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wholderman's picture
Monday, July 21, 2008 - 4:46pm

...as my husband fell 8 feet down a ravene on his bicycle, he said that numerous thoughts were racing through his mind: "this is going to hurt, I should have listened to the guy in front of me that said he takes the hills very slow, how should I 'try' to land, I wish those rocks weren't there, my bike is going to be thrashed, I hope I don't break anything, I hope I don't hit my head, Wanda is not going to be happy with me...".


jtaylor's picture
Monday, July 21, 2008 - 12:37pm

Not many smiley faces in the newspaper biz these days as it tries to re-digitize itself.  Even a compelling confession by New York Times columnist David Carr makes one shiver.


Consider this sliver of Carr from the July 20 Sunday New York Times magazine:


"Here is what I deserved: hepatitis C, federal prison time, H.I.V., a cold park bench, an early, addled death.


"Here is what I got: the smart, pretty wife, the three lovely children, the job that impresses.


wholderman's picture
Friday, July 18, 2008 - 10:57am

You're joking, right?!? Apparently, the nation's largest cigarette maker has failed in yet another attempt to sell Americans on a potentially safer cigarette....the "Ultra Smooth"...they tried to use a high-technology filter. This product failure highlights the cigarette giant's challenges in finding something ot offset their loses in sales. In the past, U.S. sales declines did not impact that much as international business was stable and even growing, but now the servere U.S. sales decline is not even mitigated by the overseas business.


jtaylor's picture
Friday, July 18, 2008 - 9:02am

The front-page headline of The Fresno Bee had a familiar ring: "Worse than Appalachia."  If you size up Central California congressional districts vs. others around the country, the Valley ranks horribly in terms of high poverty, poor health and low levels of education.


jtaylor's picture
Tuesday, July 15, 2008 - 12:31pm

In case you missed it, legislation is moving ahead that would ban trans fats in bakeries and restaurants in the state of California by 2010. No state has taken that step, though some cities have.


If nothing else, AB 97 by Artesia Democratic Assemblyman Tony Mendoza provides a wonderful taste-test of the mood of the electorate. Here are some comments posted on the Sacramento Bee website:



  • "Cigarettes, alcohol & firearms are okay but trans fats are out?"