiments better than tragedy. (Molière's real name was Jean-Baptiste Poquelin ..)
He learns too, that the broad brush of vaudeville and slapstick can express real truth.
The movie --- quite remarkably --- describes the master of bedroom farce --- by staging a bedroom farce.
All hail Molierre.
Monday, August 27, 2007
I HAVE MOSTLY FINISHED MY BOOK --- AND NOW I WILL BLOG AGAIN.
I WELCOME YOUR COMMENTS, INDEPENDENT POSTS AND RESPONSES.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Bob at the Beach
I spent a long weekend on the
I had a crab-cracking beer-swilling dinner with Robert Novak whose new book The Prince of Darkness is selling very well.
It is a fascinating book with unique political insights. I recommend it highly.
Bob is all grumpy and growly on camera ---but with heart of drawn butter--- of the sort we had on our steamed clams.
Monday, August 20, 2007
HOW TO WRITE GOOD by Frank L. Visco
My several years in the word game have learnt me several rules:
1... Avoid alliteration. Always.
2... Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.
3... Avoid cliches like the plague. (They're old hat.)
4... Employ the vernacular.
5... Eschew ampersands & abbreviations, etc.
6... Parenthetical remarks (however relevant) are unnecessary.
7... It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.
8... Contractions aren't necessary
9... Foreign words and phrases are not apropos.
10.. One should never generalize.
11.. Eliminate quotations. As Ralph Waldo Emerson once said:
"I hate quotations. Tell me what you know."
12.. Comparisons are as bad as cliches.
13.. Don't be redundant; don't use more words than necessary;
it's highly superfluous.
14.. Profanity sucks.
15.. Be more or less specific.
16.. Understatement is always best.
17.. Exaggeration is a billion times worse than understatement.
18.. One-word sentences? Eliminate.
19.. Analogies in writing are like feathers on a snake.
20.. The passive voice is to be avoided.
21.. Go around the barn at high noon to avoid colloquialisms.
22.. Even if a mixed metaphor sings, it should be derailed.
23.. Who needs rhetorical questions?
Monday, August 13, 2007
At age 20 I was a reporter for the Las Vegas Review-Journal earning $29 each week. I paid my weekly motel rent ($5) and bought two $5 meal tickets at a greasy spoon diner.
That left $14 each week to gamble --- at a time when Benny Binion's accepted 10 cent bets. I loved it.
Gambling is very much a part of the human experience. What can I say: I still love it and the excitement it yields.
I am spending a couple of days at the Jersey Shore. The food is good; the people are nice; the ocean is glorious --- but for me the allure is not the azure ocean but the green felt of the --- crap tables. I am gambling more than dimes. I have learned that gambling is fun when it hurts to lose but not to lose so much that it hurts too much.
I played for a few weeks in that famous (barely legal) poker game with several Supreme Court Justices. I stopped. They were playing quarter-and-a-half.
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Global Warming is a Hoax*
* or so claim well-funded naysayers who still reject the oveR-whelming evidence of climate change. Inside the denial machine. By Sharon Begley
Ugh --- how very cutesey-poo climatologists believe that the threat s so very grave.
Sunday, April 22, 2007
I know a rather ...
He knows the truth of the matter: "Never sell America short."
America must pay its bills: defense, Medicare, Medicaid, --- and seeing to it that every kid gets as much education as he/she can.
Then let what Adam Smith called "the animal spirits" proceed apace.
Just look at what the markets are doing now!
Think Tank will be doing a 6-hour series on the theme entitled "The Real Economy" sub-title "Liberty Pays Off."
If the rather wealthy man approves it I will reveal his name.
The snows on Mt. Kilmanjaro have been melting for 200 years.
There was a big-time flood recorded in The Bible and evey other important document.
We will survive --- and flourish --- unless we screw it up.
Take a look and let me know what you think.
Sunday, April 08, 2007
Thursday, April 05, 2007
I am not an inventor but...
1) A foldable tennis racket.
2) inflatable suitcases --- to get a cab quickly --- not advised.
3) Doo-hickeys to put on your thumbs to make it easier to work a Palm "he's all thumbs" was not meant to describe accuracy."
4) Now, will someone figure out a way to work a laptop while eating a meal at a restaurant? It's always so crowded !!!
This does NOT mean...
(NEW YORK) — Republican Presidential candidate Rudy Giuliani on Thursday defended his record favoring the use of public money for abortions, saying he wouldn't try to undo a Supreme Court ruling allowing the procedures.
