Barr none

I blame having so much on my mind for starting three or four attempts at a column next week before shelving all of them. But Attorney General Bob Barr gave me enough for a post this morning. His reasonable explanation of the Mueller report’s findings will no doubt threaten to put Democrats into apoplexy otherwise […]

Profits and Pollution

Just as environmentalists ought to be concerned about the drive for profit in mining advocates for the free press ought to be concerned about a similar emphasis by those presenting the news under governmental licence. The moderate Murdoch son said this a few years back in Great Britain as he badmouthed BBC News. “Years earlier, […]

Molotov’s Wife

Note: I’m afraid I lied. I have not taken the time to proof read and edit this entry. I studied French instead. I woke up from a dream in which two of my life’s goals were pitted against each other. Contemplating politics I had moved to southern Minnesota while I was in the process of […]

Duluth Reader Redux

The heading I proposed as the title for my column today in the Duluth Reader was “Not Eudora Redux”. The editors chose another for me: “Poor thinking a tough nut to crack”. Its not what I would have chosen but oh, how true it is. I’ve been talking to Bob Boone off and on since […]

The other hurricane in the news

Unless some unhinged NRA fanatic takes up Donald Trump’s hint that Hillary could be taken out before she’s sworn into office I’d say that the first “black” president will be succeeded by the first female president. That’s not how this post began 24 hours ago before the “live mike” recording of Donald Trump was released […]

Email fencing over 2016 politics – Round 3

And my Buddy again: From “your Buddy” Sent: Fri, 5 Aug 2016 12:50:02 -0500 Subject: Re: Althouse: Have you watched last night’s Libertarian town hall? Harry: I wouldn’t bet any money that Hillary will be the next president of the United States. See http://www.nytimes.com/2016/08/05/opinion/the-perils-of-writing-off-mr-trump.html?action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=opinion-c-col-left-region&region=opinion-c-col-left-region&WT.nav=opinion-c-col-left-region&_r=1. What could happen between now and November? For example, who knows […]

No thinking required

I’ve been doing a little review of the past for a book I’m hoping to have completed by January. Its not the book on the Duluth School District that I used to threaten to write. That will have to wait. No, I’ve been thinking about the long road from the turbulent 1970s to today’s Debt […]

No decision yet

I think I’m over my short lived kinder and gentler phase. It was nice while it lasted. I’m listening to another NPR story about the “Hell No” caucus. The hellish Tea Party caucus is currently calling President Obama, Mitch McConnell and Cong Bonehead liars for saying America’s default on the debt will cause pain. Hell […]

News Corpse

I’m listening to an NPR story on poor old Rupert Murdoch’s having to cancel his ownership of Great Britain. He’s been following the same pattern in all the English speaking nations of the world. The commentator is mentioning how important one of his American properties was for promoting the Tea Party which is currently engaged […]

You can’t trust the Wall Street Journal…

…since Rupert Murdoch, owner of Fox News, bought it: The Obama bashing post from me a little earlier today was based on the WSJ’s calculated manipulation of income data. I didn’t realize it was a WSJ graphic. It suggested that people earning between $200 and 500 grand made 1.4 trillion dollars annually. Actually the big […]

The GOP will kick butt in 2010?????

My old sparring partner Vic sent me this political analysis from the erstwhile GOP strategist, Dick Morris, who helped elect Bill Clinton President: Essentially Morris says that Democrats are toast. What the hell, Harry. You can switch from being a Lincoln Democrat, to being a Lincoln Republican. http://www.jewishworldreview.com/0410/morris040710.php3 Morris is still angry with Clinton because […]

40 Years later

Spellcheck alert: I haven’t figured out an easy way to spell check when I use computers other than my own. Twenty years ago I attended my last high school reunion. I’m prone to nostalgia. Claudia is not but she agreed to return to Mankato a couple months ago and we arranged to meet my fellow […]

Journalism 101

I read Rob Karwath’s apologia today. According to Rob there is no great conflict of interest between reporters and a Paper’s business office. Rob was making a spirited defense for being a good businessman as well as an editor. Rob described the good old days before so many major newspapers got bought and over leveraged […]