Tag Archives: Politics

SANFORD AND WEINER – I KNEW THEY’D BE BACK

When both of these guys left public office a few years back, like cockroaches who’ll survive nuclear war, I knew we hadn’t seen the last of them.  I was right.  Former Republican Governor Mark Sanford of South Carolina was just elected by a landslide to his old House of Representatives seat and Democrat Anthony Weiner, […]

Dr. Brian Russell’s Analysis of the National Conventions

If you’re unfamiliar with Dr. Brian Russell, I suggest you check out his blog.  Here’s what he had to say following two weeks of speeches. “After enduring two weeks in a row of them and being asked to provide my overall comparative analysis, here it is, in terms of “Party A” and “Party B”: The […]

THE “LIKEABILITY” FACTOR

Conversation which took place over twenty years ago: Colleague:   “Heard you were getting married; do I know him?” Me:  “Salazar, in Department 404.” Colleague:  “He’s marrying you?  But, he’s so nice…” Me:  (Puzzled look) Colleague:  “….oh, I mean, it’s not that you’re not nice, uh, you’re just different.” In my professional life, I was viewed […]

THE NANNY STATES OF AMERICA

Minnesota, like so many states, is facing a harsh reality.  On July 1st, the government shut down and each side began blaming the other for failing to pass a budget that would solve the $5 billion deficit. What caught my attention was the story of Sonya Mills, a 39-year-old mother of eight children – six […]

“MONEY FOR NOTHING AND YOUR ‘CHITS’ FOR FREE”

I know I’m beating a dead horse here, but I just can’t help myself. I run a law office which operates in Washington and California.  I keep calendars, meet deadlines, know in which court my husband is expected to be, and do tons of paperwork.  When I order supplies, I know exactly what I’m buying […]

WHAT’S IN A NUMBER?

            For those old enough to remember comedian, Jack Benny, he insisted on remaining 39 years old on stage despite his actual age.  Some women today still coyly respond “39” when asked their age. Well, they probably wouldn’t if they lived in Afghanistan.  The number 39 is a big no-no […]

COMMON SENSE: THE INTELLIGENTSIA JUST DOESN’T GET IT

I live on an island of about 23,000 people.  Most people are well-educated.  Income and home values here are higher than in the rest of the state.  In the past couple of months, there has been a rash of burglaries in my neighborhood, probably perpetrated by the same person, according to our local police.  Every […]

RANDOM THOUGHTS: ELECTION 2010

When I finally turned off the tv last night, it was 12:30 in the morning here in Washington state and, despite percentage signs and other stats flashing in red and blue inside my brain, I miraculously fell asleep.  Three Senatorial races were still undecided when I finally went to bed, Washington, Colorado and Alaska, and […]