"Ultimately I believe it's an individual right and a woman should make that choice," the former New York mayor said during a statehouse news conference where he picked up three endorsements.
She was about as much an "accidental First Lady" as was her husband Gerald Rudolph Ford an "accidental President."
He turned out --- no surprise --- to do a tough with grit and intelligence.
She was a former model, is a mother of four, and a woman of rare grace, wisdom and charm.
Monday, March 26, 2007
Put up your penny against my penny: I say the Dow ends up at least .01 pont up on Friday.
Gamblers: Tell me why I chose that number?
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
Saturday, March 17, 2007
"It's very clear that we will lose in Iraq," or...
"It's very clear that (Barack) (Hilary) (McCain) will --- or will not === be nominated.
Even I can't predict the future === how do they?
PS: Check out the new issue of Vanity Fair.
Friday, March 16, 2007
As we begin the weekend ===
I love blogging over the weekend when I have time.
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
What is it that I "Scooter" Libby
How do they really know he "lied?"
And about what?
That the wife of a loud-mouth braggard very-partisan Democrat --- stationed in WashDC --- was endangered?
Give me a break.
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Pres WJC + Newt + Howard K
Thursday, March 08, 2007
What I cannot figure out is how to sit alone at a dinner table for four with a lap-top --- 2 cell phones --- and eat my meal at the same time.
How do you define "scarf" ?
AG --- right on !!!
Way to go AG. We don't know much short term --- all we really know --- almost surely --- in to follow the cliche' :
Never sell America short.
Illustrate: Weird polar projection, stratospheric , rear-view, Mercator map of the US of A.
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Monday, March 05, 2007
Some of my associates over 50...
What do you think?
Barron's got it right
By ANDREW BARY, Barron's
anyone for another buck the Dow goes up again ?
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Abba Eban --- Israeli foreign minister
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Anyone who thinks
Anyway, Rudy or John ought team up with Sen.Joe to run as a third party --- a surprisingly successful modality to win. See ALincoln
Check out Giuliani up 25 points over McCain: poll Politics News Reuters.c
I am reading "Nutrition for Dummies"
The "For Dummies" books --- like "USAToday"
were scorned for being too simple and simplistic.
I may be a dummie --- but I think they are great.
Humming a happy tune means you are happy.
Perhaps you can improve your mood by purposefully humming a tune.
Right now I am humming that grand old tune "Oh sweet and lovely, oh lady be good to me"
I am in
This machine really works !!!
Illustrate: with pictures of Eunice and Donald --- if they send me their pictures.
What on earth will we do with that?
Illustrate: Pic of WCole or UK or IBM logo.
Friday, March 02, 2007
It can be seen world-wide.
I think I am rather good --- and the staff is excellent.
If you like the program send a message to pbs.org or your local station --- a single message can go a very long way to secure carriage --- which generates buzz --- which generates a greater viewership for this unique program ---
Which generates $$$ which makes the whole thing go 'round.
If you know someone with $$$ --- or if you have bucks, even a small amount,
write to this blog and I will give you personal EMail address
Illustrate with logo from Hedy L movie Ecstasy...
I am seated at the Holiday Inn
Robert "Bob" Kennedy is giving me a tutorial in computerese.
He is a remarkable young man --- not really so young --- 45 but he looks 29. Although that is not his job, he is a great Ambassador for the Holiday Inn.
He has three children.
The dining room in the Holiday Inn looks like this:
Pic of Holiday Inn to come and one of Bob.
I would like to offer him some freelance work to help me.
I hope the Holiday Inn allows such moon-lighting. They certainly should.
Bob is younger than me --- but he knows so much more about the modern world.
But I guess I know some things that he doesn't know...
My understanding... is that all those billows conceal blankets and pillows... handy items for ... the reproductive act.
A (:) is followed by a capital letter.
Wanna bet 2 cents for Friday?
Thursday, March 01, 2007
A h --- college days...
Tiger, Tiger burning bright, in the forest of the night
What immortal hand or eye
Could brush away the blue-tail fly.
Twinkle, twinkle little star.
Way up in the sky so far.
Just like a f-------ing eagle
Blue-tail fly on eagle's beak --- doing
When USA Today
I've always thought it covered demographic news --- in a "McNuggets" format --- better than any paper in the world.
It is the paper in the USA with the largest circulation.
Perhaps the joke is on those old-time scribes.
Illustrate with photo of Al Neuharth --- journalistic pioneer --- whoe always wore a black suit, a white shirts, a black tie --- except perhaps when he slept or went swimming.
