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Full throttle. A disc jockey who got his start doing sock hops, he had gained notice in racing circles with scintillating descriptions of the action at Santa Fe Speedway in Willow Springs. He read Christ's script once, and Cronen knew he had his man. "It was the excitement, the way he delivered that line. No one else was able to do that," Cronen said. "That's because he really loved racing."
Joel Kleefisch thinks we are very stupid. 'I do a gamut of legislation with the help and assistance of many, many constituents, "Kleefisch said, "and whether they give a contribution or not has not made a difference."
Speculation arose that the lane closures might be retribution for Sokolich, a Democrat, not publicly endorsing Republican Governor Chris Christie in his re-elected bid. (Quote: Kevin Roberts, a spokesman for the Christie campaign, said that any notion that Mr. Sokolich faced retribution for not endorsing the governor was "crazy.")
What's missing from this list is any reaction from Governor Christie himself.
Don't you think, based on the traffic nightmare that resulted, that any engaged leader in his right mind would have interceded, ordering an immediate end to the "study" and offering an apology to everyone who was inconvenienced?
According to Dana Milbank (New Jersey narcissist, Washington Post, 1/10/2014), Chris Christie talked a lot about himself during his nearly 2-hour press conference on Thursday, January 9.
Christie's Apology, Done His Way. (The New York Times, 1/9/2014) Working his way into the dictionary.But Mr. Christie is not every other politician. He said “sorry” the Christie way: excessively, vaingloriously, in large, vivid and personal terms.
Bill Cosh is a Department of Natural Resources spokesman.
The Fraud of "Sound Science". (AlterNet, 5/12/2004)
Speaking in code. The Bush administration has invoked "sound science" on issues ranging from climate change to arsenic in drinking water, virtually always in defense of a looser government regulatory standard than might otherwise have been adopted. In this sense, "sound science" seems to mean requiring a high burden of proof before taking government action to protect public health and the environment.
Sounds to me a lot like a certain strategy in Wisconsin's mining debate.
George Washington Bridge lane closures. The episode is tricky for Mr. Christie and his aides. His cantankerous manner and independent streak are essential to his White House ambitions; advisers view them as an asset in early primary states like New Hampshire that have a history of embracing blunt-talking politicians.
In the print edition, the story continues on page A17 under the headline, "Carefully Cultivated, Governor's No-Nonsense, Bipartisan Image is Imperiled.
Also in the picture.... Pace's -- James Alexander Morrison -- was a popular Italian restaurant on Warren's west end. The 1968 Dragon editorial staff could have easily put the same words next to my senior picture. These three friends -- Mardi, Barb, and Joan; the West End Girls -- with whom I remain in contact with 46 years later, lived within easy walking distance of the restaurant, though I doubt if we ever walked there back in high school.
Doris was the 29th most popular baby name for girls in 1939, 22 positions lower than its 1926-28 peak at #7. The name spent 10 years in the top 10 (1924-1933) and 22 years in the top 25 (1917-1938. During the mid-1960s, Doris quickly started to fall out of favor and, despite a few efforts to revive herself in the 1980s, fell off the list of top 1000 names after 1992.
Things are looking up.The $759.2 million surplusis reached by referring to the state's Annual Fiscal Report (AFR). That report uses cash accounting to summarize revenues and spending in the state general fund for the fiscal year ending the previous June 30, Berry explained.
Things are looking down. The $1.73 billion deficit is arrived at by using the Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, which uses something called generally accepted accounting principles (GAAP). [Emphasis added]
As the editorial notes, Republicans will focus on the good news, the green highlight, as does Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington) in his online newsletter.
Granted, the deficit has been reduced from $3.0 billion in 2011 to $1.73 billion in 2013, but even with their fervent worship at the altar of GAAP, Republicans are not likely to use the number highlighted in red in any of their public conversations.
And that is what concerns the Leader Telegram editorial board. Just telling half of the story.
One of the 4 -- just 4? -- companies charged with deceptive marketing of weight-loss products.
And I quote. "You may have read about Sensa in the New York Times and TIME magazine, or seen it on Dateline NBC."
Oh yeah, Dayna, we've read about it. Just today, in fact.
Suckers. Still being born every minute. From the back pages of the July 1951 issue of Woman's Home Companion*. A DIRECT approach.
*Which features a cover story on "mixed marriages" -- the kind where a Catholic marries a Lutheran, for example. (Hey, I have one of those.) Not generally recommended, sez the author. My, how times have changed.
