"There are men, in all ages, who mean to exercise power usefully; but who mean to exercise it. They mean to govern well; but they mean to govern. They promise to be kind masters; but they mean to be masters." Daniel Webster
Sunday, August 31, 2008
And in the second season opener, she gets picked as her party's nominee for vice president and the family has to prepare for possibly moving away from their idyllic Alaskan home to Washington.
Who writes this stuff?
How long before a drunken Russian diplomat grabs her rear at some state dinner and hubby causes an international incident by punching him out?
Saturday, August 30, 2008
Thursday, August 28, 2008
The book is getting a lot of good publicity.
I don't think I'd agree with everything in it. But it sounds provocative:
Here's Bacevich in an interview with The Nation:
"I call myself an Obama-con, Bacevich says, "a conservative who will vote for Obama – because of the Iraq war. He has vowed that he will end the war and withdraw US combat forces. If he does that, it will render a verdict on the Iraq war: that it was a mistake and a failure. That verdict might open up the possibility for a debate about the fundamentals of US foreign policy. If McCain gets elected, the chances of us having that debate are close to zero."
We shouldn't blame George Bush for the underlying assumptions of the global war on terror, Bacevich argues. "Really it was Bill Clinton who more than anybody else made armed intervention a routine aspect of American political life. Yes, George Hebert Walker Bush started the ball rolling with the overthrow of Noriega in Panama followed by Desert Storm followed by the intervention in Somalia. But Clinton picked up the baton in Somalia; Clinton went into Haiti; Clinton went into Bosnia, Clinton went into Kosovo, Clinton pummeled Afghanistan, Iraq and Sudan with bombs and missiles. So there's blame to be shared by both parties."
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
The numbers are good. But one, in particular, is very good:
The share of households earning a middle-class income of between $35,000 and $100,000 in real 2007 dollars has indeed shrunk slightly compared to a decade ago, but so too has the share earning less than $35,000 a year, while the share earning more than $100,000 continues to rise. The middle class is not shrinking; it is moving up.
Monday, August 25, 2008
From my perspective, the only real downside is that I work most Monday nights and can't make it. That was, among other reasons, why Hooters trivia was great. It took place on Thursday, and I rarely have to work Thursday nights.
Seriously, how do you lose money running a Hooters?
Saturday, August 23, 2008
You may not know his name, but you are almost certainly familiar with his work. He played on countless classic country and pop songs, working with everyone from Elvis Presley to Johnny Cash to the Everly Brothers to Simon and Garfunkel. He even played bass on one of Ringo Starr's albums. According to the linked obit, he played on 18,000 records. That surely puts him up there with another legendary session drummer, Los Angeles's Hal Blaine, for the largest number of recordings by any musician.
Harman was also the house drummer for the Grand Ole Opry.
Friday, August 22, 2008
Jackie insisted his brother was a guard there, but the bad guys would insist he was an inmate and called him "Nuthouse." He acted the part - wandering around the arena, sitting in people's laps, hitting the referee. But the crowd loved his act, and he and Jackie always prevailed.
When Jim Crockett promotions took over the wrestling on TBS, I was surprised to find that Roughhouse was actually a referee in that Carolina-based promotion called Sonny Fargo.
Roughhouse passed away recently.
But I'm happy to see that brother Jackie is still alive. I'm also happy to learn that Jackie (real name Henry Faggart) refused to expose the business, even in his brother's obituary.
Thursday, August 21, 2008
Monday, August 18, 2008
Sunday, August 17, 2008
Saturday, August 16, 2008
Thursday, August 14, 2008
Sunday, August 10, 2008
But his involvement in writing, producing and playing on dozens of the greatest R&B songs of the 1960s shouldn't be forgotten. Nor should his own, non-Shaft, solo work from the 1960s and 1970s.
Here is a little to remmeber him by.
Saturday, August 9, 2008
But if illegal immigrants are leaving, why? Is it the economic downturn and lack of jobs? Is it increased enforcement. Nativists say it's the former and point to a Center for Immigration Studies report.
But Kerry Howley and the Immigration Policy Center are skeptical.