GOOD NEWS

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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COLLEGE? WASTE OF TIME AND MONEY

September 16 2009
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According to this weekend’s edition of the Washington Post, good deals are available for those who know how to shop for financial aid. It seems you don’t have to be a genius or poor to get solid low cost loans. I’ve got a much better idea. DON’T GO! There is not a damn college on…

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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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WOLFIE!

July 25 2009
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Expatica (Spain) The International Mozarteum Foundation in Salzburg has discovered another two piano scores written by the 18th century famous composer. “The Department of Research at the International Mozarteum Foundation Salzburg has identified two works, which have long been in the possession of the Foundation, as compositions of the young Wolfgang Amade Mozart,” the foundation…

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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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AN UNPLEASANT START TO A FRIDAY MORNING

April 10 2009
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We are supposedly addicted to sensational stories of killing, so we read avidly the headlines that appear even in the most sober newspapers. I began the day with these grim reports and conclude this post with another possibility. 1. Two shot dead in German courthouse. 2. Three officers killed in Pittsburgh shooting. 3. Four shot…

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YOU MEAN IT’S NOT?

April 2 2009
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Who would have guessed it is not illegal for government officials to offer bribes to foreign officials? Do you really need a new law to make that illegal in the U.K.? And perhaps they will soon make it illegal to kick babies in their heads or to poison them. Chances are that no specific statute…

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THE WAR ON DRUGS

February 25 2009
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Few things are more stupid than the never-ending “war on drugs”. However, there are some voices of reason. Drugs and Democracy: Toward a Paradigm Shift The Latin American Commission on Drugs and Democracy, a distinguished group of Latin Americans including three highly regarded ex-presidents: Fernando Henrique Cardoso (Brazil), César Gaviria (Colombia) and Ernesto Zedillo (Mexico),…

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DAMNED ATHEISTS!

January 14 2009
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Just because there is no God, atheists think they are entitled to say there is no God. What kind of reasoning is that? Where will it end? Will the nonbelievers in Santa Claus start speaking up? Expatica (Spain)……………-The ads on buses that service two routes in Barcelona, Spain’s second-largest city, read: “There’s probably no God.…

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GROSS NATIONAL HAPPINESS

December 17 2008
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The whole world measures gross national product (GNP) but what is the significance of that? Very little, except as it bears on gross national happiness and only one country tracks that – little Bhutan. It all began in 1972 soon after the death of King Jigme Dorji Wangchuk who opened up Bhutan to the age…

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NO HARM DONE

December 4 2008
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Pakistan Army reports an air strike killed 30 militants. Bodies of 24 Somalis washed up on Yemen coast. Prosecutor shot dead in Mexico border city. Earthquake of magnitude 6.1 strikes northern Japan. Many may be injured, probably some dead. No need to find out – at least not from Japanese newspapers. 21 people killed in…

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INHUMAN EVENTS STORIES

November 30 2008
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The world is a great place to take up residence. Our particular beat is Planet Earth, and we like the assignment because just about everything that happens warms the cockles of our hearts. Here are a few of the best of the past week. Enjoy! 1. Death toll in terrorist attacks in Mumbai, India, reaches…

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THE FINANCIAL CRUNCH

November 9 2008
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November 9, 2008 You need help, and we are here to give it to you. We presume many of you are in search of decent housing. We presume, too, you have given at least $100 to charities this year and still have a little left over. With that in mind, here are some nice homes…

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GETTING TO KNOW YOU

October 2 2008
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October 2, 2008 Publius is in charge but I am only semi-gone. I have another blog that is beginning to go strong. It is not political but I ask you take a good look. Its orientation is fun. Look at several of the posts and, if you like what you see, then submit your name…

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GOOD NEWS DEPARTMENT/JESSE HELMS DEAD

July 4 2008
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Independence Day, 2008 CURMUDGEONLY SPEAKING – Jesse Helms died yesterday. Small celebrations are in order. The pity is that he did not die early in 2000, before my son died. Jesse spent some of his time trying to make my son, a laborer in behalf of civil rights, miserable and Stephen lacked the clout to…

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HAPPY EASTER

March 8 2008
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March 8, 2008 Submitted by guest columnist, J.S. Porter. Do you realize how early Easter is this year? As you may know, Easter is always the 1st Sunday after the 1st full moon after the Spring Equinox (which is March 20). This dating of Easter is based on the lunar calendar that Hebrew people used…

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HAVE YOURSELF A MERRY LITTLE CHRISTMAS

December 24 2007
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AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR, TOO.

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JERRY FALWELL TAKES EXPRESS TRAIN TO HELL

May 16 2007
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What irony! What delicious irony, but how could Jerry have known that God punishes those whose hearts are full of hate? Jerry, you may recall, said that the attack on 9/11/2001 was God’s punishment for our mollycoddlying homosexuals. Jerry thought he was currying favor with SkyKing but only succeeded in angering him. Jerry didn’t know…

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DIE NOW, PAY LATER

March 7 2007
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You don’t get off the hook just because your surgeon kills you. After a suitable interval for mourning, the survivors will get the bill, and there will be no grievance discount. Aprotinin is a drug widely used to reduce the risk of dying during bypass surgery. What it does is give you a 48% better…

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TRUE HEROISM

January 5 2007
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As is so often the case, the best among us don’t even know they are the best. NY Times……………………It was every subway rider’s nightmare, times two. Who has ridden along New York’s 656 miles of subway lines and not wondered: “What if I fell to the tracks as a train came in? What would I…

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THE MARCH OF WOMEN

November 6 2006
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Houston Chronicle………….Woman runs for Navajo Nation presidency. A win would make Lynda Lovejoy the first female leader on the largest Indian reservation in the United States, which extends into New Mexico, Arizona and Utah. Please click here. Turkish Press.com…………..Katharine Jefferts Schori became the first female presiding bishop and primate of the Episcopal Church, the US…

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MAKE LOVE, NOT MONEY

October 25 2006
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If you are saving for your old age, give it up. You have to be rich to get rich. You have to be secure to get secure. Let’s say you are 65 years old and have a nice bundle of $100,000. What do you do with it? Pension planners (who get rich by giving you…

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HUMOR – IN A VARICOSE VEIN

October 20 2006
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We know that politics is mainly fun and games but sometimes you have to get a little serious or you will go crazy. A married couple is driving along a highway doing a steady 60 miles per hour. The wife is behind the wheel. Her husband suddenly looks across at her and speaks in a…

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A RIGHT TO EXPERIMENTAL DRUGS

August 4 2006
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I hail this ruling as a great step in advancing our freedoms. New England Journal ………….. A surprising court decision this past May has advanced an effort to allow terminally ill people to purchase experimental drugs after initial safety testing but before they have been shown to work. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court…

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