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"The difficulty lies, not in new ideas, but in escaping the old ones." -- John Maynard Keynes
It continues to astonish that, even after a half-century, the question: “Where were you when JFK was shot?” is still being asked. It tells us just how deeply the event has impinged on our national consciousness.
My friend, the old curmudgeon, was at Staples buying printer ink when I ran into him late yesterday morning.
He was giving the sales clerk what for about the price. “Shades of [expletive] King Gillette”, he fulminated, “sell you the razor at cost, then bleed you to death for the blades.”
Missing in all the hoo-ha attending Twitter’s NYSE coming-out ceremony last week, was any recognition that its trading debut edged liberal political dialog one notch closer to extinction.
I originally posted this item 16 months ago. All due modesty (yeah, right!) compels me to re-run it, although the horse is already out of the barn.
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Shouldn't it be, "Treat or trick?"
Fresh from his triumph of talking to himself on the Senate floor for a non record-setting 21 hours (thereby giving new meaning to the phrase, “Capital punishment”), Sen. Rafael Edward “Ted” Cruz (R-TX) got into the weeds by venturing that he wouldn’t be willing to give up his paycheck should the GOP force a government shutdown.
In an exceptionally long, 1200-word, tweet, our London correspondent (@oldblighty) has broken the exclusive story that Buckingham Palace has dispatched the 74-gun ironclad, HMS Thatcher, a frigate of the Queen’s Own Royal Household Naval Squadron, on a punitive expedition to Syria.
The Palace announced that, by January, if the wind and tides are favorable, the ship will be in position to blockade Tripoli, which is quite near to Syria.
Ran into my friend the Old Curmudgeon last week at at Jim Ellis’ blacksmith shop in Barnstable where he was having his edge honed.
The Ellis family have been forgers for a century or so, whereas the curmudgeon has been crabbing full-time only since he retired, back at the turn of the century.
The mudge (as we call him when his hearing aids are turned off), likes to keep his edge keen, lest he be out-kvetched by one of the legions of arriviste curmudgeons being minted as the population ages.
Our managing editor has issued the following guidelines for reporters regarding interviews conducted in connection with this publication’s dedicated, 24/7, non-partisan coverage of newsworthy (or not) protest marches:
Remember to have your iPhone, iPad and (if female) your iLiner with you at all times.
Refrain from undertaking interviews with those manifestly unlikely to advance the dialog; for example:
Tom Brokaw, In his 2007 History Channel documentary, “1968”, starts off by reminding us that to understand what happened in that epochal year, you have to know what came before.
What came before was 1963.
As we observe the 50th Anniversary of The March on Washington, we vividly recall that 1963 spawned events that not only set the stage for 1968, but for pretty much everything that’s happened since.