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You are The Boss… which team would you hire?

Someone posted this on Newsweek after an article reporting on Sen. Chuck Hagel’s comments that Palin isn’t qualified.

With America facing historic debt, multiple war fronts, stumbling health care, a weakened dollar, all-time high prison population, skyrocketing Federal spending, mortgage crises, bank foreclosures, etc. etc., this is an unusually critical election year.  The idea of “leadership” must be broadened from mere “experience” to include knowledge, learnedness and insight.

Let’s look at the educational background of your two options:

Occidental College – Two years.
Columbia University – B.A. political science with a specialization in international relations.
Harvard – Juris Doctor (J.D.) Magna Cum Laude

University of Delaware – B.A. in history and B.A. in political science.
Syracuse University College of Law – Juris Doctor (J.D.)


United States Naval Academy – Class rank 894 of 899

Hawaii Pacific University – 1 semester
North Idaho College – 2 semesters – general study
University of Idaho – 2 semesters – journalism
Matanuska-Susitna College – 1 semester
University of Idaho – 3 semesters – B.A. in journalism

Now, which team are you going to hire ?

McCain is bad but Palin is pitiful. She has the resume for the night manager at a fast food restaurant. This shows very clearly that the republicans do not have any ethical and moral standards. They’ll promote anyone for office if they think it might give them a chance to maintain power.

September 18, 2008   No Comments

The Public Library – Better than Sliced Bread

As I’ve noted elsewhere, I love books. I have lots of books. Last year I nursed a fantasy that I would be able to give away most of my books but I wasn’t able to follow through on that goal. I have been able to use the library to avoid buying as many new books as I used to buy. This year I’ve bought a few comic/graphic novel books and a cook book or two. That’s pretty good. I feel like I’ve built a dam and it’s holding.

I’ve also been intent on dumping cable. For the ten years I was in California, I didn’t have cable. I signed up here and I was able to see everything I hadn’t seen in about 7-9 months. After that, it was the constant irritation of turning on the TV and seeing infomercials on more channels than original programming. Most of the original programming was Law and Order of various flavors. Why pay for a slime ball company like Comcast or any of the others to pipe an endless stream of screaming infomercials into your home? I cut cable to absolute minimum. I’ve bought an antenna to cut them off completely but I haven’t had time to risk my life installing it.

The other thing I did was join Netflix. Netflix is wonderful. I can watch anything at any time and it’s all stuff that I want to watch. Why doesn’t everyone dump cable and sign with Netflix? It’s pure joy.

Finally, I also pick up media from the library and that’s sort of the point to this rant. Our library has a great collection of DVDs and VHS but they charged for them. The fee was $2 which made them more expensive than Netflix. I picked up a VHS tape at the library today and they’ve stopped charging for the older VHS movies. That’s so fantastic. I know several struggling families that can’t afford even basic 15 channel cable that rely upon the library for most of their entertainment. It’s great to live in a city with a library like ours.

If you haven’t visited your library recently, try visiting on-line. You may find a whole world of free just down the street.

September 13, 2008   No Comments

Kafka’s Papers

Heres a head’s up about an article in today’s New York Times on the state of Kafka’s papers. This is a famous literary tale. Kafka instructed that his papers be burned after his death and, naturally, that wasn’t done. Max Brod took them with him to Israel in 1939. The papers have been in private hands since Kafka’s death. Unfinished books have emerged from the treasure over the years but the papers have been closely guarded, first by Max, and later by his secretary/lover, Esther Hoffe. Ester lived 101 years and her heirs may be ready share the papers with the world. Read the story in the New York Times.

August 18, 2008   No Comments

The Flower Duet with Sutherland and Tourangeau

But, without and ad for British Airways. I’m not a true opera fan but this is one of the most beautiful pieces of music ever created. Also, while you watch, think about this: What would the child of Joan Sutherland and Jay Leno look like?

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Joan Sutherland is a Saint.

