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HOO DAT?

January 26 2013
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Pollsters do not directly ask responders who Joe Biden is but the best estimate on the basis of various questions is that roughly 50% know he is Vice President. That’s not so bad. Fewer have a clue about John Kerry or Chuck Hagel. Hegel is probably known by about 20-25%. Compared to these chaps, Hillary…

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A SAD BUT NOT SHOCKING TALE

December 16 2011
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Al Gore’s Personal Energy Use Is His Own “Inconvenient Truth” Gore’s home uses more than 20 times the national average Al Gore’s global-warming documentary, An Inconvenient Truth, collected an Oscar for best documentary feature, but the Tennessee Center for Policy Research has found that Gore deserves a gold statue for hypocrisy. Gore’s mansion, located in…

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A SURVEY

December 1 2011
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Readers will notice that directly below the heading, WATCHING POLITICS, on the main page, a new category as been added. After HOME, ABOUT, CONTACT, ELSEWHERE, and just before ARCHIVES, we have posted a page titled SURVEY. Kindhearted readers will click on that and take the survey…Thank you.

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HEROISM ON 9/11/2001

September 17 2011
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An inspiring video of people rescuing people.

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PUSSY-FOOTING AROUND

July 16 2011
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While Barack Obama plays around with such silly projects as trying to increase the debt ceiling, important things are happening. What this country needs, as any good Marxist would tell you, is total self-destruction. Then, from out of the ashes of the phoenix, a better country may rise up. It may have mattered to Mahatma…

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BLOG’S END – ADIOS, MY FRIENDS

November 1 2010
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t is time to say goodbye to my two blogs, gendinsjournal and watchingpolitics. It has been a good run and I have had no regrets. I will not shut them down officially – at least not until I get notice that I must pay fees to keep them running on the internet. In the meanwhile,…

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MINI-BREAK

July 26 2010
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A brief vacation until August ! but breaking news will still be posted each day on the right hand side of the home page. ea.

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SARAH PALEOLITHIC SPEAKS

May 15 2010
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Just glance two columns to the right and under TOP STORIES you will find“Palin pushes abortion foes to form ‘conservative, feminist identity’” [Based on a report from Amy Gardner, Washington Post staff writer, Saturday, May 15, 2010.] Putting down her binoculars this morning that she uses for spying on Moscow from her hunting lodge just…

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THE DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA

January 19 2010
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Americans have never been famous for being the sharpest tools in the shed but things are getting ridiculous. 1. 50% of Americans believe it is right for the government to monitor phone calls and e-mails without court permission in order to fight terrorism. 2. 33% of Americans do not believe in global warming. 3. 36%…

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TYGER, TYGER, BURNING BRIGHT

December 8 2009
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Tyger! Tyger! burning bright, In the forests of the night, What immortal hand or eye Could frame thy fearful symmetry? In what distant deeps or skies Burnt the fire in thine eyes? On what wings dare he aspire? What the hand dare seize the fire? And what shoulder, and what art? Could twist the sinews…

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TOUGH TIMES

November 3 2009
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My production, you have noticed is down. Sorry about that. It’s been a tough month. Two good friends have died and I have to deal with a book deadline. However, remember the words of Douglas MacArthur: “I shall return.” With much less style and grace, there is also Schwarzenegger: “I’ll be back.” Either way, don’t…

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TIDBITS

October 23 2009
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You may be getting fewer letters from now on from those widows of ex-prime ministers and presidents in African nations who offer you $10 million dollars in return for your allowing them to store $200 million in your bank account. 1. BBC News…………..Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency says it has shut down some 800 fraudster e-mailers and…

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THE WOMEN IN YOUR LIFE

October 2 2009
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Forbes magazine has, of course, a definite prejudice toward women who control large corporations but its list is still not without interest. These few names are culled from its list of the BIG 100 most powerful women in the world. I have highlighted those who are celebrities as well as being powerful. The list appeared…

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TIDBITS

September 30 2009
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If you want to win lots of money in Bulgarian lotteries, play 4, 15, 23, 24, 35 and 42. This draw came up twice in a row last week. An investigation found no wrongdoing……In Malaysia there is a call for a ban on an upcoming concert by Beyonce, October 25. The islamists who are angry…

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TO BLOG OR NOT TO BLOG? THAT IS THE QUESTION

September 20 2009
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Like any normal human being I need reinforcement and encouragement. Back in 2006, WP had over 2000 visitors per day. Gradually, we shrunk. Now, we typically have under 300. There is a point of diminishing returns and I am wondering about it. I have threatened to pull up stakes before but this time I really…

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GIVE YOUR MONEY AWAY

September 16 2009
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If you’ve got enough leisure to be reading this blog, chances are you have enough money to share it with others. Charity Navigator rates the best charities. It can bore the hell out of you, too, by reviewing 5400 nonprofits each year. But, with a little practice, you can cut to the chase. CN tells…

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TOP GLITSCH

September 4 2009
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For the last two months, we have noticed that the top stories of the day remain unchanged, leading off with something about Don Rumsfeld and the 2dn glitsch is not allowing you to submit comments on posts. Be patient. We are working on both of these and one of these decades they will be straightened…

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SMALL GLITSCH

August 22 2009
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Many of you will have noticed that our “Watching Politics – Top Posts” listed on the top right hand side of the front page never changes. This is not by your editor’s choice. If any reader knows the insides and outsides of code and wants to help me make changes, please be my guest. Contact…

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THE BOOK YOU HAVE ALWAYS WANTED

August 14 2009
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At last, a collector’s dream book – a signed edition of Hitler’s Mein Kampf is expected to fetch about $33,000 when it goes on auction next week. The book, dated 1925, is inscribed with a dedication to Georg Maurer, whom Adolf Hitler met in Landsberg Prison in Germany while serving a sentence for treason after…

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AND HERE THEY ARE – THE TOP FIVE

August 13 2009
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Why you should care, I don’t know, but here are the major headlines in all the newspapers you have been hoping to avoid the rest of your life. Okay, let the drum rolls begin. 1. NY Times – “Upbeat Fed views recession near an end.” [Hey! What about the story just below this one on…

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THE GOSSIP COLUMN

July 23 2009
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News that is sometimes considerably less than earth-shattering and that has zero political significance still fascinates. Here are some recent examples. 1. Osama bin Laden’s son believed to have been killed in a drone attack (pilotless bombers). 2. The Daily Beast.com reports that morale at the CIA is approaching a 30 year low. The boys…

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MICHAEL JACKSON

July 8 2009
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For periodic updates concerning Michael Jackson, you can do no better than to turn to any of these newspapers: Moscow Times – Der Spiegel (Germany) – Epoch Times (China) Haaretz (Israel) – Globe and Mail (Canada) – AllAfrica.com Expatica (Spain) – Jerusalem Post – Japan Times – China Daily and, yes, AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL. Remember, please…

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RIDICULOUS NEWS

April 15 2009
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1. Gov’t Says Drug Violence Dropping Mexico’s national security spokesman says drug violence dipped by 26 percent across the country in the first quarter of 2009 compared to the same period last year. [I have a bridge in Brooklyn I no longer need. Care to buy it?] 2. Obama loses his eyeglasses. The Chief of…

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NOW FOR SOMETHING REALLY IMPORTANT

April 11 2009
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These stories are reported in Reuters News Service. 1. Karate expert kills two persons over a lice infection. 2. A Polish politician has criticized his local zoo for acquiring a “gay” elephant named Ninio who prefers male companions and will probably not procreate. 3. Motorist survives three accidents in one hour. 4. Skeleton found in…

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