Archive for August2012

Was It Good For You?

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Naomi Gets Her Groove Back ‘I realised one day, as I gazed out on the treetops outside the bedroom of our little cottage, that the usual post-coital rush of a sense of vitality infusing the world, of delight with myself and with all around me, and of creative energy rushing through everything alive, was no […]

Road Trip: Marlene, Albert and Me

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This past week I visited friends in the Pacific Beach area of San Diego, a place with virtually perfect weather and stunning outdoor scenery. After a few days there, perhaps to remind myself of what I was missing in DC, I made a trip east over the mountains to hike in Anza-Borrego Desert State Park.  […]

Politics: Some S.E.A.L.S. Bark at Bam

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  In their undoing of Osama Bin Laden (OBL), Navy S.E.A.L.S. have secured their place in the Pantheon of American heroes. Though we knew them as nearly super-human before, now their chiseled stature has acquired added luster as the avengers of America’s 9/11 attacker. Their arrival as serious cult heroes in our fame obsessed society […]

County Fair: Some Monkey (and Gator) Business

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It’s That Time of Year This is when we celebrate the American farmer with the ubiquitous county fair: pure bred swine, rabbits, sheep and dairy steer and don’t forget the mule team obstacle course.  So much to choose from. In my youth the big attraction, livestock aside, was the “Man Fights Chimp” show where a […]

Your House Fire Comes to $41,655. Cash or Credit?

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Oh, your taxes?  That was just in case you needed us. Montgomery County, Maryland, is one of the richest and most educated counties in the United States.  Their 2013 approved fire/rescue budget is $196.6 million, an increase of $16.6 million over FY 2012.  Just what does $197 million dollars get you?  Apparently not a ride […]

Firefighter Politics: Gambling Man

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Democratic Congressman John Tierney of Massachusetts, a “firefighter’s friend” who has helped to bring millions in federal aid to MA fire departments may soon need a little mutual aid himself. The Boston Globe and the New York Times are reporting on a possible brewing ethics investigation about Tierney’s knowledge or involvement in an illegal off-shore gambling […]

Firefighting, Flying and the Future

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To FLY The Public Domain Review is showcasing a set of cards from the end of the 19th century which depict what life will be like in the year 2000.  The 100-year-old renderings attempt to capture the lives we are living today. Not surprisingly, they portray a mechanized world.  Everything from war fighting to dry […]

One Per Month

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Make a list of all the durable, non-expendable items which you purchase at the rate of one per month or more.

Words: 7 Minutes of Bullshit

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NASA’s “7 Minutes of Terror” Joins the Hype Nearly 2 million people have viewed NASA’s YouTube video trumpeting the Mars Curiosity Rover’s descent and landing on the Red Planet. NASA, said by some to be impotent in the field of social media, has hit the sensationalist gold mine while simultaneously managing to degrade a word […]

English (ONLY) Spoken Here

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WASHINGTON — Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said Thursday that diversity has never been America’s strong suit, so lawmakers should pass his bill to make English the official U.S. language in the name of unifying the nation. So much for the long view.  Congressman King has apparently forgotten that before the white man stole their lands through […]

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