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Specter embraces donkeys

Tuesday, April 28, 2009

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Here’s what the venerable, if seldom venerated, Pennsylvania Sen. Arlen Specter said upon the occasion of changing his party affiliation. “Since my election in 1980, as part of the Reagan Big Tent, the Republican Party has moved far to the right. Last year, more than 200,000 Republicans in Pennsylvania changed their registration to become Democrats. […]

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Chicago vs. Madrid

Thursday, April 23, 2009

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As you may know I spent last week vacationing in Madrid. Both the Spanish capital and the Windy City are finalists in the competition to host the 2016 Olympics, together with Tokyo and Rio de Janeiro.┬áThe winner will be announced Oct. 3rd – and this is one Olympic┬ácompetition in which there is only a gold […]

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Nobody over here in Spain wants my money

Tuesday, April 21, 2009

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American dollars! There was once a time, boys and girls, when everyone in the world wanted them. Unlike everyone else’s dicey, unstable currency, featuring crumpled bills of bizarrely large denominations (100,000 lira, 20,000 forints, 500 rubles) which might buy a beer and a pack of cigarettes, dollars were solid, predictable, and immutable. Other countries had […]

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Airports, transatlantic flights and a 60’s state of mind

Thursday, April 16, 2009

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I’m on a little to vacation in Spain this week.Transatlantic flights are, unless you’re a CEO flying on the company dime, uncomfortable, dismaying, inconvenient, and expensive. Flying from Chicago to Madrid in what can only be called supereconomy class (narrow seats, back of the plane all night, no sleep) puts you in a strange state […]

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A death – and a life

Friday, April 3, 2009


This is one of many versions of an ancient Indian tale, which came to my mind this week.Each day, for many years, a beggar appears before the king. Without speaking, he gives the king a piece of fruit, which the king never acknowledges, but simply throws away. One day, the king gives the fruit to […]

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