Done with Home Depot

  It may be totally unfair. After all, Home Depot is a public company, and its shareholders are not responsible for anything the company’s founder says. But I will never darken Home Depot’s doors again. I will give all my business to Lowe’s (and Ace, which is just up the street). It’s the only outlet […]
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Wasps that Will Not Die

Forget Freddie. There are these little critters under the oak tree in our front yard that put him to shame. I first made their acquaintance a couple of years ago when a handyman who was working on the breezeway started running about, waving his arms and yelling like a crazy guy. Yellow jackets. They had […]
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Oh No! Not Again!

Don’t tell me we’re headed back to to the days when Americans (and Canadians) built bomb shelters in their basements and hoarded canned foods and other supplies in preparation for the Apocalypse. I just read a Reuters story, quoting crazy Vladimir Putin as saying: I want to remind you that Russia is one of the […]
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Father Knows Best? Still?

A report commissioned by two Republican lobbying groups finds that most women consider the party “intolerant,” “lacking in compassion,” and “stuck in the past.” To fix the problem, the report recommends a campaign to convince women that they’re wrong .What? Don’t the little darlings realize father knows best? Slate’s Amanda Hess reports this morning that: […]
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Don’t Blame Burger King

  It’s futile to rail against Burger King for planning to merge with the Tim Hortons chain and move to Canada. Tell the truth, wouldn’t you do the same kind of thing if you were a US corporation? After all, corporations pay 15 percent tax in Canada, while the US rate is 35 percent. Of […]
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Sounds Like a Nice Name

We voted yesterday, Sandra and I. We did our civic duty. Sort of. To tell the truth, we didn’t know who we were voting for. I searched the web and found little or nothing about the local candidates. And the local paper no longer offers recommendations. The New York Times sold the paper to a […]
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What? No Golf for Obama?

What is it with the “pundits”? Are they living in the past, when there were no smart phones? Or are they just determined to find fault with President Obama no matter what? Obviously, I don’t agree with everything the President does. But I wouldn’t want his job. And if I had his job, you bet […]
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In a Medicare Maze

I used to be horrified at the thought of privatizing Medicare, but now  I am not so sure. How much worse could it get? My experience with the present system has been truly bizarre. Many moons ago, I belonged to a Medicare Advantage program called Quality Health Plans, and it went belly up. So I joined another program called Physicians […]
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The UN Steps in – Sort of

  I suppose striking at the pocketbooks of terrorists is an effective tactic over the long term, but how I wish the UN could get its act together and become a real world police force. The UN Security Council recently passed a resolution banning purchases of oil and other products from the terrorists. Financiers, arms […]
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What Family Values?

  When it comes to family values, former Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell (above with wife Maureen) used to be among the true believers – at least on paper. In his 1989 master’s thesis – “The Republican Party’s Vision for the Family: The Compelling Issue of the Decade” – McDonnell earnestly defended the sanctity of marriage […]
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