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
This sounds crazy...but
After a war had decimated the Japanese population, the kimono was "invented."
Complete with its own bedroll, the idea was that any man could have any woman --- except I guess a member of the Royal Family --- at any time, at any place.
That is not the remedy for the current Birth Dearth, but something has got to happen if the species is to continue.
Illustrate ??? Hmnnn...
I have known former Chairman Greenspan
I have known former Chairman Greenspan for many years and am a great admirer of his.
But he has been wrong before and I would like to bet 0ne (1) Cent that hos wrong this time.
Illustrate: Greenspan, preferaby playing a clarinet.
the markets would go up,
Tuesday, February 27, 2007
The DJIA is down...
I am buying --- modestly --- because I believe that the secular trends of our Real Economy are up --- way up --- not down.
The Real Economy is the way a very savvy, very wise, quite wealthy man of my aquaintance, describes why smart people say "Never Sell America Short."
Graph: Long term trend of US markets going back to 1790 showing that --- mif you count in re-invested dividends the markets made money in any ten year period --- including the Depression.
Monday, February 26, 2007
I love John McCain ...
But he know better than this ... it is not very often that an American running for President gets hurt at the polls for supporting our troops and promoting the views an values of America.
Sunday, February 25, 2007
From Melanie --- the wonder trainer
Illustrtate: as you please. Watch the Oscars...
Saturday, February 24, 2007
Lieberman Warns Democrats: I May Join GOP
Friday, Feb. 23, 2007
Sen. Joseph Lieberman of Connecticut fired a shot across the bow of the Senate's Democratic majority, warning them he may bolt the party and join the GOP if Congress votes to withhold funding for the war in Iraq.+++
The Senate has a one-vote Democratic majority. Because the Senate majority --- which can deliver power, influence and campaign funds to Senators --- the vote of a single Senator is potentially very powerful.
Sen. Lieberman is excercising "political leverage."
Archimedes, that smart old Greek, said, roughly, give me a lever, and a place to stand --- and I can move the world.
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Mailbox unknown or not accepting mail.
I really was counting on hearing from good old --- firstname.lastname@example.org Mailbox unknown or not accepting mail. 550
How sad to end a most remarkable number of days on such a sour note.
I sure hope someone fixes the Internet.
Pic of Internet goes here
Monday, February 19, 2007
An almost perfect end to a weird day
As I lay down just before I went to sleep, I had a cell-phone conversation with a very good and dear friend named Herb Weintraub.
We talked of old times, old friends, experiences we shared and future plans, with the cell cradled ergononomicaly on my cheek.
If he sends me a picture I shall post it on this blog.
If not I shall post one of HW, BW and EMiller playing tennis against the wall of the schoolyard.
Herb always said his was the best neighborhood in the best borough in the best city --- anywhere in the whole wide world.
I am beginning to think that he was right
It has been a surreal day,,,
It started out with a snowstorm and ended with me being "stretched" by my incredible personal trainer Melanie Webb , a Mormon lass from Provo UT.
She is a fine upstanding Mormon lass --- but occasionally she shoots craps in --- Las Vegas.
What day ! The rains and snows """" /// ... will soon be gone.
The showers of April will yeild the flowers that bloom in May.
Pic: Anything you want but be sure to include a picture of Melanie Webb, when she is at ease enough to provide same.
Google: Please send this back to me before 12:01 AM Feburary 20th 2007.
Can a person...
So far so good.
The markets are...
I wonder if GWashington, who married into great wealth, and ALincoln who was an extremely ambitious corporate attorney, would have have approved of closing the markets on their day ??
BTW: The world is flat.
T or F ?
Just trying to drum up blog responses.
Duh ... shall invest
(pic of white-collar criminal behind bars)
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Some folks are at work.
Some folks are not.
This AM I was trapped in elevator.
I learned --- only now --- that a cell phone works in an elevator.
I wonder if that is so.
In tekkieland some folks know what they are talking about, some do not.
Just as in real life.
Illustration of chaos --- (eating hard-boiled egg with salt&pepper on it.)
My TW ( the web) is amazing;send in your favorites...
MLK was a great man but there were others who did plenty --- including Bayard Rustin
Pic here of Rustin
Toads inheriting the earth ---
I think I know what it means
I think I know
what it means ---
I shall explore if this does not bounce back
I mean --- very weird indeed
I shall explore
Holey Moley ! ) 000
Sunday, February 18, 2007
The big game starts tonight
basketball game in Las Vegas (one of very favorite towns)
starts tonight in just nine (9) minutes.
I can hardly wait.
