Monthly Archives: February 2011

2012 spells ZION?

If you’re confused, you’re not alone. The International Olympic Committee received word today from Iran that it might boycott the 2012 London Olympics because it claims the organizers have used the numbers 2-0-1-2 to resemble Zion. As the Associated Press … Continue reading

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Why pick on educators?

Let’s set aside what is taking place in Wisconsin, where, in the opinion of this blogger, the governor is attempting to bust unions. If I’m wrong, fine; if I’m right, let’s not fathom that. Instead let’s turn our attention to … Continue reading

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He keeps holding on

Let’s “admire” Mohammar Qaddafi — the man certainly does (not) know how to listen. Qaddafi continues to insist that he and his family need to maintain their lead over the nation or else some monumental calamity will befall Libya. People … Continue reading

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The Reluctant Fundamentalist

This has been a weekend filled with reading wonderful books. That alone makes it a successful couple days. If you’ve not picked up Mohsin Hamed‘s “The Reluctant Fundamentalist”http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=as0d48-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=B001VEHZZ2&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr, you should. The book — crisply written and under 200 pages — … Continue reading

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Being a foreign correspondent in China…

…is certainly not easy, knowing that the government has little tolerance for freedom of the press. But when a journalist also has to keep an eye out for plainclothes people, then the situation becomes more complicated. The Foreign Correspondents’ Club … Continue reading

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Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close

I experienced something in the past 24 hours that I haven’t in a long time — a book (technically an e-book) that I couldn’t put down. I opened on my Kindle, Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close”http://rcm.amazon.com/e/cm?t=as0d48-20&o=1&p=8&l=bpl&asins=0618711651&fc1=000000&IS2=1&lt1=_blank&m=amazon&lc1=0000FF&bc1=000000&bg1=FFFFFF&f=ifr and … Continue reading

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And if you do care…

…about public broadcasting in the United States, then become one of 170 Million Americans for Public Broadcasting. You’ll be glad you did!!

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