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steve-hauk's picture
Nov.03.2008
``In an era when left-handedness was considered the devil's work and lefties were often forced to use their right hand, Leonardo was an unrepentant southpaw. It has been suggested that this "difference" was an element of his genius, since his detachment allowed him to see beyond the ordinary. He...
brian-mckee's picture
Nov.02.2008
Why did Giuliani drop out when he did? That's a question that's been bugging me. Sure he lost Florida, but he wasn't that far behind. And why did he back McCain? The first is at least partially answerable. I think someone ran the numbers and told him that even if he did win the nomination he'd...
jayne-lyn-stahl's picture
Oct.31.2008
On my way to work in the morning, for the past few weeks, I've amused myself by keeping track of McCain and Obama bumper stickers in a nearby parking lot.  Until today, I'd seen only one bumper sticker on a Volvo, and it was for McCain. Thrilled to report now, four days before the election, there...
steve-hauk's picture
Oct.26.2008
Or, The Kindness of a Stranger It was around 1960. Lolly Scholtz was a kid from Salinas, California, steeped in literature and Steinbeck. She remembers Salinas school officials a few years earlier wanting to name a new school after the author, but Steinbeck, in New York, said "No, not a good idea...
will-durst's picture
Oct.20.2008
Take that old saw about not being able to teach an old dog new tricks and toss it in your blue recycling bin on top of your fifth of a quart economic medicinal containers. In his final mano-a-mano confrontation with Barack Obama, the oldest dog of them all, Arizona Senator John McCain proved that...
steve-hauk's picture
Oct.16.2008
Sunday the Monterey County Herald (California) ran a story with major national and election implications by Julia Reynolds. I assume it was sent out. But so far I haven't seen or read anything on it, although it seems a first class piece of journalism and one of those things that should be known,...
steve-hauk's picture
Oct.15.2008
Just about every cable network plasters that all over its talk and pseudo-news shows: ``Breaking News.'' Or, ``Stay tuned for,'' in the news person's words, ``a breaking news story _ we'll have it for you in a few minutes.'' Not bloody likely. Breaking news is news that is breaking or just broke,...
steve-hauk's picture
Oct.08.2008
The presidential election has it covered as usual: two to the right, two to the left. The VP candidates are rightihanders, the presidential candidates are lefties (no need to name names, but one's a Red Roomer). Is history being made? Not really. In `92 we had three prominent lefties running for...
jessica-barksdale-inclan's picture
Oct.08.2008
Back when we were cave people, we likely could sniff out a bad apple (person or fruit) pretty damn easily.  We didn't talk too much, and we'd kept our senses alive.  We smelled and touched and listened and tasted:  we used our sixth sense--that prickle along the spine--to alert us that something...
everest-alexander's picture
Oct.02.2008
After watching the Vice Presidential debate last night I must confess that Sarah Palin certainly got my vote - For Mrs. Alaska that is. Governor Palin gave me the impression she was running for a popularity contest and not debating the very crucial issues that face a nation on the brink of economic...