I bet Gilbert Arebas scores a ton --- because of the slight administered to him in the international tourney.
He is sykked.
(Pic of the great Gilbert goes here.)
Go Gilbert, go arrow sign,(x3)
So here it is
Pic of WashDC in Winter.
I am at the house of a lovely extended family.
They are preparing to tuck themselves for the night
(Pic of nightgown)
Sleep tight lovely extended family.
Tek helpers --- pls add pix
The big melt starts on Monday.
A woman from El Salvador
Saturday, February 17, 2007
Mr, Lee = a great American
Can show pic of Towers --- or better yet a pic of Mr Lee when I can get to him. He doesn't always answer very quickly when he is working a job. He has no secretary --- he is a one-man-band.
He is religious Christian. He takes Sundays off starting at 12:01---
Somerset Towers is made up of three huge towers I I I in the heart of one of the great urban centers in the world --- Bethesda. Not kidding --- I will explain in a future post.
Mr Lee emigrated from South Korea. He grew up in family engaged in construction.He is a independent contractor --- and works 6 days each week for probably 14 hours a day + 2 hours commuting. but takes Sunday off ---starting ring at 12:01 AM He is a religious Christian.
He paints the walls, fixes plumbing, works closely with decorators and contractors. He is a Jack of All Trades (Do not illustrate with a playing card Jack.)
He has two sons --- one who will be a dentist, one is just entering the world of high finance.
Mr. Lee paid for their entire education.
It is people like Mr. Lee, his wife and sons --- that make America great --- and will make it greater still.
All hail the Lees.
Sound card: America or My Country Tis, or JPSousa--- all better than the Star Spangled Banner.
I just saw ...
It has violence **%%++ --- incredible photography --- ' click --- and deals with very favorite topic --- demography.
The theme concerns the possible extinction of the human race. Only one pregnant woman remains to propagate the species. She gives birth amidst terrible violence.
The movie ends with the baby crying 000 as the woman barely smiles .)
As the old slogan used to go --- Movies Are Better Than Ever
Image here from the movie Children of A
To the other Blogpal who said that using the current cold snap as an argument against Global Warming, --- be it noted that the post was 0:/)
Barnes&Noble + Bethesda MD
When I came to Washington in1966, Bethesda was cow town, no one had laptops, and there were less than 900 bookstores all across America.
Insert map of Bethesda --- or the logo of the nice folks at B&N
My love/hate relationship w/ hi-tek is...
It is mostly love. It is simply unbelievable to a man who grew up in the era of the peny post-card, the three cent stamp and when a 6-cent airmail via a < /****/> big four -engine plane was a big deal.
What bugs me most is the assumption by those in-the know that those not-in-the-know are really in-the-know.
Call aol via the AGB (AGBell) and (after a 30-minute wait) someone in Bangalore or Oklahoma will say "now find the Modzilla-Netscape-Word icons on your deaktop and right-click your wireless mouse." I respond "I don't now how to do that."
The response with an Indian or Okie accent is usually: "Oh of course you do, you just did it."
"Thanks, Okies or Indians I appreciate that; it is very helpful --- you (word that Dick Cheney used to describe NYTimes scribe Adam Clymer to Gov. GWBush in the year 2000.
PS: does anyone know whether there is a "lighted" keyboard that glows in the dark???
Friday, February 16, 2007
I really like both those guys...
U.S. President George W. Bush (L) gestures while being introduced by American Enterprise Institute President Chris DeMuth (R) before his speech about his Administration's 'Global War on Terror' in Washington, February 15, 2007.
There is a picture here of Presidents George W. Bush and Chhristopher Demuth
It is warming up in Washington...
No more BRR... More moisture ''' ...
Less of that itchy dry skin...
Who is reading it? What do you think of it?
Pls post your respond and respond to my posts or post idependently --- unless your posts are wacky ??/!! they will be published.
He should as a Third Party candidate for President, with JMcain or RGiuliani. They can work whose is at the top of the ticket they can do well.
Pic of Sen. Joe goes here
Go Joe, go.
Incredible movie --- excellent Think Tank
The star Sirak Sabahat was our guest at yesterday's taping of Think Tank. The program will be aired next week in the US on PBS and in many places all around the world.
My advice: Go see the movie; watch the program.
Monday is Presidents Day...
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Just by chance...
Pic goes here of Bendersons or Washington"s famous deli --- "Morty's",
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
The months to come
Pic: blustery Feb, RM, AS,
Att: BK + RSW
Max Boot is...
Max Boot is... a fine fellow.
