Monthly Archives: December 2011

Surging Santorum

The final Des Moines Register poll in advance of Tuesday’s Iowa Caucuses offers optimistic news for former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum. Mitt Romney tops the latest Des Moines Register Iowa Poll in the closing days before the Iowa caucuses, but … Continue reading

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The people, events and other things that brought a smile to my face in 2011

I’m not listing everything because I’m not smart enough to remember every one of them. But I know I can definitely list: 1. Feeling the non-stop love and friendship from my wife and our boys2. Seeing my niece’s smile and … Continue reading

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You know what they say about blinking and kids, right?

If you are a parent, you certainly do. So it should come as no surprise what I was thinking when my 8-year-old walked out of his room for Saturday night Mass looking like this… When asked why he was wearing … Continue reading

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Who is next to go?

History and conventional wisdom tell us that at least one presidential candidate will drop out of the race after he/she performs poorly in Iowa and/or New Hampshire. So, let’s play along. Which current GOP candidate will end his/her presidential ambitions … Continue reading

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Has Vaclav Havel’s mantle been passed to…

…Liu Xiaobo? The passing of Vaclav Havel earlier this month reminded us one more time that in word, action and commitment, he never stopped believing that the Czech and Slovak people (along with their fellow Soviet-bloc neighbors) could be liberated … Continue reading

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This is (not) it

Looking for a 7-inch tablet that can reasonably compete with the larger iPad? (I am, too.) TIME suggests the latest 7-inch device, Toshiba’s Thrive, comes close, but…

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Predictions for 2012

These are in no particular order, and you are definitely encouraged to chime in:1. The Southeastern Conference will win its sixth straight college football championship, but it will not win seven in a row.2. The Republican presidential nominee will be … Continue reading

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