June 7, 2008   No Comments

More Sarah Brightman Video

I’m still listening t0 Sarah Brightman with an occasional counter-balance from Tracy Chapman. I found a couple of videos of Sarah Brightman on the Martha Stewart show from the early part of this year when she was promoting Symphony. I think they’re hilarious because Sarah is being her very professional gracious public self and Martha is being her dominatrix self. Have a look:

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May 23, 2008   No Comments

In a Sarah Brightman Mood

I’ve noticed people seem to love or hate Sarah Brightman. I really love her work. I think she’s best with a light classical show tune. When she sings out in her mid range, it’s quite spectacular. Some of her albums seem a little over-produced and I do wish that I could sing along when I listen to her in the car but my voice will never reach that high. That’s the intro.

Since I’ve been in this mood lately while listening to her new album, Symphony, I found a video where you can see her without the elaborate theatrical make-up that is something of a trademark for her. It’s very unusual to see someone like Sarah Brightman without her make-up. Have a look:

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She seems to be a very very smart and extremely hard working person. Even if you are not a fan of her music, you have to concede that. I don’t know how she has the energy to maintain her grueling tour schedule. It’s amazing. I have noticed that she’s starting to receive writing credits for some of the music. That’s good because that’s the kind of money that keeps on coming year after year.

Of course you can never know a celebrity by watching their work but you can’t help imagining what they’re like. I imagine Sarah Brightman to be a smart woman who knows her market and, in private, a very fun loving and caring friend. I’ll never know if I’m right and that’s what’s great about entertainers. You can imagine them to be whatever you want. I think I can be sure of one thing: Coffee is Sarah Brightman’s best friend.

The new album, Symphony, is superb. Do Sarah a favor and actually go to a store and buy it. It’s like a gift to charity. I think she probably helps to support an army of people.

May 22, 2008   No Comments

Mitzi Sasse Where Are You Now?

It’s time for a break. I had a DTT revelation this morning and I need to re-think the cleavage of a fusion protein. My break includes music from the Ultra-Lounge series. Specifically, I’ve been listening to Mondo Exotica. This music is fun. It makes me think about bachelor pads and advertisements for Hi-Fi.

What does this have to do with the mysterious Mitsi Sasse? Mitzi was someone I met during my freshman year in college. I never knew her very well but she was interesting in a slacker sort of way and she was book smart. She seemed to be searching for a magic pathway. She stopped coming to our zoology lab and I agreed to cram with her the night before the final lab practical to get her through the course. My study music was a horrible easy listening station that played more than a few Ultra-Lounge sorts of tunes. Mitzi tried to revolt and put another station on the radio but I said no. She gave me a look that was beyond anger but she needed me to pass her exam so it was “kare continuous music” for the evening. I’m not sure those were the call letters of the station but, phonetically, it is correct. On the way to the exam, I put my dissected shark on a cafeteria tray on a conveyor belt headed to the kitchen. Mitzi passed the practical.

With the internet and search engines, you can Google up people from the past. I’ve Googled Mitzi now and then. For a time, there was an article on-line about her work as a “hut-master” in Colorado. It seems she tended to the huts on the cross-country ski trails. There was also mention of her as a massage therapist in Breckinridge, CO. I saw one mention that listed her as a donor to Tara Mandala. That mention seemed absolutely in character. The latest entry I found for her listed her as working in the Sabino Canyon Visitor’s Center Bookstore. I found a tiny mention of her once as the winner of a weekend at a Yoga spa. Thus, it seems that magic path searching and slacker living continue for Mitzi to the present day.

At present, this particular Mitzi Sasse does not show in any Google search. Her sister, Julie Sasse, is everywhere. She’s prominent in the Tucson art community. Perhaps, this bit of idle blogging on my part while deciding how to proceed with my science will put Mitzi Sasse’s name in Google once again. And, as I write this, I’m listening to Mah Na Mah Na as played by Leroy Holmes. It’s still the best thinking music.

October 26, 2007   1 Comment