He will be taping a Think Tank program on the day after St.Valentine's Day
Pic of boot ot valentine
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
Instead of settlining the Land m'Metullah ad HaNegev (roughly, from the rugged North to the beautiful Eilat) they most all clustered near Tel Aviv, making them too vulnerable to some wackos in the Middle Eas.
(map of Israel goes here.)
I wouldn't know
How did that happen?
Monday, February 12, 2007
My kind of diet
Moral of story --- old as the hills --- Eat Drink and be Merry.
And remember as the RDigest made a bundle on: Laughter is the Best medicine.
++ )) & $ + $ @ dinner table.
GW --- both ways
Monday, February 12, 2007
PRINTER FRIENDLY VERSION
When it is too hot it is global warming.
When it is too cold or the weather is behaving screwy it is global warming.
Gee, I wsh I had a theory as elegant as that.
Picture of a dish of "snow blindness" --- Cream cheese and cottage cheese
Can Barack Become President?
Me --- almost 20 years ago.
What's wrong with publicity if the cause is good ?
Saturday, February 10, 2007
One of the greatest is about golf ---0 (big, long, strong Calloway driver. )
The Great Game is one of the greatest
I have seen it on both ___ (a cable) and on DVD which needs no abbreviation or symbol --- it already is one.
"4 4 4" (says the extra-cautious golfer -0 approaching the putting green with his putter. )
Saturday Night Special (bang-bang) --- extra prizes for the best emoticons, smileys --- whatever, from ---
Russian President sez...
Russian President (VPutin) is 100% right. >
The U.S. has destabilzed the world --- the whole world --- by leading the slow-but-steady inexorable march to human liberty.
Hats off to the U.S.
סיפור אמיתי על דג מושבניק ממושב ליד החולה, עבר שם יום אחד וראה כדור במים, קופץ מעלה ומטה. הוא התקרב והבחין לתדהמתו שהיה זה דג שפמנון שניסה כנראה לבלוע כדור-סל והלה נתקע בפיו... השפמנון ניסה נואשות לצלול חזרה למים, אך הכדור הצף מנע ממנו,
בסופו של דבר אותו האיש הוציא את הכדור מפיו של הדג והציל את חייו.
אתם וודאי לא היתם מאמינים לי, אילולאי ראיתם את התמונות הבאות:
My goodness... Hebrew on Web!!!
Reminds me of a story: Guy comes into a bar and is told there is a talking talk dog. They have a conversation.
Guy is asked what he thinks.
Says "big deal" --- "He doesn't know much abou Schoepenhauer."
-0= ' ++ (barking dog with toothpick, barking loudly.)
PS. I am trying to convince the producers of Think Tank to do a show about
emoticons and those funny abbreviations. They really are a new language.
Pic: Cyrillic characters in dark brown with a background of light yellow.
If you... think you know what's going on --- you don't understand the situation.
True for hawks, doves, chickens --- even wise owls.
Not to so long ago he worked as a Producer on Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg.
He did an excellent job.
Now he owns and runs TechCentralStation --- a quite remarkable pro-capitalist web site started by James Glassman now Editor of AEI's excellent flagship publication.
I thought TCS would have a staff of at least six people.
Nick runs it on alone on one (1) laptop computer at New River Media which has produced Think Tank with Ben Wattenberg since 1994 (Andrew Walworth, proprietor.)
Pic of 1-man-band
Friday, February 09, 2007
Can you top this???
(: : >' )) > ?? 主 TT =
Generally happy man, with yarmulke, toothpick, bifocals, a goatee, asking questions on TV program called Think Tank --- with big ears and spindly legs.
Top this and the prize increases.
That's my entry :
Generally happy man, with yarmulke, toothpick, bifocals, and a goatee, asking questions on TV program called Think Tank
I will not take first place for myself, But some one better be beat this to make me feel good,
Note to other blogs --- circulate this and if one of you tribe wins, you will win, too.
E. J. Dionne
He is more liberal than I --- but he has a first class mind and is gracious to all.
Insert pic of EJD commenting on his mentor Seymour Martin Lipset.
How brilliant I am...
I shrug as if to say, "well, why shouldn't I be?"
With a straight face:
Fact is : I am supported by three young men whose cumulative age is less than my L-XX-III (73) years.
They are Jared Kawalsky, Dan Kaplan and Brandon Kramer.
JK recently came up with a novel way to describe my competive lust for emoticons: "Emoti-contest."
This should make them all smile :)
They will surely become famous.
Their pix are TK --- (Journo term for "To Come.")