Category Archives: Raising the Debt Limit

Peak Tea Party

Rick Santelli, that strange and distasteful little man who reports on the bond and currency markets from the floor of the Chicago Board of Trade on CNBC – America’s financial news channel, in spite of Rupert Murdock coming up with one … Continue reading

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Forced Learning

The year was 1918 and the music was odd – but with worldwide sales of phonograph/gramophone records hitting about a hundred million that year, part of that was a revolution in technology. Mark Oppenheimer explains what it was like before that: If you … Continue reading

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Doom Required

Out here in Hollywood, when a major studio is on a losing streak and losing big money, those who green-light projects get antsy. They need to come up with a cash cow, quickly, and anything original is not what they … Continue reading

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Those Heroic Hostage-Taking Thugs

Now comes the grind – after Christmas and New Year’s there’s that stretch of six cold and empty weeks without anything much to celebrate until Valentine’s Day, when every male in America is terrified at getting it wrong. Until then … Continue reading

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What Just Happened

Hardly anyone remembers now, but sports used to be far different. No one really knew what just happened – blink and you missed the big play. Was the runner really safe at home? Fans would scream that the ump was … Continue reading

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The Dead Week

You didn’t get what you wanted for Christmas. No one really ever does. Little girls don’t get that pony, or at least most little girls don’t. Little boys don’t get that semi-automatic assault rifle with a case full of thirty-round … Continue reading

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Political Street Life

Cities have iconic streets that define them. New York has Wall Street – the seat of all money and power in the city that never sleeps and takes no prisoners. Paris has its Avenue des Champs-Élysées – the Elysian Fields, the … Continue reading

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