Monthly Archives: May 2012

Trolling for Votes

Some people consider A River Runs Through It to be the best movie about fly-fishing ever made – but then it’s about the only movie about fly-fishing ever made. Robert Redford and Brad Pitt couldn’t save it, although it won … Continue reading

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When There’s No Winning Strategy

Here it is, late May, and Team Obama and Team Romney have decided the November election will be a plebiscite on private equity firms, and whether running one of those, like Bain Capital, superbly qualifies you to be president in … Continue reading

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Nausea and Economic Populism

Perhaps Mitt Romney has found his running mate – the charismatic young mayor of Newark, Cory Booker. Yeah, he’s a Democrat, and what they call a progressive – but he’s black, which would shake things up, and he’s from New … Continue reading

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Breaking the Habit

It’s that time of year again – a friend sent those fifty pictures of his son graduating from college – and these days that’s a link to an online gallery of all the shots of the kids in cap-and-gown that … Continue reading

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Straight Out of California

It’s the old cliché – people move to California, and specifically Los Angeles, and maybe more specifically the beach here, to reinvent themselves – to start over, with a fresh slate or whatever, as someone new. And the sunshine and … Continue reading

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Not the Wright Stuff

This was supposed to be the Leona Helmsley election. You remember her – fabulously wealthy, and born on the Fourth of July too – a masterful businesswoman and real estate entrepreneur. Yeah, she had the nickname the Queen of Mean, … Continue reading

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Ridding the Country of the Useless

It seems we’ll be talking about Bain Capital from now to November. The Obama campaign released their two-minute ad – with folks from now-defunct GST Steel on how Bain bought the place, dismantled it for enormous profit, and walked away, leaving their … Continue reading

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