Monthly Archives: October 2010

Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear

I felt better after watching the rally in D.C. with a few hundred other sane folks at Hotel Congress this morning. I missed the first hour because it took some finagling to attach my Goddard sign, with a “Turn Off … Continue reading

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Pedal as fast as you can

Luckily, Dan and I are both word people. It’s as big a deal as having similar political beliefs. We make metaphorical jokes, enjoy silly puns and make up new words daily. It’s like breathing. I’m so obsessive about correct word … Continue reading

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Happy hour musings

Every six weeks or so Penny, Julie and I pick a new place to experience happiness together. We drink wine and try yummy new appetizers. Last night it was 47 Scott with its tasty pork fritters, deep-fried pickles, and most … Continue reading

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Addendum to “Journalism” post

I referred to the famous line from “Network” in my Oct. 17 “Journalism” post. Apparently, Carl Paladino, or Crazy Carl, the nutty N.Y. Republican nominee for governor, has co-opted “I’m mad as hell and I’m not going to take this … Continue reading

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“Life” by Keith Richards

The Rolling Stones have been with me for a long time. For most of my life I regretted — along with not getting a PhD. —  the void, never having seen the legendary rock band live. Then I turned 60. … Continue reading

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Read the book by Steven D. Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. The movie, “Freakonomics,” which I saw on Sunday at Tucson’s cool Loft Cinema, helped me understand all the freakiness better, even if its lengthy examination of corruption and Sumo … Continue reading

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Another pseudo political debate

Phew, I’m sure glad that I didn’t stroll over to the University of Arizona student union last night to watch the Congressional “debate” with Rep. Gabrielle Giffords (D-Ariz.), Jesse Kelly, her loudmouth challenger and Steve the libertarian, who had no … Continue reading

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Journalism, the essential fourth branch of government

At least that’s what I used to teach. I drew a tree with three gnarly branches on the blackboard (remember those?), making a big deal as I added the fourth implied branch: Respected Journalism, gathered by people who were knowledgeable … Continue reading

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What, not Arizona?

Why do I live in a state that’s last in per capita spending on education, second only to Mississippi in poverty, against ethnic studies and supposedly  pro-refugee ( ) but passed the loathsome SB 1070? There are plenty of loony … Continue reading

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The Weight of it

“The Weight of It” by my niece Amy Wilensky chronicles growing up with her sister, Alison ( I was always so impressed with Amy’s take — it didn’t matter to her that Ali was fat. But it mattered to … Continue reading

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