Sounding rather hollow right now. "Hi, I'm Liz Cheney. Over the last several years, citizens across our great state have urged me to consider running for the Senate in 2014. As I've traveled to every corner of Wyoming, seeing old friends and meeting new, I've been honored to have the chance to speak to so many of you about your concerns, your fears, and your hopes for the future. I've listened carefully and discussed the possibility of running for office at length with Phil and the kids. Today I am launching my candidacy for the United States Senate."
So she announced on July 16, 2013.
176 days later, Liz mercifully aborts the mission.
Website headline: For Cheney, Realities of a Race Outweighed Family Edge.
How far and how often does Liz Cheney go wrong?
Jonathan Martin counts the ways.
She hadn't lived in Wyoming for many years.
The incumbent, Michael Enzi, is a well-liked and effective legislator.
Her hawkish views on foreign policy are now out of step with today's reality.
Her pandering to the base on gay marriage resulted in a public disagreement with her sister.
She thought her name would count for something.
Her election strategy was based on pie in the sky. (RG rants. Which seems to betray the observation that she is "no political novice". So what if she was a "top-ranking official in the Bush State Department." Her dad was the Vice President, some might say the de facto President, for crying out loud. Sounds like a blatant case of nepotism to me. A "cold-eyed" realist would have never made such a series of blunders. Guess it's back to Fox News, where she belongs.)
Health issues? In an October poll, Michael Enzi led Liz Cheney by 52 percentage points -- 69% to 17%
Scene 1. The 1900 original (groundbreaking took placed in the spring of 1899) and the 1960s "wrap-around" addition. The photo looks as though it was taken in the middle of State Street on a very quiet day in downtown Oshkosh. (You can read about the history of the Oshkosh Public Library here.)
Scene 2. A sideways view of Sawyer, with the First National Bank building looming in the background. (You can read a commemorative history of the Oshkosh Public Library lions here.)
Scene 3. OK, who's the weisenheimer who put a stick in Sawyer's mouth? Could it have been? Well, you don't see it in the above photo, do you? And it's obvious from the base (snow and shadows) that the photos were taken during the same "shoot".
Scene 4. An interior view from the mezzanine. Look at the range of card-catalog drawers, organized by author, title, and subject. (Are those white, blue, and yellow labels, or just the effect of light and shadow?)
Note: I just digitized these slides with one of my 2013 Christmas presents. Yes, the instructions are terrible -- surprise! surprise! -- but I'm generally pleased with the quality of the results.
Still not sure if it adds up. The number of different editions available–Amazon sells 6 ebook versions of Mein Kampf alone–coupled with the increased popularity of ebooks has also boosted sales.
Actually, I stopped after finding 7 versions.
No, the school hasn't moved. And it's now called Beaty-Warren Middle School. I don't know if Beaty still has the same alma mater, but the one that we sang way back when started out.... On the banks of the Conewango, Just above the dam. Well, the dam was removed in 2009, and it certainly has changed the look of the creek. Before the dam was removed. (Photo taken from the Pennsylvania Avenue bridge in October 2008.)
Not from the exact same angle, but you definitely see more "bottom" 5 years later. (September 2013)
The Water Street perspective: "On the banks of the Conewango, just above the dam." (October 2008)
"On the banks of the Conewango," just above where the dam used to be. (Photo taken in September 2013)
In the first case, I certainly hope not. Probably so, in the second case. Why am I going in this direction? Spotify offered the following musical suggestion this morning.
Yes, I was a teenager, having turned 13 in October 1962. "The End of the World" reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the week ending March 23, 1963. It spent 6 weeks in the top 10 and charted for 17 weeks overall.
The school that I attended sat, "stately and so grand", on the eastern bank of the Conewango Creek in Warren, Pennsylvania, "just above the dam".
Photo credit: Retiring Guy (October 2008)
The thing we carried. (At least some of us, and for awhile.)
That's the most expensive and time-consuming option. The options range from taking no new action — a suggestion Stabenow and Camp rejected out of hand — to those creating a physical separation at the edge of Lake Michigan, which the Corps estimates would take 25 years to complete and cost as much as $18 billion in its most drastic form. It also would cause the greatest cost impact on commercial cargo.
The Asian carp species, it appears, is on a much different timetable. In fact, there are some reports that it has already found its way into the Great Lakes.
U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service. Region 3 -- Great Lakes/Big Rivers. Asian Carp -Aquatic Invasive Species Issues, Program Accomplishments, and Program Needs.