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Sep.13.2010
Many years ago, I was watching Jerry Falwell, Pat Robertson, or some other evil, moneygrubbing bastard call for some sort of punitive action. I don't remember the target of his ire this particular time, but it was a group of which he did not approve, and there was probably some money in it for him...
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Aug.23.2010
I have in the past, written quite a bit about the BP disaster because a lot of it could be seen coming from a long ways off, given BP's safety performance in the past. Their lack of professionalism offended me. Their actions in trying to stop the leak were a mixed bag, but all, in all, I think it's...
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Aug.10.2010
Sometime in her High School years, my daughter realized she was going to be too tall to be a ballerina (she's 5'9") but enjoyed sharing her love of dance with the younger kids. Subsequently, she focused like a laser on becoming a school teacher. About the only class she took that wasn't...
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Aug.03.2010
Will Rogers once said about the third Tuesday in November that the promising season was over and the excuse making season had begun. BP, of course went into the low-balling season in a tentavive way almost from the beginning, claiming that only about a thousand barrels a day (that's forty-two...
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Jul.24.2010
By now, we have all heard the sad, shameful story of Shirley Sherrod, and I think all of us, Liberal and Conservative, Black and White, need to take a good look at how this whole National Disgrace came down, and spend a little time thinking about it's long term implications. The perpetrator of this...
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Jul.15.2010
I've always told my stepdaughter Holly, who was born with a disability, that she shouldn't automatically assume that she can't do something until she's tried it. While her upper body is plenty strong, she has only limited use of her legs. Still, she  should make stuff beat her before she put...
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Jul.09.2010
More and more, it's beginning to look like nothing is going to change as the result of the Deepwater Horizon Disaster. We shouldn't really be surprised, I suppose. In "An Inconvienient Truth", Gore mentions how a person will be certain to not understand something if their paycheck depends...
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Jun.16.2010
When I first went to work on an oil platform an obscene number of years ago, my first boss was a man named Bill Prince. He was an ordinary looking man, of average height, who just didn't look like himself without his ever present glasses. He was also a peppery man who did not suffer fools or...
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Jun.09.2010
A few days ago, I found an article in the Chronicle about the aging brain that suggested that the brain keeps on making new connections well into one's sixties. Short term memory suffered, to be sure, but some parts of the brain seemed to be more active than ever, and some of those new connections...
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Jun.07.2010
BP seems to be making some progress in recovering oil now, and we may get a chance to see if the Feds, or anybody at BP has given a thought to what happens next. Someone with some expertise (formely with Shell?) thought they should be bringing in Supertankers to hold whatever oil they're able to...
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Jun.03.2010
As fate would have it, my two favorite mystery writers, Robert Parker  and Elmore Leonard, both have a TV series featuring one their characters. Many people may have seen  Robert Parker's entry, one of the made-for-TV movies starring Tom Selleck, who plays Jesse Stone, a guy who got fired from his...
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May.31.2010
I was packing up my stuff and getting ready to leave my job offshore when the Challenger blew up. Like everyone else, I stared at the TV in disbelief, hoping the people inside were already dead, because there didn't seem to be anything but a fiery death in store for anyone inside that shuttle. As...
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May.28.2010
As this long playing tragedy plays itself out in the Gulf, I suppose I am as frustrated by the information-free response of BP as anyone else. It may be that I was looking at things from a different perspective when my corporation ran a fully laden tanker onto the rocks, but they way things seem to...
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May.26.2010
Some of you who live in California may recall seeing a glow at night on the western horizon in the Bakersfield area if you were driving at night on Highway 5. (For you East Coasters, that's the fastest way to get from S.F. to L.A.) This was ten or fifteen years ago. It was a gas well that got away...
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May.20.2010
Sometimes, timing is everything. When this subject was first brought up, the song that immediately came to mind was "Won't get fooled again" by the Who. Those of you who are considerably younger than me may be surprised to know that politicians were just as reviled then as they are now. I...
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